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04 Lists & letters A letter from the editor Tiny Bits

Summer staples to relax and cool off

The a-list

A collection of our favorite ethnic food finds

06 Fashion & beauty Test kitchen

Our trio tries the Colgate Wisp

Mirror, mirror

Megan Kelly lists her favorite multiple use makeup buys

Beauty alert

Keep your face in place with these prime primers

The good life

Rejuvenating yoga poses for stress, sleep and stretching

First look

Sheer blouses, wide-leg denim and cute clutch purses

Fashion

Creative layering takes summer trends into fall

18 Arts & culture Style sampled

Director and Chief Curator of the Contemporary Arts Center, Raphaela Platow, lets us look at her routine By Tamia Stinson

transitions global

This nonprofit helps victims of human trafficking reclaim their lives and sense of self By Judith Turner-Yamamoto

Music to our ears

A 7-year-old joins our editorial staff

mixtape darlings

Founder of concert:nova and clarinetist for the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra creates a musical mixtape of her favorite songs By Jac Kern

found in translation

Sometimes we need to look to the past to find our present By Hannah McCartney

28 Projects & recipes Make your own

Floating coat hangers add a pop of color and organization

Cookbook

Thai Express’ Wan Lindquist dishes on her Bangkok favorite, Fish with Tamarind Sauce

Homemade happy hour

It’s Tiki time with the flavorful and refreshing Nui Nui

street style

Tamia Stinson recreates Cincinnati street style

Lightborne Publishing Inc. 811 Race St., Fifth Floor Cincinnati, OH 45202 Phone: 513-665-4700 Editorial Fax: 513-665-4369 Business Fax: 513-665-4368 E-mail: info@a-linemagazine.com a-linemagazine.com Editor in chief Maija Zummo CREATIVE Director Rebecca Sylvester editor at large Judith Turner-Yamamoto Contributors Jessy Baum, Frankie Blase, Kristina Gerig, Megan Kelly, Jac Kern, Hannah McCartney, Elle Morris, Tamia Stinson, Taryn Tegarden, Garen Torchia, Molly Wellmann photographers Cameron Knight, Emily Maxwell, Tiffany Dawn Nicholson illustrator Stephanie Ress Interns Christina Daniels, Meredith Fossett, Sidney Hilley, Julie Keys, Sarah Shaefer, Kelly Tucker, Jessica Wolcott director of sales and marketing Chuck Davis MAJOR Account EXECUTIVE Hilary Snyder Advertising Account Specialist Shannon Loeffler Advertising Account managers Tony Frank, Lauren Faulkner, Katharine Harrow, Tracy Walker, Neil White Advertising COORDINATOR Kane Kitchen Circulation Manager Steve Ferguson BUSINESS Manager Jeff Dorsey Receivables Latha Mannava Administrative assistant Brandi Ballou Events and marketing Sara Beiting, Brittany Huffman Publishers Dan Bockrath, John Fox On the cover Photo by Tiffany Dawn Nicholson; Styled by Tamia Stinson; Hair and makeup Jessica Hoffman; Model Erica Turer; On Erica: Blouse, Mossimo, Target; Skirt, American Apparel; Socks, Hue, Macy’s; Bracelet, Desigual, 4U Urban Boutique, OTR; Straw clutch, Vintage, NVISION, Northside; Turquoise bag, Fossil, Macy’s Entire contents are copyright 2011 Lightborne Publishing Inc. and may not be reprinted in whole or in part without prior written permission from the publishers.

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ith a plethora of ethnic markets (and Findlay Market, of course) we have more than our fair share of available global gourmet goodies in Greater Cincinnati. We packed a picnic basket full of some of our favorite finds...

Black Rice and hello kitty candy Saigon Market, Findlay Market

mirabelle plum jam and Les Framboises hard candy Le Bon Vivant, East Walnut Hills oaxaca cheese La Mexicana, Newport

baguette Shadeau Breads, Overthe-Rhine

red lentils and quinoa in bulk Clifton Natural Foods, Clifton Heights

black and pink salt Colonel De’s, Findlay Market

tomato chutney, mint chutney and black lentils Jagdeep’s Indian Grocery, Clifton fresh pasta and pesto sauce Bouchard’s, Findlay Market

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tiny bits

A collection of A-Line’s favorite odds and ends

letter from the editor It’s so hot. How hot is it? Hot enough that I’m not going to finish this joke because there’s nothing funny about an oppressively humid August in Cincinnati. But—as always—there are some enjoyable aspects (even if you’re sweating through your bra). We’ve decided to play around with the idea of “Away at Home” in this issue for those of us who can’t skip town for budget reasons, for time constraints or just because we can’t. So before summer winds down and we launch back into our regular routines, let’s take one final getaway (at least metaphorically speaking) and explore the exotic in our own backyard. Check the “A-List” for tips on where to find delectably enticing ethnic foods. Transport yourself to Bangkok with Wan Lindquist’s Fish with Tamarind Sauce in “Cookbook.” Allow yourself a luxuriously lazy afternoon lounging in the hammock from “Tiny Bits” while Molly Wellmann’s craft cocktail, the Nui Nui, tingles your Tiki taste buds. Or trot through Budapest with writer Hannah McCartney. And when you’re ready to come back home and hang up your bags, “Make Your Own” colorful entryway hooks. So, fine, August is good. Here’s to another month of pool parties, barbecues, dreaming of dusty road trips, heavily applying sunscreen and cooling off with refreshing evening cocktails. —Maija Zummo

vibrant afternoon hammock Anthropologie $98.00

penguin classics clothbound ‘alice in wonderland’ Joseph-Beth, Rookwood $20.00

Tokyo Milk Butter Lotion Nest, Hyde Park $19.00

Paper fan Cappel’s, Downtown 30¢

beach towel H&M $17.95

project iris Peace Sign Burnout Tee Sara Benjamin’s, Mariemont $49.00

woven market tote Maumee World Traders, Findlay Market $35.00

jeni’s splendid ice creams Picnic and Pantry, Northside $12.00

Tiny Bits stylist Garen Torchia works for Anthropologie and enjoys making jewelry, cooking and perusing local flea markets.

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Test kitchen

Product reviews from A-Line’s favorite friends

Get a “just brushed clean” anytime and anywhere with the Colgate Wisp portable pocket toothbrush $6.99 (for three) CVS

✳ ✳ ✳ ✳ ✳ christina: 20 I love food. In my opinion, the best food has garlic…and a lot of it. As much as I love the taste of garlic, I don’t love how it makes my breath smell. I used the compact Colgate Wisp after a flavorful lunch of garlic-laden fare. I think I like the idea of the cute, little toothbrush more than anything, but honestly a stick of gum and swish of water would have worked equally as well.

✳ ✳ ✳ ✳ ✳ angela: 30 So, the first words that come to mind after trying this little toothbrush are “refreshing and convenient,” but I would’ve really liked to rinse after using. My mouth felt clean and fresh afterward, but I have to say the spearmint flavor I tried is too minty sweet and I wouldn’t buy these. If, however, I was out and about and had a bad breath emergency or something stuck in my teeth, it’s nice to know there are mini-brushes like this out there to purchase.

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jennifer: 55 A great product for an evening out that can be concealed in a clutch or a pocket. Its convenient packaging holds a simple toothbrush that doesn’t need water and a pick that replaces floss. It works for afterdinner use, but it’s not substantial enough for travel or work.


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Double Duty Makeup

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rying to pare down what to put in your purse to take you from day to evening or from “My alarm didn’t go off!” to office appropriate? Makeup artist Megan Kelly dishes on multiple uses for everyday staples.

The SWISS ARMY KNIVES OF MAKEUP Eyeshadow Can be used as blush, face contour and for subtle highlights all over the face. Change the color of your eyebrows in a subtle way by applying lighter or darker shadow to the brows. Or wet the shadow and make a lip stain! Strong pigments work best with these, so think artist-line products. We extra love Lipstick Doubles as a blush, but you can also add streaks of color to your hair. A little goes a long way. Again, strong colors work best. We extra love Bronzer Great for contouring the face and chest. You can go from an A cup to a C just by applying a streak of bronzer between your breasts, and blending upward and outward in a V-shape along the natural curve of your bosom. Also great for eyeshadow. A bronzer with an orange base looks beautiful with any eye color. We extra love ChapStick/lip Balm Holds brows in place by applying like a gel and gives great shine to eyelids when lightly applied like eyeshadow…just make sure it’s not a plumping/tingling kind. Olive oil It’s great for so many things. It removes eye makeup and conditions your lashes at the same time. Just use it sparingly. Also great for the body. White/light pink eyeliner Love to use this inside the inner rim of the eye to make it appear bigger (think doe-eyed Audrey Hepburn). If used with a light hand, you can apply it around the mouth for a subtle highlight that creates a great full pout. Great for tired eyes as well. Apply to the inner corner and blend out to conceal darker areas. For extra coverage, follow with your concealer. We extra love Baby powder Great for a dry shampoo. Use a little at a time. Apply a dime-sized amount in your palm, rub together, then distribute from root-to-tip throughout your hair. Absorbs excess oil and products. And, let’s face it, it smells good too! We extra love Mascara If you’re between hair colorings and your roots are showing a bit too much, use a little mascara to cover them up. Clean off excess on the wand and two swipes should do the job. Also, in a pinch, you can use mascara as eyeliner and shadow. Apply to the lash line as normal, then apply to your eyelids and blend with your finger. We extra love

Megan Kelly studied Theatrical Design at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and cosmetology at Aveda Fredrick’s Institute and is a certified artist with M.A.C.

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{BEAUTY LERT} The Dog Days of August {by elle morris}

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t’s August in Cincinnati. Humidity reigns and your biggest concern is: How do I keep my makeup from sweating off my face after I walk out the door? Well, ladies, I recommend under makeup primer. Let’s start with mass retailers. I like L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base. It blurs pores and imperfections, but what makes it indispensable is how it controls oil. It creates a matte appearance and your makeup goes on flawlessly. You can find it at most drugstores and at Ulta for about $14. Moving up a rung into the beauty paradise known as Sephora, you can find Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer for around $32. The product is absolutely clear and oil free. It goes on silky and is lightweight. You’re “pre-Photoshopped” for pictures! Now, for the holy grail of primers found at Neiman Marcus’ infamous Beauty Department: Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Anti-Fatigue Cream Enriched Primer and Mask. This primer soaks into your skin like a moisturizer and minimizes fine lines for a smooth finish. It does double duty too—if your skin is looking tired and needs a lift, apply it as a mask. It’s $85 and worth every dime (especially for “mature” skin). My tube has lasted six months! Advice from the VP & General Manager of LPK Beauty The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of Libby, Perszyk, Kathman Inc. or any of its affiliates.

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{the good life}

REJUVENATING POSES

easy, everday yoga {By kelly tucker} ILLUSTRATIONS BY STEPHANIE RESS

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he ancient practice of yoga was once reserved only for warriors training for battle. Today everyone from Hollywood stars to soccer moms flock to the nearest studio to roll out their mats and get their inner peace on. Too many people believe they have to be inhumanly flexible, super-slim or mind-bendingly strong to be able to practice and reap the benefits of yoga. But despite what you see on television, people of all shapes, sizes and abilities can join in, eventually increasing their focus, lowering stress and, yes, gaining strength and flexibility along the way. “It’s important to emphasize to people that it’s really not about flexibility,” Chara Caruthers, a yoga instructor at Simply Power Yoga in Loveland, says. “That’s something that comes and that’s sort of a benefit of it—it’s not a requirement for it.” We sat down with Caruthers, as well as Indu Bala Bhardwaj of It’s Yoga in Clifton, to discuss the best postures for women of all ages to try out and quench their yogic curiosity. We also referenced yogabasics.com for assistance with breaking down the steps for each posture. These individual poses can give you a natural kick to start off your day, pick you up during the midday slump and even help reduce stress when performed in the right state of mind.

Child (Balasana) 1. From a kneeling position, rest hips on heels and place your forehead on the mat. 2. Let your belly press into your thighs. 3. This pose can be accomplished with arms stretching forward with palms down or resting gently at your sides. Caruthers recommends this pose to coax yourself out of bed or prep for slumber. “It’s a stretching pose, so your body’s actually doing something. It’s a gentler way to slowly wake up the body,” she says.

Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana) 1. Hinging at the hips, bend forward to stretch the spine, bringing your head to your knees. 2. Either bring your hands to the floor beside your feet or hold onto your elbows as you hang. Keep legs bent slightly if necessary to bring the head toward the knees and bring your torso against the thighs as you breathe. Caruthers recommends stealing away from the desk for a few minutes during the day to try out this pose. “[Forward bends] are excellent to do in the middle of the work day. You’re bringing blood back into the head, and you’re relieving the lower back … and you’re also getting a nice stretch in the hamstrings.”

Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Shvanasana)

1. Begin on your hands and knees with hands directly below your shoulders and knees directly below your hips. 2. Tuck your toes under as you lift up from your knees, press into your hands and raise your hips to the sky. 3. Pressing heels and fingers into the floor, feel your tailbone pull toward your chest and pull your torso upward and into your upper thighs. 4. Keep back and legs as straight as possible without straining and breathe. 5. If it’s difficult to keep your heels on the ground, Bhardwaj recommends stepping your feet forward until your feet fall flat.

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red haute sheer chiffon blouse Nordstrom $78.00

fate double pocket sheer tank Kismet, O’Bryonville $39.00

scarves Chicken Lays an Egg, Northside $5.00 each

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chiffon puff sleeve blouse American Apparel $46.00

first look

Love Notes Sleeveless Top Francesca’s $28.00

sheer delight Soft, floaty and see-through. Layer with bright tanks or a bold brassiere.

fernery top Anthropologie $88.00

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burlington flares Casablanca Vintage, Northside $20.00

first look

with flare Fitted, highwaisted, trouser, vintage... whatever the rise, the wide legs are the focus

Landlubber jean NVISION, Northside $20.00

Chambray trouser Arden B. $49.00

1969 high-rise flares Gap $69.95

doted denim trouser Anthropologie $128.00

1969 high-rise flares Gap $69.95

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Some of your favorite summer pieces can work well into fall with a little creative layering

Shorts Add a cozy sweater, over-theknee socks and a dapper fedora to add warmth to your summer shorts-andtop uniform.

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Maxi dress Put a lightweight military-style jacket over a sleeveless maxi dress for extra coverage when the weather cools.

Sandals Keep your toes toasty by wearing your summer sandals with ankle socks in a contrasting color.

Opposite page On Erica: fedora, vintage, NVISION, Northside; sweater, vintage, NVISION, Northside; blouse, Joie, Sara Benjamin’s, Mariemont; shorts, Coquille, Anthropologie; socks, Hue, Macy’s; shoes, Bakers; jewelry, stylist’s own.

Sleeveless top Wear an open-knit vest with a tank top in warm weather, then layer it over a pretty printed blouse as temperatures start to drop.

This page On Heather, above: dress, Elan, Couture Couture, OTR; jacket, Black, Couture Couture, OTR; necklace/earrings, The Little Mahatma, OTR; shoes, Halogen, Nordstrom; ring, Couture Couture, OTR. On Heather, below: blouse, Joie, Sara Benjamin’s, Mariemont; open-weave tank, Lumiere, Couture Couture, OTR; bag, Fossil, Macy’s; pants, American Apparel; shoes, Michael Michael Kors, Nordstrom; jewelry, stylist’s own; tank top, vintage, Atomic Number 10, OTR. On Erica: skirt, American Apparel; socks, Hue, Macy’s; shoes, Bakers. Hair and Makeup Jessica Hoffman; Models Heather Patev & Erica Turer; Production Assistants Christina Daniels, Julie Keys & Sarah Schaefer. Big thanks to Over-the-Rhine Living for use of Falling Wall condos and courtyard.

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riginally from Munich, Germany, Raphaela Platow is an adventurer at heart. In the international world of art, her job as Director and Chief Curator of the Contemporary Arts Center is to shape the institution into a place that is vibrant, open, inclusive, pulsating with energy and deeply connected to the community. “I have always believed in following my heart in my career choices,” she says. “This is a life purpose for me.” In the face of these considerable responsibilities, Raphaela takes time to relax by having dinner parties at her old farmhouse in Northern Kentucky (built in 1866) and stays healthy by practicing yoga, taking long walks and dancing ‘til morning. Sounds like the perfect formula for creative innovation...

Raphaela Platow Director and chief curator of the contemporary arts center {profile By tamia stinson} photos by tiffany dawn nicholson

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Foodie Network “I love to eat! I love fresh produce from Findlay

Market, delicious cheeses, good bread, chocolate, meats, vegetables, pasta. Everything!”

Travel Life “Travel is an essential part of my life. I like to discover, delve into the texture and atmosphere of a place. I like to feel the energy of my destination and just float in it for a while.”

Health Caring “To me, good health

Creative Streak “Creativity is in everything I do. It’s my motivator. Thank God I have a very pragmatic side, which keeps me on track.”

means feeling connected to my body and having an equilibrium between mind, body and soul. I have been doing yoga for more than 10 years and often take classes at [The] Yoga Bar downtown.”

Process Pro “My life is my work, in a way. Everything I do and experience fuels and informs my work. Contemporary art is my facilitator and I have always loved to talk with people about art and the creative process.“

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Girls receive holistic support and more at Transitions Global

Transitions Global Helping Victims of Human Trafficking Recover and thrive

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{By Judith turner-yamamoto} photos provided by transitions global

n 2007, 15-year-old Srey Da (name changed) was living on the ThailandCambodia border, poor and struggling to support her four siblings while her mother worked in Thailand. One day while searching for her mother in Thailand, Da was lured into a car by a group of men who claimed to employ her mother. Several hours into the ride, Da realized she was not going to see her mother again. After being gang-raped by the men—a common trafficking conditioning method—she was put to work in a Thailand gogo bar. By day she cleaned the bar; at night she entertained customers. Subjected to multiple rapes, Da lost track of time. She finally escaped when a policeman inspecting the bar pretended to hire her for sex. He drove her to the border and helped her get to the Cambodian police: the first leg of her journey out of human trafficking and back to a sense of self. Key to Da’s recovery, and that of countless other girls ensnared in sex trafficking in Southeast Asia, was her referral to the Transitional Living Center (TLC). TLC is

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an aftercare program in Phnom Penh, Cambodia run by Transitions Global, a nonprofit organization with administrative offices based in Cincinnati. There Da engaged in therapy, adult life skills and a program to help her find her dream—which initially was, given her destroyed self-value, to clean toilets. Founded by James and Athena Pond, Transitions Global provides comprehensive aftercare services to girls between the ages of 13 and 19 years old who have been sexually trafficked, exploited or abused. The Ponds guide, never push, and at TLC they allowed Da to do housecleaning training while she continued to work through her trauma. But before the Ponds began their work to transform the lives of sexually trafficked girls, they experienced a dramatic life change of their own. On Jan. 23, 2004, the Ponds and their three children watched “Children for Sale,” a story on NBC’s Dateline detailing sexual slavery in Cambodia. What happened next has all the makings of a dramatic feature film. Pond, a former U.S. Marine who had worked in intelligence, called the Office to Combat and Monitor Human Trafficking at the U.S. State Department. Learning that the problem was much more profound, he began research that would put him in touch with 14 agencies and


prompt him to take leave from his job as an executive in a Los Angeles-based plastics company to travel to Phnom Penh to see firsthand what could be done. What he saw convinced him to return to Cambodia with his family. Together they began making a difference in the lives of girls victimized by the sex trade. “The Dateline piece was, quite simply, the moment that brought us here,” Pond says. Pond was no stranger to the struggles he saw on his TV screen that night and knew firsthand what deliverance could look like. Growing up in the Bay Area of California, his father was incarcerated when he was in high school. His mother struggled with alcoholism, Multiple Sclerosis and the challenges of raising three children. “It was only by the grace and compassion of a teacher...that took me in that I was able to graduate from high school and have some sense of education and family in my life,” Pond says. “His help wasn’t condescending. It was ‘Live with me for the next two years of high school.’ I was a vulnerable teenager, and having someone reach out in a very real way was totally life-changing.” The Ponds married very young— James was 20; Athena, 17—and soon after being wed they took in Pond’s brother and sister, launching headlong into the action-oriented approach that has since defined their lives together. Five other teenagers followed— at-risk kids they encountered in what they call their own version of foster care. “It wasn’t like we just woke up one day and decided to move to Cambodia,” Pond recalls. “We had been working with vulnerable teenagers and participated in really serious homeless outreach. This wasn’t a soup kitchen. It wasn’t like homeless people come

and you give them a meal. It was homeless people come in, they take a shower, they have a meal and then you start working on strategies for helping them get back on their feet.” The Ponds drew on this firsthand experience to put together an action plan for Cambodia. “When you’re dealing with victims, there are certain things that they need—safety, basic needs, therapy and life skills. We learned as we went along. We consulted professionals; we met with other organizations, learned the terminology and began picking up on the recurring themes.” What the Ponds repeatedly heard was that the overarching need was for aftercare for sexually trafficked girls. “People envision these sex trafficking survivors as vulnerable girls that run into your arms, grateful and thankful that you’re there to save them,” Pond says. “Often times these are girls that are violent. They’re confused. They’re highly traumatized. They’re dealing with all kinds of stuff and they definitely do not see you as help, they see you as a hindrance. But they do come to see Transitions as a haven to heal.” Transitions Global now operates two primary projects, TLC and Secondary Transitional Apartment Residence (STAR House), geared toward providing quality holistic aftercare for sexually trafficked girls. Victims are provided with everything from safe shelter to holistic medical care, restorative dentistry, therapy, life skills, education and vocational training. And when the graduates of primary aftercare can’t go home and can’t live independently, STAR helps them develop independent life skills through a social-work monitored program so they can learn to live on their own.

Trafficking at home Human trafficking is a problem of global proportions with epicenters in regions of the world compromised by war and poverty, but it’s also no stranger to cities like Cincinnati.

“Sex trafficking is happening on two fronts and we find this to be a global trend,” James Pond says. “You have foreign women and girls that are being trafficked from Eastern Europe and Asia and Mexico into the United States. But you also have the American girls.What we find is predominately in every country the biggest problem is always domestic trafficking.” There’s an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 girls being trafficked annually in the U.S., Pond says. While Pond emphasizes every girl targeted by sex trafficking predators is different, a composite profile might look like the following: She’s grown up in a poor, uneducated rural family where she was sexually abused by a family member or someone she knew by the age of 7. She was probably raped by someone within her family or community by the time she’s 11 and then sexually trafficked somewhere between the ages of 13 and 15.

“The dilemma is the United States is an enormous country.We have one really great federal overarching law, but we have 50 states that interpret that law differently…We don’t have really solid services to provide them with the same care we are able to provide for girls in Cambodia.” However, the Ponds are now finding trafficked girls that have ninth and tenth grade educations, as well as city-born girls that are being lured, tricked and kidnapped into the trade.

To learn more, please visit www.transitionsglobal.org.

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music to our ears What we’re listening to now.

✳ ✳ ✳ ✳ ✳ Total confidence. That’s what it takes to begin your record with an 8-minute sprawling, winding, multichaptered and declarative opening song. Such is the very brave stance Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter have taken on their latest album, Marble Son. Sykes does not lend herself easily to lazy categorization. Read any number of attempts to explain her specific type of sound and you’re left with a scrap heap of overly used clichés and buzzwords that don’t do the music—or her—any justice. But it is very clear that the band has fully come into its own and, most importantly, on its own terms: The album was released on its Station Grey Records. So, what do Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter “sound” like? That’s your question? They sound...worthy. Worthy of your time, your ear, your dedicated listening to an hour of nearly perfectly crafted and daring music making. If you had to sum it up, if you had to tag it (as it were), it would be the sound of a beautiful, graceful, injury within. Begin with the 8-minute opener: “Hushed by Devotion”

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Join us for a trip around the world in your own backyard... Surround yourself with lush exotic florals, Spanish guitar, world dance and delicious tiny bites at our August “Away at Home” event.

It would be a welcome shift in context to read about a new album and not have to read about its predecessors, but with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart it’s really almost impossible. That could be a bad thing if this were a band trying to escape its influences, but POBPAH embrace them. The melancholy pop and shoegaze phenomenon that carried through the early ‘90s by My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain were evident on POBPAH’s debut album in 2009 and are present again—if not louder and crisper—on the recent release, Belong. The “louder and crisper” part could be partially due to the helping hands of superproducers Flood and Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, U2, PJ Harvey, to name a few). But, fear not, this is not a new U2 record. Belong delivers the treble-heavy fuzzy moans of heartbreak that the band’s debut (and the aforementioned influences) brought in the past. Start with the title track: “Belong”

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Sometimes it’s good to get a new perspective on music, and getting that perspective from kid is always refreshing. We asked A-Line’s official 7-yearold Frankie Blase what she’s listening to now (because you’re bound to have complex musical taste when your father is a proprietor of Shake It Records). “April March sounds like hip-hop mixed with jazz. My favorite song is ‘Caribou.’ The CD is mostly in French. I think everyone would like it. I have been listening to it for three months.” Start with her favorite, obviously: “Caribou” Taryn and a 7-year-old review CDs


TRACK 1: Arcade Fire, “Keep the Car Running”—“Great music to drive to. Many of the band members play multiple instruments in addition to guitar, bass and drums: accordion, harp, mandolin and hurdygurdy.” TRACK 2: Arvo Part, “Spiegel im Spiegel”— “There’s something about the simplicity and transparency of the texture and chord progression that makes me feel like time stands still.” TRACK 3: Over the Rhine, “Drunkard’s Prayer”—“I love the voice of Karin Bergquist, plus it’s one of the sexiest songs in existence.” TRACK 4: The Decemberists, “Culling of the Fold”—“Colin Meloy is a genius. Totally original songwriting.” Interview BY jac kern {photo provided by ixi chen}

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TRACK 5: Ben Folds, “The Luckiest”—“A very personal song, and I love the way Ben Folds tells stories.” TRACK 6: Yo La Tengo, “Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House”—“I like the folksy beat thing they’ve got going on.”

TRACK 7: Frank Zappa, The Yellow Shark (full album)—“Zappa is one of the most underrated talents of the 20th Century! concert:nova is doing a program of Zappa Cincinnatian by way of Taiwan and California, Ixi Chen is a major next season.” player in the local music scene, though you probably haven’t see TRACK 8: The Shins, “Red Rabbits”— her perform at Bogart’s or Southgate House. Chen has been playing “Reminds me of my husband. I don’t know the clarinet in symphonies, concerts and music festivals all around the what the hell it’s about, but I like it.” globe since first being introduced to the instrument at 11 years old. TRACK 9: Maurice Ravel, “String Quartet in Her musical travels have taken her to some of the most notable F major”—“Lush, expansive, colorful and performance halls in the world, such as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the totally ravishing. Put it on now.” Musikverein in Vienna and Carnegie Hall in New York.

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“Aside from these acoustical gems,” Chen says, “the most memorable [performance halls] would be those with historical significance or unique atmosphere—Dvorak Hall in Prague, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, performing for the King and Queen of Egypt in Cairo, old Greek ruins in Thessaloniki or beautiful old schlosses in Germany.” Chen has played clarinet locally for the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra since 2001, is the founder and artistic director of the multimedia collaborative concert:nova and teaches at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. “Because all three of these things are so rewarding in such different ways,” she explains, “it doesn’t feel like I’m going from one job to the next to the next. They balance each other out perfectly at the end of the day.” Chen pulled together some of her favorite songs, both classical and contemporary, to create an ultimate playlist for A-Line.

TRACK 10: Beethoven, Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”—“The first time I played this was in my junior high school band, but I still love its innocence. Beethoven doesn’t F around. He is giving you something really special.” TRACK 11: Foo Fighters, “Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners”—“I like this song, plus Dave Grohl is awesome. Can I have his phone number?” TRACK 12: Franz Schubert, “Trout” Quintet— “Schubert wrote great songs and great chamber music; the two mesh here in endlessly lyrical counterpoint, second only perhaps to his cello quintet.” a-linemagazine.com | august 2011 | 23


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{story and photos by Hannah McCartney}

’ve never cried like this before, I thought. Tears aren’t supposed to physically hurt. A breath through the surgical mask a couple handed me on the street. Hazy air wafts into my nose, but breathing stings. When I realize I can’t see anything, I stop walking and rub my eyes. When my sight returns, I glance up through a cloud of lingering teargas to see a destroyed coffee shop—the glass windows shattered, the cute little outdoor patio umbrellas incinerated and crispy. I’d just passed it this morning, still bustling and intact. This is not what I expected from a trip to Europe with my grandparents. When news of the riots in Athens, Greece, came to us, my grandparents—in Greek, my “Yaya” and “Papou”—made my brother and me promise we wouldn’t go anywhere near the protestors. “Athens is not the place it used to be,” Papou warned, long before we even left for our trip to Athens from Budapest. We didn’t believe him. Coming from an adorable, sprightly man who wore a fanny pack and carried a purse full of plastic forks my Yaya had lifted from restaurants, we were sure he just had the jitters for the grandkids he’d helped raise since birth. Since my brother Dylan and I had arrived to meet them for our three-week vacation in Europe, they’d been less than adventurous. “Gelato? This late?” I remember Papou said as he glanced fearfully at his watch. It was 7:30 p.m. But Papou was right. Dylan and I had heard about the riots against the Greek parliament on the street, and when I did my morning news check it was the headliner on BBC news: “Greek protest against austerity package turns violent.” We almost heeded Papou’s advice, but the sounds of

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marching outside our hotel were too much for our curiosity to bear. Athens was only a small part of the excursion Yaya and Papou had planned for Dylan and me. They’d been talking about bringing us with them on their next trip to Europe for years but spent too much time grumbling that we hadn’t learned Greek or Hungarian to ever plan it. This year, something changed—they made arrangements over soliloquies about getting old and how it might be the “last” trip they ever make to Europe. They kept repeating that they wanted to show us the world and take us to the places that were important to them; I knew it wasn’t their sterile, carpeted house in suburban Cincinnati. So they left in May for Budapest, and we followed them there three weeks later. We spent most of our time there, but we also trekked with them to Prague. Dylan and I went to Vienna solo. Vacationing with grandparents doesn’t sound like the thrill of a lifetime. Picture slow walking, early bedtimes and even earlier wakeups. My Yaya and Papou are anything but the status quo, though; I expected fun—and chaos—just not the riotous kind. And it came. I knew it had come the day I got my first outfit critique: One of the first mornings Dylan and I were in Budapest, Papou took a look at me and said I would look prettier if I changed my sandals. “Would be nice if there was more contrast in your outfit,” he noted. After stifling laughter, all I could do was nod. It was too early in the trip to start giving in to them—they’d eat me alive. The contrast-less sandals stayed on. The incidents became more comical. Papou and Yaya would 26 | august 2011 | away at home


bicker over nothing and attempt to match me with every Hungarian male we encountered. Yaya would constantly prod us to eat more. And, of course, the clothing derisions continued. To atone for the stress we had accumulated during the day with Yaya and Papou, Dylan and I spent our nights hunting for cheap spirits. After a few drinks we’d let out all the laughs we’d been holding in—Dylan did the best impression of Yaya’s favorite phrase in a squeaky utterance with what resembled a Greek accent: “Would be nice, isn’t it, Yanchi?” Yanchi is how my Papou’s name, John, is pronounced in Hungarian. Dylan and I found it hilarious. Playing that over in my head still makes me laugh out loud. Shortly after the riots, we left Athens to return to our travel base, Budapest. Although my Yaya and Papou were born in Greece, it was Budapest where they’d spent their livelihood. I’ve never seen those two as proud as the moments when they’d walk up to a building, stop and say, “This is it.” I walked around inside the place where my mother was born, and I took the walk my Papou used to take to meet Yaya for dates. I had coffee in the park where they used to take my mother to play as a toddler, and I canvassed the green where my Papou would rush from class to class, working to earn his mechanical engineering degree. And I watched them, beaming for every moment of it. I sat with them over dinner and beers and heard about their childhood. They’d constantly ask us how we liked Europe. I told them the truth—“I love it, and I never want to leave.” And my Papou would smile his tired smile and remind us how it was their dream for us to explore the world and move to Budapest, the place they hoped to spend the rest of their days. “I just wish you could speak the language,” they’d remark at least a few times a day. And I did, too. If my Yaya could learn English from American soap operas, as she’d explained, chuckling, why couldn’t I pick up Hungarian? I’ve never felt quite as dumb as when I was sitting, staring at a book, while my grandparents

jabbered in Greek or Hungarian. I did my best to pick up a few words. My response to most things—out of nervousness—was “Köszönöm szépen,” which Papou taught us on the first day. “It means ‘Thank you very much.’ You can just say ‘köszönöm,’ but ‘szépen’ makes it really flow off the tongue. It’s prettier to say.” He told us that it translates directly as “Thank you beautifully.” I liked that. I hadn’t spent that much time with Yaya and Papou since they used to babysit me. And it was wonderful. I learned more about them in three weeks than I had in 21 years. Yaya wants to teach me how to make palacsintas (Hungarian crepes) the next time I come over, and they said they have some Hungarian and Greek dictionaries we can borrow. I can’t figure out the right thing to say to them, so I think I’ll just keep it simple. “Köszönöm szépen.” Thank you beautifully, Yaya and Papou, for a trip that was everything I expected and nothing I expected. I promise to work on my Hungarian. I promise to try to coordinate my outfits better. I promise I will go back to Budapest. I promise to try to make you proud.

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{Make your own}

Floating Coat Hangers A cheerful entryway remix to greet your guests

materials

4 bun feet/furniture feet (Available at the hardware store) 6 3/8-inch dowels cut ¾-inch long (Ask a hardware store employee to cut them on their chop saw often located in the “tool rental” section or purchase a small hacksaw) Vice grips Power drill Drill index with bits from 3/32-inch up to 3/8-inch 3 to 12 nickels Spray paint Newspaper Drywall anchors (optional) Level Wood glue Phillips-head screwdriver Screws appropriate for your wall type (at least 1 ½-inches long) Spare piece of wood (at least 5 inches by 5 inches by ½-inch thick)

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Prepare the bun feet Step 1: Remove the threaded rods from the bun feet. Secure the vice grips around the threaded rod and—with one hand on the bun foot and the other on the vice grips—twist to remove. Step 2: Drill a 3/8-inch hole, 1-inch deep, into the hole where the threaded rod was just removed. Keep the power drill vertical.

Mount the dowels to the wall

Step 3: Position the bun foot hole side down on newspaper. Place three nickels underneath each foot to keep it from sticking to the paper.

Step 6: Mark and pre-drill holes (smaller than the screws) into the wall, allowing 6 inches to 8 inches between each bun foot. Use a level to ensure the holes are at the same height. If you’re using anchors for drywall, insert them now.

Step 4: Apply paint per instructions on the can. Protect surfaces from paint with newspaper in a well-ventilated area.

Step 7: If you haven’t pre-cut the dowels, use a hacksaw to cut each ¾-inch long. (Cut a couple extra in case of mess-ups.)

Step 5: Allow the bun feet to dry while positioning the wall mounts.

Step 8: Drill a hole in the center of each dowel so you can attach it to the wall with a screw. Position the dowel vertically on the spare piece of wood. To ensure a more secure hold, use the vice grips instead of your fingers. Holding the drill vertically with your dominant hand, center the drill on the dowel and drill through the dowel starting with the 3/32-inch drill bit. Step 9: Reverse the drill once it hits the spare wood. Repeat this process while gradually increasing your drill bit size until the hole allows your screw to easily drop in. At the bit size that your screw easily drops in, drill only halfway through the dowel. Step 10: Align the dowels with the pre-drilled wall holes. Drive your screws all the way through the dowels into the wall using the Philips-head screwdriver. Again, you may need the vice grips to securely hold the dowel. Step 11: Once the paint on the bun feet has dried, apply a small amount of wood glue to the dowels. Step 12: Slide the bun feet onto the dowels. Allow the glue to dry fully per instructions before use.

Kristina Gerig is a DAAP graduate who currently designs for Nike in Portland, Ore. Her work has been featured in media publications such as Frame Magazine, PBS’ “Art21” and Design*Sponge.

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about the chef

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Left to right: Pangsri Chanphai, Wantana Lindquist and Nitayar Depew

here’s only one employee who can make the sweet chili paste customers know and love at Clifton’s Thai Express, and that’s chef Wan Lindquist. In fact, she cut short her most recent trip to her home in Bangkok just so she could return to make her signature paste; it’s a technique even the other gifted cooks at Thai Express still haven’t mastered. But she’s working on teaching them. According to Wan, her staff is like family. And that means training them to cook the same way she was taught—by throwing them in headfirst. As the oldest of seven, Wan had the most responsibility, and in her family that meant cooking. Wan remembers learning to make curry paste as early as 8 years old. “We give everybody that works here food when they come into work, but they have to cook the food. I give them directions so that way they can learn to cook it themselves.” Training is starting even earlier for her son, Harley, age 6. “He comes in and says, ‘I want Pad Thai.’ So I help him cook by himself; I stand with him and teach him to stir and put in some salt—he loves to do that.” Wan knows Thai Express isn’t gourmet. The scorching woks, drab walls and cramped seating space don’t scream elegance. Although Wan and her husband/store manager Alan have thought about upgrading to a larger space, she’s convinced Thai Express would lose part of its identity. “People get to see everything we do in this small space, and I get to talk to everyone. I love people and I love to talk to the customers, and I love being able to make the food myself.” Wan fell in love with this dish, Fish with Tamarind Sauce, when she tried it out on a dinner date with friends on her most recent trip to Bangkok. She emphasizes the importance of using fresh ingredients. 30 | august 2011 | away at home


profile BY hannah mccartney {recipe by wan lindquist} photos by emily maxwell

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Fish with Tamarind Sauce ingredients 6-8 oz. fillet of fish (use salmon, flounder or tilapia) ½ tsp. salt 3 Tbsp. cornstarch 2 Tbsp. fried shallots 2 Tbsp. sugar 2 Tbsp. fish sauce or soy sauce ½ cup tamarind concentrate (Available at Saigon Market in Findlay Market, Jungle Jim’s or CAM Asia Supermarket in Evendale) 1 tsp. white vinegar Cooking oil (vegetable oil is fine) 5-8 dried Thai chili peppers Cilantro Mixed vegetables (Wan likes mixing mushrooms, broccoli, white onions, carrots and zucchini, but it’s up to you)

Step 1: If you’re using a whole fish, score it at an angle all the way to the bone on both sides to help the fish cook faster and crisper. Rub with salt and cornstarch. Step 2: Heat cooking oil in a deep pan. Fry the fish on low heat, cooking about 10 minutes on one side. Step 3: Flip the fish and fry about five minutes on the second side. Remove fish and set on a plate. Step 4: Peel and cut mixed vegetables and blanch them in boiling water. Remove and set on a plate. Step 5: Mix tamarind concentrate, sugar, fish sauce or soy sauce, water and chili peppers together in a pan. Cook over low heat until thickened to the consistency of maple syrup when cooled. The sauce should be sweet, sour and spicy. Add fried shallots and garlic. Step 6: Pour the sauce over the fish and garnish with cilantro.

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Our July event featured a gallery showing of our photo contest winners at Switch Lighting and Design. {Photos courtesy Framester and Anne See}

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he first Tiki bar appeared in 1934 when Donn Beach (born Earnest Raymond Beaumont Gantt) opened the Polynesian-themed restaurant Don the Beachcomber in Hollywood. This is where he singlehandedly created the tropical drink genre, including some of the more memorable exotic cocktails such as the Scorpion and the Zombie. Beach was the first to mix flavored syrups and fresh fruit juices with rum, a readily available and cheap post-Prohibiton alcohol. These drinks were originally called “Rhum Rhapsodies” and made the restaurant a hot spot for Hollywood elite from the 1940s well into the 1960s. Tiki drinks frequently have a bad reputation when it comes to flavor and complexity. But the Nui Nui cocktail proves that even a tropical drink can offer an intricate blend of tastes. Originally known as the Pupule (Hawaiian for crazy), the Nui Nui was one of Beach’s original creations in the 1930s and seems to have been fairly exclusive to his restaurant and other haunts.


{happy hour}

Nui Nui

{RECIPE BY MOLLY WELLMANN} PHOTO By emily maxwell

ingredients 2 oz. Ron Matusalem Platino rum ½ oz. fresh lime juice ½ oz. orange juice ¼ oz. cinnamon vanilla syrup* 1 oz. allspice dram Dash Angostura bitters

*Cinnamon vanilla syrup ½ cup sugar ½ cup water 2 cinnamon sticks 2 vanilla beans, split

nui nui Put ingredients in a shaker, add ice and shake, shake, shake. Pour into a tall glass over crushed ice. Sink an orange peel into the drink with peel hanging over the edge of the glass as a garnish.

cinnamon vanilla syrup Put ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for five minutes. Turn off heat and let cool to room temperature. Strain through a mesh strainer into a jar. Syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Molly Wellmann is an award-winning mixologist who has been featured in The New York Times.

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street style miriam roberts, fountain square Beat the heat in a pretty floral sundress, sophisticated accessories and platform heels strapless cotton flower print dress Anthropologie $128.00

style&co. gathered stretch belt Macy’s $19.98

folio clutch Atomic Number 10, Over-the-Rhine Price upon request

Black Slingback suede cupid shoe Mulan Shoes, Over-the-Rhine $47.99

Tamia Stinson is the culprit behind the fashion and lifestyle blog TheStyleSample.com and works as a freelance graphic designer and marketing consultant.

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