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When you think about Honey Bunches of Oats, two things may come to mind: a sweet and crunchy breakfast cereal that’s a great source of whole grains and the enthusiastic bespectacled hair-netted woman from the commercials. We’ve grown up with Honey Bunches of Oats Lady, memorizing her classic lines, from “We gotta feed America!” to “Don’t eat me now!” (Was that just us?) While most commercials cast actors to play employees or customers, HBOO Lady is the real deal. She’s worked in production for the cereal for 40 years and she has a name: Diana Hunter. And this week we learned Hunter has retired. The woman was a walking billboard for the cereal for years, so hopefully she is set for life. Not just financially — she better get hooked up with a lifetime supply of her beloved “sparkle flakes.” May we all be as satisfied with our jobs as Diana Hunter, forever our HBOO Lady!


The New York Times ran an article this week on Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Senate investigators about his ties to Russia. The story included a photo taken in February of the president’s oldest son sitting at his desk in Trump Tower. At first glance it seemed innocuous enough, but the photo begged for a close reading of Junior’s desk situation. Let’s dive in. On DJTJ’s desk is an array of family photos — normal —but they’re all turned toward the camera like his name plate. Great photo staging! Only in the center of this collection of photos, the largest frame stands out: It holds a picture of Junior himself, apparently alone. Is it more psychotic to stare at the backs of picture frames or display a portrait of yourself that’s bigger than any shots of your growing hoard of spawn? Elsewhere we find a bobblehead of his father, a tiny silver skull and a gigantic pair of scissors, all of which are at least slightly troublesome. At least he isn’t eating a culturally appropriated lunch atop piles of trash, collecting several of his own magazine covers while creeping on his ex-wife.



The recent hurricanes and tropical storms hitting the U.S. (and beyond) are no laughing matter. But Southern grocery chain and the Happiest Place on Earth Publix took a page from Tina Fey’s book, responding to Hurricane Irma with cakes. Bakeries in Publix locations across Florida this week created beautiful


The 91st-annual Miss America Pageant took place Sunday, and not to be all, “these poor beautiful women,” but these poor beautiful women were really put through the ringer. Sure, all they have to do is not eat solid food for two weeks, walk across a stage in heels, smile and perform some menial talent (there may or may not have been a ventriloquism act). But they have to do all that, perfectly, in front of a national audience and then face a grueling Q&A where they’re pressed on complex political and social issues. At a pageant. Of course, these questions are designed to stump the beauty queens (who could forget Miss South Carolina’s “such as” ramble about maps at Miss Teen USA 2007 or Miss USA California’s homophobic response to samesex marriage?). However, when asked about topics like the removal of Confederate statues, Trump’s response to the Charlottesville and whether the president colluded with Russia (seriously, these were the questions) these women got woke! In fact, winner Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, criticized Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Accord. We’re not one to say “keep politics out of it,” but it’s asking a lot of a young woman to formulate an intelligent, pragmatic response to a highly controversial political question without offending anyone when our actual politicians can’t even do that. Or rock a bikini!


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What better way to remember the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 than by watching the latest film about those terrorist attacks? The answer is anything — anything would be better. Martin Guigui’s cleverly titled 9/11 stars Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg, Luis Guzmán and Gina Gershon in a movie about a group of people trapped in a World Trade Center elevator when the first plane hits. Unshockingly, the film was panned by critics who dubbed it exploitative, manipulative, misconceived and forgettable. Haven’t Americans suffered enough?


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This week in questionable decisions: Method acting maniac Jared Leto temporarily blinded himself for his Blade Runner 2049 role; John Mayer flirted with Nicki Minaj on Twitter after once claiming his “dick is sort of like a white supremacist;” weather and religion expert Kirk Cameron said God sent hurricanes to teach us to be humble and repent; a photo of The Great British Bake Off judge dressed up as a Nazi officer emerged online; and the White House’s director of social media tweeted a fake Irma video, only to be fact-checked by the Miami Airport. CONTACT T.C. BRITTON:


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The Guinness Book of World Records is a testament to people’s endurance, perseverance and… freakish tendencies. The latest round of world record-breakers was announced this week, celebrating everyone from the woman with the longest fingernails (18 feet, 10.9-inches — *heave*) to the oldest bodybuilder (83 years old) to the man with the first prosthetic tattoogun arm. Indeed, many records are odd and highly specific, like most basketball slam dunks by a rabbit in one minute (eight!), most Jenga blocks removed by whip in one minute (four) and most jelly eaten blindfolded without hands in one minute (50.97 ounces). Follow your dreams!

hurricane-themed decorated cakes (hurricakes?). The baked good featured iced phrases like “Go away Irma” and “Weather it out,” with artistically rendered tropical storm imagery. Poor taste or a delicious response? It’s a quintessentially “Florida” response and, as loyal fans, we stand with Publix on everything, from their hoagies to hurricakes.

Last Friday, SPCA Cincinnati received 35 animals from Fort Lauderdale, Florida shelters who were evacuated to make room for those displaced by Hurricane Irma (none of these guys have owners). Twenty-eight of those pets will be available for adoption 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sharonville facility at 11900 Conrey Road. Here are just a few of them. More info:


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Law requiring officials’ personal financial disclosures doesn’t call for outside income amounts, value of gifts BY JAMES MCNAIR

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nce again, state and local officials across Ohio have filed what the state calls “financial disclosure statements.” And, once again, the forms contain almost no financial information — that is, dollar amounts. This year’s statements were due at the Ohio Ethics Commission by May 15. State law requires mayors, city council members, county commissioners, state officials and candidates for those offices to report their “personal financial interests.” That, the form proclaims, helps “increase confidence in government and openness” by helping identify potential conflicts of interest and giving citizens a glimpse into their officials’ financial picture. On the Ohio disclosure statement, officials must list sources of income as well as gifts worth more than $75. They must list names of businesses owned or operated and names of creditors and debtors. They must list property owned and all investments worth more than $1,000. Actual dollar amounts must be entered for expense reimbursements. That’s where the disclosure ends. Hamilton County Recorder Norbert Nadel doesn’t have to say how much the county paid him for “representation of indigent mental health patients” in 2016 after his retirement as a Common Pleas Court judge. County Treasurer Robert Goering can duck questions about his pay as a busy bankruptcy lawyer. County Prosecutor Joe Deters doesn’t have to say how much he made moonlighting for the suspended lawyer Eric Deters or businessman Charlie Shor. And Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley doesn’t have to specify the income he says he derives from his Jo De Company. Under Ohio law, they would only have to report income received from parties doing business with or seeking to do business with an official’s agency. Or if they did work for a lobbyist. Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist with Public Citizen, the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader, says financial disclosures should be made in greater detail to be of any use to people. “These types of personal financial disclosure forms are all about trying to uncover potential conflicts of interest that can affect the officials’ public work,” Holman says. “It is imperative that not only are the amounts of sources of income and investments necessary, but also the dates. “In Ohio, for instance, if all you do is list the name of the employer or the name of

State and local officials must file with the Ohio Ethics Commission financial disclosure reports that are almost entirely bereft of dollar amounts. the stock or investment without having any kinds of amounts or dates put to it, you don’t really have a clue if there’s any kind of serious conflict of interest,” he says. “The real red flags come into play when there’s significant money involved.” If Ohio lawmakers wanted to make the financial dealings of state and local officials more transparent, they wouldn’t have to look far for a better model. The Joint Legislative Ethics Committee requires members of the Ohio General Assembly to file financial disclosure statements every year. Although it doesn’t call for specific amounts of income, it does call for ranges, as in $1,000 to $9,999, $25,000 to $49,999 and $100,000 or more. So, for example, residents of Ohio’s 30th House District in western Hamilton County can learn that their representative, Bill Seitz, earned more than $100,000 in 2016 from his lawyer job at Dinsmore & Shohl and less than $1,000 in dividends from his stock in Duke Energy, PNC Bank and Cincinnati Financial Corp. What’s more, legislators’ reports can be read online. A better model comes from California. Not only does it require state and local officials to disclose their income in dollar

amount ranges, it does so for the value of any businesses, investments and real estate owned, as well as loans received. California officials also have to provide the source, date, value and description of all gifts worth at least $50. Ohio gives its counterparts a veritable free pass on that front, only requiring gift givers’ names. So Prosecutor Deters doesn’t have to say what he took from disbarred lawyer Stan Chesley, First District Court of Appeals Judge Russell Mock or county Republican Party Chairman Alex Triantafilou, among 12 others, in 2016. County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval doesn’t have to give any detail about the gifts he received from the five people he named. Jay Wierenga, communications director for the California Fair Political Practices Commission, says many of his state’s disclosure reports are posted online. The rest are available on request. “They all go toward giving the public a tool to see the public officials’ financial landscape so that it can be judged to see if they’re making decisions in the public interest or their own interest,” he says. “This was passed 42 years ago, so there’s a long history of expectation among the

public that their public officials adhere to a stricter code than what other states may expect.” New York state horns into local officials’ financial affairs even more. It requires county officials to state a dollar amount range for any outside income greater than $1,000, but the ranges are tighter. The same goes for the value of investments, real estate, trusts and debts over certain amounts. And county officials in New York must report not only the value of gifts over $75, but what they were and who gave them. No move is afoot to force greater transparency among Ohio officials, and no neighboring state requires anything beyond Ohio. Paul Nick, executive director of the Ohio Ethics Commission since January 2011, says he is not aware of any legislative measures during his tenure calling for dollar-amount details in financial disclosure statements. But Holman, of Public Citizen, says detailed financial disclosures help citizens understand how money can lurk behind decision-making by government officials. CONTINUES ON PAGE 11

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Suit Alleges Misuse of Funds by City Manager

Mayoral Debate Centers on Children’s Expansion

An officer with the Cincinnati Police Department has filed suit against the city, saying that City Manager Harry Black inappropriately funneled city funds through a business owned by a close friend and, separately, used $800,000 in state and federal funds earmarked for emergency systems to improperly pay salaries and other expenses through the general budget. Capt. Jeff Butler also says the city retaliated against him after he pointed out the ethical problems with the state 911 Recovery funds and federal Homeland Security money earmarked for the city’s emergency call operations. Butler claims that after he raised issues with the way the city was spending money for the ECC, he was improperly denied a promotion to assistant chief and transferred without notice. Butler’s suit says that Black has been sending city contracts through a purchasing clearinghouse company called BFX, LLC owned by Al Foxx, who worked with Black at the City of Baltimore. Foxx later incorporated the company in Ohio about a year after Black took his job as city manager here. The city pays about 15 percent more than it needs to because of that practice, the lawsuit claims. “Foxx was Public Works Director in Baltimore at the same time that Black was Baltimore’s Finance Director,” the lawsuit reads. “Black, Al Foxx and Al Foxx’s wife are close friends. Black’s insistence that City purchases go through the clearing house owned by his close friend inappropriately enriches those friends to the detriment of Cincinnati taxpayers.” Butler’s suit alleges Black and Assistant City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian engaged in abuse of power, violation of free speech rights, violation of substantive due process, violation of procedural due process and interference with business relations. Butler is asking that he be promoted to assistant chief and receive attorney’s fees and other monetary compensation. He’s also asking that the city bar Black from using funds earmarked for emergency response operations for other purposes. Black dismissed the suit in a statement. “I’ve spoken with the City Solicitor who is confident in their ability to defend the City against these frivolous claims, and so am I,” Black said. Councilmembers Yvette Simpson, Chris Seelbach, Wendell Young and Charlie Winburn urged an investigation into the claims made in Butler’s suit but stressed caution until more is known about the allegations. (Nick Swartsell)

The shadow of a contentious fight around one of the city’s largest-ever developments hung over a Sept. 12 debate between Mayor John Cranley and his challenger, Cincinnati City Councilwoman Yvette Simpson. The discussion hit other topics, including Cincinnati’s high poverty rate, how to solve looming funding and service shortfalls for the city’s Metro bus service, how to build the local economy and more, but it repeatedly circled back to the battle over a $500 million expansion of Children’s Hospital in Avondale. That made the business-centered debate hosted by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and the Cincinnati Business Courier a tricky one for Simpson, who, with Councilman Wendell Young, presented a motion in Council last month requiring Children’s to contribute five percent of the project’s total cost — up to $32 million — to neighborhood development efforts. The hospital had committed to $11.5 million previously. Underlying the argument: a contrast between how the candidates might treat future developments as mayor. “We have to figure out how to balance the interests of our business community with the interests of our neighborhoods,” Simpson said. Avondale Community Council opposed the expansion plans, which required the demolition of large houses and the relocation of several families. Cranley, however, presented the development as a slam dunk and said that getting in the way of the city’s largest institutions would only hurt Cincinnati. “This is the single biggest investment in the city ever, if you leave the stadiums out,” Cranley said. “The difference is the stadiums are being paid for by taxpayers. Children’s isn’t the problem — it’s a symbol of our progress. I promise you that, as mayor, I will continue to partner with great institutions that want to benefit the city.” (NS)

Roundabout Proposed for Busy Northside Intersection On the one-year anniversary of the death of a pedestrian killed by a car in Northside, some city officials pitched a plan to remake a busy intersection that they say will make the neighborhood safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Amid the whoosh of speeding cars and the rumbling of buses and trucks, Vice Mayor David Mann and Councilwoman Yvette Simpson held a news conference Sept. 8 at bustling Knowlton’s Corner to propose making the complicated five-way intersection into a roundabout. CONTINUES ON PAGE 11


“Issuing contracts is one of the biggest official roles that local officials have, and these contracts could well have a direct impact on their personal financial status,” he says. “These are the types of conflicts of interest that all these personal financial disclosure systems are supposed to

uncover and help assure the public that the conflicts of interest aren’t serious. “If you don’t know know the money and you don’t know the date,” Holman says, “you really don’t know squat.” CONTACT JAMES McNAIR at jmcnair@citybeat. com, 513-914-2736 or @jmacnews on Twitter


That would mean doing away with the intersection’s tangle of stoplights in favor of a ring of road that would require cars to slow and take turns — but not necessarily stop — through the intersection. “We’re here because we have to find a way to fight the idea that the purpose of Cincinnati neighborhoods is to be a place that people drive through on the way to somewhere else,” Mann said at the event. The news conference happened to be a year to the day since Sarah Cole, who owned Northside restaurant Tickle Pickle, was killed while walking across Hamilton Avenue. James Heller-Jackson is the community council’s communications secretary. “We have a lot of arterials were people are speeding, just going too fast,” he said. “We need to fix that, and the roundabout is an awesome way to do that. It will not only calm the traffic, but it will keep it moving.

They work. I’ve used them. It will help us as a neighborhood — we want to be safe.” Some studies where roundabouts have been implemented suggest they do reduce traffic accidents, but even proponents acknowledge more research is needed in Northside before implementing one. Mann, the chairman of Council’s Neighborhoods Committee, is pushing to get his proposal through Council, starting with a feasibility study. He’ll have help from Councilwoman Simpson, who supports the idea. Mayor John Cranley and Councilman Charlie Winburn have also signaled support for exploring the idea. Cincinnati has three other roundabouts — one at The Banks downtown, one in Eden Park in Walnut Hills and another where Clinton Springs flows into Dana Avenue in North Avondale. The Knowlton’s Corner proposal would represent the city’s largest roundabout to date. (NS)

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seasonal and pumpkin brews BY GARIN PIRNIA

It’s Oktoberfest Zinzinnati this weekend — the nation’s largest Oktoberfest celebration — and local fall beers started hitting the shelves in August. After asking a swath of breweries what to expect beer-wise this fall, it’s clear there are some amazing pumpkin brews (made with real pumpkin), Oktoberfest lagers and innovative barrel-aged fare on the horizon. Bad Tom – On Oct. 13, Bad Tom will release Bad Luck, a coffee porter made with Peg Leg Jim beans from Anderson’s Luckman Coffee. During the evening, they’ll have a pig roast to complement the beer. Braxton Brewing Co. – After halting production in order to can water to send to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, Braxton is back. Their October Fuel, released in cans last month, is an authentic German lager that uses a method called “decoction” to boil a portion of the beer’s mash, resulting in a rich malt complexity. They’ll also be debuting a new secret collaboration with Graeter’s at their Oktoberfest booth this weekend: a Braxton ice cream. Brink Brewing Co. – The College Hill microbrewery’s head brewer teamed up with Northside’s Higher Gravity for a yet-untitled wet-hopped beer using hops from Ripley, Ohio farm Levanna Heights. The beer will be available at the end of September. They’re also working on an Oktoberfest, which should be pouring by mid-October.

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Darkness Brewing – Leave it to a brewery named Darkness to release a black pumpkin ale. Named Blumpkin, the beer is brewed with real pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices from Colonel De; it will hit distribution before All Hallows’ Eve.

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Fibonacci – On Oct. 4., the brewery will release Pepo, a pumpkin porter named after cucurbita pepo, the scientific name for a field pumpkin. They’re also bringing back their popular Taps & Tarot event, featuring

5 Bengals Games to Check Out This Fall BY DANNY CROSS

The Bengals only play eight home games a year. Here are five worth checking out, whether you’re joining the tailgaters driving Bengals-striped RVs or yelling at the TV with your buds in a sports bar.

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tarot card readings at the brewery every Friday night in October. FigLeaf Brewing Company – On Oct. 14, the Middletown brewery celebrates one-year in business with a party. They’ll have 18 taps

By the second week of October, we will know a lot about the 2017 Bengals. Will they be 0-4, 4-0 or somewhere in between? Will Vontaze Burfict act right during Game 4 after sitting out three weeks suspended for sort of hitting a player without the ball in a preseason game? The first month of the season offers only one true cupcake, the Browns on Oct. 1, so it will be critical for the Who Deys to either get right against the shitty Bills. Buffalo traded its best wide receiver during the offseason seemingly looking ahead to a time after Tom Brady retires and it can actually win the division.

with current beers and a collaboration brew with Liberty Center’s FlipSide burger. That beer is named F2 and is a hoppy amber ale. Listermann Brewing Co. – On Thursday, the brewery kicks off Oktoberfest with a

Oct. 29 vs. Indianapolis Colts

Some people around here adopted the Indianapolis Colts during the Peyton Manning era when the Bengals were simultaneously sucking. Well, now the tables have turned — the Bengals are the more talented team and the Colts’ quarterback situation is messier than anyone would have thought after the team drafted Andrew Luck No. 1 overall in 2012. Luck missed all of this year’s training camp after shoulder surgery for an injury that has been bothering him for two years. As of this writing he sat out Week 1 and is considered “week to week” going forward. Their running back Frank Gore is like 40 years old. One week after probably losing to the Steelers on the road, the Bengals will need to take care of business against Indy.

fun fall fests BY MACKENZIE MANLEY

With fall comes not only red-hued leaves, Halloween and sweater weather, but festivals that celebrate cozy and spooky essentials alike. party featuring live music, cheap wings from Renegade Grille and $4 pours of their new Fest Bier, a drinkable German lager with a smooth malty character and slight bitterness. MadTree – On Sept. 21, MadTree will release cans of Pilgrim, a pale ale brewed with cranberries, walnuts, vanilla beans and pilgrim hops, previously available only on draft. It’s also time for the return of the Great Pumpcan, a seasonal spiced ale with 7.9 percent ABV available in six-packs and on draft. Unbeetable Cornclusion is a new beer brewed with beets, corn and honey from Carriage House Farm. It’ll debut at the Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic on Sept. 22. Mash Cult – The guys from the experimental nanobrewery, who once named a pumpkin latte ale “White Girl,” will soon bring back Debbie, an oatmeal-cream-pie brown ale brewed with lactose sugar, oats, cinnamon, vanilla bean and brown sugar — just like a Little Debbie cookie. Municipal Brew Works – On Sept. 22, the Hamilton-based brewery will release 1791 Oktoberfest, which alludes to the city’s founding. The Queen City Brewery of Cincinnati – This week they’ll release Zinzinnati Oktoberfest. And in October comes the release of The Queen City Pumpkin Ale. Rhinegeist — The brewery recently hosted their annual Frankztoberfest party to commemorate the release of Franz, a seasonal Oktoberfest made with pale ale, Munich, Vienna and Caramunich malts, which they describe as “not traditional but über German.” Streetside Brewery – On Sept. 30, Streetside commemorates its first anniversary with a party featuring food trucks, live

Taft’s Ale House – The “anti-pumpkin” autumn brown ale Gourd to Death returns at the end of the month. Brewed with toasted pepitas, maple syrup, brown sugar and chicory root, it’ll be on tap at their OTR location and at their new Brewpourium location in Spring Grove Village, which has a grand opening this weekend. (See To Do on page 36.) Urban Artifact – Urban Artifact collaborated with Sam Adams for a special beer. Tricorne, a tart New England IPA brewed with local pawpaw fruit, debuts at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati and the Ohio Pawpaw Festival. Named after a hat worn during the Revolutionary War and its resemblance to the pawpaw flower, the beer is juicy with tropical notes. Urban’s seasonal Chariot, a cherry-pie gose, will be released next week. The Woodburn Brewery – On Sept. 1, the brewery tapped Han Solo: The Great Pumpkin. The blonde ale is infused with pumpkin spices and coffee. Coming Sept. 20, they’re upping the pumpkin game with an 8.5 percent ABV Imperial Pumpkin harvest ale. It’s made with six pounds of pumpkin per barrel, Colonel De pumpkin spices and lactose to give it a slight sweetness. Woodburn’s head brewer, Chris Mitchell, modeled it after his family’s pumpkin pie recipe. ©

The Cleveland Browns’ annual visit to Paul Brown Stadium will take place in Week 11 this year. If the Bengals are 5-5, beating the Browns before hosting Pittsburgh the following week will be critical. While the same thing applies if they they’re 4-6 or 6-4 (try to win), the late-season schedule appears to loosen up: After hosting the Steelers Week 12, the Bengals’ final four games are against Chicago, Minnesota, Detroit and Baltimore. Not so scary compared to the Packers, Broncos, Texans and Titans — all part of Cincinnati’s early to mid-season slate, three of which are on the road. Former Bengals offensive coordinator Hugh Jackson has added talent to the Browns roster, but they’re still looking for a quarterback who can get them out of the AFC North basement.

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and pick your favorite themed weekend to join in — or, hey, go to all of them — ranging from a romance weekend to a Barbarian invasion to a pirate-infested theme. Cheer on your favorite jouster, giant turkey leg in hand, and then wash it down with ale from one of the onsite taverns. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29. 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville,

Old West Fest

Put on a Clint Eastwood snarl and mosey over to the Old West Fest. Walk through antiqued storefronts or chat up an actor dressed in period clothing. Young ’uns can chase manifest destiny by panning for gold or the whole family can pose for an oldtime photo before hopping on a covered wagon. In the heart of Dodge City lies The Beatty and Kelly Restaurant that serves up classic Western dishes like turkey legs and, yes, rattlesnake chili. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 15. $15. 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg,

Ohio Renaissance Festival

If the Old West isn’t your thing, try the Ohio Renaissance Festival for a 16thcentury British village decked out in magic, chivalry, Arthurian flair and fantasy vibes. Don your favorite corset or suit of armor

After the Bengals’ Week 1 meltdown, it’s hard to imagine this game having AFC North championship implications, but the late-season clash with Pittsburgh will still be interesting, if only to watch players try to stay alive while each team’s dudes try to hurt each other. Since that’s kind of gross, let’s hope the Bengals are in the postseason hunt, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is on the sideline because of some stupid ailment and the good guys get a leg up on the division as the final month of the season approaches. The Steelers’ head coach once tripped a player who was running down the field. These guys are dicks.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

The party starts with the running of the wieners — a glorious display of dachshunds flouncing through the streets of downtown in hot dog costumes — followed by food and beer. Pair a German-style bier with Bavarian bites, from warm pretzels and strudel to sauerkraut balls, potato pancakes and smoked mettwurst. Live music and the world’s largest Chicken Dance will round out the sausage-infused weekend. This year’s Grand Marshals — and leaders of the aforementioned dance party — are Bengals A.J. Green and Andy Dalton. Sept. 15-17. Free admission. Second and Third streets between Walnut and Elm streets, Downtown,


Dec. 10 vs. Chicago Bears

If the Bengals are having a good year, knocking off the lowly Chicago Bears will be important. If the Who Deys are basically out of it, there will be very cheap tickets to this game. Either way, December is a nice time to visit Paul Brown Stadium for some winter-weather football, provided winter still exists in our constantly warming world and all the hurricanes have stopped by then. The Bears traded up one spot in the 2017 NFL Draft to select quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who started the season as the team’s backup but will probably be running around the field demonstrating his inexperience and the front office’s ineptitude by this time in the year.

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music and the debut of Demogorgon, a brew named after that pesky villain from season one of Stranger Things. (Season 2 hits Netflix on Oct. 27; for more fall TV, see page 43.). The stout beer was barrel aged in Heaven Hill distillery barrels and will be released on draft and in bottles. Clocking it at 13.1 percent ABV, the beer is strong, like its namesake. This isn’t the brewery’s first foray into Stranger Things beer: Last year they released 011(El), a pale ale.

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It’s harvest time. Grab your family, a friend or take yourself on a date to some fruit-loving, pumpkin-picking, apple-cider-making local farms. Blooms & Berries Farm Market

What’s better than a seven-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch or homemade apple cider? Well, this farm is bringing out their Flemish giant bunnies for the kids (and adults) to pet. After the animals, hop on a 30-minute hayride through the farms’ “I-Spy” woods to pick out the perfect pumpkin. Sept. 23-Oct. 31. $8 Monday-Friday; $11 Saturday and Sunday. 9669 S. State Route 48, Loveland,

A celebration of the laid-back trinity: local beer, food and music. The formula — hosted by Fifty West Brewing Company — makes it one of the chilliest festivals of the season. Try brews from Cellar Dweller, Rivertown, Bad Tom Smith, North High Brewing, MadTree and more with grub from Pizzelii, Quite Frankly and The Beerded Pig. Music will span across four stages and feature tunes from locals like Brain Olive, Heavy Hinges and Perfect Children. Noon-midnight Sept. 23. $10. Fifty West Brewing Company, 7668 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, fiftyfest.

Hidden Valley Fruit Farm

Founded in 1951, this 70-acre farm focuses on growing fruits, veggies and more than 38 varieties of apples (with their own you-pick opportunities; call ahead for days and times). From early September through early November, the farm hosts multiple harvest festivals and general Family Fun Days, with hayrides through the orchard, barnyard animals, a corn maze, bounce house, craft vendors and you-pick pumpkins. Mark your calendars for the Apple Daze Festival (Sept. 16-17) and Ohio Cider Fest (Oct. 7-8) for extra fun and treats like Dutch apple frozen custard, cider donuts and Thriller apples, dipped in caramel and topped with chocolate and peanuts. Through Nov. 5. Free admission. 5474 N. State Route 48, Lebanon,

Irons Fruit Farm

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This fourth-generation farm gets in the spirit with a 12-acre corn maze and tractor-driven hayrides to a you-pick pumpkin patch, where you can pick your favorite and pay by the pound. While Irons picks the apples themselves, the fruit is made into fresh apple fritters, apple butter, applesauce and apple pie and pressed into cider to drink or eat in cinnamon-cider donuts from the onsite market and bakery. Last weekend in September; weekends in October. Wagon rides run 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission; $5-$7 corn maze. 1640 Stubbs Mills Road, Lebanon,

McGlasson Farm

Country Apple Fest

The 35th-annual Country Apple Fest celebrates the fruit of fall with arts, crafts and a ton of apple-infused eats. At this flavorful down-home fest, find apple fritters, apple pies, caramel apples and bags of apples fresh from local farms. All arts and crafts are required to be handmade. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 30. Free admission. Warren County Fairground, 665 N. Broadway St., Lebanon,

Find music and produce together along scenic Route 8: The sixth-generation McGlasson Farm turns into a live music joint on October weekends, where guests can pick their own pumpkins straight from the patch and sip on fresh-pressed apple cider while enjoying performances from local Folk/Americana/Bluegrass acts in the afternoon. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October. Free admission. 5832 River Road, Hebron, Ky.,

Niederman Family Farm

Pick your favorite pumpkin from the patch — they’re priced by size — and navigate your way through a four-acre corn maze. Afterward, reward yourself with the farm’s signature cinnamonsugar donuts, served fresh from the concession stand along with funnel cakes, kettle corn and gooey caramel apples. Or reserve a spot at an evening bonfire; just remember to bring your own s’mores and roasting sticks. Sept. 22-Oct. 29. $12 admission; $50-$100 bonfire. 4972 Lesourdsville West Chester Road, Liberty Township,

Kentucky Wool Festival

Drive through winding country roads before arriving at the Kentucky Wool Fest

and be greeted by fried food, twangy banjos and vendor booths displaying handcrafted items, from clothes to goat-milk soap. Say hey to goats, sheep, chickens and cows from local farms at a petting zoo and check out sheep-shearing and border collie-herding demos. Don’t leave without grabbing some wool items to keep warm as the temperature drops. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 6-7; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 8. $5. 48 Concord Caddo Road, Falmouth, Ky.,

Sunflower Festival

Get lost in rows upon rows of dizzyingly tall golden sunflowers. Gorman Heritage Farm’s annual fest is perhaps the most Instagram-worthy of all. Grab some grub and wash it down with a warm cup of joe from Coffee Emporium. Get an extra heaping of fall with hayrides, chill live music and pumpkin picking. Pluck some sunflowers to take home for $1 per stem or $10 per dozen. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 7-8. $8 adults; $5 kids. Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Road, Evendale,

Weekend of Fire

Feel the burn at the Weekend of Fire, serving more than 300 flaming delicacies from more than 50 vendors — and it ain’t just hot sauce. There are fiery eats from salsas to spices. Check out the Arena of Fire for eating competitions all weekend. If you’re of age, quench your taste buds with an ice-cold beer. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 7; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 8. $10; $12 at the door; child pricing available. Oscar Event Center, Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, CONTINUES ON PAGE 19


lost in the supermarket: fall flavor finds BY MADGE MARIL

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and call it a day. After tasting the caramel, the entire experience came crashing down and I realized I was eating a Twinkie. I grabbed my phone and deleted all evidence of it off of my Instagram story. I had hope that the bottled Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino would be superior. Long story short, it wasn’t. Long story long, I am not sure why I even buy bottled Starbucks drinks. They seem like a good idea when I’m standing at UDF at 8 a.m. trying to decide which caffeine coffee beverage to put into my trash body that day. Besides Pumpkin Spice, there are flavors like vanilla, mocha, s’mores and Mexican mocha. Variety is the pumpkin spice of life, right? Now don’t get me wrong: The flavor was there. The layers of pumpkin spice, the sweet milk, the color. Starbucks is the ruler of the pumpkin spice world, and there would be public outcry if they failed to deliver the experience they’ve turned into a global spice phenomenon. Their bottled beverages are always just too sweet and

taste like metal. Which is strange, as they’re sold in glass. And translating the Pumpkin Spice Latte — made to be gripped in mittened hands on a chilly October day — to a cold beverage sold out of UDF’s fridge… well, it wasn’t quite the same. The lack of espresso, which tempers the actual Pumpkin Spice Latte’s sweetness, left the bottled PSL tasting like drinking sugary milk. While I saved a bit of money in the long run, I should have just ponied up and got a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. Or better yet, stopped by a local coffee shop like Coffee Emporium and grabbed their more natural version of the treat: the Pumpkin Pie Latte. It’ll be a while before I hop back onto the pumpkin spice horse though. I might wait until it’s actually cold outside.

Other Local Fall Flavors Busken Bakery — If you’re looking for more iconic local pumpkin treats, Busken’s Boosken iced jack o’lantern sugar cookies

are now on grocery store shelves. (And if you go into a Busken bakery, you can grab a new pumpkin pie donut, filled with pumpkin pie cream and topped with cream cheese icing and pumpkin pie spice.) Graeter’s — Their limited-edition Pumpkin ice cream is in the grocer’s freezer. Aimed to capture the “essence of autumn,” the ice cream is made with pumpkin pie filling and seasonal spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves — “Just like grandma’s pumpkin pie,” reads the label. Homemade Brand — Homemade Brand/ UDF is capitalizing on iconic fall produce with two flavors of ice cream. Their Pumpkin Pie features pumpkin spice ice cream blended with real pumpkin purée, pie crust pieces and whipped topping. Apple Pie features apple ice cream with more pie crust crumbles, apple pieces and a “spiced apple ribbon” with cinnamon.

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Not everyone can afford a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. A tall PSL is $4.25 before tax, which is almost as much as I pay for 11 ounces of Folgers Medium Classic Roast. And I know — the PSL is a treat. As the air outside begins to chill and my sinuses battle Cincinnati’s humidity frosting over, the yogapants-wearing college girl inside me cries for the sweet release of pumpkin spice. But as my heart cries, “Treat yo’ self!,” my wallet screams, “Check yourself before you wreck yourself.” So what’s a broke girl to do? Making myself a pumpkin pie is too much work to wrap my mind around. Luckily, Hostess and United Dairy Farmers have my back. A box of 10 Hostess Pumpkin Spice Twinkies is only $2.50, and I actually nabbed a bottle of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino for only $2.99 from my local UDF fridge. This densely caloric pumpkin spice experience cost almost as much as one latte. This felt like a win until I had actually put these pumpkin products into my body. I arranged my Hostess Pumpkin Spice Twinkie and Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino bottle aesthetically and quickly snapped away for the Instagram. People on the internet had to know what I was consuming! And that I, too, am excited for autumn! After making sure that at least 200 people had seen my Instagram story, I decided to try the Twinkie. The outside was the regular golden yellow cake we all know and love. I broke it in two, and it separated easily, grease coating my fingers. I ignored this. I shouldn’t have. This was a red flag in the form of neon-yellow snack cake. The inside filling was a light brown and tasted mostly like cinnamon. Or, more specifically, Cinnamon Toast Crunch. As the first pumpkin spice-flavored food of this year for me, I felt a wave of nostalgia. I remembered carving pumpkins as a kid, my mom letting me use a tiny handheld electric saw to cut unrecognizable faces in gourds. I thought of dressing up like Princess Zelda, even though no other girl my age had any idea who I was. My dreamy nostalgia was cut short by the aftertaste of the Twinkie; there was suddenly an almost-caramel flavor that caught me off guard. Now I am all for caramel in the fall, but I am a pumpkin spice purist. The crossing of the autumn flavors, not at all advertised on the box, alarmed my palate. It was as if Hostess decided to just dump all of the autumn-themed flavor chemicals into the whipped Twinkie filling


8 fall films to watch for BY MACKENZIE MANLEY

Break out the fuzzy socks, slip on a hoodie and escape the autumn chill with these upcoming fall films that exude thrills, warmth and some that will probably make you cry — including one indie favorite filmed in the heart of Cincinnati. Here’s a few we’re looking forward to (in no particular order). Mother! — Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), this psychological horror revolves around a mysterious couple (Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris) arriving at the doorstep of Jennifer Lawrence’s and her artist husband Javier Bardem’s isolated country mansion. With comparisons to Rosemary’s Baby, spiraling music plays in the trailer as Lawerence’s character picks at a fleck of blood-stained carpet — flashes of her face contort in terror and confusion as strangers overtake her home. Its seemingly vague plotline makes it feel even more horrifying. By the looks of it, it’s never too early to prepare for Halloween frights. Release date: Sept. 15

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle — Eggsy (Taron Egerton) returns to the big screen in the next installment of this spy-flick romp complete with a healthy dose of English-ness. After their headquarters are destroyed, he and fellow Kingsmen join forces with their counterparts across the pond. Plus, Colin Firth will be back (which is all that matters, really). Release date: Sept. 22 Blade Runner 2049 — “Every civilization was made off the back of a disposable workforce and I can only make so many,” Jared Leto’s character coos, setting the dystopian tone for the next installment in the Blade Runner franchise. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), fans of the original ’80s sci-fi flick can expect this film to take place 30 years after the events of the original with Ryan Gosling as an LAPD officer seeking Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). Release date: Oct. 6 Goodbye Christopher Robin — PostWorld War I, A.A. Milne enchanted and comforted England with tales of Winniethe-Pooh and the Hundred Acre Wood he occupied. Goodbye Christopher Robin explores the intricacies of Milne’s relationship with his son, who inspired the imaginative tales that would go on to be a cultural, international phenomenon. Bring tissues. Release date: Oct. 13 The Snowman — After a boy finds his mother’s pink scarf on the shoulders of a snowman, detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) must unravel the mystery of a

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chilling serial killer who claims his victims with each snowfall. Based on the bestseller by Jo Nesbø, this may be the most terrifying film October has to offer. Release date: Oct. 20. Suburbicon — Drenched in satire and dark comedy, this Coen Brothers screenplay was plucked from the vault by director George Clooney. In the idyllic suburban ’50s, one man (Matt Damon) must traverse his town’s dark underbelly while continuing to preserve his family’s picturesque nuclear image. Release date: Oct. 27 The Killing of a Sacred Deer — This Cincinnati-filmed psychological thriller has garnered buzz at the Cannes Film Festival for being layered in both absurdity and pure terror. Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) has attempted to craft a tale that drips in the unfathomable. A surgeon (Colin Farrell) and his wife (Nicole Kidman) adopt a teenage boy, but the teen’s actions become more

disturbing as time wears on and Farrell must make an unthinkable choice. Release date: Nov. 3 Call Me by Your Name — Adapted from a novel by André Aciman of the same name, this coming-of-age Sundance selection by Luca Guadagnino explores a romance between 17-year-old Elio (Timothee Chalamet), an American-Italian boy who spends his days reading, transcribing and playing Classical music, and an older American scholar, Oliver (Armie Hammer). Set in 1983 in sundrenched, countryside Italy, the environment feels as dream-inducing as the characters within. Release date: Nov. 24

Other Anticipated Releases Thor: Ragnarok — Marvel gets fantastically campy with the upcoming Thor release. Held captive by Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) on planet Sakaar, Thor must battle in a gladiator-style competition against the

Hulk in order to return to Asgard to save it from destruction by Hela (Cate Blanchett in an awesome horned headdress). Release date: Oct. 25 Murder on the Orient Express — Based on Agatha Christie’s iconic murder mystery novel of the same name, Kenneth Branagh plays mustachioed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of an American businessman (Johnny Depp) on a train from Istanbul to London. Also starring Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer and Leslie Odom Jr. Release date: Nov. 10 The Disaster Artist — James Franco tackles the making of Tommy Wiseau’s cult film The Room, repeatedly named one of the worst movies literally ever. Based on the book by The Room’s Mark (Oh, hi Mark), Greg Sestero, Franco plays Wiseau while his brother, Dave Franco, plays Sestero. Release date: Dec. 1 ©

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Classic Coney Island gets in on the autumnal action with Fall-O-Ween, featuring a Trick or Treat Trail for kids, pumpkin launch, pony rides, a slightly frightening Fright Lights musical show, farmyard friends and Coney rides. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Oct. 7-22. $12; free for 2 and under. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California,

Ohio Sauerkraut Festival


As Halloween approaches, area theaters present tales of the supernatural, from classic frights to monster musicals. Frankenstein at Falcon Theatre

Based on the Gothic novel by Mary Shelley, this interpretation by Nick Dear follows Victor Frankenstein’s grotesque monster in a desperate journey to find acceptance, becoming increasingly vengeful and murderous against his creator. Warning: The play contains mature sexual content, violence and brief nudity. Sept. 29-Oct. 14. $22 adults; $15 students. Falcon Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky.,

Jekyll & Hyde at Footlighters

A musical rendering of Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale of a man torn in two: a genial English doctor who unleashes a violent and destructive alter ego. The horror-drama about the battle between good and evil debuted on Broadway in 1997. Oct. 5-21. $23. Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St., Newport, Ky.,

Dracula at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Bram Stoker’s macabre and bloody thriller travels from Transylvania to Victorian London. Adapted by Steven Dietz, the Halloween-themed horror story will feature longtime favorite Giles Davies as the legendary vampire and multi-talented Miranda McGee as his favorite victim. Oct. 13-Nov. 4. $55; $51 senior; $31 student. Otto M. Budig Theater, 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

Young Frankenstein at the Covedale Center for Performing Arts


Throughout October, the Cincinnati Zoo will transform into a trick-or-treater’s paradise with treat stations, special animal encounters, a “scare-ousel” and Hogwart’s Express Train Ride, a Theater of Illusion and more. Though ghosts and goblins run amok, the zoo’s inhabitants are not fazed and can often be spotted swatting at or eating special pumpkin and Halloween-themed treats. Find one of the two golden Big Boy statues hidden daily around the park to win a prize. Noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 7-29. Free with zoo admission: $19 adults; $13 children. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale,

13 Dead Dreams of “Eugene” at Know Theatre

An unsettling, haunting tale by storyteller Paul Strickland and his frequent partner in offbeat songs and stories Erika Kate MacDonald. This one is rooted in shared nightmares that trouble the sleepy town of Sabina, Ohio. Oct. 20-Nov. 14. $25. Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine,

The Death of Brian: A Zombie Odyssey at Know Theatre

Listed as the second half of Know’s Halloween Double Bill, this epic tale blends physical theater and radio drama in three episodes. It’s a story about the humanity of a zombie from Ricky Coates, the artist behind the 2016 Fringe’s Tesla ex Machina. Dates TBD. $25. Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine,


Take a trip back in time at Big Bone Lick. This historically inspired fest celebrates

Channel quirky Gilmore Girls small-town vibes at the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival. Since 1970, this fest has grown from a small, local event to one that holds over 450 vendors selling handcrafted items and sauerkraut foods. The fest slings more than seven tons of sauerkraut during the weekend, on top of and inside everything from pizza and fudge to Polish cabbage soup and German sundaes (mashed potatoes topped with kraut, cheese, sour cream, bacon bits and olives). 9 a.m-8 p.m. Oct. 14; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15. Free admission. North Main Street, Waynesville,

Books by the Banks

Celebrate an autumn staple: reading, the coziest activity. Listen in on author panels and enrich your own talents — the weekend will include writer workshops. Kids and teens alike can connect with their favorite authors and participate in crafts, games and more. This year Kate DiCamillo, author of Because of Winn-Dixie, is the featured author. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28. Free. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown,

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More funny and less freaky, Mel Brooks’ hilarious, affectionate musical is inspired by the classic horror story. The grandson of Victor Frankenstein inherits his family’s property in Transylvania and, with assistant Igor (eye-gor), plays mad scientist and brings his own creature to life. Oct. 19-Nov. 12. $29 adult; $26 student/senior. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Covedale,

pioneer life with hands-on demonstrations and activities, including flint knapping, salt making, weaving, spear throwing, atlatl tossing and more. Browse a crafters corner for handmade wares, sample snacks from a food court and visit a herd of real bison. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 14. Free admission. Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, 3380 Beaver Road, Union, Ky.,

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Flowers Are for Me, light shines outward from a bright-red, laser-cut steel cube, covering its Cincinnati Art Museum gallery in intricate shadows that change and shift as viewers walk through the space. Through Oct. 15. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnati­

Swoon The first major survey of pioneering street artist Caledonia Curry is coming to the Contemporary Arts Center for an exhibition featuring restagings of past landmark projects, site-specific installations and a survey of her socially driven work in Haiti, Kenya, Europe, New Orleans and elsewhere. Sept. 22-Feb. 25, 2018. Free. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown,

Jane Benson: Half-Truths This exhibit tells the story of two Iraqi brothers who escaped from Baghdad in early 2002 and explores the social reverberations caused by geographical and cultural separation. Jane Benson uses music in a dual-channel video entitled Finding Baghdad (Part A) to serve as the show’s centerpiece. Through Oct. 22. Free. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown,

Through the Lens: A View of OTR Experience Over-the-Rhine through a new lens — literally — at this class hosted by Art Beyond Boundaries every Saturday morning. The group will take a stroll through the historic neighborhood to capture photos at destinations like Washington Park and Findlay Market. The class is designed for novices and professionals alike; they’ll even let you borrow a camera if you fall into the beginner category. 10 a.m.noon Saturdays through Sept. 30. Free. Art Beyond Boundaries, 1410 Main St., Overthe-Rhine,

Jack Arthur Wood Jr.: Meet Me at the Horizon The 125 vivid screenprint-inspired paintings in this Hudson Jones gallery exhibit are rooted in landscape with little regard for traditional figuration. Wood applies a coat to the panels of his relatively small pieces through the “full pull” technique, then adds color through spray-painted stencil, brayer, brush, paint pen, collaged woodcut and colored pencil. Through Nov. 6. Free. Hudson Jones, 1110 Alfred St., Camp Washington,

Farms, fests, haunts, jaunts and more to fill your fall. This is obviously not a comprehensive list of the city’s copious fall events; check City­ Beat’s online calendar for more theater, arts, music and spooky seasonal events.

Treasures of British Painting 1400-2000: The Berger Collection View 50 paintings spanning six centuries from some of the biggest figures in British painting: Anthony van Dyck, Benjamin West, John Singer Sargent and more. Through Oct. 1. $12 adults; $10 kids and seniors; free children 5 and under. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown,

Anila Quayyum Agha: All the Flowers Are for Me Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha creates immersive installations by manipulating light, drawing inspiration from Islamic architectural forms. In All the

Art After Dark: Across the Universe Celebrate the interconnectedness of the Ana England: Kinship exhibit with an after-hours museum party featuring live music, specialty cocktails, food from Empanadas Aqui and access to the museum’s collection. 5-9 p.m. Sept. 29. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, Super Natural — New Paintings Carl Solway Gallery introduces a new artist, Los Angeles-based painter Cherie Benner Davis, in the show Super Natu­ ral — New Paintings. She uses saturated colors and references such Southern California art movements of the past as Finish

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Njideka Akunyili Crosby: Predecessors Artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby fuses painting, drawing, collage and the use of transfers of pop culture images to reference traditional African textiles, creating quiltlike pieces that speak to post-colonial identities and traditions being pieced together. Through Oct. 1. Free. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, con­

Ana England: Kinship Inspired by shared patterns present across nature in various scales, Ana England crafts intricate large-scale sculptures and installations highlighting the connections in our existence. According to the museum, she “reveals a community that transcends race, nationality and species identification.” Through March 4, 2018. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park,

in Cincinnati as part of his Kid Gorgeous tour. Get in the spirit with his Netflix special The Comeback Kid and snag your seat ASAP — tickets are expected to sell out quickly. 7 and 10 p.m. Oct. 20. $25-$35. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, Pauly Shore Wheezing the juice. Pauly Shore — comedian and star of such iconic films as Jury Duty, Encino Man and Son In Law — heads to the Funny Bone for a limited engagement. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Oct. 20; 7 and 10 p.m. Oct. 21. $25. Liberty Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township, Jen Kirkman Perhaps you recognize Jen Kirkman from her always-memorable roundtable appearances on Chelsea Handler’s Chelsea Lately, where she was a staff writer. Or maybe you recognize her name from the New York Times best seller list, where her books have routinely reached the upper floors. Or just maybe you recognize her voice from her narrations on Funny or Die’s Drunk History, where she was actually drunk, and Adult Swim’s Home Movies. Or maybe you just recognize hilarity. Nice spotting on your part. 8 p.m. Nov. 16. $20 advance; $25. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown,  B L I N K : c in c inn at i // P H O T O : A r c h i t ec t s O f A i r

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Fetish and Light and Space, as well as Pop Art and Georgia O’Keeffe. Oct. 6-Dec. 31. Free. Carl Solway Gallery, 424 Findlay St., West End, BLINK: Cincinnati Consisting of at least 70 light projection mappings on buildings, interactive art sculptures created by local, national and international artists, new murals and other art displays, BLINK is one of the most ambitious visual arts events of the season. Like Lumenocity, the light projection mappings will be overseen by Brave Berlin, but many will be created by others. ArtWorks is supervising the interactive art sculptures, and Agar event-production company is handling the murals. Oct. 12-15. Free. Twenty blocks between The Banks and Findlay Market (1801 Race St.), Downtown/OTR, Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts The 21 colorful quilts in this Taft Museum exhibit “highlight the skill, intelligence and artistry of the women who practiced mosaic patchwork quilting during the early years,” with the oldest pieces dating all the way back to 18th-century England. Oct. 21-Jan. 21, 2018. $12 adults; $10 kids and seniors; free children 5 and under. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown,

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Haunted House: Night at the Museum As the day gets darker, the walls and paintings of the Taft come alive. Walk around the gallery and experience the museum like never before. Afterward, join the party in the courtyard with spooky food, drinks, art and music. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 26. $15 members; $20 non-members. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown,

COMEDY Hayride! Using Cincinnati broadcast station WLW’s historic programs Boone County Jamboree and Midwestern Hayride as references, renowned local musician/producer Cameron Cochran has concocted Hayride!, a blend of Country music and sketch comedy utilizing some of the area’s best purveyors of both disciplines. At its first performance, local musicians will offer versions of King Records classics and original songs written for Hayride!, and local comic actors/writers will perform a show-within-a-show sketch about the making of Hayride! 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17. $10. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Best known for his stint writing for Saturday Night Live (he’s the co-creator of Bill Hader’s character Stefon), stand-up comedian John Mulaney is making a stop

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role as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation. Offerman’s “Full Bush” tour is a blend of musical comedy and stand-up; the star accompanies himself on guitar and ukulele in the service of absurdly funny songs while offering observations on life and living. And he considers himself a humorist, not a comedian. 8 p.m. Nov. 18. $39.50-$59.50. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown,

EVENTS IT’s Your Worst Nightmare Cruise BB Riverboats hosts its most terrifying, clown-infused tour to date, kicking off with a private screening of the newly released (and absolutely not-OK) IT at AMC Newport on the Levee. Afterward, guests will be escorted to the USS Nightmare for dinner and tours of the vessel before embarking on a late-night cruise on the Ohio River. 5:30-8 p.m. screening; 8-10 p.m. tour; 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. cruise Sept. 16. $65; $100 RIP Experience. Begins at AMC Newport, Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport, Ky., Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic It’s two days of celebrating the Midwest’s dynamic food and beverage scene with a fest along the riverfront. The classic features more than 150 chefs, culinary stars, mixologists and other food and alcohol craftspeople, with tastings, demonstrations, vendors and more. 5-9:30 p.m. Sept. 22; 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sept. 23.

$95-$330. Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, Celebrating Old Friends Dog Walk This gentle 1-mile stroll at the Cincinnati Nature Center is specifically tailored to elderly, ailing dogs and their owners. Tammy Wynn from local pet hospice Angel’s Paws will also be in attendance to offer advice and support. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 23. Free. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, cincy­n Pyramid Hill Art Fair The 15th-annual Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum’s Art Fair brings 70 artists together for a juried show and sale of handmade creations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 23 and 24. $5 per carload. Pyrmid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, Fire Up the Night International teams head to Coney Island to compete in a fireworks face-off. All three competitors — Greece, Japan and Portugal — go head to head in a pyrotechnic showdown for international bragging rights. The winner will be determined by a panel of judges. The Cruise-A-Palooza classic car show will take place at the same time. Gates open 4 p.m.; fireworks begin at 8 p.m. Sept. 23. $25 per carload. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California,

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Great Outdoor Weekend Green Umbrella presents this annual outdoor events sampler. Great Outdoor Weekend presents opportunities for children and adults to try different outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs available in Greater Cincinnati. Each fall there are more than 100 events available. Sept. 23 and 24. Free. Various locations. More info:

Art Party in the Woods Grab a drink (boozy or otherwise) and head to the Nature Center for a not-too-serious artistic adventure. An art teacher will lead participants step-by-step as they create a nature-inspired painting to take home. All materials are provided. 1-3 p.m. Sept. 30. $39; $30 members (includes daily admission). Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford,

ScopeOut Astronomy Fair The Cincinnati Observatory hosts a celebration of astronomy, science, history and education. Learn about topics like safe solar viewing and meteorites, participate in hands-on demonstrations and browse wares from telescope and other astronomical vendors. When the sun goes down, peer at the stars through the observatory’s historic telescope. Noon-11 p.m. Sept. 23. Free observatory admission; $25 dinner and keynote presentation; $5 suggested donation telescope viewing. Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout,

King Records Month With King Records Month, September’s celebration of the iconic label’s contributions, the many local boosters and artists who’ve helped raised King’s profile over the past several years continue their mission with a variety of events throughout Greater Cincinnati, including performances, exhibits, discussions and much more. September marks the 74th anniversary of the sessions for the first songs recorded for King. Events take place through Sept. 30 at various locations. More info:

Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week Become a culinary tourist in your own city during CityBeat’s Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week. Local eateries like The Presidents Room, Kaze, Metropole, Moerlein Lager House and many others will offer $25 and $35 three-course prix fixe menus (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). Sept. 25-Oct. 1. $25-$35. Visit for a full list of participating restaurants.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume More than 60 favorite Star Wars characters’ costumes are on display at the Cincinnati Museum. The exhibit uncovers the challenges and intricate processes of creating each piece — don’t miss your chance to see this traveling exhibit before it moves on to a galaxy (OK, city) far, far away. Through Oct. 1. $24 adults; $21 seniors; $16 children 3-12; discounts for members. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate,

Weekend of Fire Calling all spice lovers: Weekend of Fire presents all things hot, including, salsas, dry rubs, hot sauces and bloody marys. Bring along friends who can handle hot and enjoy over 55 vendors. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 7; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 8. $8; $14 twoday. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, Murder on the Menu On a warm night in 1879, a gunshot rang out near Washington Platform. Shortly after, a young businessman was found dead in the alley across from City Hall. The night begins with a walking tour of the crime, followed by a four-course dinner, during which the rest of the story unfolds. Dishes are what was common in the 1800s and are paired with local craft beer. 6 p.m. Oct. 12. $45. Washington Platform, 1000 Elm St., Downtown,

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Halloween Spook’tacular: Harry Potter Style Young witches and wizards will be guided by CityBeat writer Ilene Ross as they learn to conjure up tasty treats from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Featured treats include fried cockroach clusters, cheesy broomsticks, wizard pies and more. Costumes encouraged. For ages 8 to 12. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct 21. $35. Cooks’Wares,

11344 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, Zombie Ball: Dance of the UnDead on Pyramid Hill Don your best zombie, vampire or otherwise-undead getup for this annual event. Imbibe beer and wine — including spooky cocktails — and fill up on a horror-themed buffet before embarking on a haunted hayride or heading inside a zombie photo booth. For a few extra bucks, get the VIP treatment: You’ll arrive at the party in an actual hearse and strut down a blood-red carpet. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 21. $30 individual; $50 couple; packages available. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, The City Flea It’s flea time again. The City Flea takes over Washington Park with tons of tented vendor booths featuring everything from jewelry, artisan eats and dog treats to vintage finds, plant friends and ceramics. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 21. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Overthe-Rhine, Art on Vine Grab snacks from local food trucks as you browse wares from more than 60 vendors — you’ll find everything from artworks and crafting materials to home goods and jewelry. October’s event is the final outdoor

Fall Jazz Series The 18th-annual Fall Jazz Series showcases an all-star lineup with cool rhythms. This year’s performers include The Mandy Gaines Quartet, Marc Fields Quartet and pianist Rob Allgeyer. 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 1. Free admission. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown, Fright Night Flicks: Hocus Pocus It’s not a bunch of hocus pocus: Washington Park is screening this definitive Halloween flick alongside some Fright Night surprises from Gorilla Cinema. Head to the park early to catch a classic episode of Scooby Doo; tonight, it’s To Switch a Witch. 8-10 p.m. Oct. 4. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

HopScotch: An Irish Whiskey, Scotch & Craft Beer Tasting Event Join CityBeat for its inaugural HopScotch event and imbibe unlimited samples of scotch, craft beer, whiskey, food and more at New Riff Distillery. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 5. $20-$30. New Riff Distilling, 24 Distillery Way, Newport, Ky.,

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Zoo Brew This annual brew-tasting event takes place at the Cincinnati Zoo and features a wild variety of beers and whiskeys. Brew Masters will be onsite to discuss the science of each beer, provide insight and answer any questions that guests may have. 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 5. $50; $40 designated driver. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale,

Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, Cincinnati Pizza Week Grab your official Cincinnati Pizza Week passport and embark to area pizza joints during this CityBeat event that brings $8 pies to pizza lovers. Go online for updates and participating eateries. Nov. 6-12. $8 pizzas. Various locations. More info: Jungle Jim’s International Wine Festival The 10th-annual Wine Festival features wine from all over the world — more than 400 wines from more than 90 wineries — with bite-sized delicacies, charcuterie and other hors d’oeuvres. Sip and savor. 7-10 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11. $25-$115. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, Northside Record Fair Northside Record Fair sets up shop at Northside’s North Church displaying thousands of records of every genre. The event features merchandise from the likes of Shake It Records and Black Plastic Records, and you can also submit your personal collection and peddle your wares among the other vendors. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 11. Free admission. North Church, 4222 Hamilton Ave., Northside,

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installment of the season; afterward, Art on Vine heads back indoors at Rhinegeist. Noon-6 p.m. Oct. 22. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

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Hallo-Wine Happy Horror Party Pop a cork in honor of All Hallow’s Eve at Unwind Wine Bar for an evening celebrating all things spooky. Costumes are highly encouraged, so don’t wait until the 31st to buy your creepy ensemble. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Oct. 28. Free. Unwind Wine Bar, 3435 Michigan Ave., Hyde Park, Books by the Banks The weekend will include writer workshops, author signings and plenty of readings. This year, Kate DiCamillo, author of Because of Winn Dixie, is the featured author. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28. Free. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, Hallowqueen Drag Brunch Ring in Halloween with this pop-up drag brunch at Metropole, complete with glitter, fangs and heels galore. Sip specialty themed cocktails and dig into a familystyle brunch prepared by chef Jared Bennett. Costumes are encouraged — “You better werk, witch.” 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 29. $35. Metropole, 609 Walnut St., Downtown,

Hidden Valley Fruit Farm Meet a pair of toothy llamas and other happy barnyard friends at this 60-year-old

HallZOOween Tricks and treats aren’t just for humans — zoo residents get in on the fun with special pumpkin enrichment activities every weekend in October. Kids can trick-ortreat at stations scattered throughout the grounds, catch a show from Phil Dalton’s Theater of Illusion and even hop on the Hogwarts Express. Costumes are encouraged, as is bringing along your own treat bag to help the zoo go green. Noon5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 7-29. Free with zoo admission: $19 adults; $13 kids. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, Grass Roots: Art of Nature at Krohn Conservatory The Krohn’s 2017 Fall Show examines the many ways in which nature has inspired artists throughout history. Framed copies of pieces by artists of all levels — from local to world-renowned — hang throughout the space surrounded by chrysanthemums (as painted by Monet), cypress trees (as rendered by Van Gogh) and vibrant plants of all sorts in autumnal colors. Go online for a schedule of special events taking place throughout the exhibit’s run, like Nights of Nostalgia, informative programs accompanied by cocktails. Through Oct. 29. $4 adults; $2 kids 5-17, free children 4 and under. Krohn Conservatory, 1501

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fruit farm. Fill up on all things apple — cider, dumplings, cobbler, fritters, donuts and custard — during the Apple Daze Festival, and partake in traditional farm fun all season long. Make sure to pick up a giant Thriller caramel apple while you’re there. Apple Daze Festival 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16-17; Fall/Family Fun Days through October. Free admission. 5474 State Route 48, Lebanon,

103 Gibson Lane, Wilder, Ky., Shaw Farms This farm is family-friendly with things to do for all ages: pumpkin tours, hayrides, corn mazes and an interactive playground. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily Oct. 1-31. Free admission. 1731 Ohio, State Route 131, Milford,

Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant Take a day trip to Huber’s to pick your own pumpkins and indulge in classic comfort food (fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, homemade fruit cobbler). The farm is also home to a fantastic winery, cheese shop and petting zoo. Pumpkin picking daily through October. Free admission. 2421 Engle Road, Starlight, Ind,

Turner Farm Take a horse-drawn wagon tour of Turner Farm and help yourself to one free you-pick pumpkin — then pick some turnips and feed the farm’s hoard of sheep. In operation since the early 1800s, Turner is one of only three working farms remaining in the village of Indian Hill. Saturdays Oct. 1-31. $20; free kids 2 and under. 7400 Given Road, Indian Hill,

Bonnybrook Farms This farm is a haven of pumpkin patches, corn mazes, wagon rides, farm animals and more. Get your fix with farm-fresh food like pulled pork, sloppy joes, pumpkin pie and apple cake. Noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 30-Oct. 29. Free admission. Bonnybrook Farms, 3779 State Route 132, Clarkesville,

Burger Farm & Garden Center Head to the farm’s 40th-annual fall festival every weekend in October. Family-friendly activities include hayrides, a puppet show, live music, carnival and pony rides, paintball and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 30-Oct. 29. $3. 7849 Main St., Newtown,

Sunrock Farm Nothing screams fall more than a pumpkin patch, and Sunrock Farm offers pumpkin patch tours throughout the month of the October. Guests can also milk a goat, gather eggs, hold chickens and more. Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 1-31. $10-$12.

Irons Fruit Farm Pick your own pumpkin at this fourthgeneration family farm — then feast on apple fritters, cinnamon-cider donuts, cookies and more from the onsite bakery. Weekends Sept. 30-Oct. 29. Free admission. 1640 Stubbs Mills Road, Lebanon,

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butter, applesauce and over 30 local vendors. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 30. Free admission. Warren County Fairgrounds, 655 N. Broadway St., Lebanon, Cliftonfest on Ludlow This free weekend-long arts and music festival features two stages of music, a host of local artisan vendors and live chalk drawings on the sidewalks of historic Clifton. Things kick off 9 a.m. Oct. 6 with the Cliftonfest 5K. Oct. 6-7. Free admission. Ludlow Ave., Clifton, Kentucky Wool Festival Drive through winding country roads before arriving at Kentucky Wool Fest and be greeted by fried food, twangy banjos and vendor booths displaying handcrafted items —from clothes to goat-milk soap and really anything else you never knew you needed (but definitely do). 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 6-7; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 8. $5. 48 Concord Caddo Road, Falmouth, Ky.,

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Rhythm Brew Art and Music Fest Come for the music, stay for the art and stay even longer for the beer. At Newport’s Wooden Cask, you can stimulate your senses with some art from local artists, music from Cincinnati bands like Young Heirlooms and Mad Anthony and kick back with a tasty brew of your choice. Oct. 7-8. Free. Wooden Cask Brewing Company, 629 York St., Newport, Ky.,

Sunflower Festival Take a stroll through towering sunflowers — and pick some to take home — at Gorman Heritage Farm. The fest also includes hayrides, a sunflower maze, food trucks and pumpkin picking. Sunflowers are $1 per stem or $10 per dozen. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 7-8. $8 adults; $5 kids 3-17; free kids under 3. Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Road, Evendale, Fall-O-Ween Fest Launch some pumpkins, navigate a hay maze and watch a not-so-spooky choreographed light show at Coney Island’s kid-centric Halloween bash. In addition to Coney’s classic rides, Fall-O-Ween features a trick-or-treat trail, a host of farmyard friends, a “Jeepers Creepers” live show and a magic show at Moonlite Gazebo. New this year is a s’mores-making station and a carriage ride around Lake Como (with ample Pumpkin Launch viewing). 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22. $12; children 2 and under free; $5 parking. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California, Fall Food Fest at Findlay Celebrate the bounty of fall with Findlay Market vendors. There will be pumpkin painting, cooking demos, live music, craft cocktails and seasonal beers. 10 a.m.-4

FESTS Ohio Renaissance Festival For weekends steeped in magic, chivalry, Arthurian flair and fantasy vibes, don your favorite corset or suit of armor and pick your favorite themed weekend to join in. Cheer on your favorite jouster mutton in hand, then wash it down with ale. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29. 10542 E State Route 73, Waynesville,

Midpoint Music Festival While the summer music fest season is coming to a close, in Cincinnati, music lovers can still look to autumn for their festival fix at the 17th-annual Midpoint Music Festival. This year, artists like The New Pornographers, Walk the Moon and Valerie June will take the stage. Sept. 23-24. Ticket prices vary. Fifth and Broadway streets, Downtown, Country Applefest Apple lovers unite for the 35th-annual Applefest. Rain or shine, this fairground will be filled with all things apple, including apple

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Old West Fest Walk through antiqued storefronts or chat up an actor dressed in period clothing. Young ‘uns can chase manifest destiny by panning for gold or the whole family can pose for an old-time photo before hopping on a covered wagon. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 15. $15. 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg, Ohio Sauerkraut Festival Since 1970, this festival has been offering sauerkraut in and on everything from fudge to pizza. Also includes a ton of arts and crafts vendors. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 14; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15. Free admission. North Main Street, Waynesville, Jungle Jim’s Fall Smash Discover the flavors of fall via hard cider, pumpkin beer and local food trucks. 3-7 p.m. Oct. 21. $25. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, Rare Beer Fest Head to Rhinegeist to sample the extraordinary, generally unobtainable and the unexpected. Breweries from across the country will be descending on Cincy with their rarest brews for this craft beer celebration. Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 28. $40; $45 day of. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Overthe-Rhine,

Country Pumpkins Fall Festival A fall fest on a 25-acre dairy farm with hayrides, a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hay maze and more. Through Oct. 31. Free admission. Country Pumpkins Farm, 1835 Sherman Mount Zion Road, Dry Ridge, Ky., 2017 Hocus Pocus Halloween Ever since Hocus Pocus hit theaters in 1993, we’ve all been yearning for a sequel to this Halloween cult classic. In the meantime, we’ll have to celebrate the original while trying not to get our hopes up every time another rumor about a follow-up is shot down. Commiserate with other diehards at Hocus Pocus Halloween, a festival in downtown Middletown. The fest offers kids’ activities, a classic car show, live music and, most importantly, a screening of Hocus Pocus. Noon-dusk Oct. 28. Ticket prices TBD. Main Street between Central and First avenues, Middletown,

HAUNTS Queen City is Haunted Tour On this guided walkthrough tour of downtown and OTR, hear stories of grisly murders, ghastly deaths and other disturbing tales buried deep within Cincinnati’s storied past. Through Oct. 28. $20. Tour begins at 1332 Vine St., Over-The-Rhine, Newport is Haunted Tour Surprise! Newport is haunted, too. Take

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a lantern-led walking tour and listen to tales of murder, suicide and the horrifying origin of Bobby Mackey’s famous portal to hell. Through Oct. 29. $20. Tour begins 18 E. Fifth St., Newport, Ky., Land of Illusion Why only have one haunted house when you could have four? Land of Illusion has four frights to choose from: Killer Clowns, Temple of Terror, Voodoo Bayou Shanty and Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate, plus classic horror movies screened every Friday night. Through Nov. 4. Tickets starts at $36.99. Land of Illusion, 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown, Dent Schoolhouse According to legend, the bodies of several missing Dent Schoolhouse students were discovered in barrels in the building’s basement — and the janitor did it. This year, the popular haunt is changing things up with a few IT-inspired clowns. Sept. 15-Nov. 4. $20-$35. 5963 Harrison Ave., Dent, USS Nightmare The death dredge is celebrating 25 years of horror. On a dark, foggy night, the William S. Mitchell steamboat careened into a bridge, killing many on board, including the captain and his daughter. Ever since, anyone who has worked on the now-defunct ship has been doomed to die onboard, cursed to forever haunt the vessel along with the other deceased. Sept.

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Jack-O-Lantern Junction Visit the largest indoor train display in the world with a side of Halloween fun. Jack-OLantern Junction features a trick-or-treat maze, a mini animated display and the only indoor Pumpkin Patch in the area. Kids take home a free mini pumpkin. Sept. 23-Oct. 31. $13.95 adults; $11.95 seniors; $9.95 children 3-12; kids 2 and under free. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester,

Heritage Village Haunted Village Described as a “slight fright,” this haunted attraction is completely kid-friendly, offering trick-or-treating, balloon art, wagon rides and a lower-key haunted house experience that won’t leave the youngsters with recurring nightmares until Christmas. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28. $10; free members and kids 2 and under. Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville,

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The Great Pumpkin Fest Before the sun sets, Kings Island is “all tricks and no treats.” The park’s Planet Snoopy area gets a Halloween makeover complete with live entertainment, trickor-treating, mazes and more. Noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 30-Oct. 29.

ONSTAGE Shakespeare in Love Young William Shakespeare appears in this play as his prior self, before his fame. He struggles to come up with a play that will change lives, until he meets Viola, who becomes his muse and helps him create his masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet. Through Sept. 30. $34.90-$73.90. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, Wicked Back by popular demand, the box office calls this upbeat musical a “cultural phenomenon.” The production tells what happened to the Wicked Witch of the West before she got received that title. Through

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Halloween Haunt Fear awaits at Kings Island’s annual Halloween Haunt, featuring 10 haunted attractions, three outdoor scare zones, spine-tingling live shows and more. Plus, experience the park’s everyday thrill rides. Friday and Saturday nights Sept. 22-Oct. 28. Tickets start at $31.99. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason,

Oct. 15. Tickets start at $42.50. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, Frankenstein Based on the Gothic novel by Mary Shelley, this interpretation by Nick Dear follows Victor Frankenstein’s grotesque monster in a desperate journey to find acceptance, becoming increasingly vengeful and murderous against his creator. Sept. 29-Oct. 14. $22 adults; $15 students. Falcon Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky.,

Dracula Bram Stoker’s macabre and bloody thriller travels from Transylvania to Victorian London. Adapted by Steven Dietz, the Halloween-themed horror story will feature longtime favorite Giles Davies as the legendary vampire and multi-talented Miranda McGee as his favorite victim. Oct. 13-Nov. 4. $55; $51 senior; $31 student. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

Jekyll & Hyde A musical rendering of Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale of a man torn in two: a genial English doctor who unleashes a violent and destructive alter ego. Oct. 5-21. $23. Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St., Newport, Ky.,

The Music of John Williams: Star Wars and Beyond The Cincinnati Pops perform the musical genius of John Williams’ greatest hits at Music Hall. Experience selections from Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and more by the master of film music. 8 p.m. Oct. 13-14; 2 p.m. Oct. 15. $25-$125. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

This Random World People often travel parallel paths through the world without noticing one another: In this tale, an ailing woman plans a final trip, her daughter maps out a great escape and her son gets caught up in a misguided prank — they are mutually unaware, but unknowingly interconnected. Oct. 10-Nov. 4. $53 adult; $31 student; $27 child. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St., Overthe-Rhine,

Young Frankenstein More funny and less freaky, Mel Brooks’ hilarious, affectionate musical is inspired by the classic horror story. The grandson of Victor Frankenstein inherits his family’s property in Transylvania and, with assistant Igor (eye-gor), plays mad scientist and brings his own creature to life. Oct. 19-Nov. 12. $29 adult; $26 student/ senior. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Covedale,

F i n d i n g N e v e r l a n d // P H OTO : c a r o l r o s eg g 13 Dead Dreams of “Eugene” An unsettling, haunting tale by storyteller Paul Strickland and his frequent partner in offbeat songs and stories Erika Kate MacDonald. This one is rooted in shared nightmares that trouble the sleepy town of Sabina, Ohio. Oct. 20-Nov. 14. $25. Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine,

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Romeo & Juliet The Cincinnati Ballet tackles Shakespeare’s enduring tale of star-crossed lovers. Oct. 26-29. $36-$125. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, Finding Neverland Based on a 2004 Oscar-winning film, this musical focuses on the mild-mannered J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer he yearns to be. When he meets a widow with four children who revel in make-believe adventures, he begins to weave the story of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, the Lost Boys and more. Nov. 7-19. $42.50-$112. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown,

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Neverwhere Know Theatre is taking on the literary fantasy world with an adaption of Neil Gaiman’s novel Neverwhere, about a young London business man who literally slips through the cracks of reality after discovering a young woman bleeding on the sidewalk. Nov. 25-Dec. 17. $25. 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine,

Exhibitions and Events Art in Bloom October 26–29, 2017

William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance Now–January 28, 2018

Albrecht Dürer: The Age of Reformation and Renaissance November 17, 2017–February 11, 2018

Ana England: Kinship September 8, 2017–March 4, 2018

Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China April 20–August 12, 2018

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion October 13, 2017–January 7, 2018

Art After Dark Final Fridays

General operating support generously provided by:

Anila Quayyum Agha (b. 1965), All the Flowers Are for Me (Red), laser-cut lacquered steel and lightbulb, Alice Bimel Endowment for Asian Art, 2017.7

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Anila Quayyum Agha: All The Flowers Are For Me Now–October 15, 2017

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ONSTAGE: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at the Cincy Playhouse is a tale of romance and writer’s block based off the 1998 Oscar-winning film. See review on page 40.


MUSIC: Pop/Punk/Hardcore quartet FOUR YEAR STRONG plays Northside Yacht Club. See Sound Advice on page 50. ONSTAGE: THE MIRACLE WORKER tells the story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan at the Covedale Center. See review on page 40.

ONSTAGE: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has disbanded, but if you loved the riot of imagery, acrobatics, clowning and tomfoolery that made it an attraction for years, head to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s new theater for the Bard’s great romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s been staged to demonstrate all the new venue can do — flying, trap doors, colored lights — and plenty of slapstick to keep you laughing. The actors (more than 20, plus a very calm beagle) offer three nonstop zany hours. Read a review on page 41. Through Sept. 30. $55 adult; $51 senior; $31 student. 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, — RICK PENDER


MUSIC: Chicago’s Post-Punk NE-HI plays MOTR Pub. See Sound Advice on page 48.


DANCE: KAPLAN NEW WORKS SERIES The Cincinnati Ballet opens its season with the Kaplan New Works Series, a program that presents four world premieres from four innovative, contemporary choreographers: Emmy-award winning Travis Wall (choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance), Heather Britt, Penny Saunders and Johanna Bernstein Wilt. Full of unexpected twists, athleticism and grace, these new works expand the definition of ballet. Ballet Artistic Director Victoria Morgan will also be presenting a regional premiere of her “Black Coffee,” a lonesome and expressive solo set to music by k.d. lang. Through Sept. 24. $66$75. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, — KENNEDY PONDER

A onetime paint store is now home to paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography, woodwork and much more. Evan Sikes, formerly with Cowan’s Auctions, has transformed the old location of Oakley Paint & Glass into Caza Sikes art gallery. To celebrate the grand opening, more than 30 artists are presenting their takes on pieces by Vincent van Gogh. A portion of proceeds from the Riffing van Gogh exhibit will be donated to ArtWorks. Local participants include painters Jolie Harris and Rick Koehler, mixed-media artists Mark and Jan Wiesner and mosaic muralist Suzanne Fisher. No ears were lost in the making of the show, Sikes assures. Opening reception 5-9 p.m. Friday. Through Sept. 30. Free. 3078 Madison Road, Oakley, — KATHY SCHWARTZ MUSIC: SEU JORGE PRESENTS: THE LIFE AQUATIC, A TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE

Brazilian singer/songwriter Seu Jorge came to some form of pop culture prominence in America with the release of Wes Anderson’s 2004 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Jorge — Pelé dos Santos in the film — makes memorable appearances with his red knit cap and acoustic guitar, playing David Bowie cover songs in Portuguese. (The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions was released in 2005, and Jorge’s songs can also be found on the film soundtrack.) This tour, a tribute to Bowie, will feature Jorge playing the Rock icon’s songs on a stage with a set and costumes designed by members of the Life Aquatic creative team. 8 p.m. Friday. $36.50-$46.50. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre. org. — MAIJA ZUMMO COMEDY: SHANE TORRES “I’m lucky in that I found what I wanted to do,” says comedian Shane Torres. “I

never wanted to be a doctor or anything like that. I wasn’t moved by a particular episode of Scrubs.” Onstage these days, his set has become a little less biographical. “Now I’m trying to do a little less narrative and little more observation and opinion,” he says. Torres will feature for Kyle Kinane at the Woodward Theater on Friday. Local comedians Andy Gasper, Karl Spaeth and Ran Barnaclo are also performing, with the latter hosting. 9 p.m. Friday. $20; $25 day-of. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, — P.F. WILSON


MUSIC: PHOEBE BRIDGERS brings achingly beautiful Folk/Americana to the Taft. See Sound Advice on page 50. CONTINUES ON PAGE 36

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EVENT: OKTOBERFEST ZINZINNATI Don your lederhosen or dirndl and enjoy some gemütlichkeit at the second-largest Oktoberfest in the world. For three glorious days, you can celebrate the Queen City’s German roots with our beverage of choice: beer. If the hearty libation isn’t up your alley, there are plenty of other aktivitäten to partake in. Wiener dog racing, brat-eating contests and a stein-hoisting championship are all on the docket. And, if you’re looking for some authentic German eats, you’re in luck; according to the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, over 80,000 brats were consumed at the previous year’s Oktoberfest alone, so they must be doing something right. 5-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Free. Second and Third streets between Elm and Walnut, Downtown, oktoberfestzinzinnati. com. — ERIN COUCH


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ART: NEW EXHIBITIONS AT THE CARNEGIE The Carnegie debuts its new gallery format with four concurrent exhibitions opening this Friday, one of which is painter Michael Stillion’s The Other Thing, highlighting artists that are crossing boundaries of media and discipline; the Mini Microcinema curated a corresponding video program. Upstairs, text & subtext & big deal documents visual artist Diana Duncan Holmes’ and poet Timothy Riordan’s final collaboration before his death in 2015. Andrey Kozakov: Trading Room, an installation of fantastical, interactive environments by the Cincinnati-based artist, will be on view in three of the upstairs galleries. And My Arms are Like Joy Joy Joy! is a group show curated by Portland, Ore.-based visiting artist and curator Derek Franklin. Opening reception 5:30-9 p.m. Friday. The Other Thing and text & subtext & big deal are on display through Nov. 19; Trading Room and My Arms are on display through July 1, 2018. Free. 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, Ky., — MARIA SEDA-REEDER

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EVENT: THE SLEEP SHOW AT WAVE POOL Want to get out of the house from dusk ’til dawn on Saturday, but don’t want to abandon the comfort of your favorite PJs? If so, head to Wave Pool for an evening of ambient pleasantries with live music and a serene atmosphere. Visitors are strongly encouraged to bring slumber party materials like sleeping bags and pillows to enhance the relaxation. Feel free to drift off during the 10-hour duration of this nightlong concert, featuring music from David Corns and friends. Just don’t get too snuggly: lights come on at 9 a.m. 11 p.m.-9 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free. Wave Pool, 2940 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington, — ERIN COUCH EVENT: THE GRAND OPENER OF TAFT’S BREWPOURIUM Taft’s Brewing Co. is hosting a grand opening for their second location — Taft’s Brewpourium — and everyone’s invited for beer and a slice from the in-house Apizza pizzeria. The Cincinnati Circus will be in

attendance along with fire breathers and live music performed by Rumpke Mountain Boys, Keenan Date, the Electric Son and Strange Mechanics. 1 p.m.-midnight. Saturday. Free admission. All ages are welcome; 21 and up must have their IDs to drink. 4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village, — KENNEDY PONDER EVENT: THE CITY FLEA It’s flea time again. The City Flea takes over Washington Park with tons of tented vendor booths featuring everything from jewelry, artisan eats and dog treats to vintage finds, plant friends and ceramics. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-theRhine, — MAIJA ZUMMO EVENT: OLD WEST FEST Saddle up and bring the young ’uns to Williamsburg for the Old West Fest. The festival has costumed actors that walk the streets to make you feel like you’re right in the middle of the frontier (minus the cholera). There’s live music, rattlesnake chili and a saloon for the adults, plus comedic gun fights, can-can dancers, covered-wagon

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MUSIC: GWAR Interplanetary scumdogs GWAR head to Middletown’s five-in-one fear factory, Land of Illusion, for a Saturday-night slay and play on the Stage of Rage. The be-costumed barbarians are presumably here in support of the forthcoming Blood of Gods, the follow up to Battle Maximus and the first album since the death of longtime vocalist Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus, slated for release Oct. 20. (The album’s first single, “Fuck This Place,” recently surfaced.) The show starts at 8 p.m. and the haunted trail/ estate/bayou shanty is open until 2 a.m., which means once you’re covered in fake blood and urine, you can go ahead and freak out Dr. Psycho and the mutilated corpses in his haunted estate instead of the other way around. 8-10 p.m. show Saturday. Free with general admission; $37. Land of Illusion, 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown, — MAIJA ZUMMO

rides and Western-themed crafts. Shoot a bow and arrow, pan for gold or take an old tyme photo. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 15. $14.99 adult; $11.99 child ages 3-12. 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg, oldwestfestival. com. — ALISON BAXTER


EVENT: HAYRIDE!, an homage to Midwestern Hayride with contemporary twists, premieres at the Woodward Theater. See feature on page 38.

EVENT: ISH: CINCINNATI’S JEWISH & ISRAELI ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL The inaugural and all-inclusive “ish” Jewish & Israeli Arts & Cultural Festival takes over Washington Park for a fun-filled day of food, art and live performers from more than 10 different cities across the country and Israel. Find multi-cultural nosh options, live glassblowing demos, a Shuk-style marketplace and a chance to meet the Mensch on a Bench. In an effort to spread the concept of tikkun olam, or kindness to help repair the world, attendees can bring a non-perishable food item or hygiene product to donate. 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, — ALISON BAXTER


MUSIC: BIG BOI and KILLER MIKE take over the Madison Theater. See Sound Advice on page 51.

ONGOING shows ONSTAGE Bouchra Ouizguen: Corbeaux Contemporary Arts Center & Yeatman’s Cove, Downtown; Findlay Market, OTR (Sept. 16-17)

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MUSIC: THE PINSTRIPES Three years ago, we thought we’d heard the last of one of the area’s favorite bands, whose Ska-influenced tunes and ampedup performances defied you not to get up and dance. Its members now reside in Brooklyn, Chicago, the West Side and Pleasant Ridge, so their reunion show with The Guitars at Northside Tavern is a rare opportunity to kick ass on the dance floor. Fortunately, their infectious driving music doesn’t age. The joyful fire they bring to the stage is sure to be fed by everyone who’s missed the energy a Pintripes show never fails to deliver. 10 p.m. Saturday. Free. Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside, northsidetav. com. — ANNE ARENSTEIN


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A New ‘Hayride!’

Musician Cameron Cochran’s creative crew reanimates a legendary local TV and radio show BY BRIAN BAKER

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ocal musical power plant Cameron Cochran isn’t old enough to have experienced firsthand the Cincinnatibased Midwestern Hayride, the incredibly popular radio/television Country music and variety show that ran on WLW radio and WLWT television stations from 1937 to 1972. It featured the talents of Willie Nelson, Tex Ritter, Grandpa Jones, Hank Penny, Homer and Jethro, Kenny Price and dozens more during its 35-year run. But Cochran, a Northern Kentucky native and pedal steel phenom, did find a direct connection in fellow pedal-steeler and mentor Chuck Rich, a longtime studio musician for Midwestern Hayride. Rich’s anecdotes about the show’s production sparked Cochran’s curiosity about its illustrious history. The result is Hayride!, a live performance at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Woodward Theater that is also being recorded for a podcast. Cochran plans for it to be the first of many. “Chuck’s really the one who inspired this,” Cochran says. “I’ve been working with Brian Powers at the library, watching rare clips of Jerry Byrd playing in 1949-1959. I visited Darren Blase at Shake It and listened to 78s that were cut at the Emery Theatre when the Boone County Jamboree (Midwestern Hayride’s predecessor) was happening in the early 1940s. I’ve heard the radio show before it went to TV, when it was a half-hour. That was the first time I heard the blueprint.” Late last year, Cochran set out to realize his longstanding idea to reanimate the Country variety show concept in tribute to Midwestern Hayride. It was not an inspiration borne of Cochran’s boredom; the husband and father is perpetually busy with production jobs and his membership in both Jeremy Pinnell and the 55s and The Midwestern Swing, with guitarists Brad Myers and Nick Fryer, as well as constant session work. Luckily, Cochran has assembled a talented creative staff that’s been crucial to shaping and realizing his vision for Hayride!, a cumulative homage to Midwestern Hayride with contemporary twists. “Since November, I’ve been focused on not only doing this Midwestern Hayride tribute, but also on developing this Country music variety show that would be in a modern, digitally distributed format, like a podcast, so that it could be on a phone or a computer,” Cochran says. “Caroline Creaghead was the first person I approached about this,” he continues. “She’s from here but she was in New York producing comedy shows. She connected me with Karl Spaeth and Logan Lautzenheiser

Cameron Cochran (center, back row) with his Hayride! creative team from Future Science and said, ‘These guys are writing a lot, you should see if they’re interested.’ They were so excited to write in this format. Then Midwestern Swing, which is really the linchpin of the show, is doing the music. Ashley Shepherd recently started a company called Picture Music and they’re recording the night, and we’ve got a great sound guy, Aaron Hacker, who’s doing front house for us. That’s a giant team right there.” The general structure of Hayride! will be a two-act presentation within the standard variety format of song/bit/song/ bit, closing with a Gospel number. One of the twists that Cochran and his team are bringing to the concept is a sequential show-within-a-show angle about putting on the Hayride! performance. “There’s a through-line with character development,” Cochran says. “I’ve done musical productions, so I’m very conscious of not having acts that are too long. It’ll probably be a half-hour to 45 minutes per act, in quickly digestible bits, but it will be a slowly developing story.” Cochran also mined Rich’s stories of his Midwestern Hayride days for characters and settings within the Hayride! universe. “Talking to Chuck over the past five or six years, the stories are of musicians doing

work together, being creative together,” Cochran says. “When you have a show like that where you can pour your creative energy in, amazing things can happen.” At least part of the show’s challenge is that much of Hayride!’s potential audience wasn’t even born when rising costs forced Midwestern Hayride’s 1972 cancellation. Cochran has been reintroducing the older program to the public through various engagements — he’s appearing 2 p.m. this Saturday at Cincinnati’s Main Library where he’ll perform old Jerry Byrd songs with Harold Kennedy and Chris Douglas. Cochran is confident that Hayride! will attract music and theater aficionados regardless of their familiarity with the show’s roots. “The biggest thing for me is this format can appeal to anyone,” he says. “Music and comedy can really bring families together. If you talk to anyone who was within the WLWT area, or (within the range of) any of the syndicated channels that did Midwestern Hayride, they’ll say, ‘When Midwestern Hayride came on, everything stopped and we all gathered around the TV and watched it.’ And that is incredible.” Cochran is also quick to point out there is a glaringly positive difference between

Hayride! and its predecessor: There is a total lack of the denigrating humor that sullied the original’s image. “The humor part was always the part they struggled with,” Cochran says. “A lot of times, they made jokes at other peoples’ expense, and it was derogatory humor. And one of the first rules we made was ‘No fake Country accents.’ Karl and Logan are powerhouses, so it’s very smart humor.” Still in all, Hayride! obviously owes a debt to the hundreds of people that created the original Boone County Jamboree/ Midwestern Hayride outline. Cochran recognizes the greatness of the overall concept and is just attempting to tweak it for the new millennium. “To say that there’s much innovation happening would be a stretch,” he says, with a laugh. “We’re definitely standing on the shoulders of giants here. But really, where it departs is in making sure that the comedy is just as smart as the music. There’s no reason why the music and comedy can’t be on par.” HAYRIDE! occurs 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. Tickets are $10. More info:

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Something ‘Wicked’ This Way Comes BY RICK PENDER

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There’s no questioning the immense popuhumorous lesson to the latter. larity of Stephen Schwartz’s musical Wicked, Elphaba is a gritty underdog, toughened by the prequel to The Wizard of Oz. The new thoughtless teasing but yearning to care. It’s tour arriving at the Aronoff Center Wednesclear she’s an ugly duckling who can rise to day brings with it 40 performances through more — literally, when she fiercely declares mid-October. Since opening in October 2003, her independence in her show-stopping the show has broken attendance records number “Defying Gravity.” Nevertheless, at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre. Grossing she’s also not always good: Her vindictive more than $1.6 million weekly, it’s one of the spitefulness is another way she connects most lucrative productions ever presented with adolescents. Elphaba’s not a traditional on Broadway. It’s earned more than $1 billion protagonist, and even the “popular” Glinda and stands in eighth place for the length isn’t always perfect. They’re both relatable. of an original run, stretching toward 6,000 Another factor: The original casting of performances. It’s a worldwide hit with Idina Menzel as Elphaba and Kristin Cheproductions in 13 different countries. noweth as Glinda mirrored their onstage It’s also a hot ticket in Cincinnati. The current engagement is the fifth time a tour has been presented: In 2006, it had 16 performances; 32 in 2008 and again in 2011 and 24 more in 2014. In total, more than 270,700 tickets have been sold locally. The 2017 five-week run will surely add 100,000. But why is Wicked so popular? The musical adaptation of Gregory Maguire’s dark, antitotalitarian 1995 novel about the rivalry between Glinda Jessica Vosk (left) as Elphaba and Gina Claire Mason as Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba, PHOTO : joan marcus the “wicked” Witch of the West, did not receive immediate accolades from New York critics. rivalry when both were nominated for best But from its first performances, the actress Tony Awards. These were starcoming-of-age story about a girl who doesn’t making roles, and the competition between fit in — green skin and uncontrolled telekithem — Menzel won despite Chenoweth’s netic powers — resonated with adolescent sunny popularity — spawned headlines. girls, eager to test but fearful of their own Wicked’s plot has both Glinda and Elphaba girl-power. (One journalist wrote, “50 milyearning for the same guy, the heroic Fiyero, lion Elphaba fans can’t be wrong.) generating a tension that lots of adolescents Precedents might have paved the way, feel as they contend with budding emotions ranging from Harry Potter novels about and crushes. But their ultimate friendship a teen with special abilities to the Disney triumphs over this rivalry, as distilled in their Broadway hit Beauty and the Beast, featurconciliatory duet, “For Good.” ing an intelligent young woman surrounded Of course, the show’s appeal doesn’t solely by magic. As girls who loved those works apply to teens. Wicked’s story is told with grew older, Wicked’s tale of overcoming epic scenery, spectacular special effects and awkwardness and prejudice in the face of dazzlingly colorful costumes in the Emerald intolerance felt liberating. City; green-lensed sunglasses became a perWinnie Holzman, who adapted Wicked’s vasive symbol of the show. Schwartz’s score script from Maguire’s novel, earlier wrote is stuffed full of memorable, hummable Soft young female voices for ’90s TV show My Rock melodies. The show’s themes resonate So-Called Life. She has suggested that with anyone who’s ever felt a rebellious Elphaba and Glinda “have to face the reality streak: “Defying Gravity” is a Broadway of what’s actually going on in their world.” declaration of independence that evokes a Holzman distilled Wicked’s story into a response from everyone in attendance. rivalry-turned-friendship between unlikely Bottom line, Schwartz might have personalities. Glinda and Elphaba are polar summed it up best when he said, “All of us opposites: The former is pretty, charming have a little bit of green inside of us.” Do you and conventional — the picture of a good, if have your ticket yet? self-absorbed, girl who knows the ins and CONTACT RICK PENDER: outs of being “Popular,” as she sings in a

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Passionate Encounters in Two New Plays

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Overcoming obstacles is a common found his words and his passion. The play theme onstage; we admire characters concludes with allusions to Twelfth Night, who won’t give up. They are central to Shakespeare’s romance about Viola, a young two season-opening shows, Shakespeare woman who dresses as a man and falls in in Love at Cincinnati Playhouse and The love. The elements are present in ShakeMiracle Worker at the Covedale. speare in Love, but the fuse never gets lit. The humorous fiction of young Will In The Miracle Worker at the Covedale, Shakespeare (Nicholas Carrière) suffering there’s an explosive struggle of a different from a serious case of writer’s block is the sort. William Gibson’s play, which debuted starting point of an entertaining tale of life in 1959 and is based on the autobiography of and love in Elizabethan England. ShakeHelen Keller, centers on her as a girl trapped speare in Love is based on the Oscar-winning 1998 film, which had a screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard; it has been adapted for the stage by Lee Hall. It’s 1593, and Will is just getting started. He’s short on ideas and unhappy in a loveless marriage. On deadline for commissioned scripts, his Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter seems singularly without promise. Meanwhile Viola de Lesseps (Emily Trask), a merchant’s daughter enamored Nicholas Carrière and Emily Trask in Shakespeare in Love of the theater, longs to be P H O T O : m i k k i s c h a f f n e r photo g r a ph y onstage, perhaps in a play by Shakespeare. But women are prohibited from performing. Her oppressive by deafness and blindness yet working with suitor Lord Wessex (Michael Brusasco) is an inexperienced but fiercely motivated after her father’s fortune, while Viola dreams young teacher striving to help her. Rebecca of “real love” rooted in romance and poetry. Whatley turns in a textured and convincing The intersection of her and Will’s paths portrait of plainspoken Annie Sullivan, who is inevitable, as the play’s title telegraphs. It achieves the miracle of communication happens when Viola disguises herself as an with six-year-old Helen (Brooke Chamberaspiring male actor for an audition that caplin). She’s plagued by recollections of her tures Will’s attention. He sends an ardent own past while she struggles to overcome sonnet via “Thomas” to Viola, and their Helen’s solicitous family — especially a wellaffair is launched. There’s a ton of laughable intended mother (Sarah Viola, saddled with theater humor along the way, dropping in an odd-looking wig) and a patronizing father sly citations of Shakespearean lines and (Brent Alan Burington) — who are weary of situations, but dashing Carrière and diminubattles with angry, never disciplined Helen. tive Trask don’t ignite convincingly. The Director Greg Procaccino and fight choplaywright yearns for inspiration, and she’s reographer Melissa Bennett Murphy have hot for romance, but their chemistry seems staged a battle royale for the better part of dictated more by the script than the product the show’s two acts as Sullivan uses tough of mutual passion: They end up in bed when love to connect with the wild child — food he unravels her boyish costume, of course, fights, wrestling, dousing with water. Perbut there’s not much steam. haps the choreography will feel more real Wittily staged by the Playhouse’s Blake as the production settles in (face slaps were Robison, Shakespeare in Love succeeds particularly unconvincing), but the play’s in creating scene after farcical scene that climactic scene nevertheless achieves the audiences will enjoy whether they’re fans of requisite dramatic poignancy when Helen’s Shakespeare or not. This is a big, entertainbreakthrough finally occurs, yielding a ing show with visual appeal: 20-plus actors deeply moving final moment. (including a tiny dog as “Spot” and an amusSHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, presented by Cincinnati ing portrait of Queen Elizabeth by Naomi Playhouse in the Park, continues through Sept. Jacobson), gorgeous costumes and a set 30. THE MIRACLE WORKER at the Covedale that conjures up theaters of the period. Center for the Performing Arts is onstage Nevertheless, I yearned to be swept away through Oct. 1. More info at and once “Ethel” was replaced by the tragic Juliet, respectively. — and Shakespeare, inspired by a muse,

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An Energetic ‘Midsummer’ for a Brand-New Theater BY ERICA REID

William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midactors. On the stage, these scenes are marsummer Night’s Dream focuses on the velously slapstick-y, the cast made up of such power of transformation, which makes it Cincy Shakes regulars as Kelly Mengelkoch, an especially timely choice for Cincinnati Paul Riopelle and Justin McCombs (plus Shakespeare Company, a 24-year theater McCombs’ own show-stealing beagle, Ollie). company with a sparkling new venue in Billy Chace’s Snug the Joiner and Jeremy Over-the-Rhine — The Otto M. Budig TheDubin’s Francis Flute are bros, turning ater. A show written to engage and delight innocuous lines into innuendo with chest Shakespeare’s public when first performed bumps and machismo. The biggest scene in 1605, Midsummer is just right for this chewer of the troupe is Matthew Lewis Johnmodern theater’s inaugural production. As son as an outrageous Nick Bottom. directed by Brian Isaac Phillips, it shows off Throughout this Midsummer, director all the impressive technical capabilities of the new building as well as all the energy its actors can offer. H Midsummer has multiple CRITIC’S stories, but at the center there’s a love quadrangle. As H Cincy Shakes’ promotional material puts it, “Lysander loves Hermia. Hermia loves Lysander. Demetrius loves Hermia. Helena loves Demetrius. No one loves Helena (poor Helena).” Of Midsummer’s stories, I have tended to find this one the least interesting — but not this time. That’s Caitlin McWethy (left) as Helena and Courtney Lucien as Hermia due almost exclusively to the P H O T O : m i k k i s c h a f f n e r photo g r a ph y chemistry between Courtney Lucien’s Hermia and Caitlin McWethy’s Helena. As the storyline gets ever Phillips makes use of every inch of his new more complicated with the introduction of stage. One moment that especially struck fairies and bewitching love potions, Lucien me involved Hermia and Helena arguing and McWethy dial up the antics, displaying in the foreground, with Demetrius and fast wit and physical comedy. Lysander showboating upstage while, in the In a second thread, Midsummer explores background and silently resting against trees, a forest full of mischievous fairies and Oberon and Puck are surveying the havoc sprites. Capricious fairy monarchs Queen they have created. This sense of visual depth Titania (Miranda McGee) and King Oberon is new for Cincy Shakes, whose previous (Giles Davies) both lay claim to an orphaned theater stage was much smaller. child — played by a creepy Labyrinth-style I do have quibbles, mostly around feeling puppet that will visit me in nightmares. that special effects were overused. The Cincy Shakes has taken a glam-rock flying rigs are one example; another is the approach to this world, drawing visual inspiuse of lighting and projection, which is better ration from ’80s Bowie. In Amanda McGee’s when subtle than during some of the more costume designs, Oberon and the fairies MTV-like effects in the fairy scenes. Phillips sport no wings; one gets the feeling they fly clearly took pains to make every visitor in through the power of black spandex alone. the roughly 200-seat theater feel engaged Midsummer’s most famous fairy is Puck, and, while it works, there were times I felt I portrayed by Cincy Shakes’ mainstay Sara was in the way, trying to tuck in my legs to Clark. In one of the many ways this producavoid actors rushing around the stage apron. tion shows off the technical capacity of the All that aside, Cincy Shakes has opened its new theater, Clark engages flying rigs to “put new home with a funny, newcomer-friendly a girdle round about the Earth,” soaring in Midsummer that is familiar but ambitious. wide circles over the audience’s head. The Its team has showcased the new theater and effect is enchanting, though not as surprispaid homage to their history. I look forward ing as it could be — before Clark’s first flight, to the rest of the season — this theater comother fairies use the rigs to dangle somewhat pany’s transformation is just beginning. unimaginatively above the audience. Clark’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM runs through flights are more athletic and impressive, as is Sept. 30 at The Otto M. Budig Theater, 1195 Elm the rest of her performance. St., Over-the-Rhine. Tickets and information at Finally there is the play-within-a-play by a band of five well-intentioned but clumsy



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Film Cincinnati Celebrates 30 Years of Spotlighting the City

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On the evening of Sept. 23, Film Cin­ with 2011’s The Lincoln Lawyer and went cinnati celebrates its 30th anniversary through to his Best Actor Academy Award of supporting local film production. for 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club. (By the The organization will transform way, why hasn’t McConaughey made his Over-the-Rhine industrial alleys and side way to the Queen City yet?) streets into a mock movie set for a party Of course, everyone wants to rave called Backlot 30. about 2015’s Carol, the lush Todd Haynes The plan is to use the party as a way adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith to showcase the technical expertise of novel, while also showering some jazzy the behind-the-scenes film crews. Those love on Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead. But who attend will be able to meet those we shouldn’t sleep on lesser-heralded who get the region ready for its close-ups Cincinnati movies like A Kind of Murder, in the movies. Marauders and Goat. The nonprofit is proud of its accomplish­ And who can forget the surreal ments — it has helped such Oscar-winning suburban-drug-den vibe of Steven Soder­ and -nominated movies as Rain Man, Traffic, Ides of March, Carol and Seabiscuit shoot at least some scenes here. In 2016, Film Cincinnati reports, the movie industry contributed $38.3 million to the local economy — twice as much as the previous year. And the successes keep coming: At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, two Cincinnatishot movies are screening: The Killing of a Sacred Deer and My Days of Mercy. Tom Cruise (left) and Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man “We were incorporated as P H O T O : c o u r t e s y o f f i l m c i n c i n n at i a 501(c)(3), the first time a film office had been set up as a nonprofit, in 1991,” says Kristen bergh’s 2000 Traffic or, before that, the Schlotman, the executive director of Film lush color and propulsive energy in Bill Cincinnati. “Now, many film offices around Duke’s A Rage in Harlem from 1991? That the world are modeled after this one. We might be the film that, for me (long before were also one of the first film offices to I landed in Cincinnati), set the tone for cross state lines, because of our regional my expectations of this place becoming a component. Thirty years is not only a big big-screen attraction. deal for us locally, but it is a nice marker I’ve mentioned before that I arrived in for film offices around the world.” Cincinnati from Philadelphia, where the It’s quite an accomplishment, especially city served as the personal muse for M. when you consider that after the 2001 civil Night Shyamalan in films like The Sixth disturbances in Over-theRhine, Cincinnati’s national/ international image seemed to have reached a low point. With a city plagued by a hollowed-out urban core straight out of suburban nightmares, no one could (or wanted to) see the glorious foundations of our German architecture, the period markers that recalled old New York or the artistic buds striving to break through the hard concrete. But in 2017, Cincinnati is like Matthew McConaughey Ryan Gosling in 2011’s The Ides of March during his hot streak of P H O T O : c o u r t e s y o f f i l m c i n c i n n at i good roles that started

architecture, because we could appear like New York. We were doing a lot of New York period pieces.” Schlotman says tax incentives during the past six years have helped drive business back to Cincinnati. “Once we had the incen­ tives in place, we went back to what we did well, marketing the period archi­ tecture,” she says. “That’s what helped us to kick-start and sustain Carol, which Kristin Schlotman, executive director of Film Cincinnati was the first film shot P H O T O : c o u r t e s y o f f i l m c i n c i n n at i entirely here. We had Ides of March, but that was only Sense and Unbreakable (and helped to trig­ about 50 percent shot here. ger a transformative rebirth for him as well Carol showed the rest of the film world in recent years with The Visit and Split). that beyond the architecture, we had the I wondered if Cincinnati would be able infrastructure that could support produc­ to inspire a local talent like that, capable of tion of a major motion picture. The thing I lifting the city up on their shoulders for all love about Carol is that almost every single the world to see and appreciate. (below-the-top-line) role in that film we And the funny thing is, the city has cast with local people. That was a huge indeed found that someone in the form of calling card for us, in the industry.” Schlotman, who proves, day in and day out, Schlotman continues: “From there, that true vision and will are all about the we did Miles Ahead and then A Kind detailed planning and execution found in of Murder. And one of the producers from Carol passed along a recommendation to the Ele­ ment Pictures production team from The Killing of a Sacred Deer. That’s what’s so exciting.” Film Cincinnati has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a locationscouting outfit for Rain Man in 1987, and Schlot­ man’s 20 years at the helm have been critical. She says she’s more than ready to handle the next phase for the organization: luring television series. Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in 2016’s Miles Ahead “There is now language PHOTO : brian dougl as/courtesy of sony pictures cl as sic s in (the new budget) that would give a series priority the mind of an executive producer, which in the queue over motion pictures, which is largely her role. is important because a series is better for Schlotman is a talent wrangler extraor­ tech jobs,” she says. “If we can anchor a dinaire, and her talented charge just hap­ Netflix, Amazon or HBO show, that’s show­ pens to be the city of Cincinnati. ing we can handle the long-format. “When this office opened in 1987, movies “It would be great to see a couple of those. were still driven by the director, the cre­ Not that we would want to say goodbye ative,” Schlotman says. “Today, movies are to motion pictures, but we want to make driven by the business deal. So, the biggest ourselves available.” thing that has happened during my tenure For tickets and more info about FILM is the fact that the tax credit plays such a CINCINNATI’s Sept. 23 Backlot 30 party, visit major role in filmmaking and our ability to recruit motion pictures here. Back in the late ’80s and ’90s, movies and crews were coming to Cincinnati because of the period

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Grand Central Delicatessen takes a design cue from the 1920s with a modern menu of cocktails and sandwiches REVIEW BY GARIN PIRNIA



Drinks and deli staples are available late night at Pleasant Ridge’s Grand Central Deli. tasted better when it cooled. I had a house salad with bourbon-peppercorn ranch; the bourbon flavor was hidden, but the pepper was strongly in the foreground. We also tried guac-stuffed peppadews ($1.50 per order), which acted as a good palate cleanser before we received our sandwiches. They have three kinds of tuna salad sandwiches, including a vegan tuna ($6.50) with chickpeas, celery, nutritional yeast, onions, lemon juice and kelp granules folded into vegan mayo and set on Sixteen Bricks sourdough bread. As far as vegan sandwiches go, this was one of the best I’ve tasted anywhere. The lemon gave it a tang, and the speckled kelp made it feel healthy. My friend tried the Sussman Volk ($10.99), named after the man who supposedly invented the pastrami sandwich. The sandwich came piled high with pastrami, caramelized onions and mustard on salted rye batard. Unfortunately, it didn’t come with chips like my sandwich did — or anything else. My friend lamented how all deli sandwiches should come with a pickle spear. I saw Boar’s Head pickles at the deli counter, but for some reason the pickles were absent with the dishes. Sides are separate, and we tried the buffalo sauce and blue cheese potato salad. It

was creamy, with a slight kick from the hot sauce. After eating all of this — and even having leftovers to take home — I managed to save room for dessert, and you should, too. They serve seasonal slices of O Pie O pies and Peace Street Bakery vegan cakes. I opted for the latter’s rainbow cake ($5): six layers of colors ranging from purple to teal, coated in a white icing and a kaleidoscope of colored sprinkles. The cake was dense. While eating it I felt like a happy child. Grand Central is meant to be a neighborhood restaurant — its tagline is “The Neighborly Place to Nosh” — and since I don’t live in Pleasant Ridge, I’m not sure how often I’d make the trek again. However, the vegan tuna sandwich and rainbow cake might tempt me into returning. I like the idea of a deli that stays open late (until 2 a.m. on

weekends) and serves drinks all night. They offer a special every day, whether it’s Wednesday night pasta and half-price bottles of wine or the Big Palooka — a double-decker BLT with a fried egg, usually reserved for Sunday brunch — on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I do, however, wish they would cure some of their meats, make their own pickles in-house and procure cheeses from nearby Share: Cheesebar. As national delis go, it can’t compete with anything on the coasts or places like Mudgie’s in Detroit or Mitchell Deli in Nashville. Locally, Grand Central is slightly pricier than Carl’s Deli in Hyde Park or Silverglades. But with a dearth of good delis in the ’burbs since Rascals’ NY Deli in Blue Ash closed, Grand Central Delicatessen is what the area needs right now.

Grand Central Delicatessen Go: 6085 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge; Phone: 513-531-DELI; Internet: Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.

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leasant Ridge is in the midst of a boom. Montgomery Road has seen an inundation of new places in the past couple of years, including the Shining-themed Overlook Lodge, Nine Giant brewery, Share: Cheesebar and now Grand Central Delicatessen, a bar and deli that blends an Art Deco speakeasy with modern touches. Jeff Strong and his partner Sheelah Parker opened Grand Central in the spring. Strong grew up on the East Coast — the eatery’s namesake is New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. Menu items are named after ’20s slang (The Flapper, The Hotsy-Totsy) with interior flourishes like an antique gravity soap dispenser in the bathroom and vintagelooking globe pendant lights, but the bar is contemporary, as is the Indie Rock soundtrack (no Jazz?). Grand Central is not a straight-up Jewish deli — it spins NYC deli cuisine and injects it with a bygone-era theme and atypical items like guacamole-stuffed peppadews and spinach dip. They offer more than a dozen sandwiches, most of which are made with Boar’s Head meats. The Remus is named after Cincinnati bootlegger George Remus and comes with Genoa salami, prosciutto, mortadella, capicola, provolone and roasted red peppers on ciabatta bread. The Cat’s Meow is one of their multiple vegan sandwiches: faux cream cheese, figs and toasted almonds on open-faced ciabatta. The rest of the expansive menu features appetizers, sides, cocktails and a deli counter in which you can get sandwiches and sides like goetta potato salad to go. On a recent weeknight visit, the place wasn’t crowded, but service was slow. My friend and I started off with a couple of cocktails. The Imogene ($8) had pink peppercorns floating in a glass that had a gradient of rose color on the bottom, which turned clear near the top. The strawberryinfused Watershed gin drink tasted sweet but overall was light and refreshing. The Fitzgerald ($8) had a citrus and anise flavor from vodka infused with tarragon and kumquat simple syrup and was served in a martini glass. They also offer rotating draft beers — on this night, New Belgium took over their “Giggle Water” taps — and “Jesus Juice,” aka wine by the glass and bottle. Next, we ordered a couple of appetizers. Our waitress told us the whipped lemon ricotta with crostinis ($8.99) would take 20 minutes to bake, but it was worth the wait. Morsels of lemon zest were mixed into an ample portion of ricotta. In fact, the ricotta

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Like a fine-tuned machine, the body of a professional athlete requires the correct fuel to deliver an optimal performance. To gain knowledge about healthy eating, as opposed to the gluttonous diet we food writers normally follow, CityBeat recently sat down for lunch at Taft’s Ale House with FC Cincinnati soccer players and relative Cincinnati newbies Jimmy McLaughlin, a midfielder who hails from Malvern, Pa., and Andrew Wiedeman, a forward from San Ramon, Calif. The two began by scanning the menu for items that would fit their selfprofessed picky eating habits — the tri-tip steak salad for Wiedeman and the smoked half chicken with mashed potatoes for McLaughlin — and then proceeded to talk diet, rituals and their extreme love for their fans.

CB: You’re allergic to vegetables? JM: No, please, no. AW: He eats like a 5 year old. JM: He’s not totally wrong, but I’ve actually come a long way with my eating. Ever since I was young I didn’t really like any foods. AW: He recently got used to Indian food and he likes it. CB: Nippert Stadium is filled to the brim every time you play and the fans seem to be crazy for FCC. How do you feel about the Cincinnati scene?

CityBeat: Why did you guys choose Taft’s Ale House? Jimmy McLaughlin: My parents come here very often when they’re in town to get a good meal before game days. We love the décor and L-R: Andrew Wiedeman and Jimmy McLaughlin the environment and the PHOTO : Haile y bollinger atmosphere, so it was an easy choice. Andrew Wiedeman: The JM: It’s tough to put in words, but it’s truly beer is good and the barbecue is also great. amazing. I like barbecue. It fits in with my diet. AW: We’re averaging over 20,000 (fans) right CB: Are you guys encouraged to stick to now. The fact that we’ve been able to put particular diets for work? Cincinnati not only on the national soccer AW: No, you eat what you like. Everyone’s map but we’ve been able to make a global body is different and everyone has a differmark in such a short time, that’s 100 percent ent diet that works for them. At the end of the due to them. day, if you’re mentally happy eating a pizza JM: We have this section behind one of our and that’s what gives you the edge to play the goals called The Bailey. It’s where all the game because you’re happy, then eat a pizza. supporter groups sit, and really, they’re the heart of the crowd and the heart of the game. CB: So let’s get right down to it: picky eaters? What they bring is contagious throughout AW: I’m picky by choice. I’ve been playing for the whole stadium, not only through the fans eight years and over that time you figure out, in the stadium, but to us on the field. They in regard to a diet, what works for you and really are something special and something what doesn’t. … So I eat a lot of salads, I eat a I think would rival any other professional lot of potatoes, quinoa and protein, and I stay soccer team here in the United States. away from bread. Jimmy is a picky eater. JM: I would compare Wiede’s eating habits CB: Do either of you have any interesting to past girlfriends I’ve had, like when you pre-game rituals? take them to lunch or dinner, they don’t like JM: I have the same meal before every home anything on the menu and they don’t like game. It’s very simple: It’s a grilled chicken certain places because they can’t go there breast with a brown rice/quinoa medley because it doesn’t have the particular salad and a Pedialyte for extra hydration. And I they like. Dealing with him is like dealing go every home-game day to The Sleepy Bee with a girlfriend. in Oakley for breakfast, and then I have my AW: Keep in mind that this is coming from chicken breast before the meal. Andrew does the guy who only eats foods that are the some weird stuff with his Chapstick. color beige. AW: That’s more of an addiction, I don’t go anywhere without Chapstick. CB: Really? AW: Yeah. Chicken, rice, not a single veggie Read the full interview at — he’s allergic to vegetables.

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Groceries & Grilling: Hispanic Heritage — Head to Findlay Market for late-night market hours and special Wednesday grilling parties. Guests will get the recipe and list of ingredients so they can shop and then grill the recipe onsite. 5-8 p.m. Free admission. Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-theRhine,


Medicinal Plant Series: Culinary Herbs — Learn how to grow, harvest, prepare and use herbs in cooking and remedies. 7-8 p.m. $10. Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn, Chicken Saltimbocca — Work at your own station to prepare a Caesar salad and modern chicken saltimbocca. 6-8 p.m. $70. The Learning Kitchen, 7659 Cox Lane, West Chester, Fall & Winter Maintenance of Flower and Vegetable Gardens — Prepare your plants and bed for winter weather. This class covers the cycles of flower and vegetable gardens with a focus on how to build healthy soil. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $15. Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, Avondale, Murder on the Menu — On a warm night in 1879, a gunshot rang out near Washington Platform. Shortly after, a young businessman was found dead in the alley across from City Hall. The night begins with a walking tour of the crime, followed by a four-course dinner. 6 p.m. $45. Washington Platform, 1000 Elm St., Downtown,


Date Night: Steak & Stout Sauce — Prepare a New York strip steak with butterstout sauce, polenta and roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon. 6-8 p.m. $165. The Learning Kitchen, 7659 Cox Lane, West Chester,


Russian Festival — Celebrate the culture of Russia with this fest featuring live music, games, a dunk tank, bounce houses, traditional food and drink, Russian jewelry and more. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission. St. George Russian Orthodox Church, 118 N. Lebanon Road, Loveland,

Color Me Zen Tea — Learn how to use the calming coloring and drawing practice of Zentangle over a tea and pastry bar. 10 a.m. $22; $20 members. Hillforest Victorian House Museum, 213 E. Fifth St., Aurora, Ind., Beats, Arts & Eats — This fest features local music, onsite exhibits and culinary experiences, featuring bonus craft beer and wine. 3-9 p.m. Free admission. Blue Ash Towne Square, 9520 Towne Square Ave., Blue Ash,


Ish: Cincinnati’s Jewish & Israeli Arts & Cultural Fest — This fest promotes Jewish and Israeli culture with artisans, performers and food vendors. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


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A Week’s Menu for One, Two or More — Learn how to prepare, plan, portion and package meals to have dinner ready in a snap. 6:30-9 p.m. $50. Cooks’Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Harper’s Point, Hands-On Deep Dish Pizza — Take your pizza-making skills to the next level. Learn to make chewy, thick crusts, sauce and sausage in this class. 6-8:30 p.m. $75. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, Chicken and Waffles — Create a duo of chicken and waffles: a bacon waffle with roasted chicken and an herbed waffle with panko-crusted chicken. 6-8 p.m. $70. The Learning Kitchen, 7659 Cox Lane, West Chester, Mindful Eating: Curiosity — During this installment of a four-week course, drop in to learn practices of mindful eating. This week, discover how to notice cravings and habits. 1-3 p.m. $55 drop-in. Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Indian Hill,

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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati — The biggest Oktoberfest celebration in America kicks off with the Running of the Wieners, followed by a keg tapping and a full weekend of eating, drinking and Chicken Dancing. Through Sunday. Free. Second and Third streets between Walnut and Elm streets, Downtown,

Mom/Dad and Me Chicken and Waffles — A class for parents and kids. Grab a parent and learn to make chicken and waffles, including a bacon waffle with pankocrusted chicken with chicken gravy and Sriracha honey. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $55. The Learning Kitchen, 7659 Cox Lane, West Chester,


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Chicago’s NE-HI continues to show a different side of its hometown’s buzzing Rock scene BY BILL FORMAN

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ack when The Sex Pistols played Manchester, England in 1976, their audience famously included future founders of Joy Division, The Buzzcocks, The Fall, Magazine and The Smiths. “They say everyone who was at those gigs went out and formed a band,” Johnny Rotten would later remark, “but that wasn’t our plan — or our fault!” For Chicago’s latest wave of young Indie Rock bands, a 2014 show at the city’s Logan Square Auditorium by Black Lips may have performed similar magic, as members of Twin Peaks, The Orwells and NE-HI gathered to witness the notorious Atlanta band’s combination of Punk and Garage Rock antics. Of the bands featuring several of the young Chicago musicians in attendance, NE-HI (which would open for the Lips later in 2014 at a different venue) has since shown itself to be the least Lips-like, musically, something that is less surprising after finding out co-frontman Jason Balla was actually just working the door for the concert that night. “I was making sure everyone had their tickets rather than losing myself in the moshpit,” says the now-25-year-old musician, whose tastes run more toward Krautrock acts like Neu!, Post Punk bands like Wire and the Jangle Pop of “Hoboken Sound” bands like The Feelies. Although Balla didn’t know his counterparts in Twin Peaks or The Orwells, his band was soon playing underground shows with them at Animal Kingdom, a nowdefunct DIY basement space on Chicago’s north side. It was there that Balla recalls seeing one of Twin Peaks’ first gigs. “They were all in my high school, but I was a couple years older than them,” he says. “I was like, ‘Who are these guys?’ They were super young and really good. It was kind of mind-blowing.” While Twin Peaks was the first among them to find national acclaim, NE-HI is beginning to catch up.  The Chicago Tribune included both bands in its 2014 list of best Chicago Indie albums, with Twin Peaks’ Wild Onion coming in at No. 1 and NE-HI’s self-titled debut at No. 4 (two places above Dude Incredible by legendary Nirvana producer Steve Albini’s band Shellac). NE-HI has since toured with Twin Peaks (as well as the likes of Car Seat Headrest), played several showcases at this year’s South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas and signed to New York City’s Grand Jury Music, which is distributed by Fat Possum Records and features a roster that

NE-HI’s widely praised sophmore album, Offers, finds the band advancing musically, as well. includes Mothers, Esmé Patterson and, yes, Twin Peaks. NE-HI’s sophomore album, Offers, released this past February, received wider critical praise (including from outlets like Paste and NPR) and finds the band advancing musically, as well. While its Krautrock leanings have yet to come to the fore, Post Punk-inspired single-note guitar lines surface on many of the songs. Meanwhile, the standout “Palm of Hand” is straight out of The Feelies playbook, with Balla and Mikey Wells’ intermeshed guitar parts cascading over bassist James Weir’s and drummer Alex Otake’s insistent rhythms. “I love The Feelies,” says Balla, who still hasn’t reached the stage where musicians bristle at comparisons to other artists. “The cool thing about all those (Hoboken) bands, for me, is how the guitars are so unaffected and almost awkward or broken-sounding. They’re kind of on that edge of — I don’t know — being nonsense, but also being the best hooks ever. And I think that’s one of the things that most interests me now, too, is like finding newer and shittier ways to play the guitar that still sound exciting.” From a songwriting perspective, Balla says his favorite lyrics on the new album are from “Buried on the Moon,” which co-leader

Wells wrote about his father, who was also a musician: “Well, come and make a record like your dear old dad/Yeah, we’ll give you all the money, then make you feel sad.” “Every time I hear it, it’s a really powerful and emotional experience,” Balla says. “Mikey lost his dad at an early age, and hearing him singing it just really hits me.” “Buried on the Moon” also reflects an anxiety the group felt while working on Offers, which turned out to be a much more challenging experience than they expected. Sessions began in January of last year at Chicago’s Minbal recording studios, where NE-HI recorded on a ’60s-vintage analog eight-track machine that had reportedly been used for The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers sessions at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama. But after finishing eight songs, the band decided to keep just three of them — “Palm of Hand,” “Don’t Want to Know You” and “Offers” — before going back to the drawing board.  “It was our first time dealing with the music industry, and we were feeling all this pressure at the time, a lot of which was self-imposed,” Balla says. “But when you let yourself go, that’s when it all happens. And then your brain comes in later, you know?”

So now that NE-HI is gaining momentum outside Chicago, will its hometown paper once again rank them above Shellac, or whatever other project Steve Albini happens to be working on at the moment? And will the perennially cranky producer finally retaliate by beating the hell out of them? “He doesn’t strike me as a brawler, by any means,” says Balla, who briefly encountered the acerbic producer while working at Albini’s Electrical Audio studio (Offers was mastered by Bob Weston, who works on a lot of projects recorded at the studio and also is the bassist for Shellac). “I just remember walking in one day and he was in the kitchen, wearing a jumpsuit that looked like a cross between a mechanics’ suit and Ghostbusters (outfit), and arguing with the studio manager about whether DEVO had more than one good album.” Of course, Albini could always just go the “you’ll never work in this town again” route. “That would be kind of sick, actually,” says Balla with a laugh. “It would be a pretty good reason not to have to work anymore.” NE-HI plays a free show Friday at MOTR Pub. More info:

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King Records Month Continues The huge, citywide celebration of pioneering Cincinnati-based record label King Records continues through the end of September. The next two weeks of King Records Month bring a variety of cool events spotlighting various aspects of the city’s historic musical

contributions, including this Sunday’s Hayride!, local musician Cameron Cochran’s and members of the Future Science comedy troupe’s celebration of comedy/music variety show Midwestern Hayride at Woodward Theater (1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Check out CityBeat’s feature story about the event on page 38. On Saturday at the new Herzog Music space (811 Race St., Downtown, facebook. com/herzogmusic), “Funky Drummer Fest” will explore the connection between King’s musical output and Hip Hop’s legacy via a live performance by legendary Cincy

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DJ crew The Animal Crackers. James Brown’s “Funky Drummer” (a 1970 King single) was recorded in Cincinnati in 1969; drummer Clyde Stubblefield’s beat on the track would go on to become a foundational sample of Hip Hop, used by artists like Run DMC, Public Enemy and Eric B & Rakim (among numerous others), as well as non-Hip Hop acts like George Michael and Sinéad O’Connor. The free event begins at 7 p.m. Also at Herzog, at 2 p.m. on Sept. 23, the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation will present a “State of the King Records Building” symposium, with updates on the efforts to save the original King building in Evanston. The site was spared demolition after Cincinnati City Council declared it a historic landmark, with the city announcing intentions to purchase the building and a partnership of local organizations’ plans to refurbish it. The event also includes a screening of Danny Adler’s Last Session on Brewster, in which the musician films and records music (on the down-low) inside the dilapidated former King headquarters. For the complete schedule of King Records Month events, visit CONTACT MIKE BREEN:

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The National Beefs with Karl Rove On the new Sleep Well Beast, Indie Rock stars The National “sample” a quote from Karl Rove, the political strategist who helped George W. Bush swindle his way to the presidency twice. On the track “Walk It Back,” singer Lisa Hannigan recites a head-spinning 2004 quote about defeating the message of the “reality-based community” by “creating other new realities” that was originally attributed to an unnamed Bush advisor (widely assumed to be Rove) and resurfaced in the wake of Tump’s “alternative facts” governing style. Rove responded to a reporter’s request for comment with a review: “Starts with a Euro Tech Pop thing and transition into a more peppy tune that’s easier to dance to… Suspect it won’t make Casey Kasem’s Top 40.” The National responded via Twitter with a succinct “Fuck you, Karl.” “Overcome” Overcomes Copyright The same lawyers who successfully argued for the public-domain status of “Happy Birthday to You” have now done the same for “We Shall Overcome.” Though it originated with an old AfricanAmerican spiritual, the Civil Rights anthem was granted copyrights in the early ’60s for Pete Seeger’s rendition. The lawyers allege that when the song was originally registered, it was unclear “who wrote what.” The judge agreed and ruled that the song’s first verse was no longer under any publishers’ control. Rare Wu-Tang for Sale Again Rich dick/convicted felon Martin Shkreli has put the sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin up for sale on eBay. Shkreli, who made some of his fortune and infamy upselling pharmaceuticals for profit, bought the album in 2015 for $2 million; the auction price was just over $1 million as we went to press. Shkreli appears to be selling the album because he’s mad at Ghostface Killah (who described him as “the man with the 12-year-old body”) and at the world for failing the see his “purpose of putting a serious value behind music.”

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Cincinnati rockers Buffalo Killers return to action on Oct. 20 when their latest album, Alive and Well in Ohio, drops on the Alive Naturalsound label. Pre-orders for the digital version of the LP — recorded by the band at its Howler Hills Farm analog studio in Middletown, Ohio — are open now through iTunes, while a series of vinyl editions (including various limited-run color versions) can be pre-ordered through Alive and Well’s great first single, “Parachute,” can be heard on most digital streaming platforms. For the latest updates on vinyl pre-orders and more, visit • Cincy duo Suck the Honey is getting set to release its debut full-length, All Hail Having Fail. The album — which has already received glowing write-ups from Classic Rock Magazine (which is hosting a stream of the LP on its site) and Huffington Post — will receive a vinyl release through Romanus Records on Sept. 30. Suck the Honey hosts a release party in honor of All Hail Having Fail on Sept. 23 at MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Album track “Bite Yr Tongue” is available now as a free download at • Before Jeremy Pinnell became a nationally acclaimed solo Country singer/ songwriter, he fronted The Light Wires. The band (which also included members of local crews Thistle, Ampline and El Gigante) issued an amazing self-titled debut in the early 2000s and recorded an equally spectacular follow-up that saw a very limited release after the group split up. On Nov. 24, the band’s full output of mesmerizing Indie Rock/AltCountry will see the light of day again as Sofa Burn Records (home to Pinnell’s solo efforts) issues a double-vinyl retrospective that includes both The Light Wires debut and the sophomore album, The Invisible Hand. Visit for updates. • Other forthcoming releases by Cincinnati-area artists include New Sincerity Works’ third full-length, Wonder Lust (due Sept. 19; visit for details); Country/Rock artist Taylor Shannon’s Another Sad Story EP (to release digitally on Oct. 17, with a physical release slated for Oct. 27); and veteran singer/songwriter Maurice Mattei’s Jealous Wreck (due Nov. 4).


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MUSIC sound advice Four Year Strong with Seaway, Like Pacific, Grayscale and Life Lessons Thursday • Northside Yacht Club Although Four Year Strong has endured a number of personnel shifts since their 2001 formation in Worchester, Mass., vocalists/ guitarists Alan Day and Dan O’Connor and drummer Jackson Massucco are founding members, and bassist Joe Weiss has been a part of FYS’s Pop/Punk/Hardcore caravan since 2004. Keyboardist Josh Lyford joined a couple of years later, but was jettisoned in 2011 when the band changed sonic direction by eliminating synthesizers. In fact, most of the turnover in FYS has been due to creative alterations in the band’s musical approach, with three other keyboardists, three vocalists, two bassists, a guitarist and a percussionist claiming a role in the band’s sound in their early days. After early demos and EPs, Four Year Strong released their Four Year Strong debut full-length, P H O T O : C a r m i n E d wa r d s It’s Our Time, early in 2005, but it was 2007’s Rise or Die Trying that tickled the Top 30 of Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, increased the band’s fan base exponentially and earned it a contract with Universal Records imprint Decaydance. After a pair of successful albums — 2009’s Explains It All and 2010’s covers set, Phoebe Bridgers Enemy of the World PHOTO : Frank Ockenfels — FYS released 2011’s blistering In Some Way, Shape or Form, which also proved to be its swan song for Decaydance. With vocalist/guitarist Day’s concentration on his Blues side project The Here and Now and Lyford’s ejection, the rumor mill began speculating about Four Year Strong’s demise in 2013, which was further fueled by the certified road warriors’ absence on the touring circuit. The band came roaring back in 2014, releasing the Go Down in History EP, opening for Bayside’s tour, playing the entire Warped Tour and signing with the Pure Noise label. In 2015, the band released its self-titled sixth album, its first set of new material in four years, and continued a relentless road pace. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Rise or Die Trying, which Four Year Strong has already celebrated with a headlining European tour, a victory lap that continues

in the States. As an adjunct to the American circuit, FYS just released Some of You Will Like This, Some of You Won’t, an extensive collection featuring acoustic classics, unreleased rarities and reworked favorites. Need another example of the strength of Four Year Strong? The band’s first single from Enemy of the World was titled after a snarky line from an Alter­native Press review of Set Your Goals — “It Must Really Suck to Be Four Year Strong Right Now.” And it most certainly does not. (Brian Baker) Phoebe Bridgers with Conor Oberst Saturday • Taft Theatre Phoebe Bridgers is one of those inexplicably amazing artists whose work drifts effortlessly into the listener’s consciousness after a single exposure and then immediately and incessantly demands endless repetition. Considering she’s been at this singer/ songwriter gig for a decade, it’s hardly a surprise that Bridgers’ debut album, Stranger in the Alps, is engaging and compelling enough to be in contention as one of the year’s best releases. Considering she’ll turn 23 on her next birthday adds a jaw-dropping exclamation point to that biographical factoid. Bridgers learned guitar at age 12 and was encouraged by her music teachers to pursue songwriting. She quickly became a fixture at The Grand Ole Echo, a renowned Los Angeles Americana music series, where she stunned everyone who heard her evocative voice, her graceful guitar lines and her mesmerizing songs. Bridgers gained a broader audience in 2014 when two of her songs, “Safe at Home” and “Ask Me To/Steamroller,” were featured in the television show Switched at Birth. Her profile was raised even higher when a friend cast her and her pals as a female band in an Apple iPhone commercial where Bridgers sang an ethereal and captivating version of the Pixies’ “Gigantic.” Two years ago, Bridgers’ boyfriend introduced her to Ryan Adams; upon hearing one of her songs, he invited her to return the following day for a recording session that yielded “Killer,” a three-song

introductory 7-inch vinyl release, through Adams’ Pax-Am label. Last year, Bridgers’ song “Georgia” was featured in an episode in the final season of Castle, and this year saw her ink a contract with Dead Oceans. Stranger in the Alps will officially be released in late September. Bridgers has professed her deep admiration for both Elliott Smith and Tom Waits, so it’s natural that Stranger in the Alps exhibits a lot of the same musical tendencies — achingly beautiful and melancholic melodies, textural and atmospheric arrangements and lyrics that are both reflective and jarring (“I have emotional motion sickness/Somebody roll the windows down/There are no words in the English language I could scream to drown you out”), delivered in a voice with the powerful lilt of Jane Siberry and the quiet intensity of Shawn Colvin. She also claims Neil Young, Mark Kozelek, Father John Misty and Ryan Adams — who enthusiastically compared Bridgers to Bob Dylan — and those threads are equally evident. Just as Sturgill Simpson turned Country music on its head and shook the expectations out of its pockets, Phoebe Bridgers has reimagBig Boi PHOTO : provided ined Folk/Americana as a cosmic therapy session and made the perfect soothing-yet-exhilarating accompanying soundtrack. (BB)

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Big Boi and Killer Mike Tuesday • Madison Theater In The Beatles legend, caricatures of the creative co-leads of the group developed over time — John Lennon was the more wild and adventurous musician, pushing the band to new heights, while Paul McCartney was more of a traditionalist, crafting cutesy Pop songs and providing an anchor. Looking deeper into the iconic act’s history, of course, reveals much blurrier lines between the pair’s contributions and, over the course of solo careers, McCartney was revealed to be far more experimental than anyone knew, with Lennon (unintentionally) ending his career with the “silly love songs” of Double Fantasy. Those preconceived roles also play out in the legacy of legendary Hip Hop duo OutKast — with the bigger-than-life flamboyance of Andre 3000 casting a superficial shadow over Big Boi’s contributions. But again, inspecting the twosome’s hallof-fame discography reveals how important Big Boi was to OutKast’s success as

a ground-shifting act, and it was far from simply “holding things down” while Andre went off. In OutKast, two great artists elegantly complimented each other in once-in-a-generation ways. Big Boi is an equal in terms of his lyrical and delivery skills, and some of his post-OutKast output (including his collaboration with Electronic outfit Phantogram as Big Grams) points to a much more visionary musical spirit than he was ever credited. Big Boi recently released his third (not counting his Speakerboxxx album, his split-solo-album release with OutKast) solo LP, Boomiverse, which is full of solid collaborations with producers like longtime allies Organized Noize and star Pop knobturner Scott Storch, as well as guest MCs like Korupt and Snoop Dogg. Boomiverse also features a guest spot from Killer Mike, whose first official appearance in the broader public eye was on OutKast’s classic Stankonia album, which kicked off a long stream of collaborations with the Dungeon Family crew (including more work with OutKast). Mike’s 2012 solo album, R.A.P. Music, was produced by indie Hip Hop artist El-P, which led to another fruitful partnership — he and El-P’s Run the Jewels has released a trio of highly acclaimed albums and, along with Big Boi, has become one Hip Hop’s few “big gets” for a variety of major music festivals all over the world. Earlier this year, Big Boi and Run the Jewels appeared together on the Danger Mouse-crafted track “Chase Me,” one of the many highlights on the classics-filled Baby Driver soundtrack. Mike joins Big Boi in a solo capacity at his Covington, Ky. tour-stop, making the show a celebration of one of Atlanta’s most important intersecting musical legacies of all time. (Mike Breen)

music listings WEDNESDAY 13 BREWRIVER GASTROPUB - Old Green Eyes and BBG. 6 p.m. Standards. Free. KNOTTY PINE - Holler. 10 p.m. Acoustic. Free. THE LIBERTY INN - Stagger Lee. 7 p.m. Country/Rock. Free. MOTR PUB - Casey Campbell and His Band with Billy Prine. 4 p.m. Folk/Blues/Rock. Free. PIT TO PLATE - Bluegrass Night with Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. 7 p.m. Bluegrass. Free. SOUTHGATE HOUSE H REVIVAL (LOUNGE) - Veronica Grim. 8 p.m. Americana/ Rock/Various. Free.

THURSDAY 14 ARNOLD’S BAR AND GRILL - Dottie Warner and Ricky Nye. 7:30 p.m. Jazz/Blues. Free. BROMWELL’S HÄRTH LOUNGE Todd Hepburn and Friends. 6 p.m. Various. Free.


URBAN ARTIFACT - Fritz Pape, Build Us Fiction, Lipstick Fiction, fever9. 8 p.m. Rock/Punk/ Noise/Experimental/Various.

FRIDAY 15 ARNOLD’S BAR AND GRILL - The True Believers. 9 p.m. Reggae. Free. THE COMET - Karen Meat, Dana T, Freedom Nicole Moore and Pout. 10 p.m. Pop/Rock/Soul/ Funk/Punk. Free. COMMON ROOTS - Blvck Seeds. 8 p.m. Alternative/Spoken word/ Various. Free. DILLY BISTRO, BAR & BOTTLE SHOP - April Aloisio. 7 p.m. Jazz. Free. FOUNTAIN SQUARE - DownH town Getdown with JSPH and Lauren Eylise. 7 p.m. Alt/ Soul/R&B/Various. Free.

GRAND CENTRAL DELICATESSEN - Slick Willie and the Kentucky Jellies. 9 p.m. Rockabilly. Free.

COMMON ROOTS - Open Mic. 8 p.m. Various. Free.

THE GREENWICH - Brandon Meeks. 9:30 p.m. Jazz. $10.

FOUNTAIN SQUARE - Salsa on the Square with Latin Beat Project. 7 p.m. Latin/Salsa/Dance. Free.

JAG’S STEAK AND SEAFOOD - Battle for the Stage. 9 p.m. Various. Free.

THE GREENWICH - Rusty Burge Quartet. 8:30 p.m. Jazz. $5.

JAPP’S - Burning Caravan. 5:30 p.m. Gypsy Jazz. Free.

KNOTTY PINE - Chalis. 9 p.m. Rock/Pop/Blues/Various. Free.

JIM AND JACK’S ON THE RIVER - Buffalo Ridge Band. 9 p.m. Country. Free.

MOTR PUB - Fox Grin with Talk. 10 p.m. Alt/Pop/Rock. Free.

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THE COMET - Littlefoot, Toward Space and Comprador. 10 p.m. Rock/Various. Free.

MADISON LIVE - Overcoats H with Yoke Lore. 8 p.m. Indie/ Folk/Soul. $12, $15 day of show.

NORTHSIDE YACHT CLUB H Four Year Strong with Seaway, Like Pacific, Grayscale and Life

KNOTTY PINE - The Amy Sailor Band. 10 p.m. Country. Cover. LAWRENCEBURG EVENT CENTER - Travis Tritt. 8 p.m. Country. $40. LIVE! AT THE LUDLOW GARAGE OBB. 8 p.m. Pop. $10.

Lessons. 7 p.m. Pop Punk. $18, $21 day of show.

THE LOUNGE - The Lounge Karaoke. 8:30 p.m. Various. Free.

PLAIN FOLK CAFE - Open Mic with David Goodier. 7 p.m. Various. Free.

MADISON LIVE - Sam Evian with Carriers. 8 p.m. Indie Rock. $12, $15 day of show.

SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL (LOUNGE) - Motel Faces with Cougar Ace. 9:30 p.m. Rock. Free.

MANSION HILL TAVERN - The Heaters. 9 p.m. Blues. $4.

SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL (REVIVAL ROOM) - The Roosevelts with Elise Davis. 8 p.m. Rock. $12, $14 day of show.

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TAFT THEATRE - Robert RanMOTR PUB - NE-HI with Sky H dolph & the Family Band. 8 H Hank. 10 p.m. Indie Rock. p.m. Blues/Rock/Soul. $25, $27 Free.

SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL (SANCTUARY) - Ray Scott. 9 p.m. Country. $12, $15 day of show.

MARTY’S HOPS & VINES - Over Easy. 9 p.m. Soft Rock. Free. THE MOCKBEE - Risk, Dan Russell, ChuckDiesel and Andres Bautista. 10 p.m. EDM/Dubstep. $5.

PLAIN FOLK CAFE - JT & Company. 7:30 p.m. Acoustic. Free. RADISSON CINCINNATI RIVERFRONT - Basic Truth. 8 p.m. Funk/R&B/Soul. Free (in The Fifth Lounge). THE REDMOOR - 2nd Wind. 9 p.m. Jazz/R&B. $10. RICK’S TAVERN - Heather Roush Band. 10 p.m. Country. Cover. RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER Brantley Gilbert with Tyler Farr and Luke Combs. 7 p.m. Country. $29.75-$59.75. SCHOOL OF ROCK MASON School of Rock Mason Tribute to Paramore and Evanescence. 8:30 p.m. Rock. $6, $8 day of show. SOUTHGATE HOUSE H REVIVAL (LOUNGE) - A.M. Nice and New Third Worlds. 9:30 p.m. Indie Rock/Post Punk. Free.

SOUTHGATE HOUSE H REVIVAL (SANCTUARY) Garland Jeffreys. 8 p.m. Rock/

Various. $20, $25 day of show.

TAFT THEATRE - Seu Jorge H Presents: The Life Aquatic, A Tribute to David Bowie. 8 p.m. Bowie/The Life Aquatic tribute. $36.50-$46.50.

THOMPSON HOUSE - Big Smile, Noah Quinn Moses, Zane Jackson, Zack Prost and Dillon Chir. 8 p.m. Acoustic/Various. $10. URBAN ARTIFACT - Broccoli Samurai with SolEcho. 8 p.m. Electronica/Progressive/Jam/ Various. $10. WASHINGTON PLATFORM SALOON & RESTAURANT - Retro Nouveau Quartet. 9 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).

SATURDAY 16 ARNOLD’S BAR AND GRILL Moonshine and Wine. 9 p.m. Americana. Free. BLUE NOTE HARRISON - Blue Note Food Truck Festival featuring Twisted Fate and Strangelove. 6 p.m. Rock. THE COMET - Crypt Seeker, Fleshmother and Bloodgate. 10 p.m. Punk/Metal/Various. Free. FOUNTAIN SQUARE H Downtown Getdown with My Brother’s Keeper and more. 7 p.m. Americana/Bluegrass/ Folk. Free.

CityBeat’s music listings are free. Send info to MIKE BREEN via email at Listings are subject to change. See for full music listings and all club locations. H is CityBeat staff’s stamp of approval.

JAG’S STEAK AND SEAFOOD The Good Hooks Band. 9 p.m. Pop/Dance/Rock/Soul/Various. $5. KNOTTY PINE - LDNL. 10 p.m. Dance/Pop/Various. Cover. LIVE! AT THE LUDLOW GARAGE - Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show. 8 p.m. Rolling Stones tribute. $17-$35. THE LOUNGE - The Lounge Karaoke. 9 p.m. Various. Free. MANSION HILL TAVERN - Prestige Grease. 9 p.m. Blues. $3. MARTY’S HOPS & VINES - Working Title. 9 p.m. Steampunk. Free. MCCAULY’S PUB - The Gamut. 9 p.m. Rock/Various. Free. THE MOCKBEE - Queen City H Soul Club: All Vinyl Dance Party with DJ Bryan A Dilsizian

and DJ Grover. 10 p.m. DJ/Dance/ Soul/Various. Free. MOTR PUB - The Last Troubadour and Handgrenades. 10 p.m. Rock. Free.

NORTHSIDE TAVERN - The Pinstripes with The Guitars. 10 p.m. Reggae/Soul/Rock/Various. Free.


NORTHSIDE YACHT CLUB Schwervon!, Wussy Duo and Breaking Glass. 9 p.m. Rock. PARKERS BLUE ASH TAVERN Encore Duo. 6 p.m. Acoustic Classic Rock/Americana. Free. PLAIN FOLK CAFE - Acoustic Avalanche. 7:30 p.m. Acoustic. Free. PNC PAVILION AT RIVERH BEND - Steve Martin & Martin Short with Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko. 8 p.m. Comedy/ Bluegrass/Various. Sold out. RICK’S TAVERN - My Girl Friday with Hot Zombie. 10 p.m. Rock. Cover.


SCHOOL OF ROCK MASON School of Rock Mason: The Beatles Show. 7:30 p.m. Beatles tribute. $6, $8 day of show. SILVERTON CAFE - The Groove. 9 p.m. Blues/Soul/Funk/Rock. Free. SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL (LOUNGE) - Apple & The Moon and Ben Knight and The Welldiggers. 9:30 p.m. Americana. Free. SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL (REVIVAL ROOM) - “Noir.” 10 p.m. Alt/Dance/DJ/Various. $5.

Scrubs. 8:30 p.m. Pop Punk. $15, $17 day of show. TAFT THEATRE - Conor Oberst with Phoebe Bridgers. 8 p.m. Indie/Folk/Americana/ Various. $33.50.


TALON TAVERN - Sonny Moorman Group. 9 p.m. Blues. THOMPSON HOUSE - Cincy/ KY Ultimate Hip Hop Showcase featuring Tezzy2GG, Sir Hitta, Jag Crew, Phantom and many more. 5 p.m. Hip Hop. $10. THE UNDERGROUND - Battle Of The Bands 2017 Round 1 with Desmond J, Matt St. George, Between Jobs, Saving Escape and J-NIBB. 7 p.m. Various. Cover. URBAN ARTIFACT - Siri Imani, H Aziza Love, Emily Ash, Darlene, Abiyah, The Night Divided, Xzela and more. 9 p.m. Alt/Indie/ Pop/Rock/Soul/Hip Hop/Spoken word/Various. Free.

WASHINGTON PLATFORM SALOON & RESTAURANT FrenchAxe. 9 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).

SUNDAY 17 BREWRIVER GASTROPUB - Todd Hepburn. 11 a.m. Blues/Various. Free.

SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL (SANCTUARY) - Mary Fahl. 7 p.m. Indie/Alt/Pop/Folk/Various. $25, $30 day of show. URBAN ARTIFACT - Spitwad H Angels, Hot Diggity Daffodil and Hardon Collider. 9 p.m. Indie/Rock/Experimental.

WASHINGTON PLATFORM SALOON & RESTAURANT - Traditional New Orleans Jazz Brunch with Buffalo Ridge Jazz Trio. 11:30 a.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum). WOODWARD THEATER - Hayride! with The Midwestern Swing, Karl Spaeth, Logan Lautzenheiser and more. 7:30 p.m. Country/Comedy/Midwestern Hayride tribute. $10.


MONDAY 18 BOGART’S - The Casualties. 8 p.m. Punk. $15. THE MOCKBEE - OH jam! presents Off tha Block Mondays with hosts Stallitix, Goodword, DJ Noah I Mean, Chestah T, Gift of Gabi, Christian, Toph and Preston Bell Charles III. 10 p.m. Hip Hop. Free. MOTR PUB - Filthy Beast H with North by North. 9 p.m. Rock. Free. MUGGBEES BAR & GRILL Karaoke DJ. 8 p.m. Various. Free.

MANSION HILL TAVERN - Open Blues Jam with Jimmy D. Rogers. 6 p.m. Blues. Free.

NORTHSIDE TAVERN - The Qtet. 10 p.m. Jam/Jazz/Rock/Funk/ Fusion/Various. Free.

MOTR PUB - New Moons and Toon Town. 9 p.m. AltRock. Free.

NORTHSIDE YACHT CLUB High Waisted with The Coax and Pop Empire. 8 p.m. Indie/ Rock/Various.

NORTHSIDE TAVERN - DJ Pillo/ Selectas Choice. 9 p.m. DJ/ Dance/Hip Hop/Soul/Various. Free. NORTHSIDE YACHT CLUB Year of the Knife, Seperated, Vamachara and Treason. 9 p.m. Metal/Hardcore. THE REDMOOR - School H of Rock Mason Tribute to Paramore and Evanescence (1

p.m.); The Beatles Show (6 p.m.). 1 p.m. Rock. $6, $8 day of show.

SONNY’S ALL BLUES LOUNGE - Blues jam session featuring Sonny’s All Blues Band. 8 p.m. Blues. Free. SOUTHGATE HOUSE H REVIVAL (REVIVAL ROOM) - Charlie Parr. 7:30 p.m. Americana. $10, $12 day of show.


URBAN ARTIFACT - Twiceyoung, Telehope and House Gale. 7 p.m. Alt/Pop/Rock/Various. Free.

TUESDAY 19 ARNOLD’S BAR AND GRILL Cheryl Renée. 7 p.m. Blues. Free. THE LOUNGE - The Lounge Karaoke. 8 p.m. Various. Free. MADISON THEATER - Big H Boi and Killer Mike. 8 p.m. Hip Hop. $27, $30 day of show. NORTHSIDE YACHT CLUB - A Deer A Horse, Hissing Tiles and Sorry Eric. 9 p.m. Doom/Post Punk/Hardcore/Various. Free. STANLEY’S PUB - Trashgrass Tuesday featuring members of Rumpke Mt. Boys. 9 p.m. Bluegrass. Cover.





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