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What a Week! BY T.C. Britton


It was the end of a bunny-eared era this week as Playboy tycoon Hugh Hefner sold his famed mansion to a neighbor for $100 million. Hefner, now at the ripe age of 90, will remain in the home indefinitely. Buyer Daren Metropoulos, who is in fact a real 33-year-old man and not a fictional ’80s newscaster who moonlights in gay porn as his name might suggest, thinks he’ll likely have to deal with the aging tenant for another decade tops. But you know Hef’s crazy ass probably plans to be cryogenically frozen after his death, and once science catches up it will only be a matter of time before he and Walt Disney are chasing bunnies once again in thawed-out hologram form. And while 100 million bones initially might seem like a small price to pay for the (in)famous property, you must consider the cleaning fees necessary to restore the mansion to liveable levels of human hygiene. We’re talking about lots and lots of mops.


After a really bad summer for amusement park public relations departments, Kings Island pulled out all the stops for a good old-fashioned media blitz. The park announced in July that a new wooden roller coaster would open next spring. Currently being constructed, Mystic Timbers was introduced via animated videos depicting 3,265 feet of twists, turns and drops before the coaster train slows and approaches a barn-like structure. Presumably this is where riders get on and off, but KI is determined to build suspense, asking viewers to speculate #WhatsInTheShed? So when another announcement came from the park this week, local media were prepared to get an answer to that burning question. Only they didn’t. Instead, the park revealed that Winterfest is coming back next November, so you’re going to have to wait until 2017 to be cold on The Beast and find out what’s in the shed. Could it be the secret origins of KI’s blue soft-serve, Gwyneth Paltrow’s head (does anyone else read that question in Brad Pitt’s voice: “What’s in the she-eeed?”) or an animatronic tribute to Harambe? Probs not, but the fallen gorilla immortalized by the internet is gaining clout in the election. Harambe is effectively tied in Texas with Green Party candidate Jill Stein, according to a poll. Make America Ape Again!

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Perfect segue alert! Naked Donald Trump sculptures commissioned by anonymous street artist collective Indecline popped up in public spaces across the U.S. this week. Titled “The Emperor Has No Balls,” the statues incited much negative feedback: from innocents who, after seeing the “artwork,” can never eat or even look at a Cheeto the same way ever again to progressives who believe making fun of The Donald’s appearance is a low blow that does nothing more than spread the hateful rhetoric he seems to represent. But it was the New York City Parks Department who truly had the last laugh after promptly removing the crude sight from Union Square. “NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small,” said spokesman Sam Biederman, whom one must imagine as a real-life male version of Leslie Knope.

It is currently unclear just how hard Biederman dropped the mic after making the statement.


Grab a kiddie pool, dig that chicken bucket out of the trash and empty out grandma’s urn! 7-Eleven’s “Bring Your Own Cup” Slurpee celebration took place last weekend. For the second time this year alone, patrons were invited to supply their own containers to fill with the frozen treat — which just turned 50, or “fiftee,” god help us — for just $1.50. And because people truly are monsters and have in the past brought in “cups” like empty sandboxes and toilet bowls, there are new rules in effect. Because the containers must be leak-proof, food-safe and fit upright into a 10-inch-diameter store display, the event saw more respectable receptacles like fish bowls, hollowed-out fruit, coffee pots, empty liquor bottles (Pro Tip: Leave a healthy couple of ounces in there for a delicious margarita/bourbon slush/pina colada) and milk jugs (Pro Tip: Clean that shit out completely). The closest 7-Eleven to Cincy is in West Virginia, but we’re just fine with our AmeriStops and ICEES, thanks.


The Rio Olympics finally came to an end with the closing ceremony Sunday. Team USA dominated the games, scoring 121 total metals including 46 golds, and we were represented in the closing event by flag bearer and tiny she-hulk Simone Biles. Who run the Olympics? Girls. Who ruined the Olympics? Lochte. While the U.S. had a great showing at the Olympics, unfortunately some of that was overshadowed by a heavy helping of our team’s collective white male privilege. Because in the land of the free and home of the brave, we train hard, win graciously and cover up drunken bathroom vandalism by fabricating stories about the crime-plagued country hosting us. See ya in 2020, Tokyo!


Gawker.com’s final day of operation was Monday, shutting down after operating for 13 years, losing the Hulk Hogan sex tape lawsuit, filing for bankruptcy in June, being auctioned off last week and acquired by Univision Communications. Thankfully, former Gawker Media sites like Deadspin, Gizmodo and Jezebel are still live under the Univision brand, and The Daily Beast is still around for all your outing-gay-public-figures news.


McDonald’s introduced fitness trackers in Happy Meals, which doesn’t even deserve a joke because it is such low-hanging fruit (cue Ronald McDonald: “What is ‘fruit?’ ”). But in the time it took the average kid to walk off the calories in a four-piece McNugget, Mickey D’s pulled the glorified pedometers from stores. Apparently the wristbands irritated some children, not just due to the cringe-worthy irony, but actual skin rashes. What happened to the simple days of gendered toys and brawlinducing Teenie Beanies in our Happy Meals? CONTACT T.C. BRITTON: letters@ citybeat.com

Is There Any Way to Know What to Do? A Fantasy Football Draft Preview BY DANNY CROSS

If you’re reading this and care about fantasy football, then you’re probably cool. Know what’s not cool? Drafting a bunch of guys who totally fucking suck all year and make you lose all your fantasy matchups, miss the playoffs and get made fun of by your friends. There’s no way to know exactly what you should do during your draft — good players are going to play bad, dudes will get hurt, someone starting a Jacksonville Jaguar will whoop your ass at some point this season. Life is hard. Don’t do these things during your draft and the next three months will suck a lot less. 1. Don’t get drunk: This is not to say “don’t drink even a single Coors Lite or Jamaal Charles’ leg will fall off.” Just don’t get hammered — is that so hard? One of the first side effects of consuming alcohol is impaired judgment. Symptoms of alcoholism include tremors, convulsions, uncontrolled shaking of the hands and drafting Minnesota Vikings skill players. At least ease up until the seventh round. 2. Don’t help friends: Is there a dude in your league who barely follows NFL news, then half-assedly manages his roster all season? Fuck that guy. Don’t help him round out his running backs just because he thought Reggie Bush still plays for the Saints. You have other things to do like checking last-minute injury reports or getting drunk. 3. Don’t pick any Browns: This shouldn’t even have to be explained, but the Browns are the worst. They have a washedup 26-year-old quarterback and one of their wide receivers is Ohio State’s old quarterback. Their best player is Josh Gordon, who hasn’t played for two years and is suspended for four games for smoking weed. Don’t draft him. Cleveland doesn’t deserve to have LeBron James on its basketball team — their owner is a bigger dick than the Browns’ one is. 4. Don’t do whatever the draft guru says: If you’re drafting on Yahoo’s platform, a stupid video will pop up advising you who to take once the robot determines the draft order. Don’t listen to this bozo — do whatever you want. It’s your team. Most of Yahoo’s gurus are cool but to hell with this little tip. 5. Don’t sleep on the Bengals: Whether you like the Who Deys or not, your friends, family and acquaintances are going to be rooting for them all season long. It’s very sad to watch people you care about continually disappointed by their hometown team. At least if you have Jeremy Hill you can enjoy any success the team manages before pooping their pants in the playoffs.

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Cincinnati Streetcar: Our Civic Redemption BY DEREK BAUMAN

formed in 1973. Unfortunately, there is nothing regional about it. While counties around the country passed sales taxes to fund transit systems, including Cuyahoga County’s 1 percent sales tax, Hamilton County declared itself unprepared to pass a ballot initiative, forcing the city of Cincinnati to implement a temporary 0.3 percent city income tax to fund SORTA. Meant to be a temporary provision until Hamilton County passed a sales tax, the paltry 0.3 percent still exists nearly half a century later, providing barely enough resources to keep the lights on and the buses running.

at the time. Yet there was that pattern of support through the core of the city that provided hope. And that is how planning for the Cincinnati streetcar began. History has shown that Cincinnatians are a cautious lot who look skeptically at ambitious plans and the unknown. But here was something we could do, on our own, without county or regional support, necessarily. This modern streetcar was something that could put us, finally, on the path to transit redemption in a modest, manageable scope. And we have finally arrived — after another decade of planning, of fits and

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“The Cincinnati Streetcar starter line is a celebration of something bigger — a new transit system to build upon, but also new vision and a collective mindset.” In 2002, the region had another shot with the MetroMoves plan that would have built light rail lines on I-71 and I-75, finally getting use of the subway right of way for transit as it was intended. The line would have run up I-74 and ultimately into Northern Kentucky to “Cincinnati’s” airport. The plan also included a combined walk, bike and rail corridor on Wasson Way, enhanced bus routes and an “urban circulator” — or streetcar — connecting downtown to Uptown. Coming off the recent stadium tax debacle and the civil unrest of 2001, the half-cent sales tax to fund the $2.6 billion, long-term project went down in flames. But! While leaders took a sober look into the ashes of defeat, some distinct voting patterns emerged. The highest support for the MetroMoves plan came from the center of the city — downtown, Over-theRhine, Avondale and Bond Hill, along with adjacent nearby neighborhoods. The plan had two-to-one support in the core of the city, along the planned streetcar route. That support ran two-to-one and three-to-one against the outer precincts of Hamilton County. The racial realities of the voting patterns appear rather clear, though they weren’t discussed in polite social circles

starts, of opponents’ same tired game plan of block, obstruct and delay in hopes of wearing down and waiting out public support of transit. Through the efforts of many, here we are. Congratulations, Cincinnati — you have turned the corner. But this isn’t the end — this is the beginning. On Sept. 9, 2016, we will prove that we are no longer transit’s Charlie Brown. Mayor John Cranley gave transit obstruction one last dying gasp, attempting, like Lucy in so many Peanuts cartoons, to pull the football away at the last second. But in the end, he was denied the opportunity to do so. The Cincinnati Streetcar starter line is a celebration of something bigger — a new transit system to build upon, but also new vision and a collective mindset. The celebration for the streetcar is also a celebration of redemption: 150 years’ worth. This time we kicked the ball right through the uprights. The next play is right up the middle to Uptown — exactly where the voters told us they wanted to go. And with a frame of reference building on success and a bit less trepidation, the discussion can, refreshingly, begin anew. CONTACT DEREK BAUMAN: letters@citybeat.com

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There is much to celebrate on Sept. 9, 2016 — the day the Cincinnati Streetcar finally opens after nearly a decade in the making. As the first passengers board our new transit loop, we will finally begin to redeem ourselves for a long history of regressive thinking and major transportation failures. Let’s go back to the beginning of our city’s transit phobia. In the mid-19th century, Cincinnati and the civic powers of the time clung to the riverboats even as the railroads were making their way westward, seeking out a new national transit hub. The riverboat magnates even held up construction of the Roebling Bridge for years because of concerns about obstructing river traffic. Ultimately, while Cincinnati dragged its collective feet and clung to the past, the railroads focused their attention on Chicago as their new hub and gateway to points west. Once again, beginning around 1915, progressive leaders realized that for Cincinnati to compete, a modern transit system would be needed. The resulting plan was a transit loop that included a downtown subway and surface-running rail, whose right of way instead ended up turning into I-75, the Norwood Lateral and I-71. But World War I interrupted construction, post-war inflation drove costs up and political differences spelled the end of the transit loop. The civic shame lingers in our empty subway tunnels to this day. The Urban Mass Transit Act of 1970 offered another opportunity for Cincinnati, with a $12 billion federal fund for subway and heavy rail construction. Unlike the 80 percent federal/20 percent local deal that fueled highway construction, UMTA required a 50 percent local match. Though the city could probably have used the already-constructed subway tunnels for a portion of this local match, Cincinnati and Hamilton County took a pass, and federal dollars instead went toward building major transit systems in Washington, D.C., the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Atlanta, among others, fueling their growth. Cincinnati continued to bleed population, which not coincidentally peaked in 1951, the last year a streetcar ran the 250 miles of track in the city. Just five years prior, the city’s streetcar system provided more than 123 million rides. Its ridership numbers broke at least 100 million a year for decades. Contrast that with today’s Metro buses, which provide a quarter of that number. The misnamed Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, which runs Metro, was












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How innocent residents of a building declared a nuisance can be left out in the street BY JAMES McNAIR



Families displaced by the police shuttering of Norwood’s Sherman Market last month still can’t retrieve their belongings. apartments. A store employee who lived in the building was indicted Aug. 8. A second pot-selling employee hasn’t been charged. But in Deters’ eyes, the Sherman Market deserves the blame for the full two years of nuisance-ness at Sherman and Carter avenues. Ohio law doesn’t require much to brand a property as a nuisance. All it takes is a single felony drug or controlled substance violation. By that 1976 standard, any apartment building in the state could be shut down as a nuisance because of a lone big-time dealer. Johnson, a 38-year-old stay-at-home dad, can’t understand why his family was lumped into the Sherman Market case. “We’re not nuisances,” he says. “Listen, I stay at home with my wife and daughter. We don’t involve the police with anything. My wife leaves for work every morning and works five days a week. I take care of my kid, feed her and take her to the park, wash the dishes and wash the clothes.” Rob Rodriguez was also shocked by the forced removal. He lived upstairs with his wife, his daughter, his daughter’s boyfriend and a 7-month-old grandson. He was at work during the raid. He says he wasn’t allowed to recover some belongings, mainly his work clothes, until a few days later. Clothes, food, furniture and a TV remain locked up.

“I don’t do something wrong, and then that happened to me,” says Rodriguez, a native of Micronesia. “That’s why I get mad. It don’t make sense to me.” Julie Wilson, spokeswoman for prosecutor Deters, says the nuisance violation stems from the full extent of police attention given to the Sherman Market the last two years. She says no distinction was made between the store and the residential portion of the building. “It was all one building and was connected, so there was no way to separate the two,” Wilson says. “When you look at everything collectively, all the activity goes back to Sherman Market.” But the evictions have had a pronounced effect on the innocent former residents. Rodriguez had to stay in a motel because his sister’s house in Sharonville couldn’t handle his entire extended family. He had just paid $650 for another month at the Sherman Market and has only recovered $200 of it. He doesn’t want to move back. Paul and Tiffany Johnson and their daughter have found a new apartment in Northside, only after depleting their savings on motels, gas, clothing and food to replace what was left behind in Norwood. His wife lost a day of work the day of the raid, another to go to court and a third to open

new utility accounts. Their plans to build up a down payment for a house were derailed. James Canfield, an assistant professor of school social work at the University of Cincinnati, calls the removal of the Sherman Market residents a case of “guilt by location.” “I think this is one of those times where police feel they’re doing the right thing, but you’re essentially convicted by association,” he says. For people on the lower rungs of the economic ladder, Canfield says, an eviction can be catastrophic. “Moving is very taxing and super-expensive for people whose income is so small that they have a small margin between making it and abject poverty,” he says. “If they can’t go back and get their belongings from their homes, it’s that much more drastic and impactful.” The Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio took up the Johnsons’ effort to return home. A week after the raid, attorney Noel Morgan asked Common Pleas Judge Shanahan to allow the Johnsons to join the nuisance case. He was denied. “We think basically that they’ve been deprived of their property rights without due process,” Morgan says. “Ordinarily, if you’re going to be deprived of your property, you have an opportunity to contest that.” ©

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is wife had just left for work, and Paul Johnson had fallen back asleep when the pounding at his apartment door started. “Police!” a voice shouted. A blur of loud commands and combat-geared police officers with assault rifles followed. In quick order, Johnson was sitting on the sidewalk outside with his 3-year-old daughter and residents of five other apartments. That was July 29, a Friday morning, in Norwood. None of the people who lived in the apartments behind and above the Sherman Market have been allowed to return home, other than some in-and-out trips to recover their most essential items. “They made a 9-year-old, a 3-year-old, a 1-and-a-half-year-old, a 7-month-old and a 14-year-old homeless in a matter of seconds,” Johnson says. The Johnsons and others in the building were evicted for circumstances that transcended their meager existence in a troubled section of west Norwood. What dislodged them was the opinion, held by the Norwood Police Department and the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney, that the two-story Sherman Market building was a nuisance. One that needed to be eradicated. A judge, Megan Shanahan, agreed. She gave Prosecuting Attorney Joe Deters the green light to evacuate and padlock both the Sherman Market and another Norwood store, Donna’s Carryout. Deters beamed under the ensuing media spotlight. “This is a good day for Norwood,” his office quoted him as saying. “Two businesses that caused nothing but trouble for the law-abiding citizens in the community have been shut down.” Deters’ office says “police were called” to Sherman Market 217 times in the past two years for an assortment of reasons. One was for selling liquor to a minor, another for “disorderly house.” Almost all, though, had nothing to do with the store. Of the 217 police “calls,” 82 were “business checks” consisting of patrol car drive-bys after hours. Another 15 were spottings of people wanted for arrest. Eleven more were traffic stops on the street. Most of the activity consisted of fighting, suspicious behavior and the usual array of petty thieves, troublemakers and open imbibers on tough city street corners. In other words, everyday life in a part of Norwood untouched by the urban renewal just one mile away at Xavier University. With a separate affidavit from Norwood Police Sgt. David Lewis, though, Deters was able to tell Judge Shanahan about three recent instances of felony-level marijuana sales in the hallway of the Sherman Market

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Duke Energy, which provides power to much of the Greater Cincinnati area, is asking to be allowed to bypass a state law requiring it to notify customers in person before shutting off their power. But should Cincinnati City Council pass an upcoming policy directive brought by Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, the city will devote legal resources to contesting that request. “This is problematic, and it’s wrong,” Sittenfeld said during a press conference outside City Hall on Aug. 18. “Duke Energy provides power to our region, and that power provides a lifeline. But for many people who are living paycheck to paycheck or worse, sometimes you live in a cycle of power shutoffs. Having a proper notification up until that last moment, via the only certain source — in person — is the only fair way. It can be the difference between life and death in some cases.” Sittenfeld says his proposal has support from a majority of Council and Mayor John Cranley. The directive asked city administration to file an official intervention with the Public Utilities Council of Ohio (PUCO), where Duke is seeking the exemption from the law. “The city will be requesting to intervene on behalf of its most vulnerable residents to ensure that Duke isn’t taking shortcuts, so that our citizens and residents get adequate notice when they’re getting their power shut off,” said Jessica Powell, an attorney with the city’s law department. Thanks to technology advancements, Duke can control the power supply to most customers remotely and doesn’t need to send a technician to shutoff electricity to a residence. The power supplier says its action is an attempt to provide more efficient service and that it will enclose shutoff notifications in customer bills and send text messages warning about impending loss of power. Duke says that less than 10 percent of home visits result in encountering the customer whose power access is in jeopardy. But advocates for the low-income say the shutoff procedures outlined by Ohio law are necessary because not all residents use technology like text messages. Noel Morgan, attorney for CUFA, says at least one other utility company has been granted an exception to the state law but that past requests by Duke to bypass the requirement have been turned down. PUCO last year granted a waiver to American Electric and Power for a two-year pilot testing remote shutoffs. “Duke requested a waiver from the commission in 2010, and the PUCO denied it,” Powers says. “They said without personal

notification or display of notice, it’s possible that customers may be unaware of pending disconnection or may believe that lack of service is the result of an outage. We don’t see how that’s changed.” Sittenfeld says the city appreciates Duke’s efforts to harness technology for efficiency, as well as its status as a large employer in the region. But, he says, the city will fight the waiver request as far as it can. The policy directive from Sittenfeld comes with $90,000 allocated to fight Duke’s request legally. (Nick Swartsell)

Arts Center Boosters to CPS: Keep CCAC Community councils in the Clifton area and other groups say they have a solution to an intense rift between a beloved arts center and Cincinnati Public Schools. Earlier this year, supporters of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center and CPS wrangled over a knotty, complex question: What’s right for CPS and the arts center, which leases a large, historic building from the district and has spent significant money fixing up the building. CPS’ Fairview-Clifton German Language School, which sits across the street from the CCAC building, is experiencing capacity issues as one of the city’s most popular magnet schools. It was built to hold about 650 students, officials say, but has more than 800 ready to start classes this fall. That’s led CPS to seek classroom space at the building it leases to the CCAC. But the two groups couldn’t agree on a rental rate for those classrooms, leading to increasing tensions. This spring, CPS showed signs it might end the lease agreement with the arts center and turn the building into a community school. Since then, CPS has temporarily expanded classroom space at Fairview. But now, leaders from neighborhood groups Clifton Town Meeting, Spring Grove Village Community Council, CUF Neighborhood Association, the Fairview-Clifton German Language School Local School Decision Making Committee and members of the CCAC say they’ve ironed out a plan which they hope will sway CPS and bring the contention to a close. The group’s proposed solutions involve keeping the CCAC in its current building, expanding the current size of the Fairview school to accommodate a projected increase in students over the next three years and bringing a neighborhood school online one grade at a time in the 2018-19 school year after community engagement efforts by CPS. Officials with the school district say talks are ongoing around how to address the rift between the arts center and CPS. Meanwhile, CCAC advocates are pushing their solution, holding a news conference Aug. 22 outside the monthly CPS board meeting.

“We believe that together with CPS we can give these children a great education and preserve the cultural center of our neighborhoods and beyond,” Clifton Town Meeting Vice President Malcolm Montgomery said at the event (NS)

Federal Court Nixes Ohio Early Voting Law Challenge Want to register and vote the same day in Ohio? You’ll have to bug state lawmakers about it, because a federal court won’t step in to undo laws passed by Republicans in the State House ending the state’s hotly contested “Golden Week.” The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Aug. 23 upheld state laws passed last year ending a week of opportunities before elections when voters could register and vote the same day, saying Ohio’s voting opportunities are already generous and that it shouldn’t intervene in laws passed by elected representatives. That ruling overturns an earlier federal court decision and represents a defeat for voting rights advocates and the state Democratic Party, who said the voting hours rollback disproportionately affected minority and low-income voters. The suit against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine was filed by various state and local Democratic Party organizations.

“Proper deference to state legislative authority requires that Ohio’s election process be allowed to proceed unhindered by the federal courts,” the majority opinion in the 2-1 ruling reads. Judges David McKeague and Richard Allen Griffin, both President George W. Bush, appointees, formed the majority. Judge Jane Branstetter Stranch, appointed by President Barack Obama, dissented. “I do not think that it is federal intrusion or micromanaging to evaluate election procedures to determine if discrimination lurks in an obvious rule or in a subtle detail,” Stranch said in her dissenting opinion. The court’s decision overturns a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson, who last spring said the Ohio law violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution. More than 80,000 people voted during Golden Week in the 2012 election, and data shows that black voters used the opportunity at a higher rate than whites did. “It is reasonable to conclude from this evidence that their right to vote will be modestly burdened” by the law, Watson wrote in his ruling. The appeals court argued that Ohio’s 29 early voting days before the election are “generous.” State officials say getting rid of the early voting opportunity makes elections more efficient for local officials and cuts down on voter fraud, though few such cases of have been documented in Ohio. (NS)

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2016 Fall Arts


CinciNnati’s ArTs SeasoN BEgins NOw Fall is when the new year begins as far as the annual arts calendar is concerned. It’s when major institutions and organizations like the Cincinnati Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Center, Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theatre, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and many others spring back to life after relatively quiet summers. It’s also when other organizations with an arts or cultural dimension — some of them longtime presences on the scene and some comparative upstarts — try to capture our attention with important special events like FotoFocus and Books by the Banks. Commercial and nonprofit galleries, too, aim for impressive shows. Also, since we do not live by live local events alone, it’s when Oscar-hopeful movies arrive, often to our indie movie theaters, and high-profile new television series and books start to build their buzz. The following is a look at some highlights of the upcoming arts season. CityBeat writers have provided features on four subjects — Classical music, film, theater and visual arts — as well as 25 picks of events they’re especially awaiting. This is not meant to be all-inclusive. It’s just a curated sample of what’s ahead and what we’ll be covering as the months go passing by — and what you should start planning to see and do. — Steven Rosen, Arts & Culture Editor C I T Y B E A T . C O M   •  A U G . 2 4   –   3 0 , 2 0 1 6   •  1 5

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It’s somewhat of an overstatement — but only a mild one — to say that Cincinnati’s upcoming fall visual arts season can be summed up in one word: FotoFocus. Basically, you need to plan your entire October around it. With FotoFocus now in its third installment, the biennial devoted to photography/lens-based art continues to grow in scope and ambition. Under the overall leadership of Mary Ellen Goeke and the artistic direction of Kevin Moore, the nonprofit organization’s October-long event this year is devoted to the subject of “The Undocument” and aims to explore how photography can both portray and betray our understanding of visual reality. This year, there will be more than 60 venues offering FotoFocus-related exhibitions. They will include art museums in Columbus and Dayton as well as Cincinnati’s three major institutions — the Cincinnati Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Center and Taft Museum of Art. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the Oct. 6-9 weekend of concentrated programming at the Aronoff Center for the Arts (featuring an opening keynote lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 with Roxana Marcoci, senior photography curator at the Museum of Modern Art), the CAC, 21c Museum Hotel and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. All are near the streetcar route — a major consideration of Foto­ Focus organizers. We’ll have more, much more, on FotoFocus as it gets closer to October. And you can follow its activities at fotofocuscincinnati.org. But there are other art exhibits and events being planned for fall, as venues begin their 2016-17 seasons. The CAC, in addition to its FotoFocusrelated mid-career survey of the work of photographer Roe Ethridge, is presenting the first U.S. solo museum show of British painter Glenn Brown (Sept. 9-Jan. 15, 2017). His abstracted representational paintings, often using appropriated images as a source, have the kind of tumultuous, scary fluidity that makes you think they are melting. You can see his debt to Francis Bacon as well as maybe zombie comics.

Organized by the Des Moines Art Center, it features 30 paintings, sculptures and prints. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Art Museum has, just maybe, found an artist capable of stealing a little thunder from FotoFocus — Vincent van Gogh. It is continuing its recent effort to stage smaller illuminating shows based around some of its prestigious holdings, as it has done with Grant Wood’s “Daughters of Revolution,” Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” and Andy Warhol’s Pete Rose portrait. This time, the painting is van Gogh’s 1890 “Undergrowth with Two Figures.” It will use that verdant, wildflowerabundant post-Impressionist masterpiece as the focus for Into the Undergrowth (Oct. 15-Jan. 8, 2017), which features some 20 works that look at van Gogh’s approach to forest interiors. Loans from other collections will allow the museum to compare van Gogh’s treatment of this subject with work by Théodore Rousseau, Paul Cézanne, Monet and Paul Gauguin. The museum plans to charge a special combined admission for this exhibit and its roughly concurrent FotoFocus offering, Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and Its Community, 1954–1974. The art museum also will show Cincinnati artist Jay Bolotin’s compelling and painstakingly created The Book of Only Enoch, a portfolio of 20 woodcuts and relief etchings, along with his film The Jackleg Testament Part 1: Jack & Eve (Sept. 24-Dec. 4). The portfolio’s narrative story concerns a Jewish boy from Kentucky named after an apocryphal book left out of the Hebrew Bible. Bolotin will speak about his work at 7 p.m. on Sept. 22. The third major art museum, the Taft, is staying with photography: Picturing the West: Masterworks of 19th-Century Landscape Photography (Oct. 22-Jan. 15, 2017) and Forgotten Cincinnati: Photographs from the 1880s (Nov. 18-Feb. 26, 2017). The Art Academy of Cincinnati’s fall season offers Bal Masque (Aug. 26-Sept. 25), featuring colorfully decorative sculptural headdresses by New Orleans-based artist Caroline Thomas. (She is also an Art Academy alumna.) In the Crescent City, she designs and

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fabricates costumes, parade regalia and custom Mardi Gras floats. There is an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. on Final Friday, Aug. 26. Actually, several of the shows under FotoFocus’ aegis open before October and could get lost in the hoopla surrounding newer ones by then. So here’s an early peak at several of the more promising: At Carl Solway Gallery in the West End, two shows have a photography/lens-basedart component — Alan Rath: New Sculpture (Sept. 9-Dec. 23) and Duane Michals: Sequences, Tintypes and Talking Pictures (Sept. 9-Dec. 23). Rath, a Cincinnati native who studied electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, creates sculptural works in which computer-animated images of human eyes, mouths, hands, etc. move and subtly change while displayed on LED screens. Futuristic with a sci-fi vibe, his pieces emit an eerie desire to communicate with the viewer. For this show, he will be displaying some recent work involving robotics. Michals came to the fore in the 1960s and 1970s with his staged photographs incorporating text and his mysteriously narrative, filmstrip-like sequential images. At Solway, he’ll be showing five of those “sequences” projects along with nine painted tintypes and several recent short films. At downtown’s Weston Gallery, After Industry (Sept. 23-Nov. 27), curated by FotoFocus’ Kevin Moore from the collection of Gregory Gooding, features images of the industrial and post-industrial landscape by such influential photographers as Robert Adams, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Lynne Cohen and Walker Evans. Finally, if you want your own work displayed in one of this fall’s FotoFocus art exhibitions, it’s not too late. With ArtWorks support, C. Jacqueline Wood and her apprentices are assembling a video installation of sun imagery called Shine to be projected from the Main Library onto the blank white wall of a nearby high-rise from Oct. 6 through 15. During the project’s current “City Shine” phase, Wood is seeking submissions from people who have captured the sun by any photographic means possible — smart phones, old video devices, 3-D cameras, whatever. It’s art-making through crowdsourcing. For more information, visit cityshine.com. ©


FotoFocus Biennial Program: October 6–9 ABOUT THE BIENNIAL The FotoFocus Biennial is a month-long celebration of lens-based art held throughout the greater Cincinnati region. The 2016 Biennial is anchored by eight major exhibitions curated by FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator Kevin Moore exploring the documentary nature of photography, including solo exhibitions of Roe Ethridge, Zanele Muholi and Jackie Nickerson. With 60 exhibitions and four days of events, lectures and screenings, FotoFocus brings together the community to celebrate October as the Month of Photography.

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2016 prestige season, with names of their directors and tentative U.S. fall release dates. I will be writing about my Toronto experiences in upcoming September issues of CityBeat. The Birth of a Nation (Nate Parker) –—This labor of love from actor Parker features a shift to behind-the-scenes action. Stepping in as writer-director for the first time on a feature, Parker also stars as Nat Turner, the historic slave and preacher who leads an uprising in the antebellum South. Seen by many film writers and cultural critics as a direct response to last year’s hashtag movement (#OscarsSoWhite) at the Academy Awards, The Birth of a Nation seized two top prizes at Sundance (the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize). But it now faces concerns due to the ongoing fallout from a controversial court case from Parker’s past. This developing narrative may make it difficult for audiences to judge the film on its own merits. (Oct. 7) Moonlight (Barry Jenkins) — Far from being a household (or even a major indie) name, Jenkins enjoys a potential spoiler role this year as a rising star. With only one previous feature under his belt (the lovely morning-after-a-one-night-stand romantic drama Medicine for Melancholy), he returns with Moonlight, the dynamic story of an AfricanAmerican man. It spans three distinct phases of the character’s life — struggling to survive in the dangerous drug-infested streets of Miami, seeking love and seeing the possibility for personal redemption. Advance word spotlights the performances of Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris, but I will be looking

for signs of Jenkins’ brand of melancholy in this Moonlight. (Oct. 21) Loving (Jeff Nichols) — It’s not often that a filmmaker sets himself or herself up for a double-feature year, but Nichols has already graced us with Midnight Special, an adventurous sci-fi drama that merged Spielbergian storytelling with his own deepseated indie sensibilities. But it is Loving that seems ready to truly elevate Nichols into the kind of filmmaker who transcends labels. He’s tackling the true story of Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga), the couple who, in 1958, sparked the challenge to legalize interracial marriage in the United States. (Nov. 4) Manchester By the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan) — Like a number of films on this list, Manchester By the Sea got a fast start out of the gate thanks to its premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Lonergan is a known talent, having previously garnered Oscar nominations for screenwriting (his directorial debut You Can Count on Me in 2001 and a shared credit for Gangs of New York in 2003), and Manchester boasts a slow-burn performance from Casey Affleck as a New England recluse forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies. (Nov. 18) A United Kingdom (Amma Asante) — When Prince Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) of Botswana falls in love with Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, he upsets the international community of the late 1940s. Their courtship and marriage forms the basis of A United Kingdom, the latest release from

Asante, the director who in 2013 explored questions of mixed-race identity in Belle. On the heels of his stunning embodiment of Martin Luther King in Selma, Oyelowo might finally push his way into the Best Actor discussion. (November) Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford) — After an impressive feature film debut like A Single Man, in which Colin Firth earned a Best Actor nomination, fashion designer Ford again sets his sights on the screen by adapting the novel Tony and Susan by the late Austin Wright (a professor emeritus of English at the University of Cincinnati). He taps Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams for the complex story-within-a-story narrative. Ford displayed a strong eye for cinematic frame construction and a stark formalism in A Single Man, and those traits seem perfectly suited for upping the anxiety in this far more layered literary tale. (Dec. 9) La La Land (Damien Chazelle) — Back in 2014, I settled down for a buzz-heavy Toronto screening of Whiplash and walked out impressed with the steady hand of writerdirector Damien Chazelle. While no one will ever forget the dominating performance of eventual Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons, for me it was Chazelle’s whip-smart sensibilities and love of music that drove the narrative. And now he’s back, grooving to a new beat in La La Land, the story of a Jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) who falls for an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) in Los Angeles. The movie musical is an unforgiving genre (that I usually can’t quite embrace), but I’m willing to put my faith in Chazelle’s ability to create an alternative remix. (Dec. 16) ©

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Fall is when the movies aiming for awards glory — and success with discerning audiences — begin their releases. The season begins when film-lovers start gathering for the premiere slate of international film festivals — Venice (the 73rd edition runs Aug. 31_Sept. 10), Telluride (the 43rd event is Sept. 2 _5), Toronto (the 41st installment unspools Sept. 8_18) and New York (the 54th edition takes place Sept. 30_Oct. 16). Over the past five years, these festivals have engaged in a heated competition seeking to establish the dominant position as the exclusive launch pad for awards-season films. Festival programmers and marketing teams hope for the international or North American debut of the Academy Award Best Picture nominee/winner. These badges of honor speak to the desire for credibility among festivals in this rather crowded field. As a credentialed Toronto critic, I got my first look at eventual Academy Award Best Picture winners 12 Years a Slave (2013) and Spotlight (2015) and sat in quiet awe, spellbound, at the inevitable Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor performances of Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto from Dallas Buyers Club in 2013. For a regional critic, attendance at major festival events like these guarantees that I have the opportunity to take part in basking in the initial glow of these works and add my voice to the critical buzz that can potentially usher Queen City audiences to these important films. Here’s a sneak peek at a sample of the Toronto titles on my advance radar for the

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Expand Your Horizons with Local TheAter BY RICK PENDER

Looking for guidance regarding theater productions to catch this fall? Here are some shows categorized so you can zero in on those you’ll enjoy.

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Great Literary Works Onstage

Theater has a way of telling stories — enacting them before a live audience — that vividly brings them to life. When great and familiar literary works become plays, the result is often truly revelatory. This fall, at least a half-dozen local productions offer insights into memorable tales. John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany was a breakout bestseller in 1989. Cincinnati Playhouse artistic director Blake Robison kicks off his fifth season with this Sept. 3-Oct. 1 production of Simon Bent’s adaptation of the sprawling novel, an epic saga about friendship, destiny and the miracle of faith set in 1950s New Hampshire. To launch its season, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents another classic text, The Diary of Anne Frank (Sept. 9-Oct. 1), adapted by Wendy Kesselman from the poignant and inspiring writing of an adolescent Jewish girl hiding from the Nazis with her family in a cramped Amsterdam attic. Cincy Shakes has another classic story of a powerful, sensitive spirit in a different kind of captivity: Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man (Oct. 14-Nov. 5), featuring Giles Davies as a severely deformed man in 19th-century England. Other classic tales this fall: Shakespeare’s tragic romance Romeo and Juliet (Sept. 29-Oct. 2) at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Depressionera epic The Grapes of Wrath (Sept. 29-Oct. 9) at Northern Kentucky University and a production of Frederick Knott’s Dial M for Murder (Nov. 4-19) at Falcon Theater.

Dramas to Make You Think

Playwrights take big ideas and humanize them, often enlightening circumstances we might have missed or perspectives we’ve never considered. Ayad Akhtar’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner Disgraced (Sept. 24-Oct. 23) at the Playhouse invites us to a contentious dinner party rife with some notso-hidden prejudices in America today. At Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Kimber Lee’s

brownsville song (b-side for tray) (Oct. 11-30), a hit at the 2014 Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, is the story of a young man in the wrong place at the wrong time and the impact of his death on his family and friends. August Wilson, one of America’s great playwrights, shows up on two stages this fall with scripts from his Century Cycle, chronicling the lives of African-Americans across the 20th century. The Playhouse stages Jitney (Oct. 15-Nov. 12), a story about gypsy cab drivers trying to make ends meet in 1977, and NKU offers Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Oct. 25-30) about a band of African-American musicians in a radio studio in the 1920s. Over-the-Rhine’s Know Theatre offers two provocative shows: Pulp (Oct. 7-29), Joseph Zettelmaier’s film noir comedy set in the 1930s with a pulp fiction twist, and The Other Rhine: A Lovecraftian Horror (Oct. 22-31), an immersive event for Halloween by Cincy Fringe regular Hit the Lights! Theatre Co. Two more to keep in mind: Jim Leonard Jr.’s small-town drama The Diviners (Nov. 11-19) at Xavier University, a story about friendship between a mentally challenged man and a disenchanted preacher in 1930s Indiana, and Incline Theater’s God of Carnage (Nov. 17-Dec. 4), Yasmina Reza’s drama about head-butting parents whose kids’ playground altercation prompts erupts family warfare.

Comedies to Make You Smile

Sometimes a trip to the theater is just about having a good time, a few laughs and maybe getting a reminder about our humanity. This fall’s show most likely to do that is Larry Shue’s The Foreigner (Oct. 20-Nov. 13) at the Covedale Center. One of the funniest plays ever, it’s about a shy fellow who overhears more than he wants to. Cincy Shakes’ Much Ado About Nothing (Nov. 18-Dec. 10) portrays a perfect couple, the witty Beatrice and Benedick, who can’t stand each other. Ensemble Theatre opens its season with Matthew Lopez’s heartwarming music-filled comedy The Legend of Georgia McBride (Sept. 6-25), in which an Elvis impersonator ends up in a B-level drag show.

Familiar Melodies

Musicals affect us because their storytelling employs melodies that lodge in our memories. At least five shows this fall will have

audiences humming on the way home. A tour of Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music (Sept. 27-Oct. 9) lands at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, courtesy of Broadway in Cincinnati; the Aronoff also hosts a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera (Nov. 15-27). A few other classic musicals being presented this fall include Stephen Schwartz’s Godspell (Sept. 8-Oct. 2) at the Covedale as well as university productions of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man (Oct. 20-22) at Xavier and Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban’s A Chorus Line (Oct. 20-30) at CCM.

Musicals You Don’t Know

Don’t ignore a musical you haven’t heard of. It just might tell a story in an unexpected way. I especially look forward to [title of show] (Sept. 29-Oct. 16) at the

Incline Theater, a clever musical about the struggles involved in creating a musical. Falcon Theater is presenting Toxic Avenger (Sept. 30-Oct. 15), based on the 1984 cult film about a superhero transformed by radioactive waste. And there’s always room for something totally new: Know Theatre has commissioned The Darkest Night at the Gnarly Stump and will be staging its world premiere Nov. 26-Dec. 17. The Appalachian ghost-story musical by writers Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin features music and lyrics by Paul Strickland, the multifaceted Fringe performer, musician and storyteller whose Andy’s House of [blank] premiered last fall at Know. Regardless of your taste, Cincinnati theaters have a lot to offer this fall. Take your pick, call a box office and expand your horizons. ©

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lines. Performances will be more intimate experiences, thanks to the Taft’s seating capacity. Parking is not an issue — there are plenty of nearby garages and lots and metered spaces. Also, subscribers receive free parking. There are several packages to choose from, including Sunday matinees. When the season opens on Sept. 8, featured pianist Emanuel Ax will be performing Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor)” and Louis Langrée will conduct Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Acclaimed violinists return for classic concertos. Hilary Hahn appears on Sept. 23 and 24 for the “Beethoven Violin Concerto” and on Oct. 7 and 8, Gil Shaham takes on Felix Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto.” Jennifer Koh, who long has been a proponent of contemporary music, performs Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Violin Concerto” as part of the Northern Lights program on Nov. 18 and 19. Thanksgiving weekend features an all-American program for One City One Symphony with saxophonist Branford Marsalis, who solos on John Williams’ Escapades (music from his score for the film Catch Me If You Can). The program also includes works by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. And oh, yes — Yo Yo Ma makes a return appearance on Oct. 28. But it’s already sold out. The CSO isn’t the only organization changing venues this season. Due to renovation of theaters at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Chamber Music Cincinnati’s performances will take place in the Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the

Aronoff Center for the Arts. The Emerson String Quartet appears there on Sept. 28 with a program of music by Mozart, Shostakovich and Antonín Dvorak. On Oct. 21, the Brentano String Quartet and pianist Jonathan Biss offer a program of Beethoven’s late works. Ensemble-in-residence at Yale University, the Brentano Quartet will perform Beethoven’s “String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135,” the composer’s final complete work. In addition to being an outstanding proponent of Beethoven’s music for piano, Biss is a noted writer, commentator and teacher. He’ll team up with quartet violinist Mark Steinberg for the “Sonata for Piano and Violin in G Major, Op. 96” and Biss will play “Sonata No. 32 in C Minor for Piano, Op. 111.” Innovative ensemble concert:nova kicks off its 10th-anniversary season on Oct. 6 and 8. Its Coffee, Food & Music concert celebrates composers who loved their morning cup of joe. Beethoven was a meticulous bean counter, and American composer Virgil Thomson used a sock to brew his coffee. Other composers include Bach, who wrote the comic “Coffee Cantata,” and Mendelssohn. Local baristas will also demonstrate their approaches to a perfect brew. Opera abounds this fall, from grandiose to intimate to works-in-progress. An ambitious little opera company, Queen City Chamber Opera, presents Act III of Richard Wagner’s Siegfried on Oct. 21 and 23 at the Arts Center at Dunham. Meanwhile, Cincinnati Chamber Opera has a more intimate offering, Manuel de Falla’s La Vida Breve on Nov. 11 and 13 at Northern Kentucky University’s Greaves

Hall. For the full grand opera experience, CCM’s Opera Department will have Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon, a retelling of the Cinderella story in a modernist production headed by CCM’s director Robin Guarino and conductor Mark Gibson, Nov. 17-20. Opera Fusion: New Works, the collaboration between Cincinnati Opera and CCM, has two upcoming opportunities to experience works-in-progress. Performances are at the Oak Room of the Cincinnati Club, on Garfield Place in Downtown. These are considered “public readings,” but the cast will be singing their roles. Some Light Emerges, a collaboration with Houston Grand Opera, was inspired by the Rothko Chapel in Houston and has music by Laura Kaminsky and a libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. Intimate Apparel, Ricky Ian Gordon’s adaptation of a play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lynn Nottage, was cocommissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theater’s New Works Program. The “public reading” of Some Light Emerges is on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free but reservations are required. Tickets become available on Sept. 12 at 513241-2742 or cincinnatiopera.org. Intimate Apparel is on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free; tickets become available on Nov. 1. So whether it’s opera, chamber or orchestral music, there’s a wide range of options this fall. Ticket prices are often very reasonable and some performances include free refreshments. Who could ask for anything more? ©

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Just three days after Labor Day, on Sept. 8, the Classical music fall season goes into high gear as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra begins its 2016-17 series. But there’s much else packed into the season, as the area’s burgeoning Classical music scene offers standard repertory and new takes on traditional forms in large concert halls and intimate spaces. The CSO’s opening concerts mark the beginning of its one-year residency at the Taft Theatre downtown, and the move has attracted as much ink as the season itself. It has moved while its home, Music Hall, is being renovated. The Taft was built in 1928 and seats 2,500, some 700 fewer than Music Hall’s original configuration. Plans for the move began five years ago, according to CSO president Trey Devey. “We invested $3 million in the Taft in 2011 and another $500,000 this year,” he wrote in an email. “These improvements include air conditioning, greatly expanded restrooms, new seats, rails, ramps, lighting and box office. They focus on the audience experience and were informed by audience feedback.” The CSO is taking no chances with the sound. Akustiks, the renowned acousticdesign company engaged for the Music Hall renovation, created an acoustic shell for the Taft. “This shell for the Taft Theatre is new and specifically designed to enhance the acoustic experience within that auditorium,” Devey says. The Taft has possible advantages over Music Hall. There are no obstructed sight

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COMEDY: Brew Ha-Ha The return of Brew Ha-Ha, the popular mixture of comedy and beer that takes place at Sawyer Point on the riverfront every August, is set for Thursday through Saturday. Top local and regional comics (and there are some great ones here) are joined by national acts, including headliners Chris Porter (Thursday), Ben Bailey (Friday), and Hal Sparks (Saturday). Porter, a Kansas City native, has been to Cincinnati many times and is a fan favorite. Bailey is most widely known as the former host of Cash Cab, and Sparks dabbles in acting and music as well as comedy. Over 120 local, regional, national and rare beers will be on hand as well. 5 p.m.-midnight Aug. 25-26; 4 p.m.-midnight Aug. 27. Free admission; $5 drinking wristband plus the cost of beer tickets. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, cincybrewhaha.com. — P.F. WILSON ART: Well-Known Pacifically at Thunder-Sky, Inc. Thunder-Sky, Inc. artist-in-residence Antonio Adams completes his so-called “Technicolor trilogy” that has shamed bad celebrities and celebrated the lives of everyday people since 2012. Well-Known Pacifically opens this Friday. In the four years since the outsider artist invited us to his version of a reality show, Adams has exhibited his sculpture at the Weston Art Gallery and grown even more confident in the guise of his alter ego, Art Thing, the master of loyalty and arbiter of proper behavior. A concurrent group show in Thunder-Sky’s basement, The Beautiful Ones Always Smash the Picture, celebrates the legacy of Prince. Opening reception 6-10 p.m. Aug. 26. On view through Oct. 8. Free. Thunder Sky, Inc., 4573 Hamilton Ave., Northside, raymondthundersky.org. — KATHY SCWARTZ

ART: Glenn Brown At The Contemporary Arts Center Renowned British painter Glenn Brown comes to the Contemporary Arts Center for his first solo museum exhibition in the United States. After Cincinnati shows by Shepard Fairey, Kehinde Wiley and Brazilian

photographer Albano Afonso in the past six years, expect Brown’s appearance to add to the debate over appropriation. Using Photoshop, the London-based artist meticulously transforms images originally created by Old Masters into grotesquely beautiful portraits and surreal still-lifes straight out

of science fiction. When he applies paint to the picture, his brushstrokes swirl as if he’s working in a rainstorm — or maybe it’s the storm of controversy. Sept. 9-Jan. 15, 2017. Free. Contemporary Art Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartcenter.org. — KATHY SCWARTZ

DANCE: Director’s Cut Every season of the Cincinnati Ballet is special, but this year’s upcoming season is especially worth making your way out of the house for — it’s artistic director and CEO Victoria Morgan’s 20th season. Don’t miss Director’s Cut on Sept. 16 and 17, a celebration of Morgan’s time with the Cincinnati Ballet. It has a truly exceptional lineup, including two world-premieres — one from Morgan herself, “Patriotic Pas,” and another from Ma Cong, set to music by Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds — plus additional work from renowned choreographers. Look for “Capricious Maneuvers” by famed New York Ballet soloist Justin Peck, contemporary work featuring San Francisco Ballet principal dancers and an

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FILM: Sundance Film Festival Short Films Here’s a chance to see some of the best short films to emerge from the Sundance Film Festival (from a field of more than 8,000 entries) in a setting that must rank as one of the most unusual theatrical venues in the country — the Showboat Majestic. Cincinnati World Cinema will screen Sundance Film Festival Short Films there. The 100-minute package consists of eight films. If you like the setting, be sure to let CWC know — it wants to make the Showboat its permanent home. 7 p.m. Sept. 9; 4 and 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11. $10 advance; $12 at the door. Showboat Majestic, Cincinnati Public Landing, 435 E. Mehring Way, Downtown, cincyworldcinema.org. — STEVEN ROSEN

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extra-fun piece from choreographer James Cunningham. 8 p.m. Sept. 16; 2 and 8 p.m. Sept. 17. $32-$103. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cballet. org. — MCKENZIE GRAHAM

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FILM: Goat James Franco’s company Rabbit Bandini Productions has sown fertile creative roots in the Cincinnati region over the last couple of years, shooting the features Goat and The Long Home here in 2015. And now Goat, the Andrew Neel-helmed project with a script by Neel, David Gordon Green and Mike Roberts, takes center stage with a major fall release. The tentative date is Sept. 23. Ben Schnetzer stars as the 19-year-old survivor of a vicious assault

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LIT: Paul Goldberger Goldberger, who casts a discriminating eye on American architecture and writes about it currently for Vanity Fair (and before that for The New Yorker for more than a dozen years) will present the Mercantile Library’s Pyle Urban Lecture on the evening of Sept. 22. The Pyle annual lecture series, honoring the Mercantile’s (recently retired) long-time director Albert Pyle, illuminates contemporary thinking on the vitality of cities in the 21st century and the changing nature of the urban experience. 7 p.m. Sept. 22. $15 nonmembers; $10 members; $5 students. The Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut St., 11th Floor, Downtown, mercantilelibrary.com. — JANE DURRELL

Comic-Con to geek out with fellow fans and brush shoulders with stars from movies, television and the comic world. The Cincinnati Comic Expo features appearances by the legendary Stan Lee, Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld, actors like Billy Dee Williams, David Mazouz (Gotham’s young Bruce Wayne) and Teddy Sears (The Flash, Masters of Sex) and awesome props like the 1966 and 1989 Batmobiles. 3-8 p.m. Sept. 23; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 24; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25. $5-$350. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, cincinnaticomicexpo.com. — JAC KERN

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presidential election. Sept. 24-Oct. 23. $30$85. Thompson Shelterhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, cincyplay.com. — RICK PENDER

TELEVISION: Transparent This fall brings Season 3 of the critically acclaimed and universally loved series that follows transwoman Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor) and her family. Exploring some of the myriad transgender issues that exist — particularly transitioning later in life and living with a trans family member — this season finds Maura contemplating gender confirmation surgery and requesting the family swap her nickname “Moppa” for her preferred designation as Mom. Something tells me Pfefferman matriarch Shelley (Judith Light) will be none too pleased. Meanwhile, she and their self-indulgent grown kids (each captured excellently by actors Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass and Gaby Hoffmann) navigate their own exceedingly complicated paths, which converge on a family cruise to Mexico. Season 3 premieres Sept. 23 on Amazon.— JAC KERN

LIT: Paying Calls In Shangri-La Like everything else, international diplomacy has taken new turns in the 21st century, but the subtle fine points of Embassy culture in the second half of the 20th century will be the focus of a book by Judith M. Heimann. She and her husband, John, are described as “one of the Foreign Service’s first tandem couples” and her book, Paying Calls in ShangriLa, is subtitled Scenes from a Woman’s Life in American Diplomacy. The book includes recollections from her time in Africa, Asia and Europe. Published by Ohio University Press, it will be out in October in paperback and hardcover and also in an electronic format. — JANE DURRELL

ONSTAGE: Disgraced Ayad Akhtar’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner gets a Cincinnati staging at the Playhouse in the Park. Ambitious lawyer Amir Kapoor has spent a lifetime distancing himself from his strict Muslim upbringing in South Asia; his wife Emily, a thoroughly American artist, finds her work increasingly inspired by Islam. At a dinner party for their friends and colleagues, Amir, Emily and their guests move from polite conversation to an explosive exploration of prejudices, identity, religion and politics. This pressure cooker of a story will provoke a lot of contemporary conversation around topics made all the more timely by world news and the

DANCE: What Moves Us 4: The Anniversary Special A perennial favorite, Anaya Belly Dance comes to the Aronoff Center for the Arts once again on Oct. 1 to charm its audiences with a modern, fusion style of belly dance in a family-friendly, smile-worthy evening of bold colors, enchanting movement and upbeat music. The costumes alone are worth the price of admission as the detailing adds a special kind of magic to each choreographed move, including tiny chimes and bells throughout. This must be a special year for anniversaries because the performance happens to land on the dance company’s 15-year celebration. 7 p.m. Oct. 1. $19.75-$22.75. JarsonKaplan Theater, Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org. — MCKENZIE GRAHAM

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FILM: Patrick’s Day This Oct. 6 screening of Patrick’s Day at the Esquire Theatre is sponsored by ReelAbilities Film Festival. Patrick’s Day, by writer-director Terry McMahon (Charlie Casanova), is the story of a 20-something young man named Patrick (Moe Dunford), a virginal schizophrenic who, thanks to medication and the support of his mother (Kerry Fox), has been able to maintain his mental stability. Concerns arise when Patrick falls in love, and it turns out that his mother’s obsessive treatment might be more damaging than his desire to surrender to new and unfamiliar feelings. Also, ReelAbilities has issued a call for entries — running through Nov. 1 — to solicit short films from local filmmakers “that celebrate the life, challenges, and accomplishments of people with disabilities.” The selected titles will be featured during next year’s film festival. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6. $10. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, cincy.reelabilities.org. — TT STERN-ENZI

ART: KENTUCKY RENAISSANCE AT THE CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM One of the best things about FotoFocus is that it teaches we do not live in isolation when it comes to our visual arts — photography, specifically. We are surrounded by other cities that have vital arts scenes that have made important contributions. Kentucky Renaissance, an exhibition opening at Cincinnati Art Museum on Oct. 8 and organized by photography curator Brian Sholis, looks at the impressive legacy of Lexington’s Camera Club from 1954-1974. More than 150 photographs, books, prints and other objects will be featured. This will be a sterling chance to see the impact made upon art by such Lexington-based photographers as Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Van Deren Coke, James Baker Hall and Zygmunt S. Gierlach. Oct. 8-Jan. 1, 2017.

$10 (includes Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth); free for members and FotoFocus pass holders; free parking during exhibit run. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiartmuseum.org. — STEVEN ROSEN COMEDY: Amy Schumer Amy Schumer’s star continues to rise. Last year she turned in an acclaimed performance in the film Trainwreck, which she co-wrote. This year, her hit Comedy Central sketch series Inside Amy Schumer completed its fourth season, and in the meantime she became the first female comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden. Now she is in the midst of a 50-city tour that comes to Northern Kentucky University’s BB&T Arena. Her sweet and engaging stage persona is belied by her

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ART: Drinking About Art: The Bob Ross Debate “Happy little trees. Happy little clouds.” Now add some happy little cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The Carnegie introduces its G.E.T. Together Series with this program. The center’s Gallery, Education and Theatre departments will host five interactive events during the inaugural series. Artist Michael Stillion and art historian Kim Paice from University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning get the party started with a humorous talk on the merits of Ross, the permed painter who taught viewers how to create landscapes on his 1983-94 PBS show and became a pop-culture icon. The lecture will also be a drinking game, so listen for the magic word — please let it be “happy” — or catch a ball in your glass for a prize. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7. $21, $18 students, includes complimentary drink and appetizers. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, Ky., thecarnegie.com. — KATHY SCWARTZ

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subversive jokes about feminism, race and other social issues. 8 p.m. Oct. 8. $39$106; $10 parking. BB&T Arena, 500 Louie B. Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, Ky., thebbtarena.com. — P.F. WILSON

between past and present as Tray’s family grapples with the aftermath. Oct. 11-30. $18-$44. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, ensemblecincinnati.org. — RICK PENDER

ONSTAGE: Brownsville Song (B-Side For Tray) The Humana Festival of New American Plays at Louisville’s Actors Theatre introduces contemporary scripts that quickly show up onstage elsewhere. Kimber Lee’s timely drama, a Humana hit in 2014, is being staged at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. Tray, age 18, is wrestling with his college application essay. He’s a good kid in a not-so-great neighborhood, competing in Golden Gloves boxing at a gym and earning money for college working at a Starbucks. His promising life is senselessly cut short when he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. Lee’s poetic script flows

ONSTAGE: The Elephant Man It’s not only great plays by Shakespeare that frequent the stage at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Bernard Pomerance’s 1977 classic drama (a 1979 Drama Desk and Tony Award winner) is a perfect example. It’s the true tale of Joseph Merrick (1862-1890), whose severe physical deformities landed him in a Victorian freak show. Frederick Treves, a young doctor, discovers the intelligent mind and sensitive soul behind the disfigured visage. Veteran actor Giles Davies will play Merrick and current standout Brent Vimtrup portrays the idealistic Treves. Together they’ll navigate a world that’s

both beautiful and cruel. Oct. 14-Nov. 5. $22-$42. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., Downtown, cincyshakes.com. — RICK PENDER LIT: Books By The Banks With more than 100 authors from across the country, this annual literary event, which the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County helped start, is set for Oct. 15 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Since this is its 10th year, it will be preceded by 10 community events. Authors appearing at the main event include Laura Benedict, Laura Bickle and Rick Pender, CityBeat’s contributing theater editor and writer of 100 Things to Do in Cincinnati Before You Die. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15. Free admission. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, booksbythebanks.org. — JANE DURRELL ONSTAGE: JITNEY It’s been almost three decades since one of August Wilson’s great “Century Cycle” plays has been onstage at the Playhouse. His 10 chronicles of the 20th century reflect many facets of African-American life. This play, about men who operate an unlicensed car service in Pittsburgh’s

Hill District in 1977, was his first. Later works contain complex spiritualism and supernatural elements, but Jitney is more straightforward and character-based. This is a story of survival as urban renewal threatens to close their station and destroy their community. Playhouse Artistic Associate Timothy Douglas, one of the top interpreters of Wilson’s plays, will direct. Oct. 15-Nov. 12. $30-$75. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, 513-421-3888, cincyplay.com. — RICK PENDER ONSTAGE: The Other Rhine: A lovecraftian horror A hidden terror lurks beneath the streets of Cincinnati. Developed and staged by Hit the Lights! Theater Co. from New York City, this Halloween-timed production will take audiences on a site-specific tour of a mysterious haunted house. This company, a popular presence at several Cincinnati Fringe Festivals, knows its way around immersive works and finds inspiration in the classic horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. This world premiere production will be told using light and shadow to induce chills and thrills. Oct. 22-31. $25. Know

Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine. knowtheatre.com. — RICK PENDER ART: 2016 Mid-America College Art Association Conference In addition to all of the more interestspecific panel discussions and/or artrelated sessions that will be happening as part of this conference held Oct. 26-28 at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, there will be three notable keynote speakers: art critic Hal Foster, artist Jon Rubin and curator Hamza Walker. Foster kicks off the conference with a lecture entitled “Sculpture, Tradition, Space and Time” as part of the school’s Annual Vista Foundation Lecture. The work “Shoe Tie” by Charles Ray will be a focus. Rubin will give an artist talk titled “Doing Stuff with People,” while Walker (currently on leave from his long-held position as curator and director of education at the Renaissance Society at University of Chicago) will lecture on “The Making of a Midwesterner, or How I Backed my Way into the Visual Arts.” Foster’s lecture is 5 p.m. Oct. 26 in DAAP Room 4400; on the University of Cincinnati’s campus; Rubin’s lecture

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CLASSICAL MUSIC: Bright-Eyed Joy! A Ricky Ian Gordon Cabaret Ricky Ian Gordon is one of the most successful songwriters you’ve never heard of. Judy Collins, Audra McDonald, Betty Buckley, and Kristin Chenoweth are among the many artists who’ve performed his songs. A poetry lover, Gordon’s settings of Langston Hughes, Dorothy Parker and Emily Dickinson enhance the singular work of each poet. For this show, voice and piano students at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music join the composer for an evening of song and commentary in the intimate Cohen Family Theater. 8 p.m. Nov. 4-5; 2 p.m. Nov. 6. Free; reservations required. Reservation tickets become available at noon on Oct. 31 by calling or visiting the CCM box

office; limit two per order. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Clifton Heights, 513-556-4183, ccm.uc.edu. — ANNE ARENSTEIN ART: The Golden Ticket At The Clifton Cultural Arts Center This Clifton Cultural Arts Center exhibition is one of the better local juried art shows because of the expertise of the jurors as well as the fact winners receive enough of a monetary award to provide an extra incentive for entering. This year’s jury consists of Dennis Harrington, director of the Weston Art Gallery; Farron L. Allen, faculty member at University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning; arts patron and collector Sara M. Vance Waddell; and Matt Distel, exhibition director at The Carnegie. Best in Show will receive $800 plus a one-person show at the CCAC. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Nov. 11. On view through Dec. 10. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Clifton, cliftonculturalarts.org. — STEVEN ROSEN

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CLASSICAL music : Shared Madness Part 1 Violinist Jennifer Koh knows what gratitude sounds like. When two generous donors provided funds for a new violin, the payback was in commissions from more than 30 composers who donated their work — including Bryce Dessner, Philip Glass, Missy Mazzoli and Julia Wolfe. The project is called Shared Madness, and Koh performs 16 excerpts at the Contemporary Arts Center’s Black Box Theater. (The CAC is in partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.) Koh also is a soloist with the CSO over the Nov. 18-19 weekend. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15. $18; $12 members. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter. org. — ANNE ARENSTEIN

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CLASSICAL music: La Vida Breve You may recognize some of the music, although Manuel de Falla’s two-act opera La Vida Breve (The Brief Life) is rarely performed as an opera. Set to a Spanish libretto that uses Andalusian dialect, the opera tells the story of a gypsy who falls for a wealthy man in the historic city of Granada. Of course, it’s a doomed love affair, but the music is captivating and it clocks in at just over an hour. Cincinnati Chamber Opera teams up with the Northern Kentucky University School of Arts. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 13. $25 adults; $20 students and seniors. Greaves Concert Hall, 1 Louie B. Nunn Drive, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Ky., cincinnatichamberopera.org. — ANNE ARENSTEIN

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EVENT: SUGAR RUSH Is your pancreas ready to party? Are you prepared to gorge a smorgasbord of sweets? Sugar Rush brings more than a dozen of the area’s favorite confectioners together in one place for samples to satisfy the sweet tooth of every Princess Lolly and Lord Licorice. Indulge in ice cream, cupcakes, cookies, donuts and more, and then vote for your favorite. 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. $20. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, citybeat.com. — MAIJA ZUMMO


EVENT: CINCY BREW HA-HA The 10th-annual Cincy Brew Ha-Ha, the city’s biggest (and booziest) funny fest, returns to Sawyer Point with 75 comedians and more than 120 beers. Brews will be available at a whopping 30 beer booths manned by Blank Slate, New Belgium, Fifty West and many others, with eateries like Skyline Chili and Texas Joe’s Food Truck providing some additional sustenance. Comedians perform on four stages throughout each evening; performers include Chris Porter, who notched a third-place win on Season 4 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing; Ben Bailey, former host of Discovery Channel’s Cash Cab; and actor Hal Sparks. 5 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Friday; 4 p.m.midnight Saturday. Free admission; $5 beer wristband. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, cincybrewhaha. com. — EMILY BEGLEY


EVENT: The Contemporary Arts Center celebrates the release of cookbook CUISINE ART COCKTAILS: CELEBRATING CONTEMPORARY CINCINNATI. See feature on page 46.

MUSIC: ROBBIE FULKS headlines Friday at the Whispering Beard Folk Festival. See Sound Advice on page 50. MUSIC: Sister act LILY & MADELEINE bring some dreamy Folk to Fountain Square. See Sound Advice on page 50. EVENT: TASTE OF OTR Celebrate the flavors of Over-the-Rhine during the fourth-annual Taste of OTR, which this year has expanded to include a second day. Hosted by Tender Mercies, a local nonprofit that provides security, dignity and community to homeless adults with mental illness, the event features a local Craft Beer Village, live music and more than 30 vendors, including Goodfellas Pizzeria, Tom+Chee and Washington Platform. The familyfriendly event also includes a KidsZone with a stilt walker, a balloon artist, face painting, a water-balloon toss and coloring contests.

All proceeds benefit Tender Mercies. 5-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Free admission; $30-$50 VIP. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, tendermerciesinc.org. — EMILY BEGLEY

on Friday, so dust off your dirndl. 6 p.m.midnight Friday; 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday. $5. Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Colerain, germaniasociety.com. — MAIJA ZUMMO

EVENT: GERMANIA SOCIETY OKTOBERFEST Willkommen to the 46th-annual Germania Society Oktoberfest — Cincinnati’s original Oktoberfest (the first was held in 1971) and probably the most authentic. Hosted by the Germania Society, a local organization that promotes German heritage in Cincinnati, the fest features traditional homemade German food — sauerkraut balls, rotisseriegrilled chicken, wursts, strudel, schnitzel and more — live German music, dancing, imported German merchandise and a variety of German bier, wein and schnapps. A ceremonial Oktoberfest keg will be tapped

EVENT: TASTE OF BLUE ASH More than 20 local eateries will coalesce this weekend to answer an age-old question: What exactly does Blue Ash taste like? Taste of Blue Ash, one of the ’burbs’ most popular fests, takes over Summit Park with three days of food, live music, games, festival rides and other festivities. This year’s music lineup includes headliners Starship featuring Mickey Thomas on Friday, 3 Doors Down on Saturday and Easton Corbin on Sunday. Don’t miss the annual Best of Taste competition 6 p.m. CONTINUES ON PAGE 36

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COMEDY: RAJIV SATYAL Cincinnati native and comedian Rajiv Satyal is celebrating his 10th anniversary as full-time comic and L.A. resident this fall. In addition to his stand-up pursuits, the former Procter & Gamble employee is producing a talk show with a company in Mumbai, India, and on his own is creating a series of short videos about everything from pop culture and politics to food and philosophy. He returns this week to the club where he started: Go Bananas. “My act has always been about race, politics, dating and technology,” he says. “Those are the four things that I seem to come back to.” Thursday-Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com. — P.F. WILSON


ART: ICEBERG AT XAVIER UNIVERSITY Xavier University’s Cohen Gallery will host an opening reception for a two-person exhibition featuring the work of artists Emily Moores and Samantha Parker Salazar. Moores, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s studio arts MFA program, and Salazar, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin in printmaking, both work with hand-cut paper forms, and their pieces for this show come together to create an intricate, iceberg-shaped monochromatic installation. Both artists “have an inherent interest in aesthetic abundance and intricacy,” reads the show’s press release. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday. On view through Sept. 24. Free. A.B. Cohen Center 1658 Herald Ave., Norwood, 513-745-3811. — MARIA SEDA-REEDER

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MUSIC: BEWILDERFEST Urban Artifact brewery hosts Bewilderfest, a weekend-long neighborhood beer and music celebration. A roster of more than 30 performing bands — from locals like Leggy and Buggs tha Rocka to Wonky Tonk and Go Go Buffalo — have been encouraged to work songs outside of their normal repertoire into their sets — unusual covers, new takes and more — to pay tribute to the brewery’s interest in inspiring the community to try things outside of their comfort zone. Their house line of sour beer, brewed with locally caught wild yeast and bacteria, is unique in the local scene. And more than a dozen regional and national breweries will be on hand serving creative takes on their own beers, like barrelaged brews or those with unusual ingredients. Friday-Sunday. Free 21+; $5 ages 18-20. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, bewilderfest.com. — MAIJA ZUMMO


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Friday, which pits eateries against each other in categories like Best Appetizer, Best Entrée and Best Dessert. 6-11 p.m. Friday; 2-11 p.m. Saturday; 2-9 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, blueashevents. com. — EMILY BEGLEY MUSIC: BIG EYES Big Eyes first emerged in 2009 in the form of then-21-year-old New York singer/songwriter Kait Eldridge’s solo demos following the breakup of her previous bands. Eldridge moved to Seattle in 2011 and recorded several singles and a couple of full-lengths with a rotating cast of friends. Big Eyes toured frequently in the U.S. and Europe, including several weeks opening for Against Me!. Eldridge returned to New York City in 2014 and made Big Eyes a more concrete band, then started recording Stake My Claim. The hook-laden album expertly mixes Indie Rock, Power Pop and Punk Pop, sounding like a blend of Liz Phair, The Ramones and The Runaways but laced with a modern verve and personalized passion that is all Big Eyes’ own. 9 p.m. Friday. $5. Northside Yacht Club, 4227 Spring

Grove Ave., Northside, northsideyachtclub. com. — MIKE BREEN ART: WELL-KNOWN PACIFICALLY AT THUNDER-SKY, INC. Thunder-Sky, Inc. gallery hosts the third and final show in a group of works that beloved local artist Antonio Adams began in 2012, which speak to his fascination with celebrity and reality. In this iteration of his trilogy, Adams continues to explore those themes with “a sense of mischief, comic grief and funky spirituality,” according to the gallery. The show will feature Adams’ familiar line-drawing portraits, paintings, photographs, writings, costume and sculpture. Thunder-Sky’s multi-artist tribute to the life and legacy of Prince, The Beautiful Ones Always Smash the Picture, is simultaneously on view downstairs. Opening reception: 6-10 p.m. On view through Oct. 8. Free. Thunder-Sky, Inc., 4573 Hamilton Ave., Northside, raymondthundersky.org. — MARIA SEDA-REEDER


MUSIC: MAPS & ATLASES explore the dynamic of their newfound configuration at Taste of OTR. See Sound Advice on page 51.

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EVENT: PARTY IN PLAID AND PUNK Local nonprofit Caracole will throw its fourth-annual Party in Plaid fundraiser and fashion show this weekend to benefit its mission of providing safe, affordable housing and supportive services for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. This year, a new Punk theme is being added to the mix: Pop-up shops will be onsite with Punk accessories, as will local hairstylists and MAC cosmetics, who will help rev up your style. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner by the bite by Jeff Thomas Catering. Cincinnati native Asha Ama Daniels, a finalist in Project Runway spinoff Under the Gunn, will be in attendance to showcase her award-winning designs. A dance party, cash bar and silent auction are also on the agenda. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. $75 general admission; $40 young professional. Cincinnati Masonic Center, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, caracole.org/party-in-plaid. — EMILY BEGLEY

EVENT: O.F.F. MARKET The monthly Oakley Fancy Flea — or O.F.F. Market — is a pop-up marketplace that brings together artists, farmers, specialty food and beverage vendors, independent small businesses and other makers to exemplify the slogan, “Shop small. Shop local. Love your community.” 10-4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. 2890 Madison Road, Oakley, theoffmarket.com. — MAIJA ZUMMO



(as will wine, beer and snacks). 4-8 p.m. Sunday. $60. Meddling with Nature, 1707 Greenup St., Covington, Ky., meddlingwithnature.com. — MAIJA ZUMMO EVENT: THE HAYMAKERS’ SOCIAL An al-fresco dinner party held at one of Ohio’s oldest farms, Carriage House Farm, featuring some of the region’s best chefs, pork and produce — and a live Bluegrass band. Hood’s Heritage Hogs, a multi-generational sustainable red wattle hog farm, will be providing the meat for the snout-to-tail dinner, which also includes three courses and wine pairings. Featured chefs will be adding their take to the meal, including Mike Florea, Jason Louda and Jose Salazar, with additional brews and booze from the likes of MadTree, Watershed and the new Woodburn Brewery. 3-7:30 p.m. Sunday. $150. 10251 Miamiview Road, North Bend, Ohio, carriagehousefarmllc.com. — MAIJA ZUMMO

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EVENT: MAKING NEW FRIENDS Artistic taxidermy shop and enthusiastically approachable biological/naturalist educational organization Meddling with Nature is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and they want you to make new friends at their birthday party. The group hosts the first of its “Making New Friends” workshop series Sunday, where guests are invited to come and create their own taxidermied rodent. Select from a mouse, hamster or other critter and follow along as you take your creature from frozen corpse to finished mount while simultaneously learning about anatomy and medical and taxidermy history. Scalpels, gloves and other materials will be provided


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Xavier’s Lively Theater Program Kicks Off

‘Slut Shaming’ launches 2016-17 season with a timely topic BY RICK PENDER

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hen Stephen Skiles became Xavier University’s director of theater in 2012, he wasn’t exactly a newcomer. His experience and background have helped him in bringing to the school a lively and often topical series of productions, like the one that opens the new season Wednesday night, Slut Shaming. It was first staged at the 2014 Cincinnati Fringe. Inspired by real events in Steubenville, Ohio, when a young woman was raped and then scorned through social media, it’s a story relevant on today’s college campuses where sexual conduct is a hot-button topic. “We’ve had some meetings over the summer with 15 to 17 programs and departments working with us on it,” Skiles says. “To me, it’s the most important show we’re doing this year.” Skiles’ first experience on Xavier’s Evanston campus was a decade earlier than 2012. He’d only been teaching in 2002 for a few weeks when he eagerly told his wife, “This is where I want to be.” “I knew it almost immediately,” he says today. “The students were terrific, and there was a great energy. They didn’t even have a major, but there was interest. I knew if I could dictate my career, I wanted to write a degree program at Xavier.” After graduating in 1994 from Indiana’s Hanover College with a theater major, Skiles acted with Fahrenheit Theatre Company, the initial incarnation of today’s Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Grad school at Ohio University was next, including a third-year internship at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. He subsequently became the Playhouse’s company manager, supporting actor logistics. His inclination to teach landed him a job in 2004 as Anderson High School’s drama director. In 2007, he headed north to teach at the University of Akron. But Xavier was still on his mind; he spent eight weeks in 2009 commuting from northeast Ohio to stage a production of the musical Urinetown at Xavier’s Gallagher Student Center Theatre. In 2010, he returned to southwest Ohio as chair of theater and dance at Dayton’s Sinclair Community College. Two years later, Xavier hired him to establish a theater degree program. He didn’t want to copy programs at other local universities such as the University of Cincinnati’s respected CollegeConservatory of Music. “They’re incredible in what they do,” Skiles says, “and they have a long history. But it’s a B.F.A. program, and their students are training professionally. They’re not getting a

Katie Mitchell and Hannah Sheppard in Xavier University’s production of Slut Shaming liberal arts education. Xavier students come to get a ‘large’ education.” Skiles broadens student experiences by engaging theater professionals as a core aspect of the Xavier program. He invites local directors and actors for productions, master classes and audition training. In 2013, a director and actors from Cincinnati Shakespeare worked with students to stage a much-admired production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Last fall, he engaged Ed Stern — retired artistic director at the Cincinnati Playhouse — to stage a show. That practice has been a cornerstone of Skiles’ program. “In four years, I’ve never had someone say no,” he says. “The Cincinnati theater scene is incredible, and that played into our thinking in 2012. Why not tap these resources? Our community here in Cincinnati wants to share.” Xavier’s program is young, with just eight grads so far. Skiles says he’s “batting a thousand” with them. All eight are pursuing theatrical careers — some in grad school, others with professional internships. “From their first day, they’re mingling with professionals,” he says. “By the time they graduate, they have a long list they’ve worked with, many of them multiple times.” Beyond Stern, current students have worked with directors such as Ensemble

Theatre’s D. Lynn Meyers and Cincy Shakes’ Brian Phillips, as well as veteran actors including Bruce Cromer, Torie Wiggins and Pamela Myers, who has Broadway experience. “That’s a huge thing to offer,” Skiles says. Skiles encourages majors (there will be 45 this fall; the program’s goal is 64) toward broader horizons. “Most of our students are double majors,” he says. “I really like that. They’re experiencing the whole universe of a college campus. Here you are at a great university, getting a great general education with great departments and programs. I tell them to get the experience, do another major or take two or three minors.” Skiles fundamentally believes theater in a college setting should be “the crossroads of the curriculum.” “We can offer an insight into any subject in a very humanistic way,” he says. Trey Tatum’s Slut Shaming is an example of that. The playwright and his wife, director Bridget Leak, worked with Xavier students on this production, which is onstage Wednesday through Sunday. Skiles saw the show in 2014 and envisioned staging it at Xavier with Tatum and Leak involved. He recognized the show’s relevance to campus conversations.

“This is something a theater program can do that I don’t think any other program on campus can do,” he says. Xavier students can see the show for free thanks to four on-campus sponsors. “Whatever is not sponsored, we’ll just give away free tickets,” he says. “There will be a small number of community tickets available.” Skiles has more plans for topical programming, including a reading of the 9/11 aftermath play, The Guys, on Sept. 11, and one for The Vagina Monologues next February. Xavier’s ambitious upcoming season includes productions of The Music Man (October); Jim Leonard Jr.’s The Diviners (November); Hamlet (February); The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), staged by Stern (February); Into the Woods, staged by ETC’s Meyers (April); and Annie Baker’s The Aliens (April). It’s likely that more and more Cincinnati theatergoers will pay attention to productions at Xavier this year and beyond. SLUT SHAMING, presented by Xavier University Theatre, will be onstage Wednesday-Sunday at the Gallagher Student Center Theatre. If free tickets remain, visit xavier.edu/tickets for information about obtaining them.

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New Downtown Mural Is a True Big Picture BY STEVEN ROSEN

slang for excelling at a certain task — drawing, in his case. During an interview at ArtWorks offices, the Portuguese-speaking artist discussed his origins as Marina Castro provided an English paraphrased translation. He said a key early influence was New York Hip Hop culture. One reason he enjoys his U.S.


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projects so much — he has done about 15 so far, including an Abraham Lincoln mural in Lexington, Ky. — is because it is the home of New York. In his home country, he has just completed a mural he hopes will qualify for the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest ever designed by a single artist. It is 32,300 square feet and was done to celebrate the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. As he described it and as it was written about on businessinsider.com, it features portraits of indigenous peoples of the world. Incidentally, Cincinnati actually got two local heroes for the price of one with its new Armstong mural. On the upper right-hand corner, as you face it on Walnut Street, you’ll see E.T. in a bicycle basket being pedaled from Earth toward “home” somewhere in deep, expansive space. As he’s moving away from Armstrong, maybe it’s toward the dark side of the moon. Kobra, a dedicated researcher of the cities in which he does murals, said he knew Steven Spielberg, the director of 1982’s classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, was born in Cincinnati. “He was trying to make a connection to the people from here,” translator Castro said. CONTACT STEVEN ROSEN: srosen@citybeat.com

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The name of this column — “The Big Picture” — is especially appropriate when discussing the new downtown mural by Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra. The work — the largest mural that ArtWorks has yet commissioned — is honoring the late Neil Armstrong, the Ohio-born astronaut who in 1969 became the first person to walk on the moon. After his career as an astronaut ended, he became a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Kobra’s work is as monumental as Armstrong’s accomplishment. It measures 7,632 square feet and occupies the equivalent of half a city block, along the Walnut Street façade of a parking garage that is part of Fifth Third Bank’s Fountain Square headquarters. The bank is paying the project’s entire cost, in excess of $100,000. The Armstrong mural may, as a byproduct, singlehandedly revive interest in the skywalk system, since Kobra has been saying the best place to see it will be standing on a connecting link across Walnut Street. (Although the mural was just finished, scaffolding may still be visible for awhile.) He has been developing an international following for his large spray-painted public murals that, as he has described, mix a retro element — a Photorealist, sometimes black-and-white portrait of the subject, usually sourced from a photograph — with a contemporary, phantasmagorical Op Artlike use of bright color. In the Armstrong mural, Kobra, with help from his two assistants and ArtWorks’ four teen apprentices, has surrounded the helmeted, camera-holding astronaut with stripes, squares and emanating rays of fragmented color, color, color. One multi-colored band even serves as a kind of halo. (The mural was sketched and gridded-out first.) So, this is quite literally one really big picture. But there’s also another aspect in which the term is appropriate. Cincinnati has a role in the larger world — the bigger picture of the evolution of street art. Murals are becoming the preferred, dynamic way for cities to memorialize the cultural heroes and historical figures that residents admire. “Street art and public art are really hot in cities all over the world,” says Colleen Houston, ArtWorks vice president of programs and operations. “It’s a great time to be an artist working in public spaces.” It’s especially a great time to be Kobra, whom ArtWorks commissioned after admiring his 2015 mural for Minneapolis honoring Minnesota-born troubadour Bob Dylan. That and his Cincinnati mural are a long way from tagging, which is how he got his start in the early 1990s in Sao Paolo. A gifted artist, his name “Kobra” was coined by fellow middle-school students and is

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It was a normal Saturday night in Northnew systems when they go down,” Rueff side with plenty of foot traffic as people says. “You can see on their faces how walked along Chase Avenue for a slice of intent and focused they were, learning pizza from the Kitchen Factory. how to fix their games. It’s close to them. Across the street, however, something It was cool that he came in and shared his unusual was going on at Happen, Inc.’s knowledge with them.” headquarters at the corner of Chase and Rueff says that he used to receive stacks Hamilton avenues: People were stopping on of older video games from a brother in San the sidewalk to watch local teens play Xbox. Francisco, but would just give them away. A game of NBA 2K16 was being projected Now, with repair instruction being offered, through the window onto a semi-opaque there is use for them. shower curtain that allowed both the gamers The recent Saturday night gaming session inside and spectators outside to see. included a half-dozen teens who wanted to “It’s a homemade Twitch; they love to show off,” says Tommy Rueff, founder of Happen, Inc., Northside’s nonprofit youth outreach organization. Located at 4201 Hamilton Ave., Happen, Inc.’s headquarters is a safe place for kids in the area to socialize with peers, contribute to the community and prepare for the professional world that awaits them. Twitch is a live-streaming video platform that allows players to share their video gaming experiences with Teens at Northside’s Happen, Inc. play NBA 2K16 game audiences around the world P H O T O : p r o v i d e d b y to m m y r u e f f as their spoken comments made about the footage are captured in real time. In recent years, it’s show their prowess on the digital basketball amassed around 45 million participants court. The initial problem, though, was that and has been a contributing factor in the it was too bright to project the game onto the new ways that games are promoted and window. The sun had barely begun to set. reviewed online — think Mystery Science “I see this being more successful in fall, Theater 3000, without the robot puppets when the sun goes down earlier,” Rueff says. but with people making fun in response to “We can’t keep them after curfew, 10 p.m.” or at the expense of pop culture. After an hour, the sun had gone down The teens, all Northside locals, are part enough to make viewing the game from of an organization run by Happen, Inc. Chase possible. called Teen Hall, a sort of student council “We can’t do anything on Hamilton Avenue that has legitimate representation on Northfor safety issues — people backing up to side’s actual community council. The teens watch, or driving by and looking,” Rueff says. meet every other Saturday to discuss their Once the basketball video game was agenda. The idea to make video games a projected outward, passersby began to take part of the routine after Teen Hall business notice. Rueff and some of the kids took lawn was concluded came naturally enough. chairs out onto the doublewide sidewalk and “I just asked them what they want to do,” watched the game, though it was a mirrored Rueff says. “Our age group (at Happen, Inc.) image where everything read backward. used to be from 6 to 12, but now we have “The kids aren’t just playing video games,” this huge teen program, and video games Rueff says. “We hope there will be people on are part of their lives. We adapt; that’s how the sidewalk checking it out, talking about this program started.” it, seeing what the kids are up to. We look Prior to the most recent Saturday night at all of our programs with a theme in mind. event, there was a meeting focused on We’re putting chairs out on the sidewalk in how to repair broken video game consoles case anybody wants to sit and watch. We rather than giving up on such expensive have a theme here (that) community is not pieces of machinery when they malfuncjust where you live, but it’s how you live tion. Lewis Riley, an information technolwith other people.” ogy specialist, came by to explain why For more information on HAPPEN, INC., visit Xbox consoles tend to overheat. happeninc.com. “These kids don’t have the money to buy

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Restored ‘King of Jazz’ Gets Special Screening BY JASON GARGANO

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King of Jazz debuted in 1930 amid a department, which allows them to do restocinematic era dominated by musical revues rations more efficiently,” Layton continues. and the evolution of two-color Technicolor. “So it’s a convergence of all of these things, One of the most expensive and elaborately and the timing just worked out.” staged films of its time, King of Jazz Layton is an endless encyclopedia of centered on bandleader Paul Whiteman — a information when it comes to Hollywood’s large, curiously mustachioed man who in transition from the silent to talkie eras. And the 1920s was as famous as Babe Ruth — he, of course, has a theory about why King and his talented orchestra. of Jazz was not a success during its initial A number of other curiosities were on theatrical run. display within the film’s revue format that “If it had been released in 1929 at the peak were distinctive, including the first use of musicals, it would have been a smash hit, of Technicolor animation and the debut but it came just a little too late,” he says. (It screen performance of the crooner Bing Crosby, whose baby face is adorned with an alarming abundance of rouge (possibly in an attempt to take advantage of the film’s Technicolor capabilities). Yet, coming on the heels of likeminded fare, King of Jazz fell through the cracks during its initial run. It was altered for re-release a few years later, but then fell into obscurity and was rarely seen again. But now, 86 years after its release, NBCUniversal is debuting a digitally restored John Boles, a star of early film, appears in King of Jazz. version of King of Jazz that P H O T O : c o u r t e s y o f N B CUn i v e r s a l comes as close as possible to what audiences witnessed in 1930. On Thursday evening, it is getting a cost $2 million to produce in 1930, a masspecial screening at the Kenwood Theatre sive amount at the time.) as the centerpiece of a fundraising event for A truncated, highly altered VHS verMedia Heritage, Inc., a nonprofit organization sion of the film surfaced in the 1980s, one devoted to the history of radio, television that nonetheless included King of Jazz’s and film. The organization’s emphasis is on signature sequence — a glorious perforCincinnati broadcast history, but its leaders mance of “Rhapsody in Blue,” during which are also devotees of classic cinema. Whiteman’s orchestra plays within a giant “It was certainly a very expensive restorarecreation of a grand piano. (That version tion, and I think Universal was hesitant to can be seen via streaming at archive.org.) commit to it in the past,” says James Layton, “The VHS release is certainly incomplete, the manager of the Film Preservation Cenand it’s actually in the wrong order and there ter at the Museum of Modern Art who has were all sorts of other issues with it,” Layton extensively researched King of Jazz. “But says. “The visual quality is terrible and there were various reasons why it finally did the colors don’t look like what it originally happen. One big impetus was the film getlooked like. The restoration is a complete ting registered in 2013 on the National Film revelation. They’ve gone back to the original Registry, which is a national list of films of camera negative and they’ve tried to piece historical, artistic and cultural importance the film back together as much as they can.” that is run by the Library of Congress. And Layton is excited about the possibility then Universal rediscovered some of the of a whole new audience being exposed to original elements when they were doing a a film and a cinematic era that deserves new inventory of their holdings.” more attention. “This is really an amazing Layton would know — he’s the co-author glimpse of what was technically possible, of The Dawn of Technicolor: 1915-1935 what was visually possible and the quality and the forthcoming The King of Jazz: of performances at that time. It’s a fascinatPaul Whiteman’s Technicolor Revue, a lush, ing window back in time.” impressively detailed book about the creKING OF JAZZ screens at 7 p.m. Thursday at ation of a film that hasn’t been seen properly Kenwood Theatre, 7815 Kenwood Ave. General since the Herbert Hoover administration. seating $25; VIP seating $50. More info/tickets “Also, in recent years Universal has set at mediaheritage.org. up their own in-house digital restoration

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Oliver Stone’s W., which premiered less now. That hot summer, for those not born than a month before the 2008 election, was then or those not versed in film lore, was about the life — or a particular period in the the season of Do the Right Thing, the life — of a sitting president. Well, here we are highly politicized release from Spike Lee, again. It’s close to the end of the second term which dramatized the volcanic churning of of President Barack Obama, the country’s racial tensions in a not-so-fictionalized and first African-American commander in chief, quite superheated New York, where policeand Southside With You arrives, as if on cue, community relations could lead to conflict, capturing his first date with the woman who death and cinematically choreographed would become his (and our) first lady. rioting and looting. This first social encounter becomes an Michelle and Barack in this movie, toward overtly political tale — one that I would the end of what she has finally accepted dare to argue might not have such fraught as being a date, walk out of a screening of importance if the focus had been any of the that film and into a discussion with a white Caucasian occupiers of the Oval Office. Granted, they all — every last one of them — were political beasts. But, outside of our first five leaders and potentially revolutionary figures like Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt, none of these men bore the historic and political weight so obviously on their persons. A black president is an example, by definition, due to his position as the signature “race” man. So we watch Barack (Parker Sawyers) as he, in Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers in Southside With You full-on casual charm-offenP H O T O : M att D i n e r s t e i n / c o u r t e s y o f m i r a m a x a n d r o a d s i d e att r a c t i o n s sive mode, prepares himself to pick up Michelle Robinpartner from their Chicago law firm. Initially, son (Tika Sumpter) for what she argues Michelle suffers a moment of humiliation (repeatedly, throughout the movie) is not a over the fact that she will have to explain first date. He talks to his white grandmother why she is socializing with likely the only who skirts around the question of whether other African-American lawyer (the Harvard or not he’s going out with a black woman. Law School student she’s been assigned to He smokes, walks out to his beat-up hooptie, supervise) at the firm, but then together they jams to Janet Jackson (“Miss You Much” have to tiptoe across the racial minefield as booms from his car stereo) and arrives late, they explain away any fears of the explosive as he is apparently wont to do. Through patfinale in Lee’s film coming to life. ented misdirection, he convinces her to join Barack, as he has done countless times him for a quick tour of a local African-Amernow as president, assuages white concerns ican gallery and subtly psychoanalyzes her over the possibility of a black uprising. He (picking at the racial burden she, perhaps, wisely opines that the trashcan thrown at too proudly carries), while deftly sidestepthe pizzeria window in Do the Right Thing ping his own conflicted racial baggage. was a calculated move to shift the release of In this feature film debut, director Richard anger away from a potential act that could Tanne caters to the sense we have of today’s result in the loss of life and to something Obama as an intellectual, at ease with the that causes mere property damage. entitlement that knowledge can confer and Once the partner saunters off with peace with his purposeful debating skills and of mind restored, Barack admits to Michelle masterful use of language, which he employs that the frustration of the act had nothing to in an offhanded way by cloaking thoughtful do with saving any white man’s butt. consideration in the guise of familiar converSouthside With You doesn’t need to sational engagement. He gains strength from preach, shout or wave its racial bona Sawyers, who doesn’t seem to be performing fides like a battle-worn banner. Instead, it or imitating the man we know now so much as living comfortably in that man’s shoes. embraces us, conspiratorially acknowledgAnd it is that moment, back during the ing a shared understanding that change summer of 1989, that lays the foundation requires fighting for hope and love in every for how to truly evaluate both this historic moment. (Opens Friday at Esquire Theatre) president and his first lady in the here and (PG-13) Grade: A-

IN THEATERS EQUITY – J.C. Chandor tightened the screws in Margin Call, his 2011 financial thriller that zeroed in on several key players at an investment bank during the early stages of the 2008 economic crisis, by tracking the action over a 24-hour period. Equity, from director Meera Menon (Farah Goes Bang) and screenwriter Amy Fox (Heights), loosens the reins on the clock — with the action unfolding over a week — as senior banker Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn) prepares a tech client for public trading while scandal and corruption swirl around her. Although extremely businessminded in its focus, Equity injects a lethal dose of human drama into the mix, with Naomi juggling several key interpersonal relationships — a lover (James Purefoy) in her firm with his own agenda, her protégé (Sarah Megan Thomas) seeking to stake her own claim, and a college associate (Alysia Reiner) who reappears in her life and happens to be a hungry prosecutor investigating her firm. A more straightforward examination of the lives of the three female characters might have produced a hot commodity instead of this somewhat soapy and watered down stock option. (Opens Friday at Esquire Theatre) – tt stern-enzi (R) Grade: C+ OUR LITTLE SISTER – Director Hirokazu Koreeda (Like Father, Like Son), having also penned this adaptation of Akimi Yoshida’s manga comic, spotlights the story of a trio of sisters — Sachi (Haruka Ayase), Yoshino (Masami Nagasawa) and Chika (Kaho) — living in the home they inherited from their maternal grandmother, who attend the funeral of their father and decide to take in their 13-year-old half-sister Asano (Suzu Hirose) shortly after meeting her. What makes Our Little Sister such a fascinating and heartwarming portrait of family is exactly how little conflict or drama emerges once the choice is made. The three older sisters adjust their lives accordingly and smoothly integrate Asano into their world. Koreeda simply sits back and allows us to watch it all unfold. I found myself waiting, almost expectantly, for the crisis to rear its ugly head, the one that would send everyone into a spiral of self-doubt and recrimination, but Our Little Sister follows a more internal rhythm and steady beat. The drama here is in the appreciation of honor and a different, unconditional kind of love. (Opens Friday at the Esquire Theatre) – tts (PG) Grade: A-

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Fresh off a first-time Emmy nod, RuPaul partner Maverick Carter pair up four Ohio is bringing back her girls for a second go. business leaders with up-and-coming RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race 2 (Season entrepreneurs to take local Cleveland busiPremiere, 8 p.m. Thursday, Logo) features nesses to the next level. King James meets a fresh batch of favorite queens from previShark Tank. ous seasons to compete for a spot in the Mr. Robot (10 p.m., USA) – fsociety Drag Race Hall of Fame. releases a video as the FBI closes in. Will Ten legendary drag performers will Elliot even appear in this episode after last compete in various singing, dancing, acting week’s shocking reveal? and other challenges before facing a panel of judges including RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and newcomer Todrick Hall. MTV Video Music Awards (9 p.m., Naturally, Ru has a twist up her sequinsMTV) – Live from Madison Square Garden, encrusted sleeve: Instead of the bottom two queens lip-syncing for their life to avoid elimination, this season will find the top two performers each week lipsyncing for their legacy. The winner will send her choice queen packing. Competing for $100,000 and the title are: • Adore Delano (Season 6, runner-up) – Known for also appearing on American Idol, loving cholas, saying “Party!” and being a Libra. • Alaska (Season 5, runnerup) – The only queen of the The cast of RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race bunch to have never had to PHOTO : Courtesy of logo lip-sync for her life. • Alyssa Edwards (Season 5, sixth place) – Rival of the 33rd-annual VMAs features perforCoco Montrese; dancing queen; mances by Britney Spears (for the first one-liner factory. time since her infamous 2007 appearance), • Coco Montrese (Season 5, fifth place) – Future, Nick Jonas and Video Vanguard Rival of Alyssa Edwards; Janet Jackson honoree Rihanna. Beyoncé and Adele lead impersonator; orange makeup + blue in nominations. contacts. The Night Of (Season Finale, 9 p.m., • Detox (Season 5, fourth place) – SigHBO) – Stone finds himself in the media nature move: A distinctive lip-sync style spotlight when the defense gets wrapped that can only be described as mouth up in controversy. While The Night Of was choreography. billed as a standalone miniseries and Naz’s • Ginger Minj (Season 7, runner-up) – Self-proclaimed “glamor toad.” story will most likely end here, showrun• Katya (Season 7, fifth place/Miss Congener Steven Zaillian has indicated there’s niality) – Self-proclaimed “average runa chance of a second season taking on a of-the-mill Russian bisexual transvestite different subject. hooker.” The one to beat. • Phi Phi O’Hara (Season 4, runner-up) – Best quote: “Go back to Party City where The Vanishing Women (Series Finale, 10 you belong!” p.m., ID) – Investigation Discovery delayed • Roxxxy Andrews (Season 5, runner-up) – the airing of the final installment of this Known for being a bitchy queen and coining serialized documentary look at the murthe phrase, “Where my people at?” ders and disappearances of women in the • Tatianna (Season 2, fourth place) –  Chillicothe, Ohio area as events were playMemorable moment: Slayed the first-ever ing out in the justice system in real time. In Snatch Game with her stellar Britney this finale, Jason McCrary, a suspect in the Spears impression. Timberly Claytor murder, goes to trial as

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The Skeleton Root aims to recapture Cincinnati’s wine-making past BY MCKENZIE GRAHAM

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The Skeleton Root winery makes Ohio heritage and European-style wines in Over-the-Rhine. Nearby is a small closed-off room that looks like a science lab where MacDonald does all the mixing. “We’re experimenting with a new one this year,” she says. “It could be a flop or it could be awesome.” Although the wines will mostly be fruit-forward and as natural as possible, MacDonald will also be producing some of the European varieties and wines that consumers often see coming out of Napa. She’ll even be bringing in other wine makers and breweries from the area to conduct tastings; a team player. The science of it and the general contract work (which MacDonald and partner Jackson have done themselves) seems to have come intuitively to both of them, even as they humbly admit what a learning process it’s been. Maybe that’s because she has a background in engineering and Jackson is a former pilot. Like a superhero with a tiny-mask disguise, MacDonald goes off to General

Electric during the day (Jackson works in aviation elsewhere) and comes back to the winery at night, formulating new blends, building big metal farmhouse tables and making a giant concrete space look like a cozy but upscale hangout to sit around and enjoy a glass of wine. The details have been well thought out with a lot of respect given to the history of the building. There have been two major fires in the building and the ceiling has black ashy shadows to prove it. Instead of painting or covering it with drywall, the couple sealed the heat scars in so they’re still visible, as a testament to the structure’s staying power. Even the windows, a unique pattern of tiny wire hexagons, like a silver beehive covered in milky glass, required a search to find replacement panels for broken ones. The windows simply aren’t manufactured anymore. “If you want to find them, it has to be from

a rehabilitated building,” Jackson says. Although there won’t be a chef on site, a small kitchen is being installed for guest chefs to eventually create small-plate dinners and catering events. At first, food trucks will be called on site for weekends, but don’t expect a super late-night feeding frenzy outside the winery. “We won’t be keeping bar hours; we’ll probably close around 11,” MacDonald says. They will be open Thursdays and Fridays in the afternoon, and with the several laptop bars installed inside, it’ll make a wonderfully indulgent option for freelancers and work-from-homers at the end of a long week. MacDonald has gone part time at her day job. “I like being on the ground,” she says. So do the grapes; it’s a perfect match. THE SKELETON ROOT is located at 38 W. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine. Get more information about the winery and opening dates at skeletonroot.com.

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know it’s tempting these days to do a little eye roll when someone says they discovered a great new industrial space in Over-the-Rhine, but Skeleton Root, a new winery opening on McMicken Avenue in OTR, is truly remarkable. Every time I step foot into a new business with a genuine newness about it in Cincinnati, I envision this future mecca where people start flying in for the weekend; I want people to love this city like I do. As Kate MacDonald and her business partner and “other half,” Josh Jackson, led me through Skeleton Root, I thought that just might be possible. I pointed out a beautiful illustration of grape harvesters on a hillside hanging over a red chesterfield leather couch, and MacDonald surprised me with the exclamation, “That’s in Cincinnati!” It turns out, before California’s ubiquitous Napa Valley existed and even before the state in which it resides existed, the Ohio River Valley was our country’s premier wine region. By the numbers, it was the largest grape-growing region in the United States. How has this incredible fact been hidden from our city’s ongoing revitalization? Inside the city limits during Cincinnati’s prime grape-growing era in the 1850s, there were 2,000 acres of vines. Today, there are that many acres of vines spread across the entire state of Ohio. The acreage was hurt by the civil war and prohibition. After all, you get more booze for your buck with bathtub gin than wine, and eventually Cincinnati became crowded enough with residents and buildings that it pushed out urban agriculture. MacDonald’s focus with Skeleton Root will primarily be on highlighting the old, local grapes grown in the region’s heyday, the most well-known of which is the catawba (pronounced ka-TAH-ba). She’ll be exploring a more classical style of wine versus some of the sweeter whites that drinkers are used to seeing from the state. The catawba grape variety itself is pink, although the color doesn’t come out unless the skins are allowed to ferment with the juice. Skeleton Root will work with growers in Washington State to source fruit that isn’t available locally or regionally, but the majority of the production happens in the back of the McMicken Avenue building: Local grapes are pressed in-house and then moved to a room with changing neon lights and big metal holding bins for fermenting wine. The goal is to expand the use of locally sourced fruit as more vineyards develop.


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Founded in 1939 by three women, Cin— simple, yet it isn’t going anywhere,” he says. cinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center has Then Florea decided to make the dish fancome a long way from being located in the cier — he added octopus and shishito pepbasement of the Cincinnati Art Museum. pers. “The blacks and reds of (Fairey’s) work Like the city itself, the museum has underare bold, so that guided the colors,” says. gone many changes, and the CAC wants Platow says her two favorite dishes are to show off the ever-changing cultural seafood crudités from Derek Dos Anjos of landscape of Cincinnati with a new cookThe Anchor-OTR, inspired by “Dogwood book, Cuisine Art Cocktails: Celebrating Park 4” by Polly Apfelbaum, and a lobster Contemporary Cincinnati. salad with black barely from Julie Francis The project started in the spring of 2015, of Nectar, inspired by Louise Bourgeois’ according to Maria Kalomenidou, the painting “Maman.” project manager and creative director for the book. “The CAC is run by volunteers, and every year the docent council gets together to come up with a fundraising idea for the education programs,” Kalomenidou says, “This year they decided on the idea of a cookbook.” Cuisine Art Cocktails: Celebrating Contemporary Cincinnati is no ordinary cookbook. “When we first started, the idea was just for a cookbook, but progressively we thought about the up-andCuisine Art Cocktails celebrates Cincy’s contemporary food scene. coming life of OTR and downP H O T O : G i n a w eathersby / C o n te m porary arts ce n ter town, and we wanted to make something that truly reflected The team at the CAC did not want to the creativity of those chefs,” she says. The book involves 26 talented chefs, interfere with the work of their photograthree mixologists and one sommelier, each pher, Gina Weathersby. Both Kalomenidou creating a dish or drink based off a contemand Platow agree that Weathersby was a porary art piece. great asset to their team. “Her creativity “When finding chefs, we knew for this knows no limits,” says Platow. project we wanted to work with top chefs of “She immediately loved the project,” Cincinnati,” says museum director RaphaKalomenidou says. “And she did a great job ela Platow. working with the creativity of the chefs.” Chefs were allowed a great degree of freeReading the book, there is a great sense dom as they interpreted their chosen art. of community, from the first couple of pages “The chefs could research any artist they seeing all of the chefs that wanted to be wanted, and they had complete freedom involved, to the back cover and the list of to come up with anything,” says Kalomenivolunteers that helped put the book together. dou. “That is why you see some overlaps in “This was really the best Cincinnati has to ingredients — we didn’t want to interfere offer,” Kalomenidou says. “And the best part with their work.” is that this whole project was a community Mike Florea of Maribelle’s eat + drink of people working together to help another jumped at the chance to be a part of the community of people.” project. “I was approached and I thought The CAC celebrates the cookbook at a gala it was exciting,” he says. “Not just for the and art auction Friday (cocktails start at 6:30 CAC or for Maribelle’s, but also for the city. p.m.; tickets start at $250). Proceeds benefit Projects like this that give back to the 513 the museum’s education programs, and the are easy for me to do.” event will feature food made by 12 chefs As inspiration for his dish, Florea chose a and mixologists from the book, including piece by contemporary street artist Shepard Francis of Nectar, Dave Taylor of Jeff Ruby’s Fairey. “Fairey is epic in the sense that he is Steakhouse, Molly Wellmann of Wellmann’s able to speak his mind though art,” Florea Brands and Danny Combs of Sotto. says. “I think culinary is the same way — For more information on CUISINE ART COCKTAILS: expressing yourself through your work.” CELEBRATING CONTEMPORARY CINCINNATI, or to Coming up with a dish wasn’t hard. purchase of copy of the book, visit contemporary“I like the simplicity of his work and how artscenter.org. straightforward it is, so I went caprese

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WingFling — More than 40 different wing flavors are available, bone-in or boneless, with heat levels ranging from mild to “stupid.” Through Sept. 3. Prices vary. Washington Platform & Saloon, 1000 Elm St., Downtown, washingtonplatform.com.


Nectar Harvest Dinner Club Series — Chef Julie Francis hosts a themed meal, featuring seasonal produce from area farms. The theme of this dinner is “Mediterranean Meze.” $40 three courses; $47 four courses. Nectar Restaurant, 1000 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout, dineatnectar.com.

Cincy Brew Ha-Ha — A craft beer and comedy festival on the banks of the Ohio River. Head to Sawyer Point for three nights of local and headlining comedians and more than 120 beers. 5 p.m.-midnight Thursday and Friday; 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Free; $5 beer wristband. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, cincybrewhaha.com.


Cuisine, Art, Cocktails: Celebrating Contemporary Cincinnati — The Contemporary Art Center celebrates the release of its local cookbook with an auction and gala. The recipes in the book are from favorite Cincinnati chefs, creating recipes inspired by contemporary works of art. The gala includes dinner by included chefs and mixologists. 6:30 p.m. $250. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org. Taste of Blue Ash — More than 20 local restaurants from the Blue Ash area descend on Summit Park for a weekend of good food, live entertainment (including 3 Doors Down), rides and more. 6-9 p.m. Friday; 2-11 p.m. Saturday; 2-9 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Blue Ash, blueashevents.com.

CreativeMornings with Jeremy Johnson — The mind behind local artistic taxidermy shop Meddling with Nature, Jeremy Johnson, speaks at CreativeMornings. Guests will enjoy fresh coffee, breakfast food and conversation. 8:30-10 a.m. Free; tickets required. CET, 1223 Central Parkway,

Craft Beer & BBQ Cruise — BB Riverboats invites local craft breweries aboard for an evening cruise and beer tasting. A rep from Rhinegeist will be present to let guests sample their beer, accompanied by a barbecue buffet. 6:30 p.m. boarding. $60 adults; $40 children. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., bbriverboats.com. Germania Society Oktoberfest — Celebrate the culture of Germany with homemade German food — pastries, rotisseries chicken, lots of wursts! — and German drink: wine, schnapps and more than 60 beers on tap. Entertainment includes dancing and music. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday; 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday. $5. Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Colerain, germaniasociety.com. Jungle Jim’s Cigar Festival — The second-annual Cigar Festival, featuring excellent cigar vendors, craft brews, craft spirits, great food and live music. A selection of cigars is included with tickets. 6-10 p.m. Friday; noon-10 p.m. Saturday. $75; $80 day of. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, junglejims.com.


Wine Over Water — The Brighton Center hosts this event over the Ohio River on the Purple People Bridge. Find local and international wine, local craft beer and food from the likes of City Barbecue, Fireside Pizza, Buckhead Mountain Grill and more. 6:30-10 p.m. $30 advance; $35 door. Purple People Bridge, Newport, Ky., brightoncenter.com.

Great Parks Dinner Series — Celebrate Broadway with dinner and a show. The singers from local group IO Productions perform memorable hits from Broadway’s biggest shows. Includes buffet dinner. 6:30 p.m. doors. $29.95. Mill Race Banquet Center, 1515 W. Sharon Road, Winton Woods, greatparks.org.


The Haymaker Social: 75-Mile Dinner — An on-farm snout-to-tail dinner featuring multiple courses by some of the area’s best chefs, starring red wattle hog from the sustainable Hood’s Heritage Hogs farm. 3-7:30 p.m. $60. Carriage House Farm, 10251 Miamiview Road, North Bend, Ohio, carriagehousefarmllc.com.


OYO Distillery + The Littlefield — A multi-course meal provided by The Littlefield, accompanied by cocktails featuring liquor from OYO Distillery. 6 p.m. $65. The Littlefield, 3934 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, littlefieldns.com.

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Taste of OTR — Taste of OTR brings the tastes and sounds of Over-the-Rhine to Washington Park for a weekend celebration to benefit Tender Mercies, a nonprofit working to help homeless adults with mental illness. Find food trucks, booths from local vendors, a craft beer village and a VIP experience. 5-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/tasteofotr.

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Goin’ Up

Kurt Vile and his band rock a more laid-back vibe on his latest LP BY JASON GARGANO


urt Vile’s most recent album, 2015’s b’lieve i’m goin down, was a left turn of sorts — a Folk-fortified collection powered less on the Philadelphia native’s soaring guitar leads and more by a laidback, meditative vibe. “Wheelhouse,” the album’s melancholic centerpiece, sounds like something lifted from prime-era Yo La Tengo, its atmospherics and circular guitar pattern transporting listeners to an alternate universe. Then there’s “Dust Bunnies,” an addictive gem that seems to combine Tom Petty with John Prine — a well-crafted, interestingly textured song flavored with Vile’s distinctive drawl and evocative lyrics. CityBeat recently tracked down Vile via phone to discuss everything from the recording of b’lieve i’m goin’ down (his sixth studio album since 2008) to the satisfaction of diving into a good Rock biography. CityBeat: Are you still in California? Didn’t you play The Hollywood Bowl a couple days ago? Kurt Vile: Yeah, in Fresno. Feeling kind of crispy right now. Long night. The Hollywood Bowl was amazing. (National Public Radio station) KCRW put it on. Sufjan Stevens played last, and we played before him. It was completely packed.

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CB: How have the new songs, which are more subdued than those on your last couple albums, changed or evolved in a live setting? KV: They tend to rock more, get a little more epic. It seems like there’s just a lot more guitar playing. Not like Phish or something. Not like wanking or playing too fast, but things tend to rock a little more or get a little heavier in other ways, especially if it’s like a solo jam. CB: You’ve been on the road a lot in recent years. Is it something you enjoy? Do you approach it any differently than when you were just staring out? KV: I love touring when it’s going good. I definitely hit walls in the psyche and otherwise. My ears are definitely ringing, but that’s been happening for a while. But, ultimately, the reward is when you play a sweet gig. Or another reward is when I think I played a bad gig, because it sounds weird to me, and then everybody says it was amazing, and then the band even likes it. So I know some of it is in my head. CB: I read that you added some guitar solos to the new songs, but then took them out of the finished recordings. Why did you take them out? KV: A solo could just stand for just adding overdubs. As in, “Let’s see what

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this sounds like, let’s see what that sounds like.” It easily ends up that you’re noodling. I didn’t feel like it sat right. If I whip out a solo on the spot on the actual take, that would be cool. I’m sure it would stay in there. But I’m into doing things as live as possible. I’m definitely not opposed to overdubbing, but for this record in particular I loved the organic thing. (Adding the solos) just didn’t feel right. CB: You recorded most of the songs on the new record in different places — California, Philly, Athens (Ga.). Why didn’t you want to go with a single producer in a single studio this time out? KV: My last two were recorded like so many albums in professional studios — in and out, and producers and all these assistant engineers and backing up tracks and being organized. And I was in a race to finish my records — for both of them I had babies on the way. I had to finish the record before the baby came, so there was all kind of insanity. I just thought that because I had two great engineers in my band that I could just literally have our guard completely down and not go into a professional studio where all these people are working at the desk or whatever. I wanted to do something where nobody is waiting around to do something, just everybody knowing that I’m going to be up until whenever and nobody is looking at the clock or getting charged by the hour or anything like that. I wanted to capture a moment. The way I write songs is like on my couch late at night. Eventually I will have to have my tape machine set up. Soon, probably for the next record, one side will be right from my couch. CB: You seem like a pretty astute student of Rock history. You’re always talking about a biography or a new era or genre you’ve discovered or are getting into. Where does that intense interest come from? KV: My whole family is obsessive, so I got obsessed with music first. And once I discovered how cool it was to read books, I would just get obsessed and get somebody’s whole discography and consume it. In the early days, when I was a teenager still in or just out of high school, I read that Sonic Youth book, Confusion is Next, and I read that Velvet Underground Up-Tight book. Those were some early ones that got me hooked. CB: You were born in 1980, which means you came of age when the Alternative revolution was really kicking into gear in the early 1990s. Were you into

Kurt Vile’s latest album was recorded in a more relaxed manner in multiple cities. Nirvana at the time? KV: Yeah, sure, I was 11 or 12 when the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video came out. We were wearing flannel shirts and we were head-banging awkwardly at birthday parties. And that was all cool, but I’m glad that I actually came of age at 15, 16, 17, when it was a little post that serious Grunge thing. I love Nirvana to this day, but I feel like some of the Alternative bands that came a little bit later, or the records that came out later, were a bigger

influence. There was a good pocket in there a little later in the ’90s where Alternative was turning into this weirder hybrid. And then there was Indie Rock under there, like on Drag City, which was equally exciting. So I’m glad I wasn’t, say, 17 when Pearl Jam’s Ten came out. I probably would sound completely different right now. KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS play Friday at Covington’s Madison Theater. Tickets/more info: madisontheateronline.com.

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How to Exit Gracefully In this day when bands gaudily milk every last dollar from their legacies, star Canadian group The Tragically Hip recently capped off what may well be the most graceful and moving “farewell tour” in Rock history. After the band’s singer/ songwriter Gord Downie was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of terminal brain cancer, the band launched one final tour, which was recently capped off with a concert in the group’s Kingston, Ontario hometown. The show (attended by fan and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau) was broadcast nationwide on live TV and also live-streamed around the world (in Canada alone, nearly 12 million reportedly tuned in). Taste The Roots Hip Hop group The Roots plays a key role in what is being called “the first music video you can taste.” Those behind the multi-sensory experiment claim that watching two different clips of The Roots’ song “Bittersweet” while drinking a (product placement!) Stella Artois brings out different “notes” of flavor in the beer. One version is said to bring out the fruitier notes, while the other brings out the more bitter taste. Stella’s VP of global marketing said it’s all about those coveted millennial consumers and bringing their “passion points of food, music and art together.” So older people should just keep drinking in lonely silence? Paper “Outs” Firefighter/ Rapper Conservative “news” rag the New York Post put longtime Brooklynbased rapper Ka on its cover, purporting to out him for being a secret “FDNY captain” who “moonlights as anti-cop rapper.” Ka has been an MC since the early ’90s and his longtime job as a firefighter has never been hidden. The paper managed to find some fellow firefighters and police officers who, of course, expressed disgust over lyrics the Post obviously showed them out of context. Numerous fellow MCs showed support on social media, but Ka has yet to respond and there’s no word yet on if he still has his job after the Post’s hit job.

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a side project called Jura in 2014 and, two decades ago, he taught Tina Fey to play the ukulele when he was a teacher at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music and she was a member of Second City. And that’s just the Cliff Notes version; it’s a good thing Fulks exists, because no one is batshit crazy enough to invent him. (Brian Baker) Lily & Madeleine with Swear and Shake Friday • Fountain Square Sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz are perfect examples of the social media paradigm at work in the music industry’s current state. The Indianapolis natives began their musical partnership in high school when they recorded themselves singing covers of favorite songs and posted the videos on YouTube. Renowned producer/engineer Paul Mahern (John Mellencamp, The Afghan Whigs, Iggy Pop, The Fray) saw them and extended an invitation to record at his Bloomington, Ind., studio. He then introduced the pair to Gentleman Caller frontman/songwriter Kenny Childers, rightly assuming their talents would mesh well. They’ve been co-writing ever since and have even started a side project, Sandpaper and Silk. Their first project together was Lily & Madeleine’s debut EP, The Weight of the Globe, which they self-released in 2012. Repeating their YouTube experience, singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens discovered Reddit video of the EP sessions at Mahern’s studio and offered to release it on his Asthmatic Kitty label. The duo’s watershed year was in 2013, when The Weight of the Globe was reissued and the pair recorded and released an eponymous debut full-length on Asthmatic Kitty, their first live shows in Indianapolis sold out, John Mellencamp (a longtime friend/client of Mahern’s) asked the girls to sing on the recording of his Stephen Kingcollaborated musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County and the sisters appeared on national TV for the first time on CBS This Morning. The following year, Lily & Madeleine released their sophomore album, Fumes, and hit the road to promote the album, which generated glowing reviews from

Paste Magazine and The New York Times, among many others. Last year, the sisters welcomed drummer Katie Siefker to the live fold; they’d already been working with multi-instrumentalist Shannon Hayden onstage since their 2013 debut. For the recently released Keep It Together, the duo’s first album with New West Records, Lily & Madeleine incorporated their touring band into the studio sessions and expanded their stylistic range from the simple Folk/Pop melodicism of their first two albums to include deeper, darker, more dramatic songwriting themes and hauntingly dreamy Trip Hop rhythms and textures. Given the breadth of their accomplishments at astonishingly young ages — they’re now 19 and 21, respectively — it would seem that Lily & Madeleine’s continued success is as sure and as warmly welcome as tomorrow’s sunrise. (BB)

its first full-length album and debut for Barsuk Records, which was characterized by fuller instrumentation and a more thoughtful approach to arrangements. Two years later, Maps & Atlases dropped its excellent sophomore album, Beware and Be Grateful, a continuation of the sonic philosophies that had guided the band from the beginning. After a three-year span that found the band touring consistently, Elders announced on his Facebook page last April that he was amicably departing Maps & Atlases (he currently plays guitar with Wedding Dress). Now pared to a trio, and lacking its previous intricate guitar interplay, Maps & Atlases relies on Davison’s inventive six-string sculpting and the malleable rhythms of Dada and Hainey. The band’s website makes no mention of new material, but inspiration from a string of well-received shows could be lighting a fire under Maps & Atlases’ newly trimmed configuration. We can but hope. (BB)

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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 - Dave Hawkins. 8:30 p.m. Celtic/Folk. Free. Century Inn Restaurant - Paul Lake. 7 p.m. Pop/Rock/Jazz/Oldies/Various. Free. Esquire Theatre - Live n’ Local with Everything’s Jake. 7 p.m. Blues/Jazz/ Rock. $5. Fountain Square - Reggae Wednesdays with Oriel & the Revoluters. 7 p.m. Reggae. Free. Jag’s Steak and Seafood - Steve Thomas. 6 p.m. Sax/Piano/Vocals. Free. MVP Bar & Grille - Mike Tramp with Victor Spoils and Howard Brothers Band. 8 p.m. Rock. $10. Pit to Plate - Bluegrass Night with Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. 7 p.m. Bluegrass. $2. Plain Folk Cafe - Jason Wilber with Buskin Blue. 6 p.m. Acoustic/ Folk. $5. Silverton Cafe - Bob Cushing. Acoustic. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) Willow Tree Carolers. 9:30 p.m. Folk/ Americana. Free. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Until We Get Caught, Hello, Atlantic, Friday Giants, Don’t Call Me Punk and Don’t Wait Up. 7 p.m. Punk/Pop/Rock/Various. $10, $12 day of show. Stanley’s Pub - Singer/Songwriter Open Mic Night. 9 p.m. Various. Free.

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Arnold’s Bar and Grill - Dottie Warner and Ricky Nye. 7:30 p.m. Jazz. Free. Blind Lemon - Mark Macomber. 8:30 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

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Fountain Square - Salsa on the Square with Tropicoso. 7 p.m. Latin/ Salsa/Dance. Free.

Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle, Joe’s Truck Stop and more. 6 p.m. Folk/ Americana. $20 (weekend pass: $75-$80). Plain Folk Cafe - Open mic with Mike Lieser. 7 p.m. Various. Free.

Folk. Free. Grandview Tavern & Grille - Basic Truth. 8 p.m. Funk/R&B/Soul. Free.

RiversEdge - Madrigal: A Tribute to Carlos Santana and Brass Tracks. 6 p.m. Rock. Free.

The Greenwich - Sonny Moorman & Final Friday Blues. 8 p.m. Blues. $5.

Seasongood Pavilion - It’s Commonly Jazz with John Zappa and Ignacio Berroa CuBop Quartet. 6 p.m. Jazz. Free.


Smale Riverfront Park - CockH tails and Crow Jewels featuring the Harvey Mason Trio. 7 p.m. Jazz. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Grizzly Goat. 9 p.m. Folk/Rock/Various. Free. Stanley’s Pub - Strechinner. 9 p.m. Acoustic. Taft’s Ale House - John Ford. 8 p.m. Roots/Blues. Free. Urban Artifact - Eikthyrnir, Siegelord, Milkman and Automaton. 6 p.m. Metal/Various. Free. Village Green Park - Groovin’ on the Green with BlueStone Ivory. 7 p.m. Rock/Various. Free. Washington Park - Bandstand Bluegrass with Comet Bluegrass All Stars. 7 p.m. Bluegrass. Free. Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - Roots Cellar eXtract. 7 p.m. Americana. $10 (food/drink minimum).

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20th Century Theater - 20th H Century 75th Anniversary Jazz & Jam with The Cincy Brass and The Dixie Karas Jazz Quartet. 8 p.m. Jazz/ Funk/Soul/Rock/Pop/Brass/Dance/ Various. $12, $15 day of show. 404 - Jim Connerley and Adia Dobbins. 8 p.m. Jazz Pop. Cover. Arnold’s Bar and Grill - River City Roustabout. 9 p.m. Folk. Free. Bella Luna - Blue Birds Trio. 7 p.m. Classic Rock/Jazz. Free.

Knotty Pine - Kenny Cowden. H 9:30 p.m. Acoustic. Free. MOTR Pub - Frontier Folk H Nebraska with Andrew Leahy. 10 p.m. Indie Rock/Roots. Free.

Blue Note Harrison - Middle Age Man Band. 9:30 p.m. Rock/Country. Cover.

Newport on the Levee - Live at the Levee with Soul Pocket. 7 p.m. Dance/Pop/R&B. Free.

Fountain Square - Indie Vol. H 2016 with Swear and Shake and Lily & Madeleine. 8:30 p.m. Indie

Quaker Steak & Lube Florence - Saving Stimpy. 6 p.m. Rock. Free.

The Greenwich - It’s Commonly Jazz After Party with Phil DeGreg & Brasilia. 8:30 p.m. Brazilian Jazz. $5.


Eastgate Brew & View - Encore Duo. 6:30 p.m. Acoustic/Rock/Roots/ Various. Free.

Blind Lemon - Michael J and Bob Beckstedt. 6 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

Bogart’s - The Lacs with Hard Target, Crucifix and Kevin McCoy Band. 8 p.m. Country/Rap/Rock. $20. Century Inn Restaurant - Jim Teepen. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

Northside Yacht Club - Born Sick, By Force and Push Off. 8 p.m. Hardcore. $6.

Plaza - Midwestern Swing. H7Clifton p.m. Western Swing. Free.

Old Mill Campground (FriendH ship, Ind.) - Whispering Beard Folk Festival with Howlin’ Brothers,

The Comet - Who the Fucks and Cucumber & the Suntans. 10 p.m. Rock/Psych/Various. Free.

Casino Cincinnati - John H Jack Fogerty. 8 p.m. Rock. $45-$65. Jag’s Steak and Seafood - The Company. 9:30 p.m. Dance/Various. Cover. Jim and Jack’s on the River - Danny Frazier. 9 p.m. Country. Free. Knotty Pine - Flatline. 10 p.m. Rock. Cover. Live! at the Ludlow Garage - Spyro Gyra. 8 p.m. Contemporary Jazz. $35-$65. MOTR Pub - The Tigerlillies with H Smug Brothers. 10 p.m. Rock. Free. Madison Theater - Kurt Vile and H the Violators with The Sadies. 8 p.m. Rock. $23, $25 day of show. Mansion Hill Tavern - Johnny Fink & the Intrusion. 9 p.m. Blues. $4. Northside Tavern - Bucko, Zebras in Public and The Skulx. 10 p.m. Rock. Free. Northside Yacht Club - Big Eyes H with Vacation and New Third Worlds. 9 p.m. Rock. $5. Old Mill Campground (FriendH ship, Ind.) - Whispering Beard Folk Festival with Robbie Fulks, Hu-Town Holler, Willy Tea Taylor, Tim Easton, The Harmed Brothers, Chicago Farmer, Dawg Yawp and more. 11 a.m. Folk/Americana. $40 (weekend pass: $75-$80). PNC Pavilion at Riverbend - NEEDTOBREATHE, Mat Kearney, John Mark McMillan and Welshly Arms. 7 p.m. Rock/Pop. $27.50-$54.50. Plain Folk Cafe - Kevin Fox and Nolan Taylor. 6 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Powerhouse Factories - PowerH house Back to Cool Party with Go Go Buffalo. 6 p.m. Rock. Free. Riverside Marina Bar & Grill - Trailer Park Floosies. 9:30 p.m. Dance/ Country/Pop/Rock/Various. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Lance Whalen with Euriah. 9 p.m. Rock/Various. Free. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Punk Rock Night with Tommy Grit & The Pricks, Lockjaw and Rhythm & Booze. 10 p.m. Punk Rock. $5. Stanley’s Pub - Restless Leg String Band with Still Holler. 9 p.m. Bluegrass. Trinity Gastro Pub - Bob Cushing. 8:30 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

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U.S. Bank Arena - Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour with Puff Daddy, Lil’ Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Total, Carl Thomas, The Lox and French Montana. 8 p.m. Hip Hop/R&B. $24.50-$125 (RESCHEDULED for Sept. 17). The Underground - Dezignated Believer with J-Nibb, Sogrande and Ganji. 7 p.m. Hip Hop/Rap. Cover. Urban Artifact - Bewilderfest H featuring Vampire Weekend at Bernie’s, Lung, Wax Fang, Leggy, Coconut Milk, The Odds of Being Born, Mr.Phylzzz and more. 4 p.m. Various. Free. Washington Park - Taste of OTR H with Junior Brown, 500 Miles to Memphis, Straw Boss, Noah Smith and Honey & Houston. 5 p.m. Country/Roots/Americana/Rock/ Various. Free. Woodward Theater - Music Resource Center fundraiser featuring Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke and more. 7:30 p.m. Various. $65, $75 day of show (advanced tickets available at mrccinci.org).


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404 - Brent Gallaher and the Two Tenors. 8 p.m. Jazz. Cover.

Arnold’s Bar and Grill - True Believers. 9 p.m. Reggae. Free. Backstage Cafe - The Reanimated (reunion show) with The Lurking Corpses, The Big Bad and Gee Gee’s Punk Rock All Stars. 7 p.m. Horror Punk. $5-$10.


Bella Luna - Blue Birds Trio. 7 p.m. Classic Rock/Jazz. Free. Blind Lemon - Corinna & John and Logan Sparks. 6 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Blue Note Harrison - StrangeLove and Empty Garden. 9:30 p.m. Rock/ Pop/Dance/Country. Cover. Bogart’s - Seven Circle Sunrise, Here Come Here, Roosevelt and Without Doubt. 7 p.m. Rock. $10. Buzzard Bay Pub - Pandora Effect. 9:30 p.m. Rock.


Clifton Plaza – The Hiders. 7 p.m. Rock. Free.

DeSha’s American Tavern - Cold Smoke. 8 p.m. Soul/Blues/Rock/ Dance. DownTowne Listening Room H Whitherward with Jonathan Cody White. 7:30 p.m. Folk/Rock. $12. Fraze Pavilion - Buddy Guy & H Jonny Lang. 7:30 p.m. Blues. $30-$46.

Knotty Pine - Flatline. 10 p.m. Rock. Cover. MOTR Pub - Andy Gabbard with H Speaking Suns and Motel Faces. 10 p.m. Rock/Pop. Free. MVP Bar & Grille - The Rocket Queens with Lying in Ruins. 9 p.m. Guns N’ Roses tribute/Rock. $5. Mansion Hill Tavern - Blue Ravens. 9 p.m. Blues. $3. Northside Tavern - Tonefarmer, H Joesph and James Aaron Bishop. 10 p.m. Indie/Alt Rock. Free. Northside Yacht Club - Tyranny is Tyranny with Knife the Symphony. 9 p.m. Post Punk.


Old Mill Campground (FriendH ship, Ind.) - Whispering Beard Folk Festival with The Tillers, Krystal Peterson, Joseph Huber, Adam Carroll, Jeremy Pinnell, Tyler Childers, Arlo McKinley, Frontier Folk Nebraska, Rubber Knife Gang and more. 11 a.m. Folk/Americana/Various. $40 (weekend pass: $75-$80). Pirates Cove Bar & Grille - Basic Truth. 8 p.m. Funk/R&B/Soul. Free.

Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - Jeremy Long with Mike Sharfe Trio. 9 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/ drink minimum).

Stanley’s Pub - The Powerful Pills. 9 p.m. Phish tribute. Cover. Taft Theatre - Andy McKee with Owen Campbell. 8 p.m. Acoustic guitar. $20, $22 day of show (in the Ballroom).


Thompson House - Alternative Overdrive featuring Home Plate, Dark Harbor, The Ruffins, The Tangees, Chasing Autumn and Mask of the Charlatan. 7 p.m. Alternative. $10.

The Greenwich - B.J. Jansen & Chef B’s Jazz n’ Wings. 9 p.m. Jazz. $10.

Urban Artifact - Bewilderfest H with Injecting Strangers, Buggs tha Rocka, Anwar Sadat, Go Go Buf-

Jag’s Steak and Seafood - The Company. 9:30 p.m. Dance/Various. Cover.

falo, 1-71 Stranglers, Trxlley Dxdgers, Jim Trace and the Makers and more. 1 p.m. Various. Free.

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The Comet - Comet Bluegrass AllStars. 7:30 p.m. Bluegrass. Free. Knotty Pine - Randy Peak. 10 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Legends Nightclub - Tuxedo Junction. 7 p.m. Big Band Jazz. $7. Mansion Hill Tavern - Open Blues Jam with The Ben Duke Band. 8 p.m. Blues. Free. Northside Tavern - Grace Lincoln. 8:30 p.m. Soul. Free. Sonny’s All Blues Lounge - Sonny’s All Blues Band featuring Lonnie Bennett. 8 p.m. Blues. Free. Stanley’s Pub - Stanley’s Sunday Night Open Jam. 9 p.m. Various. Free.

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Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary) - The Ataris with The Story Changes and Dead Man String Band. 8:30 p.m. Rock/Pop/Various. $12, $15 day of show.

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Blind Lemon - Jeff Henry and Tom Roll. 4:30 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

Plain Folk Cafe - China Catz and Josiah Whitley. 6 p.m. Dead tribute/ Acoustic. Free.

Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - The Z.G.s, Jasper the Colossal, Lockjaw and Folded Arms. 10 p.m. Rock/Punk. Free.

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Sunday 28

Urban Artifact - Bewilderfest H with Mad Anthony, The Whiskey Shambles, New Moons, Wonky Tonk,

Riverbend Music Center - Hank Williams Jr. and Chris Stapleton with Ashley McBryde. 7:15 p.m. Country. Sold out.


Light Morning, Daniel in Stereo and more. Alt/Rock/Various. Free.

Pirates Den (Western Hills) - Rock the Plank Finals with Bipolar Opposites, Day Needs Night, Hot Zombie, Justin Bryan Band, Spearpoint, The Interns and Wicked Peace. 8 p.m. Rock/Various. $10.

Rick’s Tavern - A.W.A. Band. 10 p.m. Rock/Pop/Dance. Cover.


Washington Park - Taste of OTR H with Maps & Atlases, Multimagic, Current Events, Room for Zero, Green

The Grove and more. 4 p.m. Various. Free.

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

Knotty Pine - Open Mic. 8 p.m. Various. Free. MOTR Pub - Soul Low. 10 p.m. Indie Rock. Free. McCauly’s Pub - Sonny Moorman. 7 p.m. Blues. Free. Northside Tavern - Northside Jazz Ensemble. 9:30 p.m. Jazz. Free. Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary) - BJ Barham with Justin Osborne. 9 p.m. Singer/Songwriter. $15, $20 day of show.


Stanley’s Pub - Live Jazz. 9 p.m. Jazz. Free.

Tuesday 30

Blind Lemon - Nick Tuttle. 8:30 p.m. Acoustic. Free. The Comet - Super Origami and friends. 10 p.m. Experimental/ Various. Free.


Jag’s Steak and Seafood - Zack Shelly and Chon Buckley. 6 p.m. Piano/Vocals. Free.

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