by Jac Kern
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The Contemporary Arts
Center turns 75 this year and she’s looking as good as ever! Celebrate the
CAC’s long history of pushing Cincinnati along the cutting edge with an epic
birthday bash tonight. The festivities start at the CAC’s former location in
the Mercantile Center with dinner and silent and live auctions from 6-9 p.m. (email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-345-8422 to get on the waiting
list). More food and drink, dancing and art awaits at the CAC with a Diamonds +
Debauchery after-party from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. CityBeat’s
own Jesse Fox will be taking fabulous photobooth pics and there will be an
appearance by California avant-garde performance artist boychild. After-party
tickets are $40 in advance, $75 per couple and $100 for a group of three
(online sales end at 4 p.m.)
or $50 at the door. Read this week's cover story
on the Contemporary Arts Center here.
Downtown nightlife staple Mt.
Adams Pavilion recently underwent a facelift, complete with interior
renovations of the dance floor area and penthouse, new cocktails and a menu created
by Chef Brian Duffy (of Bar Rescue fame).
Check out the updated digs tonight at Pavilion’s re-launch party from 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Head down to Washington
Park for an OTR-rific Saturday with the first City Flea of the season and the
eighth annual OTR 5K. City Flea, Cincy’s local curated urban flea market, embarks on its fourth season this
weekend, offering handcrafted goods, art, antiques, local grub and more fun
goodies from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The OTR 5K
also kicks off at 10 a.m., with festivities following in the park.
Northside is a hub for
creativity, so it’s fitting that the Cincinnati Arts Association is sponsoring
a self-guided tour of Hamilton Avenue artist studios from 2-5 p.m. this Sunday.
North By Northside
features studio tours, pop-up exhibitions and an overall celebration of art in
the eclectic neighborhood. Start at Hoffner Lodge (4120 Hamilton Ave.), where
tickets can be purchased beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, then make your way through
several artist studios and creative spaces. Head back to the lodge
from 5-7 p.m. for an after-party including food, drinks and music. Tickets are
$35; the event benefits non-profit gallery Weston Art Gallery.
For more art openings, parties, festivals and other
stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
for weekend theater offerings.
by Jac Kern
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This weekend’s forecast
includes warm weather, a bit of rain, a few clouds and tons of art. Whether you
want to watch it, make it, buy it or just support local arts organizations, art
is all around this weekend — starting with the last Macy’s Arts Sampler of the
season, presented by ArtsWave.
Macy’s Arts Sampler
Weekends bring free performances, workshops, tours and other art opportunities
to venues across Greater Cincinnati. Saturday’s final installment includes
concerts by the Cincinnati Children's Choir, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and
Cincinnati Men’s Chorus at St. John’s Unitarian Church; dance demo classes and
performances at Covington’s Step-N-Out Studio; yarn-bombing 101 with the Bombshells
of Cincinnati at 21c Museum Hotel and tons more events in College Hill, Butler
County, Mariemont and other neighborhoods. Find a full schedule of free art to
Visionaries + Voices provides
countless opportunities for local artists with disabilities. With locations in
Northside and Tri-County, V+V helps these artists create, market and showcase
their pieces. At the organization’s annual fundraiser, Double Vision, talented V+V
artists exhibit and auction their works of art. Double Vision V takes place at
Memorial Hall Friday — VIP and general admission ticket options available here. Art will be on sale via live and silent
auctions, and attendees can enjoy drinks, snacks and music by DJ Mowgli.
Oakley’s Brazee Street
hosts a free art supply swap from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Clean out your craft
closet and bring any unwanted items such as paint, textiles and brushes, then
stock up on other materials you may need. It’s all free and honor system-style
— please bring at least two items if you plan on swapping. All extra supplies
will be donated to Crayons2Computers.It’s Northside Second Saturday
time this weekend! Art, retail sales, food and drink specials abound throughout
the neighborhood starting around 6 p.m. Highlights include shows at Northside
Tavern and The Comet, gallery openings at Fabricate, NVISION and Northside
International Airport’s Bathrool Gallery and a closing reception at Thunder-Sky,
Local electronic artist
Charles Woodman is a founding member of video performance group viDEO sAVant
and he currently has a show on display in Weston Art Gallery you can read about
here. This Sunday viDEO sAVant presents Lateral Thinking, a unique, live
multimedia performance at 21c Museum Hotel downtown. Video clips of both sci-fi
and avant-garde films will play out as a soundtrack is composed live. This
feast for the senses is free and begins at 4 p.m. Read more here.
Be sure to read our Best of
Cincinnati issue for reader and staff picks on the city’s best restaurants,
businesses, events and more.
For more theater shows, parties and other stuff to do
this weekend, check out our To Do picks and
by Mike Breen
Northside record haven presents a string of in-store performances in honor of its 15th anniversary
In March of 1999, after running the Cincinnati-based Shake It Records label for several years, brothers Jim and Darren Blase opened a new record store in the Northside neighborhood. The store, also called Shake It Records, was an instant hit with local record-buyers, offering a huge chunk of vinyl alongside their CD stock, as well as books, magazines and various musical merchandise (among many other items).
Since then, word of Shake It’s awesomeness has spread far and wide — the well-stocked and unique shop has often earned nods in the national press as one of the best record stores in the country, and music heads from across the region always make trips to Shake It when in Cincinnati (or they make trips just to go Shake It). Indie Rock star/hardcore record lover Bob Pollard, for example, comes down from Dayton often and frequently leaves with a big stack of LPs for his (surely gargantuan) collection.
The beloved shop has also regularly featured in-store performances from both local artists and national touring acts (a Tegan and Sara in-store a few years ago drew the attention of local TV news stations because of the huge turnout to meet the Pop duo). To celebrate its 15th anniversary — a remarkable milestone considering Shake It’s rise coincided with the rise of digital music and the alleged death march of brick-and-mortar record stores — Shake it will be presenting a string of performances throughout March.
The free, intimate shows kick off tomorrow (Saturday, March 1) with a 7 p.m. performance from Cincinnati Pop/Rock guitar/songwriting legend Rob Fetters. Fetters, who kicked off the 2014 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards in January with a surprise performance, will be supporting his latest solo release, Saint Ain’t, and you’re bound to hear a few songs from his expansive songwriting legacy with the bands The Raisins, psychodots and The Bears.
Shake It recently released the schedule of in-store performances for the rest of the month, with more to be added. Not that an excuse is needed for a Shake It visit, but the following events are great chances to stop in and wish the store a happy birthday.
March 15: Cincy Honky Tonk ensemble Jeremy Pinnell & The 55's (7 p.m.)
March 19: Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, supporting his third solo release, Rock ’n’ Roll Blues, which comes out March 18. (time TBA)
March 21: Northern Kentucky singer/songwriter Daniel Martin Moore, who’s released acclaimed material through the Sub Pop label, and “Friends.” (8 p.m.)
March 22: The Shake It label’s biggest success story, Cincy rockers Wussy, who will preview their new album, Attica, which releases nationally on May 6. (7 p.m.)
March 29: Covington Indie Rock crew Frontier Folk Nebraska, whose releases are distributed through the Shake It label. (7 p.m.)
Keep an eye on shakeitrecords.com — and sign up for Shake It’s e-mailing list — for the latest in-store additions and more.
#MakersMobile repurposes shipping containers as traveling art spaces
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Behind any successful organization is a
leader with a vision. Jonathan Sears, executive director of Professional
Artistic Research Projects (parProjects), is in his fourth year of
steering the Northside-based arts organization with a mission of
financial and environmental sustainability.
1 Comment · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The perpetually hip neighborhood of
Northside may be known for its dining and bars, but tucked away on
Knowlton Street is the newly established heart of the progressive
community — SoapBox Books and Zines, a nonprofit, non-hierarchical,
volunteer-run community space with a serious mission.
by Mike Breen
Ohio Dream Pop/Rock group strangewave performs tonight at The Comet in Northside. J. Trenton Crace and Katrina Eresman formed the compelling group in Dayton not long ago and released their ear-grabbing full-length debut, Pop Noir, earlier this year. It's a fantastic first effort full of hypnotic songs that hover in the same realm as classic Shoegaze, Mazzy Star, Blonde Redhead and Lush, with the diversity from track to track keeping the listener drawn in and mesmerized from start to finish. The twosome is joined by a drummer and bassist for live shows.Opening the free show at 10 p.m. is Seattle Indie Rock/Soul trio Garage Voice, which claims heavy influence from Gospel music and Memphis Soul and has a Garage Rock spirit, thought its songs are far less derivative and predictable that most other groups given that tag. The soulful sounds of the band — which are laced with cool Hammond Organ stabs, soundscapes and grooves — have something of an atmospheric Psych Pop vibe at times (making them a good fit with strangewave), but ignite into dirty Blues and Rock & Roll outbursts with little to no notice. Get a taste of Garage Voice's latest album, Amenin, below.AMENIN by Garage VoiceClick here for more live music options in Greater Cincinnati tonight.
1 Comment · Wednesday, July 25, 2012
For Chef David Bach, Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, Django Unchained,
can’t come soon enough. The movie, which opens in December, pays homage
to the same ’60s Spaghetti Western that had inspired Bach and a posse
of established local culinary artists to open the new Northside
restaurant, Django Western Taco.
by Jac Kern
This weekend is all mothers, so grab your mom,
grandma, baby-mama or other motherly-type and take her out for a good time! The
next few days are packed with stuff to do, with moms or otherwise.
The 44th annual Appalachian Festival is already in
full gear at Coney Island, with tons of live music, handmade artisan crafts,
storytelling, food and an authentic pioneer village — for those who like to
kick it super old-school. The fest runs until 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $1-$8. Get a full lineup of
activities and performances here.
Cincinnati Rollergirls games are pretty much a
guaranteed good time. Fun, fierce, badass chicks battle on the rink; $1
happy hour beers; hilarious roller derby nicknames; meet-and-greet with the
girls after the game — need we go on? Roll out to the Cincinnati Gardens
Saturday as the CRG face Toronto Roller Derby and The Dire Skates of Richmond,
Ind., in a double-header. Saturday is Scout and Kids Night, so bring the
chillun for a family-friendly event. Get tickets here
and read our interview
with Rollergirl Sydney “Big Ugly” Greathouse.
Whether you’re looking to welcome a furry friend to
your family or you want to treat your pup to a day on the town, head downtown
to the Duke Energy Convention Center for Petopolis Saturday-Sunday. This pet
expo features animal adoption opportunities, pet fashion shows (hopefully
straight out of Anchorman), trick
competitions, demos, informational seminars, activities for the kids and tons
of vendors. Plus, moms will get complimentary pet photos for Mother’s Day. Go
here for more information.
is months away, but local German enthusiasts can get their fill of beer,
sausage and Gemütlichkeit
Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society’s Schwabenfest
Friday-Saturday. Have your fill of homemade
sausages, German brews, pretzels and cream puffs, compete in the stein-holding
competition and, if you’re coming from Petopolis, dogs are welcome in the
prefer more American-style fare. In that case, swing by Sawyer Point from 2-10
p.m. Saturday for the Cincinnati Wing Fest. This free food festival features
chicken wings and side dishes ($2+) from Knocback Nat’s, Rooster’s, Montgomery
Inn, Buffalo Wings and Rings and several other area restaurants.
Saturdays is a great opportunity to buy some artwork, jewelry, baked goods,
clothing or home goods for mom (or yourself — no judgment). Stop by local businesses
along Hamilton, Chase and Spring Grove avenues from 6-10 p.m. Saturday for
sales, extended hours, drinks and food specials. Check out a full list of
participating shops, restaurants and bars here.
For more stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
Door for weekend theater offerings.
5 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Tim Willig is awesome and he has the
business cards to prove it. The shoe and leather repairman doesn’t have
“cobbler” written anywhere on his aforementioned business cards. Rather,
the official title listed for the owner/operator of Awesome Time Shoe
and Leather Repair simply reads: “Awesome Guy.”
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The Northside Bridal Expo at bar/event
space Mayday has gathered a group of local and independent businesses
that understand the concept of different and put them all in one place
so your unconventional, individual wedding ideas — from catering and
floral to planning and makeup — can come to life.