0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Washington Park is without a doubt the
jewel of this excellent summer in Cincinnati. And it’s drawing crowds —
whether to its well-chosen events or just to enjoy its well-designed
spaces. And crowds, we know, travel on their stomachs.
7 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Washington Park is a social experiment so vastly successful Cincinnatians might be unaware of the nuances in its meaning.We’re still spastically drunk off the park’s new-park smell.
by Jac Kern
at 11:56 AM | Permalink
Screech is going to be at Boogie Nights. The ‘90s TV geek-turned-porn star
Dustin Diamond will make an appearance at Hollywood Casino’s night club Friday.
Cover is $10 cover, but admission is free if you dress like Kelly Kapowski,
Lisa Turtle, Jessie Spano or any of your favorite Saved By the Bell characters.
Doors open at 9 p.m. Get ready to dance like you’re so excited…
The Mutual UFO
Network (MUFON, real thing) hosts an international symposium this weekend at
the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. If you have seen an unexplainable
object in the sky, are interested in the idea of intelligent extraterrestrial
life or just love a good conspiracy theory, here’s an opportunity to share your
stories and learn more about UFOs. Speakers include a nuclear physicist, an
abduction researcher, an aerospace engineer and many others in the field.
Additionally, researchers at MUFON will announce a major discovery, presenting
credible evidence for UFOs. Register here
and see what it’s all about,
Friday-Sunday in Covington (Spoiler Alert: ticket prices are kinda steep).
Remember Wiedemann beer? George Widemann founded the company in 1870
with a brewery on Columbia Street in Newport, Ky., making the Bohemian-style beer
synonymous with Northern Kentucky. The brewery closed in 1983, but the brand
has recently been reclaimed and the new owners are debuting Wiedemann’s Special
Lager Friday night. Swing by Pompilio’s, another Newport landmark, at 5 p.m. for
a celebration and the inaugural keg-tapping at 5:30 p.m.
Washington Park hasn’t even been open for a month and already it’s
become a city hub, bringing tons of Cincinnatians and visitors together. On
Friday, four of the city’s prominent performance organizations will also come
together for a concert and show unlike any we’ve seen in the park thus far. The
performance will include Cincinnati Ballet dancers, the Cincinnati Pops,
Cincinnati Opera soloists and the May Festival Chorus, with conductor John
Morris Russell. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and get comfy on the Civic Lawn.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Hamilton County Park District has teamed up with edible Ohio Valley Magazine to present the first Ohio Valley
a weekend-long festival celebrating local
eats and agriculture and healthy, sustainable food practices. Special events
include a pig roast Friday at Winton Woods; a workshop and lecture on green
floral design Saturday; and Sunday’s big greenmarket at Glenwood Gardens,
featuring a farmers market, cooking and gardening demos, speakers and
activities for kids.
“Back to School” might have been out of your vocabulary for a few years,
but there are local kids whose summers are coming to an end and they are still
in need of adequate supplies. So, once again, PROJECTMILL presents Back to
School_MF this Saturday. In addition to fun art installations and dance music,
MFers are asked to bring donations for area students. Think standard school
supplies like pencils, notebooks, markers, crayons, backpacks, and other
goodies you couldn’t go without when you were in school. Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers optional. The free dance party
is 10 p.m.-1:45 a.m. at Northside Tavern.
events this weekend include: the World’s Longest Yard Sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Sunday at MainStrasse Village; Glier’s Goettafest
at Newport on the Levee every day through Sunday; more recommended arts, theater and event picks here.
And be sure to stop by the square tonight for the MidPoint Indie Summer
Series with Bear Hands, Lightning Love and Fort Lead, 7-11 p.m.!
by Jac Kern
at 12:33 PM | Permalink
If the city smells
especially savory, you must be catching the aroma of Cincy's unofficial favorite
food as Glier’s Goettafest
takes over Newport on the Levee. Tonight through Sunday, folks can grub on goetta nachos, corn dogs,
reubens, sushi, chili and more (plus plenty of swine-free options). Expect
festival staples like rides, games, children’s vendors, live music and — of
course — a goetta coney contest. This is Cincinnati, after all. Tonight’s
festivities run 5-11 p.m. with live music starting at 6. Admission is free and
food runs $1-$6 per item.
All who work in a
digital field or just enjoy talking shop with techies are invited to AIGA
Cincinnati’s Web/Tech Drinkup tonight at Nicholson’s. Every first Thursday, all
who enjoy web design, development, technology, digital marketing and social media are welcome to grab
drinks and network with industry professionals. Enjoy appetizers and first
drinks on the house (thanks to AIGA, Creatives on Call, and ChoreMonster)
beginning at 5 p.m.
Tonight, Northside non-profit
hosts a trivia night to raise money for the organization’s performing arts
classes for children and young adults. Swing by Northside Tavern between 6-9
p.m. for trivia throwdowns, drinks, raffles and
more fun stuff. Ten bucks gets you a spot on a four-person trivia team, a door
prize ticket and free food.
day one of the World’s Longest Yard Sale, which stretches 690 miles from just north of Addison, Mich. to Gadsden, Ala. Rummage
and haggle your way along US 127 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Sunday.
is the go-to spot for locals to find vintage goods, antique furniture and
killer deals at this gigantic, 25th annual sale.
forget about free weekly events downtown like Salsa on the Square and Jazz in the
Park. It's also a really good TV night, jussayin'.
by Jac Kern
at 10:11 AM | Permalink
Whenever I hear about laser
night at planetariums, I immediately think of Freaks and Geeks. Lindsay and the crew would go to Laser Dome and hang out/make out
under squiggly beams set to Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin. You can pretend it’s 1980, too, as Drake Planetarium presents
Laser Beatles, 8-9 p.m. Making out optional.
and New York
Times-bestselling author Alex Kava
will discuss and sign her latest book, Fireproof,
tonight at Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Rookwood Commons). Like her past mysteries,
Kava’s latest follows FBI special agent Maggie O’Dell, this time as she
investigates and tracks down a dangerous arsonist. The event begins at 7 p.m.
The Clermont County Fair
continues tonight with a petting zoo, carnival rides, deep-fried comfort food
and live music. Tonight’s lineup features a pie auction and demolition derby.
(“fashionable friends of fine art, fine
reading and the Mercantile Library) present a screening of the 2005 adaptation
of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
tonight at the Merc. Doors open at 6:30 for the 7 p.m. showing and admission is
$5 (free for members).
Salsa on the Square
takes over downtown from 7-10 p.m. tonight. Come for the live tunes from Son
del Caribe, stay for the free dance lessons — expert Salsa dancers are always
on hand to give tips and show you the basics.
Over in Washington Park, it’s
Jazz night. Enjoy
a free concert by The Chris Comber Quintet, 7-9 p.m.Update: Live After Five at The Banks has been postponed due to heat and possible storms. The event will be rescheduled in August.
by Jac Kern
at 12:04 PM | Permalink
Those lucky enough
to snag a ticket to Cincinnati Opera’s sold-out run of Maria de Beunos Aires get to see a rare performance, which opens
tonight. Cincinnati Opera and concert:nova team up for the first time to
present the story of an a woman in Argentina who becomes the embodiment of Tango. If you
didn’t get tickets in time, check out our preview to learn the backstory of this CO production.
continues on Fountain Square from 7-10 p.m. The Ark Band, a Columbus-based St.
Lucian reggae group, performs tonight.
Looking for a fun
spot to grab dinner or drinks tonight? Mosey on down to Django Western Tacos,
Northside’s newest watering hole. Taco options range from chicken to beef
tongue to squash and peppers and can be ordered premade or DIY assembly. Django
also offers larger traditional Southwest dishes and tasty cocktails. Peep our profile
for more tasty morsels. Django Western Tacos is open until midnight tonight.
Bluegrass is just one of the new weekly free music nights at Washington Park.
Each Wednesday, a new band takes the stage — check out The Comet Bluegrass
Allstars tonight, 7-9 p.m.
Over on the Civic
Lawn of Washington Park, Cincinnati Sports Kickball League takes over. Last
week’s game rained out, so this is your first chance to check out the ballers
in action. Games are each Wednesday from 6 p.m. ‘til dusk.
If you want to do
your after-work drinking outdoors with a local cover band and thousands of others at Yeatman’s Cove,
tonight it your last chance to do so! Party in the Park
wraps up tonight with Naked Karate Girls from 5-10 p.m. Enjoy half-priced
drinks until 6:30 p.m.
entertainer, dubbed “the man who owned Broadway,” George M. Cohan is the focus
of Cincinnati Landmark Production’s latest show. George M!, onstage at Showboat Majestic, features good choreography and showtune classics like “Yankee
Doodle Dandy.” Tickets to tonight’s 8 p.m. performance are $17-$18. Read our
full review here.
by Jac Kern
at 01:05 PM | Permalink
conjures memories of intense schoolyard fun or ultimate gym class
embarrassment. If you prefer the former, you’ll be happy to know Cincinnati
Sports Kickball League
is taking the game out of the playground and onto Washington Park’s Civic Lawn!
Co-ed adult teams will compete each Wednesday, 6-9 p.m. through Sept. 19. If you
haven’t signed up with a team or you’re more of a cheerleader, watch the fun
from one of many surrounding benches. Or mosey over to the bandstand to check
out free Wednesday Bluegrass concerts. The Tillers perform tonight at 7 p.m.
If you’re still
upset you couldn’t make it to San Diego’s epic Comic-Con this year, share your
woes with other local lovers of SciFi, fantasy TV shows and literature, comics
and more at Cincinnati Geek Club. The informal group meets at Roxx Electrocafe from 6-9 p.m. every third
Wednesday of the month. All nerds welcome! Find more geeky-chic events and
meetups from Pandora Promotions here.
The Warren County
kicked off Tuesday in Lebanon, and tonight’s activities include a garden
tractor pull at 6 p.m. Get your fill of
corn dogs and funnel cakes, Ferris wheels and farm animals through Saturday, 8
a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Tickets are $8 (kids 12 and younger get free admission).
The Newport Secret
Six perform on Fountain Square as part of Reggae Wednesdays. Grab a snack or an
icy beverage and relax to some island jams from 7-10 p.m. The free, weekly
concert continues every Wednesday through Aug. 29.
The World Choir
Games have come to an end, but Cincinnati continues to welcome talented artists
from around the globe with this week’s World Piano Competition. More than 200
pianists compete through Saturday to be named champion musicians. Tonight’s quarterfinals
begin at 6 p.m. at the Aronoff Center.
Tickets are $12 through Friday; admission to Saturday’s artist finals are $17.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
This time of year there’s not much theater in town,
something I usually grouse about. But that scarcity pushed me in a
different direction this year: I bought tickets to the World Choir
Games, and, boy, was I glad I did. I saw as much drama in those 11 days
as I’ve seen in many theater seasons — entertaining, passionate,
talented and eye opening.
by Mike Breen
Individual tickets for new venue's MPMF headliner concerts on sale now
The newly remodeled, freshly reopened Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine is shaping up to be one of the hottest music venues in the city. Last evening, the every-Wednesday "Bandstand Bluegrass" series kicked off with Jake Speed and the Freddies; tonight is the debut of the park's every-Thursday "Jazz in the Park" series (7 p.m., with Chris Comer and Napoleon Maddox of IsWhat?!); and tomorrow marks the debut of the R&B/Soul "Friday Flow" concerts, which will take place each Friday and begin with an appearance by fantastic Neo Soul singer Dwele (Selectas Choice DJs Rare Groove, Apryl Reign and DJ Pillo, as well as Under New Orders and Darris Sneed & The Pulse also perform at the 7 p.m. event).And today it was announced that three of the biggest acts announced for September's MidPoint Music Festival will perform at Washington Park's new MPMF stage. A total of four acts will perform each night at the Park stage. The Washington Park shows will be accessible to those with MPMF All Music Access Passes or VIP Passes, or with "a la carte" individual tickets, which are on sale now. Andrew Bird headlines the Washington Park stage on Thursday, Sept. 27. Tickets for that show only are $25. Grizzly Bear is the main MPMF act on the stage for Friday, Sept. 28 (single tickets: $30) and Sleigh Bells headlines the stage Saturday, Sept. 29 ($30). Click here for your ticketing options. Early Bird All Music Access and Loyalty Presale tickets are sold out. A limited number of All Music Access Passes ($69) and VIP Passes presented by CVG ($169) are still available.
by Mike Breen
Washington Park Americana music series kicks off with Jake Speed and the Freddies
We previously told you about some of the newly remodeled Washington Park's musical additions, including the "Jazz in the Park" series, curated by Jazz pianist Chris Comer and beginning tomorrow with special guest Napoleon Maddox of Jazz/Hip Hop/experimental group IsWhat?!. Now, the full lineup for the free Wednesday night "Bandstand Bluegrass" series has been revealed. The series kicks off tonight with local Folk/Americana favorites Jake Speed & the Freddies who, like a few other acts on the schedule, aren't really "Bluegrass" (though I guess the name does sounds better than "Bandstand Folk/Roots/Bluegrass/Americana"). Here's the rest of the "Bandstand Bluegrass" performers for this summer. Music runs (on the distinctive "Bandstand" stage) 7-9 p.m. each week and all concerts in the park are free.July 18: The Tillers
July 25: The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars
Aug. 1: Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Band
Aug. 8: Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers
Aug. 15: Moonshine Drive
Aug. 22: Lagniappe
Aug. 29: The Blue Rock Boys