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What To Do When You Witness Harassment

What a Week! BY T.C. Britton


What the fuck happened?! Is this an episode of Black Mirror? Are we living in the Upside Down? Nope? This is real life? OK! Disappointed citizens across the country crashed Canada’s immigration website when it was announced early Wednesday morning that the honeyroasted Scrooge McDuck known as Donald J. Trump had won the 2016 U.S. presidential election. While Hillary Clinton technically garnered more votes, the Electoral College swung in Trump’s favor, harkening back to the 2000 election that gave us George Dubya Bush. Listen, we get that everyone is obsessed with trends of the late ’90s/early Millennium, but there’s a serious line between inflatable furniture and popular vote-losing prezzies. Even the folks behind South Park thought Hill was a shoe-in — Wednesday’s episode, “The Very First Gentleman,” which referred to Bill Clinton, had to be scrapped last-minute and rewritten to reflect Trump’s win via an orange Mr. Garrison with running mate Caitlyn Jenner. But if you think this is the last you’ll hear of Clinton — it’s over, she lost and now she’ll fade into a distant memory as she takes up scrapbooking and nurses her long-neglected secret illnesses — think again. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Wait ’til her version of Lemonade drops next year.


Non-denominational Holiday Season began at Starbucks Thursday, when the coffee giant rolled out its menu of festive beverages and, perhaps more noteworthy, the much-debated annual holiday cups. Last year Starbucks’ minimalist approach to the cups’ design — a simple solid red cup instead of one with vague wintry imagery as in years past — sparked a non-troversy for some calling out a War on Christmas. Perhaps those folks were pleased with the 2016 cups, which feature various artistsubmitted hand-drawn decorations like Christmas lights and snowflakes. Or maybe they were just too busy calling downtrodden democrats crybabies to protest the travesty of denying customers a virgin birth scene on a paper cup.

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At this point in the week, tension across the city and country continued to run high and pretty much everyone was searching for some distraction or relief. Maybe that’s through yoga, maybe that’s calling a mobile masseuse to meet you at a hotel (no judgment). For some, it’s through laughter. Enter comedian Hannibal Buress, who performed at Taft Theatre Friday. After a solid opening act by local comic Brian Million, Buress kicked off his set — his second tour stop since the election — by discussing the incredible notion of The Apprentice host being our president-elect. Not that he loved Hillary — he compared her to a crouton. ¯ \_(ツ)_ / ¯ But Buress quickly moved away from politics when he verified the correct spelling of Cincinnati, noting that when he promoted a post on social media advertising the show, he committed the mortal sin of using two Ts and one N, which obviously unleashed a backlash of offended Cincinnatians. He told the audience he’ll work on remedying the spelling problem — once he can find a way to make our downtown less “creepy.”


Dave Chappelle hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time this week (yeah, yeah, two comedy items back to back, but we need it), marking his first major TV appearance in years — more than a decade has passed since Chapelle’s Show last aired. In true Chappelle fashion, Dave dropped some truth about the election and overall social climate of the States, called out white liberals on their ignorance and gave fans a fitting tribute to not only an iconic recent scene from The Walking Dead, but also some of his most well-known characters from Chappelle’s Show. He even gave a shout-out to his hometown of Cincy (he lives in Yellow Springs)… by referencing Harambe. It’s fine.


Ten years ago, BBC unveiled one of the most ambitious nature documentary series ever. Planet Earth was super expensive to make, the first of its kind to be shot in high definition, and it took five years to complete. Now, Planet Earth II has hit the U.K. (it airs on BBC America early next year). Shot in ultra high-def 4K, the series gives a stunning look at animals and their habitats on mountains and islands, in jungles, deserts and beyond. In an intense clip from this season that’s gone viral, a baby iguana emerges from the sand in its very first moments of life only to be chased by an especially terrifying fleet of synchronized snakes. We can only assume this is where all the reptiles ended up when they were ejected mid-air at the end of Snakes on a Plane (spoiler alert).


Stargazers witnessed the biggest, brightest full moon since 1948 on Monday. The “supermoon” happens when the moon reaches the closest point to Earth in its orbit and is then poorly captured by insufficient camera phones in photos that are shared anyway.


The Mannequin Challenge is the latest participatory video trend the government has created to distract us from our reality to achieve meme status. Started by a group of high school students in Jacksonville, Fla., the challenge calls on people to create a scene, holding still in various positions as someone records it, moving from person to person. It sounds like someone taking a video of people posing for a picture (lame), but, when done well, it looks like a bunch of frozen hosts from Westworld (cool?). The challenge has been taken on by everyone from the Cincinnati Ballet to Michelle Obama and LeBron James to the Maury show to Paul McCartney (which was weird because he was alone in the video and unfair because he is a living mannequin) — it was even in the delivery room where Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna prepped to welcome the newest Lardashian (typo but it stays), Dream Renee. Because when you’re brought into the world via a social media challenge video, it can only go up from there. CONTACT T.C. BRITTON: letters@ citybeat.com

The Southern Poverty Law Center reported more than 300 incidents of harassment or intimidation in less than a week after the election of Donald Trump. The SPLC’s first report, posted just three days after the election, found that a majority of the reported incidents occurred in K-12 schools and university campuses. Reported incidents have covered the gamut of Trump’s campaign-trail fear-mongering. In Michigan, a man reportedly threatened to set a Muslim woman on fire with a lighter unless she removed her hijab. In Maryland, someone painted the words “Trump Nation, Whites Only” on a church that offered Spanish-language services. The Council on America-Islamic Relations described an incident in Columbus, Ohio wherein a man banged on the car window of a Muslim woman driving with her kids and elderly parents and said, “Cunt, you don’t belong in this country.” A CityBeat photographer witnessed two white men intimidating a female security guard at a local concert venue, yelling “Trump! Trump! Trump!” in her face. In response to these incidents and Trump’s normalization of hateful speech, CityBeat is publishing tips from an online guide to defusing Islamophobic harassment that went viral this week. The Parisian artist who created the four-step guide notes that the technique works for any type of harassment in a public space. She advises the following to diffuse the situation. 1. Engage conversation with the victim. 2. Pick a random subject and start discussing it. 3. Keep building the safe space. 4. Continue the conversation until the attacker leaves and escort the victim to a safe place if necessary. These tips are presented in a cartoon with additional notes for each step. The artist included two important tips along with the instructions: 1. Do not, in any way, interact with the attacker. You must absolutely ignore them and focus entirely on the person being attacked. 2. Please make sure to always respect the wishes of the person you’re helping: whether they want you to leave quickly afterwards, or not. If you’re in a hurry, escort them to a place where someone else can take over — call one of their friends, or one of yours, of if they want to, the police. It all depends on how they feel. You can find more information online by searching, “What to do when you witness Islamophobia.”

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A Surplus of Empathy

By Kathy Y. Wilson

trucks on the way to Trump rallies and, most importantly, to the polls. And my black friends have been chopping, waiting to hear what I think about “all this.” I don’t think any more deeply than any of you. I have reached a level of empathetic bliss, of near apathy that transcends even the word count limitations of this editorial space. I will concede to being flummoxed by the apparent overall lack of our ability to level with the truth. That, and the mind-boggling ways folks are acting out as sore losers is almost funny. And not in a haha way, but in a sardonic way. To the chagrin of either camp, this, then, will go down as an era of character revelation. Who are we all? As in high school, we are all largely still joiners of cliques. Only now as grown-ups we dress them up and call them movements. And we give them thought-provoking, pithy names with equally catchy slogans. Black Lives Matter; I’m With Her; Dump Trump; Life’s a bitch! Don’t elect one; Hillary for Prison 2016; Make America Hate Again. That last one could go either way, frankly. For the “I’m With Her” stalwarts, the loss of Hillary Rodham Clinton signals the penultimate death of an idol. Further, her presidential frontrunner status proves, once and for all, how much (white) women really do hate other (white) women and that postmodern feminism really is a selffulfilling lie, merely another social clique, a long high school lunch table with no real room at the inn/end. On the last days preceding the election, New York magazine ran on its Instagram page images of Trump supporters skewing heavily toward women. The captions beneath these images were more telling than the images themselves, adorned as they were in the uniforms of the disenfranchised: obese, disheveled and garishly overly accessorized. One middle-aged (white) woman, in response to the assumed question of the revelation Trump bragged about groping women’s pussies, said she did not mind being groped and that heterosexual women liked to be groped and if a man groped her she would grope him right back. A younger (white) woman wearing a U.S. Army hoodie said she was a veteran — a

group Trump clearly shat all over during his campaign. Still, she said she had no love for Hillary Clinton and could not relate at all to her. She said she was voting for Trump because she didn’t believe Clinton would make her life any better. Then again, who really could, can or will make our lives better in this current climate? I don’t know about you but I feel largely inconsolable, like everything from here on out (for the next four years, anyway) is solely the responsibility of my people and me. And when I say “my people” I do not narrow-mindedly or naively mean black people.

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“In the Scripture, it takes three things — faith, hope and love — to get through life without strangling one another to death.” I mean specifically the people I love and the people who love me. My extended family of man. My damned community. The people who have wandered a little afield the past eight years, content by our own do-goodiness that we twice could come together and elect and re-elect an elegant, handsome, intelligent black man and his likewise smart, gorgeous and articulate wife. Now say goodbye and farewell to all that and hunker down in whatever humanity, love, resourcefulness and, yes, hope you have leftover. Put that ish in a microwave-safe dish, maybe add a little water or milk and bring it back to life. Because, unlike those other slogans and movements, hope is more than a temporary placebo to move butts to the polls. Hope — like love — is an action, a verb. And in the Scripture, it takes three things — faith, hope and love — to get through life without strangling one another to death. So whether you believe in these three things as they are put forth in The Word, believe this: Trouble don’t last always. Yes, there will be some hard times, but this here’s America. Now move on, already. Y’all pull together. CONTACT KATHY Y. WILSON: letters@citybeat.com

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Decision 2016 is not, as most American things are, solely about race, yet it is still somewhat about race. It is also about selfhatred, gender-hatred, that old long-player “The Cult of Personality” and what my sister, Devin, calls “the death of icons.” Beginning with America’s Old(est) Testament, race: To be black in America is to inhabit a sort of cosmic/comic waiting room wherein our names are never called regardless of how early we arrive and no matter how legibly we fill out the forms; doesn’t matter about our personal references, work histories, educations or other details of personal pedigree. We simply wait. We wait for all sorts of decisions that have questions folded in them like dryer sheets we missed in the laundry: Now that I’m pulled over, will I drive away or will my name be forever mentioned in my family’s lawsuit against some agency of death? I waited hours in line for what they said was my right to vote. Will this new white “leader” save me/us from what past white leaders have wrought and what one black man couldn’t untangle, or will I/we return to the comfort of paranoia and conspiracy theories? Or, if you’re poor and black like me, the question is: Can one white man who sits high and never looks low mess with something as seemingly miniscule but so personally monumental as my Medicaid? Perhaps time will tell it. In the meantime, the truth is that America elected an orange-faced wig hat who uses workers he hates to dip everything in gold over the entitled liar so full of her own hubris she’s immune to her far-reaching actions run dreadfully amok. Rather than worrying so much about what we already know and what’s yet to be learned about Donald J. Trump, most of us need concern ourselves with what we’ve learned about ourselves and the folks we literally count as Facebook friends now that they’ve revealed themselves as the narrow, bigoted, ravenous sore losers they are. Or, is that we are? I have been hit with emails from helpless-feeling, hapless, confused white friends containing multitudes of links to anti-Trump websites with screeds, petitions, rants and schemes to get him out of office before he’s even taken the oath. These white folks are crestfallen, assuming because they could taste the sweet victor of the historic win of the first-ever woman in the White House, it would be so. Well, they forgot about all the uncloaked, uncloseted, angry white supremacists who have ironically been playing James Brown’s “The Big Payback” in their pickup


How Pureval Prevailed

The first Democratic clerk of courts since 1903 — and his duck — made the rounds in Hamilton County BY JAMES MCNAIR

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wo Saturdays before Election Day, a Halloween event called Trunk or Treat brought candy-filled cars and more than 500 people into the parking lot of Cheviot United Methodist Church. As kids in costumes collected sweets from one car trunk to the next, a political candidate was trying to collect votes. His most avid responder, though, was a little boy disguised as the Flash. And the boy just wanted to play with the wannabe politician’s duck. Stuffed duck, actually. By that night, the yellow duck had become the alter ego of Aftab Pureval, the Democratic candidate for Hamilton County clerk of courts. His first name sounds so much like a big insurance company that he adopted its duck character and put it in his TV ads. “On Election Day, we’re in Price Hill, and the boy’s grandmother approached us and raised the picture of the boy, Aftab and the duck,” said Sarah Topy, Pureval’s campaign manager. “I asked if she would support Aftab, and she said, ‘Of course I’m going to vote for him. He took a picture with my grandson.’ ” Hers was just one vote, but it was one of many votes for Pureval in majority Republican Hamilton County. Pureval, who grew up in Beavercreek and now lives in O’Bryonville, won 52.1 percent of all votes cast and takes office on Jan. 2. In the process, he brought an end to a historic losing streak. Six days after the Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908, a Democrat won the court clerk’s office for the first time since 1903. What made the office seem even more impregnable to Democrats was that it was occupied by a Republican whose last name had appeared on Hamilton County ballots over four decades. Tracy Winkler was handed the job — when it was vacant — by the Republican Party in 2011, then won a four-year term in 2012. Her husband Ralph “Ted” Winkler has held elected judgeships since 1999 and is currently a probate judge. Her brother-in-law Robert Winkler has sat on the bench since 2002, currently in Common Pleas Court. Her father-in-law Ralph Winkler served as a Common Pleas and appellate court judge going back to 1980. Her mother-in-law Cheryl Winkler was an Ohio state representative from 1990 to 2000. “Aftab’s a brown guy with a funny name, and she’s a Winkler,” says Topy, a friend of Pureval since their student government days at Ohio State University. “In the last two clerk’s races, Democrats were vastly outspent and did not campaign full-time. So we concluded that if had the financial resources and the time to get to voters, we could overcome that deficit and prevail.”


Pureval got off to a solid start in October 2015. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, former mayors Mark Mallory and Roxanne Qualls and City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, all Democrats, publicly endorsed him. Family members and friends — friends like Cincinnati lawyers Paul DeMarco and Michael Cioffi and former Procter & Gamble CEO John Pepper — gave him a $100,000 head start in contributions. The cash would come in handy when he took a leave of absence from his job as a P&G attorney. It also kept the gas tank full as he pressed his Jeep Cherokee into 30,000 miles of campaign duty. “He would drive to Harrison to a homecoming game or go to the Colerain YMCA for lunch and meet 100, 200 people at a time,” Topy says. “Of course, most of them weren’t of the same political affiliation, but he would talk about how the courts should be nonpartisan and need to be modernized. Even though Aftab has an unusual name and doesn’t have a 40-year pedigree, the fact that he went to them, met with them and talked with them, sold them.” Topy, herself a P&G attorney, brought campaign experience to the effort. She was a paid John Kerry staffer in the 2004 presidential election and became deputy political director for the Ohio House Democratic Caucus. She spent two years as state field director for the Ohio Democratic Party. Then she managed the campaign of a Congressional challenger in suburban Chicago, who lost. From there came law school at the University of Cincinnati and, since 2012, the job at P&G. “I help brands like Vicks and Pepto-Bismol with legal issues like advertising and FDA regulations,” Topy says. With less than a month to go before the election, Topy launched a TV advertising campaign that would have sent Don Draper on a philandering bender. The ad featured a nasal, Aftab-quacking duck camera-bombing his way into Pureval’s otherwise serious talk about modernizing the moribund clerk’s office. “I honestly think that the reason we won is that Aftab is a terrific candidate with the right ideas and who worked his tail off — and the duck!” Topy says. “Once the TV ads started running, people everywhere — everywhere — would quack at him in the duck voice. They would ask where the duck was and would take selfies with the duck puppet.” Ohio doesn’t ask voters to register by political parties. To gauge the politics of a city or region, one can only go by the primary that people chose to vote in. By that measure, 137,739 Hamilton County voters affiliated themselves with Republicans, 103,112 with

Aftab Pureval meets his duck’s new fan, Alvin, at Trunk or Treat in Cheviot while on the campaign trail in October. Democrats, going into the elections. Almost 339,000 voters were considered unaffiliated because they hadn’t voted for candidates in a primary in more than two years. Still, Hillary Clinton won 52 percent of the Hamilton County vote for president, compared to Donald Trump’s 43 percent. But would those voters care enough about the lowly court clerk’s office to oust an incumbent? “I was convinced that the smart money would not have gone on him,” says Gene Beaupre, a political science professor at Xavier University. “He hadn’t run before, and he was up against someone with an established name.” Late in the campaign, CityBeat reported that Winkler and a top lieutenant had sent emails to employees during work hours, urging them to devote personal time to her campaign. Although it wasn’t illegal, it made the office look like a small-town operation.

“It is always difficult to defeat an incumbent,” says Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Tim Burke. “It’s particularly difficult to defeat one with a well-established name and a built-in group of dozens of employees who could be convinced to help in and donate to her campaign. Getting that fact out to the public was an important part of Aftab’s success.” Pureval’s ethnicity — half Tibetan and half Indian — makes him stand out in a county whose population is only 2.5 percent Asian. But even as Trump roiled voters nationally into an anti-foreigner frenzy, that didn’t change the outcome of the court clerk’s race. “Certainly he was asked if he was an American and what country he was from,” Topy says. “But most people found that they had a lot in common with him, agreed with him and ultimately supported him. It’s a testament to the open minds of Hamilton County voters that he won.” ©

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Jury fails to reach a verdict in Ray Tensing trial, but activists say they won’t take mistrial for an answer BY NICK SWARTSELL

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incinnati has been holding its breath as it waits to find out the fate of Ray Tensing, the former University of Cincinnati police officer indicted on murder and manslaughter charges for shooting black unarmed motorist Samuel DuBose last year. After a jury deadlocked Nov. 12, the city will have to wait still longer to learn if Tensing will face punishment for DuBose’s death. A massive, peaceful march swept through downtown and Over-the-Rhine following the announcement of Tensing’s mistrial, joining with another large rally protesting president-elect Donald Trump. As protesters came and went from the courthouse, DuBose’s family, including his daughters, underwent a difficult roller coaster ride that culminated when the jury couldn’t come to a verdict. “There are a lot of people in that room who are apparently blind to justice,” DuBose’s fiancé DaShonda Reid said outside the courtroom the day before the hung jury announcement. “We shouldn’t be out here this long.” DuBose’s 17-year-old daughter Teaila Williamston often joined activists outside the courthouse, chanting “no justice, no peace, no racist police” into a bullhorn or comforting others in the family. When the mistrial was announced, she took to the streets with hundreds of other protesters. Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan officially declared a mistrial around 10 a.m. the day after the jury submitted a note to her saying it could not reach a verdict. After five days of testimony and about 25 hours of deliberating, eight jurors wanted Tensing convicted on manslaughter charges for the July 19, 2015 shooting death of DuBose in Mount Auburn, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says. Three of those jurors originally wanted a murder conviction. Tensing’s jury was made up of six white men, four white women and two black women. Two jurors wept in court as Shanahan announced the deadlock. Now, Deters must decide whether his office will ask for a retrial. The prosecutor has stressed he still thinks Tensing murdered DuBose, but says his office must assess the options going forward. Those include trying Tensing again on the same charges, seeking lesser charges or dropping the case. “I’m going to go through a process where we analyze whether or not there’s a probability of success at trial,” he said after Shanahan read the announcement. “If I think we can get a win, we’ll retry the case.” He’s said he will decide by Nov. 28.

More than 1,000 people turned out Nov. 12 to protest a hung jury in the Ray Tensing trial. Deters argued that Tensing’s life was not in danger when he shot DuBose in the head during a routine traffic stop in Mount Auburn last year. Tensing and his attorney, Stew Mathews, say he was being dragged at the time he fired and thought he would be killed. The prosecution called on an expert video analyst who, using footage from Tensing’s body camera, showed that DuBose’s car was stationery a split-second before Tensing fired and that the officer’s arm was not tangled in the car’s steering wheel, as Tensing has claimed. But Tensing says he feared for his life. “I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m being dragged by this guy’s car,’ “ Tensing said in a videotaped statement made after the shooting. Mathews introduced his own police use of force expert witness who testified that he believed Tensing was justified in shooting DuBose. There were some unexpected moments during testimony in the trial, including the revelation that Tensing was wearing a T-shirt from the Great Smoky Mountains with the Confederate flag on it, a symbol generally associated with white pride and slavery. As Deters considers the costs of a trial and its likelihood of success, Cincinnati

Black Lives Matter and other activists groups have promised to continue protests until Tensing is convicted. Some of those will take place outside the prosecutor’s downtown offices, where activists gathered Nov. 14. The mood outside the Hamilton County courthouse had been tense for days leading up to the mistrial announcement. As the jurors deliberated inside on Tensing’s guilt or innocence, protesters gathered. Members of Black Lives Matter, The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, Over-the-Rhine’s Peaslee Neighborhood Center, faith-based group the Amos Project and others took turns holding signs and leading chants. Bigger crowds congregated at times, drawn by word that something was happening inside the courtroom that could mean a verdict soon, general outrage over the shooting or just curiosity about one of the biggest court cases in Hamilton County history. Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies posted up near the courthouse doors and a few dozen officers from the Cincinnati Police Department sometimes circled on bicycles. Politicians, reporters, attorneys and several members of DuBose’s family, including his daughters, came and went. As

the days went on, tension intensified. On Nov. 10, crowds lingered after the jury had been sequestered for the day. A young man paced back and forth, swinging his arms and berating the crowd, calling for action instead of “just talk.” Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition Director Josh Spring gave him a bullhorn to air his frustrations, and he calmed somewhat. Later, Black Lives Matter activists powered speakers with a generator, played Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” and Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” and led the crowd in a chant based on the words of Black Panther Assata Shakur before everyone dispersed. The next day, the news came down: There would be no guilty verdict for Tensing, at least not yet. The mistrial set off consternation from advocates for the DuBose family and anger from protesters outside. “With the video evidence as clear as it is, they shouldn’t have been so stuck,” said DuBose family attorney Al Gerhardstein, a noted civil rights attorney who helped craft Cincinnati’s 2001 Collaborative Agreement after the police shooting death of unarmed black 19-year-old Timothy Thomas. Faith leaders also decried the results of the trial.

Councilwoman Yvette Simpson speaks with Black Lives Matter organizer Brian Taylor. Simpson urged a nonviolent response from protesters while calling for a retrial for Tensing.

Samuel DuBose’s 17-year-old daughter Teaila Williamston (with bullhorn) and other members of the DuBose family often joined activists outside the courthouse.

A protester faces off with police at Ninth Street and Central Avenue during a march after the mistrial announcement. That march was joined by anti-Trump protesters.

Protesters outside the Hamilton County courthouse the day before the mistrial announcement. Activists kept a steady presence there during the jury’s deliberations.

to Fountain Square, up Vine Street, past City Hall and then through Over-the-Rhine, trading chants of “When I say ‘Tensing,’ you say ‘guilty,” back and forth with “Fuck Trump” cries. The march ended at Washington Park after passing by the spot where CPD officer Roach shot and killed Thomas, setting off days of unrest in OTR in 2001. There was little violence this time. One person was arrested for damaging a car downtown. Police say they don’t know if he is affiliated with any of the groups protesting. CPD officers blocked off Ninth Street past City Hall to prohibit access to I-75, which marchers had shut down during a previous protest in 2014.

During a brief confrontation between police and protesters at that blockade, CPD Specialist Scotty Johnson told a group he thought Tensing “should be in a penitentiary.” “I’m not afraid,” he continued. “I’ll say it.” Many city officials were also frustrated with the trial’s outcome. Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Yvette Simpson spoke briefly to the crowd at the courthouse, urging peace, and then marched with protesters. She called for Deters to retry Tensing, saying his trial is “one of the most important” the county will see. Mayor John Cranley, City Manager Harry Black and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac also made statements urging calm and expressing hopes for a retrial.

As thousands streamed into Washington Park, speakers from the broad coalition of social justice and faith groups set up in the park’s central gazebo and talked about Cincinnati’s race issues — from disproportionate arrests and police shootings of people of color to the rising rents and gentrification seen in OTR in the last few years. Some sang. Others read poetry. Before the group dispersed, Black Lives Matter organizer Ashley Harrington promised the group wouldn’t take mistrial for an answer. “We’ll keep fighting until we get a conviction, until our people are free,” she said. ©

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“My heart is broken for the DuBose family and what this means for my community,” said Amos Project organizer Elizabeth Hopkins after the mistrial had been announced. She read a passage from the book of Jeremiah. “You have treated the wounds of my people carelessly. You cry, ‘peace, peace.’ But there is no peace. The church will no longer cry for peace when there is no peace.” About three hours after the announcement, hundreds struck out from the courthouse steps, where they had begun spilling onto Main Street and proceeded down Court Street, where anti-Trump marchers merged with the group. More than 1,000 streamed down Walnut Street


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Finally, the gods might allow us respite from dispiriting news of presidential campaigning. Don’t count on it. More likely, we’ll embrace the ancient invocation of insanity, “Whom the gods would punish, they first make mad.”  Whatever interlude will follow the election of Donald J. Trump, the undead will rise from their political graves and lurch toward 2020 and the news cycle will resume. At the same time, news media will begin their collective quadrennial post mortem. With unctuous piety, they’ll solemnly repeat new and historic mea culpas. Then, they’ll resolve anew to ignore sensational distractions and to focus on vital issues.  Don’t count on that, either.  After all, at times, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly got more news media attention than the candidates: her menstrual cycle, her spaghettistrap on-camera little black dress, her blonde helmet that never moves. Then there were the debased “debates,” plunging from penis and pussy to “nasty woman.”  In war, truth is the first casualty. In this presidential year, civility was the first casualty. Truth and truth-telling were collateral damage. I’ll leave politics to the pundits. My concern begins with the news media’s selflacerating role in Trump’s climb from loathsome “reality” TV to a toxic political force. Because his eruptions, however absurd or false, were sure to draw retweeters, readers, viewers, listeners and rivals’ rejoinders, reporters and editors were complicit in Trump’s domination of the 24/7 news cycle. Trump understood news media and Twitter better than most journalists. Reporters followed his every word. Millions bonded under “Make America Great Again.” No one could ignore him. No one could fire him. He was The Star. He said so. He got so much free news space and time that he didn’t buy ads until late in the campaign. GOP opponents had no chance.  Reporters couldn’t turn away. It was like crime and celebrity news; few of us admit enjoying it but woe to any editor silly enough to cut back on either. Not to be left behind, Clinton talked about Trump.  Even when both made news, Clinton spent her time rebutting persistent accusations of deception, conspiracy and criminal behavior.  Trump fared better. Exaggerations, outright lies and flat-Earth assertions rarely outlived one news cycle. Nothing stuck until that old video clip about the joys of assaulting women went viral.  

More than bias fueled their different treatments. It was media economics. He couldn’t fail to draw attention. News execs equated audience numbers with otherwise elusive ad revenues. Both candidates loathe the news media. Clinton avoided reporters. Trump never missed a chance to abuse, insult and damn the news media. By the time you voted, mainstream news media were in Trump’s cesspit with unattractive women, Mexicans, Muslims and the Clintons. Narcissistic and thin-skinned, Trump treated reporters as the enemy, in league with Satanic forces guided by the Clintons and mysterious “international bankers” (an old calumny for “The Jews!”). The news media’s loss of authority and ability to lead public discussion isn’t new

“More than bias fueled their different treatments. It was media economics.” and it’s the result of more than the rise of the internet. Republicans spent decades undermining news media credibility. You could track it by the rise of partisan Fox News on cable, reactionary AM talk shows and alt-right internet sites promoting various bigotries. Trump knew this. He’s no newcomer to public life. He masterfully manipulated codependent news media. Then he predictably discarded national reporters and their editors as useful idiots once he secured the GOP nomination.  As evidence of his contempt, he banned some reporters from his events. He also urged supporters to intimidate journalists who feared assaults at Cincinnati and other Trump rallies. For a recent example, watch the video of a Trump supporter menacing corralled journalists at a recent Trump rally. His rant draws on undisguised white nationalist, antisemitic themes in the Trump campaign. When others chanted “USA, USA,” that supporter screamed “Jew S.A., Jew S.A.” Trump’s charge of elections being “rigged” was a classic — an extreme, unsupportable claim — and news media ate it up. It didn’t matter that he included them among the damned forces rigging the election. Conventional wisdom also undermined national campaign coverage. In place of understanding Trump supporters, mainstream news media embraced stereotypes as a shorthand for reality. It wasn’t that

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long ago that national reporters made the same mistakes about Tea Party members. The only difference was the stereotype of Trump’s people was downmarket Tea Party. Eventually, reporters found suffering Americans who believed they’d been sent to the back of the bus after owning and driving it. Some of these unemployed and underemployed Americans were bigots, validated, encouraged and freed by Trump to give voice to their hates. More, however, were just soft targets for Trump’s assurance that only he — and not our political system — can restore their diminished expectations and aspirations. That so many Americans discarded their crap detectors illustrates their distrust of our broader political system and mainstream news media. By contrast, the Tea Party is just that, a tea party. Reinforcing Trump supporters’ alienation is the growing tendency for Americans to have their own facts, provided by partisan social media, AM radio and internet sites. Rich in conspiracies and misinformation, these “facts” become unassailable.  Journalists still trying to provide contrary but verifiable information have gone from being ignored to mistrusted and hated.  When news media acceded to conservative demands for greater coverage of their voices, it didn’t help. If Trump voters were aware of this grudging shift to the right, they still didn’t trust anything in those mainstream sources. More likely, his supporters weren’t even aware of the news media concessions to more mainstream Republicans.  Not long ago, national news media were unsure whether Trump supporters’ enthusiasm was a white malaise, blue collar angst and/or evangelical Christian hypocrisy over abortion, divorce and “family values.”    No surprise. Except when they leave Manhattan or Washington and parachute into some “typical” small town for a story to illustrate some political issue, national reporters rarely know the people to whom they purport to speak.  Coverage of Trump’s sharp business practices and boorish if not criminal treatment of women didn’t inform his voters. Rather, it reinforced their belief that “the media” were part of a vast leftwing conspiracy to again deny White Christian Americans “their” president. They had enough of that during the Obama years. Over the past year, Trump sucked followers into his fact-free universe. Trapped there, they damned news stories that contradicted their truths.  Trump, his supporters and their anger aren’t going away and it’s time to accept that traditional news media are in no position to help bridge our bitter cultural/partisan abyss. “Spitting into the wind” barely describes it. At the same time, mainstream news media haven’t a clue how to recreate the trust and authority they once enjoyed. My guess? They never will. That’s as dead as civility. 

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ART: Columbus’ Wexner Center for the Arts honors Black Mountain College with the exhibit LEAP BEFORE YOU LOOK. See Big Picture on page 19. ART: The Cincinnati Art Museum’s VAN GOGH: INTO THE UNDERGROWTH offers an engaging and intimate look at Vincent van Gogh’s study of sous-bois. See review on page 21. ONSTAGE: THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE, produced by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, is hilarious. See review on page 20. MUSIC: FIDLAR plays Madison Theater with SWMRS and The Frights. See Sound Advice on page 30. ATTRACTION: WHIMSICAL WONDERLAND AT KROHN CONSERVATORY Fantastic colors take over Krohn Conservatory this holiday season during the Whimsical Wonderland floral show. Find classic seasonal flowers like poinsettias in non-traditional hues, including royal blue, blood orange and deep purple. A train display and botanical garden will be transformed with pompom junipers, globe amaranths and cheerful powder puff plants, and the Schmalz Family Display will return with animatronic characters and a caroler village. Through Jan. 8, 2017. $7 adults; $4 children. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiparks. com. — MADISON ASHLEY


MUSIC: Anthemic British Pop rockers THE 1975 play BB&T Arena. See Sound Advice on page 30. EVENT: SPEAK AT THE MOCKBEE Mockbee hosts a group called SPEAK, which was founded with a vision to make culture more accessible in Cincinnati. Thursday, SPEAK hosts “Kiss Of Life,” the work of University of Cincinnati fine arts students Connor Johns and Kyra Watkins. The two visual artists collaborated on a large sculptural installation and six paintings, which focus on race, gender, sexuality and politics. Johns and Watkins will be body painting willing participants over the course of this one-night exhibition, which will also feature spoken word artists. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday. $8 with canned good; $10 without. 2260 Central

Parkway, West End, facebook.com/themockbee. — MARIA SEDA-REEDER COMEDY: TIM HARMSTON “We’re back in Minneapolis now enjoying football,” says comedian Tim Harmston. Well, he’s enjoying it. His lovely bride, the hilarious Mary Mack, is not. “She’s got a real aversion to fantasy sports,” he says. “There’s a punishment in my fantasy football league that if you can’t make it to the draft or be online for the draft my wife gets to draft your team.” A former film student, Harmston came to standup late. “I was the funny person in school and so I was going be a comedian somewhere,” he says. “It just came later in life because when you’re 18 years old, you don’t know that being a comedian is an actual job.” Thursday-Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com. — P.F. WILSON


DANCE: Contemporary Dance Theater presents choreographer Tiffany Mills’ dystopian production AFTER THE FEAST. See interview on page 18.

FILM: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM expands the wizarding world of Harry Potter. See Film on page 22. ONSTAGE: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is staging the battle of wits between Beatrice and Benedick — they’re a perfect match, but they can’t stand each other, so their friends set out to trick them into love. Meanwhile, a bad guy is plotting to CONTINUES ON PAGE 16

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MUSIC: HIGHLY SUSPECT There’s a good chance you first heard about Massachusetts-born/Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Rock trio Highly Suspect when its name popped up on the list of nominees for 2016’s Grammy Awards, not once, but twice (for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album). The band had a lot of industry buzz and was building up a full head of steam with its debut album, Mister Asylum, but even the most savvy musicindustry observer was likely surprised by the nominations. Highly Suspect turned its “two-time Grammy nominee” status and made the most of it, touring relentlessly and building a large following with its catchy but gritty Rock sound, which has been compared to acts like Queens of the Stone Age and Royal Blood. This Friday, the group’s anticipated sophomore album, The Boy Who Died Wolf, is being released, so fans going to this week’s show in Cincinnati will hear plenty of new songs for the first time. 8 p.m. Wednesday. $18; $20 day of show. 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley, the20thcenturytheatre.com. — MIKE BREEN


CLASSICAL MUSIC: NORTHERN LIGHTS WITH THE CSO Experience the magic of the Northern Lights without the hassle or expense of traveling. Rising Finnish conductor SanttuMatias Rouvali makes his Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra debut alongside American violinist Jennifer Koh. Together (and with the help of the orchestra) audiences will be transported to the Arctic Circle through the power of music. Koh will present a performance of Salonen’s “Violin Concerto,” which weaves musical influences from Bach to Rock & Roll. A magical pairing of symphonies by Finnish composer Sibelius will close out the night. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $23-$107. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, cincinnatisymphony.org. — MAGGIE FULMER

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EVENT: CRAFTY SUPERMARKET After having a record 6,500 shoppers in 2015, fabulously massive indie craft show Crafty Supermarket is moving its annual holiday event from Music Hall to the University of Cincinnati’s Recreation Center. Browse products from more than 100 crafters, artists and designers from in and beyond Cincinnati, with local vendors including the likes of Brewhaus Dog Bones, The Hoop & Needle and Rock Salt Vintage. In between shopping sessions, refuel with snacks from local food trucks and participate in handson craft activities. Plan to arrive ASAP: The first 100 customers receive free swag bags. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. University of Cincinnati Recreation Center, 2820 Bearcat Way, Clifton, craftysupermarket.com. — EMILY BEGLEY


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spoil a wedding. Of course, it all “ends well” — it’s Shakespeare, after all. But this romantic comedy is full of laughs and lots of witty repartee. It should be especially entertaining with the warring pair played by Cincy Shakes veterans Miranda McGee and Jeremy Dubin. Director Sara Clark calls the show “smart and sexy, charming and delightful.” And she’s right. Through Dec. 10. $22$38. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., Downtown, 513-381-2273, cincyshakes.com. — RICK PENDER


MUSIC: My Morning Jacket guitarist CARL BROEMEL plays a solo show at the Taft Theatre with Dave Simonett. See interview on page 28.

MUSIC: Indie/Post Punk cult favorite POSTER CHILDREN celebrates the 25th anniversary of album Daisychain Reaction at Woodward Theater. See Sound Advice on page 31. EVENT: PETCASSO Lovers of animals and art cross paths this Saturday at Petcasso, presented by Pets In Need of Cincinnati, a local nonprofit that

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EVENT: VICTORY OF LIGHT EXPO If you’re looking for some insight into the future, one of the 300 psychics, healers and exhibitors who will be filling up the Sharonville Convention Center this weekend might be able to help. The Victory of Light Expo is one of the most extensive and affordable spirituality events in the Midwest. This year’s event will feature global celebrity psychic Thomas John, the “Manhattan Medium.” John is praised for his accuracy and will conduct detailed readings for his audience on Sunday. Throughout the weekend, other psychic, holistic and paranormal experts will host a variety of seminars — 78 of which are free to attend with admission. And marketplace vendors will be selling everything from natural aromatherapy and healing crystals to aura photos and musical instruments. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $15 single day; $25 for the weekend. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, victoryoflight.com. — MAGGIE FULMER

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s a choreographer, Tiffany Mills ignores our differences and focuses instead on our collective humanity. She breaks it down into an art form that we not only see with our eyes as we watch the members of her acclaimed company dance, but also feel replicated in our own body movements. “It’s like we’re a little microcosm of the larger world,” she says by phone from her New York home. “We’re the ones there to serve or to bind together, to find strength, to persevere.” On Friday and Saturday, Mills and her five dancers come to the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater to perform her original and daring dance-theater production, After the Feast, in a presentation sponsored by the Contemporary Dance Theater. It premiered earlier this year at New York’s experimental La MaMa Theatre. Before that premiere, Mills described on Kickstarter her vision for After the Feast, which features contributions from dedicated collaborators, including an original score by Jonathan Melville Pratt: “After the Feast turns an unflinching eye toward a possible future, theatrically creating the next phase of human existence when everything known has crumbled or become depleted, inviting catastrophe. Through a fusion of movement, music and visuals, the piece questions what remains in a post-apocalyptic world and explores what shape new communities might take.” Mills’ excitement is tangible as she discusses the pending performance of what she considers to be her pièce de résistance to date. “The idea behind After the Feast is to think of the feast as some kind of bounty, and then ‘after the feast’ as some kind of depletion,” she says. “(It’s) thinking about — hypothetically — some kind of disaster, whether it be natural or manmade, that this community of dancers has to navigate, cope and struggle with to try to overcome.” For Mills, After the Feast was an exercise that came naturally after living through the ordeal of 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, even though the production isn’t specifically about that. “It really made us think about how you just don’t know what might be tomorrow, both in terms of how the environment might change and how things can change in the world,” she says. “We were also thinking about not only natural disasters but all the strife and war in the world, and how it really changes the landscape for everybody in tangible ways.”

Hurricane Sandy was the genesis for Tiffany Mills’ dance-theater production. These words feel especially timely after the undeniable strife America has just endured this election season, as well as the friction likely still to come. Still, it was the hurricane that made Mills and her dance company ponder their most basic needs and instincts in the wake of a crisis. “What do we have? What remains?” she says. “A lot of our investigation made us realize that it’s community and the support we can give to each other.” That positive note plays out in the dancing, too, although it’s less prominent than the uncomfortable notion that something crucial is in upheaval. “There’s a dark tone to the piece, but there’s hope within it,” Mills says. “In times of distress or some large seismic shift or disaster, how can we cope within a difficult situation?” The research and collaboration that her company was able to delve into makes the entire production feel cohesive. “We played and did research on the past, thinking about our current life and reality as well as also looking back,” Mills says. “There are influences from medieval times — we went way back!” At 46 years old, Mills has created more than 20 works for her dance company capitalizing on her love of athletic, risktaking movement and visceral partnering.

“I like to be upside-down,” she says. Dance became a part of her life when she was just 4 years old; she studied tap, Jazz, ballet and, notably, gymnastics, through high school. At the University of Oregon, she received a bachelor’s degree in dance; at Ohio State University, she received a master’s in choreography. The creation of After the Feast took Mills three years to complete. There were interruptions — commissions from other companies, smaller pieces to perform, personal life and all the other things that can stand in the way of a passion project. But the end result is something completely of Mills’ own creation. It has her signature dance moves, centered on strength and partnering. Mills uses what she calls “contact improvisation” to translate her concepts into movements. “I’m interested in all the different ways dancers can partner together,” she says. “How men can lift men and women can lift women and women can lift men. I love to find three-dimensionality in space and defy gravity. But… as a choreographer, I’m always trying to say something about the human relationships, or a relationship within a community. “In my company, there’s diversity in every way, not just ethnically but also in their

backgrounds, movement-wise,” Mills says. “So the partnering is also a way to get at the human, because of the way humans react to each other, touch each other, bear and share weight with each other. All of that really brings out people’s personalities.” For the Cincinnati production, visual designer Dennis O’Leary’s full set couldn’t be transported to the performance location. “It’s like a massive wall that harks a bit to a castle wall or a stone wall, and then tattered curtains are hung from the top of the stage space,” Mills explains. But she believes she’s found an effective substitute. “Hopefully, having a haze machine in Cincinnati will create sort of an altered reality in the space,” she says. Despite the imagined future dystopia Mills and her dancers wish to create, her message is more than real. “I’m not so interested in creating something abstract,” Mills says. “I’m interested in saying something about who we are today and taking a look at human frailty and vulnerability and strength within humans.” Contemporary Dance Theater presents AFTER THE FEAST Friday and Saturday at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Tickets and more info: cincinnatiarts.org.

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Wags to Riches is a highend, nonprofit consignment shop that is a fun place to shop, donate and consign. Wags to Riches benefits low-cost spay and neuter clinic UCAN. Wags sells furniture, home accessories, handbags and jewelry. Come shop with us and find your favorite things.

New Riff Distillery

Meet Kentucky Wild Gin, distilled by New Riff in Newport, Ky. This modern American gin is made with wild botanicals plucked from the hills and hollers of Greater Cincinnati and makes for a bright, expressive cocktail. Available at the New Riff Gift Shop ($29.99) and all over Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.


Foodie Cincy

Go to foodiecincydeck.com and enter code “citybeat.”

More info: four-entertainmentgroup.myshopify.com.

Knickers of Hyde Park

This holiday season, treat her to something extra special! Sophisticated & sexy or comfy & cozy, we have the perfect gift to make her holidays the best. Your favorite haven for lingerie and so much more. Winner 2015 & 2016 “Best Lingerie Store “ in CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati Awards. Shop in-store or on-line at knickersofhydepark.com.

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Need a unique and creative gift for the “foodies” in your life? Foodie Cincy features 52 of Cincinnati’s favorite local, independent restaurants. Each card in the deck is $10 off a $25 or more purchase.

This season, give the gift of entertainment! Perfect for your friends, colleagues and family members who love Cincinnati nightlife and great food and drinks. 4EG gift cards are valid at all locations, including Igby’s, The Righteous Room, Lachey’s Bar, The Lackman, Low Spark, Mt. Adams Pavilion, The St. Clair, The Sandbar, The Stretch, and all three Keystone Bar & Grill locations. Purchase a $50 gift card in-store or online and receive a bonus $10 gift card!

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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. Our rich, dark chocolate brings out the pure cream taste. It’s one of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s claims to culinary fame.


420 Fairfi eld Ave., Bellevue, 859-431-3545 / schneiderscandies.com

3 Sweet Girls

3 Sweet Girls Cakery has a unique and delicious assortment of holiday cupcakes, cakes, cake pops and other sweet treats that make the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list! Contact: 513-984-1100 or email 3sweetgirlscakery@gmail. com for more information. More info: 3sweetgirlscakery.com Two locations: OTR and Kenwood.

This holiday season, Fountain Square will be brimming with Glühwein and Gemütlichkeit as the Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt brings an authentic German tradition to downtown Cincinnati. Vendors offer a variety of traditional holiday sweets and European baked goods, Glühwein (hot spiced wine), Christian Moerlein beer and handcrafted gifts and seasonal decorations. More info: cincideutsch.com.

Craft Connection

Craft Cash is a great gift for the craft beer lover! The Craft Connection experience includes transportation, tours at Cincinnati breweries and, most importantly, beer samples throughout the tours.

Purchase Craft Cash now at craftconnectiontours.com! #HOPON

The Velvet Cricket

We invite you to find your special gift story with us. Shop our weekly online auctions or stop by to browse our East End gallery.

Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday / 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday 3700 Eastern Ave., East End velvetcricket.com

Bandi Wear

Need a unique and useful gift? BANDI pocketed, no-bounce belts hold phones, cards and keys. Enjoy a hands-free lifestyle — sleek, convenient, secure! Headbands also have a pocket for your smallest stuff. Support our local business.

Free shipping at checkout with code CITYBEAT (through Dec. 31).

Give the gift of live music with the hottest event of the winter. Two nights, four stages, 30-plus acts, including four national headliners. Jan. 27-28 at The Phoenix downtown. Tickets: $20/night or $30/ weekend. Enjoy outstanding music, food, drinks and have endless fun. Early-bird tickets: cincyblues.org.

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1. Vintage leather jacket, $90, Mannequin Boutique, 1311 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, mannequinboutique.org. 2. Shirt, $200, Continuum, 1407 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, continuumbazaar. com. 3. Structural earrings, $220, Continuum, 1407 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, continuumbazaar. com. 4. Felt hat, Kismet OTR, 1321 Vine St., Overthe-Rhine, facebook.com/kismetovertherhine. 5. Feather tray, $18.95, MiCA 12/v, 1201 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, shopmica.com. 6. Chakra rub, $115-$160, Swoon OTR, 1421 Vine St., Overthe-Rhine, facebook.com/swoon.otr. 7. Vintage kimono, $68-$100, Swoon OTR, 1421 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/swoon.otr. 8. Rock Salt Vintage pendant, $90, Parlour, 2600 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills, salonparlour.com. 9. Suzanne Applebaum bolo, $70, Durham Dept., 617 Madison Ave., Covington, durhamdept.com. 10. Miss Crofton daisy set, $44 and $57, Swoon OTR, 1421 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/ swoon.otr. 11. Guatemalan belts, $38.20, The Hansa Guild, 369 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, hansaonline. com. 12. Handmade ring by Libby, $15-$45, Libby, 1307 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, shoplibby.com. 13. Northern Market Findlay Tote, $100, Dirt: A Modern Market, 131 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/dirtfindlaymarket. 14. Steven Alan Bennington coat, $565, Idlewild Woman, 1230 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, idlewildwoman.com. 15. Plein air paint apron, $95, MiCA 12/v, 1201 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, shopmica.com. 16. Vintage 45 holder, $25, Lentz and Company, 339 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, lentzandcompany.com. 17. Boob tote, $75, Continuum, 1407 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, continuumbazaar.com. 18. Sea Sprang feminism patch, $30-$40, Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org. 18. Carry This Book, $25, Shake It Records, 4156 Hamilton Ave., Northside, shakeitrecords.com. 20. Matt & Nat backpack, $135, MiCA 12/v, 1201 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, shopmica.com. 21. Ornament by Tasha Boyd necklace, $40, Parlour, 2600 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills, salonparlour. com. 22. Ulla Johnson alpaca sweater, $575, Idlewild Woman, 1230 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, idlewildwoman.com. 23. Pillow, $68, Continuum, 1407 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, continuumbazaar. com. 24. Magnetic mix-and-match bracelets, $75 each, Continuum, 1407 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, continuumbazaar.com. 25. Sea Sprang shit patch, $30-$40, Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org. 26. Ganni Masha boots, $245, Sloane Boutique, 1216 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, sloaneboutique.com. 27. Blanket scarf, $36, Libby, 1307 Main St., Overthe-Rhine, shoplibby.com. 28. CKTC cylinders, $25-$35, Continuum, 1407 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, continuumbazaar.com. 29. Working Girls Femme sweatshirt, $70, Continuum, 1407 Vine St., Overthe-Rhine, continuumbazaar.com. 30. Working Girls sisters patch, $10, Continuum, 1407 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, continuumbazaar.com. 31. Face necklace, $45, Continuum, 1407 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, continuumbazaar.com. 32. 3x1 jeans, $295, Continuum, 1407 Vine St., Over-theRhine, continuumbazaar.com. 33. Fashion buttons, $3, HighStreet, 1401 Reading Road, Pendleton, highstreetcincinnati.com. 34. Proud Mary clutch, $100, Idlewild Woman, 1230 Vine St., Over-theRhine, idlewildwoman.com. 35. Ulla Johnson beret and gloves, $115-$125, Idlewild Woman, 1230 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, idlewildwoman.com. 36. Oak. Isaac face oil, $20, shopmadeincincinnati.com. 37. Herbivore Botanicals bath salts, $18, Fern, 6040 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, fern-shop.com.

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1. Flask, $29, Elm & Iron, 1326 Vine St., Overthe-Rhine, facebook.com/elmandironotr. 2. Mr. B’s soap, $9, Righno, 1417 Vine St., Over-theRhine, righno.com. 3. Hat, $30, Durham Dept., 617 Madison Ave., Covington, durhamdept.com 4. Game Day Feels baseball lacelet, $25, Handzy, 15 W. Pike St., Covington, hellohandzy. com. 5. Brixton flannel, $64, Camino Motor Co., 1212 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, caminomotorco. com. 6. Topo duffel, $125, Camino Motor Co., 1212 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, caminomotorco. com. 7. Vintage gloves, $25, Camino Motor Co., 1212 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, caminomotorco. com. 8. T-shirts, $14-$15, Black Plastic Records, 4027 Hamilton Ave., Northside, facebook.com/ blackplasticrecords. 9. Vintage Playboy joke books, $9-$13, Lentz and Company, 339 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, lentzandcompany.com. 10. Article capsule collection ties, $95, Article, 1150 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, articlemenswear.com. 11. Ornament by Tasha Boyd tie clip, $25, Parlour, 2600 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills, salonparlour.com. 12. Gentleman’s Hardware portable grill, $79, HighStreet, 1401 Reading Road, Pendleton, highstreetcincinnati.com. 13. Vintage Levi’s denim vest, $40, Camino Motor Co., 1212 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, caminomotorco.com. 14. Vintage Big Ben work coat, $85, Camino Motor Co., 1212 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, caminomotorco.com. 15. Bell helmet, $395, Camino Motor Co., 1212 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, caminomotorco.com. 16. Stranger Things soundtrack, $24.99, Shake It Records, 4156 Hamilton Ave., Northside, shakeitrecords.com. 17. Freeman Plat quarter jogger, $365, Corporate, 1323 Vine St., Overthe-Rhine, corporategotem.com. 18. Wood underwear, starts at $20, Righno, 1417 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, righno.com. 19. Patches, $6 each, HighStreet, 1401 Reading Road, Pendleton, highstreetcincinnati.com. 20. Warhol sweatshirt, $88, Righno, 1417 Vine St., Overthe-Rhine, righno.com. 21. Billy Reid moleskin jeans, $225, Article, 1150 Vine St., Over-theRhine, articlemenswear.com. 22. MRKT bag, $109, Righno, 1417 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, righno.com. 23. Woodnsteel knife, $195, Camino Motor Co., 1212 Main St., Over-theRhine, caminomotorco.com. 24. Teufelmacht wallet, $55, The Hoop & Needle, 4019 Hamilton Ave., Northside, thehoopandneedle. com. 25. Revive taco skateboard deck, $38, reviveskateboards.com. 26. Punctuation gild, $140, Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org. 27. Things Organized Neatly, $24.95, Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org. 28. Socks, $11, Kismet OTR, 1321 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/kismetovertherhine. 29. Tom Will Make Topo coasters, $39, Handzy, 15 W. Pike St., Covington, hellohandzy.com.

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Records, 4027 Hamilton Ave., Northside, facebook.com/blackplasticrecords. 12. Charley Harper coin purse, $14.95, MiCA 12/v, 1201 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, shopmica.com. 13. Roebling Bridge keychain, $12, Hotel Covington, 638 Madison Ave., Covington, hotelcovington.com. 14. Clifton Poker by Jim P. White, $50, Lentz and Company, 339 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, lentzandcompany.com. 15. Cincinnati sweatshirt, $58, Homage, 1232 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, homage.com. 16. Nasty

Nati onesie, $18, Homage, 1232 Vine St., Overthe-Rhine, homage.com. 17. Grainwell wood ornaments, $12 each, Elm & Iron, 1326 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/elmandironotr. 18. Straight Outta Covington mug, $16, Hotel Covington, 638 Madison Ave., Covington, hotelcovington.com. 19. Cards Against Covington, $25, Hotel Covington, 638 Madison Ave., Covington, hotelcovington.com. 20. Tiny Treasures bib, $15, The Spotted Goose, 3048 Madison Road, Oakley, thespottedgoose.com.

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1. Covington pillow, $49, Elm & Iron, 1326 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/ elmandironotr. 2. Ohio necklace, $14, Libby, 1307 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, shoplibby.com. 3. James Billiter Studio print, $20, Handzy, 15 W. Pike St., Covington, hellohandzy.com. 4. Made in Cincinnati x Phil Valois pins, $20, shopmadeincincinnati.com. 5. Queen City shirt, $28, Durham Dept., 617 Madison Ave., Covington, durhamdept.com. 6. Cityscape Tiles, $14, MiCA 12/v, 1201 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine,

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1. Andy Warhol toy, $11.99, Shake It Records, 4156 Hamilton Ave., Northside, shakeitrecords. com. 2. Eye pullover, $38, The Spotted Goose, 3048 Madison Road, Oakley, thespottedgoose. com. 3. Rody Horse, $39.99, King Arthur’s Court Toys, 3040 Madison Road, Oakley, kingarthurstoys.com. 4. Arrows, $8 each, Elm & Iron, 1326 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook. com/elmandironotr. 5. Tiny Cottons onesie, $98, The Spotted Goose, 3048 Madison Road, Oakley, thespottedgoose.com. 6. Oeuf animal hoodie, $88; Rylee and Cru woodland sweats, $48 The Spotted Goose, 3048 Madison Road, Oakley, thespottedgoose.com. 7. Alpaca gloves, $14.20, The Hansa Guild, 369 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, hansaonline.com. 8. Reindeer hair clip, $12, The Spotted Goose, 3048 Madison Road, Oakley, thespottedgoose.com. 9. Bear balaclava, $44, The Spotted Goose, 3048 Madison Road, Oakley, thespottedgoose.com. 10. Haus of Jr. button up, $58, Corporate, 1323 Vine St., Over-theRhine, corporategotem.com. 11. Tiny Treasures designs bib, $12, The Spotted Goose, 3048 Madison Road, Oakley, thespottedgoose.com. 12. Veggie rattles, $18, MiCA 12/v, 1201 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, shopmica.com. 13. Tiny Cottons sweater, $82; Tiny Cottons pants, $42; Tiny Cottons face boots, $142, The Spotted Goose, 3048 Madison Road, Oakley, thespottedgoose.com. 14. Art in a Box, $20, Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org. 15. Egg purse, $42, The Spotted Goose, 3048 Madison Road, Oakley, thespottedgoose.com. 16. TV dinner tray, $14, HighStreet, 1401 Reading Road, Pendleton, highstreetcincinnati.com. 17. Moccasins, $60, The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Is, 6 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/TMBTITWI. 18. Toast to Family, $7.99, Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org. 19. Virtual reality glasses, $15, Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org. 20. Existential coloring book, $9.50, HighStreet, 1401 Reading Road, Pendleton, highstreetcincinnati.com. 21. Star Wars Rebellion (14+), $99.99, Arkham House Games, 1609 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills, arkhamhousegames.com. 22. Cloud pillow, $32, MiCA 12/v, 1201 Vine St., Overthe-Rhine, shopmica.com. 23. Artful skwish, $18, Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org. 24. Badges, $24, MiCA 12/v, 1201 Vine St., Overthe-Rhine, shopmica.com. 25. Knit football hat, $19, The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Is, 6 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/ TMBTITWI. 26. Plush toys/ornaments, $16$18, MiCA 12/v , 1201 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, shopmica.com. 27. Oeuf knit crown, $40, The Spotted Goose, 3048 Madison Road, Oakley, thespottedgoose.com. 28. Voodoo doll, $15, HighStreet, 1401 Reading Road, Pendleton, highstreetcincinnati.com. 29. Andrew Neyer serigraph, $40, MiCA 12/v, 1201 Vine St., Overthe-Rhine, shopmica.com. 30. Slingshot, $12, HighStreet, 1401 Reading Road, Pendleton, highstreetcincinnati.com.

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brewhausdogbones.com, shopmadeincincinnati. com. 13. Collar, $12-$15, Pet Wants, 1813 Pleasant St., Over-the-Rhine, petwants.com. 14. Honey Sweetie Acres pet soap, $6.50, honeysweetieacres.com, shopmadeincincinnati. com. 15. Tom Will Make monkey fist rope dog toy, $29, Dirt: A Modern Market, 131 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/dirtfindlaymarket. 16. Edie Harper coloring book, $7.95, charleyharper.com. 17. Treat Ideas Like Cats: And Other Creative Quotes to Inspire Creative People, $17.99, zacharypetit.com.

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1. Pet Wants skin spray and salve, $11-$12, Pet Wants, 1813 Pleasant St., Over-the-Rhine, petwants.com. 2. Balloon dog, $20, Elm & Iron, 1326 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook. com/elmandironotr. 3. Bowser Beer, $5.50, Argos, 2801 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills, argospets.com. 4. Cat mug and tea towel, $16$18, Elm & Iron, 1326 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/elmandironotr. 5. Cookies, $2, Pet Wants, 1813 Pleasant St., Over-the-Rhine, petwants.com. 6. Pet portraits by Mara, start at $115, Argos, 2801 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut



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1. CGCERAMICS hanging planters, $22-$28, MiCA 12/v, 1201 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, shopmica. com. 2. Planter and stand, $89, Fern, 6040 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, fern-shop.com. 3. Neon lights, $25, The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Is, 6 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/ TMBTITWI. 4. Cacti print, $10, Handzy, 15 W. Pike St., Covington, hellohandzy.com. 5. Plant and basket, $25, Eden Floral Boutique, 1129 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, edenfloralboutique.com. 6. Terrarium, $30-$40, Eden Floral Boutique, 1129 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, edenfloralboutique.

com. 7. Dino planter, $49, Elm & Iron, 1326 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/elmandironotr. 8. Plant pins, $12 each, Fern, 6040 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, fern-shop.com. 9. Pilea peperomioides, $38, Gia and the Blooms, 114 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine, giablooms.com. 10. Wall staghorn, $25, Gia and the Blooms, 114 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine, giablooms.com. 11. Hand-tied bouquet, $35, Gia and the Blooms, 114 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine, giablooms.com. 12. “Don’t be a prick” stitch kit, $16, The Hoop & Needle, 4019 Hamilton Ave., Northside, thehoopandneedle.com.


13. “Undergrowth with Two Figures” mug, $15, Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiartmuseum.org. 14. Teeny Tiny Gardening, $21.95, Eden Floral Boutique, 1129 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, edenfloralboutique. com. 15. Cactus card, $4.50, aplovesdesign.com. 16. Watering can, $15, Eden Floral Boutique, 1129 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, edenfloralboutique.com. 17. Brooklyn Candle Studio, $14 each, Gia and the Blooms, 114 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine, giablooms. com. 18. Sage bundle, $20, Swoon OTR, 1421 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/swoon.otr.

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This exhibition was organized with the generous support of the Harold C. Schott Foundation.

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Additional support was provided by the John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Undergrowth with Two Figures (detail), 1890, oil on canvas, Bequest of Mary E. Johnston, 1967.1430

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Guy Mendes, Juliette Lee Moore, Kit’s Hole, Clark County, KY (detail), 1968, gelatin silver print, FotoFocus Art Purchase Fund, 2016.8

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a keen sense of color and movement. His wife has what is, to me, the most beautiful work in this large show: her large cottonand-linen textile piece, “With Verticals,” from 1946. It’s just exquisite; the narrowest of dark vertical rectangles are precisely placed on a red-and-white field of twisting lines. It can be read as purely abstract or as

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the façade of a mysterious building. Either way, it’s a visionary work. You can see how an artist like Anni inspired others. It’s evident in the work of Ruth Asawa, an American-born woman of Japanese descent who came to Black Mountain in 1946 after her family’s internment during World War II. She later joined the faculty. In the show, she has a large copper-and-iron-wire sculpture, “Untitled,” suspended from the ceiling that has a lightness that creates the illusion of a weaving. Its contours weave in and out of the piece’s center like falling teardrops. The great sculptor John Chamberlain arrived for a summer class in 1955, at the beginning of his career, and used welding tools to create what may have been his first piece using old auto parts., “Shortstop.” As a summer-session faculty member in 1948, R. Buckminster Fuller solicited his students to help build and test his then-new geodesic dome. And in 1949, the next year, a photo by Hazel Larsen Archer shows him standing inside the open structure of an assembled dome. It’s like he’s inside a beach ball, beaming as a proud child would. It says so much about him and the thrill of learning at Black Mountain College. CONTACT STEVEN ROSEN: srosen@citybeat.com

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In any list of great American universities, North Carolina’s Black Mountain College deserves a spot. It only lasted from 1933-1957, and wasn’t that well known nationally during its operation or for decades afterward. But as realization has grown that some of America’s greatest 20th-century artists either taught at or attended the progressive liberal arts school, its fame has soared. And how could it not? Such key arts and humanities figures were associated with it as Josef and Anni Albers, Walter Gropius, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Buckminster Fuller, Ray Johnson, Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence, Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Ruth Asawa and others. You wouldn’t have a meaningful modern American culture, or the ideas that continue to inspire our avant-garde thinkers, without that list. The first major museum exhibition about Black Mountain College, Leap Before You Look, is at the Wexner Center for the Arts on Ohio State University’s campus in Columbus now through Jan. 1, 2017. It’s an essential show for anyone who wants to understand how and why our arts are open to new ideas from the world around us. It’s also a wisely curated mix of an art exhibit and a history one. As the latter, it includes photographs — archival ones as well as dramatically enlarged reproductions — that describe and depict how Black Mountain’s campus life was a kind of openminded, tolerant communal experience, an American kibbutz. This exhibit was organized by Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. For information on Columbus hours, visit wexarts.org. Black Mountain College was started during the Great Depression by John Andrew Rice, a fired faculty member from Florida’s Rollins College. He found a Christian summer camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains, near Asheville, that could house his school. And he stressed an interdisciplinary approach to education. His brilliant stroke was to hire, as professors, Josef and Anni Albers, fleeing Germany after the Nazis shut down their Modernist school, the Bauhaus. (Black Mountain College later moved to a nearby site where students and faculty worked to design and construct the buildings.) Josef headed the painting department until 1949 and encouraged students to think freely and experiment with recycled materials — out of practicality as much as innate avant-gardism, since the school’s budget was tight. And Anni established herself as a premier textile artist. (In 1949, Josef taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.) This exhibit includes some of their wonderful work. Josef’s “Leaf Study IX,” which arranges autumnal brown leaves into a naturalistic pattern on yellow paper, has

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The engaging and intimate exhibition “We could talk about tree trunks forever,” Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth, at Cinshe told her audience, in a nice departure cinnati Art Museum through Jan. 8, 2017, is from professional jargon, and went on to an invitation into the way artists think and say van Gogh’s visual memory was strong interact with one another through their and precise and that the sunshine on the work and friendships. This show gives ground produces “an experience of shadow.” the viewer a direct look not only at the An important element of Into the Underresultant works, but also at the thoughts growth is quotations from the artist’s letters that led to them. to his brother Theo, his strong supporter Centered upon the museum’s own and perhaps also his most intimate friend. “Undergrowth with Two Figures,” which van The influence of Japanese art on his own Gogh painted in 1890, the exhibition feawork, for instance, comes out in a letter to tures 20 artworks borrowed from museums internationally, plus ones from its own collection of French paintings and works on paper. In “Undergrowth with Two Figures,” two enigmatic people, a man and woman, are seen at a distance among trees set in a lovingly, intricately detailed forest floor. It is the forest floor that van Gogh was interested in — that and the tree trunks. The sharply horizontal canvas is awash in undergrowth up to within inches of the top. It is Vincent van Gogh’s “Tree Trunks in the Grass” bisected by a tree trunk, set P H O T O : c o u r t e s y o f th e K r Ö l l e r - M Ü l l e r M u s e u m , ott e r l o , T h e N e th e r l a n d s only slightly to the right of center, running from nearly Theo: “If we study Japanese art, then we see the bottom to the absolute top. These are daring concepts even now — that tree trunk a man, undoubtedly wise and a philosopher could ruin the painting in lesser hands. and intelligent, who spends his time (studyIndustrialization was taking hold in ing) a single blade of grass. But this blade Europe when van Gogh painted this. As of grass leads him to draw all the plants...” people left the countryside to move to Reading van Gogh’s words leads us to look urban areas, the structure of life was again at his own blades of grass. changing. Our natural human longing for Into the Undergrowth is accompanied what was left behind encouraged artists by a supporting exhibition, Unlocking Van to turn to nature in its sylvan state, to pay Gogh’s World, featuring French Impresclose attention to such elements as forest sionist and Post-Impressionist prints from undergrowth and tree trunks. The sousthe museum’s collection. Our sense of that bois, French for undergrowth, became a volatile period in the art world is broadparticular object of interest. ened by the inclusion of these works by Van Gogh, of course, was not the only Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pissarro, Whisartist nudged in this direction. The exhibitler and others, in addition to van Gogh. tion includes works by Théodore Rousseau, Ideas were flying around, artists were Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet and Paul ready to invent and then to refine; it was Gauguin. Van Gogh himself returned again a heady time. I suppose, in a sense, given and again to what was on the ground, some the continuing popularity of these artists, of it lush and some, as in “Trees on a Slope,” we’re not over it yet. sun-struck and bare. It’s there early (“Girl This is not a world-shaking exhibition, in a Wood,” 1882) and late (“Undergrowth but rather a fresh take on the man who, to with Two Figures” was painted the year many, symbolizes what an artist is. It also is van Gogh died). a fresh take on his colleagues and his circle. This is a show that invites close attention Admission to VAN GOGH: INTO THE to detail. The artists were doing that, themUNDERGROWTH is free to museum members selves, although interpreting rather than and $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 17. precisely recording, says Cornelia Homburg, That price also includes admission to Kentucky an art historian and van Gogh expert who Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and contributed an essay to the exhibition cataIts Community, 1954–1974. More information: log and also spoke at the museum not long cincinnatiartmuseum.org. after this exhibition opened in October.

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Just when you thought that films based inadvertently lets some of Newt’s beasts on the “wizarding world” of Harry Potter loose in a city already on edge.” were over, here comes a new one: Fantastic This film comes just a few months after Beasts and Where to Find Them. It opens the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Friday, but where did it come from, exactly? Child opened in London. Written by Jack And will it be accepted as a legitimate Thorne from a new story by Rowling, Thorne furthering of the Harry Potter legacy? and John Tiffany, it introduces a generation Casual fans of the super-successful Harry of witches and wizards who are growing up Potter movies might be unsure about it, 20 years after the climactic battle depicted in but droves of diehard Potter-heads will be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. interested because it provides a canonic The very busy Rowling has also shown a backstory and comes from a script written desire, as a novelist, to tell more mature stoby Harry Potter’s creator, J. K. Rowling. It is directed by David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter films. The film’s title is taken from an encyclopedic textbook that is referenced several times by Harry, Ron and Hermione in the original Harry Potter books and films. Rowling subsequently wrote a real version of the textbook in 2001 as an accompaniment to her Harry Potter novels. It reads like an actual encyclopedia, with only smatterings of character or storytelling. Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander in this backstory. So this is the first of P H O T O : j a a p b u i t e n d i k / c o u r t e s y o f Wa r n e r b r o s . the wizarding films to be released without a tradiries. Her recent A Casual Vacancy is about tional novel that fans can read before viewpolitical intrigue in an English village. As ing, although the script will be released in Wikipedia summarizes it, “Major themes in book form the same day the film premieres. the novel are class, politics and social issues This is a Harry Potter film that might such as drugs, prostitution and rape.” be considered American, despite the fact When Harry Potter films were preceded that leading man and Oscar winner Eddie by books, there was plenty of time for the Redmayne is British — he plays magizooloreaders to familiarize themselves with the gist Newt Scamander. Fantastic Beasts intricacies of the characters, memorize and Where to Find Them takes place in the major plot points and, overall, gain an New York City in 1926, unlike the eight appreciation for the author’s work. They original films, released between 2001 and could compare and contrast the books with 2011, which are firmly planted in the United the films, which created a very large comKingdom. munity of fans who generated buzz. Fantastic Beasts is more a Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts runs the risk of overspin-off than a continuation. The movie’s whelming audiences with too many unfaofficial website describes the story this way, miliar characters. Rowling doesn’t seem too in part: “Something mysterious is leaving a worried, though — she recently announced path of destruction in the streets, threatenthe Fantastic Beasts series would span ing to expose the wizarding community to five movies. And should Cursed Child also the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction of come to film, its stories could conflict with No-Majs (American for Muggles) bent on Fantastic Beast’s pre-Potter setting. So far, eradicating them. And the powerful, dark Cursed Child has had a lesser effect on pop wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking culture for a Harry Potter product, although havoc in Europe, has slipped away and is it has yet to arrive onstage in the U.S. nowhere to be found. True fans of Harry Potter are sure to “Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt appreciate what’s being offered by direcarrives in (New York City) nearing the end tor Yates and writer Rowling in Fantastic of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are Beasts. Whether or not it matches the earsafeguarded in the hidden dimensions of his lier successes, it’s always nice for devotees deceptively nondescript leather case. But to have a reason to dust off their wands for potential disaster strikes when unsuspecta night at the movies. (Opens Friday at area ing No-Maj Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) theaters) (PG-13) Not screened for review

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“Marmion,” the epic 19th-century poem from Sir Walter Scott, gave us the immortal quote, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave/When first we practise to deceive!” Switch out “web” for “spell” and the line could just as easily have sprung from director/writer Anna Biller’s new film The Love Witch. Biller brews up a modern tale of witchcraft, ingeniously beholden to the pulp fictions and melodramas of a more recent age. Her titular protagonist Elaine (Samantha Robinson) speaks to us directly, relaying her tale of romantic woe, and she’s certainly bewitching. A bit too earnest, to be sure, but able to bare her brand of sex appeal with abandon, standing in stark opposition (at least on the surface) to feminism as we know it. Elaine positions herself as a philosophical throwback, eager to find a strong and handsome man to please. At one point, she tells us that she’s “addicted to love.” That line recalls the 1986 Robert Palmer Pop hit and its trendsetting video with a mannequinlike band of models. This replaces them with a cadre of feckless and unfaithful men who have woken to love through the unburdening power of sex and witchcraft. Elaine cracks through their impenetrable wall, allowing waves of unfettered feeling to overtake and drown these hapless figures. Of course, it is not only Elaine practicing deception. Biller twists cinematic and social conventions by revealing Elaine to be a dangerously spidery black widow. Elaine may not be filling her coffers, but she is definitely building a body count, with assistance from her deadly potions. The Love Witch counters the darkness of its black magic with an abundance of nostalgic camp and a high level of naked titillation. Biller feeds a longdormant addiction for fringe fetish with practiced skill. (Opens Friday at Esquire Theatre) (R) Grade: B+ Also Opening This Week: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk // Bleed for This // The Edge of Seventeen

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When a new season of American Horror That’s because American Horror Story Story grows near, chatter abounds: What’s offers more tricks than treats. The minisethe theme? Which actors from previous ries has devolved into a glorified Where’s seasons will return? Will Jessica Lange ever Waldo for fans tuning in to see which of come back? (Probably not.) the many AHS actors who’ve returned Fan speculation took a turn leading up for multiple seasons have returned again. to this sixth season —American Horror True horror has given way to the creepily Story: Roanoke (Season Finale, 10 p.m. jarring, and while the acting is top-notch, Wednesday, FX) — as few details were the underdeveloped characters have begun announced in advance. Even the cast list to fall flat. And yet, each week I come back was kept largely under wraps. for more. It appears my persistence is With minimal clues and hints dropped about to be rewarded in this week’s season in teasers (emphasis on the tease), I predicted the theme would involve some kind of “meta” show within a show, a theory perpetuated by many fans and conspirators online. My guess was the plot would take place behind the scenes on the set of a horror film. Not spot-on, but not too far off, either. The show within American Horror Story: Roanoke — the first of a few, actually — was My Roanoke Nightmare, an A&E channelstyle docuseries about a family that claims to have Kathy Bates plays The Butcher in the horror miniseries. lived through an intense PHOTO : Frank ockenfels/f x paranormal experience after moving into an old home in North Carolina. finale, when a really satisfying crossover is My Roanoke Nightmare features interrevealed: Lana Winters, Paulson’s character views with the family as they recount their from Season 2’s Asylum (a journalist who experience plus reenactments by a cast of gets Briarcliff Mental Institution shut down actors. So nearly every character throughafter being unjustly institutionalized in the out the show is portrayed twice — once by 1960s) will interview Lee, the sole survivor/ an actor (for example, Lily Rabe as Shelby) murderer from My Roanoke Nightmare. and again by an actor playing an actor This will be the third role that Paulson has playing that character (so, Sarah Paulson taken on in this season alone and the third played an actress named Audrey who was television program within AHS: Roanoke. portraying Shelby). Meta! Got that? AHS has taken on a life of its own — it’s Halfway through this season, the docusean entirely different beast than it was six ries ends and AHS breaks that show-withinseasons ago. It’s become something of a a-show format. We watch a sleazy producer game for longtime fans. And even if there’s plot a second season of My Roanoke Nightno winner, it’s still pretty fun to play. mare — a reality special where the people who lived the original haunting and the actors who portrayed them all return to the Undercover (Series Premiere, 8 p.m. scene to see if this crazy story is true. It’s Wednesday, BBC America) – In this minisethe first time we see the group of actors as ries written by Peter Moffat (of Criminal themselves, which really gives the famously Justice, the basis for HBO’s The Night Of), stellar cast a chance to flex its skills — the a British lawyer is to become the first black caliber of which can’t be ignored even if you woman Director of Public Prosecutions, only hate the concept or overall result. to have her personal life turned upside-down. We watch Return to Roanoke: Three Days In Hell not as a completed show, but Search Party (Series Premiere Monday, in real-time through the surveillance in the 11 p.m. TBS) – Arrested Development’s Alia house and the characters’ own footage on Shawkat stars in this dark comedy about a phones and camera. And let’s just say the 20-somethings who launch an investigation horror becomes very real. when an old college friend goes missing. Notice how there’s more talk about the CONTACT JAC KERN: @jackern concept and twists than the story itself?

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Meritage’s Mt. Carmel-glazed lamb chops are the specialty of the house. includes nine sandwiches ($11-$16), a halfdozen appetizers ($10-$12) and a dozen entrées ($22-$44), along with a couple of soup or salad choices ($5-$11). For starters, I went with the half-size Meritage salad. Candied pecans, pear slices, pancetta and bits of Brie cheese made it a good salad, and it was the bargain of the night at $5. George didn’t do as well with his app, which consisted of two very small scallops looking lonesome on the plate for $12. Our server brought us some bread, and then we waited. We noticed that other tables were pretty much without food, too, although people who ordered sandwiches seemed to do a little better. Finally, our entrées showed up. My choice was the Mt. Carmel-glazed lamb chops ($35), a specialty of the house, which I thought would be a good match with the red wine. The plate included five fairly meaty ribcut chops, nicely cooked to medium rare and served with sides of sautéed spinach and macaroni and cheese. With such a rich cut of meat, I would have preferred a lighter carb than macand-cheese, but someone with a heartier appetite might feel otherwise.

George liked his seafood special, red snapper served in a wine/butter sauce with potatoes and a little bit of green veggie, although we were surprised when the check came and the price of the dish was $35. As with the scallops, the portion didn’t quite justify the cost. After the lamb entrée, which I didn’t come close to finishing, dessert didn’t seem too appealing. But George was still hungry and I talked myself into it with the thought that CityBeat’s readers deserve to hear about the restaurant’s sweet offerings. Our server listed the pastries of the night, from which we chose a slice of peach pie and crème brûlée ($7 each). We liked the pie a lot; flaky crust with just the right amount of shortening under a

hefty pile of sliced peaches and vanilla ice cream on the side. I usually appreciate any kind of custard or pudding dessert, but the crème brûlée wasn’t distinguishable from many others I’ve had around town. We went upstairs after we finished, where there’s another dining room and bar with a more casual atmosphere. We ran into an old friend we hadn’t seen in years and talked over a lounge band playing across the room while a few families and couples enjoyed sandwiches and beers. There’s also a fairly large patio facing the square. As an independent suburban restaurant offering steak-and-seafood fare, Meritage fills a void in Glendale for the relatively upscale consumer who doesn’t want to drive into the city.

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hen Kristee Fowee opened her first restaurant in 2011, she wanted it to emphasize wine while blending a historical space with a contemporary-style restaurant. A small building in historic Glendale was available, and she decided to name the place Meritage. The word (which rhymes with “heritage”) refers to a specific type of California wine blended from Bordeaux grape varieties — something that wine geeks would know. And for those not familiar with the term, it still has a nice, French-sounding ring, something sophisticated for the suburbs. As chef/owner, Fowee had built a following in that neck of the woods but outgrew the space. A couple months ago she reopened in the former Iron Horse restaurant space on Glendale Square and suddenly had more than twice the space and a subsequent 70 percent spike in business, she says. That uptick probably explains the service problems we encountered at a Friday night dinner — after appetizers, we waited almost a half hour for entrées. Fowee said in a follow-up conversation that they’re still ironing out the transition, learning how to navigate the large building, space dinner reservations and manage staff. Although I prefer to review restaurants with friends along, on that particular Friday, my husband George and I couldn’t find anyone to go with us, so we went on our own. Things started well as we sat in a main dining room on the first floor and perused the wine list. Although it’s not the most extensive list, I was happy with the bottle selections. Among red wines there’s a section of 12 Meritage and red blends ($34-$110), which seemed like the obvious place to settle. According to the website for the Meritage Alliance (founded in 1988), the word combines “merit,” reflecting high-quality grapes, with “heritage,” meant to recognize “the centuries-old tradition of blending, long considered to be the highest form of the winemaker’s art.” For an American wine to use the word “Meritage” on its label, it must be a member of this alliance and be blended from some or all of a specific list of grape varietals. We selected a bottle of Seabiscuit Ranch Superfecta Meritage (2009) from Mendocino, Calif. ($58). It was well balanced with a moderate fruitiness and noticeable but not overwhelming oak. We didn’t want a heavy, tannic wine since we usually order lighter dishes, and this one went well with the array of tastes we tried. The restaurant serves both lunch and dinner from the same menu, which


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Plenty of local eateries and institutions are offering hearty holiday dinners on Thanksgiving (Thursday, Nov. 24) for those who want to stuff themselves full of turkey and all the trimmings without spending any time in the kitchen. Some are buffets, some are à la carte and almost all require reservations. So plan ahead, book a table and remember that it’s inappropriate to take a post-feast nap in public — your food coma will have to wait until you’re back on your own couch. BB Riverboats Thanksgiving Cruise — Cruise the Ohio River while enjoying a dinner buffet of roasted turkey, dressing, green bean casserole, sweet and mashed potatoes and dessert. 1-3 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. $45 adults; $24 children. 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., bbriverboats.com. Buca di Beppo — The menu features sliced turkey, homestyle gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing and more. 11 a.m. $20 individual; $60 small family-style; $120 large. 2635 Edmonson Road, Norwood, bucadibeppo.com. The Capital Grille — Slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, French green beans, cranberry-pear chutney and mashed potatoes. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $38 adults; $15 children. 3821 Edwards Road, Norwood, thecapitalgrille.com. Coach House Tavern — A buffet featuring hand-carved turkey, Brussels sprouts, succotash, potatoes, stuffing, dessert and more, including specialty mimosas and bloody marys. Seatings at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. $29. 100 Berkeley Drive, Hamilton, coachhousetavern.com. Coppin’s at Hotel Covington — A Thanksgiving buffet that blends Northern and Southern tastes featuring Bowman Landis’ free-range turkey, a prime rib carving station, roasted salmon, sides and much more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $55. 638 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., hotelcovington.com. Fall Feast — Hosted by Give Back Cincinnati, this 10th-annual event features a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, plus free coats, haircuts, vision screenings, flu shots, live music, a petting zoo and TVs to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade and football. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 9 a.m. doors. Free. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, fallfeast.org. The Golden Lamb — A multi-course menu that includes choices like oven-roasted turkey breast, mushroom ravioli and tenderloin. Also offers a to-go option, featuring an 18- to 22-pound roast turkey, sides and two pumpkin pies for $22.99. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. $14.95-$35.95. 27 S. Broadway St., Lebanon, goldenlamb.com. La Petite France — A buffet featuring French dishes like pâté maison and escargots plus traditional eats. 10:30 a.m.5 p.m. $34.95 adults, $15.95 children.

3177 Glendale Milford Road, Evendale, lapetitefrance.biz. Laszlo’s Iron Skillet — Entrée options include oven-roasted turkey, pork loin, wiener schnitzel and prime rib. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. À la carte. 1020 Ohio Pike, Withamsville, laszlosironskillet.com. Metropole — Dishes include Elmwood Stock Farms roast turkey, potato purée with chorizo jam, Blue Oven Bread stuffing

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and cranberry relish. 2-8 p.m. $54 per person or à la carte. 609 Walnut St., Downtown, metropoleonwalnut.com. The Palace Restaurant — A four-course Thanksgiving menu featuring sweet potato soup, sage-glazed pork belly, pumpkin pie and more. $49 adults; $19 children. 601 Vine St., Downtown, palacecincinnati.com. Palomino — Menu features two seasonal entrée choices along with starters, desserts and more. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. À la carte. 505 Vine St., Downtown, palomino.com. Parkers Blue Ash Tavern — A festive buffet featuring a carving station, traditional side dishes, a seafood bar and dessert. Noon-7 p.m. $38; $12 children. 4200 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, parkersblueash.com. The Presidents Room — A Thanksgiving menu with turkey and assorted comfort dishes. Noon-6:30 p.m. À la carte. 812 Race St., Downtown, thepresidentsrm.com. Prime — Thanksgiving lunch buffet with a carving station, sides and fun desserts, like Grippo’s-crusted brownies. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $39 adults; $19 children. 580 Walnut St., Downtown, primecincy.com. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse — A threecourse turkey dinner. Noon. $39.95 adults; $12.95 children. 100 E. Freedom Way, Downtown, ruthschris.com. ©

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Sparkling Wine Dinner — In advance of the holidays, La Petite Pierre hosts a paired wine dinner with food from the restaurant and sparkling alcohol selections. 7 p.m. $120. La Petite Pierre, 7800 Camargo Road, Madeira, lapetitepierre.com.

Great Lakes Beer Dinner — A paired beer dinner with craft beer from Great Lakes. 6 p.m. $55. Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, moerleinlagerhouse.com. Cuisine Art Cocktails Panel — A panel on the Contemporary Arts Center’s local art-inspired cookbook, Cuisine Art Cocktails. Panelists include photographer Gina Weathersby, mixologist Molly Wellmann and contributors Jaime Thompson and Maria Kalomenidou. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Norwood, josephbeth.com.


Jazz and Frog Gig — Continuous live Jazz after 4 p.m. with a varied menu of amphibious appetizers, soups, salads and entrées. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Prices vary. Washington Platform, 1000 Elm St., Downtown, washingtonplatform.com. Old World Dinner Club — Nectar hosts a multi-course dinner featuring the comfort foods of Eastern Europe. Dishes include smoked mushroom and salmon pierogi, beef-stuffed cabbage and apple caramel kolacky. 7 p.m. $47. Nectar, 1000 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout, dineatnectar.com. Mount Adams French Wine Festival — Parade to Quincy’s where a sommelier will uncork a barrel of Beaujolais nouveau. Prizes awarded for best-dressed French “chien” aka dog. 5:30 p.m. Free. Meet at Mount Adams Bar & Grill, 938 Hatch St., Mount Adams, mtadamsyachtclub.com.


Fall Bourbon Dinner Cruise — Warm yourself up with bourbon on this BB Riverboat cruise down the Ohio River. 7-10 p.m. $60 adults; $40 children. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., bbriverboats.com.


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Edible Ohio Valley Shindig — Dine and network with local food folk while enjoying small plates of locally sourced and fallinspired food. Optional additional beer and wine pairings. 4-6 p.m. $0-$25. Park + Vine, 1202 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, eventbrite. com/e/fall-shindig-tickets-27492676335.

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Pour Over Cincy/NKY: A Coffee Showcase — Several local coffeeshops will exhibit their brews and blends, including Deeper Roots, La Terza, Coffee Emporium, Bloc and more with treats from the likes of Happy Chicks, Grateful Grahams, Brown Bear Bakery and Pizzeria Locale. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $10. The Hatchery Kitchen Incubator, 7 Court Place, Newport, Ky., eventbrite. com/e/pour-over-cincynky-a-coffee-showcase-tickets-28943579024. A Taste of Lebanon — Experience Lebanese culture for the day in a festive atmosphere with homemade Middle Eastern dishes, including falafel, kibbee, stuffed cabbage and other favorites, plus live music and dancing. Noon-6 p.m. Free admission. St. Anthony of Padua Church, 2530 Victory Parkway, East Walnut Hills, staparish.org.


A Very Bavarian Christmas — Chef Olaf Bader leads this class on creating authentic German cuisine, including gingerbread. 6:30-9 p.m. $55. Cooks’Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Harper’s Point, cookswaresonline.com.


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dozen years ago, Carl Broemel became the guitarist of record for My Morning Jacket after the departure of original member Johnny Quaid. In that time, Broemel has made his personal mark on a band that was already wildly unique. He was an essential component to the sonic and critical success of 2005’s Z, his first studio contribution to the band, and he’s been absolutely crucial to My Morning Jacket’s creative evolution in the intervening years. Broemel is also something of a local boy. A native of Indianapolis, a graduate of Indiana University’s Classical guitar program and a veteran of several hometown bands, Broemel and his friends were regular Cincinnati visitors because nothing was happening in Indianapolis. “We would try to play clubs, but most only wanted to book cover bands, therefore not a lot of awesome touring bands came to Indianapolis,” Broemel says from his Nashville home. “We would do our own shows. We would rent a P.A., rent the Jewish community center and put flyers up everywhere. It was when Pearl Jam, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana were getting huge; everybody wanted to see bands, so we would do our own renegade shows. To see shows, we’d go to Bogart’s (in Cincinnati). From Bloomington, it was really (a quick drive). I saw Pearl Jam, Fugazi, Toad the Wet Sprocket. I remember a Sundays show that was great. We saw Guided By Voices at (former Cincinnati club) Sudsy Malone’s — those guys were our heroes. I was the guy who was there at 4 p.m. to watch them load in.” Eventually, Broemel’s girlfriend-nowwife relocated to Los Angeles, so he broke up his band and followed her. That vantage point positioned him to receive his most fateful offer. “I started hustling out there, playing music and doing weird jobs,” he says. “Since I did get some jobs auditioning for touring bands, I was in the zone to get called when My Morning Jacket came out there looking for people.” Coincidentally, just months prior to getting tapped as My Morning Jacket’s new guitarist, Broemel released his debut solo album, 2004’s Lose What’s Left. He’s certain frontman Jim James never heard the work as a prelude to hiring him, and it’s not likely many people will hear it going forward. “I don’t consider that a record, I consider that to be experimenting,” Broemel says with a laugh. “It is a record, but I haven’t really played any of those songs. It’s about supply and demand. If people were like, ‘You have to play (a song from that album),’ I’d be like, ‘Absolutely,’ but there’s literally no demand for that.”

While studying at Indiana University, Carl Broemel often came to Cincinnati to see shows. Six years later, around the time My Morning Jacket was working on its stunning Circuital album, Broemel dropped what he considers to be his first real solo album, the intimate and evocative All Birds Say. Left to his own devices, Broemel gives off a distinct Harry Nilsson/Ron Sexsmith vibe, which also permeates his recent solo excursion, 4th of July. His My Morning Jacket schedule and making time for his wife and 7-year-old son keep him perpetually busy, but he somehow finds time to explore his personal musical muse. “The trigger is just idle hands, time off and time at home where I’ll be alone,” Broemel says. “My son goes to sleep and my wife falls asleep on the couch, and I sneak away and write a song and go to bed. That’s where the songs usually come from. I’ve always experimented with writing songs since I was a kid, horrible songs, so it’s just kind of part of what I do. It’s not the main event of what I do, but it’s an important part of it. I’m pretty cognizant of what I’m good at and what I’m not, but it’s interesting to explore that further. I love being in a band, I’ve always felt most comfortable in a group — it feels like my natural habitat — but getting to sneak off and do this enables me to go back for more confirmation or, if not that, then just a little more confidence.” The primary reason for the long lag time between Broemel’s solo albums is his stated

need to distance himself from the material he’s written in order to tweak and arrange it with “fresh ears.” The recent 4th of July followed that basic blueprint, but differed from All Birds Say, which had been recorded piecemeal and then assembled in the studio. The new album was done with some version of a band — My Morning Jacket’s Tom Blankenship and Bo Koster on bass and keyboards, respectively, along with bassist Jordan Caress and drummer Richard Medek — playing live in each session, with guest vocalists Laura Veirs and Neko Case, among others, contributing as well. Broemel booked the studio in order to spur the process, but still gave the songs plenty of time to come to fruition. For him, it’s the most important part of the whole process. “It takes me time to get that perspective,” he says. “Work on it, step away, that’s kind of how it goes. I did try to expand the instrumentation and expand in a more experimental way. I love The Beatles and Paul McCartney and Ron Sexsmith, so I naturally default to that form, but I tried to break it up a little bit.” Broemel actually got a little more perspective this year than he bargained for. While touring this past summer with Ray LaMontagne, he fell ill with what turned out to be appendicitis.

“Thankfully, there was a hospital right next to the venue,” Broemel says. “I played the show, and during the show I was like, ‘Oh, man, I am in trouble.’ I went straight to the hospital and they were like, ‘You’re staying here, bud.’ ” Whether the songs are personal — like “Rockingchair Dancer,” which began when his son was still in a crib — or expressing some universal thought, like “Landing Gear,” Broemel uses an interesting construct to reach his songwriting goals. Given his personally held belief that he’s better at helping others with their songs, he tries to imagine he’s accomplishing that same mission with his own material. “I have to simulate that, like, ‘I didn’t make this, what am I going to do to this to make it better?’ ” he says. “For me, one of the best parts about it is just doing it. It doesn’t have a point. If you can trick yourself into doing something that has no goal or meaning, then you’re just working on it. You have to create an artificial situation. There is some anticipation for a My Morning Jacket record, but there’s not much anticipation for my records, so I like to enjoy that difference.” CARL BROEMEL plays the Taft Theatre’s Ballroom with Dave Simonette on Saturday. Tickets/more info: tafttheatre.org/events.

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Flying Underground Flies Again with New EP BY MIKE BREEN

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‘Cubs’ on the Charts Chicago’s loveable losers winning their first World Series in over 100 years not only made millions of Cubs fans happy — it apparently made them want to listen to the team’s weak rally song over and over again. Steve Goodman’s “Go Cubs Go” saw a spike in digital downloads the week the Cubs won the series that was big enough to push it to No. 21 on Billboard’s Pop Digital Song Sales. It marked the first time the tune (written in 1984, the year Goodman passed away) had reached any Billboard chart. In a sad twist, Goodman’s family had sold the rights to the song just months before the end of the World Series. Electronica-Phobic? A strange law nearly led to the cancelation of a concert by Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk in Buenos Aires. After five people died from drug overdoses earlier this year during an EDM festival, the city knee-jerked into place a law banning any concert featuring performers using “synthesizers or samplers as their primary instrument.” Promoters of a planned upcoming Kraftwerk show asked for an exemption and convinced the city’s government that the event (which has no alcohol sales) would not lead to anyone’s death. Cold Comfort There probably weren’t many diehard Wu-Tang Clan fans rooting for Donald Trump to become president, but his election victory did result in a consolation prize for them. Martin Shkreli, who became something of a super villain when it was revealed his former pharmaceutical firm was raising the cost of an AIDS-fighting drug from $13.50 per tablet to $750 per tablet, played snippets during a video livestream from the only copy of Wu-Tang’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album, which he bought for $2 million. Shkreli had promised to release the album to the public if Trump won, but beyond the snippets, he said he’s still figuring out how to put out the rest of it. But remember — Shkreli’s a troll who once said he was going to destroy the album.

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Flying Underground is technically a St., Northside, artifactbeer.com) beginning at 5 p.m. It’s the first in a series of musical new band, formed earlier this year. But if events with the stated purpose of raising the name rings a bell, it’s probably because money “for groups who fight for people it was previously known as Brian Lovely’s who routinely experience being ‘othered’ or Flying Underground. Lovely, a veteran bullied within our society.” The inaugural singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer (he’s fest focuses on the LGBTQIA community — currently also in Gypsy Jazz faves The specifically transgender rights. Along with Faux Frenchmen), says he lost his singing speakers and an array of other performers, voice to a “neurological curse,” leading the debut None Other Fest will feature him to seek out a new vocalist for the Pop/ music by The Tigerlilies, Lisa Walker Rock band, which also includes bassist of Wussy, The Whiskey Shambles, Dave Ramos and drummer Chris Arduser (known for his work with psychodots, The Bears, The Graveblankets and many other projects). Enter expressive singer Kelly McCracken, a Warren, Ohio native and leader of her own band, The Kellys. The new-look Flying Underground has been active on the local club/festival front over the past several months. On Wednesday, Nov. 23, the band celebrates the release of its debut recording, the EP Death of Stars, with a performance at Flying Underground Live! at the Ludlow Garage P H O T O : fa c e b oo k . c o m / f ly i n g u n d e r g r o u n d m u s i c (342 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, liveattheludlowgarage.com). mr.phylzzz, In Details, Betsy Ross and Mike Tittel of New Sincerity Works and more. A requested $5 donation will be Tickled Pink open the 8 p.m. show. Ticket donated to the Heartland Trans Wellness prices range from $12-$25. and GLSEN organizations. For more on the The five tracks on Death of Stars showfest and its mission, visit facebook.com/ case the band’s crisp, melodic songwriting noneotherfest. and untouchable musical chops, while • The Washington Platform Saloon & also introducing McCracken as a versatile Restaurant (1000 Elm St., Downtown, and charismatic vocalist. Opening tracks washingtonplatform.com) will showcase “Rocket Ship” and “Stop Leaving Me Alone” numerous local Jazz artists this week durpop with a Cheap Trick-like energy, with ing its Jazz & Frog Gig event, which runs McCracken’s voice giving off the attitudinal Thursday-Sunday. The “Frog” part of the vibe of peak Runaways. The title track is event’s name refers to the special frog cuithe EP’s most melodically durable song, sine being offered (the restaurant’s regular its soaring hooks sinking in and sticking menu will also be available). Jazz artists immediately, but each track on Death of slated to appear over the four days include Stars is an impressive example of dynamic Mandy Gaines, Mambo Combo, Brandon and effective Pop Rock songcraft. Coleman & Options Jazz Trio, The Faux For more on the band, visit facebook. Frenchmen, Frenchaxe, Josh Kline com/flyingundergroundmusic. & Retro Nouveau, The Josh Strange Quartet, Chris Tanner & Pan Vibe Quartet, A.J. Braman, Phil Hilger, Cel• Excellent local singer/songwriter Maular Sax Band, George Simon, the Walnut rice Mattei will release his latest album, Hills Jazz Ensemble, Jordan Pollard and Songs of Peril & Conquest, in conjunction Brad Myers & Mike Sharfe, who are curwith a show this Friday in the Lounge at rently working on an album together (visit the Southgate House Revival (111 E. Sixth pledgemusic.com/projects/bradmyers for St., Newport, southgatehouse.com). Matdetails). Music begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday tei performs at 9 p.m., followed by local and Friday and at 4 p.m. on Saturday and instrumental/Surf quartet Grateful Surf. Sunday. The full Jazz & Frog Gig lineup is The show is free. posted at washingtonplatform.com. • The first None Other Fest takes place Sunday at Urban Artifact (1660 Blue Rock CONTACT MIKE BREEN: mbreen@citybeat.com



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11/16 september mourning; moonbeau - noV. artist in residence 11/17 brett newski, american opera, adrian krygowski (duo); miles nielsen & the rusted hearts, m ross perkins 11/18 rock with standing rock: liquid hologram, anaya belly dance, kim belew, angelle bruner, frozen feet; hott stuff 80’s rock night feat. appetite for destruction in full; maurice mattei cd release “songs of peril & conquest”, grateful surf











11/19 noah smith (presented by cincymusic.com), 90 proof twang, matt mason; indiana boys; noir


11/20 the dickies, the queers; aaron lee tasjan (duo), brian wright


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FIDLAR with SWMRS and The Frights Wednesday • Madison Theater Capitalizing FIDLAR is not merely a ploy to ensure that people notice the band’s name in print or online — it’s actually an acronym for “Fuck It Dog, Life’s a Risk.” Vocalist/guitarist Zac Carper had a roommate who lived and skated by those very words, so when Carper and his bandmates — guitarist/vocalist Elvis Kuehn, bassist Brandon Schwartzel and drummer Max Kuehn — decided to ditch their original band name idea, the difficult-tomarquee Fuck the Clock, they went with an initialized tribute to the roommate’s skate-for-it motto. The band began seven years ago when Carper was homeless but working for producer Rob Schnapf, sleeping on the studio’s couch after locking up for the night. Elvis Kuehn began interning at the studio and the pair became friends, eventually FIDLAR concluding they PHOTO : Alice Ba xle y should start a band after a satisfying three-hour jam. Elvis recruited his brother Max, Carper invited longtime friend Schwartzel and FIDLAR was born; the foursome has been together ever since. FIDLAR’s individual Punk/ The 1975 cool cred goes all P H O T O : R o g e r D ec k k e r the way down to the genetic level; the Kuehn brothers’ father Greg was the keyboardist for Punk icons T.S.O.L., while Carper’s father is renowned surfboard designer John Carper. Although the band’s three EPs (2011’s DIYDUI and 2012’s Shit We Recorded in Our Bedroom and Don’t Try) and two full-lengths (its 2013 selftitled debut and last year’s sophomore effort, Too) show frenetic Punk leanings, there’s a dark, deliberate thoughtfulness to the lyrics that elevates FIDLAR’s presentation, particularly on the rehabinspired “No Waves,” the thrashy “West Coast” and the Grunge Pop bliss of “40oz. on Repeat.” It’s hard to pin any one tail on FIDLAR’s sound-donkey, and that may be the band’s greatest musical achievement of all. So holster your expectations and prepare for the ride of your life. (Brian Baker)

The 1975 Thursday • BB&T Arena (Northern Kentucky University) Although The 1975’s recorded history began just four years ago, the band’s origins date back nearly a decade and a half. It was 2002 when a quartet of Cheshire, England high school pals embarked on a series of local gigs under a variety of names, including Forever Enjoying Sex, Me and You Versus Them and Talkhouse. When the group’s original lead singer departed for another band, drummer Matthew Healy — the son of wellknown British actors Tim Healy and Denise Welch — strapped on a guitar and took over frontman duties, while drummer George Daniel joined bassist/ keyboardist Ross MacDonald and lead guitarist/keyboardist Adam Hann in the lineup. The band took its name from notes jotted in the back of a Jack Kerouac poetry book dated “1 June. The 1975.” The 1975 played primarily Punk covers until the members began writing their own material, which led to broader gig opportunities. Facedown, The 1975’s debut EP, was released in 2012 and featured the track “The City,” which garnered the group its first major radio exposure on the BBC. Follow-up EP, Sex, appeared the same year, resulting in more radio play for the title track and a UK/Ireland tour. The band’s eponymous debut full-length dropped in 2013; primed by the earlier release of the Music for Cars EP and the Top 20 success of the single “Chocolate,” The 1975’s first album entered the U.K. albums chart in the top slot and helped it secure tours of Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. The 1975’s brand of ephemeral yet anthemic Pop Rock, as espoused on its first album and its 2015 follow-up, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, has clearly found favor among fans. Healy has used influences as broad as Talking Heads, D’Angelo, My Bloody Valentine and Sigur Ros to describe The 1975’s sonic texture, and the band has accumulated numerous award nominations over the past three years. But the dichotomous response to the band in its homeland

is striking. In 2014, the Q Awards included The 1975 in the Best New Act category, while the NME Awards cited it as one of the Worst Bands of the year (they won the NME’s dubious distinction). But the final vote clearly goes to the band’s fervent fanbase, which has ensured that a great many of its global tour stops are sold out. Perhaps it’s time to party like it’s The 1975. (BB)

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Poster Children with Vacation and The Yugos Saturday • Woodward Theater Before the early ’90s “Grunge Explosion” or “Alternative Revolution” in music, many of the bands swept up in that eventual wave were touring the Indie/Underground circuit hard, travelling the country in vans and banking on building an audience in towns by repeatedly visiting them. In Cincinnati, a few smaller clubs on Short Vine (near the University of Cincinnati) and in Northern Kentucky were the place to catch little up-and-coming bands like The Smashing Pumpkins or Nirvana with 50 or less fellow music lovers. Those soon-to-be Arena Rock bands would visit Greater Cincinnati for club dates a Poster Children couple times over the PHOTO : Provided course of a few years. But there was also a batch of bands on the same musical wavelength that would return to those Greater Cincinnati clubs a few times a year, make local audiences fall in love with them and, in turn, develop one of their bigger nonhometown fan bases. Thanks to endless great shows at, in particular, Vine Street staple Sudsy Malone’s, Cincinnati in the ’90s was a welcoming and welcomed tour stop for bands like Babe the Blue Ox and Billy Goat, acts which made blips on the national radar but were treated like heroes when they played for overflowing throngs of Cincinnati fans. Poster Children, one of the great, criminally overlooked bands from that time, were one of the Sudsy’s circuit’s biggest cult favorites, and it was always an event when the foursome rolled into town. They were the perfect band for that scene, with a loud and aggressive live show, down-to-earth personalities and Indie/Post Punk songs that were rhythmically attacking, simmering with a glaze of guitars that was part Shoegaze and part Grunge and vocals that often delivered slithering ear-worm melodies that soared with psychedelic enchantment.

The quartet from Champaign, Ill. made its first national splash with its bristling debut album, Flower Power, in 1989. As the rise of Alt music began turning major-label heads, Poster Children inked a deal with Reprise Records, which reissued its masterpiece, Daisychain Reaction (an album given extra sizzle and raw intensity thanks to the recording work of “not a producer” Steve Albini) in 1992. The band made several more solid albums that did well enough that Poster Children remained major-label artists over the course of four LPs (in a time when some majors left many such bands in ruins, dropping them if their debuts didn’t produce an instant “Smells Like Teen Spirit”). In 2004, the band released No More Songs About Sleep and Fire (believed to be the first non-visual release to feature an audio commentary track) and an EP of politically minded covers before calling time on the group. To celebrate Daisychain Reaction’s 25th anniversary, Poster Children has hit the road for a limited tour. The tour coincides with the late September vinyl re-issue Daisychain, which was re-mastered from the original tapes by the famed Bob Weston. The package also includes a 12-page “fanzine” featuring musings about the album and its creation and a card good for the download of three previously unreleased early recordings. (Mike Breen)


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20th Century Theater - Highly H Suspect. 8 p.m. Rock. $18, $20 day of show. Arnold’s Bar and Grill - Todd Hepburn. 7 p.m. Blues/Jazz/Various. Free. Bella Luna - RMS Band. 7 p.m. Soft Rock/Jazz. Free. Blind Lemon - Sara Hutchinson. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

Danny B’s Lounge - Bob Cushing. 9 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

Bogart’s - Lil Durk with Trap H Beckham, Lantana, Lil Spig and Staxs. 7 p.m. Hip Hop. $25.

The Greenwich - William Menefield. 9 p.m. Jazz. $10.

Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - Chris Comer Trio. 6 p.m. Jazz. Free. Fort Mitchell Sports Bar - Karaoke with A Sound Sensation/DJ Heather. 9:30 p.m. Various. Free. Horse & Barrel - Sonny Moorman. 6 p.m. Blues

Jag’s Steak and Seafood - The Company. 10 p.m. Pop/Dance/Various. Cover. Jim and Jack’s on the River - Throw It Down. 9:30 p.m. Country. Free. Knotty Pine - Bad Habit. 10 p.m. Rock. Cover. Legends Nightclub - Best Day. 8:30 p.m. Country/Rock/Pop. $5.

Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - Melissa Kuykendall. 6:30 p.m. Pop. Free.

Inner Circle - Lil Uzi Vert. 10 p.m. Hip Hop. $35-$65.

Century Inn Restaurant - Paul Lake. 7 p.m. Pop/Rock/Jazz/Oldies/Various. Free.

Knotty Pine - Kenny Cowden. 9 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

The Listing Loon - Nathan Singer and Baker/Glover Duo. 9 p.m. Acoustic/Various. Free.

Latitudes Bar & Bistro - Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams. 6 p.m. Jazz/ Blues. Free.

Live! at the Ludlow Garage - Gary Puckett and the Union Gap. 8 p.m. Pop/Rock. $35-$70.

The Listing Loon - Bianca Graham. 9 p.m. Soul/R&B. Free.

Madison Live - Earphorik with Strange Mechanics. 9 p.m. Jam/ Rock/Funk. $7.

The Comet - SMUT and Casper H Skulls. 10 p.m. Rock/Punk. Free. Jag’s Steak and Seafood - Steve Thomas. 6 p.m. Sax/Piano/Vocals. Free. Knotty Pine - Dallas Moore and Lucky Chucky. 10 p.m. Country. Free. The Listing Loon - Ricky Nye. 9 p.m. Blues/Boogie Woogie. Free. Live! at the Ludlow Garage - Carl Palmer. 8 p.m. Rock. $25-$65. Madison Theater - FIDLAR with H SWMRS and The Frights. 7:45 p.m. Rock. $18, $20 day of show. Mansion Hill Tavern - Losing Lucky. 8 p.m. Roots. Free. Mic’s Pub - Karaoke with A Sound Sensation/DJ Heather. 8:30 p.m. Various. Free. Miller’s Fill Inn - Karaoke with A Mystical Sound Sensation DJ Rob. 9 p.m. Various. Free. MOTR Pub - Cordovas. 10 p.m. Rock/Americana. Free. Northside Tavern - Shiny Old Soul. 10 p.m. Roots/Swing/Blues/Various. Free. Pit to Plate - Bluegrass Night with Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. 7 p.m. Bluegrass. $2. Silverton Cafe - Bob Cushing. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free. 3 2   •   C I T Y B E A T . C O M   •   n o v . 1 6  –  2 2 , 2 0 1 6

Blind Lemon - Mark Macomber. 6 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Moonbeau. 8 p.m. Electro Pop. Free. Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary) - September Mourning. 8 p.m. AltRock. $10, $12 day of show. Stanley’s Pub - Stretchinner and Trouble in The Streets. 9:30 p.m. Various. $5. 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.


BB&T Arena - The 1975. 8 p.m. AltRock. $29.95-$49.95.

MOTR Pub - The Soil and the Sun with Owel and Carriers. 10 p.m. Alternative. Free. Plain Folk Cafe - Open Mic with Russ Childers. 7 p.m. Various. Free. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Brett Newski with American Opera and Adrian Krygowski. 8 p.m. Indie/Folk/Rock/Various. $8, $10 day of show. Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary) - Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts with M Ross Perkins. 9 p.m. Rock. $8, $10 day of show.


Taft Theatre - Crystal Bowersox. 8:30 p.m. Rock. $22, $25 day of show (in the Ballroom). Urban Artifact - Earth Laid Bare, Life Brother, Stoning Mary and Young Will Stone. 8 p.m. Rock/ Various. Free.

Mansion Hill Tavern - Magic Lightnin’ Boys. 9 p.m. Blues. Cover. Marty’s Hops & Vines - Rockin’ George LaVigne. 9 p.m. Acoustic. Free. MOTR Pub - Lung with H S.E.R.V.I.C.E. 10 p.m. Indie/ Rock. Free. Mynt Martini - Paul van Dyk. 9 Hp.m. EDM. $15-$250. Northside Tavern - Tweens. 10 Hp.m. Rock. Free. Plain Folk Cafe - The Tadcasters. 7:30 p.m. Progressive Bluegrass/ Americana/Various. Free. Rick’s Tavern - Road Trip with Tracy Vest. 9:30 p.m. Rock/Country/ Dance/Various. $5. Silverton Cafe - Frogman. 9 p.m. Various. Free.

U.S. Bank Arena - Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Sixx A.M. and As Lions. 6 p.m. Hard Rock. $40.75-$60.75.

Southgate House Revival H (Lounge) - Maurice Mattei (album release show) with Grateful

Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - Jazz & Frog Gig 2016 with Josh Kline & Retro Nouveau, Phil Hilger & AJ Braman, Josh Strange Quartet and more. 5 p.m. Jazz/Various. $10 (food/drink minimum).

Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Hott Stuff. 9 p.m. ’80s Rock. Free.


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Arnold’s Bar and Grill - Willow Tree Carolers. 9 p.m. Folk. Free.

Bella Luna - Blue Birds Trio. 7 p.m. Classic Rock/Jazz. Free. Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - Steve Schmidt Trio with Dixie Karas. 6 p.m. Jazz/Standards/Blues. Free. Century Inn Restaurant - Jim Teepen. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free. College Hill Coffee Co. - Ripple Effect. 7:30 p.m. Acoustic. Free.


The Comet - Filthy Beast with Cougar Ace. 10 p.m. Rock. Free.

Surf. 9:30 p.m. Rock. Free.

Stanley’s Pub - Infinity Spree with Fifunkal and Zig & the Live Sequence. 10 p.m. Alternative Rock. $5. Thompson House - Life Lessons, The Weekend Classic and Mascots. 8 p.m. Pop/Punk. $10. Urban Artifact - Sylmar, MoonH beau and Audley. 9 p.m. Electro/ Dream Pop/Various. Free. Washington Platform Saloon H & Restaurant - Jazz & Frog Gig 2016 with Mandy Gaines, Mambo

Combo, George Cunningham & Joe Lukasik, Cellar Sax Band and Brad Myers & Michael Sharfe. 5 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).

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Arnold’s Bar and Grill - East of Vine. 9 p.m. Bluegrass. Free.

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Bella Luna - Blue Birds Trio. 7 p.m. Classic Rock/Jazz. Free. Blind Lemon - Donna Frost. 9 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Blue Note Harrison - Stacy H Mitchhart. 9 p.m. Blues. $12-$18. Bogart’s - Brent James and the Vintage Youth, Dan Nash and School of Rock Mason. 7 p.m. Rock. $5. Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - The Dirty Shirleys. 8 p.m. Jazz. Free. College Hill Coffee Co. - Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers. 7:30 p.m. Bluegrass. Free. The Comet - Schnellertollermeier with Hissing Tiles and Jennifer Simone x Zijnzijn Zijnzijn. 10 p.m. Experimental/Rock/Punk/ Various. Free.


The Cricket Lounge at The Cincinnatian Hotel - Phillip Paul Trio. 6 p.m. Jazz. Free. Fort Mitchell Sports Bar - Karaoke with A Sound Sensation/DJ Heather. 9:30 p.m. Various. Free. The Greenwich - Walt WeisKopf Quartet. 8:30 p.m. Jazz. $10. Jag’s Steak and Seafood - My Sister Sarah. 10 p.m. Poop/Dance/ Rock/Various. Cover. Knotty Pine - Bad Habit. 10 p.m. Rock. Cover. The Listing Loon - John Kohne Trio and Bifunkal. 9 p.m. Jazz/Rock/ Funk/Jam. Free. Live! at the Ludlow Garage Tyler Hilton & Kate Voegele. 8 p.m. Singer/Songwriter. $20-$40.


Madison Theater - Homegrown H Concert with Tyler Moore Band, Cef Michael, Maddy Rose Band, Derek Alan and Billy Brown. 8 p.m. Country. $10, $15 day of show ($3 off with canned food donation).

Mansion Hill Tavern - Noah Wotherspoon Band. 9 p.m. Blues. Cover. Marty’s Hops & Vines - Michael Tritschler. 9 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

Silverton Cafe - The Refranes. 9 p.m. Rock/Various. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Indiana Boys. 9:30 p.m. Americana. Free. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - “Noir.” 10 p.m. Dance/ DJ. $5. Southgate House Revival H (Sanctuary) - Noah Smith with 90 Proof Twang and Matt Mason. 8 p.m. Country. $12-$30.

Stanley’s Pub - Jared Presley Experience with Desmond Jones and Drop The Sun. 9 p.m. Jazz/Funk. $5. Taft Theatre - Dave Simonett and Carl Broemel. 10:30 p.m. Rock/Various. $15, $17 day of show (in the Ballroom).


Thompson House - Lisa Ann & The Gypsy Stone Band. 8 p.m. Country. $10. Top of the Line - Ambush. 10 p.m. Rock. Free. Urban Artifact - Peridoni, SolEcho, Ample Parking, The Traveling Jam and Zoo Trippin’. 8 p.m. Jam/Rock/ Funk. $5. U.S. Bank Arena - I Love the ’90s Tour with Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Coolio and Rob Base. 8 p.m. Pop/Hip Hop. $55-$102. Washington Platform Saloon H & Restaurant - Jazz & Frog Gig 2016 with Chris Tanner & Pan

Vibe Quartet, Brandon Coleman & Options Jazz Trio, George Cunningham/Joe Lukasik, Brian Lovely & Paul Patterson, George Simon & Mike Sharfe and more. 4 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum). Woodward Theater - Poster Children with Vacation and The Yugos. 8:30 p.m. Indie Rock. $15, $18 day of show.


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Blue Note Harrison - Valora H with The Nearly Deads, Pneumatic, Blindside Drop, Secret Circle

Northside Tavern - Selectas Choice. 9 p.m. Dance/DJ. Free. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Aaron Lee Tasjan Duo with Brian Wright. 8 p.m. Folk/Rock. $10, $12 day of show. Southgate House Revival H (Sanctuary) - The Dickies and The Queers. 8 p.m. Punk. $18, $20 day of show.

Urban Artifact - None Other H Fest with The Tigerlilies, In Details, mr.phylzzz, The Whiskey

Shambles, Lisa Walker and more. 5 p.m. Various. $5.

Washington Platform Saloon H & Restaurant - Jazz & Frog Gig 2016 with Faux Frenchmen,

Frenchaxe, Phil Hilger & Jordan Pallard, Walnut Hills Jazz Ensemble and Brad Myers & Mike Sharfe. 4 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).

Monday 21

The Celestial - Tom Schneider. 6 p.m. Piano. Free.

McCauly’s Pub - Open Jam with Sonny Moorman. 7 p.m. Blues/ Various. Free. MOTR Pub - Slim Cessna’s Auto H Club with Dead Man String Band. 10 p.m. Rock/Various. Free. Northside Tavern - Northside Jazz Ensemble. 10 p.m. Jazz. Free. Northside Yacht Club - The H Falcon with Kyle Kinane and Arms Aloft. 9 p.m. Punk. $15. Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary) - Citizen with The Superweaks, Ken’s Motorbike and Lincoln. 7:30 p.m. Rock. $15, $18 day of show. Urban Artifact - Xela, Graham Lang, Chris Click, The Walking Trav and Peace Attack. 8 p.m. Various. Free.

Tuesday 22

Arnold’s Bar and Grill - Diamond Jim Dews. 7 p.m. Blues. Free. Bogart’s - Jackyl. 8 p.m. Rock. $22.50.

Society, Glassworld and Avanti. 6:30 p.m. Rock. $12, $15 day of show.

Christ Church Cathedral - Music Live@Lunch with Raison D’Etre. 12:10 p.m. Folk. Free.

McCauly’s Pub - Phoenix Rising. 9 p.m. Rock. Free.

The Comet - Comet Bluegrass AllStars. 7:30 p.m. Bluegrass. Free.

The Comet - Dinge. 10 p.m. Rock. Free.

Miller’s Fill Inn - The Cousin Kissers. 9:30 p.m. Country/Americana.

The Listing Loon - Palamara. 9 p.m. Folk. Free.

The Listing Loon - Matt Pless and Daniel Hart. 9 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

MOTR Pub - Ryan Fine & the Media with On the Sun. 10 p.m. Rock/ Pop/Funk/Soul/Jazz/Various. Free.

Madison Theater - Fitz and the H Tantrums with Barns Courtney. 8 p.m. Alt/Dance/Soul/Funk/Rock.

McCauly’s Pub - Stagger Lee. 7 p.m. Country/Rock. Free.

Northside Tavern - Pop Empire, Ted Tyro and Moira. 10 p.m. Indie Rock. Free.


Peecox Erlanger - Saving Stimpy. 9:30 p.m. Rock. $5. Plain Folk Cafe - The Jenkins Twins. 7:30 p.m. Americana. Free. Rick’s Tavern - Pandora Effect. 10 p.m. Rock. $5.

$29, $30 day of show.

Mansion Hill Tavern - Open Blues Jam with Uncle Woody & the Blue Bandits. 7 p.m. Blues. Free. Miller’s Fill Inn - Karaoke with A Mystical Sound Sensation DJ Rob. 9 p.m. Various. Free. MOTR Pub - Progger with Noise Police. 10 p.m. Funk/Jazz/Rock/ Various. Free.

Northside Tavern - Vektor, Black Fast and FaithXtractor. 9 p.m. Metal. Free. Stanley’s Pub - Trashgrass Night with members of Rumpke Mountain Boys. 9 p.m. Jamgrass/Bluegrass/ Jamgrass/Various. Cover. Taft Theatre - Marc Ford and the Neptune Blues Club with The Summit. 8 p.m. Blues/Rock. $15, $18 day of show (in the Ballroom).

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Maury’s Tiny Cove - Ricky Nye. 7:30 p.m. Blues/Boogie Woogie. Free.

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