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Cool Issue 2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 18, 2013
 Ok. So, obviously using the word “cool” to describe something is, in fact, decidedly “uncool,” but that’s not going to stop us from labeling the following people, places and things as cool Cincinnati shit of which you should definitely take note.   
by Jac Kern 09.13.2013
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Your Weekend To Do List: 9/13-9/15

Fountain Square and the surrounding Fifth Street area will be a beerhead mecca this weekend as 47+ breweries serve up more than 200 of their best brews for Cincy Beerfest. Enjoy samples of everything from Magic Hat and Rogue to local brews like MadTree and 50 West Friday and Saturday. Local food trucks will be on hand to supply munchies along with plenty of live music all weekend. Tickets are $15 and include a 16-oz. cup and two drink tickets or a 5-oz. sample cup and five sample tickets. Additional pints are $5; additional samples are $2 each. VIP tickets are $40 and include a 5-oz. sample mug, 25 samples and access to an exclusive area with VIP-only beers. Buy VIP and $10 designated driver tickets here. Cincy Beerfest runs 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Happiness is a warm donut and this weekend, you can buy happiness as Holman’s Donuts opens its highly anticipated Over-the-Rhine location. Welcome the donut dynasty to the neighborhood during the grand opening of their new Vine Street store from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. (yes, they’re open late!) Saturday. The Westwood Civic Association presents the fifth annual Westwood Art Show outside Westwood Town Hall Saturday. Looking for that perfect work of art for your living room? More than 70 local artists will be selling their works at the event. There will also be live music, local food vendors, wine tastings from Henke Winery plus Madcap Puppets and a craft tent for kids. The free event runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Celebrate “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” with a little culture during the Cincinnati Celtic Festival at Washington Park. Ireland, Scotland and other Celtic cultures will be represented with music, dance, handcrafted goods and — of course — plenty of food and Guinness. The fest runs noon-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Bill Maher is known for three things: Comedy, commentary and controversy. Fans can expect a mix of all three — with lots of laughs — at Maher’s stand-up show Sunday at the Aronoff Center. Maher is currently in his 11th season of his talk show, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher which returns from summer hiatus Friday at 10 p.m. Check out our interview with Maher here. For more art openings, summer 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.
 
 
by Jac Kern 08.02.2013
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Your Weekend To Do List: 8/2-8/4

Music Hall will come to life this weekend. Thanks to a collaboration between Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Landor Associates and funding from local organizations, the Cincy landmark will be part of LumenoCity, a first-of-its-kind multimedia performance in Washington Park Saturday and Sunday. Many details of the performance won’t be revealed until the show, but we know it involves live orchestra music set to a process called architectural mapping — where three-dimensional graphics are projected onto a building’s surface, interacting with its architectural details, causing the building to illuminate and appear in motion. This process of mapping has been done before (just check out the video below), but never like what we’ll see this weekend. LumenoCity also marks Maestro Louis Langrée’s arrival as the CSO’s new musical director. The free concert takes place at 8:30 p.m. in Washington Park Saturday and Sunday. Bring your own seating. Read more about the event here. Newly opened OTR brewery Rhinegeist unveils its limited edition Saber Tooth Tiger IPA with a celebration Saturday. This Imperial IPA is the brewery’s first “Rarity,” meaning they’ll brew it only once and have a limited amount. Admission to the release party is $10 and includes a goblet with 12 oz. of STT and guaranteed option to purchase a 32 oz. growler of the IPA. There will also be local food vendors, live music, merch for purch(ase) and more. The event runs 5-10 p.m. Saturday. Buy tickets here. The city’s definitely got a case of the blues this weekend with Cincy Blues Fest at Sawyer Point Friday-Saturday and Findlay Market’s Blue BBQ Sunday. The Cincy Blues Society’s CBF turns 21 this year, bringing dozens of Blues acts from around the country. Check out our preview here. From noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Findlay Market’s eighth annual Blue BBQ brings local Blues musicians together with delicious barbeque from Eli’s BBQ, Velvet Smoke and other area restaurants. Go here for more info. It’s an end of a sweaty era Saturday as Northside Tavern holds the final Dance_MF EVER. Projectmill’s monthly first Saturday dance party has been going strong for five years, steaming up the Tavern’s back room and even taking to the high seas (or at least the Ohio River) for a couple RiverDance_MF events on a boat. So limber up, drink up and dance your ass off one last time, starting at 10 p.m.For more art openings, summer 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.
 
 
by Jac Kern 07.12.2013
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Your Weekend To Do List: 7/12-7/14

It’s Bunbury Weekend! The second annual three-day music fest takes over Sawyer Point Friday-Sunday with acts including fun., Walk the Moon, MGMT, Cake, Tegan and Sara, Yo La Tengo, Belle & Sebastian and tons more. Check out our interview with Matt Berninger of The National — Bunbury’s Sunday headliner — here. In addition to great music, there will be tons of food and drink vendors with lots of local options, a craft beer village, free Rockstar energy drink and water samples and a Trojan vibrator giveaway from 4-8 p.m. Saturday (for real!). Official after-parties take place at Igby’s Friday, aliveOne Saturday and The Righteous Room Sunday. Ready to go? Don't leave home without peeping our cheat sheet, complete with lineup, map, dos and don’ts and more vital info. One- and three-day tickets to Bunbury are still available here. Second Sunday on Main returns to Over-the-Rhine this week with a lineup of special Pride events in addition to the art, shopping, demos, kids activities, food and music that the free street festival serves up every month. Be sure to check out the annual Drag Race and Dykes on Trykes — a race you’ll have to see to believe! — as well as the new mobile boutique Truckshop. Read more about the unique, locally owned shop-on-wheels here. Second Sunday on Main runs noon-5 p.m. The Gambling Rose Tattoo Convention brings some of the best tattoo artists across the globe to town for the weekend. Swing by Duke Energy Center Friday-Sunday for tattoo competitions, seminars, vendors and a roller derby showdown between the Cincinnati Rollergirls and the Black-N-Bluegrass Rollergirls. Tattoo artists and piercers from around the country and world will be under one roof, available for appointments. Featured artists include Jerod Ray and Tylor Schwarz (contestants on Oxygen’s Best Ink Season Two); Sarah Miller (runner-up, Spike’s Ink Master Season Two); Tatu Baby (contestant on Spike’s Ink Master Season Two, voted by fans to return to Season Three — premieres Tuesday); and Chris Torres (NY Ink bad boy). Tickets are $20 for a single-day pass/$30 for two days/$40 for the whole weekend. Newport on the Levee is going to be a real sausage fest this weekend — literally! The Queen City Sausage Festival  unites all the loves of a true Cincinnatian: pork, beer and river views. Eat your way through more than two-dozen sausage specimens including the grilled gyro cheddar met, the zest Italian sausage hoagie and, of course, Queen City goetta. There will also be foods that didn’t once say “oink,” plus live music, eating contests and lots of rides and games for the kids. The fest runs Friday-Sunday at the Levee and admission is free. For more art openings, theater shows, summer festivals and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks and full calendar.
 
 

Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Pride Parties

Celebrate Pride on both sides of the river through July 7

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
 Pride week is here, and it’s teeming with opportunities to celebrate diversity in the Tristate. New events held each day beginning June 26 lead up to Cincinnati Pride’s 40th anniversary parade and festival on June 29, which features an extensive list of entertainment and activities too copious to count.  
by Jac Kern 06.21.2013
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Your Weekend To Do List: 6/21-6/23

It’s the 12th annual Paddlefest weekend, when more than 2,000 locals and visitors will descend onto the Ohio River on kayaks and canoes to paddle along the scenic route. It’s an all-around nature weekend with the Ohio River Music & Outdoor Festival Friday; the second annual Pedalfest (a part bike-part paddle ride) Saturday; and Global Water Dances Saturday — check out feature on this culture choreography event here. Constella Festival, a local chamber music and fine arts collaboration organization, celebrates the official start of summer with a night of Jazz, art and food Saturday. Constella Summer Solstice features music from the Benjamin Thomas and Peter Gemus Jazz Duo and violinist Tatiana Berman, an exhibit from Essex Studios’ The Art Circle and bites from Silverglades, S&J Bakery and Madisono’s Gelato. The party runs 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Venue 222 in Over-the-Rhine. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here. Has Pinterest got you starting crafty projects that never seem to make it to completion? Bring your D.I.Y. supplies, incomplete projects and inspiration along as Fabricate and Crafty Supermarket join forces to present an Etsy Craft Party Saturday. Meet fellow creatives at the patio behind Fabricate in Northside from 4-7 p.m. Saturday and work on your own project or make Girl Scout-style crafter badges with provided materials. It’s free to join, but RSVP here. Concert:nova returns with its annual Food + Music festival, pairing international music with creative dishes at some of the city’s best restaurants. This Sunday at Kaze, chefs Cameron Bloomer and Hideki Harada will prepare a Japanese-style brunch following a c:n performance of Takemitsu and Debussy. Cocktails and appetizers will be served at noon, followed by music at 12:45 p.m. and brunch at 1:30 p.m.; go here for tickets. For more art openings, summer 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.
 
 

Summer Guide 2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Even though we as adults don’t necessarily get an extended summer vacation, the memory of childhoods spent basking in a solar hug from June to August — wiping dripping Popsicles from our hands and jumping through sprinklers — stays with us. And our Summer Guide celebrates and recognizes all those wistful traditions with a grown-up twist.    

Holiday Issue 2012

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
When we enter the grown-up world, there are quite a few aspects of life that lose a great bit of childlike mystique: visits to the dentist, overalls, Hostess products and, perhaps most glaringly, the holiday season.   

Lights, Camera, Live-Action

Cult classics come to life at Esquire Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 16, 2012
At the century-old Esquire Theatre in Clifton, a night at the movies can involve anything from dancing along to a live cast during The Rocky Horror Picture Show, throwing snow as a live choir sings along to White Christmas or reciting the lines to your favorite cult classic with an auditorium full of equally devoted fans.  

Creative Expansion

MidPoint celebrates the arts with carnival and film fest components

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2012
As the MidPoint Music Festival continues to grow, festival organizers are finding new ways to give audiences opportunities to interact with independent creatives in various fields. This year, not only will ArtWorks’ Box Truck Carnival be returning, but for the first time ever MPMF will also include a film festival.  

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