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by Jac Kern 08.03.2012
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Your Weekend To Do List: 8/3-8/5

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 Greenmarket, 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. Ongoing 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 08.02.2012
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Your Thursday To Do List

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 Dramakinetics 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. It’s 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. MainStrasse Village is the go-to spot for locals to find vintage goods, antique furniture and killer deals at this gigantic, 25th annual sale. Don’t 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 07.26.2012
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Your Thursday To Do List

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. Mystery novelist 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. Yes, please! Chic.lits (“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 07.25.2012
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Your Wednesday To Do List

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. Reggae Wednesday 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. Bandstand 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. American 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 07.18.2012
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Your Wednesday To Do List

Kickball either 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 Fair 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). Yehaw! 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.
 
 

Singing Cincinnati's Praises

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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 07.12.2012
 
 
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MPMF.12 Washington Park Schedule Taking Shape

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 07.11.2012
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"Bandstand Bluegrass" Series Starts Tonight

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
 
 
by Jac Kern 07.06.2012
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Your Weekend To Do List: 7/6-7/8

The historic Washington Park’s renovations are finally complete and the eight-acre space is now open to the public! The new park features a performance stage, interactive musical fountains, dog park, playground, underground garage and more great additions. Peruse the grounds, grab a free treat from Streetpops or Taste of Belgium, and check out a free World Choir Games Friendship Concert at 5 p.m. Saturday will kick off a weekly program for children featuring interactive appearances by Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Art Museum and more, noon-2 p.m. each Saturday. The park is open 6 a.m.-11 p.m. daily and will host several weekly free concerts and other events.Make your way through Downtown Middletown restaurants, galleries and shops for the popular First Friday Art Walk. Participating businesses include The Loft Gallery, Bella “a unique boutique” and Hollywood Dance Attire. Get your arts and shopping fix from 5-9 p.m. The Newport Motorcycle Rally continues tonight through Sunday on the Levee. Mingle with bikers, soak up some sun and enjoy live music and games all weekend. When the temperature shoots above 100 degrees, sometimes you just want to strip down and take a relaxing swim. At Paradise Gardens, nudity isn’t just allowed, it’s required! One of the city’s two nudist camps hosts an open house Saturday from noon-6 p.m. Go for a swim, sunbathe, go fishing and maybe even conquer some body shyness all in one day! Go here for more information, location details and FAQs. It’s time for the monthly dance party at Northside Tavern, Projectmill’s Dance_MF. Saturday’s theme celebrates all things woman: Dance_FemmeF. Get down to some music by female artists and DJs and donate what you can to the Anna Louise Inn, a safe and affordable housing option for local women in need. Parties for a cause are the best kind of parties. Sundays are for relaxing, day drinking and taking a break before the work week. What better place to spend this special day than Rabbit Hash? The quirky, tiny town, known to many as the “Center of the Universe,” hosts Folksiders Market each second Sunday. Vendors will be selling fine art, pottery, paper goods, unique found objects, vintage knick-knacks, food and more. Play with the town dogs, grab a beer or sarsaparilla from the wonderful General Store and enjoy a calming view of the river. The market runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m.There are dozens of World Choir Games competitions, free concerts, events and workshops across the city this weekend. Find a full lineup here.
 
 

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