by Jac Kern
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Bockfest is upon us! The annual celebration of Cincinnati's beer brewing history kicks off tonight with the Bockfest Parade, stepping off at 6 p.m. Organizers are keeping an eye on the weather, so check back with their site and Facebook page just in case. Even if the weather gets real ugly, just stop by one of the dozen participating venues where admission is free and beer is a-flowin'. Tons of special events coincide with the fest: Tonight, Park + Vine hosts its second annual veenie roast tonight (veggie hot dogs on delicious Mayday pretzel buns), Japps will feature a dance party tonight and Saturday, a Craft Menagerie takes over Arnold's Saturday and Washington Platform has a Bockfest Brunch Sunday, to name a few. And remember, you're not just getting your drink on, you're supporting Cincinnati history!Covington's Carnegie Center presents its sixth annual Art of Food show, opening tonight. As you might've guessed, this art exhibit is centered around all things edible. The reception features beautiful culinary creations (that you can actually eat) by everyone from BonBonnerie to La Poste, Queen City Cookies to Taste of Belgium. Admission is a little steep ($60 at the door for non-members), but you'll leave with your left brain and stomach both very satisfied. Admission after the reception is free. Get details here.It's always exciting when a new exhibit comes to the Contemporary Arts Center, and their opening parties are always a blast. Saturday the CAC welcomes two new art shows: I surrender, dear, Dasha Shishkin's first solo museum exhibit and Spectacle: The Music Video, curated by creative collective Flux. Read more about the artists here and check out our preview of Spectacle here. Music videos as art. Super cool.The opening reception kicks off at 8 p.m. In addition to checking out the artwork, electronic musician/wizard Dan Deacon will perform 8-9 p.m. If you haven't heard of him, here's a preview:Following the original performance is a DJ set 'til 11 p.m. The party is free and there will be a cash bar. Get more info here.If you didn't score tickets to tonight's sold out Black Keys show, there are plenty of other music options. Eli's BBQ on Riverside Drive hosts Downtown Country Band tonight at 10 p.m. Tickets are $12. And really, any concert that also features barbecue is probably a sure bet. The Harlequins hosts an album release show Saturday at Mayday in Northside. Peep our interview with the crew. There are tons of other live music shows this weekend. Find them all on our music blog.This not enough for you? There are tons of other happenings this weekend. Arts? We got 'em. Theater? You bet. Foul-mouthed, inxtoicated comedians? Of course. Just check out our To Do page for all your fun-having needs.
by Jac Kern
If your Monday could use a little less desk jockeying and a few more laughs, you're in luck. PROJECTMILL returns to Mayday Northside tonight with Bombs Away! Comedy Open Mic. Whether you're a stand-up pro-in-the-making or just a fan of comedy, the free event is for everyone. Host Mack Harden will guide guests through the night (8-11:30 p.m.) and local comic Alex Stone will present a special set. If you have a few beers and start feeling witty, you can try your hand, too! Sign-ups for 5-minute sets (it's longer than you think) open at 8 p.m. Have a few laughs, a couple drinks and a signature Mayday dog. Not bad for a Monday! Get details here.The Contemporary Arts Center is one of those few arts organizations open on Mondays (instead, Tuesday is their day off) Admission is always free after 5 on Mondays, but until Saturday, all admission is pay-what-you-can while the upcoming exhibits are installed. This is an interesting opportunity to watch as new works are brought in, play like a kid in the UnMuseum and shop in the always-fabulous gift shop. Saturday's opening party for the new exhibits will be quite a Spectacle, so look for details in this week's upcoming issue. Find ours and directions to the CAC here. Week nights are a great opportunity to check out dining hot spots without a 2-hour wait for a seat in a packed restaurant. Joining the ranks of downtown's best new eateries is JimmyG's. Open from 5-9p.m. tonight, JimmyG's offers a sexy ambiance to accompany executive chef Jimmy Gibson's (formerly of FB's) steakhouse staples with a New American flair. Check out our full review here.Check out Mike Breen's daily blog for tonight's live music lineup. And mark your calendars: Thursday is our annual Swizzle Soiree. Join us at PLAY for a celebration in conjunction with the release of our bar guide (on stands Wednesday). Cheers!
by Jac Kern
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Having a case of the Mondays is usually a bad thing/really annoying phrase, but not when there's actually fun stuff happening! Forget what your calendar says; tonight is full of weekend-worthy events.Experimental Electro-Pop musician Zola Jesus performs tonight at the Contemporary Arts Center. This one-woman noise machine is known for commanding a room, despite her tiny stature. The unique architectural aspects of the venue should be a perfect match to Jesus' (real name: Nika Roza Danilova) individual sound and performance style. Doors open at 7:30 for the 8 p.m. show, with Talk Normal as the opening act. $10 for CAC members, $15 for everyone else at the door. Read Leyla Shokoohe's interview with Jesus here.Afterwards, stop by Milton's Prospect Hill Tavern for their Monday night vinyl club. Record-collectors and music lovers alike can bring their favorite albums to play, or have resident DJs J.Zang, DJ Mowgli and DJ Dirty C play them for you. Go here for more information, including a list of popular music genres and guidelines. Enjoy a wide variety of vinyl tunes alongside a couple beers. It's only 4 days 'til Friday, right?There's also a fair amount of live music tonight. Bluegrass-"citybilly" hybrid Oakhust plays Stanley's Pub at 9 p.m.; Sparrow Bellows continues its residency at MOTR Pub, playing at 10 p.m.; Monday = Mad Frog for many as Tropicoso presents its weekly Salsa night at the Clifton Heights club. For more news about live shows and concerts, CD releases and daily music history notes, follow our music blog.Saving your partying for tomorrow (Mardi Gras)? Stay home and tune into PBS for the first half of a two-part series on former president Bill Clinton. Check out more television tidbits here.
by Mike Breen
Acclaimed electronic artist specially requested performance at noted downtown museum
The Contemporary Arts Center hosts a performance tonight by enigmatic, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/musician Zola Jesus. The stage name of Nika Roza Danilova, Jesus has become a prime force on musical tip sheets as an artist to watch. Her uniquely atmospheric, electronic-based compositions are adventurous and evocative dreamscapes that have deep, philosophical underpinnings and often a dark hue, something that has led to her being pegged as "Goth." Danilova told CityBeat's Leyla Shokoohe she believes that pigeonhole is just a gut response to any music dealing with "darkness"; she views her music's emotional tone as merely a reflection of the natural spectrum of her emotions, "not a choice of style." Still, it's hard to not hear the influence of acts like Dead Can Dance and Cocteau Twins in her work (as well as other pioneering synth-based Pop). Just don't expect the CAC to be Goth central in Cincinnati tonight; Jesus has fans of all stripes.Danilova said she specifically requested to play the CAC on her current tour. "I emailed my booking agent, and I was like, ‘I really want to play at the Contemporary Arts Center’ because I love architecture and it’s the only building in America designed by my favorite architect (Zaha Hadid),” Jesus told CityBeat. “I just have heard it’s great and I’m really excited. When I’m in a building that feels like (it) aligns with everything I feel inside, it just makes things so much more utopian in a way. I just think that architecture reflects the personality and character of the world.”Those kind of philosophical insights run throughout the interview. Check it out here. Tonight's performance (with her backing band and visually stimulating stage design) starts at 8 p.m. with an opening set by Noise Pop duo Talk Normal. Remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $15. Click here for details on the performance and check out the official Zola Jesus video for "Vessel" off of her latest album, Conatus.
Experimental singer/songwriter Zola Jesus comes to town for a special performance at the CAC
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Zola Jesus likes to have a lot of space. Born Nika Danilova in Wisconsin, Jesus
recounts a childhood spent running around her slice of the Midwest with
ample amounts of freedom and independence. She credits this freewheeling
upbringing with helping her find out who she was at a very young age.
Local visual arts venues prepare for another intriguing season
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The fall season’s museum show that has attracted the most advance interest — because of its ambitiousness and its timeliness — is the Contemporary Art Center’s Realms of Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan, which opens Sept. 23 and continues until an as-yet-not-finalized January date.
New museum seasons show a new way of thinking
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Now that the Cincinnati Art Museum and Contemporary Arts Center both have announced their 2011-2012 seasons, the biggest immediate story exhibition-wise is the amount of international interest the CAC already is getting for its Realms of Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan. That show, put together by Justine Ludwig, runs September-January.
CAC show of Pop Art icon Keith Haring’s early work is a revelation
1 Comment · Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Keith Haring’s iconography of silhouetted figures, pointy-eared dogs, swelling hearts and televisions — produced in an instantly recognizable style of heavy black outlines filling jumbled compositions — is synonymous with the Pop Art and street culture of the 1980s.
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Cincinnati’s three major art museums — Cincinnati Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Center and Taft Museum of Art — all found success with 2010 exhibitions.
CAC revs up Rosson Crow's new motorcycle-themed exhibition
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 9, 2010
With the opening last week of its newest exhibition, 'Rosson Crow: Myth of the American Motorcycle,' the Contemporary Art Center is drawing regional attention to another rising star who produces art-history savvy works with heavy doses of A-list glamour and the red-and-black color schemes of revolutions and rebels. Crow's series of brand-new paintings is paired with a set of actual bikes, each with personalized and highly detailed custom-paint jobs.