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LETTERS Election Reflections

Jacob Smith Most people I talked to said, “I wouldn’t vote for Yvette after what she tried to do with Children’s (Hospital).” It’s a shame that every election seems to boil down to one hot topic, and that’s what your average Joe remembered her for. Javid Dames: Cincinnatians get what they want: the minimal amount of change required by law! Nicole Marie: Ain’t that the truth. This town makes me NUTS. The problem is the suburbs that are technically part of the city — they ruin any real progress we try to make. Comments posted at Facebook.com/Cincinnati CityBeat in response to Nov. 8 post, “Cranley, Council incumbents prevail in re-election bids”

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Marty Jones: No architects hired yet? So really just businessmen and politicians coming up with an idea that they don’t know will work, or cost. Not sure this is needed. Lots of lowrent housing they could develop, though. Sean Mullaney: This is one of the few projects in the city where they engaged the community before any drawings or plans were done. This is the start to true community engagement. Clifton is a dense, urban, walkable neighborhood. We need more housing and residents. Surface parking in an urban neighborhood like Clifton is not the highest use for the area. Hopefully this project can address the lack of accessible housing for handicapped and elderly residents who would like to stay in the neighborhood they love. Comments posted at Facebook.com/Cincinnati CityBeat in response to Nov. 9 post, “Developer Floats Ideas for Major Clifton Project”

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Tiffany’s Markets “Everyday Objects” to Rich People

The holiday season between Halloween and New Year’s is also known as engagement season since so many people put a ring on it this time of year. It’s a good time to cave after your significant other has been dropping hints all year and a surefire way to snatch up all the family attention at Christmas (take that, Cousin Sue!). Tiffany & Co. is the destination for fiancés-to-be, but a new product line from the jewelry store is stealing the spotlight from its sought-after engagement rings. Tiffany’s “Everyday Objects” collection is perfect for a rich person who wants to spend as much cash as possible on common household items. The line includes a $9,000 ball of yarn, a $1,000 tin can, a $300 yo-yo, a $95 paper-looking china cup set (don’t worry, you get two!) and a $250 crazy straw. It reads like a college movein shopping list fit for a Trump teen, with a $600 first aid tin, $350 salt and pepper shakers and office supplies like a triangle and protractor for several hundreds of dollars, complete with a single $1,500 paper clip. The company is obviously just trolling us all, but you know a crafty salesperson is going to convince some poor guy that his longtime girlfriend would prefer a $10,000 decorative bird’s nest over a diamond ring.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood Earn Liberal Hollywood Elite Status

Christopher Plummer Replaces Kevin Spacey in Getty Movie In case you’ve been living under a rock

1. Syria signed the Paris Agreement, leaving the U.S. as the only country in the world to refuse the climate change deal. 2. Our moody teen of a president tweeted, “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!” (sic; also sick)

CityBeat’s Keurig machine is rarely cleaned and never silenced. P H O T O : H ai l ey B o l l in g er

this past month and missed all the news — in which case, where is this rock and can I move under it with you? — you know that basically every powerful man in Hollywood and beyond is a nasty scumbag being accused of sexual abuse/harassment. After Kevin Spacey was called out for some pretty serious misconduct, which he for some reason used as an opportunity to come out, the actor is getting dropped left and right. Netflix has severed ties with the House of Cards star and now Christopher Plummer is replacing Spacey in the already-complete Ridley Scott film All the Money in the World. The movie is set to premiere in December, so the time crunch is real as the crew reshoots Spacey’s scenes. If you hadn’t already seen the trailer, Spacey stars — er, starred — as oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, but you’d hardly know it by looking at him. He transformed for the role with a full face of prosthetics, rendering him unrecognizable. Maybe the producers can save time and money by simply erasing all references to Spacey’s name and saying the character is being played by another actor? All the Money in the World, starring Hollywood newcomer, Devin Pacey!

Scary Sea Worm Named After Infamous ’90s Couple

BBC nature docuseries Blue Planet introduced viewers this week to a freaky underwater creature with one hell of a name. The “bobbit” is a carnivorous meter-long sea worm with dagger-sharp jaws. It hides under the sand in coral reefs at night and shoots out to eat its unsuspecting prey as

if it’s auditioning to be the Upside Down monster in the next season of Stranger Things. The creature is creepy AF. But let’s rewind to that name for a minute. Bobbit sounds innocent enough — cute, even — until you remember one of the 1990s best news stories, revolving around John and Lorena Bobbitt. The couple’s relationship made headlines in 1993 when Lorena — after experiencing physical, emotional and sexual abuse from John, which everyone seems to forget — cut off her husband’s penis with a knife while he was asleep in bed. She drove off with his appendage before throwing it into an open field. Miraculously, the penis was found and John got it reattached. No word yet on whether the worm looks to capitalize on its recent fame like John, who tried to wring out all 15 minutes by forming a band, the Severed Parts, and appearing in porn (Frakenpenis). TL;DR: Worms resemble dicks.

Hidden Valley Ranch Now Available in Kegs

Why spend rent on an empty soup can when you can buy a gallon of ranch dressing for 50 bucks? The Midwest’s answer to caviar is now available in five-liter mini-kegs via flavourgallery.com, just in time for the other holiday season. The price tag includes a 9.7-by-6.3-inch stackable keg coated with an FDA-approved lining that keeps the dressing tasting fresh and a “year’s supply” of the Hidden Valley good stuff. Ah, ranch. It makes salads palatable and junk food more decadent. There are probably countless children out there who

3. When Keurig pulled its ads from Sean Hannity’s Fox News show over his coverage of the sexual misconduct allegations raised against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, fans of the conservative pundit videoed themselves destroying their expensive single-serving coffee makers in response. These are the same people who think respectfully kneeling during the national anthem is a vile form of protest. 4. Pepsi introduced salted-caramelflavored pop. 5. As further proof that the public should not be allowed to determine the names of large vessels, people in Sydney, Australia voted to name a new harbour ferry “Ferry McFerryface.” 6. Supergirl actor Jeremy Jordan claimed eating Chipotle almost killed him. 7. A flight from Doha to Bali had to make an emergency landing in India after a woman found evidence of cheating in her sleeping husband’s phone and began to assault him. Remember: If you’re gonna snoop on your sneaky man, don’t do it at 30,000 feet. 8. A Nova Scotian live-stream feed has set up a webcam documenting a popular restaurant’s donair (think gyro) spinning meat spit.

would have never eaten a vegetable in their lives if it weren’t for ranch, and I love that it’s impossible not to sound like a hillbilly when you order it at a restaurant. The only thing I don’t understand is why the keg is being touted as a perfect white elephant gift. Aren’t you supposed to bring weird gifts no one wants to those exchanges? Contact T.C. Britton: letters@citybeat.com

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Hosting the Country Music Association Awards had to be a tall order this year. Country music literally came under attack last month during the horrific Las Vegas shooting. Some find it hard to reconcile some of Country music’s pro-gun lyrics with the call for sensible gun laws. And then conservative viewers — who make up a good chunk of Country fans — are the first to go off when an award show “gets political,” even though musing on current events has always been a prerequisite for any hosting gig in all of history. But Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood took on the job at the CMA Awards this week and ruffled some fans’ feathers with some jokes taking aim at the president. We’re talking real softball stuff here, like remixing Underwood’s hit “Before He Cheats,” into “Before He Tweets,” but that didn’t stop some folks from calling for a #BOYCOTT. Of course, REAL Americans knew better than to even tune into the show due to Underwood working with the no-good NFL and Paisley being married to a — gasp! — Hollywood actress. Traitors!

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Beyond Dreaming Local DACA recipients take the push for immigration reform into their own hands By N I C K SWA R T S E L L


YES organizers Sandra Onate and José Cabrera at a Nov. 12 rally. P H O T O : N ick S wartsell

A lot of people are behind us, and it’s not such a closed world as I thought it would be. Once people know who you are, they have more compassion.” The idea that immigrants’ stories can change hearts and minds drives YES, says Xavier University Entrepreneurship student José Cabrera, who helped found the group. YES is a branch of the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center based in Over-the-Rhine. “It’s important because you allow yourself to become more human,” Cabrera says about speaking in public and sharing highly personal details of life without permanent documentation. “You’re making a connection with someone who possibly isn’t sure where they stood or has never met a human being who is an immigrant. A lot of times, people are surprised, but then it makes it easier for them to understand you. It makes it harder to be anti-immigration.” For Cabrera, immigration advocacy is something of a family tradition. Like Poncé, his parents brought him to the United States when he was 4 years old. They left from Veracruz, Mexico, where they were “dirt poor on a dirt floor,” he says, to seek a better life. A year after arriving in the U.S., Cabrera’s father got a job helping build Paul Brown Stadium and brought the family to Cincinnati. But when Cabrera was 8, his

father left, leaving Cabrera’s mother to take care of her children alone. It was during this tumultuous time that she met a retired immigration attorney named Don Sherman. Sherman, a founder of the Interfaith Worker Center in Overthe-Rhine, encouraged her to speak at rallies and other events raising awareness about the plight of immigrants. “I remember every weekend we were going to rallies and marches. I would listen to my mom’s story,” Cabrera says. At one of those rallies, when he was 13, Sherman encouraged him to speak as well. “After that, I haven’t stopped.” Now, Cabrera is the one doing the encouraging, helping to organize the 50 or so members of YES to push for better treatment of immigrants by the U.S. government. “I started to get more involved with immigration rallies and sharing my story” after meeting Cabrera, Poncé says. “Which was pretty nerve-wracking. But José was like, ‘Go ahead and do it.’ ” The young activists’ work has taken on more urgency after Trump’s September executive order. Cabrera points out that many DACA recipients went into the military or have finished school and started careers and families. That makes pushing for the ability to stay in the U.S. all the more important, he says.

YES, along with IJPC, organized a rally that drew more than 250 people outside U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s Cincinnati office the day the decision came down. Another rally Nov. 12 crammed just about as many people chanting “education, not deportation” and the names of local congressmen followed by “escucha estamos en la lucha” (“Listen, we are here for the fight”) onto the corner of Third and Walnut streets across from Portman’s office. YES issued a report card grading local elected leaders’ actions and statements on the DREAM Act. Portman scored a C-. Other local members of Congress fared worse — Kentucky’s Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got an F, Cincinnati’s U.S. Reps. Steve Chabot and Brad Wenstrup both got a Dand even generally progressive Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown scored just a C, meaning YES thinks his position is vague on immigration reform. Democrats in the Senate introduced a new version of the DREAM Act in July that extended a pathway to citizenship and a promise not to deport DREAMers. Even some Republicans signed on to that bill. “These young people have lived in America since they were children and built their lives here,” Senate lead sponsor Sen.

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n Sept. 5, President Donald Trump signed an executive order rescinding a five-year-old Obama administration policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. It was a harsh moment for immigrants in the U.S. Trump ordered the Department of Homeland Security to find an “efficient and orderly” way to end the program, part of the 2012 DREAM Act, and gave Congress six months to figure out how to handle the 788,000 DACA recipients nationwide who came to the United States before the age of 16 without documentation. As time ticks down to a March deadline with little progress from Congress on a new DREAM Act, local DACA recipients wait in limbo to see whether they’ll be allowed to stay in the United States and be offered a path to eventual citizenship. But they’re not doing so sitting down. Among the most vocal advocates for immigration reform is a group called Youth Educating Society (YES), a two-yearold organization comprised of high school and college-age DREAMers looking to push local members of Congress to action by sharing their stories, organizing rallies, conducting social media campaigns and other advocacy methods. Mauricio Vivar Poncé is a member of YES. His parents brought him to the United States at the age of four in 2000 from the Mexican city of Puebla to find better economic and educational opportunities. They loaded Poncé and his 1-year-old brother into a van that drove them across the border, then walked across themselves from Tijuana into California. The family spent 10 years in a Los Angeles suburb before making their way to Cincinnati. Poncé has hustled for work since he was old enough to shovel snow and help his father, who is a butcher. These days, he’s a cashier but hopes to rise up through the ranks of the company he works for into a corporate position. He says his employer has his back — and he wants his congressmen to be the same way. “DACA was a lifeline for me, even though it was just conditionally for two years,” he says. “It will make it harder to find a job after my permit expires. But I’m going to keep going forward with my life. It’s just an obstacle that I’ll have to overcome — one of the many I have overcome.


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FC Cincinnati, Cranley Hint at Stadium Plan Pitch

The Rebellion in Colerain Township By James M c N air

In a county where political party endorsements dictate many election outcomes, voters in Colerain Township went totally unhinged last Tuesday and elected candidates of their own choosing. For the Colerain Board of Trustees, that is. Colerain, whose 58,924 residents make it the second most populous township in Ohio, is run by three elected trustees. Two seats were up for grabs last week. The two incumbents — Jeff Ritter and Mike Inderhees — were hoping for another four-year term. The deck appeared to be stacked in their favor. Although township elections are nonpartisan affairs in Ohio, the Hamilton County Republican Party and the Colerain Republican Party’s Central Committee saw fit to endorse Ritter and Inderhees. Ritter, a trustee since 2005, received $20,884 in campaign contributions. Inderhees, the board president, received $12,764. It was all for naught. Neither Ritter nor Inderhees made the cut, finishing in a tie for third place, each with 17 percent of votes cast. Leading the ballot with 30 percent of the vote was a political novice, Pakkiri “Raj” Rajagopal. Members of the Coleraine Historical Society think that Rajagopal, who is Indian, is the first person of color ever elected to the township board. He entered the race late and had to advance his cause with only $4,085 in donations. Behind him with 23 percent was Dan Unger, who served two terms on the Northwest Local School District Board of Education. He won with an even paltrier


L-R: Miranda Elliott, Greg Insco and Pakkiri “Raj” Rajagopal P H O T O : P ro v ided

$600 in contributions. Both he and Rajagopal are Republicans. The two upstarts’ victory, overcoming the wishes of the Republican political machine, harkens back to Donald Trump’s presidential win in 2016. In 2017, Colerain residents were increasingly unhappy with decisions made by the Inderhees-Ritter majority. Among them was a new policy aimed at corralling out-of-control board meetings, but which effectively restricted citizens’ ability to speak out.

“I felt somewhat inspired by the things that politically have happened in the past year, and that’s one of the reasons my husband and I got involved with Raj, because we felt maybe we can make a difference on a local level,” says Denice Yosafat of Colerain Heights, who became a campaign adviser with her husband Steve. “I think it’s a very positive thing that people are able to voice their concerns and go to the polls and make a change,” she says. “It was very exciting and very positive

Developers Float Early Plans for Major Clifton Project

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A spot in the heart of one of Cincinnati’s most distinctive neighborhoods could see big redevelopment soon. Gaslight Properties, Clifton Town Meeting and city of Cincinnati planning department employees held a community visioning session Nov. 7 to ask residents what they’d like to see in a prominent part of the neighborhood at the corner of Howell and Ormond avenues. The developer has ideas for the 1.3 acre space: a mixed-use development featuring up to 130 studio to two bedroom apartments, 7,000 square feet of retail space and a garage featuring up to 300 parking spaces — 150 public spaces and another 150 for apartment residents.

That plan would require a zoning change from the city, a process that generally takes between four and six months. Currently, much of the property, which contains a large parking lot and several houses, is zoned commercial or single-family residential. The houses, which Gaslight Properties purchased earlier this year, would be torn down. Gaslight also entered into a contract with the Clifton Business and Professional Association to buy the neighboring 90-space public parking lot in April. Businesses, including Clifton Market next door, have in the past expressed concern about how parking will be dealt with in a redevelopment of the lot. Gaslight says it wants to

work with the Market to make sure its garage is easily accessible to their customers. Planners at the meeting said all ideas were preliminary. “We’re at the very beginning of this process,” city of Cincinnati Senior Planner James Weaver told attendees. “A lot of new development in the city has taken flack for its size and design. We want to hear concerns now instead of in the planning commission or city council, when it’s almost too late.” Residents’ suggestions included increased green space for the area, expanding the public plaza abutting the development and facing Clifton Avenue, rooftop gardens for the potential building and hopes that larger, three- and four-bedroom apartments

might be incorporated into the design. One suggestion that came up often: that the development should include a gallery or home base for the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, which is looking for a new location after Cincinnati Public Schools took back a building the CCAC was leasing from the district. City planners told attendees they would take feedback from the meeting and disseminate it to others in the community. After that, surveys would be sent out to get input from those who couldn’t attend the meeting. When that feedback is collected, developers would draw up a draft plan for the potential development and present it at another public meeting early next year.

A final plan for a dedicated soccer stadium for FC Cincinnati could be just days away, FC Cincinnati President and GM Jeff Berding and Mayor John Cranley both hinted late last week. Coming just days after the Cincinnati’s mayoral election, the talk has led to backlash from an array of groups. What would a stadium deal look like? That’s unclear, but during an interview on 700 WLW Nov. 8, Berding highlighted early support for a stadium from Oakley Community Council. He says that’s where efforts are focused now. “We’re not able to yet share further details because we’re continuing to work on the process,” Berding said during a Nov. 9 news conference. “The plan will require timely action by local government officials and allow for public discussion and feedback.” Berding also mentioned a Nov. 7 vote by Nashville’s Metro Council approving plans for a Major League Soccer stadium there and said FC Cincinnati will have $300 million in private funds to bring to the table for a stadium. That leaves another estimated $100 million coming from taxpayers in some form. FC says it needs a dedicated stadium in order to compete for an MLS expansion franchise up for grabs. Applications for that franchise spot are due in December, putting some urgency in the team’s planning. Berding has said Cincinnati’s West End and across the river in Newport are also still on the table as possible sites. Cranley on Nov. 10 stoked expectations that a stadium announcement is coming when he remarked at a lunch event that the city might have some big news about a soccer team in the coming weeks. The mayor’s involvement means FC probably isn’t looking across the river, but, beyond that, Cranley didn’t mention many details about the plan. The talk has stoked opposition. Cam Hardy, a transit activist who supported Cranley’s opponent Councilwoman Yvette Simpson in the mayoral election, blasted the mayor on social media for talking about a stadium deal before releasing a plan to help the city’s fledgling Metro bus system. “Forget a staduim we need @cin­ cinnatimetro properly funded,” he wrote on Twitter. Newly minted Blue Ash City Council member Jeff Capell, a Cranley supporter who currently runs the group No More Stadium Taxes, admonished the mayor to avoid pressure to use taxpayer money on a stadium. “Keep moving the city forward @JohnCranley and don’t let FCC distract you with their corporate welfare gimmicks,” he tweeted. 


for our community and for the county, the state and the country as a whole.” Rajagopal did not respond to a request for an interview. But on his campaign website, he wrote of “strengthening relationships” and leaders working with residents in the “improvement process.” “The current administration has fostered an adversarial environment that is not transparent and has eroded the trust of residents,” he wrote. “I believe respect for everyone needs to improve.” Rajagopal has worked 37 years in the Hamilton County criminal justice system, going from a sheriff’s deputy in 1980 to head of community relations in the county Probation Department to, in July, director of programming under Sheriff Jim Neil. He and Unger take office in January. In 2015, the Colerain Board of Trustees was squarely linked to the Republican establishment with longtime Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters at its hub. One trustee, Melinda Rinehart, was — and still is — an assistant prosecutor under Deters. Another was Deters’ brother Dennis Deters. The Deters linkages waned that November, however. Rinehart lost her re-election bid to the Zumba instructor and ordained minister Greg Insco. And Dennis Deters was promoted by the Republican Party to county commissioner. Deters was replaced by Inderhees.


Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, said when it was introduced. “There is support across the country for allowing Dreamers — who have records of achievement — to stay, work, and reach their full potential.” Republicans introduced a more conservative version in the U.S. House without a pathway to citizenship. That bill also allowed the government to deport undocumented people with DACA-like status if they stopped working or going to school. Neither bill passed, and with March looming, little progress has been evident of late. “Members of Congress have failed to support the DREAM Act,” YES campaign manager Sandra Onate, a student at NKU, told the crowd at the Nov. 12 rally. “This is a call to action. Call them, call them, never stop calling them. Leave them voicemails. That’s the way we can pressure them.” Cabrera and other YES organizers say such efforts are about more than just DACA — they’re about comprehensive reform of the U.S. immigration system in a way that allows people like his mother a path to a safe, productive life here. “Even if the DREAM Act passes, we’re still going to have families separated, Cabrera says. “That’s not what my mom fought for when she was in this movement. It’s not what I was raised to fight for. The DREAM Act is just a stepping stone.”

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Blackout Wednesday Parties

Wanna get real effed up the night before you have to spend all day with your family in a high-stress cooking and entertaining situation? Are you interested in discovering if turkey is a good hangover cure/easy to barf up? Maybe you just really love binge drinking on a Wednesday. Whatever the case may be, Thanksgiving Eve — aka “Blackout Wednesday” — is the biggest bar night of the year. Any bar’s a good bar to be at, but there are also plenty of themed parties to get you wasted before that ol’ turkey gets basted. Arnold’s Bar & Grill — The Tillers takeover Arnold’s for Thanksgiving Eve. 9 p.m. 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, facebook.com/ arnoldsbar. Darkness Brewing — The brewery will be tapping a keg of Ike Ike Baby imperial brown ale. Live trivia (with prizes!) starts at 7 p.m., followed by “Drink and Draw.” 7 p.m.-midnight. 224 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, Ky., facebook.com/ darknessbrewing. Moerlein Lager House — Reunite with high school buds in town for the holiday during Alumni Club. Features $3 Hudepohl Pure


ONSTAGE: Finding Neverland — a musical about writer J.M. Barrie and the inspiration for Peter Pan — is onstage at the Aronoff as part of Broadway in Cincinnati. See review on page 18.

HOLIDAY: Holiday Junction featuring Brickopolis It’s a life-size rendering of what every juvenile

Northside Yacht Club — Thanksgiving Eve karaoke. 9 p.m.-midnight. 4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, northsideyachtclub. com. Queen City Exchange — Doors open at 2 p.m. and the bar’s stock-marketexchange-themed prices crash from 6-9 p.m., with $3 pints from any of their 41 drafts. 2 p.m.-2:30 a.m. 32 W. Court St.,

locomotive fiend wants under the tree this season. Holiday Junction features several attractions chugging into the Museum Center, including Thomas the Tank Engine, an interactive pre-World War II Lionel train layout and a whopping 1,800 square feet of LEGO landscapes that feature motorized trains winding through a whimsical microcosm of a city scene. After the youngsters wear themselves out at the LEGO play tables and the impressive display of historic toys, you can strap the smaller kiddos into the riding train as they make their way through a winding winter wonderland. All aboard! Through Jan. 2. $10.50 adults; $9.50 seniors; $8.50 children; $5.50 toddlers. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, cincymuseum. org. — ERIN COUCH


ONSTAGE: The comic operetta Candide runs through Sunday at CCM as part of a “Leonard Bernsteain at 100” celebration. See feature on page 17.

Downtown, facebook.com/ queencityexchange. Rhinegeist — Soul Step Records will be slingin’ limited-edition vinyl of Modern Aquatics’ latest release (the band performs at 10 p.m.). There will also be DJ sets, a special Brewers Series Beer and everyone from high school you do and do not want to see. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. 1910 Elm St., Over-theRhine, rhinegeist.com. Urban Artifact — The Blue Wisp Band celebrates its 38th-annual Thanksgiving Eve Extravaganza. Sets at 8 and 10 p.m. $18 per set for seating. 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, artifactbeer.com.

Ongoing Shows VISUAL ART: Swoon: The Canyon Contemporary Arts Center, Downtown (through Feb. 25)

MUSIC: Fiery Furnaces frontperson Eleanor Friedberger plays a free show at MOTR Pub. See Sound Advice on page 28. COMEDY: Jen Kirkman brings her All New Material, Girl tour to the Taft Theatre. See interview on page 19. CLASSICAL: Cincinnati Soundbox Cincinnati Soundbox makes a powerful case for including New Music composers in the local scene. Thursday’s Cincinnati to Sydney concert features premieres by two Australian composers, Corrina Bonshek and Tristan Coelho, and two Cincinnatians, Laura Harrison and Jason Richmond. Their works will be performed by All of the Above, Xavier

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University’s newly appointed ensemble-in-residence. The music is intriguing — you might be hearing tomorrow’s most important composers today. 8 p.m. Thursday. $10. St. John’s Unitarian Church, 320 Resor Ave., Clifton. cincinnatisoundbox.org. — ANNE ARENSTEIN COMEDY: Alex Stone The future continues to look bright for comedian Alex Stone. The Symmes Township native started his standup career at Go Bananas and eventually moved to Chicago and then New York. “I’m living in L.A. now,” he says. “I just finished writing for two television shows and I’m now getting back to touring.” He’s

even done some on-camera work for one the shows he’s written for, playing a zombie Uber driver on Syfy Live from Comic-Con. Starting next month, he’ll be hosting a weekly podcast with Tommy Johnagin called The Local News. Also on Thursday’s bill with Stone is University of Cincinnati grad Sam Evans and host Carmen Lagala. Showtimes Thursday-Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy. com. — P.F. WILSON


FILM: Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird is a headstrong coming-of-age tale. See review on page 20.

HOLIDAY: Holiday in Lights Become a part of Sharon Woods’ annual light show tradition — 27 years strong — this holiday season. Measuring in at over a mile long, Holiday in Lights features twinkling light displays depicting Santa, his elves, his reindeer and more, from classic Christmas movie references to Santa-hatsporting dinosaurs. Best of all, you’ll be able to take in the dose of Christmas cheer entirely from the comfort of your car. Through Dec 31. $13 per vehicle. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, CONTINUES ON PAGE 14

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HOLIDAY: Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum Antique Christmas at the Taft will bring back the holiday cheer of childhood. Vintage toys will be on display, including a jack-inthe-box, an old-fashioned Lionel train set and dancing dolls, with whimsical and nostalgic decorations lining the museum — feather trees, a miniature village of German houses and even a brown-coated Belsnickle Santa Claus candy container. Through Jan. 7. $10 adults; $8 youth and seniors; free members and children 5 and under. Taft Museum, 316 Pike St., Downtown, taftmuseum.org. — ALISON BAXTER

Lager bottles, $10 buckets of Little Kings, Alumni Club cocktails and a live DJ. 8 p.m.-midnight. 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, facebook.com/ moerleinlagerhouse.



holidayinlights.com. — KENNEDY PONDER HOLIDAY: Holiday Lights on the Hill It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year, which means your neighbors will soon be delightfully cascading miles of Christmas lights across their front yards. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park follows suit as it opens up its annual Holiday Lights on the Hill this weekend. Take a two-mile round trip through the park and experience glistening 60-foot trees, giant candy canes, twinkling light tunnels, decorated swan ponds, luminous sculptures and glowing inflatables for the kids. Through Dec. 31. $20-$25 per carload; $15 members. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, pyramidhill.org. — ERIN COUCH ONSTAGE: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer The works of Mark Twain are

as much classics as the plays of William Shakespeare, so it’s entirely appropriate that Cincinnati Shakespeare Company should be staging an adaptation of one of Twain’s great novels. It’s a tale about a boyhood fantasy turned upside-down when Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn witness a crime. Director Sara Clark says it’s an exciting adventure for children and a “smart, funny, poignant experience for adults.” Mark Twain said, “My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine. Everyone drinks water.” Audiences will be taking big gulps in this pre-holiday production. Beware: You could be recruited to whitewash a fence. Through Dec. 9. $14$52. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St., Overthe-Rhine, cincyshakes.com. — RICK PENDER


ART: The Future is Female, a collection of feministinformed contemporary work, opens at the 21c. See feature on page 16.

MUSIC: Funny and beloved eccentric Chandler Travis Philharmonic comes to MOTR Pub for a rare (and free) show. See Sound Advice on page 28. EVENT: Pour Over Cincy/ NKY: A Local Coffee Showcase takes over St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newport. See feature on page 24. Music: Wax Tailor After working as a DJ and producer in the ’90s, Jean-Christophe Le Saoût introduced his Wax Tailor persona at the turn of the century. Coming off like a Parisian DJ Shadow, the project gradually built a reputation for its imaginative amalgamation of Electronic music, Hip Hop, Trip Hop, Soul and various other styles. Le Saoût’s five album releases have enjoyed increasingly high chart rankings in France and, along with his immersive live shows, helped him earn a global following among Indie, Hip Hop and Dance music


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ART: Glenn Kaino at the CAC Sculptor and L.A.-based conceptual artist — also notable for his prior experience as chief creative officer for pioneering digital music startup Napster — Glenn Kaino engages in a wide range of materials and artistic collaborations. Known for his “kit-bashing” practice, whereby a wholly new, hybrid model is created by reconfiguring the parts of another, Kaino’s mid-career survey at the Contemporary Arts Center will cover his most recent work, including collaborations with such diverse thinkers as marine biologists, gang members, chess players and celebrity Japanese chef Niki Nakayama. Opening reception 8-11 p.m. Friday. Through April 22. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org. — MARIA SEDA-REEDER

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EVENT: Backstage and Beyond: Inside Cincinnati Music Hall Take a behind-the-scenes tour of one of Cincinnati’s most iconic architectural landmarks. This hour-long exploration of Music Hall takes guests “backstage and beyond,” through public and private spaces to discover more about the history, structure and fascinating musical past of the recently renovated 1878 Venetian Gothic building. This guided tour is presented by the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall. Through Dec. 18. $15; group discounts available. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatiarts.org. — MAIJA ZUMMO

HOLIDAY: Festival of Lights Cincinnati’s wildest light display returns this weekend to douse the zoo in colorful holiday cheer. The 35thannual Festival of Lights incorporates an astounding 3 million LED lights and features a Wild Lights show

on Swan Lake, a black-light puppet show by Madcap Puppets, a Toyland Express train ride and appearances by Santa himself (which this year begin at 4 p.m., an hour before other festival activities kick off). PSA: In order for hippos to be outside, the temperature must be 50 degrees or above, so Fiona and mom Bibi will most likely be enjoying the festivities off-view and indoors. Through Jan. 1. Free with admission: $19 adults; $13 children/seniors. Cincinnati Zoo, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo. org. — EMILY BEGLEY


MUSIC: A Perfect Circle draws material from the country’s current political climate at BB&T Arena. See Sound Advice on page 29.

EVENT: Art on Vine As of this issue’s press time, there are only 39 shopping days left between now and Christmas. (Let that sink in.) Thankfully, Art on Vine is here to offer you a treasure trove of handmade, one-ofa-kind gifts for everyone on your list. This installment of the market heads back indoors, bringing together more than 60 local artists inside Rhinegeist Brewery. Keep your belly full with bites from Sartre OTR as you browse. Noon-7 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, artonvinecincy.com. — EMILY BEGLEY


MUSIC: Pere Ubu plays Woodward Theater. See feature on page 26.

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fans and artists. Wax Tailor’s latest album, By Any Beats Necessary, takes a deeper dive into American artforms like Blues, R&B, Funk and even Psych Rock; he has said the LP was designed as a sort of mixtape for a road-trip across the U.S. On his current tour, Wax Tailor is joined onstage by vocalist Charlotte Savary and MC Mattic, with North Carolina sample-based analog/digital Electronic duo Dirty Art Club opening. 9 p.m. Saturday. $15; $18 day of show. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, artifactbeer.com. — MIKE BREEN



Defining the Future of Womanhood 21c’s The Future is Female showcases feminist-­informed work BY M A R I A S EDA - R EED ER

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n important show, The Future is Female, opens Saturday at the 21c Museum Hotel. It consists of contemporary feminist art from the collection of 21c founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. Organized by Chief Curator and Museum Director Alice Gray Stites, the show aims to “illuminate the legacy and persistence of the struggle for gender equality.” In advance of the exhibition opening, Stites and participating multi-disciplinary artist/self-identified activist Zoë Buckman (who will both be on hand for the opening reception this weekend) spoke with CityBeat about the work in the show, the current state of feminist art and the implied meaning of the exhibition’s title. The initial iteration of this traveling show opened at the Louisville 21c within days of last year’s presidential election, though it was conceived several months prior. “The election really affected the context in which the artwork was viewed,” Stites says. Here, some 72 objects by 45 artists — including those who are well-established like Carrie Mae Weems, Kiki Smith and Alison Saar, as well as more up-and-coming names such as Saya Woolfalk, Vibha Galhotra and Swoon — will survey the various conversations informing feminism on a global scale. A third of those exhibiting artists are women of color and nearly half are from outside the continental United States. Between the opening of the Louisville and Cincinnati exhibitions, Stites explains she seized upon “an exciting opportunity” to expand this area of the private collection. 21c has a mission of integrating contemporary art into public, everyday life. “Much of the issues raised today are also timeless questions,” Stites says. “Issues of equality — economic and ecological, in terms of our relationship to resources.” In The Future is Female, there is a broad range of media and subject matter explored by the included artists. The use of self as subject, the prevalence of craftbased practices and the inventive use of language are just three of the more obvious threads running through the work. Stites is especially excited to show a recent addition to the collection — two sitespecific wallpaper installations by South African artist and visual activist Zanele

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Muholi. In two large-scale black-and-white self-portraits, “Bakhambile, Parktown,” and “Ntozabantu VI, Parktown,” the artist photographs herself wearing thick braids and a queenly tiara. She alters the contrast in order to emphasize the darkness of her skin. While Modernist giants like Picasso, Matisse and Manet ostensibly used the historical nude as a “neutral vehicle” for their formal artistic experimentations, Muholi too engages with her own nude body in both photos, though you would barely notice she’s wearing little more than hair. The resulting photos — like much of Muholi’s oeuvre — are arresting. The artist’s eyes, rimmed in white and contrasted with the dark sumptuousness of her body and the oversize scale of the work, stare out at the viewer hauntingly, practically daring us to meet her gaze. The work of British-born, New Yorkbased Buckman was acquired by Brown and Wilson during last year’s Art Basel: Miami Beach art fair. The artist explains by phone that Stites also supports the work of many of her artist friends who “form a community” and are likewise making politically charged artwork. Three of Buckman’s sculptural pieces are from a recent series entitled Let Her Rave and respond to 19th-century poet John Keats’ “Ode on Melancholy,” in which he writes: “Or if thy mistress some rich

anger shows/Imprison her soft hand, and let her rave.” One resulting piece, “Champ,” features a neon depiction of a uterus, with boxing gloves substituted for ovaries. It’s a direct response to the recent political attacks on Planned Parenthood and the attempts to curtail women’s reproductive rights. The other two hanging works, “Ding Ding” and “Ode On,” include boxing gloves fashioned from beaded and embellished satin, and lace bridal dresses and veils. “The work is about the ways in our society that patriarchal constructs keep us controlled,” Buckman says. Though the artist says she has been making work since art school centered on “the female experience,” Buckman admits that, “It’s quite difficult to make work about being a woman without it being about the patriarchy, because so much of our experience is a result of being in a patriarchal society.” For Buckman, The Future is Female means, “We are coming into an era in which women will lead more than they have.” When asked how she might respond to those who would accuse the title of being gender essentialist, Stites explains: “The future is inclusive. And that has to do with lessening the definitive boundaries around race, gender and sexuality.” But if the future is to be truly inclusive, perhaps nuance in language might be our

first step toward that goal. The slogan “The Future is Female” has become popular in the past year after social media caught hold of a photograph from the 1970s of radical feminist folk singer Alix Dobkin wearing a shirt depicting that phrase. The subsequent discovery that Dobkin co-authored an essay as recently as 2015 claiming that transsexuals have “leaped forward on the civil rights agenda… often to the detriment of Lesbians” raised concerns that her politics didn’t include transgender people and thus were exclusionary. The Future is Female reflects the wide spectrum of issues affecting women today around the world: an evolving consciousness about widespread environmental devastation, seemingly ubiquitous violence from men and the unearthing of a flagrant racial and gender-based hatred long thought to be buried, to name just a few. It is an important show because contemporary art not only reflects our current state, but also acts as a harbinger of things to come. It asks what are we prioritizing as a society and whose lives matter. If the future really can be female, it all depends on how we define it. The Future is Female opens Saturday at Downtown’s 21c Museum Hotel and runs through September 2018. Admission is free. More info: 21cmuseumhotels.com.

THE Gift guide 2017

Music King In September, Cincinnati celebrated the local iconic Country and R&B label King Records with an entire month of events dedicated to honoring the influential music made here by the likes of The Stanley Brothers, Little Willie John and James Brown (among others). In the 1940s, before King founder Syd Nathan had his own studio, he

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This year’s Gift Guide takes a streamlined approach to the holiday season by highlighting a handful of local makers with intentional giftables — presents that tell a story and presents you can tell a story about.


From iconic Cincinnati manufacturers and upstart creative agencies to artisans and business owners just getting started, plus those somewhere in between, this collection provides the inspiration to encourage you to seek out meaningful items, surprises with substance and other thoughtful touches for everyone on your list. Inside the guide you’ll find local handcrafted homegoods, first-batch bourbons, eco-friendly narwhals, gender-neutral sports T-shirts and adorable from-scratch pies. Oh yeah, and a Fiona ornament. Duh. words by maija zummo, Erin Couch & L auren Moret to P h o t o s b y H a i le y B o ll i n g e r

sent artists to Herzog Studios on Race Street to record. That building is now home to Herzog Music (and a historical marker), a shop where you can take music lessons, find used vinyl and grab vintage gear from an outpost of Mike’s Music (like this rebuilt 1952 Fender Telecaster for $1,999), plus spend time in a musical landmark. Open from 1945 to 1955, crucial tracks recorded here include Hank Williams’ “Lovesick Blues.” 811 Race St., Downtown, facebook.com/herzogmusic.

Squiggle Series CK_TC Ceramics is a local design studio that offers peculiarly shaped pottery, including signature pieces like patterned pots (left; $60) and gradient squiggle vessels (right; $30). Owners and ceramicists Colin Klimesh and Taylor Carter merge digital methods with traditional tools, using stateof-the-art 3D modeling programs while handcrafting clays and glazes in-house — a process Klimesh says creates unique and

high-quality pieces that will stand the test of time. Clay from items that don’t meet quality standards is reclaimed and reused for future creations and all by-products are recycled. Shown with a plant ($15) from OTR’s Gia and the Blooms, which owner Yuliya Bui named after her rescue pitbull, Gia. Find CK_TC stockists or buy online at cktcceramics.com. Gia and the Blooms, 114 E. 13th St., OTR, giablooms.com.

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What started as a hobby making stuffed animals for nieces and nephews has turned into a full-time, heartfelt venture for Melissa Bracken of Happy Groundhog Studio. A sculpture graduate of the Art Academy of Cincinnati, her ecofriendly, hand-sewn and whimsical critters, from narwhals ($40) to namesake groundhogs


($30), are made with upcycled materials — repurposed sweaters, felt from recycled plastic bottles, even recycled thread — and each one comes with a special sewn-on heart as a tactile reminder that everyone deserves to be loved. Bracken puts that belief into action by donating a percentage of sales to nonprofits like the local Starfire Council, which helps people with disabilities thrive. Available at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, indigenous (1609 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills) and thehappygroundhogstudio.com.

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Coffee with a Conscience The third-wave Felix coffee company is a pop-up with the stated goal of getting rid of the “barrier between the customer and the barista.” Helmed by Logan Peele and Jessica Ufkes, this intentional approach hopes to shed light on the process of coffee making as well as the importance of actually caring about the origin of the coffee you’re drinking. The roaster’s approachable and ethically sourced craft coffee is made by friendly baristas who want to answer any and all of your questions. A 12 oz. bag of direct-trade Nicaraguan Café Diego (roasted in collaboration with local Yield Coffee Roasters) is $14 and purchaseable online. Shown with upcycled burlap coffee bag pillows ($20-$25) and a floor cushion/dog bed ($40) from Coda Co. (see page 30). Book Felix online to cater coffee for your next event or find upcoming location dates at felixcoffeeco.com.

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Sustainably Chic


University of Cincinnati environmental studies student Lindsey Zinno founded The Northern Market when she was just 17. Now, at 20 years old, she juggles her rapidly expanding minimalist and modern fiber art and homegoods business with her college courses and her forthcoming brick-and-mortar — a collaboration with The Native One clothing shop — taking over the former Indigo Hippo space on Main Street in early December. Zinno’s curated line of simple, structural and functional pieces made from natural cotton rope — everything from trivets, baskets and cat beds to yoga bags and backpacks — has caught the attention of stockists across the U.S. and in Europe, including locals like Deerhaus Decor and Brush Factory. Pieces are machine sewn from a single, continuous piece of rope and manipulated into different shapes and forms. For example, her sustainably and naturally dyed yellow backpack ($250) features a singlerope body with two adjustable straps and handles to create a durable carry-all. An influencer in the reemergence of the rope sewing trend, Zinno recently filmed a two-part series called Rope Sewing Reinvented for PBS’ Sewing with Nancy. Find stockists and shop online at thenorthernmarket.com.

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High-End Herbalism Emily Little first launched her line of soaps and body products as “Little Organics,” with a focus on herbal medicine, informed and filtered through her Appalachian heritage. Now, almost a decade old, Little Organics is Queen City Alchemy, a high-end locally made holistic skincare line featuring soaps, serums, balms, deodorants and other botanicals crafted using non-toxic, compassionate and therapeutic ingredients. There are no dyes, no

fillers, no parabens and no sulfates. The line is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and part of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics from the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners. Find Little’s 40-someodd products in her new community-focused Fort Thomas storefront, Vitae Viride, which also carries a curated collection of pieces from other local makers. 118 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, vitaeviride.com.

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Cincinnati has a ton of local screenprinters and T-shirt makers to keep things local. Rivertown Inkery offers a plethora of cool and super soft Cincy shirts from sweatshirts (Cincy hoodie, $50; tiger crewneck, $35) to licensed FC Cincinnati gear ($24) and vintageinspired duds, while


creative agency We Have Become Vikings supplements their multi-discipline design work (recently seen at Blink) with printed goods, like mens and womens “Cursed from Birth” tiger shirts ($30). And Handzy, a stationery and design shop helmed by two BFFs, recently expanded their offerings into super cute and positive shirts ($28). therivertowninkery.com; wehavebecomevikings.com; handzyshopstudio.com.

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Give the gift of ART! 5th Street Gallery features original paintings, sculpture, ceramic, glass and wood art all created by Cincinnati area artists. Select an original treasure for a holiday gift or for your own home. Look for us on th Street, located inside downtown Macy’s. 505 Vine St., Downtown, 5thstreetgallery.com.

Share the gift of a good time with 4EG, Cincinnati’s favorite collection of bars, restaurants and nightlife. Receive a bonus $10 gift card for each $50 spent on gift cards or apparel. Purchase at any 4EG location or in our online store, your one-stop for gift cards, apparel and more! fouregshop.com.

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Biscuits to Burgers is an exciting familyfriendly eatery offering fresh, fun options for every meal of the day! Make us your breakfast destination and treat yourself to real food: homemade biscuits, scratch omelets and more. From brunch to dinner, let us up your burger game! Fully customizable burgers with more than 50 choices means there are thousands of possibilities! Through December, buy $50 in gift cards and get a $10 bonus! Gift Cards available at the host desk during restaurant hours. 50 E. Rivercenter Blvd., Covington, Ky., 859-292-5034, biscuitstoburgers.com.

Don’t just buy a gift, make a memory! At Brazee Street Studios we’ll show you how to create your own plates, bowls, ornaments and more-personalized, heartfelt, and beautiful gifts for the people you love. Make the gift yourself or surprise them with a gift card and quality time together. 4426 Brazee St., Oakley, 513-321-0206, brazeestreetstudios.com.

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Covington’s first specialty grocer is Butlers Pantry at RiverCenter. Start off right with Coffee Emporium blends and artisanal pastries. Fuel up at our deli, serving the finest meats and cheeses, as well as soups, handcrafted sandwiches and salads. Recharge with handpressed juices and smoothies. Finally, indulge yourself with ice cream, candies and snacks. Don’t forget the fresh produce, spices and spreads for those last-minute Holiday meals. Buy $50 in gift cards and receive a $10 bonus just for you! Gift Cards available at Butlers Pantry. 50 E. Rivercenter Blvd., Covington, Ky., 859-292-1699, butlerspantrymarket.com.


Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon Help your loved ones celebrate this hog-iday season with a Flying Pig Marathon gift set! The 2018 event marks the 20th anniversary for the Flying Pig, an occasion you won’t want to miss! Visit shop.flyingpigmarathon. com to shop beanies, gift cards and more! The Flying Pig Marathon celebrates 20 years this May, with events for athletes of all abilities. Events range from the Little Kings Mile, 5K, 10K, Flying Fur, Pigabilites, Kids’ Marathon, Piglet, Half Marathon, Relays, and Marathon. Visit fl yingpigmarathon.com to learn more.

From stocking stuffers to the perfect present, Churchill’s Fine Teas has your gift-giving needs covered. We have the largest selection of loose-leaf teas in the Midwest as well as gift sets, tea advent calendars, teapots and brewing accessories. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will have you giving the perfect gift and brewing the perfect cup of tea in no time! Located at Historic Findlay Market, 122 West Elder St., Over-the-Rhine or visit our Holiday Market pop-up Rookwood Commons, 2681 Edmonson Road, Norwood, 513-421-1455, churchillsteas.com.

Cincy Shirts All we want for Christmas is a double entendre! These super comfy sweatshirts from Cincy Shirts are sure to please all fans of hippos, FC Cincinnati and Cincinnati chili. Available at both of their stores in Hyde Park and OTR, or online at cincyshirts.com. *Oyster Crackers Not Included 1435 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-510-5774; 2709 Observatory Ave., Hyde Park, 513-8322125, cincyshirts.com.

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Featured Gifts Deerhaus Decor Deerhaus Decor is a transparent boutique retailer with an emphasis on small-batch manufacturing and sustainable design. We support and promote products made in the USA and also carry a unique selection of authentic vintage goods. Come see our wide selection of beautifully handcrafted gifts for this holiday season! Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 135 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, deerhausdecor.com.

Coffee Emporium We have what you need for the coffeeobsessed person on your list. Our coffee is lovingly roasted in OTR. East Hyde Park and Over-the-Rhine locations are open normal hours every day for all of your caffeinated needs. Our website is open even later. coffeeemporium.com.

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Just say its name and you’ll hear a ripple of accolades telling swooning tales of the taste left from the nationally recognized Killer Brownie® — a Dayton-based Dorothy Lane Market favorite. Choose from several varieties or stick with The Original. In each, you’ll find three tiers of gooey goodness! dlmmailorder.com/killerbrownie.

Give the gift of theater this holiday season with a Falcon Flex Pass! Any theater lover on your list will be thrilled with the opportunity to visit Falcon’s charming storefront theater in Newport’s historic Monmouth Street district. 636 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky., falcontheater.net/tickets-information/ fl ex-passes.

FIRE at RiverCenter Northern Kentucky’s newest destination for an upscale yet comfortable dining experience is FIRE at RiverCenter. Celebrate the Holidays and indulge in our classically inspired yet innovative menu, available every day of the week. Spread cheer with rare bourbons and craft cocktails in our warm, engaging dining rooms or enjoy the best patio seating in Greater Cincinnati. Gift cards from FIRE make the perfect stocking stuffer. Buy $50 and receive $10 bonus! Gift Cards available at the host desk during restaurant hours. 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington, Ky., 859-3922850, fi reatrivercenter.com.

Findlay Market Shop Local. Support Local. Give unique gifts this holiday season from Findlay Market. Flavorful olive oils, tins of kettle corn, blended tea gift sets, freshly roasted nuts, grilling and baking spices, bean-to-bar chocolates, the Findlay Market Cookbook and more. Open Tuesday–Sunday. 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, fi ndlaymarket.org.


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Looking for something custom this holiday season? Visit the team at frameshop in OTR or Hyde Park for a one-of-a-kind gift! You bring the memory or artwork, and we help display it perfectly! 1317 Main St., Over-theRhine; 2707 Observatory Ave., Hyde Park, frameshopusa.com.

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Foodie Cincy Need a unique, creative gift idea for the “foodies” in your life? Foodie Cincy features 53 of Cincinnati’s favorite local, independent restaurants. Each Foodie Card discounts $10 from a $25 or more food purchase. Visit the website to view the 2018 restaurant list. Enter code “citybeat” at checkout for 50% off. foodiecincydeck.com.



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A perfect gift for Cincinnati whiskey lovers. George Remus is named after the “King of the Bootleggers,” a local legend. Crafted in one of the country’s oldest distilleries, George Remus Straight Bourbon Whiskey shows vanilla and maple and received a gold medal from Tastings.com. Or, choose the very rare Remus Repeal Reserve, barrel-aged to perfection since 2005/2006. georgeremus.com.

Prefer experiences to material things? Gift an improv class to yourself and a loved one. More than 300 students have learned from Improv Cincinnati. Expect lots of laughs, expanded comfort zones and closer ties. Says student Kurt Lindemann about taking class with his wife, “It’s absolutely brought us closer together.” improvcincinnati.com.

indigenous craft gallery Shop local at indigenous craft gallery. There’s nothing better than their unique handmade for the holidays collection. Discover wonderful handmade goods from more than 100 local artists with a dynamic selection of pottery, jewelry, glass, art tiles, fiber arts, wood, metals, art prints and a fantastic assortment of ornaments. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Satuday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 1609 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills, 513-3213750, indigenouscraft.com.

Made in Cincinnati Shop local. Find local. Explore local. Made in Cincinnati is a curated online shopping site connecting customers to local makers and their stories, 24/7. By offering goods directly from Cincinnati’s best creatives and artisans in one location, you can buy local without leaving home. shopmadeincincinnati.com.

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At Manitou Candle Co., we make classic candles with a contemporary perspective, combining incredible scents and a Midcentury space into something much more than an 80-hour burn. This season, give the gift of a creative, hand-poured experience by purchasing a gift card for our candle making classes. Gift cards can also be used on items at our Columbia Tusculum store, including our signature small-batch candles that are blended with 100% American-made soy wax, fine fragrances and essential oils. #manitoucandleco. 4015 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum, 513429-5254, manitoucandleco.com.


Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar Give your friends the promise of a great night at Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar with a gift card! Gangsters is the perfect place for friends to meet friends and enjoy dinner, drinks, singing and dancing! Plus, for every $100 you buy, we’ll give you $25 in gift cards! 18 E. Fifth St., Newport, Ky., 859-491-8900, gangstersduelingpianobar.com.

Founded in June 2012, My Artisano Foods is Cincinnati’s first urban creamery. Company founder Eduardo Rodriguez’s background as a dairy farmer farmer and use of the freshest local milk from grass-fed happy cows and goats makes the company cheese delicious and healthy. Buy our artisan cheese board gift set this holiday season online at myartisanofoods.com or at local stores including Whole Foods and Jungle Jims.

Ombré Gallery Ombré Gallery is a shop in Oakley that carries handmade jewelry by over 60 artists from across the United States and around the world. Adorn your loved ones and friends this holiday season with something beautiful. This Julie Rofman handwoven beaded cuff comes in a variety of colors and sizes. 4011a Allston St., Oakley, 513-8137278, ombregallery.com.

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Queen City Clay What do you get for the person who has it all? Hand-painted pottery of course! Come create your own unique gift for a special person in your life, or spend the day together in our Pottery Painting Studio. This is a great activity for kids and adults alike! Walk-ins welcome. 3130 Wasson Road, Oakley, 513-871-2529, queencityclay.com/paint.

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Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House embraces a culture of purpose and excellence which results in a consistent, memorable exBeerience handcrafted with passion and creativity! This holiday season, visit Rivertown’s Monroe Barrel House and give the gift of the Ultimate exBEERience! Purchase $50 in gift cards and receive $5 Barrel House bonus bite! With $100 in gift cards, receive $10 Barrel House bonus bites! Open 7 Days a week! To purchase: Visit Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House, 6550 Hamilton Lebanon Road, Monroe, 513-360-7839, rivertownbrewery.com.

Opera Cream, one of our most popular homemade candies, is made with pure rich cream, dipped in dark or milk chocolate, to create the ultimate of creams. Most prefer our rich dark chocolate — it brings out the pure cream taste. It’s another of Greater Cincinnati/ Northern KY’s claim to culinary fame. 420 Fairfi eld Ave., Bellevue, Ky., 859-431-3545, schneiderscandies.com.


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Be creative this holiday season. Give the gift of art! Support Summerfair’s mission, giving back to local artists with a Rookwood commemorative tile ($90) and/or mug ($60). Purchase of each of these items gets you a 1 day pass to Summerfair 2018 at Coney Island, June 1-3, 2018. Orders with fair pass, contact: info@summerfair.org or 513-351-0050.

Think Snooty Fox for all your holiday needs! Jewelry, wraps, scarves, hats, gloves and more are always a great gift. Find holiday attire for the entire family, all at affordable prices. Purchase Snooty Fox gift certificates at 20% off thru Dec. 24th at any store location! shopsnooty.com.

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Looking for a gift you and your pup will love? Whisk & Wag treat mix is the ‘paw’fect stocking stuffer. Simply mix, mold and bake all four wag-worthy flavors. It’s a Cincy-made treat that’s as healthy and delicious as it is fun to make. Happy Howlidays from Whisk & Wag! whiskandwagtreats.com.

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Till Vodka Heartland Vodka to share for the holidays. Till American wheat vodka is proudly made in the heartland. Created from the finest quality Kansas wheat, we source from the best farms in the region. The result: a uniquely smooth premium vodka that ranks among the world’s best. 92-points, Tasting Panel Magazine. tillvodka.com.


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Rustic meets modern with Suzanne Applebaum Jewelry’s collection of ever-growing contemporary adornments. Inspired by Art Deco shapes and symmetry, ancient Egyptian jewelry and Western wear, she doesn’t necessarily follow trends as much as make them. She wants the wearer to feel empowered to be bold or simple, mixing and matching to create their own relationship with their accessories, much like Applebaum mixes and matches her materials. All of her jewelry is made by hand and incorporates elements ranging from metal, rope and leather to horsehair, bullet casings and vintage chains. Metal items and accents are handcut and formed from sheet, then hammered, polished, soldered and stamped accordingly — like these delicate initial rings ($18-$25) and necklace. (You can watch a behind-the-scenes process series on her social media.) Other items, like the horsehair earrings ($38-$45), are handwrapped so shoppers can pick different color combos. She even offers exclusive one-of-a-kind items made from antique and vintage discoveries. Shop online and order directly from Applebaum or learn about upcoming pop-ups at sapplebaumjewelry.com.


Well-Crafted Wood Goods

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Designer Rosie Kovacs and woodworker Hayes Shanesy started the Brush Factory in 2009 as a way to create wellcrafted and high-quality goods. Since then, the duo has amplified their mission to include building modern furniture and other items with care and precision using “traditional joinery and solid wood construction.” They have their own line of sustainably harvested wood furniture — bff tables and desks — and have created custom solutions for restaurants, boutiques and start-ups across the city. Their OTR storefront, opened in 2016, comes as part of a brand expansion after winning a $20,000 ArtWorks Big Pitch grant in 2015. The shop carries items from hip design houses and traditional makers, both local and not. There are vintage Kilim rugs, local CG Ceramics dishware, Redecker household brushes and non-furniture Brush Factory items like these hand-turned wooden candlesticks ($65). These one-of-akind pieces add interest to a tablescape. 1417 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, brushmanufactory.com.


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Designer Andi Ploehs’ line of hand-lettered greeting cards — a.p. loves design — offers up cute and creative messaging. There are birthday cards with “aged to perfection” cheese, Valentine’s Day cards with “stuck with me” cacti and plenty of fanciful season’s greetings, like “Fruit cake is not a gift” ($4.50), plus a poignant line of cards dedicated

to women struggling with infertility. Ploehs (and her cards) can also frequently be seen behind the counter at OTR boutique MiCA 12/v, where you can find plenty more prints, paper goods and paintings from local artists, like this new pen-and-ink Music Hall rendering by urbanist K Scott Enns. MiCA 12/v, 1201 Vine St., OTR, shopmica.com or visit aplovesdesign.com.


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It’s a fact backed by years of scientific research: Miniature food is irresistibly adorable. Hostesses and gift-givers can take solace knowing both the classic and innovative options at Cincinnati’s Teeny Pies will be a hit. The moniker for this sweet tooth’s haven is taken from owner Teeny Morris, who traversed the U.S. to learn about female-owned bakeries and in 2017 brought from-scratch small-scale (and

full-size) pies made of in-season ingredients to the Queen City. Pictured pies are mini bourbon pecan ($6) and sweet potato ($26). Other flavors include rosemary caramel apple, pumpkin and bacon bourbon pecan. Pre-order online or visit her stand at Findlay Market on Saturdays and Sundays and the Northside Farmers Market on Wednesdays. teenypies.com.

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Travel to an authentic German Christmas market this year – no passport needed – at Cincideutsch’s Christkindlmarkt downtown on Fountain Square.


For six straight years Christkindlmarkt has transported thousands of visitors to Christmas time in a small German Village with delicious hot food, cold beer (natürlich!), Glühwein (hot, spiced wine) and pastries as well as a wide variety of locally handmade crafts sure to satisfy your holiday shopping list. Recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of “America’s Best Christmas Markets,” the Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from the day after Thanksgiving through Saturday, December 9th. Hours are: Fridays (4 p.m. – 10 p.m.), Saturdays (11 a.m. -11 p.m.) and Sundays (11 a.m. -5 p.m). Shop extended hours on Friday, November 24 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. as you enjoy Macy’s Light Up the Square featuring the annual lighting of the Christmas tree, live music and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

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First Batch In early November, Northside Distilling Co. released a limited 500-bottle run of its debut white label bourbon whiskey ($39.99). Already well known for its award-winning corn-based vodka, this first batch of bourbon was aged for about two years in the company’s Northside rickhouse (a 100-year-old former horse barn) in small, charredoak barrels to produce a faster maturation of the spirit. This high-rye blend has a soft, rounded taste with a spicy, nutty finish, says master distiller Chris Courts, and is reportedly one of the first whiskeys distilled and barreled in downtown Cincinnati since Prohibition. Visit the distillery’s tasting room for drinks and tours and stay tuned for a single barrel black label bourbon release early next year. 922 Race St., Downtown or find stockists and local bars that serve Northside at northsidedistilling.com.

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Fiber Art & Found Objects

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This will be the first holiday season for the Bellevue brick-and-mortar Coda Co., a home décor shop that was started as a date night hobby by husband and wife duo Tanner and Kelti Ziese. Kelti is the softer side of the business, hand weaving macramé wall hangings out of cotton rope ($12-$60) — organically attached to driftwood collected from the banks of the Ohio River — while Tanner works with reclaimed bourbon barrels to create a variety of wood furniture and accessories. As a pet lover and foster for the Stray Animal Adoption Program, Kelti also makes dog beds (and pillows) from upcycled coffee bags and hopes to expand to a full line of pet products soon. Shown with floral embroidery from local Cortnie Black ($50), available at Vitae Viride (see page 11). 400 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, Ky., shopcodaco.com. There will also be a Bellevue Christmas walk on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.


Ornaments that Give Back Fun fact: Rookwood Pottery was the first female-owned manufacturing company in the United States (#girlboss). And since the 1880s, it has been producing heritage ceramics, designed and crafted by world-class artisans. The heirloomminded legacy continues this year with the Fiona ornament ($25). Designed by Rookwood Art Director Mary Guanciale, this disc features the happily

Self-Care Candles

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The modern #selfcare movement is one of the more worthwhile millennial trends — taking guilt-free time away from work and social responsibilities to refresh and recharge. And self-care is the motivating concept behind H+B, a candle and body product line created by Gabrielle Lauren, a former full-time nurse who stepped away from the fast-paced hospital floor to focus on reclaiming her own personal health. Her almost year-old brand is dedicated to the simple

practice of making sure people take even just a short amount of time out of their day to relax and unwind, and her hand-poured, vegan soy wax candles are part of that. Fir Forest smells like evergreen, Winter Wonderland plays off of peppermint and Noir blends vanilla and amber for a warm scent ($16 each). Find H+B at EMC and Deerhaus Décor in Findlay Market, Rhigno boutique in Over-the-Rhine and Coda Co. in Bellevue, Ky., as well as shophnb.etsy.com.

swimming fat little hippo on the front and the story of her birth and struggle to survive on the back. Twenty percent of each ornament’s proceeds will be donated to the Cincinnati Zoo Conservation Fund. (And $2 from each wishbone ornament will benefit the Make-AWish Foundation.) Shown with other Rookwood ornaments. For Fiona ornament purchasing details, visit the shop at 1209 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine or online at rookwood.com.



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‘Candide’ Starts Bernstein Celebration BY A N N E A R EN S T EI N

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The scathing Candide, published in be doing a lot of dancing, choreographed 1759 by the French Enlightenment writer by CCM musical theater alumna Katie Voltaire, lampooned the philosophy that Johannigman. “all is for the best in this best of all posThe show itself has a history as convosible worlds.” Nearly 200 years later, in luted as Candide’s travels, with numerous 1956, a comic operetta version debuted revised versions. CCM’s was staged in 1982, on Broadway with a libretto by Lillian known as the New York City Opera House Hellman — aided with lyrics by an array of version. In addition to Bernstein’s music, it 1950s literati — and a brilliant score by the has a book by Hugh Wheeler and lyrics by great American composer and conductor Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John Leonard Bernstein. La Touche and Bernstein himself. That didn’t last long — the public and Mark Gibson, CCM music professor and press were unkind. But the original cast director of Orchestral Studies, knows it well. recording led to subsequent productions of Prior to studying with Bernstein, Gibson revised versions that have made Candide recognized as a standout accomplishment of Bernstein’s long career. (He died in 1990 at age 72.) University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music kicks off its yearlong celebration of the Bernstein centennial with a production of Candide in conjunction with the official “Leonard Bernstein at 100” celebration. For Emma Griffi n, an assistant professor of music in CCM’s Opera/ Directing program, CanCCM Opera student Heidi Middendorf dide is the perfect vehicle for our tense and anxious P H O T O : M A R K LY O N S time. “Voltaire was doing satire just like Jon Stewart and Samantha Bee,” she says. “Although worked with the New York City Opera on the story isn’t realistic, it’s about how a 1983 revival and prepared the orchestral people respond to modern events.” and vocal performers for a 1986 recording. The naïve Candide travels the world, The best-known number is the rollickenduring the horrific consequences of war, ing overture, which Gibson says is among murder, rape, natural disasters and human the top five that his students perennially depravity. He struggles to maintain his choose for a concert opener. faith that all is for the best, until he’s right “Lenny had two speeds — frisky and senback where he started. He concludes, “We timental,” Gibson says. “What’s wonderful have to cultivate our gardens.” Voltaire’s about (Candide) is that when it’s artifice, satire underscores the inherent danger in it’s artifice and when it’s true, it’s true. “an unconsidered world view,” according That’s just who he was.” to Griffi n. Both Gibson and Griffi n agree that the Using the music to tell these darkly score is also uniquely American, despite comic stories in an age of anxiety is a chalthe occasional nod to European symlenge. This production needed to confront phonic themes. Bernstein was clearly on to the difficulty that what was funny at the something: One year after Candide opened, production’s premiere and revivals doesn’t West Side Story had its premiere. necessarily hold up. “Comedy doesn’t work Personally, my strongest memory unless it’s super-current,” Griffi n says. from the first time I saw Candide is of the Griffi n’s solution is to use the entire performers’ clear delight in juggling the ensemble in what she calls a deeply theatmultiple roles and the plot’s comic absurrical way. CCM’s staging uses a simple onedity. Griffi n and Gibson express hope that room set design. “There are 23 performers others will be delighted by this production, in the cast and they’re onstage all the time,” especially first-time audiences. she says. “With the exception of Candide, “There’s nothing like a live performance, everyone else knows they are play-acting, especially by people who are having fun,” so they can step back and react to what’s Griffi n says. “In times of high anxiety, going on. We keep the ball juggling.” that’s worth a lot.” The cast members consist of CCM opera Candide runs Thursday-Sunday at CCM’s students, one musical theater student and Patricia Corbett Theater on the UC campus. three actors and performers who assume Tickets/more info: ccm.uc.edu. multiple roles. Student performers will





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This must be the season for playwrights Gardens to backstage at the theater (“The having writer’s block. Two months ago it World Is Upside Down” expresses the actors was Shakespeare in Love at the Cincinnati fear of performing a play for children), Playhouse with an impatient producer we’re immersed in detailed, believable and breathing down the Bard’s neck about a sometimes amusing Victorian settings. In promised script. Now it’s the tour of the a penultimate scene, the room darkens Broadway show Finding Neverland in which and the air is full of swirling glitter and a another impatient London producer barkfluttering scarf, as Sylvia slips away with the ing at his house playwright, J.M. Barrie, for fictional Peter. It’s a beautiful touch. an overdue play. Shakespeare’s inspiration Performances from top to bot tom are comes his way thanks to a rapturous love worth watching. Tighe captures Barrie’s affair; Barrie’s is more an affair of imaginatentative then eager demeanor. Lael Van tion, inspired by a quartet of rambunctious Keuren plays Sylvia with likeable energy brothers whose love of pirates and tales of and ably performs the anthem “All That adventure provides him with the stories that he can cobble together into Peter Pan. (Barrie does fall in love with the boys’ young widowed mother, Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, but it’s really their horseplay and senses of humor that get his creative juices flowing.) Unlike Shakespeare in Love, which is totally fabricated, Finding Neverland is rooted in real events in Barrie’s life in 1903. Both shows have a lot of fun with backstage humor and, in doing so, take a lot of liberties with Billy Harrigan Tighe as J.M. Barrie reality — but that keeps the narrative entertaining. PHOTO: JEREMY DANIEL In fact, Finding Neverland jumps right into the fertile mind of Barrie and the boys, with Matters,” declaring her parental priorities. the added impetus of a devil’s-advocate Davidson handles the dual role of Charles Captain Hook (played by singer and game Frohman, the beleaguered producer, and show host John Davidson), conjured from Captain Hook with a fi ne sense of intenthe writer’s id, dug out of his own boyhood tionally overacting. The four boys (played fears about being man enough to get by. by six young actors who rotate at various This culminates in an especially bombastic performances) are great fun to watch with Act I closer with a full-fledged sailing ship pranks during a stuff y dinner party in the recreated onstage with booming surf, canfi rst act that involves a lot of shenanigans nons and sailors swinging from the rigging. with a guest’s extreme wig and a scene of Billy Harrigan Tighe (a 2007 graduate charming music-making and play-acting of UC’s CCM) delivers on the role of Barrie, in the second act for the musical number, both as a compassionate father figure and “We’re All Made of Stars.” an encouraging mentor for introverted The score of Finding Neverland by Gary Peter (played with convincing emotion by Barlow and Eliot Kennedy often feels too Conor Jameson Casey on opening night) Pop inspired and 21st-century for a story set who longs for his deceased father and worin the Victorian era, as does Mia Michaels’ ries that his mother’s health is declining. energetic, angular choreography. But these Young Peter is the catalyst who inspires elements do sustain the show’s momentum. Barrie to release his own boy who “won’t There are several intentional, anachronistic grow up” and break his creative logjam. interjections — remarks about fairies in the The show flips back and forth between theater and the dog doing some inappropriantic storytelling and softer emotions. ate sniffing — that felt jarring, but certainly Audiences love being reminded of bits and got the audience laughing. Self-referential pieces of Peter Pan’s familiar story includobservations, including “musical comedy ing a dog (that is a real dog, as well as an is the lowest form of arts,” are plugged in for unwilling actor in the troupe who ends up laughs but don’t really advance the story. in a dog costume) and a crocodile (the boy’s All in all, Finding Neverland is a familygrandmother, played by Karen Murphy, friendly, visually appealing show. something of a dragon lady). There are Finding Neverland, presented by dazzling scenic effects including the aforeBroadway in Cincinnati at the Aronoff mentioned ship, many enhanced by video Center, continues through Sunday, Nov. 19. backdrops. From London’s Kensington


The Zen of Jen BY B RI A N B A K ER

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After three minutes of conversation that like dark humor between friends. Then, of sounded like she was travelling through a course, it always happens. Three months dead zone on a bullet train, Jen Kirkman’s later — cue the Beatles’ ‘Here Comes the line went dead. When we were reconSun’ — you start to think about things nected, she offered a plausible explanation. differently and how you feel, and this could “I have the new iPhone and so far it sucks be material, and it starts to shine through for making calls,” she says from her Los again. So I wouldn’t say I was inspired. Angeles home. “I think they forgot that This is literally my job. I don’t do Netflix people still use them for phones; ‘I didn’t and then go, ‘Maybe I’ll tour for fun.’ I do realize we had to do that. We made the Netflix so more people will come see me. It camera better, though.’ “ doesn’t even matter how I feel. I tour when Like any good comedian, Kirkman I have to tour.” finds material across the spectrum of exisIn All New Material, Girl, Kirkman talks tence, from the banality of a dropped call about going on a silent meditation retreat to the specter of apocalypse (“I’m not afraid of nuclear war because I’ve already worried about all that growing up. I can’t worry about this again. If they nuke us, they nuke us. We all had a good life.”). Kirkman, who started doing stand-up in the ’90s and wound up as a writer and panelist for Chelsea Handler’s Chelsea Lately, has emerged as one of the great observational comics. So far, she’s released three albums, written two books, co-founded the now defunct Girlcomic.net and Jen Kirkman is currently in development on a potential television PHOTO: Provided series for ABC. Her new stand-up show is titled All New Material, Girl tour, and it comes less this year (“Not speaking for a few days than a year after the airing of her last Netflix will make you insane...”), the differences comedy special, Just Keep Livin’?. between political activism 20 years ago She became conscious of the need to and now (“There’s some confessional properly publicize a fresh set the hard way. cringeworthy growing up memories...”) “I really did a dumb thing after my first and politics in general, but not directly Netflix special,” Kirkman says. “I was about the White House’s current occupant. acting like I was Led Zeppelin. ‘I’m going “As a woman — you can underline that on the Houses of the Holy Tour, everyone. and then play sad music — I have always If that was the name of the album, that’s talked about the personal being the politithe name of the tour.’ People were like, ‘Oh, cal,” Kirkman says. “I’ve talked about cat the I’m Going to Die Alone and I Feel Fine calling and about being judged for being Tour. We already saw that on Netflix.’ I divorced and not having kids. If we conspent every interview going, ‘Tell them it’s sider that the politics in my act, I’m going new stuff.’ This way, there’s no question.” to come at it the same way again. Like what After taping Just Keep Livin’? last Octoit’s like to be a woman in America at a time ber, Kirkman knew that she would have when I thought we were going to have our to start developing new material relatively first female president. Whether people quickly because her current tour was like her or not, it would have been exciting already booked. Although she had begun for women. And instead, we get the worst ideating new stuff while touring Just Keep possible version of a man. It’s kind of from Livin’?, a trifecta of events conspired to that angle. grind her to a halt. “I do a joke about how I felt bad for him “I took time off to deal with some vocal one time because he looks so bad in white cord stuff, and I had no thoughts in my pants, and I relate. He gets mentioned but head,” she says. “Then Trump got elected it’s really wild and in weird, weird ways and everyone seemed in chaos, and I super that don’t really have to do with him. That’s had no thoughts in my head. Then I went not a fun job for me to get up and think through a break-up and I triple had no about him every night.” thoughts in my head. Jen Kirkman brings her All New Material, “When you’re depressed, in the moment Girl tour to the Taft Theatre Thursday. you might not be able to come up with Tickets/more info: tafttheatre.org. anything suitable for humor onstage, just


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‘Lady Bird’ Soars on Gerwig’s Creative Wings BY T T S T ER N - EN ZI

Greta Gerwig, who wrote and directed Since catching the film at the Toronto the superb new Lady Bird, has been waitInternational Film Festival, I have been ing quite some time for her big moment to tracking the buzz for Metcalf, which has come. It’s here now. definitely reached a fever pitch. She’s A decade ago, she co-wrote and starred now the odds-on favorite to snag the Best in Joe Swanberg’s indie romantic dramedy Supporting Actress prize at the Oscars, Hannah Takes the Stairs, which landed her but focusing on either her or Ronan (who squarely in the middle of the Mumblecore plays every scene like she’s wiggling scene. A year later, she shared both writing around in a worn pair of woolen socks) and directing credits with Swanberg on draws attention away from Letts’ quietly Nights and Weekends, where they starred soulful turn as a father facing the depressas a struggling couple. ing reality of obsolescence. As a next step, she teamed up with direcOf course, the real credit belongs to tor/writer Noah Baumbach for Greenberg, Gerwig, the narrative mastermind who an upscale Mumbleinspired affair about an emotionally stunted man who falls for his rich brother’s assistant (Gerwig). From there, she flirted with the mainstream but returned to work with Baumbach in 2012’s Frances Ha, for which she also co-wrote the script. She and Baumbach collaborated again in 2015 on Mistress America, and then she joined forces with Rebecca Miller for Maggie’s Plan. In the meantime, she has appeared in many movies, both Hollywood Saoirse Ronan plays the title character in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird. and indie. Gerwig’s career has been P H O T O : photo M erie W a l l a c e / / c o u rtesy A 2 4 building as an actress who also writes and directs, intuitively knew that she didn’t need to but in Lady Bird she’s in complete control play any of these situations broadly in (although she isn’t one of the film’s featured order to get a laugh or make her movie performers). It finds her settling in at the family friendly. There’s never a moment helm of her most nakedly personal story yet. where you sense Gerwig is forcing Ronan Lady Bird is the name Christine McPherto imitate her, like we’ve come to expect son (Saoirse Ronan) has given to herself, a from Woody Allen’s stammering avarebellious thumb in the eye of her mother tars. Lady Bird captures and shares the Marion (Laurie Metcalf), a domineering universality of Gerwig’s experiences and woman who tough-loves her husband Larry presents a true reflection of paths not (Tracy Letts), son Miguel (Jordan Rodrigues) taken for both children and parents. and Christine into submission. The family This is a revolutionary moment of sorts, drifts through life in Sacramento, Calif., but too, when you consider that we’re talking Lady Bird pushes against the constraints about a story with a female protagonist of her senior year at a Catholic school and who doesn’t wield a bow and arrow, prance dares to imagine escaping to the perceived about in a superhero costume or cater to freedom of the East Coast. the tastes of a privileged demographic Gerwig guides us through this world like (males between the ages of 18-25). Lady a native, because it literally is her comingBird’s story truly belongs to all of us. of-age experience. She presents Lady Bird What this does for Gerwig is elevate her a as a headstrong girl with one foot firmly bit from a talented pack of multi-hyphenate planted in adulthood and the other free of contemporaries like Amy Seimetz (Steven contact with the ground — but her fear and Soderbergh’s television series The Girlfriend anxiety about what comes next exert their Experience) and Brit Marling (Another Earth, own very real gravitational pull. creator of The OA), themselves on the verge Ronan embodies all of the character’s of fearless breakthroughs. Lady Bird, in a defiance, self-criticism, intelligence and year without a clear front-runner, could self-centeredness in a way that should be take flight and usher in the kind of impactpainfully recognizable to any parent of ful changes in the film industry we’ve been daughters. The specificity of the character dreaming of and whispering about for the makes every response to her ring just as last decade. Let’s hitch a ride with Gerwig true, although that should take nothing and see how far she leads us. (Opens Friday) away from the efforts of the amazingly (R) Grade: A talented ensemble cast.


‘Curb’ Returns Without Missing a Beat BY JAC K ER N



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Six years since the last season of Curb That’s not to say Curb gets very political. Your Enthusiasm (10 p.m. Sundays, HBO), Larry struggles with universal experiafter nearly all fans had given up hope ences, like airplane etiquette, pants with for a revival of the oddball comedy, Larry a short fly and the intricacies of beeping David and friends are back — and they’re your car horn. He introduces us to conas funny as ever. cepts like the relationship restart button Little has changed in Larry’s world and “accidental text on purpose.” since we last saw him. He’s still living in Sometimes he enforces his own rules, L.A. with housemate Leon (J.B. Smoove), like when he insists on getting all the who continues to be one of the funniest details from a waiter who tells him his characters on television, keeping the rich food is running late due to a vague “disold white dude in check. Jeff (Jeff Garlin) turbance” in the kitchen. Other times he remains Larry’s trusty sidekick and manbreaks common codes, like refusing to ager, much to the chagrin of his atrociously use tongs to select a cookie from a platter. dressed, ever-perturbed wife Susie (Susie Essman). We don’t see much of Larry’s ex-wife Cheryl (Cheryl Hines), but she has moved on to Ted Danson following his fictional split from real-life wife Mary Steenburgen (who is less than eager to spouse-swap and date Larry). As Season 9 picks up, Larry has been working on a musical based on Salman Rushdie’s life — Fatwa! — which is quickly derailed when Iran’s ayatollah issues a fatwa death sentence against Larry Larry David is prettay, prettay, prettay good in Season 9 of Curb. himself. The plot continues through a few epiP H O T O : J ohn P. J ohnson / / co u rtesy H B O sodes before it fizzles out (the finale, titled “Fatwa!,” will obviously circle back to that bit). But His standards are based on behaviors Curb shines when its stories exist in the so insignificant and minuscule they’re lifespan of a 30-minute sitcom, which absurd. He just can’t let things go. And David, the inimitable creator of Seinfeld, that’s Curb’s sweet spot — wringing out a knows so well. A few callbacks sprinkled joke for all its worth. in here and there can be hilarious, but One of the best parts about Curb is its three episodes about Larry hiding from reliance on improvisation — there is no assassins wore a little thin. script; all the actors base their dialogue David’s fictional(ish?) self is the on a story outline. David and the cast antithesis of political correctness. Not might have gotten so adept at improv what the term has grown to become — a that it’s not strikingly obvious they’re safety net for people who aren’t sensitive ad-libbing, but maybe that makes it all about something that other people are the more impressive. Occasionally, you’ll sensitive about — but what it actually see a spark in David’s eye or spot the means, which is to follow societal rules. sullen-faced Richard Lewis crack a smile And thus, Larry doesn’t go out of his way and know these talented comedians are to harm or offend people; he has estabcracking one another up. lished his own code and simply cannot It’s a shame Saturday Night Live help himself. He’s not willfully politically couldn’t capitalize on David’s comedy incorrect, yet he does maintain his role as and improv skills when he hosted a rather a social assassin. It’s refreshing! Larry is a lackluster recent episode. Even his Bernie true equal-opportunity offender, and his Sanders impression fell flat on the sketch idiosyncrasies and grievances play into comedy show. But it just goes to show the evolving modern, societal cues. best way to enjoy Larry David — real or For example, is it necessary to hold fictionalized — is in his own world. And the door for a woman in this post-gender in Curb, that world revolves around Larry. world? When a group of people thank a Overall, Curb’s return has been “prettay, veteran for his service, is it obligatory prettay, prettay good.” to repeat the greeting? If you’re being Contact Jac Kern: @jackern hunted by Iranian forces, can you be forgiven for profiling a Muslim man as an assassin? OK, maybe that last one is strictly Larry territory.




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Postmark plays on the wine-focused, white-tablecloth legacy of Gaslight’s La Poste R E V I E W BY PA M A M I TC H EL L


dozens more choices by the bottle that range from familiar California varietals to more unusual Old World finds. With so many wine riches, on this visit I wasn’t tempted by the craft cocktail list ($10-$12), but I could see dropping in some evening to try a drink at the bar. On this night, our group was able to try the majority of the nine entrées, plus a daily special and a few of the appetizers as well. While the restaurant has played with a couple different ways of presenting the menu in its short life thus far, when we dined the categories were “Introduction” — eight appetizers ($8-$14) — and “Body,” or nine main courses ($18-$29). More recently, they’ve started handing you a large-format postcard with a slightly different organization of about the same number of dishes. This all plays a little too cutely with the postal theme, but Bernstein and company obviously are having a little fun with it. Standouts among the appetizers included French onion soup, steak tartar and a special off-menu foie gras. My onion soup ($10) came classically prepared with a rich, oniony broth Postmark enhanced by bone marrow 3410 Telford St., Clifand topped with toasted ton, 513-281-3663, garlic baguette and plenty postmark.restaurant; of melted Gruyère cheese. Hours: 5-9 p.m. TuesToo many places put day-Thursday; 5-10 French onion soup on the p.m. Friday-Sunday. menu and then riff on it until the result becomes unrecognizable. Not so at Postmark. I’d go back just for the soup, a real Postmark’s menu aims for highlight of the meal. produce-centered “farmhouse Our entrées ranged from a stuffed pasta refined” cuisine. called agnolotti ($21) to a duck breast special ($31) and a couple of fish dishes ($28P H O T O : hailey bolli n g er $29). The pasta stuffing included white corn, hen of the woods mushrooms and a hint of black truffle oil; its richness made the diminutive portion quite sufficient. I thought the halibut was interesting — the Postmark version came with radishes, There’s no printed dessert menu, but the beans and creamy polenta. house usually offers four choices ($8 each); Since our visit, duck breast has become on our visit the list featured bread pudding, a regular menu item, served with pumpkin crème brûlée, key lime pie and chocolate purée and pepitas. cake. I find bread pudding too heavy after As with the appetizer course, I also such a big meal, but my husband managed lucked out in my choice of entrée, a delito scarf up his portion while I finished with cious deckle steak ($28). Tucked into the the custardy crème brûlée. thickly sliced layers of meat were chunks Chef Bernstein told me in a later of potato, piquillo peppers, arugula and interview that while he thinks of his romesco sauce (based on almonds, garlic original restaurant Red Feather Kitchen and puréed red bell pepper). A bit of as revolving around “high-end barbecue,” salsa verde and a sprinkling of marcona with Postmark he’s shooting for a more almonds were ladled over top. produce-centered “farmhouse refined.”

The evolving menu will reflect “Ohio river culture and Creole and Southern influences,” he added, “with classic French training” mixed in. Overall, he hopes to present diners with an evening of entertainment and community in a unique intown neighborhood. Anyone who wants to visit our corner of Cincinnati is more than welcome, too.

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any Cliftonites rejoiced last summer when Red Feather chef/ owner Brad Bernstein and partner Devon Barrett purchased what had been La Poste Eatery and, later, Harvest Bistro. The change promised to inject new energy into the neighborhood’s only finedining establishment. A couple months ago, Bernstein closed the place for renovations and to revamp the menu. It reopened as Postmark early this fall. Once again, Clifton and its surrounding ’hoods can enjoy a full-service, white-tablecloth, wine-oriented restaurant that harkens back to the early days of its namesake, the beloved La Poste. Years ago, the building housed a branch of the U.S. Post Office, which led to the various postal-themed names. The majority of the recent renovations happened behind the scenes as kitchen upgrades, but also included changes to the dining room décor, lighting and bar area. Now Bernstein and his team are settling into what he calls a “fantastic” reception by the neighborhood as they hope to attract interest from adventurous diners in the metro area. This new ownership definitely raised my hopes that Postmark might scale the culinary heights of the original La Poste, owned by Jens Rosenkrantz and partners — a restaurant I felt incredibly lucky to have within walking distance of my house. An interim owner changed the name to Harvest but eventually sold to Bernstein and Barrett, and after the reopening as Postmark, we didn’t waste any time booking a table. My reliable dining companion (my husband George) and I lined up four neighbors for a weeknight dinner at Postmark. As it turned out, one couple already had become regulars and knew all the staff by name — a Maker’s on the rocks for one of them seemed to arrive before the rest of us had settled into our seats. We caught up soon enough with glasses of wine from the daily happy hour list. Until 7 p.m., Postmark offers three different wines, usually at $6, each paired with a small bite of food. For instance, an earthy Italian red came with prosciutto crostini. It was the tiniest morsel but enough to hold us while we chatted with our friends over drinks. My favorite thing about La Poste was the depth of the staff’s knowledge about both the wine and the cellar they served it from, giving me hope that it can become one of the best places in town for wine lovers. Working with top regional distributors, they offer 22 glass pours ($7-$13) and




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Similar to the craft beer scene in Cincinand provides the vendors with complimennati and Northern Kentucky, the craft tary dairy products. coffee scene here has exploded in the past Tickets are $12 ($10 presale) and come few years. Just this year, Landlocked Social with 12 tokens, which coffee aficionados House, Ferrari Barber & Coffee Co., Brick can use to sample 4-ounce coffee drinks Coffee Co. and a Findlay Market location of and snacks. “Last year, most people gave Deeper Roots have opened. some tokens back because I think they felt This forward momentum is the reason they were getting a great value for their why last year Ilene Ross and her daughter money and couldn’t use all their tokens,” Cami Fussey created Pour Over Cincy/ Ross says. NKY: A Local Coffee Showcase. Ross, who Those tokens can be used to try Yield’s is a senior dining writer at CityBeat and affogato, featuring coffee made with an the mind behind local food media outlet Aeropress and gelato topped with crushed 513{eats}, liked what Fussey was doing in candy canes. They will also make a sweet Ypsilanti, Mich., with her coffee fest, Pour drink using a Chemex, with crumbled Over Ypsi. Fussey lives in that city and noticed how many craft coffee shops and roasters existed, so she created the first Pour Over event there in 2015. “We’re focusing on craft coffee, which is doing what craft beer has been doing in the past several years,” Fussey says. “It’s coffee’s time to shine.” Last November, Ross and her daughter corralled a score of coffee and food vendors here and held the inaugural Pour Over Cincy/ NKY at Newport’s Northern Kentucky Incubator Deeper Roots is one of the vendors at Pour Over Cincy/NKY. Kitchen. Ross says about 250 people crammed into PHOTO: MESA SERIK ALI the commercial kitchen. Patrons sampled everything from siphon coffee to lattes. Nutter Butters and maple cinnamon cream “At the door, while people were leaving, on top. Smooth Nitro Coffee will pour a few people said, ‘Oh my god, I hope this comes varieties of nitro coffee, and Ferrari will back,’ ” Fussey says. have coconut cold brew. Ross adds, “This year, it’s going to be even “We’re proud to showcase them and to bigger and even better.” show that they can all succeed,” Ross says For year two, they switched to a more about Cincinnati’s burgeoning coffee scene. commodious space at Newport’s The “As I always say, a rising tide floats all boats. Hatchery incubator kitchen inside St. Paul’s They can all participate in this festival withEpiscopal Church so they can accommoout competition.” date the 400 people they’re expecting. They In terms of planning the annual event, will have 11 coffee vendors and 10 dessertRoss and Fussey work together: Fussey does orientated vendors, including Holtman’s the technology and supply ordering, and Donuts, Grateful Grahams, Lil’s Bagels, Le Ross communicates with the vendors. Pufferie (a Newport-based bakery that “I make Cameron do all the grunt work,” makes cream puffs) and Fork and Pie. Most Ross jokes. of last year’s coffee vendors are returning — This year, they’ve had more people Coffee Emporium, BLOC Coffee Company, reaching out to them than the previous year. Mad Llama Coffee, La Terza and Deeper “Maybe next year everyone will contact us Roots — with the addition of Trailhead, Ferand we won’t have to do a thing,” Fussey rari, Mason’s Cocoon Coffee, Adesso Coffee says. (a coffee cart based in Mercantile Library The third-annual Pour Over is already on Thursdays and Fridays) and Yield Coffee in the works. “As the coffee scene grows, so Roasters out of Monroe. shall we,” Ross says. “I just see the coffee This year’s proceeds will benefit Food 4 scene getting bigger. We’ll keep going as Farmers, a charity that aims to provide food long as people want us to.” security in coffee-growing communities. Pour Over Cincy/NKY: A Local Coffee Unlike many other markets and festivals, Showcase takes place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. Pour Over doesn’t charge a booth fee and 18 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7 Court vendors are allowed to sell bags of beans, Place, Newport, Ky. More info and tickets: treats and other items. Snowville Creamery, facebook.com/pourovercincynky. based in Pomeroy, Ohio, sponsors the event


Holiday Pie Workshop with Tablespoon Cooking Co. — Learn how to bake amazing holiday pies at home in this hands-on class (with provided beer and wine). Mix an all-butter crust, make a seasonal filling, roll out the crust, then shape and bake a pie to take home. 6-9 p.m. $75. Findlay Kitchen, 1719 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, fi ndlaykitchen.org/classes.


An Introduction to Beer Recipe Building — Break free of beer kits and create your own homebrewing recipes. Led by Allen Moellman, veteran homebrewer, certified beer judge and employee at Listermann Brewing Company. 6:308:30 p.m. $49. UC Victory Parkway Campus, 2220 Victory Parkway, Eden Park, uc.edu/ce/commu.html.

Medicinal Plant Series: Advanced Herbalism — If you already have some experience with herbalism, this class will take a deeper look at various herbal preparations and their uses. Includes a take-home aromatherapy craft. 7-8 p.m. $10. Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfi eld Pike, Woodlawn, greatparks.org.


Pour Over Cincy/NKY Coffee Festival — The second-annual Pour Over coffee fest is a local coffee showcase to highlight the Tristate’s best cafés and roasteries. Find delicious coffee, local eats, live music and an after-party with local beer. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $10; $12 door. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7 Court Place, Newport, Ky., facebook. com/pourovercincynky. Krohn Zone Explores Holiday Food — Head to the conservatory to sample holiday appetizers and treats from Chef Ursula, with bonus recipes. 1-3 p.m. Included with admission ($7 adults; $4 children; free 4 and under). Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiparks.com. A Teddy Bear Tea — Kids and parents will enjoy a fun afternoon tea with teddy bear treats, tours of the Hillforest mansion decked out for the holidays and a craft project where kids can make their own teddy bear ornaments. Teddy bears invited to attend. Must RSVP. 11 a.m. $15. Hillforest Victorian House Museum, 213 E. Fifth St., Aurora, Ind., hillforest.org. Barons Brew Bus Tour — This four-hour tour takes you to four popular Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati breweries. Sample more than 14 locally made craft beers and take tours of the beer making process, with bonus info about local beer history. Noon. $65. Tour begins at Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, americanlegacytours.com.


Thanksgiving Dinner at Metropole — Includes a family-style prix fixe menu featuring an Elwood Stock Farm roasted turkey with rutabaga, charred cranberry relish and natural jus. An a la carte menu will also be available. 2-8 p.m. $54 prix fi xe. Metropole, 609 Walnut St., Downtown, RSVP to 513-578-6660.

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Thanksgiving at Presidents Room — A celebration of food and gratitude that includes the restaurant’s most popular fall menu items and a traditional turkey dinner, plus live music. RSVP at OpenTable. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Prices vary. The Presidents Room, 812 Race St., Downtown, thepresidentsrm.com. Junker’s Thanksgiving Chinese Buffet — Grab some Szechuan veggies and General Tso’s chicken and skip the bland turkey. Food is free if you’re a drinking/ paying/tipping customer. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. Junker’s Tavern, 4156 Langland Ave., Northside, facebook. com/northsidecincy. Thanksgiving Day Cruise — Let BB Riverboats take care of the cooking for you. Hop on board for a chef-prepared holiday feast featuring Thanksgiving classics like roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and more. Boarding times at noon and 4 p.m. $48 adults; $26 children. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., bbriverboats.com.

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Jazz & Frog Gig — Washington Platform hosts three days of cool live Jazz and amphibious appetizers and entrées. Through Sunday. Prices vary. Washington Platform, 1000 Elm St., Downtown, washingtonplatform.com.


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Keg Tapping and Pig Roast — Head to Mecklenburg Gardens for a Taft’s keg tapping, stein hoisting competition, music from Alpen Echos, a pig roast and German sausage buffet and a book signing by Dr. Don Tolzmann for John Hauck: Cincinnati’s West End Beer Baron, The Man and his Brewery. 6-9 p.m. $26.75 adult; $12.84 child. Mecklenburg Gardens, 302 E. University Ave., Clifton, mecklenburgs.com.

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Def Con Ubu Pere Ubu continues its Art Rock dominance with the accessibly weird 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo BY B R I A N B A K ER

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ith all the light-saber rattling and threatened nuclear aggression being espoused by the infantalists in charge of the U.S. and North Korea, it might be tempting to interpret the latest Pere Ubu album as a political statement. 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo is the band’s quasi-concept album about a military man who spends two decades staring at the control panel that could unleash Armageddon and wonders about his life choices at his career’s end. But Ubu co-founder and sole consistent member David Thomas points out that a) the album was conceived and recorded before last November’s election results and b) that’s not how the legendary Cleveland band rolls. “Oh God — this has nothing to do with the election,” Thomas says. “Pere Ubu doesn’t deal with politics. I’m sure individuals have their own points of view, but the band doesn’t. Whether you live in America or Germany or England or Uzbekistan, you’re dealing with the same sort of antagonistic, offensive system dedicated to screwing up the lives of people who just want to get on with things — build a happy family situation, build a business, build a house out back. Ordinary stuff.” In fact, Montana Missile Silo could more appropriately be seen as a metaphor for the music industry’s sad state, as well as an observation of the human reaction to babysitting the machinery of destruction. “I wanted to create something that had sort of a claustrophobic feel to it,” Thomas says. “Here’s a guy who spent 20 years staring at the button to end the world, and he emerges on his last day and looks around at the state of the world and he thinks, ‘I spent 20 years toe-to-toe with Uncle Joe for this?’ In a lot of ways, it reminded me of the state of modern music, where everything is stultifyingly ordinary and it’s all safe and contrived and tells you little lessons. If you spent 40 years fighting ordinariness and the good fight on the musical front, you’re just overwhelmed thinking, ‘I spent 40 years doing this for that?’ ” Certainly no one could accuse Pere Ubu of banality. Since the band’s auspicious and mind-blowingly original debut, 1978’s The Modern Dance, its name has become synonymous with an uncompromising dedication to blending art and music in consistently unique combinations. From

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the pinwheeling oddballery of its early work to the off-kilter accessibility of its middle period to its later hybridization of both eras, Pere Ubu stands shoulder to shoulder with Rock originals like Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa (who Thomas references with the lyrical repetition of “brown shoes don’t make it” on Montana Missile Silo’s lead track, “Monkey Bizness”). “Pere Ubu is a continuum. Each album is not a destination, it’s simply a moment in time,” Thomas says. “A tour is that moment in time, and oftentimes the band is ahead of that moment. We were doing shows in which we were deconstructing (Montana Missile Silo), which is sort of a bizarre time scale, but you have to remember, the album was recorded a year ago. And a band in the studio and a band onstage are two different things. You make an album to be studied and contemplated and considered over time. The live show is a visceral moment that’s there and gone. As far as Pere Ubu goes, we beat you over the head for an hour and every so often throw in something that’s not beating you over the head, in terms of power and brutality and whatever it is.” Montana Missile Silo stands as a great synthesis of Pere Ubu’s conceptual oddity and skewed melodic sensibility, all threaded together by Thomas’ careening vocal style. From

the almost-but-clearly-not-mainstream soundtrack to the hat-tip to fellow Clevelanders James Gang on “Funk #49” (not a cover of the classic song, but an original that shares the title), Pere Ubu’s new album shows the band can appeal to at least a portion of the masses without compromising its artistic vision. “I wanted something that had a real — for want of a better (description) —‘blue-collar Rock’ element to it,” Thomas says “That’s where that came from. The James Gang had been on my mind a lot for various reasons. We shared a studio for a long time, and every so often I’d say hello to Joe and Jimmy Fox. To me, there’s a connection. Jim Fox, the drummer of the James Gang, he sees it, but not many other people have, nor should they be expected to.” Even as Pere Ubu approaches Rock redemption on its own terms, there are still some wild sonic mood swings on Montana Missile Silo. That will always be a component of the group’s creative DNA. “Somebody in England pointed out in one of the 1978 reviews of The Modern Dance that there were 10 songs on the album, and 10 different bands could make entire careers out of taking one of those songs and following it album after album and Pere Ubu just throws out this stuff and moves on,” Thomas says. “That’s always been our way of doing things. If we’d stopped at any point

and done whatever song again and again, which is sadly the methodology for lots of bands, we undoubtedly would have been more commercially acceptable. That’s just not how we do things.” While Pere Ubu takes great pains to present the totality of its vision on current set lists — a third of the new album, a third of its recent work and a third of its legacy catalog — Thomas resolutely affirms that there will be no celebration next year for the 40th anniversary of The Modern Dance. “The problem with the anniversary of The Modern Dance is it just keeps coming around. There was a 10th, a 20th, a 30th,” he says. “I find this fascination that human beings have with numbers that end in zero a bit irritating. Why is the 40th more significant than the 38th or the 43rd? It makes no sense and is indicative of something that needs to be rewritten in mathematics. I think there’s something deep about it on a conspiratorial and esoteric level that probably doesn’t bear too much looking into for fear of upending some rock that, underneath it, is something really unseemly. But I put up with it. “Yeah, it’s the 40th. No, we’ve got no plans, to make a short answer long.” Pere Ubu plays Woodward Theater on Tuesday. Tickets/more info: woodwardtheater.com.


The CEAs Return Sunday BY M I K E B R EEN

One of the best stories from the recent possibly tide-shifting elections across the U.S. was the victory of Danica Roem in the race for a Virginia House of Delegates seat. One of the first transgender candidates to win an election in the U.S., Roem’s victory was sweeter because she defeated proudly anti-LGBTQ incumbent Bob Marshall. Not only is Roem a bad-ass politician — she was also an award-winning journalist and is the singer for Thrash Metal band Cab Ride Home, which released its first album earlier this year. Bands like Pearl Jam and Lamb of God posted social-media congrats to Roem.

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Cunningham, Joe Lukasik, Brian Lovely, Paul Patterson, Phil Hilger, Jordan Pollard, Josh Strange, Andrew Haug, Pat Kelly and guitarist Brad Meyers and bassist Michael Sharfe, the duo behind Sanguinaria (Hopefulsongs), one of the best Cincinnati-spawned Jazz albums of 2017. There is no cover charge, just a $10 food and/or drink minimum. Find the full Jazz & Frog Gig schedule at washingtonplatform.com. • Besides offering a selection of vinyl, guitars and various music equipment and services, the new Herzog Music (811 Race St., in the ground-floor storefront of the downtown building that once housed the historic Herzog recording studio) has been presenting a variety of free, all-ages events, including in-store performances, workshops, presentations and other cool happenings like this Saturday’s Toddler Jam, a recurring, well-attended morningtime gathering for tots hosted by The Tillers’ Sean Geil and his son Auggie. The fun starts at 11 a.m. To stay updated on all Herzog Music events, sign up for the mailing list at herzogmusic.com. Contact Mike Breen: mbreen@ citybeat.com

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Just as it can be difficult or more expensive to obtain event liability insurance for concerts involving Hip Hop or EDM artists, the U.K. government has been accused of targeting specific genres of music for several years by forcing promoters and venues to fill out a form requiring details like the names and addresses of the performers. Many Grime and Garage artists said the form led to a disproportionate number of show cancelations and monitoring, with some flat-out deeming the practice racist (until 2009, the form included questions specifically about the racial makeup of the anticipated audience). London mayor Sadiq Khan seems to agree — he recently announced Form 696 would be eliminated after 12 years.

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Twitter’s Bewildering Standards Hip Hop icon Talib Kweli is a great follow on Twitter, particularly if you enjoy watching trolls get eviscerated. Kweli’s followers have gotten several people suspended or banned from Twitter for obvious threats and abusive epithets, but recently the MC had his own account suspended by the social media giant after a Texas lawyer, Jason Lee Van Dyke, with “alt-right” ties used a variety of epithets (racial and otherwise) and posted photos of guns and nooses with unveiled threats directed at Kweli and his followers. He ultimately was banned after being reported, but Twitter also locked Kweli’s account after he posted information about Van Dyke’s business office. While “doxing” is a Twitter no-no, Kweli posted publicly available business details, not personal, private information. Twitter eventually reinstated Kweli’s very popular account.

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• Th is weekend at Washington Platform (1000 Elm St., Downtown, washingtonplatform.com) you can sample delicacies of both the edible and aural kind as the bar/restaurant presents its third-annual Jazz & Frog Gig. The “Frog” part of the event’s moniker refers to the array of frog-leg dishes available on the menu (everything from frog leg curry to Gong



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Bao frog to Southern-fried frog legs); the “Jazz” part is all about the deep musical lineup, which showcases some of the best Jazz musicians in Greater Cincinnati. Music runs throughout the evening Friday (beginning at 5 p.m.) and Saturday (4 p.m. start) and Sunday afternoon (with an 11:30 a.m. kickoff ) and includes performances by artists like Erwin Stuckey, Frenchaxe, Faux Frenchmen, George

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Last week, we looked back at 19 years of celebrating Cincy’s music scene at the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (if you missed it, check out the retrospective — and lots of photos — at citybeat.com). Th is week, we are looking forward and getting ready to make new memories at the 20th-anniversary edition of the CEAs, which take place Sunday at fi rst-time CEA venue Memorial Hall (1225 Elm St., Overthe-Rhine, memorialhallotr.com). Come see who local music fans chose as the top Cincinnati acts in 14 genre categories (plus Best Music Video and Best Live Act), as well as the winners of the CEAs for Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year and Album of the Year, as determined by a committee of local music experts and connoisseurs. Tickets are $20 and available through the Memorial Hall website. The doors open at 6 p.m. Sunday; at 6:30 p.m. the nominees for Best Music Video will be screened. The show starts at 7 p.m. with a performance by local greats The Hiders, who released their latest fulllength, Unsheltered Storm (available at thehiders.bandcamp.com), at the end of August. Also performing are rootsy Indie Rock group Carriers (who are nominated for the New Artist of the Year CEA) and Soul/Pop singer songwriter Lauren Eylise. On-the-rise Hip Hop MC Audley will also perform, backed by New Artist of the Year and Alternative/Indie nominee Sylmar, in a reprisal of their live collaboration at September’s Ubahn festival. Nominated in the Best Live Act and Folk/Americana categories, Young Heirlooms play this year’s CEAs fresh off last month’s release of their stellar new album, The Hammer (available now on most digital streaming and download platforms). Rounding out the lineup are AltRock newcomers and Old Flame Records recording artists Th is Pine Box and Electronic nominees Moonbeau, which features Christian Gough of The Yugos (who are nominated for several 2017 CEAs, including Album and Artist of the Year). Listen to Moonbeau’s new single, “In Your Lifetime” (also on the locally based Old Flame label), at citybeat.com this Friday. The 20th-annual CEAs show will close with a glimpse of the future via a special performance featuring students from Mason’s School of Rock music education organization. Check this space next week for a full rundown of 2017’s CEA winners and more.




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SOUND ADVICE Mid-tempo toe-tappers “Open Season” and “Two Versions of Tomorrow” sound like a mix of cult folkie Vashti Bunyan and ’70s-era Joni Mitchell, as Friedberger paints evocative vignettes about seemingly personal memories. Yet the oddball nature remains — “Sweetest Girl,” with its zonked-out guitar lines and zigzagging time signatures, recalls Pavement circa Wowee Zowee, yet another sign that Friedberger can’t help but scratch her singular creative itch. (Jason Gargano)

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Open Mic w/ Amy & Billy 8-11

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11/16 diana chittester, taylor hughes; honey combs & combo slice

Todd Hepburn & Friends 8-11

11/17 grayson jenkins, arlo mckinley & the lonesome sound, wes smith; darrin hacquard, arlo mckinley, joe macheret

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11/18 scott miller; ampline, under tipper, adam nice, hot for alice, jon weidenbacher; noir: dance night 11/19 bek & the starlight revue, ben knight & the welldiggers; webb wilder (full band), warsaw falcons 11/22 get stuffed on local music: frontier folk nebraska, krystal peterson & the queen city band, 500 miles to memphis, wilder, lost coast, jess lamb & the factory, we’re witches!, + many more!


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There’s always been something mysterious and off beat about Eleanor Friedberger. Lanky with bangs to spare, she comes off like a character in a J.D. Salinger short story — wry and knowing yet somehow unknowable. Friedberger made her name as frontperson for The Fiery Furnaces, the band she founded with her older brother Matthew. Chicago-area natives, the prolific duo rose out of the early 2000s New York City Rock revival scene, dropping eight albums of slanted Indie Rock in seven years. Ever-incisive critic Robert Christgau described their 2003 debut, Gallowsbird’s Bark, as the “most intriguing use of roots riff s in an eclectic context nobody comprehends (including them).” The often obtuse, concept-heavy albums to follow were variations on Christgau’s original take. The Fiery Furnaces went on “hiatus” in early 2011, after which brother and sister each released solo albums. Eleanor’s third and most recent, last year’s New View, features 11 Folk-infected Pop Rock songs, each a showcase for her restrained yet still compelling vocals and lyrical tales about relationships in different stages of gestation. Word is that Friedberger moved to upstate New York to write and record New View, and it’s not a stretch to say the change in scenery had an impact — it’s as laidback and straightforward as anything she’s put forth.

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Chandler Travis Philharmonic Saturday • MOTR Pub Chandler Travis isn’t especially well known in Greater Cincinnati. His visits have been rare, but in Massachusetts, especially Cape Cod, Cambridge and Boston, he’s as much a beloved, eccentric institution as Fenway Park. And among fans of NRBQ, Travis is seen as a kindred soul with a similarly skewed but all-encompassing musical worldview. Originally, Travis and Steve Shook formed a comedy/music duo — Travis, Shook and the Club Wow — that opened for George Carlin in the ’70s and released an album. In 1978, Travis — a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist — and Shook started the Cape Cod-based band Incredible Casuals. A subsequent group member, Johnny Spampinato, is the brother of NRBQ’s Joey Spampinato (he later joined NRBQ himself).

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It’s hard to keep track of all albums Travis has made, not just with The Incredible Casuals and his Philharmonic, but also with the Chandler Travis Threeo, The Catbirds and those released under his own name. The Philharmonic debuted in 1996 with Let’s Have a Pancake!. It truly is a big band — horn arrangements merge with guitar, keyboards and percussion to form songs that can enchant with their sweet melodicism, slip into searing funk, jar the listener with discordant piano bursts or blast off like a rocket. Not for nothing has the group been called, affectionately, “the missing link between Sun Ra and the Kinks.” As a songwriter (sometimes working with David Greenberger), Travis can be goofy and offbeat. But there’s also a heartfelt yearning, evident in his more poetic compositions like “Air, Running Backwards.” All in all, it’s a real treat to have the Philharmonic in Cincinnati Saturday for what should be a very joyous show. (Steven Rosen)

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Sunday • BB&T Arena If it feels like it’s been a hot second since you’d heard from A Perfect Circle, don’t worry — you’re (probably) not old and out of touch. Save some sporadic touring, A Perfect Circle has stayed almost entirely off the radar since its last album, 2004’s eMOTIVe. But all signs point to a return for the AltRock quintet — even if only momentarily. While it’s certainly easy to become bitter when one of your favorite bands withholds a new album for more than a decade, it’s easy to forgive when you look beyond A Perfect Circle’s surface moves. The band’s mainstays — Maynard James Keenan and

Billy Howerdel — both came to the group with a fair share of other projects going on. Howerdel is also the guitarist for Ashes Divide. Keenan is, of course, best known for leading the even more popular (and even more elusive) Tool; he also heads up experimental troupe Puscifer. Then, of course, there is Keenan’s life outside of music. While fans aren’t often fortunate enough to get a glimpse behind the velvet curtains and into the lives of the few enigmatic Rock stars left (thanks, social media), Keenan’s recent documentary project with magazine/website Revolver has done just that. Despite being remarkably limelight adverse, Keenan gave the publication looks at his biggest non-music hobbies, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and managing his Caduceus Cellars vineyard. Throughout the series, Kennan talks openly about the importance of having a life beyond music, if only to find inspiration for songs. If A Perfect Circle’s followers are looking for the positives in the long bouts of time with no new music from the band, they can find solace in knowing Keenan is gathering up plenty of material with which to work. It seems he and the rest of the band found that material, first and foremost, in our country’s current political climate. Earlier last month, APC released the first single off its forthcoming album. “The Doomed” is as growling, taunting and unsettled as you’d expect, essentially lamenting how the good guys are finishing last these days. Not a whole lot is known about the upcoming album other than the vague promise of a 2018 release. Until then, you can seethe A Perfect Circle when Keenan and the gang (which includes former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha) roll through town this week. (Deirdre Kaye)



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Bogart’s - Dirty Heads with The Unlikely Candidates and Tyrone’s Jacket. 8 p.m. Reggae. Sold Out. Knotty Pine - Dallas Moore. 10 p.m. Country. Free. The Liberty Inn - Stagger Lee. 7 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Mansion Hill Tavern - Losing Lucky. 8 p.m. Roots. Free. Marty’s Hops & Vines Mike Biere. 7 p.m. Acoustic. Free. MOTR Pub - Hembree. 9:30 p.m. Indie Rock. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Noah Smith with Harlot. 8 p.m. Country/ Americana. Free. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles featuring Eric “Roscoe” Ambel. 8 p.m. Rock/Roots/Various. $10, $12 day of show.


Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary) - Davina and The Vagabonds. 8 p.m. Blues/Various. $20, $22 day of show. Urban Artifact - Blue Wisp Big Band. 8:30 p.m. Big Band Jazz. $10.

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Arnold’s Bar and Grill Dottie Warner and Wayne Shannon. 7:30 p.m. Jazz. Free. Common Roots - Open Mic. 8 p.m. Various. Free.

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Crow’s Nest - James Weston. 9:30 p.m. Americana. Free.


Live! at the Ludlow Garage - Thompson Square. 8 p.m. Country. $12-$25. MOTR Pub - Eleanor Friedberger with Lisa Walker. 9 p.m. Indie Rock. Free.


Northside Tavern - “Karaoke Fantastic.” 9 p.m. Various. Free. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Diana Chittester with Taylor Hughes. 8 p.m. Folk/Rock/Pop. $10, $12 day of show.


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Blue Note Harrison - I4ni. 7 p.m. Ameriflow/Rap. $15, $20 day of show. Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - Andrea Cefalo Quartet with Phillip Burkhead, Napoleon Maddox and Peter Gemus. 8 p.m. Jazz. Free.


The Comet - Halvsies, Chuck Cleaver and Winter Makes Sailors. 10 p.m. Indie Rock/Pop. Free.


Crow’s Nest - Mike Wheeler. 10 p.m. Americana/Honky Tonk/Bluegrass. Free.


Roselawn Live - Juvenile with Attic Boyz, Yates Bruh and Kenny P. 8 p.m. Hip Hop. $30-$100.


Silverton Café - Big Trouble. 9 p.m. Blues. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Darrin Hacquard with Arlo McKinley and Joe Macheret. 9:30 p.m. Folk/ Americana. Free. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Grayson Jenkins with Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound and Wes Smith. 9 p.m. Americana. $8, $10 day of show. Stanley’s Pub - The Jauntee. 9 p.m. Jam/ Rock/Jazz/Bluegrass/Psych/ Various. $10.

Jag’s Steak and Seafood - 3 Piece Revival. 9 p.m. Rock/Pop/Dance/Various. $5.


Jim and Jack’s On The River - Heather Roush. 9 p.m. Country. Free.

Symphony Hotel and Restaurant - Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams. 8 p.m. Blues/Jazz. Free.

Knotty Pine - Under The Sun. 10 p.m. Rock. Cover. Live! at the Ludlow Garage - Ryan Mountbleau. 8 p.m. Rock. $15-$40. Mansion Hill Tavern Tickled Pink. 9 p.m. Blues/ Various. $4. Marty’s Hops & Vines Over Easy. 9 p.m. Soft Rock. Free. MOTR Pub - Old City with The Full Counts and Actual Italians. 10 p.m. Indie Rock. Free.


Northside Tavern Cookin’ Hearts. 9:30 p.m. Alternative Folk. Free.


Northside Yacht Club - Shellshag, Leggy, Middle Children and Pout. 9 p.m. Rock/Punk/Noise Pop/ Various.


Octave - Electric Orange Peel with Conscious Pilot. 9 p.m. Jam/ Rock/Various. $7.


O’Neal’s Tavern - Clara Wilson (single release party) with Charlie Millikin. 8 p.m. Singer/Songwriter.


Plain Folk Café - Russell Up Some Grub String Band. 7:30 p.m. Bluegrass. Free. The Redmoor - Mike Wade & Bosede. 8 p.m. Jazz. $10. Rick’s Tavern - Michelle Robinson Band. 10 p.m. Country. $5.

Thompson House - Queen City Throwdown with Between Jobs, The Bassless Chaps, The Peopnies, B-Sides, Seth Canan & The Carriers, Mister Mason, Wicked Peace, Austinxtyler and Grieving Otis. 6 p.m. Rock/Various. $10. Urban Artifact - One Day Steady, Bloom, Eaves and Silent Tongues. 8 p.m. Alternative/Rock/ Various.


Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - Jazz & Frog Gig 2017 with Brad Myers and Mike Sharfe Trio, Cellar Sax Band, Erwin Stuckey, Brian Lovely and Paul Patterson and Pat Kelly. 5 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).


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Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - Dixie Karas Group. 8 p.m. Jazz. Free. Cincinnatian Hotel - Philip Paul Trio. 7 p.m. Jazz. Free. The Comet - Tyson Meade with The Fairmount Girls and Fritz Pape. 10 p.m. Rock/Alt/Indie. Free.


Crow’s Nest - Willow Tree Carolers. 10 p.m. Americana/Folk/Rock. Free. Jag’s Steak and Seafood - The Menus. 9 p.m. Rock/ Pop/Dance/Various. $5.

Jim and Jack’s On The River - Dan Varner. 9 p.m. Country. Free. Jocko’s Pub - Saving Stimpy. 9:30 p.m. Rock. Free. Knotty Pine - Wayward Son. 10 p.m. Rock. Cover. Live! at the Ludlow Garage - David Wilcox. 8 p.m. Acoustic/Singer/Songwriter. $20-$40. Madison Theater Derek Alan Band, Kentucky Myle, Brent James and The Vintage Youth, Kaleb Hensley and Tyler Moore Band. 7:45 p.m. Country. $12-$25.


Mansion Hill Tavern Johnny Fink & The Intrusion. 9 p.m. Blues. $4. Marty’s Hops & Vines Kick The Blue Drum. 9 p.m. Blues/Rock. Free. Maury’s Tiny Cove - Ricky Nye. 7:30 p.m. Blues/Boogie Woogie. Free. Memorial Hall - The Seldom Scene. 8 p.m. Bluegrass. $24-$34.


MOTR Pub - Chandler Travis Philharmonic. 8 p.m. Pop/Rock/Jazz/R&B/ Various. Free.


Octave - UV Hippo with Aytiko. 8 p.m. Rock/Jam/ Electronica/Prog. $10. Parrish Auditorium - Sierra Hull. 7:30 p.m. Bluegrass. $25. Plain Folk Café - Second Time Around. 7:30 p.m. Classic Rock. Free. Rick’s Tavern - 3 Day Rule. 10 p.m. Rock. $5. Silverton Café - The Refranes. 9 p.m. Rock/ Dance. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) Ampline with Under Tipper, Adam Nice, Hot For Alice and Jon Weidenbacher. 9:30 p.m. Indie/Rock/Various. Free.


Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - “Noir.” 10 p.m. Alt/Goth/Dance/DJ/ Various. $5. Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary) - Scott Miller. 9 p.m.


Americana/Various. $18, $20 day of show. Urban Artifact - Wax Tailor with Dirty Art Club. 9 p.m. Electronic/Hip Hop/ Rock/Funk/Various. $15.


Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - Jazz & Frog Gig 2017 with Frenchaxe, Erwin Stuckey & Omega Band, andrew Haug, Phil Hilger and Jordan Pollard, George Cunningham and Joe Lukasik and Josh Strange. 4 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).


Westside Venue - Heather Roush Band. 9 p.m. Country.

Analog Bandits. 7 p.m. Rock/Various. Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - Jazz & Frog Gig 2017 with The Faux Frenchmen, Brad Myers and Michael Sharfe, Walnut Hills Jazz Ensemble, Pat Hilger and Jordan Pollard and Buffalo Ridge Jazz Trio. 10:30 A.M. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).


Monday 20

The Greenwich - Baron Von Ohlen & The Flying Circus Big Band. 7:30 p.m. Jazz. $5.

Sunday 19

Incline Lounge At The Celestial - Tom Schneider. 6 p.m. Jazz. Free.

Madison Live - Glorious Sons and Daniel In Stereo. 8 p.m. Alternative/Rock/Various. $12, $14 day of show.

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.

BB&T Arena - A Perfect Circle. 7:30 p.m. Progressive/Alt/Hard Rock. $36.50-$325.


Mansion Hill Tavern - Open Blues Jam with Jimmy D. Rogers. 6 p.m. Blues. Free. Memorial Hall - Cincinnati Entertainment Awards with The Hiders, Carriers, Lauren Eylise, Audley & Sylmar, Young Heirlooms, Moonbeau, School Of Rock, This Pine Box and More. 7 p.m. Various. $20.


MOTR Pub - Juan Cosby, Weirdose, The Old Adage and The Jared Presley Experience. 8 p.m. Hip Hop. Free.

MOTR Pub - Rachel Mousie with Aaron Collins. 9 p.m. Indie/Pop/Rock/ Various. Free.


Muggbees Bar & Grill Karaoke DJ. 8 p.m. Various. Free. Northside Tavern - Northside Jazz Ensemble. 10 p.m. Jazz. Free.

Tuesday 21

Arnold’s Bar and Grill - Cheryl Renée. 7 p.m. Blues. Free.


Bogart’s - Jackyl with Thruster. 8 p.m. Rock. $25.

Music Hall - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra with Gregory Porter. 7 p.m. Jazz/ Orchestral. $25-$115.


Sonny’s All Blues Lounge Blues Jam Session featuring Sonny’s All Blues Band. 8 p.m. Blues. Free.



Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Bek and The Starlight Review with Ben Knight and The Well Diggers. 7 p.m. Roots/Americana. $10, $12 day of show. Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary) Webb Wilder with Warsaw Falcons. 8 p.m. Rock/Various. $12, $15 day of show.


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The Comet - Blvck Seeds. 10 p.m. Alt/Funk/ Soul/Spoken Word/Hip Hop/ Various. Free. The Mad Frog - (hed) p.e. 7 p.m. Rock. $18.

Stanley’s Pub - Trashgrass Tuesday featuring members of Rumpke Mt. Boys. 9 p.m. Bluegrass. Cover. Urban Artifact - Lipstick Fiction, Slow Glows and Marr. 7 p.m. Rock/Alt/ Various.


Woodward Theater Pere Ubu with Johnny Dowd. 8 p.m. Art Rock/Post Punk/Various. $20, $25 day of show.



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