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What A Week! BY T.C. B R I T TO N

SpaceX Launch Sets SoCal Sky, Internet Ablaze A SpaceX rocket launch in Southern California the night of Dec. 22 created quite a buzz when it left a crazy trail in the night sky. Popular Science explains that the rocket passed through an area in the atmosphere where the air was very cold and dry, causing the exhaust to freeze quickly. Because the launch was just after sunset, these markings were illuminated in the dark sky. Shit was pretty cool! But it could also be terrifying if you didn’t know about the launch. Cali dwellers — including lots of celebrities — turned to social media with pictures and videos wondering WTF was going on. Was this skyborne phenomenon an early Santa Claus spotting? Chemtrails on steroids? ALIENS? Theories abound! There were so many 911 calls in Los Angeles, the mayor and LAFD had to put out advisory messages explaining that it was simply a rocket carrying satellites and not anything more sinister. Even SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk jumped in the mix, posting a video of the rocket launching through the night sky captioned, “Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea.” It’s all fun and games to everyone except singer Demi Lovato, who isn’t buying it. “I’m calling bullshit on SpaceX’s excuse,” she said on Twitter. “That shit’s a UFO and there’s been others that have been seen that are just like it!!”

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When humans have loud sex parties, people call the cops to break them up. When fish have deafening orgies, people call to protect them! The Mexican corvina is a special fish that has a mating call likened to a machine gun. Every spring, hundreds of thousands of corvina travel to the Colorado River Delta in Mexico’s Gulf of California to mate, and it is loud. Loud enough to temporarily or even permanently deafen nearby sea lions or dolphins. But that’s not even the problem researchers are worried about. The sounds emitted by these horny animals can also be heard by fishers, making the tasty corvina easy to track down and catch en masse — so much so that species is at risk of extinction. Corvina are even becoming smaller, a sign of overfishing. Sex noises that can deafen sea creatures and alert fishermen above the water? I’ve heard of faking it but this is ridiculous!

Stars in the Slammer: Christmas Eve Edition The stress of the holidays is real. All the high-stress shopping, hosting extended family members, traffic, sudden weight gain and the cold emptiness once it’s all over can be more than some can handle. At least that’s one way to explain rich, famous women getting their asses arrested on Dec. 24. Let’s start where all the best hot messes arise: in Florida. The Countess herself, Real Housewives of New York star Luann de Lesseps, was arrested early last Sunday morning in Palm Beach, Fla. after attacking a cop while scream-

station and released. You know, in some circles, forgetting your reusable grocery bags is actually more frowned upon than forgetting your wallet.

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas It’s tragic when you hear about a family’s Christmas presents being stolen before the holidays. But what about the opposite, when illegal gifts get confiscated by the feds? Still sad! One family is out 60 pounds of marijuana meant to be given as Christmas gifts after cops pulled over a truck full of green in Nebraska. The Jirons — 83-yearold Patrick and 70-year-old Barbara — claimed they’re not drug dealers, they’re more like Mr. and Mrs. Claus, because the pot was intended for friends and family on the East Coast. That’s a more thoughtful gift than anything I received this year. Justice for Santa’s little helpers!

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ing, “I’m going to kill you all.” Before that, she and a dude were caught sneaking into a hotel room unlocked by housekeeping. When the police tried to get them out, de Lesseps attacked! They handcuffed Lu and placed her in a cop car, but she was able to slip out of the cuffs and tried to escape the car and threatened to smoke their asses. When police finally wrangled the reality star, she was charged with disorderly intoxication, battery on an officer/firefighter/EMT, resisting arrest with violence and threatening a public servant. The Countess blamed her actions on buried emotions that reemerged when visiting Palm Beach for the first time since she got married there one year ago (she announced her divorce in August). At least your holiday hangover wasn’t that bad. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, My Big Fat Greek Wedding actress Lainie Kazan was caught shoplifting $180 worth of food from a San Fernando Valley grocery store. She just placed her haul in reusable bags and brought it out to a car, where she reportedly said she didn’t have any money. Kazan was taken to a police

No, that’s not the working title for The Fast and the Furious 27 (though it should be) — it’s the hell in air that Teigen, John Legend and about 200 other passengers on a recent flight from LAX to Tokyo experienced last week. Four hours into an 11-hour flight to Japan, it was announced that a passenger was on the wrong plane and, rather than having that passenger find another flight once they landed, the pilot pulled a U-ie and headed back to L.A. Obviously, Tiegs livetweeted the entire ordeal. Apparently the passenger in question was indeed flying to Tokyo but had a ticket from another airline, prompting questions about how they even got onboard in the first place. After eight hours and 20 minutes on a flight to nowhere, everyone exited the plane and onto another so the mortified person desperately trying to hide the fact that they caused the clusterfuck wasn’t publicly outed. Police interviewed people seated around this person and eventually people found other flights or went to hotels. As for why Teigen and Legend we’re flying among the mortals on commercial, she acknowledged the fact that they’re rich, but they’re not private-plane-to-Tokyo rich: “A lot of people have been asking this and I would just like you all to know that a round trip international private flight is like...300,000 dollars.” Contact T.C. Britton:

This Week in Questionable Decisions… 1. Trump calls Rep. Steve Scalise’s shooting injury “a hell of a way to lose weight.” 2. A Vontaze Burfict dummy was spotted hanging from a noose in Pittsburgh. Stay classy, Steelers fans. 3. After reading a document detailing many immigrants had received visas to enter the U.S. this year, Trump reportedly claimed that Afghanistan is a terrorist haven, all Haitians have AIDS and Nigerians should “go back to their huts.” 4. Tom Brady was on Instagram making his grandma’s biscuit recipe even though you know his gluten/ dairy/flavor-free ass didn’t eat them. 5. Ivanka Trump posted a pic of Jared Kushner on a boat in Florida with a Confederate flag in the distant background. But in her defense, it is very hard to take a candid photo in Florida without accidentally catching some “Southern pride” bullshit. 6. A woman on a first date got so wasted she destroyed her date’s fine art collection, which included two Andy Warhol paintings. 7. Trump replaced “E Pluribus Unum” with “Make America Great Again” on the presidential coin. 8. Princess-to-be Meghan Markle’s half-sister stirred the pot on Twitter and a TLC special grossly titled When Harry Met Meghan, spilling the tea on her estranged sibling while also trying to get an invite to that royal wedding. 9. Election loser Roy Moore filed a lawsuit alleging voter fraud in order to block the certification of election winner Doug Jones. 10. A Madison, Wis., hairdresser was arrested for giving an unwanted Larry from The Three Stooges ’do. 11. Tween mall shop Claire’s recalled several makeup kits after a mom claimed to find asbestos in her daughter’s cosmetic set. 12. Mariah Carey advises people to leave their Christmas trees up until July Fourth.


Football Coach or Family Man? BY JAC K B R EN N A N

that being married with kids is totally a part of the coaching culture. I’d venture to say it’s demographically off the charts compared to the general public. Single or childless coaches, aside from the youngest ones, are true rarities. But the no-time-off mentality trickles down even to non-coaches. In September 2016, when my dear father-in-law passed away in Texas, I took one day off from my post as Bengals public relations director to go there. I didn’t stay for the funeral. And though no one would have raised a coach-type ruckus if the lowly PR guy had taken more time, I simply felt that the pressing duties of my department for the upcoming home game demanded I limit my absence. Trade-offs, my friends. Don’t get me wrong. Though Harker’s claims are only that for now, I think Miami has a real problem with this and will likely have to grant the coach damages. (Harker has relocated with a job at Detroit’s Wayne State University, but consider the upheaval to his life.) I see this as a possible landmark. Though I guess footballonly outfits like pro teams might be in their rights to just deny offering anyone paternity leave, that’s not the same as at a diverse place like a university. If Harker can take paternity leave and not be punished for it, why can’t hundreds of his peers? And maybe that explains why Martin was allegedly so upset about it, even in the dead of winter.

More Winter Sports Notes: • While the Bengals are having a bad soap-opera finish to their season, another compelling NFL story is taking place in Northern Ohio. The Browns are just one loss away from only the second 0-16 finish in NFL history, and that would make them 1-31 for two seasons under head coach Hue Jackson, the former Bengals offensive coordinator. Many folks were puzzled when Jackson jumped on the Browns job after 2015, thinking he could have done better, and now he faces the worst 32-game record in NFL coaching history. The Browns as of this writing have lost 48 of their last 52 — mind-boggling, the worst ever for a span of 52 games — and I hope they just keep losing. Nothing personal against anyone, it’s actually a strange sign of respect. The Browns are Cincinnati’s rival for pro football control of Ohio, and no matter how bad they are, they’re a sleeping giant. They still have a huge and passionate fan base, remarkably, and if they get good again, they’ll inevitably start to elbow the Bengals out with fans in places like Columbus and even Dayton.

So let’s keep enjoying this while we can, Cincinnati. • The Reds haven’t made any noise this offseason, and I’ve found myself wondering how they possibly can hope to be much better in 2018, after three straight seasons of 94 or more losses. But I’ve got a good buddy who really knows baseball and is not at all prone to be starry-eyed. And he says they’ll finally be much improved. “They’re already a good offensive team,” he contends, “and all those guys are back except (Zack) Cozart. They’re already very good defensively, and the problem last year was that they just couldn’t get anybody out. “But this year,” he goes on, “the starting pitching will be immeasurably

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“If Harker can take paternity leave and not be punished for it, why can’t hundreds of his peers?” better. You start with Luis Castillo and those other guys (including Sal Romano and Tyler Mahle) who came on late last year. Then you’ve got veterans who should be good and healthy for a change — (Anthony) DeSclafani, (Brandon) Finnegan, (Homer) Bailey. “Yeah, there still are questions in the bullpen, but when you start with Raisel Iglesias … he can be one of the best.” OK, pal, for now I feel a bit better about their chances. • Told you so in a recent column, Major League Soccer was not going to pass on Nashville. And now it’s big sweat time for FC Cincinnati, battling a strong Sacramento bid for the last current expansion spot. As of the publication of this article, it looks like we may have days yet to squirm. MLS says it will announce the second bid sometime before the season starts in March, though recent news out of Sacramento suggests there are investment issues that could hinder its chances. Shortly after that news broke, one of Sports Illustrated’s soccer experts predicted in a Dec. 28 column that FC Cincinnati will win the bid. Contact Jack Brennan: letters

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Man, can I see the eyes rolling in the Miami RedHawks football office. A coach asking for paternity leave? For more than two weeks? And now there’s a lawsuit? It’s true, as recently reported by CityBeat’s James McNair, and I find it terribly intriguing, given my experience around football coaching staffs. Not only can I see eyes rolling, I can see smoke and even a few flames exiting the ears and eyeballs of Miami head coach Chuck Martin. To quickly recap McNair’s reporting, this started about a year ago. Paul Harker, Miami’s head strength coach, was the new father of twins. He applied under university policy for paternity leave, and someone — obviously not a true football type — approved it. He took the time off. It was the offseason, late January and early February. But what he ultimately got for it, he says, was a decision in June to terminate his six-year term at the most ironically nicknamed “Cradle of Coaches.” And now the former starting guard for Michigan State is suing the university, claiming that Martin and other top athletic officials ran him off due to the leave issue. Many further details have been reported by McNair, but it’s the general concept that fascinates me. The suit states that grid boss Martin was “infuriated” by the leave request and that Martin complained that “every other man who had ever worked for him was back at work the next day after his wife gave birth.” Harker says Martin told him he “needed to decide whether he was a football coach or a family man.” Wow… strong stuff. And entirely plausible, with Martin or any of a thousand other head coaches. In a combined 43 years of writing about football and later working for a football team, I had never before heard of a coach asking for paternity leave. Surely, not since O. Twist asked for that extra bowl of gruel has a request come across as so outlandish to its audience. I hear you saying, “What’s the big deal? He took the leave in the dead of winter. What could have possibly been happening then with Miami football that was crucial?” Well, I wonder that, too. But football is just different, folks, rightly or wrongly. It’s always crucial. The pressure to win is so intense, one implicitly surrenders rights to an outside life that others take for granted. I believe what Martin said about every other assistant missing only one day for new babies. I’ve known coaches who seemed to barely miss a beat when confronted with grave health issues for family members. Martin’s alleged “family man” comment is another ironic part of this, because my years of observation tell me



Five Big Questions CityBeat asked incoming first-time Cincinnati City Council members about big issues. First up: Tamaya Dennard As to l d to N i c k Swa r t s el l


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ity Council’s three newcomers will have to wrestle with a number of tough questions after they’re sworn in on Jan. 2. CityBeat reached out to each — Republican Jeff Pastor and Democrats Greg Landsman and Tamaya Dennard — to ask five in particular. First up is Dennard; responses by Landsman and Pastor will be published in the next two issues of CityBeat. Dennard’s fellow council members recently voted her president pro tempore of council, a largely symbolic rank just under vice mayor. She ran her successful council bid with endorsements from the Democratic Party and the Charter Committee. Before running for council, she worked for social innovation nonprofit Design Impact, as a staff member for Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld and for Duke Energy. Dennard is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati who says growing up in a low-income family informed her stances on economic and social issues. She lives in Camp Washington.


CityBeat: City support for infrastructure around a proposed FC Cincinnati stadium, to the tune of $37 million, has been a hot topic of late. It’s likely, if FC Cincinnati wins an MLS expansion franchise, that you’ll be faced with voting on some elements of this spending. Do you support the deal council passed Nov. 29? What could have made it better? The West End has been floated as another potential site for the project. Do you have thoughts on that location versus Oakley? Tamaya Dennard: I have tremendous respect for the leadership and the owners of the FC Cincinnati franchise. They’ve brought an unbelievable amount of excitement to our city. I’ve enjoyed my time at FC Cincinnati games. However, with limited resources, we must make choices that prioritize the concerns of everyday Cincinnatians. It was extremely frustrating to watch this lame duck City Council vote to spend so much money without a lot of community input. Quite frankly, there are too many unanswered questions. A proposed project of this scale shouldn’t be rushed through.

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This proposal should’ve been vetted by the public and discussed during the election. I’m also a huge proponent of Community Benefits Agreements, which are community-specific amenities and concessions given to a community in exchange for their support. CBA’s are a legally binding document that need to be enforced. The city of Cincinnati needs to demand a CBA (on this and other developments) and it shouldn’t be considered or put forth after City Council approves the spending. It should be a condition of approval. Locating this stadium in the West End could also mean restructuring the neighborhood and the destruction of many buildings that affect people’s daily lives and many people who are experiencing poverty. We have previously destroyed the fabric of the West End with the construction of I-75 and we can’t do that again. I also don’t agree with using the funds from the sale of the Blue Ash Airport, which could support a number of needs in our city, which frankly have a higher priority than a stadium. Historically speaking, large local subsidies to build stadiums for professional sports teams usually cost taxpayers more than the local economic benefits that are generated from them.

CB: One of the city’s biggest moves last year was the creation of an independent board that will oversee the Metropolitan Sewer District, which has faced allegations of monetary mismanagement and conflict between the city and the county. Assuming state lawmakers approve the MSD deal, do you see the deal the city struck as a good one? Why or why not? TD: Yes, I do think it was a good one. There are some changes around billing that I would like to see for ratepayers. However, the deal was one where citizens wouldn’t see too much change to their services, including cost increases. Also, it is important to me that MSD remains a public utility and the employees maintain their AFSCME union members and retained their city pension status. Everything shouldn’t be politicized. It’s about doing what’s best for ratepayers. CB: Part of the impetus behind that deal was a less-than-cordial relationship between the city and the county. As an incoming council member, do you see that improving during your tenure? Any plans to make that happen? TD: Yes, I do see this improving during my tenure. Historically, the city and county have been less than cordial. I think you need people who are concerned with what’s best for our constituents and

not being disagreeable for the sake of being disagreeable. That’s one of the main reasons I’m excited about County Commissioner Denise Driehaus. She is a bigpicture thinker and she is always looking to do what’s right for everyone. She’s willing to work with anyone, regardless of his or her political affiliation. Having her as a commissioner is a big win for our region. When we aren’t moving forward cooperatively, ultimately it’s the people who lose. It’s not about turfs or egos. It’s about getting things done. CB: Cincinnati’s Metro bus system is at a crossroads. Its performance is lagging, and without further funding or vastly increased ridership, it faces big deficits, fare increases and service reductions. What ideas do you have to help solve this problem? What can council do to keep Metro viable? TD: We’re operating our bus system based on where people lived and worked 40 years ago. I’m a proponent for a sales tax increase to help our bus system meet the capital and operating financial demands it’s facing but to also be the cornerstone to the transit system our city needs in order to grow. That being said, some of the challenges our bus system faces don’t require new funds. Right now, we have buses that aren’t showing up and we have inefficient bus routes that include

more bus stops than we need. Having a sales tax increase of 0.75 percent would help us to get the transportation system that we need to connect people to jobs and to make our city a less car-centric one, thus more environmentally friendly. I would also seek some synergy and potential partnership opportunities between the Cincinnati Hamilton County Community Action Agency’s commercial drivers license program to assist with the shortage of SORTA bus drivers. CB: The city’s poverty problems have been big issues for a long time now, and yet we’ve seen very little change recently. What can council do to move the needle? What is your view on the city’s current human services spending? Should it be increased? Should the city change the way it allocates those dollars away from the existing United Way process? Do you think the mayor’s initiatives — Hand Up and Poverty Collaborative — are promising? TD: Yes, the city needs to increase its funding for human services. But that’s not enough. City Council needs to seek out the policies that create and perpetuate systemic and institutional racism and start over in a more equitable way. We also need to look at the allocation of resources in our neighborhoods experiencing high rates of poverty. For example, only neighborhoods that have Community Development Corporations can actually receive dollars from the city

for the purpose of economic development. That’s a problem because that means neighborhoods of privilege will continue to see development investment from city government and the communities who need the most investment won’t. It’s up to the city to structure creative economic deals and packages for communities experiencing poverty in the same manner they structure deals for the communities of affluence. Our job as a city council is to make sure we understand what the implications are for every policy, for every community, every time; not just the financial implications. We need to take into account the health, education, environment and social implications of policies as well. We cannot keep trying to solve our challenges with poverty with Band-Aid solutions. In doing so, we will continue to have ineffective programs that take up resources but don’t move the needle. We need to start addressing the root causes of our challenges. That will only happen when we bring the people who are most impacted by these challenges to the table in an authentic way that isn’t tokenism or asking them for feedback after decisions have been made for them. I’m excited about Dr. Karen Bankston being at the helm of the Poverty Collaborative. I believe with her leadership, we will finally get past conversations and start moving into action and real investment into people. ©

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M i nd - Bo dy Bui l di ng O n A Bu d g e t With the new year comes New Year’s resolutions, and some of the most popular personal goals revolve around health and happiness. The practice of yoga claims to connect these two in some meditative and constructive mind-body exercise, but going full yogi isn’t always cheap. Classes and gear can get expensive, especially for those who also want to start 2018 by adhering to a stricter budget. Luckily, plenty of local yoga studios offer both free and cheap community classes for you to get your ohm on. • Body Alive — This studio’s $5 hot power yoga community class is geared toward everyone from beginners to advanced students looking for a flow class that teaches the foundations of yoga poses

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MUSIC: Todd Albright Although Todd Albright has been honing his skills as a fingerpicking Country and Delta Blues guitarist and singer onstage for nearly a quarter of a century, he has only recently been receiving much-deserved attention for his talents thanks to his more recent recording forays. Over the past couple of years, Albright’s vibrant interpretations of early Blues pioneers from the first half of the 20th century were featured on Fourth Floor Visitor, released through the Jett Plastic Recordings imprint, as well as an EP, Detroit Twelve String Blues & Rag, which came out on Third Man

and progresses in difficulty. The room is heated to 102 degrees and is kept at 40 percent humidity, so get ready to sweat. Held 5:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Sunday. 8110 Montgomery Road, Kenwood,

offers a $5 Yoga with Art class at the 21c Museum Hotel downtown from 9:3010:30 a.m. on Sundays. 3527 Columbia Parkway, East End; 150 W. McMillan St., Clifton; 2428 High St., Crescent Springs, Ky.,

• Modo Yoga — Modo is a hot yoga studio (99 degrees; 35-50 percent humidity) with a focus on community. They offer two options for lower-cost classes. There are Happy Hour Yoga classes for $10 in all three studio locations on Friday evenings (5-6 p.m. Clifton; 6-7 p.m. East End and Northern Kentucky), plus Karma Modo classes for a $5 cash donation on Sunday (4-5 p.m. Sunday East End and Northern Kentucky). Proceeds from the Karma class are donated to charity. Modo also

• Move Your Hyde Power Yoga — Power yoga is a fluid and challenging fitness practice conducted in a heated room and based on Baron Baptiste’s Power Vinyasa system. Get a taste of the practice during $5 Power Hours: 6:05-7:05 p.m. Friday (downtown); 4-5 p.m. Saturday (Hyde Park); and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday (downtown). Cash only. 3500 Michigan Ave., Hyde Park; Cincinnati Athletic Club, 111 Shillito Place, Downtown,

Records, the label founded by fellow Motown musical old soul Jack White. The higherprofile EP’s versions of songs written or most associated with the likes of Blind Willie McTell, Lead Belly and Skip James have been lauded in reviews for the way Albright delivers them with a contemporary verve while also staying true to tradition. As the title of the EP indicates, Albright doesn’t just specialize in six-string guitar picking. He’s a wizard with a 12-string, too, which, combined with his mesmerizing playing style (percussive and uniquely rhythmic, as he holds down the bass with his thumb), gives the music the kind of ringing, haunted aura that the

originators conjured so inventively. 9 p.m. Wednesday. Free. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub. com. — MIKE BREEN


COMEDY: Geoff Tate As a child, Geoff Tate moved about the country as his dad, a preacher, went from church to church and town to town. The elder Tate, however, couldn’t catch on anywhere, probably due to his notions about the Bible. As Geoff explains, “He came at it from a different direction. He wondered, ‘Why does everybody talk about the second coming? I’ve read the whole bible and Jesus already showed up twice.

The second one already happened.’ ” Tate is adept at telling hilarious personal stories from his life, as well as making sharp observations about the seemingly mundane. His fourth album, People are What People Make ’Em, is due out Jan. 12. Through Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, — P.F. WILSON EVENT: Drink and Draw: Hair of the Dog Drink and Draw at the Contemporary Arts Center is a series dedicated to artful expression and discounted libations. The museum opens up its lobby area

• Yoga in the Gallery — The Carnegie in Covington offers a yoga class under the historic dome in the building’s main gallery. The classes are free and open to all experience levels. Held noon-1 p.m. on select Saturdays, including Jan. 13, 20 and 27. 1028 Scott St., Covington, Ky., • World Peace Yoga — This studio focuses on heart, building empathy and community for a life well lived. Their all-level CommUNITY yoga is by donation from 11:15 a.m.-noon on Saturday. If you’re new to World Peace Yoga, they also offer a FREEdom month of yoga for 30 consecutive days of unlimited yoga classes. 268 Ludlow Ave., Second Floor, Clifton, heä

Ongoing Shows ATTRACTIONS: Cincinnati Choo Choo Krohn Conservatory, Mount Adams (through Jan. 7)

to members of the public, who are given thematic inspiration, art supplies and drink specials to spend a few happy hours unwinding and creating something beautiful or, in the case of this week’s Drink and Draw, something freakin’ adorable. Thursday’s theme is

Hair of the Dog, and fuzzy, adoptable doggos from Save the Animals Foundation will be on hand to act as canine models for your mutt masterpiece. Dogs dogs dogs dogs dogs dogs. Wine. 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Free admission. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, — MAIJA ZUMMO


ONSTAGE: Becky’s New Car Playwright Steven Dietz has had his scripts produced on stages all over town this season, including This Random World at Ensemble Theatre and his adaptation of Dracula at Cincy Shakes.

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And now, the alwaysdependable community theater Mariemont Players is staging this show — a laugh-out-loud amusementpark ride through the perils of middle-aged longing in the form of an eccentric millionaire who wanders into a car dealership where Becky works. He’s looking to buy nine cars for his employees, but he drives off with a lot more than that. This tricky, witty plot has lots of twists and turns, so get ready for a wild ride. Through Jan. 21. $20; $15 student. Mariemont Players, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Mariemont, — RICK PENDER EVENT: Cavalcade of Customs The 58th-annual Cavalcade of Customs takes over the Duke Energy Convention Center this weekend with more than 500 custom cars, everything from classics and hot rods to trucks and racers — even a handful of famous autos from The Fate of the Furious film. Weekend contests include a pedal car challenge, a Miss Cavalcade pin-up girl competition and a FMX motorcycle stunt show.

There will also be celebrity appearances from NASCAR champ Tony Stewart, WWE Superstar AJ Styles and Jerry Mathers from Leave it to Beaver, plus chop shop demos, spring car legends and Rockabilly music. 3-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. $17; $6 children. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, attend/cincinnati. — MAIJA ZUMMO


CLASSICAL: Bach + Beethoven and the CSO’s History The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra pays homage to its history this weekend with help from world-renowned conductor Sir Andrew Davis. Davis leads the CSO in a selection of Bach and Beethoven works that link luminaries from the orchestra’s past with its present. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. And other works include Bach’s Sleepers Wake cantata chorale as arranged by Leopold Stokowski, the CSO’s music director from 1909-1912, and

Symphony No. 2 by composer Eugene Goossens, the CSO’s music director from 1931-1947. An hour before each performance, join a Classical Conversation with CSO associate conductor Keitaro Harada to get inside the soul of the music and its makers. 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $14-$107. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, — MAIJA ZUMMO EVENT: Late Night Date Night at the Cincinnati Observatory Bundle up for a romantic night under starry skies. The Cincinnati Observatory’s Late Night Date Night is an after-hours adults-only tour to check out the oldest telescope in the United States. Weather permitting, guests can get a peek of planets, stars and other astronomical objects only visible under late-night conditions. If the weather isn’t cooperating, you can still get a behind-the-scenes tour of the observatory. 10:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday. $25 per person. Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout,


P H O T O : courtes y mamluft & co . — MAIJA ZUMMO SPORTS: Cincinnati Cyclones Throwback Night Feel like ballin’ on a budget? Or pucking on a budget? Head to U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday to see the Cincinnati Cyclones take on the Wheeling Nailers during Throwback Night. The hockey team is throwing back its prices so you can get a $10 ticket and $1 hot dogs, pizza, soda and beer. That means you can get a pizza, a hot dog and three beers for like $5. Or five beers for $5. Or two pizzas and one hot dog and two beers for $5. The possibilities are endless, almost. It’s

also a Teddy Bear Toss night, where guests are asked to bring a new or gently loved teddy bear to throw on the ice after the Cyclones get their first goal. 6:30 p.m. doors Saturday. Tickets start at $10. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway, Downtown, cycloneshockey. com. — MAIJA ZUMMO EVENT: Cincinnati Wedding Showcase If you said “yes” to an engagement proposal over the holidays, there’s no time like the present to start planning that wedding. The Cincinnati Wedding Showcase

at the Sharonville Convention Center is a crash-course for brides-to-be with more than 30,000 feet of exhibits from wedding professionals including planners, floral designers, caterers, DJs, photographers, venues and even bridal boutiques. Like a one-stop idea shop with fashion shows at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $10 single day; $15 weekend. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, cincinnatiweddingshowcase. com. — MAIJA ZUMMO


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DANCE: MamLuft&Co.: Climb MamLuft&Co. presents this new dance work by choreographer Elena Rodriguez Moore. As the biracial daughter of a Colombian immigrant, she uses her own personal experience to inform this tale of a man who leaves his native home in search of opportunity. As he climbs the ladder of success in his new world, he encounters obstacles and challenges but also finds love and starts a family. Later, his daughter makes her own climb to connect to her father’s heritage and traditions without neglecting her own world. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $14-$21. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, — MAIJA ZUMMO


ART: Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion It’s the final day to see this sculptural fashion exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Featuring the work of Dutch designer Iris van Herpen, the clothing on display blends technology and traditional handwork to create inspirational and meticulous garments. Inspired by nature and science, her soft fabrics and alternative materials — like acrylic sheets, metal gauze or umbrella ribs — are laser cut, molded, 3-D printed and modified to create totally transportive sculptures that look more like writhing snakes, splashing water droplets or clouds of smoke than traditional pieces of clothing. Along with garments from her various collections, displayed on forms, the exhibit also includes video of interviews and runway shows, accessories and a textural display where guests can touch van Herpen’s different “fabric” creations — something you’ll have to literally stop yourself from doing the entire time you’re looking at her tactile works of art. Through Jan. 7. $10; $5 seniors/students/ children. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, — MAIJA ZUMMO



Terracotta Army to Occupy CAM Plus more 2018 visual art BY S T E V EN R O S EN

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ove over, Fiona. The baby hippo — now almost 1 year old and more than 600 pounds — was Cincinnati’s new arrival of the year in 2017, enchanting and exciting zoo visitors with her unusualness, mysterious beauty and compelling survival story. In 2018, the warriors of China’s legendary Terracotta Army may fill Fiona’s role. Some 10 of these life-size, crafted earthenware warriors — including a general, a horse and standing and kneeling archers — will be coming to the Cincinnati Art Museum from April 20 to Aug. 12, part of the 120-object Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China exhibition. “I think it’s a very exciting selection,” says Dr. Hou-mei Sung, the museum’s curator of Asian art. The Terracotta Army — some 8,000 figures of humans and horses — is roughly 2,200 years old and is an amazing yet haunting human accomplishment. China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, ordered them to be created to guard a vast mausoleum complex where his tomb would be, near the city of Xi’an in Shaanxi Province. It’s estimated some 720,000 workers spent almost 50 years building what CAM curator Sung calls “almost an underground city” and others have labeled a necropolis. The site was basically forgotten by history until recent times — 1974 — when villagers digging a well discovered it. That started a massive, still-ongoing excavation project. China built the Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum to showcase recovered and restored objects. The area is now protected and a worldwide travel destination. All this alone would qualify the army as a wonder of the ancient world. But there’s more: The warriors are modeled on actual people. “We jokingly say we can identify which soldiers come from the south or north (of China),” Sung says. “They have different facial features, different armors, all kinds of details.” This raises the delicate question of what happened to all those who helped create the army and the emperor’s necropolis. “We don’t know for sure, but typically ancient Chinese rulers liked to keep their tomb sites a secret,” Sung says. “So people say they were persecuted to keep the site a secret.” The emperor’s tomb itself, which might reveal more information, has not been excavated, she says.

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Since everyone can’t go to China, the nation has long been letting its warriors tour the world. But its conditions are strict — no single exhibition can have more than 10 of them or be out of China for longer than a year. So the warriors are received like rock stars — or, maybe, baby hippos — wherever they appear. Especially in cities, like Cincinnati, that haven’t hosted them before. (Warriors have come to regional museums previously.) The exhibition coming here, Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China, has been at Richmond’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts since Nov. 18, 2017 and will be there through March 11. A Cincinnati Art Museum spokesperson says it’s on track to draw more than 100,000 visitors there. (There is also a different exhibition, China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors, in Liverpool, England for much of this year.) All the objects in this show come from Chinese art museums and archaeological institutes, and the exhibition’s overall aim is to chart “the birth of the Qin empire and cultural diversity in ancient China; the First Emperor and unified China; and the quest for immortality,” the museum says. The exhibition will occupy both of the second-floor Western Southern Galleries used for special exhibitions, and will have timed, ticketed admissions — $16 for nonmember adults and $8 for students, seniors

and children. Cincinnati and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are collaborating on a catalog. More info is available at Beyond the Terracotta Army, there are other promising shows and events coming here during the first half of 2018, as museums complete presentation of their 2017-18 schedules and galleries program for the new year. Here are just a select few: • Reading by Kathy Y. Wilson and Lecture by Dr. David Pilgrim // 1 p.m. Jan. 14, Fifth Third Bank Theater, Aronoff Center for the Arts: In connection with the Weston Art Gallery’s current exhibition by Wilson, Sanctuary: Kathy Y. Wilson Living in a Colored Museum, she will discuss the show and read from her monograph about the exhibit. Pilgrim is founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum, an 11,000-piece collection of racist artifacts located on the campus of Michigan’s Ferris State University. Tickets required. • Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection // Feb. 17-May 27, Taft Museum of Art: Cincinnati Art Museum’s 2017 Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light exhibit, featuring windows and lamps from New York City’s Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, was a huge hit. Now comes this show from Chicago’s Driehaus Museum that features some 60 decorative objects, including windows,

lamps, vases and more. This is also a timed, ticketed show. • Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors // March 30-June 17, Cincinnati Art Museum: Kjartansson, an Icelandic artist, produced this multi-channel video installation in 2012 and it has become an immensely popular museum presentation. Inside and on the grounds of a faded mansion in New York’s Hudson Valley, he and seven other musicians, located in different rooms, repeat a beautiful song fragment. Different screens focus on different people. Over the course of an hour, they slowly come together as a group, a community. The Visitors is a merging of the utopian ideal with the repetition of Minimalist artists and composers. • Mark deJong // April 20-May 20, Contemporary Arts Center: The Dutch-born, Cincinnati-based deJong is finishing up Swing House, his years-long transformation of a three-story Camp Washington home into a breathtaking, open-space art installation/living quarters that has a big, graceful swing in the middle of it. The CAC is planning an on-site show of deJong’s work and also will be sponsoring artist-led tours of Swing House. There’s much more coming — including the 2018 FotoFocus Biennial in fall. Follow CityBeat for ongoing coverage of the visual arts. 


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Now that it’s 2018, it’s time to start mapshows at local theaters in the months ping out theatergoing for the months ahead. ahead: Sam Shepard’s searing Pulitzer If it’s Broadway hits you seek, plan to Prize winner Buried Child (Feb. 15-18) see two touring productions coming to at Xavier University and Michael Frayn’s the Aronoff Center for the Arts: Waitress classic backstage comedy Noises Off (May (Jan. 9-21) is about a woman who bakes 18-June 9) at Cincy Shakes. pies and struggles to find happiness Adventurous theatergoers love Martin (based on a 2007 movie); and School of McDonagh’s darkly comic dramas. His curRock: The Musical (Feb. 21-March 4), by rent movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Andrew Lloyd Webber, is about a wild and Missouri is likely to be an award winner. crazy musician who becomes a substitute So give his 2003 play The Pillowman (Jan. teacher and recruits fifth-grade kids to 26-Feb. 10) a look when Falcon Theatre play in a battle of the bands. (Jack Black produces it in Newport, staged by veteran starred in the 2003 movie.) director Ed Cohen. It’s about a fiction writer Two more excellent shows with Broadway cred will turn up at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. The Humans (Jan. 23-Feb. 17) by Stephen Karam is a 2016 Tony Award winner (also a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize) about a dysfunctional family gathering. And to conclude the current season, ETC is reviving Hedwig and the Angry Inch (June 5-July 1), a major hit for the Over-the-Rhine theater in 2003 and 2005. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music grad Todd Almond recreates his memorable Rob Colletti with other cast members of School of Rock turn in the title role. P H O T O : © M AT T H E W M U R P H Y Be the first to see a pair of new scripts, thanks to the Cincinnati Playhouse. Be Here Now in a police state who is interrogated about (Feb. 9-March 11) by Deborah Zoe Laufer gruesome short stories that are uncomfortis a charming story of two lost souls who ably close to several child murders. intersect under unusual circumstances. Another dark drama — this one at Sooner/Later (March 24-April 22) by AllyKnow Theatre — comes from playwright son Currin uses a metaphysical twist to James Ijames via Harlem’s National Black navigate the never-easy paths of romance, Theatre Company. It’s Kill Move Paradise marriage and parenting. The Playhouse (March 2-24), set in a netherworld where commissioned both world premieres, confour young men who are dead contemplate tinuing its multi-year encouragement of what’s next for them. and support for women playwrights. Also Theater productions on university noteworthy will be Know Theatre’s staging campuses offer more options. Northern of Ada & The Engine (April 13-May 12) by Kentucky University presents the first part Lauren Gunderson. It’s about Ada Byron of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Part Lovelace, daughter of poet Lord Byron, and One: Millennium Approaches (Feb. 14-24). her soulmate, Charles Babbage, inventor of History through the lens of Rock & Roll the first mechanical computer. Gunderson is what Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is America’s most-produced playwright (Feb. 2-4) is about at Xavier University. this season; her play The Revolutionists The esteemed British playwright Caryl was a hit when its premiere happened at Churchill is represented with Love and the Playhouse in 2016, and it’s now being Information (Feb. 7-11), a troubling porstaged at many other theaters. trait of today’s world, at CCM. There will be an unusual intersection of For more mainstream fare, look to Cincy subject matter when Cincinnati ShakeShakes for a stage adaptation of the 1967 speare Company produces Othello (March hit movie Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? 2-24) and ETC stages Red Velvet (March (Jan. 26- Feb. 17). Two classic musicals 6-31) by Lolita Chakrabarti. The latter is are onstage at the Covedale Center for the about the first African-American actor to Performing Arts: Guys and Dolls (Feb. take the role of Othello, in London in 1833. 15-March 11) and Oklahoma! (April 5-29). Ed Stern made the Playhouse one of Happy theatergoing! America’s best regional theaters during his Contact Rick Pender: rpender@ two decades there. He’s still an active guest director in town and he’ll stage two classic



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Maybe This Year Will Be Funnier BY B R I A N B A K ER

It was a funny year in general in 2017 — if you consider the way comedians took after Donald Trump and his administration. Stephen Colbert languished in the ratings until his evisceration of Trump made him the top-ranked late-night host; Seth Meyers managed a similar tactical feat. In a recent Mojo interview, Randy Newman said that the Great Trumpkin was like a character in one of his songs. Can 2018’s humor quotient compete with that? Here are some comedy acts coming to town this year that are worth looking forward to. • Geoff Tate at Go Bananas (ThursdaySunday): Tate’s headline is “Local Boy Makes Good.” The Cincinnati-based comedian frequently opens for Doug Stanhope, hosts his own Cheers-centric podcast, MSHD PODCASTO, and is a regular on Doug Benson’s Getting Doug with High podcast. Tate has recorded two albums and guested on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Fancy. • Rob Schneider at Liberty Funny Bone (Friday and Saturday): Schneider broke out on Saturday Night Live, creating memorable characters and catch phrases (“Makin’ copies,” “You put your weed in it”) before big-screen success in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and as Adam Sandler’s frequent film sidekick. He returned to stand-up in 2010. His new show is titled Please Join Me for an Evening of Lies. • Brian Regan at the Aronoff Center (Jan. 25): Is Brian Regan comedy’s cleanest man? In terms of material, most certainly, and he seems well scrubbed, hygienically speaking. At any rate, Regan avoids off-color humor and profanity, so his television persona is exactly what you’ll get in his hilarious live set. It’s typified by his latest Netflix special, Nunchucks and Flamethrowers. • Kevin Hart at Wright State University’s Nutter Center (Jan. 27): Hart finished 2017 with a bang: his SNL hosting gig was great; his new movie, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, has started off well; and his memoir, I Can’t Make This Up, topped the bestseller list. Hart became the first comedian to sell out an NFL stadium on his What Now? Tour, grossing over $100 million worldwide; his current The Irresponsible Tour might exceed that total. • Jerry Seinfeld at the Aronoff Center (Feb. 3): No one has made more out of nothing than Seinfeld. His sitcom changed the parameters of television comedy, his stand-up raised the observational-comedy bar and his charitable work defi nes nobility. For an encore, he reinvented his act, does peer interviews on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and has a new Netflix special, Jerry Before Seinfeld, a retrospective of his best pre-fame routines. • Tammy Pescatelli at Liberty Funny Bone (Feb. 15): Pescatelli, a Perry, Ohio native, was a finalist on consecutive seasons of Last Comic Standing, parlaying that into appearances on The View, Last Call

with Carson Daly and others. She’s a regular on Jenny McCarthy’s Sirius XM show Dirty, Sexy, Funny. • D.L. Hughley at Liberty Funny Bone (March 30-31): Hughley is accomplished in every comedic facet. He hosted BET’s ComicView, a CNN comedy news program, his own talk show and two radio shows; starred in a sitcom; did the Netfl ix special Reset; and wrote a book, 2012’s I Want You

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to Shut the F#ck Up: How the Audacity of Dopes is Ruining America. Which seems prescient, yes? • Bill Maher at Taft Theatre (May 5): Maher may be this generation’s Mort Sahl — a wickedly funny, razor-sharp observer of cultural and governmental foibles with as much distaste for political correctness as the conservatives he targets. Approaching the 40-year mark as a stand-up, Maher has written seven books and hosted two of television’s best news/comedy shows, Politically Incorrect and Real Time. There’s a slight chance Trump will be a topic of his current show. • Steve Martin and Martin Short at PNC Pavilion (May 27): Martin had largely abandoned stand-up when he teamed with Short for a comedy/Bluegrass tour two years ago. The production’s huge success rolled into 2017, and we’ll experience it this spring with the same essential set-up: comedic argy bargy between the stars and brilliant musicianship from Martin’s handpicked Steep Canyon Rangers in what they’ve billed as “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life.” As Short has observed, “Touring with Steve is a lot like Deliverance: It’s all fun and games till the banjo comes out.”


From Bernstein to Rock-Inspired Operas BY A N N E ARE N S T EI N


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There is a staggering number of exciting and Reilly Nelson, accompanied by Ryan Classical music concerts coming up in MacEvoy McCullough, will perform these at 2018, everything from Early Music to new a series of free shows from Monday through compositions, with an opera based on Pink Jan. 14 at area libraries. Floyd’s The Wall in the mix. Cincinnati Soundbox, which presents This year also marks the centennial of new works by local and international the birth of the late Leonard Bernstein, young composers, has a festival of 18 solo the great American composer, conductor, works planned for April 5-12. Guest artists educator and activist. Bernstein at 100 is a include Allen Otte, Lauren McAllister, Jack national observation, and the University of Bogard and Andrea Vos-Rochefort. SpeCincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music cific details have not yet been released. has an impressive schedule of his music as Queen City Opera, a showcase for well as work by composers in his orbit. (It emerging talent, has a May 25 and 27 propresented Candide last year.) Its wideduction of Iolanta, Tchaikovsky’s one-act ranging series features Bernstein’s works for symphonic orchestras, theater, ballet, chorus and small ensembles, performed by CCM’s instrumental, vocal, dance and theater groups. I’m looking forward to the Opera d’arte Series of undergraduate productions’ presentation of three one-act operas Feb. 2-4, including Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. On Feb. 11, fans of choral music won’t want to miss Dale Warland, an esteemed conductor as well as composer-in-residence, lead the CCM Chamber Jamie Barton gives a vocal recital Jan. 26 at Memorial Hall. Choir for Bernstein’s Missa P H O T O : r e b e c c a f ay Brevis as well as the world premiere of Warland’s own I Hear America Singing, commissioned opera about a princess who does not know by the CCM Choral Department for the she is blind, scheduled for the Arts Center at school’s 150th anniversary. Dunham in Price Hill. It will be in collaboBernstein’s greatest work for musical ration with the Cincinnati Association for theater is West Side Story. You can hear its the Blind and Visually Impaired. suite of “Symphonic Dances,” performed On June 3 and 10 at Memorial Hall, by the CCM Wind Orchestra on March 2. concert:nova presents one of this year’s And April 27-29, Cincinnati Pops joins the most intriguing offerings: The Bradbury Bernstein Centennial by playing the entire Tattoos: A Rock Opera, based on writer score of the musical while the Oscar-winRay Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man. It’s ning film is screened at Music Hall. a collaboration between the progressive Elsewhere around town during 2018, the ensemble, fusion composer Zac Greenberg, brilliant mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton librettist and playwright Michael Burnham appears for a Matinée Musicale-sponsored and tattooist/surfboard shaper Steven Mast. recital at Memorial Hall on Jan. 26, accomAnd speaking of Rock operas, Cincinnati panied by Kathleen Kelly. This will be Opera hosts the U.S. premiere of Another the first vocal recital for the organization, Brick in the Wall, created by French-Canawhich was formed in 1912. Barton’s prodian composer Julien Bilodeau by reworkgram will have recital standards, but there ing Roger Waters’ original music from Pink are also songs by Nadia Boulanger, Amy Floyd’s 1979 classic album, The Wall, into a Beach and Libby Larsen. Barton has won score for eight soloists, 48 choristers and a major awards for young Opera singers and 70-piece orchestra. It debuted last year in garners raves for her performances. Montreal. Scheduled for five performances Cincinnati has a number of thriving new at Music Hall between July 20 and 31, it will music organizations with edgy and creative be the season’s grand opera extravaganza. programs. Cincinnati Song Initiative, Cincinnati Opera’s As One, a chamber devoted to vocal performances of art songs, opera scheduled for four performances teams up with the Cincinnati Chamber between July 25 and 30, features a score by Orchestra to offer two song cycles by Laura Kaminsky and uses two singers and American composers based on famous writa string quartet to tell the story of a trans ers — Dominick Argento’s From the Diary of woman (based on the life of filmmaker Virginia Woolf and Aaron Copland’s Twelve Kimberly Reed). It will be held in Music Poems of Emily Dickinson. Lucy Fitz Gibbon Hall’s new Wilks Studio. 



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Looking Ahead to Oscar Nominations BY T T S T ER N - E N ZI

Before you can look ahead to the new Supporting Actress features two movies released in 2018, you first have to nominees from films I haven’t seen, as of look ahead to the Academy Award nomithis writing, but based on the consensus nations and selections for the best movies of the critics group nominations thus far, of 2017. It is the biggest movie event of I Tonya’s Allison Janney and Phantom the year, after all, and a lot of the favored Thread’s Lesley Manville appear to be candidates won’t even be opening here solidly in the discussion. I find my two until this year — studios wait for Oscars alternates intriguing, though. In the momentum to launch many of their most case of previous winner Melissa Leo (The prestigious end-of-2017 releases into the Fighter), her domineering performance heartland. So, looking ahead to film in casts such a long shadow over Novitiate 2018 right now means looking ahead first that it’s damned near impossible to to Jan. 23 (nominations are announced) ignore. And Tiffany Haddish has a strong and then March 4 (the ceremonies). and quite loyal following for her comedic Predicting the nominations is a monumental, first-time event for me. In almost 17 years as a film critic, I have never dared to do this. Yet, after attending this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and seeing and discussing contenders there, and also by noting how wide open the race feels, I am compelled to experiment with exerting a bit of my untapped critical power of prognostication. In some cases with my predictions, I’m going with films that haven’t even been screened for press in Lady Bird and its stars, Saoirse Ronan (left) and Laurie Metcalf, our market yet. And I am deserve Oscar nominations, as does its director Greta Gerwig. limiting myself to major P H O T O : merie w a ll a c e / c o u rtesy o f a 2 4 categories, providing a few alternatives to my key nominees as well as hopefully helpful turn in Girls Trip, despite the fact that observations about their strengths. many found the film to be little more than For the first time in several years, there a broad sexcapade. doesn’t appear to be a clear set of frontI’m not sure I needed to offer alternarunners, which has many challenging the tives in the Best Actor category because pedigree of potential players. To my mind, my five nominees have such a strangleI see 2017 simply as one of the more comhold on our consciousness, whether we’ve petitive years with a host of compelling seen the films or not. narratives that could make an impression But there’s a bit of a hedge in my Best on audiences and various voting memActress grouping because I haven’t seen bers of the Academy. I, Tonya or The Post, but can you ever go So, I’m trusting my instincts as well as wrong when you include Meryl Streep? information gleaned from following the And adding Judi Dench as an alternative receptions to 2017 movies elsewhere. isn’t much of a stretch either, especially May the Academy be with me! for a film that no one would have noticed You’ll find my list on the far right of this without her presence. page — I saved the most important catOutside of Best Picture, the Best Direcegory for last. My first one, Best Supporttor category presents the most pitfalls. ing Actor, feels like a coronation of sorts. There’s a big question mark hanging over I don’t believe I’m going too far out on a whether the Motion Picture Academy will limb wagering that my predictions will be be willing to include a pair of first-time the exact nominees. I’m even more comnominees (Greta Gerwig and Jordan fortable positing that The Florida Project’s Peele) while more experienced heavyWillem Dafoe will finally take the prize weight contenders (Paul Thomas Anderthat has eluded him after two previous son and Guillermo del Toro) are lurking. nominations, for 1986’s Platoon and I stand firmly behind my eight strong 2000’s Shadow of the Vampire. It’s been a Best Picture nominees and would problong time coming. Still, it would be quite a ably have made a firmer decision about feat if Christopher Plummer bum-rushed Anderson’s late-arriving Phantom Thread, into the mix for his last-minute inserfeaturing Daniel Day-Lewis, if it had tion into the Ridley Scott hostage thriller, screened in advance.  replacing the already filmed Kevin Spacey.

Oscar Nomination Predictions Best Supporting Actor: • Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) • Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name) • Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) • Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) • Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me By Your Name) • Possible alternatives: Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World), Jason Mitchell (Mudbound)

Best Supporting Actress: Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) Allison Janney (I, Tonya) Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird) Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water) • Possible alternatives: Melissa Leo (Novitiate), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) • • • • •

Best Actor: • Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) • Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread) • Tom Hanks (The Post) • Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) • Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.) • Possible alternatives: James Franco (The Disaster Artist), Jake Gyllenhaal (Stronger)

Best Actress: • Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) • Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) • Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) • Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) • Meryl Streep (The Post) • Possible alternative: Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul)

Best Director: • Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) • Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) • Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) • Jordan Peele (Get Out) • Steven Spielberg (The Post) • Possible alternatives: Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)

Best Picture: • • • • • • • • •

Lady Bird The Post Call Me By Your Name The Florida Project Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Get Out Dunkirk The Shape of Water Possible alternatives: Phantom Thread, Mudbound (over Darkest Hour)


TV to Watch for in 2018 BY JAC K ER N

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We’re amid a golden age in television, 9), BenDeLaCreme (Season 6), Chi Chi with no shortage of shows coming in 2018. DeVayne (Season 8), Kennedy Davenport While we likely won’t see new seasons of (Season 7), Milk (Season 6), Morgan McMiGame of Thrones, Stranger Things or Big chaels (Season 2), Shangela (Seasons 2 and Little Lies until 2019, there’s a lot of must3), Thorgy Thor (Season 8) and Trixie Matwatch TV to look forward to this year. tel (Season 7). I’m just hoping Ru does away One of the biggest hits of 2016, Westwith the “lip sync for your legacy.” Get all world was a feast for the eyes and mind. the tea starting Jan. 25 on VH1. Set in a futuristic, Old West-themed attracFuturistic sci-fi anthology Philip K. tion populated by lifelike A.I. that cater to Dick’s Electric Dreams hits Amazon just visitors’ every desire, the series is visually months after the Blade Runner sequel hit stunning, from the sweeping landscape theaters (Dick’s novel was the basis for shots to choreographed fight scenes and the first fi lm), proving that decades after the realistic labs where the robotic “hosts” his death, audiences can’t get enough of are created and cared for. But get caught up in the beauty of it all and you might miss some revealing details. Things are not as they seem — on one hand, the hosts seem so much like humans that guests and viewers alike cannot always make the distinction. On the other, some of these hosts actually are gaining consciousness and going rogue, as evidenced by the uprising of sentient reactivated bots. And then there’s the multiple timelines! Questions abound: Is Arnold really dead? Will Maeve find her daughSeason 2 of Westworld comes to HBO this spring. ter? Are we going to enter P H O T O : J O H N P. J O H N S O N / H B O Samurai World? Season 2 is set to premiere on HBO this spring. his trippy, cerebral stories. This series — Producer Jason Katims (Friday Night almost a collection of short fi lms — has Lights, Parenthood) teams up with Tonyeverything from interplanetary travel to an winning producer Jeff rey Seller (Rent, authoritarian dystopia to humanoids with Hamilton) for a family drama adapted emotions, and a stellar cast to boot. Bryan from Michael Sokolove’s bestseller Drama Cranston, Anna Paquin and Steve Buscemi, High. Based on real events at a Pennsylvato name a few, all star in separate episodes. nia school, Rise stars Josh Radnor (How I Electric Dreams begs for comparisons with Met Your Mother) as a teacher who takes Charlie Brooker’s contemporary take on over a high school’s failing drama departThe Twilight Zone, Black Mirror. And speakment and inspires a small town. Th ink ing of, if you haven’t caught Black Mirror’s Coach Taylor as a drama teacher. Coming latest season yet, it quietly dropped on to NBC March 13. Netflix before the new year. In a totally different type of adaptation, And since dynamic producing duo the 1988 Winona Ryder teen fl ick Heathers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have gets a modern TV reboot on the new Parasuch a hard time fi nding work these days, mount Network. A modern-day Heathers they’re bringing a new procedural drama has incited many reactions, from people to Fox on Wednesday. Crime shows are upset that the network is messing with a dime a dozen, but 9-1-1 — centered on a classic (though original star Shannen Los Angeles’ fi rst responders, includDoherty does appear in the series) to coming cops, paramedics, fi refighters and ments on the interesting casting choices dispatchers — shows promise in its cast, for the original Mean Girls. The clique of which includes Connie Britton, Peter cookie-cutter chicks in the original are Krause and Angela Bassett. replaced by Heathers of different sizes, This year also brings new seasons races and gender identities. Th is new of Homeland (Feb. 11, Showtime), The series has huge shoes — and catchphrases Handmaid’s Tale (April, Hulu) and Fear — to fi ll. Gag me with a spoon, sometime the Walking Dead with Lennie James in early 2018. (Summer, AMC), as well as final seasons of RuPaul seems intent on cranking out The Americans (Spring, FX), Veep (Spring, all-star seasons (the second debuted in HBO) and Portlandia (Jan. 18, IFC). 2016), and fans are here for it! RuPaul’s Contact Jac Kern: @jackern Drag Race All Stars 3 features Aja (Season



Culinary Prophecy Local food professionals discuss the top trends for 2018 BY M A I JA Z U M M O

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oodie magazines and other media outlets have been predicting the hottest food trends for 2018. And many of the augurs are crafting their forecasts by interpreting end-of-year reports from major grocery chains, including Whole Foods and Britain’s Waitrose (a posh U.K. supermarket that sells things like quail eggs and frozen truffle mac and cheese). While the grocery stores rely on research and data collection to make their lists, others rely on good ol’ observation, and some of the trends that keep popping up seem to indicate that humans are becoming more interested in healthy foods, simplicity and sourcing with a renewed focus on environmental consciousness (waste reduction, sustainable and hyperlocal ingredients) and plants. Basically, 2018 is going to be a big year for vegetables. Huge. Here’s what the experts predict we’ll see in 2018: • Root-to-stem cooking. This is kind of like snout-to-tail but with a veggie focus — it uses the entire piece of produce. Expect to see creative edibles like pickled rinds and pestos made from parts of plants you don’t usually eat. • High-tech plant proteins. Whole Foods says sci-fi products like “bleeding” vegan burgers and sushi-grade “nottuna” (aka toona) made from tomatoes will be popular, as will atypical nut milks cold-pressed from peas, pecans and other legumes. Soy- and glutenbased substitutes are on their way out. • Regular plant proteins. Waitrose also predicts there will be an increase in people choosing a “flexitarian” diet, so expect the obsession with ancient grains, seeds, hipster greens, etc. to continue. This also means we’ll most likely see the uber popular “bowl” trend continue into 2018 — grain bowls, poke bowls, build-your-own bowls… • Floral flavors — think rose, hibiscus and other edible flowers showing up as essences or ingredients in desserts, snacks and beverages. • Superfood powders. Matcha, maca root, acai and other nutrient-dense powdered supplements, plus Ayurvedic spices like turmeric. You can put them on and in everything (including cocktails).

• Mushrooms. Mushrooms as mushrooms. Mushrooms as umami flavor boosters. Mushrooms as a meaty texture component. Big mushrooms. Tiny mushrooms. Weird mushrooms. All mushrooms. • Izakaya Japanese food — think ramen, gyoza and beyond. • Middle Eastern culinary influences. Find it in dishes and ingredients like shakshuka, harissa and grilled halloumi cheese. This is a deeper exploration beyond falafel and gyros to encompass foods from Persia, Syria, Morocco and more. • Bubbly beverages, including LaCroix (duh), plus sparkling coffee, mocktails and other creative mineral waters. What shows up on grocery store shelves also tends to show up on menus at restaurants, so we asked a handful of local chefs and beverage experts what we can expect to see when we dine out at their establishments this coming year, from food preparations and ingredients to trends in edibles and cocktails.

Jared Bennett

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• Roasted proteins — At this seasonal hearth-to-table restaurant, executive

chef Jared Bennett plans to continue to focus on the wood-burning fireplace — “where a centuries-old approach meets 21st-century techniques,” he says — to create smoky and roasted entrées including skate wing, pork skirt steak and turkey wings. • Grains and greens — “The fire isn’t only reserved for the meats, of course,” Bennett says. “Also taking center stage are wheat berries, kohlrabi and chayote — greens and grains you might not find at your local grocer or spiced up in such a custom fashion.” • Culinary detritus — He’ll also be incorporating what he refers to as “culinary detritus” in dishes — the “stems, flowers and the odds and ends left behind after the meal prep is done.” 

sustainability of product, but the sustainability of environment and waters.” • Next-level farm-to-table — “We are specifically trying to get 100 percent of our seasonal produce produced by my family’s farm,” Blowers says. “I think we will also see more of ‘the whole farm’ to table, meaning using more of what the farm has to produce in order to give us the obvious center-of-the-plate items.” • Elevated herbal cocktails — “We try to create cocktails that complement our food and share the same seasonal mentality,” Blowers says. “People are becoming increasingly interested in complex cocktail balance and the use of herbs and spices in their mixed drinks.”

Chase Blowers

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Eighth & English, 2038 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, • Sustainable sourcing — “We are hoping to get even closer to ‘dockto-door’ sourcing,” says chef/owner Chase Blowers of the seafood-focused Eighth & English. “Specifically, using fishermen and women and companies that are making conscious decisions and practices that have the oceans’ overall health in mind. Not just the

Ryan Santos

• West Coast vibes — “My inspiration for 2018 will surround the juice bar and health food culture from the West Coast,” says chef/owner Ryan Santos. “There are so many juices and nut milks that embody a lot of rich, well-balanced flavor profiles. … Those work really well for sauces to build fresh flavors, working with ingredients like coconut water kefir, maca root (and) cultured cashew

milk. (They) give a dynamic, unexpected balance.” • Herbal drinks — Santos has been using similar West Coast-style health-food ingredients in Please’s cocktail program. “We’ve already started using golden mylk with a turmeric base and coconut water in our winter cocktails, and the team has also been experimenting with green tea-infusions and kombucha that give an herbaceous edge.” • Low-ABV cocktails and bubbly beverages — “We have been seeing a lot of non-drinkers who are seeking something complex and flavorful, so we are looking for creative inspiration with their restrictions,” Santos says. “This has led us to start to develop a full range of selections including non-alcoholic, naturally fermented sodas and kombuchas with the produce we continue to source locally and regionally. And our new lowABV happy hour, which we started last month, featuring low-alcohol cocktails that lend to a more social experience without the nasty hangover.”

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• Eastern European influence — Although focused on returning Cincinnati to its German roots, owner/chef Jackson Rouse says he has expanded Bauer’s offerings to include fare inspired by Russian, Polish and Hungarian cuisine. “We teamed up with Babushka Pierogies to create our now most popular small plate on the menu: our confit duck, chestnut and caramelized shallot pierogi with plum mustard jus,” he says. “We start by aging whole ducks, slowly cooking them and incorporating staple winter ingredients. The mustard is a labor of love where we ferment plums, blend in our housemade mustard and fi nish with grape must. Then we add a little duck stock and we have a winner.” • Historic German beer — “Another unique trend in this over-stimulated craft beer haven that we have experienced is a call for the ‘originals,’ ” Rouse says. “We shifted our focus from a heavy-handed list of local craft beers to a very heavy European portfolio. To our amazement, we out-sell local beers 3:1. We still have an amazing collection of local love, but have seen our customers really long for the classic, original beers like Weissbier Hell, schwarzbier, rauchbier, and kölsch. With the rise of American craft brewing, a lot of folks have never had the original beer that craft brewers have mimicked.” Looks like some of those food and drink predictions will be catching on here, making for an interesting and edible 2018.

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• Old “dustys” and old-fashioned spirits — “For me, I hate following trends. What excites me the most about this industry and what has always excited me is the history behind the cocktails and the historic cocktails. Some of that is old spirits,” says business owner/mixologist Molly Wellmann. “In the bourbon industry especially, there are a lot of people who are fi nding what are called ‘dusters’ — the old dustys. Sometimes you can fi nd (bottles of whiskey) from before Prohibition. Sometimes you can fi nd things in your grandma and grandpa’s basement in their old bar from the ’60s and ’70s. So there are a lot of people in the industry who are starting to collect these and there’s actually a law that will be passed in Kentucky — it either has passed already or is getting ready to be passed — where you can actually sell this whiskey, which is really good because you haven’t been able to legally in some states.” Wellmann also predicts that people will start making “old cocktails but using the correct spirits, or using the spirits that many of these craft distillers are starting to remake.” That means historic drinks with ingredients like white corn whiskey. • The rise of gin — “People are starting to appreciate gin, thank god,” Wellmann says. “Every time I go to a tasting and I mention that I love gin, I’m seeing a lot more people instead of saying, ‘Oh, I had such a bad time with that in high school,’ they’re starting to open up to it and realize that all gin tastes different. They’re starting to discover these

differences in these different brands of gin. And I’m starting to see bartenders appreciate the different botanical blends that are used in different gin.” • Non-alcoholic cocktails — “Since the beginning, I’ve been very adamant about the fact that you can make a great drink that doesn’t have alcohol in it,” Wellmann says. “Because there are a lot of people who don’t drink. Even people who do drink, sometimes they don’t want to drink. Maybe they’re DD or maybe they have something big in the morning they have to do or they’re pregnant or they’re taking medication, but they still want to hang out with their friends and they still want to have a good time. And they don’t want to drink just a freaking Coca Cola. So I’m so excited to see more and more bartenders take that to heart. And making some really neat, interesting things that are non-alcoholic. Hopefully we’ll start seeing that on every menu — a really good non-alcoholic drink or even a lower-proof alcoholic drink.”





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Old Lang’s Signs On his most recent album, Jonny Lang returns to his raw, guitar-focused Blues Rock roots BY A L A N S C U L L E Y


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fans, he says the shift wasn’t carefully formulated and came about very organically. “I don’t know if re-inspired (is the right word), but I had been listening to a lot of Howlin’ Wolf and Tom Waits, just like that open-room sound, like live in the studio, not too producer-refined stuff,” Lang says. “I was like ‘Man, I think that should be the approach on this next one.’ It just felt like the right way to go. But that was pretty much the only thought that I had or guideline that I had going into it. The style of the songs wasn’t something I tried to guide in that direction. It was more from a production standpoint, the approach I wanted to take.” The raw approach is apparent from the opening chords of “Make It Move,” the first track on Signs, as shards of acoustic guitar chords greet Lang’s pained vocals before the Gospel-ish song takes on more of a Rock edge, setting the stage for the album’s tone. The rest of Signs is infused with elements of Funk and Soul, but the lively production and performances give the Blues and Rock feel more dominance, something heard in the percolating funkiness of “What You’re Made Of” (a tune that evokes memories of Bill Withers’ “Use Me Up” or The Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There”) and the bluesy slow-burner “Wisdom.” The only songs that dial things down a bit are the impassioned ballad

“Bring Me Back Home,” a track recorded in Nashville with producer Josh Kelly, and the acoustic-based “Singing Songs.” The way Signs came together supports the idea that Lang and his collaborators weren’t forcing their creativity or any preconceived ideas on the project, which began when Lang joined his collaborators and co-producers Drew Ramsey and Shannon Sanders for a writing session in Los Angeles. Some of the songs were incomplete ideas Lang had been working on for years, and they also created a few from scratch. After a week, the trio had most of the album written or at least mapped out. Recording was just as quick and seamless. “All of the rhythm guitars, bass and drums and keys were pretty much 100 percent (done in) one to three takes in the studio,” Lang says. “Then we went to Nashville a couple of different times to do vocals and some guitar overdubs, but that was pretty much it.” Lang credits the brisk creative pace to the familiarity and comfort he feels working with Ramsey and Sanders, who also worked on Lang’s previous two albums (Lang also brought in Tommy Sims to coproduce Fight for My Soul). “They’re like family to me in a way,” Lang says. “We just fall into stuff. Music is such an awesome thing when you get a

bunch of people together who aren’t concerned with being the star of the moment, and everybody is just kind of there to create because they love it and have love for each other. The most amazing feelings that I can say I’ve ever had (are) when those things happen. With Drew and Shannon, it’s like that every time we get together.” Since touring behind the new album, Lang has had the chance to see how his new songs — as well as his lyrics — translate to live performances, something that should be fairly effortless considering his touring rhythm section of Barry Alexander on drums and Jim Anton on bass played on Signs and most of the tracking was done with the musicians playing together live in the studio. “We’re doing five or six (new songs) right now at the moment, depending on the night,” Lang says of his set list. “And we want to try to put stuff in from previous records that folks kind of want to hear. So we do about a two-hour show. To fit everything in is a little challenging, to pick the songs. But yeah, we’ve been doing a lot of new stuff.” Jonny Lang plays Taft Theatre Sunday, Jan. 14. Tickets/more info:

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onny Lang says his new album, Signs, is an example of just letting an album be what it wants to be musically and allowing the process to flow naturally. “I don’t know what will come next,” Lang says. “But yeah, this one was just the record that felt right in this season of my life.” Signs is the kind of album that’s likely to please a lot of longtime fans who first heard Lang when he was in his teens and releasing albums like 1997’s Lie To Me and 1998’s Wander This World. With his fiery Blues Rock sound, his accomplished guitar playing and a rough and tumble singing voice that sounded decades older than his actual age, the Fargo, N.D. native was touted as the next Stevie Ray Vaughan. Lang was 15 when he recorded Lie To Me, just two years after his father gave him his first guitar. Released a day before his 16th birthday on major label A&M Records, the guitar prodigy’s first official album (following an independently released debut credited to “Kid Jonny Lang and the Big Band”) went platinum and he instantly became one of the most commercially successful artists in the Blues genre. “I think there are a lot of people who want us to make (the) first record over and over again, but it’s obviously not the way of things,” Lang says. “I think it made some of those folks kind of happy to hear just a more raw approach to the music (on Signs).” The fans Lang mentions probably wondered if they would ever again hear the hard-hitting Blues Rock version of Lang. On 2003’s Long Time Coming, he began to explore Soul and Funk, and its follow-up — the faith-inspired Turn Around, which included a song co-written with Christian music superstar Steven Curtis Chapman and musical contributions from the likes of Michael McDonald, Sam Bush and Buddy Miller — won Lang his first Grammy, not for anything in the Blues categories but for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. In 2013, Lang’s album Fight for My Soul took another step beyond the Blues style originally associated with Lang, showcasing a strong collection of songs that spanned Pop, Rock, Motowninspired Soul and contemporary R&B. While the more guitar-centered sound of Signs might have surprised his many



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Looking back at some of the top albums Blvck Seeds’ 2017 musical accomplishand EPs released by Cincinnati musicians ments were plentiful. Besides regular in 2017, it’s clear that 2018 has its work cut shows, workshops and residencies, the out for it if it wants to best the previous group headed up a spoken-word stage at year. But as several of the area’s biggest artthe massive Ubahn Fest, joined a guestlist ists announce new projects, that prospect on Bootsy Collins’ World Wide Funk album seems more and more likely. that included legends like Chuck D, Doug E. • Cincinnati music veteran Dallas Moore Fresh, Iggy Pop and Stanley Clarke and won has gradually built nationwide attention a Cincinnati Entertainment Award. Blvck and acclaim with his salt-of-the-earth Seeds’ year ended with a feature story on Outlaw/Trad Country sound, earning raves in which Pxvce announced that a from the L.A. Times and No Depression. The debut EP was in the works. Dallas Moore Band was also named 2017’s Get more info on Blvck Seeds at faceOutlaw Group of the Year at the tan Music Awards. Between non-stop live dates (both nationally, locally and in the Austin, Texas area, where he now lives when not in Cincinnati), Moore entered a Nashville studio for a planned EP with producer/ songwriter Dean Miller, the son of the legendary Roger Miller. But the pair’s chemistry and success of the “Mr. Honky Tonk” single turned the EP into a full album project. Mr. Honky Tonk (the album) is slated for release Feb. 23 on Lawrenceburg, Ind. label Sol Records. Dallas Moore Find more details at dalPHOTO: COURTESY OF SOL RECORDS • The solo debut from Foxy Shazam’s dynamic frontman Eric • Cincinnati Funk titan Freekbass has Nally has been teased since his appearbecome internationally renowned among ance on the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ musicians and fellow bassists, releasing 2015 single “Downtown.” That cameo took several instructional DVDs, covering Nally around the world as he toured with bass player magazines and appearing at the Hip Hop duo, but in 2017 the singer conventions. found time to release singles like “Ruby” Besides being a popular touring draw, and “Black,” grand Electronic/R&B-tinged Freekbass’ recording career also continues Pop tracks that offered a peek into his to soar — his most recent full-length, CINforthcoming EP, Madville. CINNATI, came out on the widely respected Nally told the music site Consequence Ropeadope label. He’s currently working on of Sound that Madville is more than just the follow-up, writing and recording with music, though it is the cornerstone of the industry heavyweights/producers Lonnie “story-driven multimedia project.” Each Marshall and Itaal Shur, his former bandsong on the EP will have an accompanying mate in the seminal Cincinnati band Sleep music video and come from the perspecTheatre who went on to acclaim and success tive of a different character, who seem to by writing songs for artists like Maxwell and reflect different aspects of Nally’s own Enrique Iglesias (Shur also co-wrote the persona and personality. Expect the full EP huge Santana/Rob Thomas hit “Smooth”). to be released later this year. For more info, visit For updates, visit • Other Cincinnati acts with recording • Last year was the first full one for Blvck projects set for 2018 include New Moons Seeds, and on so many levels, it was a (whose Blood in the Waves EP just dropped remarkable start for the collective. Calling on Jan. 2), Current Events, Audley, Blvck Seeds a “music group” is insufficient Ampline, Moonbeau, Mira, Wonky Tonk — Siri Imani, Aziza Love, Pxvce and Jessi and Cool Life, a new band featuring memJumanji are also serious community activbers of Honeyspiders and The Skulx (visit ists. The foursome’s artistic output also to check out the video for the extends beyond the parameters of simply group’s debut single, “Waves,” featuring music; the members incorporate not only special guest Eric Nally). wide-ranging musical styles (rooted in Contact Mike Breen: mbreen Soul and Hip Hop), but also various other mediums, including visual art and poetry.


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Arnold’s Bar and Grill — Todd Hepburn. 7 p.m. Blues/Jazz/Various. Free. BrewRiver GastroPub — Old Green Eyes & BBG. 9 p.m. Jazz. Free. The Liberty Inn — Stagger Lee. 7 p.m. Country/ Rock. Free. MOTR Pub — Todd ★ Albright. 9 p.m. Blues. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) — Ray Vietti. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Urban Artifact — Blue Wisp Big Band. 8:30 p.m. Big Band Jazz. $10.


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

MOTR Pub — Steve Hammond with Willow Tree Carolers. 9:30 p.m. Folk/Roots. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) — Brackish Water Jamboree with Adam Lee. 9:30 p.m. Americana. Free. Urban Artifact — In the Pines, Activities and Spooky Dreamland. 8 p.m. Alt/Rock/Various.


Arnold’s Bar and Grill — Chelsea Ford and the Trouble. 9 p.m. Americana. Free.

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse — The Grace Lincoln Band. 8 p.m. R&B/ Soul/Jazz/Pop. Free.

Cincinnatian Hotel — Philip Paul Trio. 7 p.m. Jazz. Free.

MOTR Pub — ★ Joesph. 10 p.m. Indie/Pop/Rock. Free.

Jim and Jack’s on the River — Bourbon Road Band. 9 p.m. Country. Free.

Radisson Cincinnati Riverfront — Basic Truth. 8 p.m. Funk/R&B/ Soul. Free (in The Fifth Lounge). Rick’s Tavern — Whiskey Daze. 10 p.m. Various. $5. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) — The Revival featuring Trippin Roots, Joby and Jordan King. 9 p.m. Roots. $10, $12 day of show. Southgate House ★ Revival (Sanctuary) — International Blues

College Hill Coffee Co. — Rosewood Ivory. 7:30 p.m. Acoustic Rock. Free.

Madison Live — Madison Theater Band Challenge with Carnival of Chaos, Flip The Switch, Freak Mythology, National Barks, Scarlet Street, The Alphas, The Embodies and The Shaun Peace Band. 7 p.m. Various. Cover. MOTR Pub — Jess Lamb with Audley. 10 p.m. Rock/Pop/Soul/Hip Hop/Various. Free.

Northside Tavern — Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke. 8:30 p.m. Various. Free.

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Octave — Ample Parking, Soul Butter, Dead Humor and One Day Steady. 8 p.m. Funk/Rock/Blues/ Various. Cover.

Thompson House — Acoustic Jams with Hannah Hudson and Friends. 8 p.m. Acoustic. $10.

Putters Sports Grill (Maineville) — Basic Truth. 8 p.m. Funk/R&B/ Soul. Free.

Urban Artifact — ★ Faithxtractor, Embalmer, Tombstalker

Rick’s Tavern — RoadTrip. 10 p.m. Rock/Pop/ Various. Cover.

and Verment. 8:30 p.m. Death Metal. $8, $10 day of show. Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant — Rusty Burge and Brad Myers. 9 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).


Arnold’s Bar and Grill — Cincinnati Dancing Pigs. 9 p.m. Americana/Jug band. Free. Bogart’s — Resolution with Elementree Livity Project, See You In the Funnies, Sundae Drives, Jim Trace and

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Thompson House — The Kasket. 8 p.m. Hip Hop. $10. The Underground — Jynks, Origami Handgun, X-Wave and more. 7 p.m. Rock/Various. Cover.

the Eric Bolander Band. 8 p.m. Indie/Folk/Various. Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant — Ron Jones. 9 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum). Westside Venue — OMEB. 8 p.m. Rock/ Various.


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MOTR Pub — Colors in Mind with The Traveling Jam and Light Treasons. 8 p.m. Alt/Rock/Various. Free.

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Stanley’s Pub — Trashgrass Night with members of Rumpke Mountain Boys. 9 p.m. Jamgrass/Bluegrass/ Jamgrass/Various. Cover.

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Madison Live — Madison Theater Band Challenge with Hades In Olympus, Kryst, Mark My Words, Red Samantha, Stranger, The Matildas, Vermont and We Are As Ronin. 7 p.m. Various. $10.

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Boone County Public Library, Main Branch — Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers. 7 p.m. Bluegrass. Free.

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