by Jac Kern
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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
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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.
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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
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
by Jac Kern
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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.
Motorcycle Rally continues tonight through Sunday on the Levee. Mingle with
bikers, soak up some sun and enjoy live music and games all weekend.
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
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.
by Danny Cross
Steve Chabot’s self-righteous attempt to block federal
streetcar funding found new criticism yesterday, as The Enquirer spoke to
several credible sources who say his amendment is broad enough to affect
federal funding for transportation projects beyond the streetcar,
including bus lanes or ferries.
Mayor Mark Mallory and 3CDC representatives were scheduled
to kick off a grand opening celebration of Washington Park at 10 a.m. this
morning. The $48 million renovation includes an underground parking
garage, concession building, dog park and concert space. A rally against
the renovation and displacement of residents was scheduled for 10:30
a.m. CityBeat’s Mike Breen blogged away yesterday about the park’s
scheduled weekly music series.
It’s going to be another sucky hot weekend in Cincinnati.
U.S. hiring is being weak again.
Walgreens is buying mass drug store chains, preparing to cash in on that ObamaCare money.
Brad Pitt’s mom wrote a pro-Mitt Romney, anti-abortion and
anti-same-sex marriage letter to the editor of a Missouri newspaper.
Brad, for the record, is pro-gay marriage and donated to the 2008
anti-Proposition 8 campaign in California. I have given much thought to Richard Stoecker’s letter (“Vote for Mormon against beliefs,” June 15). I am also a Christian and differ with the Mormon religion.
But I think any Christian should spend much time in
prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals,
business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian
conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon.
Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is
casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama — a man who
sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public
ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who
supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.
I hope all Christians give their vote prayerful consideration because voting is a sacred privilege and a serious responsibility.First they were telling us that the Higgs boson is the
building block of the universe. How Professor Peter Higgs says he has no
idea what the discovery will mean in practical terms. Come on, Higgs!
Apparently 250,000 people are going to wake up without the Internet on Monday.
Scientists believe they’ve created the most realistic robot legs ever.
by Mike Breen
Weekly music, interactive musical fountains and more planned for renovated OTR park
Revitalization group 3CDC's live music programming throughout the past few summers has helped turn Fountain Square into the heart of Cincinnati's increasingly active downtown area, drawing thousands to the Square every week to catch everything from Reggae and Salsa to Hip Hop and Indie Rock. The group will be doing the same thing in Over-the-Rhine at the newly renovated Washington Park across from Music Hall. The Park officially opens tomorrow (July 6) with a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony. The christening will be followed by tours of the park, then a free 5 p.m. World Choir Games "friendship concert" at the Bandstand.Like with Fountain Square, Washington Park's weekly music series will showcase local musicians, with live performances on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesday will be "Bandstand Bluegrass" night, featuring some of the best area Bluegrass artists. The shows begin July 11 and will run every week, starting at 7 p.m., until Sept. 5. On Fridays, the Park features "Friday Flow," a night of R&B and Soul that starts July 13 and runs each Friday through Sept. 5.The lineups for Wednesdays and Fridays have yet to be announced, but more details have been made available about the every-Thursday Jazz in the Park series. Beginning July 12, the lineup has been curated by local Jazz pianist Chris Comer, who held a similar role on Fountain Square last year. The first Jazz in the Park concert is July 12 and features Comer and his quintet, plus special guest Napoleon Maddox from the progressive Jazz/Hip Hop group IsWhat?!Jazz in the Park performances run 7-9 p.m. through Aug. 30. Other shows in the series include the P&G Big Band (July 19); The Cincy Brass (Aug. 2); Steve Schmidt (Aug. 9), Ricky Nye Inc. (Aug. 16); and the Dick Sorice-Dan Jackson Quintet (Aug. 23).Along with many other special concerts — like Over the Rhine's (the band) free show July 22 and the rare joint performance featuring Cincinnati Pops, May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet — the Washington Park summer schedule is filled with other types of events, from community festivals to "dog programs" to movie nights and special "Curiosity Saturdays" for kids. One of the coolest physical changes to Washington Park is the interactive Classical Music Walk of Fame, a project in conjunction with the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and InfoTrust which will enable visitors to use their smartphones and tablets to play various musical selections through the park's sound system or through the very cool "musical fountains," which will change appearance/flow/color depending on which music is selected. Here's a quick overview of how the interactive Classical Music Walk of Fame will work. To read about all of the things Washington Park has planned just this summer alone (remember, it will be a primary venue for the MidPoint Music Festival at the end of September) click here.
by Mike Breen
Renovated park gears up for early July grand opening events
Veteran, internationally-acclaimed Cincinnati band Over the Rhine will be performing a free concert on July 22 in Over-the-Rhine (the neighborhood). The group is kicking off a series of "grand opening celebration" concerts this summer at the newly renovated Washington Park, which took 18 months and $48 million to complete. All events are free and open to the public.The first big event is Over the Rhine's July 22 concert at Washington Park's permanent stage on the new "Civic Lawn." An opening act will soon be announced.On Aug. 3, the Park will host a rare "joint performance" by the Cincinnati Pops, May Festival, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet. The full Pops Orchestra will perform a program of Classical, Broadway and Pop tunes, joined by the May Fest Chorus, singers from the Opera and dancers from the Ballet. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. On Aug. 4, the Over-the-Rhine Community Festival returns to Washington Park. The 28-year-old fest was on hold last year while the park was under construction. The event will feature games, food, kids' events, DJs and live music (TBA). The fest runs 12-6 p.m.Washington Park officially re-opens on July 6 at 10 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. There will be a free "Friendship Concert" in the park later that day (5-7 p.m.), presented by the World Choir Games.Like on Fountain Square, 3CDC is bringing a full slate of weekly musical events (as well as Saturday night movies and family-oriented fare on the weekends) to Washington Park. Full details will come with the launch of the new Washington Park website in early July. Plans so far are to have Bluegrass on Wednesdays, Jazz on Thursdays and R&B and Soul on Fridays. Check out the park on Facebook here for the latest updates.