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Wussy Shakes It Again

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Scoring glowing reviews in national music magazines for your first two albums might intimidate some artists. But for Wussy, set to release its newest (a self-titled effort) for locally-based Shake It Records, a natural progression and tightness has resulted in its best album yet. The brilliant Wussy will get “CD release partied” this Friday at the Northside Tavern.  

Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2009
The 25th Sundance Film Festival came to a close on Jan. 24, and for the first time in 15 years a CityBeat staffer wasn’t there to witness it. As was the case for many publications (as well as general film freaks and industry people), the shitty state of our economy forced us to skip Sundance’s unique mix of adventurous, independent moviemaking and hype-driven industry wheeling and dealing.   

Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (Review)

Plexifilm, 2008, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2009
One reason it’s become so hard for new musicians to make an impact is because so many old ones — including deceased ones — are still being discovered (or rediscovered), thanks to the proselytizing efforts of those who somehow got turned on to their obscure work the first time around.   

The Ascent

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I wanted to dislike The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge. Well, “wanted” is the wrong word. I expected to dislike the Ascent. Perhaps this could be due to my preference for old historic buildings, or maybe I presumed that such high aspirations would have to result in a stunning but alienating encounter.  

2009 Visual Art Wish List

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2009
As we enter a new year, my biggest wish for Cincinnati’s visual-arts scene in 2009 is a simple one — that we can hold onto what already is here. Lots of people in the local arts are struggling, along with the greater economy, and that puts what they’re doing at risk.  

Big-Screen's Best

CityBeat film writers reveal their favorites of 2008

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Need more proof of film culture’s fractured state? Twenty-three different titles grace the 30 slots on the three Top 10 lists that follow, and only two — Man on Wire and The Wrestler — appear on all three.  

Top 5 New Year's Food Resolutions

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 30, 2008
We all have them, even if they’re left unstated. Even if we’ve refused to come up with any this year, they lurk in our subconscious, coming out in mysterious ways like guilt for blowing $50 at your favorite restaurant or for eating a bar of Chocolove for breakfast (welcome to my world).  

Trying to Make an Impact

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Starting out in this print business 10 years ago, I worked Christmas Day at The Cincinnati Enquirer. Besides the overtime pay, I enjoyed working major holidays because usually there was nothing to do. On this one day, I remember, I decided to pull the newsroom TVs out their cubbyholes to dust behind them.  

Outsourcing Local Newspaper Jobs

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Theyre getting cheap labor from India and turning their backs on Americans in order to solve their problems, but they expect us to buy the newspapers and advertise in them as usual. Do the people a favor and check into the outsourcing and post it all over the place.  

Even With Bad Economy, Art Museum Has Progressive Plans

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Museums have not been immune to the nations economic meltdown Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Arts endowment has calamitously plunged and Cincinnatis Contemporary Arts Center had to lay off five people, including its public relations director.  

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