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Vito's Café (Review)

Chef Romy finds new home in Fort Thomas

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I gave Vito's a rave review in 2007, and it has only improved with the addition of Chef Romuald Jung, late of the Palace Restaurant at the Cincinnatian Hotel. Chef Romy's talent and love of food and family outgrew the corporate confines of hotel dining. He's found a welcome home with Victor and Mary Ciepiel in Fort Thomas, and his influence has made already excellent food grand.  

Illusion and Reality (Review)

Cincinnati Art Museum shows off the work of Jiri Anderle

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Turning adversity into a virtue is something artists are good at. The adversity of being an artist in a Communist society that forbad direct social criticism steered Anderle into a body of work well suited for comment on the human condition. So prints became Anderle's dominant form of expression through much of his career.  

The Binarians (Review)

Andrew Au delves into pluses and minuses at Clay Street Press

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Andrew Au is a fellow of infinite jest who takes infinite pains to commit his jests to paper. For his text accompanying this show, he's adopted an antique style, reflective of biblical pronouncements but also handy in sending up scientific jargon. He has so much fun with it that senses reel.  

Brush, Clay, Wood (Review)

Taft Museum offers a rare glimpse into Rosenthals' private collection

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Ed and Nancy Rosenthal haven't technically opened their home to the public, but this exhibition at the Taft Museum of Art allows us a peek into their life just the same. The show documents an art collection that began in 1980 with a 3-foot-tall Chinese vase. From there, the Rosenthals ventured on a collecting odyssey as they traveled throughout China and New York and chose pieces that struck them. As such, their collection runs the gamut of media, size, form, era and technique.   

Slumdog Millionaire (Review)

Danny Boyle's Indian reality TV story is teeming with tensions

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The world's second-largest city, with 13.6 million people, Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is an industrious booming place: a financial, media and glamour center for all of Asia but home to sectarian violence, as the world recently saw. 'Slumdog Millionaire' shows a Mumbai that's hard-edged and fast-moving yet also influenced by happy Bollywood romantic melodramas.  

Iron Horse Inn (Review)

Glendale establishment sets the bar high but doesn't quite make it

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Nothing beats dinner in the cozy dining room of a restaurant located in an historic house when the weather turns cold. As I waited for my step-dad outside the Iron Horse Inn, the smell of a fire burning in a distant fireplace and melted candle wax stirred up images of Christmas dinners and drinks by the fire in northern Ohio.  

Flow (Review)

Documentary looks at the privatization of water

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 3, 2008
The story centers on an evil international agency trying to privatize and control the water supply in Bolivia. Not gold, not oil, not diamonds, not plutonium - just plain old water. How'd they ever come up with that bizarre, seemingly fantastical plot line? After all, we all know water belongs to the people, just like air.  

Hyde Park Tavern (Review)

All-purpose pub is good for friending or dating

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 3, 2008
While Hyde Park Tavern underwent new ownership last year and has a new fall menu with several wonderful gourmet options (including a great wine list), it's still very much a pub. There are the loud TVs, the loud talkers and the visceral, sports-inspired.  

Tousey House (Review)

Reopened Northern Kentucky landmark remains a classic

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2008
As you sit by the fire in one of The Tousey House's dining rooms, you can almost feel the energy of the last 186 years, the life span of this Kentucky federal-style home.  

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