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Typical Democratic Party Bill Jacobs: Again, you will take the candidate the establishment tells you to take. Haven’ t these people learned anything? Heather York Radank: Not granting Yvette Simpson a requested interview is not cool at all. Noel Prows: Now you know why Trump won Ohio. The (Ohio Democratic Party) is a joke. Clayton Adams: Same people who put forward Ed FitzFerald to try and beat Kasich. Same people who endorsed Strickland for Senator. Joke. Comments posted at Facebook.com/CincinnatiCityBeat in response to Jan. 12 post, “Morning News: Cranley grabs state endorsement”

No Abortions, No Social Safety Net Heather Nelson Stokes: Also how about not supporting these Republicans who like to cut off programs for the kids once they’re born! Seems like people only care about having the child born but after that don’t care at all about the welfare and health of that child. If you really care, stay out of women’s bodies! Comment posted at Facebook.com/CincinnatiCityBeat in response to Jan. 11 post, “New 20-week abortion bans in Ohio raise ire”

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WEDNESDAY JAN. 11

Members of the media flooded into Trump Tower Wednesday to have Donald Trump yell “fake news!” at them for an hour. It was Trump’s first press conference as presidentelect, his first ever since July and probably the first time piss play has been alluded to by a future commander in chief in a room full of reporters. After all, on Tuesday night BuzzFeed published an unverified dossier that alleged Trump is in Russia’s pocket because (essentially) they caught him in a Russian hotel hiring prostitutes to urinate on a bed the Obamas had once slept in. But don’t worry, it’s fine, Donnie T assured us. He’d never do anything like that — because he’s a germaphobe. Now if we can only convince Trump that tweeting can expose a person to the germs of everyone on Twitter… Ben Carson, a little help, doc?

THURSDAY JAN. 12

President Barack Obama (oof, we’re gonna miss that) surprised his best bro with a parting gift Thursday, awarding Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction. And seriously, Obama referred to Biden as “my brother.” Biden was visibly surprised, thinking he was just attending a private farewell gathering. Both men discussed their admiration of the other — their relationship evolving over the years from that of Democratic opponents vying for the nomination in 2008, to running mates, to subjects of bromance fan-fiction. The scene was an emotional example of Barack-n-Biden’s friendship and generally

why so many people love them and are less enthused by their incoming replacements. We’re not crying, you’re crying! (It’s OK, Papa Joe did too.) This gives us an idea for Obama’s post-presidency plans: Host a reality show organizing surprise parties. Biden periodically shows up unannounced to give the toast. It can be called The Party Line!

FRIDAY JAN. 13

The idea of white Brit Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson on TV was problematic enough when it was first announced a year ago. British TV network Sky Arts casted Fiennes for an episode of the series Urban Myths about the rumored cross-country roadtrip that Jackson had taken with Elizabeth Taylor or Marlon Brando when 9/11 shut down the country’s air travel. (This story was widely disputed.) But the image of Fiennes in Neverland Ranch drag seen in the trailer that debuted this week was downright terrifying. Michael’s daughter Paris Jackson spoke for all of us when she tweeted out in opposition of the portrayal. By Friday, Sky Arts announced it would pull the episode in light of Jackson’s family’s concerns, with Fiennes’ full support. It was the luckiest Friday the 13th ever, preventing audiences around the world from having to stare down Fiennes’ scary Silly Putty nose.

SATURDAY JAN. 14

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is retiring its 146-year-old “Greatest Show on Earth” FOR-EV-ER this May, after phasing out its live elephant acts last year. First

SeaWorld’s Shamu shows, now the circus? You’d think people don’t like watching trained wild animals perform in cramped, unnatural quarters or something! Another example of Millennials ruining everything.

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Another day, another dollar South AsianAmerican actor mixup by the press. In a Vox story about the new Netflix series Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, the writer explained that Aziz Ansari played the character Monty. But, oops, wrong brown guy. Monty is played former Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi. Completely different person Aziz Ansari starred in Parks and Recreation, does not appear in Lemony Snicket and is about 20 years younger than Mandvi. After some call-outs on Twitter, Vox updated the story. But since it bears repeating: Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani is not Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar. Harold & Kumar’s Kal Penn is not Lion star Dev Patel. The Mindy Project’s Mindy Kaling is not teenage Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai. Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi is not music artist M.I.A. King of twists M. Night Shyamalan is not former One Directioner Zayn Malik.

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This Monday, the country observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day — wait, what’s that? WTF is Great Americans Day? No, it’s not a day to celebrate the insurance company behind the Reds stadium and Cincinnati’s tiara. It’s a state holiday in Mississippi,

Arkansas and Alabama that serves as a dual b-day celebration for MLK… and REL — Confederate General Robert E. Lee. It would have flown under the internet’s radar if it weren’t for an innocuous post on the city of Biloxi’s social accounts, which prompted echoes of “da fuh?” Biloxi City Council voted unanimously Monday morning to change the holiday back to MLK Day, proving once and for all that roasting someone online can lead to fruitful consequences.

TUESDAY JAN. 17

Do you remember a movie from the 1990s in which comedian Sinbad played a genie? In the latest evidence of a parallel universe since the Berenstein/Berenstain Bears saga of 2015, people who claim to recall this flick have taken to Twitter and Reddit threads to discuss the existence of the film — or lack thereof. Check Sinbad’s IMDb page and it’s clear he never starred as a genie in some live-action Aladdin shit. The movie does not exist. Some people have vivid memories of the movie’s storyline, others remember it being titled Shazam. Of course, those people are probably thinking of 1996 comedy Kazaam, which starred Shaquille O’Neal as a genie. (White people have a very difficult time differentiating any two brown people, OK?) Sinbad himself has chimed in on the topic, claiming after reading the accounts that even he doesn’t know what to believe now. Or maybe he’s just from another dimension and he’s trolling us further... CONTACT T.C. BRITTON: letters@ citybeat.com

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So you were pretty excited, weren’t cha?! All these years, either your dumbass was too rich for Medicaid and too poor to be able to afford insurance, or you were stupid enough to have a pre-existing condition. What an idiot! In 2012, you finally got health insurance. Welp, unfortunately for idiots like you, the Senate and House voted last week to begin drafting a repeal for Obamacare. They also have no plan to replace it, either! LOL! Don’t worry, though. A better life starts right now. Ask me how! Ground Hog’s Day is finally over: Imagine Paul Ryan wearing sunglasses and serenading Mitch McConnell in a Punxsutawney event hall. Depending on the estimate, the GOP and Tea Baggers (remember the Tea Baggers?!) have spent between 20 and 75 million in tax dollars in more than 60 attempts to repeal or cripple the Affordable Care Act. Imagine what other funtastic obstructions Congress will be able to spend your tax dollars on once they finally succeed. Your wealthy friends will have more money: If you’re in the bottom 60 percent of American earners, you will see a decrease in your post-repeal income. However, if you have any friends in the top 1 percent of American earners, they will be getting 2 to 2.5 percent more back in taxes. That’s around $32,000. Probably more than your loser-ass earns a year! Ha! This will make your

friends in the top 1 percent very happy. Perhaps they will even buy you a beer the next time you’re out getting drunk because you can’t afford to pay the fifty grand it’s going to cost to keep your premature baby alive. Is there any substitute for friendship? You’ll improve your social skills: A catastrophic illness or injury doesn’t have to be a time for despair. Hospitals do perform some charity work for “the deserving,” which you are not, so take this opportunity to engage in discourse with the hospital’s social worker and billing department. If you fail at negotiating a realistic price, don’t worry. You will have plenty of time to practice your social skills with collection agencies and/or in bankruptcy court. You’ll use less health care: According to a report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, people who are uninsured use one-half to two-thirds the health

care of those who are insured. The time gained by not going to the doctor will allow you to devote more time to your hobbies such as being really, really careful when doing anything, wondering if your chronic cough is tuberculosis, lung cancer or just bronchitis and researching on the internet how to remove suspicious growths on your skin. No need for death panels!: After avoiding the doctor for so long, it’ll probably be too late to treat your tumor-riddled body, and you’ll shuffle off this mortal coil. This is good news! Lots of good people are dead. Socrates, Gandhi, Prince, Jesus, Maya Angelou, Abraham Lincoln and most people from the 19th century are all dead. Nothing to be ashamed of. This is great company here. Bon voyage, former human! ­ — JEFF BEYER


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that we should be doing better than we are, which led to counter-productive elections, counter-productive trade policies.” Moreover, “We’ve gotten ourselves convinced that ideas don’t matter anymore, that all the big ideas have left the framework, which is just not the case. The idea, for example, that truth doesn’t matter, the whole post-factual business that we’re now getting used to. That’s actually a fascist idea for the 1920s and 1930s, that one should have faith in individuals, one can ignore the facts. … Those are the kinds of ideas which allow regimes to change.” Host Rehm asked if Trump “falls into the category of behaving with fascist beliefs.” Snyder responded, “I find it very hard to know what the man actually believes. … The way fascism works is to deny the importance of consistency, right? And Mr. Trump is someone who has generally taken both sides of every position.” Snyder said “one clue is who he likes abroad” and “one could consider the fact that Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin have been carrying out for the past half decade a resuscitation of far-right-wing and indeed sometimes fascist traditions, and have been supporting with propaganda and with money much of the European far right.” Speaking of Trump rallies, Snyder said, “There are some patterns which are quite familiar to those of us who have watched the films or read the transcripts of rallies from the 1920s and 1930s. The first is the total hostility to facts, right? That you just most of the time say things that aren’t true. “The second is the kind of shamanistic incantation, which in Trump’s case was, ‘build that wall’ and ‘lock her up.’ Things which are criminal, things which we know are not actually going to happen, but which establish a kind of mystical relationship between the crowd and the person. “The third is magical thinking. You know, the constant promise at the rallies that we’re going to simultaneously cut taxes, pay off the national debt, increase spending on domestic policy and on defense. “We all know that this is impossible, right? But we embrace it. And then, finally, the final element, which is very similar to interwar fascist rallies, would be the misplaced faith. “Where Trump says things like ‘I alone can solve this’ or ‘I am your voice,’ which can lead people to confuse their faith in the leader with truth or can lead people to

abandon their own claim to individually discern what’s actually going on. That’s very similar and that’s alarming.” Fascism is tangential to my personal experience. By the time I was born, 1930s American infatuation with dictators and fascism was waning. As a teenager, I knew men who fought European fascists in the Spanish Civil War and American Silver Shirt fascists in the streets of this country. When I lived in Italy in the early 1960s, I couldn’t avoid or ignore the unapologetically neo-fascist MSI (Movimento Sociale Italiano). MSI was a sometimes-violent party in search of glory that Mussolini promised when he created fascismo after World War I.

“Xenophobic, authoritarian nationalist parties are rising at the expense of more liberal governments.” Lest we forget, fascism was Italy’s gift to the world. It influenced Hitler and less genocidal authoritarian leaders before and since World War II. Italians nurture selective memories of fascism. Last year, we saw a shop in Rome selling modern cast metal toy soldier images of Hitler and Mussolini in their prewar glory. Both dictators are dead, but fascism’s progeny are coming to power by the ballot box as they did before World War II. Whether what journalists call “right wing populism” will follow the fascist trajectory in Britain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and other European countries is uncertain. However, xenophobic, authoritarian nationalist parties are rising at the expense of more liberal governments. Even Russia, which lost tens of millions to the Germans and their fascist allies, isn’t immune to fascism’s allure under Putin today. In our country, the challenge for national news media will be to shake off traditional deference to whomever is in the White House and find the courage to rebuff partisan attacks on their reporting and motives. Journalists could do worse than refer to Snyder’s insights on fascism as they assess and report on Trump, his family, appointees and administration policies and actions. CONTACT BEN L. KAUFMAN: letters@citybeat.com

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Calling someone a “Nazi” or “racist” usually precludes further conversation. Not so, “fascist.” What passes for political debate has become so debased that “fascist” has entered our mainstream reporting. Inauguration isn’t going to stop it. Leftists call conservatives “fascists.” Conservatives call liberals “fascists.” That suggests that Americans only know that “fascist” a foreign word that means “bad.” Sort of like “Commie” in an earlier generation. Recent examples of this Trump=Fascist meme include a New York Times full-page by refusefascism.org. In huge type, the ad starts, “NO!” Then it says, “In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist America.” After a wide-ranging description of Donald Trump policies and promises, the ad closes with, “Stop the Trump/Pence regime before it starts!” From what I read and hear, reporters rarely ask speakers what they mean by “fascist” other than disapproval. Maybe that’s why critics go unchallenged when they damn Trump’s strongman posturing, promises and bullying provocations as “fascist.” To a degree, it’s also guilt by association with some of Trump’s more distasteful supporters. Hating minorities while loving an omnipotent leader with fantasies of greatness are popular features of fascism. If reporters need a guide to distinguish the “fascist” epithet from action, Timothy Snyder, a Yale history professor, recently offered one on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show. From its origin after World War I, “Fascism was a reaction against globalization. It was the claim that one should put one’s own country and one’s own people first. Fascism put a face on globalization. It said that globalization wasn’t just a matter of rules or challenges, but of specific enemies, usually ethnic enemies, often arrayed in some kind of a conspiracy. “Fascism said we shouldn’t try to understand the world with a reason, but instead rely on faith — not faith in God, but faith in a particular leader. So fascism put emotions ahead of thoughts. It put will ahead of reasonability.” After 1918, “Fascists (and) their followers by way of elections or other means, were able to overturn democracies throughout Central and Eastern Europe. And we see something like a similar pattern emerging now.” Snyder identified key elements in the rise of fascism, including “obvious inequality as a result of this thing that we now call globalization. … There was a Great Depression, there was trade war, there was the experience at both the local and the national level


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would be around $400,00 a year, though fees against landlords could make that cost budget-neutral. The idea has some big-name backers from across the political spectrum, including Hamilton County Commissioner Chris Monzel, newly elected Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval and a number of Cincinnati City Council members. “It’s not that people don’t want to do the right thing,” Councilman Kevin Flynn, a supporter of the court, said at a Council committee meeting on the idea last month. “It’s not that neighborhoods don’t care. It’s not that judges don’t want to care. But when you have a judge who is dealing with a felonious assault or a murder or a rape in the morning, and then they’re faced with numerous housing violations in the afternoon, it just doesn’t get that same level of attention.” The proposed new court could catch problems with landlords like PF Holdings earlier by automatically taking on code violation and other housing complaints and by being able to consider the full scope of a landlord’s properties and activities. The court would also have the power to compel landlords to make repairs, give status updates and hold them in contempt if they fail to show up or take action.

The Alms apartments in Walnut Hills were placed in receivership last year for severely substandard living conditions. Similar courts in places like Cleveland and Columbus have seen some success. Cleveland’s court has issued more than $157 million in sanctions against negligent landlords, according to a recent presentation before Council by Cincinnati City Solicitor Paula Boggs Muething. That court also takes the city’s eviction cases, something Hamilton County’s court would do only in a limited, secondary way. But will the court help prevent other low-income tenants from enduring conditions like those found at The Alms or Burton Apartments, where a roof collapsed last year? Yes, but it will also take other efforts, tenant advocates who support the idea say. “This is the first time we’ve really seen some momentum” toward the dedicated housing court, Greater Cincinnati Legal Aid Society’s Stephanie Moes says. “It’s not the magic pill or silver bullet, but we do think having one place with one judge who is knowledgeable about housing issues is really crucial.” Over the past few years, much of the work of pushing for improvements in the buildings has fallen to the residents themselves, organized into tenant associations

with the help of groups like Legal Aid and the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition. At a recent meeting in the Alms’ community room, a handful of residents met with representatives from Milhaus Properties, the company that took over running The Alms by order of Hamilton County Judge Beth Myers last February. Milhaus took over The Alms and four other buildings housing more than 1,000 residents in Walnut Hills, Avondale and Westwood once owned by PF Holdings, which racked up more than 1,800 housing code violations in those buildings. Milhaus has made some changes — beefing up private security at The Alms and interspersing it with Cincinnati Police Department patrols during peak hours, replacing security cameras, making emergency fixes and lining up long-term plans for more extensive repairs. “We are starting interior repairs here at The Alms,” says Therese Cochran, a regional director with Milhaus. “We’ll probably start with vacant units first and then move on to occupied ones.” CONTINUES ON PAGE 11

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or 42 years, Albert Hawkins has lived in the Alms apartment building in Walnut Hills, watching it deteriorate. “This was really a nice place,” he says of the former hotel built in 1929. From the building’s half-lit community room, he points to the spot outside a set of side doors where a pool once stood, complete with beach lamps and umbrellas on the patio. “It was for working people, but it was really beautiful, wasn’t falling down,” he says. “It’s changed hands so many times, I don’t ever get to meet the people who own it.” The deterioration Hawkins and other residents of The Alms have witnessed took place over decades but reached an intense nadir under the ownership of a New Jersey company called PF Holdings LLC, which until recently owned and managed several buildings across the city. Now, as a court-appointed management company works to make those buildings safe and habitable again, Cincinnati and Hamilton County officials are pushing for a new court that could intervene earlier in cases where negligent landlords let vital affordable housing crumble. Tenants in PF Holdings buildings like The Alms were plagued by roaches and bedbugs. Each of the buildings faced structural deterioration, roof leaks, lack of heat and other mechanical issues, plus accusations of intimidation by building management against tenants who complained. Last February, a judge ordered five buildings owned by PF Holdings, including The Alms, placed in receivership. That means the money from federal housing programs that was flowing into the landlord’s bank account will now go to court-appointed management company Milhaus Properties. Officials hope the proposed new court, dovetailed with other efforts, could prevent tenants from suffering extreme conditions in the future. The intensity of that work illustrates the complexity of maintaining decent affordable housing in Cincinnati and the expense and time needed to make things right when a building is neglected for so long. A dedicated, full-time housing court for Hamilton County has been more than a decade in the making. Currently, Hamilton County Judge Brad Greenberg presides over a housing docket once a week. But the new court, part of the court of common pleas, would have broader jurisdiction and more focus to take on the complex problems associated with housing. The cost


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Tensing Trial Gets New Prosecutors Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing will face two different prosecutors when his retrial begins in May. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has withdrawn himself and Assistant Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier from the case. Instead, Hamilton County assistant prosecutors Stacey DeGraffenreid and Seth Tieger will try Tensing, who is standing trial on murder and manslaughter charges. Deters has said that he will also be trying a resentencing case for convicted serial killer Anthony Kirkland during the time the DuBose retrial occurs. “It would be impossible for me to adequately prepare for both cases,” Deters told The Cincinnati Enquirer Jan. 13. “Even though one or both of these cases may be reset, it is important that both of these serious cases have prosecution teams who can devote the time needed to prepare. … Seth and Stacey will bring a fresh set of eyes to the case and will have the time necessary to prepare for the retrial.” Tensing is charged in the shooting death of unarmed black motorist Samuel DuBose during a routine traffic stop in Mount Auburn on July 19, 2015. An earlier trial this fall ended in a mistrial after jurors could not agree on a verdict. (Nick Swartsell)

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City Makes Move to Buy King Records Building Cincinnati City Council on Jan. 17 took a step toward saving the embattled former King Records site in Evanston. Council’s Budget and Finance Committee unanimously passed a resolution that would allow the city to use eminent domain to purchase the building. The measure, which could get final approval from Council as soon as Jan. 19, comes as the building’s owner, Dynamic Industries, has a demolition request on the property. “This is not a clear-cut case,” said Councilman Chris Seelbach, who said any attempt to use eminent domain would have to survive a court battle. “We’re doing what we can to save the building.” In 2015, the city declared the site a historic landmark. The building has also been recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and bears a plaque from the museum. “Hopefully, the owner will change his mind and withdraw this newest demolition effort and also accept the city’s offer to purchase the building,” Mayor John Cranley said in a statement. A number of groups have been working with the city to try and save the site of the historic recording company, which was one of the first integrated workplaces in the

country as well as the home of a number of nationally known recording artists and hit records between 1943 and 1971. Measures honoring three King Records musicians — Philip Paul, Otis Williams and Bootsy Collins — with street names in Evanston introduced by Councilwoman Yvette Simpson also passed the committee. “King Records was quite unusual. Not because of the music, but because of the makeup of the workforce,” said Paul, a legendary King musician. “It was like the United Nations.” Community leaders in Evanston say plans for a museum and educational facility on the site will give a big boost to the neighborhood. “This is a big one,” said Evanston Community Council president Anzora Adkins. “We really would like to see this soon.” (NS)

Sanctuary Movement Grows in Cincinnati Local faith leaders are signing on to a movement that seeks to provide legal protection, shelter and other aid for undocumented immigrants. The movement comes as president-elect Donald Trump has promised waves of mass deportations of undocumented immigrants. Organizers with the Amos Project were scheduled to announce Jan. 18 at least six faith congregations ready to become sanctuary sites— those willing to host undocumented people in their buildings — or solidarity congregations willing to provide other kinds of support. Clifton Mosque, Temple Sholom, University Christian Church, Clifton United Methodist Church, Christ Church Cathedral and the Church of Our Savior, among others, have all agreed to become part of that movement. Temple Sholom’s Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp, who is president of the Amos Project, says her synagogue felt called to the movement by a sense of responsibility and of history. “As a Jew, I have a unique connection to sanctuary project,” Terlinchamp says. “There were people in every generation who have helped us. Now, people are vulnerable and this is something tangible we can do.” Temple Sholom will be a solidarity congregation since it doesn’t have housing facilities. Other faith organizations have signed on to become sanctuary sites and are preparing to modify their buildings to handle residents. Organizers with the movement say other congregations are working through their organizations’ decision-making processes and look likely to sign on in the coming weeks. The project kicked off last month with a meeting at Clifton Mosque where more than 150 representatives from dozens of faith congregations gathered to learn more about protecting undocumented people. (NS)


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That work should start in February, after two other former PF Holdings buildings on the West Side that are in danger of losing their HUD certification are stabilized. Meanwhile, there are still problems. Some tenants continue to struggle with roaches. There are water leaks. Heat in some of the units is intermittent, weak or non-existent. “When Therese says it’s an emergency, it really is, and they’re going to treat it that way,” Legal Aid’s Virginia Tallent told tenants at the meeting about problems they were reporting. “And if they don’t, I want to know about it.” Even as Milhaus works to shore up The Alms, uncertainty around the building’s future is a stark illustration of what’s at stake when a landlord neglects property. A bank holding the mortgage on the building has filed foreclosure proceedings, and The Alms could end up sold through a sheriff’s auction. “This is actually a really critical time in the case,” Tallent said at the tenants’ meeting. “It’s critical from Legal Aid’s perspective that the properties end up with better ownership and management than they had in the past, and that the properties continue to be affordable housing and don’t get closed down or get turned into market-rate housing.”

Another proposal currently in its early phases could work with the housing court to make it easier to keep things from escalating to the point that buildings like The Alms have reached. Legal Aid and community groups like Santa Maria Community Services and LISC have begun discussing the creation of preventative rental inspection programs, which would look to head off problems before they get severe. Those inspection programs might be piloted in neighborhoods like Avondale and Price Hill. “I think a rental inspection program that puts code enforcement out there earlier would go hand in hand with the court in getting to these properties before they’re really bad,” says Moes, who stresses the idea is in its early phases. The full-time housing court itself is moving ahead in the meantime. City and county officials have already met with the Ohio Supreme Court, which would need to approve the creation of the dedicated court. The hope is that the high court signs off on the idea by February, clearing the way for the Ohio General Assembly to pass legislation officially creating the new court in the spring. If all that happens, according to City Solicitor Muething, the new court could be up and running by September or October. ©

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Bonding over a Blizzard Thunder-Sky exhibit recalls the winter of ’78 — stories of resilience, community and fun BY K ATHY SCHWART Z

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It’s a simple enough explanation for the creative response to a simplesounding show — Thunder-Snow: Artists Remember the Blizzard of 1978. Yes, the Northside gallery’s exhibit includes some pretty paintings of winter wonderlands. But there’s much more that is unexpected. Banner’s observation — made the day after this past Christmas, when the temperature climbed to a record 71 degrees — hits on something as deep as the storm’s historic drifts. A paralyzing blizzard is a community-builder and equalizer, and perhaps we need another one to blow through in these divisive and isolating times. Many of the exhibition’s 30 or so artists aren’t wishing for the heavy precipitation they remember from childhood so much as they are longing for the peacefulness and sense of purpose that came with it. Banner and co-founder Bill Ross asked Thunder-Snow contributors — many of them friends from their days at Indianapolis’ Herron School of Art and Design — to include narratives with their artworks. They received sentimental memories of digging tunnels, sledding all day and curling up in quilts. But others responded with gut-wrenching accounts about death, abuse, poverty and not fitting in.

Thinking about a fresh blanket of white is like looking at one of the bulldozed sites drawn by the late outsider artist Raymond Thunder-Sky, a downtown icon and the gallery’s namesake. The “construction clown” was constantly tearing away the past and rebuilding a better future in his artworks. Likewise, snow is a clean slate for processing memories of a brutal and beautiful January nearly four decades ago, plus everything since then. Some of the most powerful recollections in Thunder-Snow come from Ross, who initially doubted that blizzard stories could be the basis for a strong, diverse show. A year ago, Ross wasn’t planning an exhibit but a dinner. He and Sharon Butler of O’Bryonville’s BonBonerie bakery/café were looking out on another mild January day and feeling wistful for the snowy winters of their youth. Butler suggested hosting a “memory dinner” centered on the inventive meals families made while housebound in 1978. “Then it snowballed,” Banner says. He calls the show the little engine that could. Banner’s press release describes Thunder-Snow as a multimedia exercise in aesthetic cabin fever. Butler’s celebratory dinner is taking place at the gallery on Jan. 27, and she has installed a kitchen bulletin board in the exhibit to solicit dish ideas. “You make food from what’s left. You make art from what’s left,” Banner says. Ross masters that theme. In a stark four-piece series on wood, he turns to swaths of deep gray paint and black marker to pour out his memories

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C L O C K W I S E F R O M T O P L E F T : “ N e w g r e e n w i n t e r o v e r a l l s ,” b i l l r o s s // “ b l i z z a r d f o o d m e m o r i e s ,” s h a r o n b u t l e r // d r aw i n g , j e s s e s p e i g h t // “ t h e r e ’ s p e a c e e v e n i n t h e s t o r m ,” a s h l e y c o u t s // “ Sn o w y s t o r e f r o n t s ,” m a r k n e e ly

“I think there’s just a nostalgia for snow,” Thunder-Sky, Inc. co-founder Keith Banner says.


of a childhood friend in a small Indiana town. The two quiet boys were mirror versions of each another. They looked alike, had gruff fathers and even had sisters with the same name, just spelled differently. Then, late one afternoon during the long dig from the blizzard, that mirror shattered. Ross’ friend couldn’t be found. Ross was present when the body was discovered in a hayloft, a rope around his neck. His death was ruled an accident. For awhile afterward, Ross’ dad treated his own family with more kindness. But then the snow melted and the cruelty returned. His dad shot one of the family dogs that following summer. In the final panel, Ross has painted a somber, snowy scene of footprints leading to a barn that’s since been leveled. “January is not a good month for me,” Ross says. “You ask how you survive that, and you just do.” The exhibit is a celebration of all stories of resilience, from the seemingly trivial to the outright tragic. There’s something pure here, Banner says, even if it’s sometimes a feeling rather than a fact. The facts from the Blizzard of 1978 are mind-blowing. The storm struck the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes regions from Jan. 25-27, with up to 40 inches of snow in some areas. Gusts up to 100 mph created 20-foot drifts. Seventy deaths were blamed on the blizzard — 51 in Ohio.

Blizzard Diary BY K ATHY SCHWART Z

When the Blizzard of 1978 hit, I was about to turn 13 and living in New Bremen, Ohio, with my 82-year-old grandmother, Re. New Bremen is some 100 miles north of Cincinnati, in Auglaize County. It’s a flat, rural community where residents scoff at the thought of an inch of snow closing school. The nearly 3,000 people living there represent the latest generations of hardy German stock. Fast food restaurants now glow where farmhouses once stood on the edge of town. But the center of the 185-year-old village seems frozen in time. And my memories of that winter are well preserved, too. I started a diary in 1978. A budding journalist, I likely requested the journal for Christmas to record the transition to my teen years, which would arrive Feb. 2. So as the blizzard took hold, I hunkered down in our Victorian home in town and, in a stream of consciousness, documented the really important things — such as not being able to watch television, see my crush or call my best friend, Debra, who lived on a farm about a mile away. Edited for space, but not style, with annotations in italics: Jan. 25 School delayed – then cancelled. When I called Deb to tell her, she said it’s getting bad out there. 9:30 A.M. – Snow + little fog. Jan. 26 No School. A REAL BLIZZARD. TRIED TO GET DEB – LINES DOWN. Jan. 27 No School. … A boring day. Ohio is a disaster area. Went to IGA by tobogan with Kendra, Jeff + Cherie (next-door neighbors). T.V. out. Found out Deenie (another neighbor, whose 68th birthday was that day) has gall bladder trouble. Can’t get to Hosp. Flip (her husband) doesn’t think she’ll live. (Frowny face.) Big drifts. Haven’t talked to Deb yet. But her dad called her aunt, + her aunt called us. He called from neighbors. Jan. 28 Went to IGA. Took sled along. They had no bread. T.V. back – then out. Had drive cleaned. Boring day. Deenie better. … Haven’t rapped with Deb yet. Can watch Ch. 7 on T.V. tho’ (on my grandmother’s black-and-white set). Thank goodness.

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In Cincinnati, 6.9 inches of snow fell during those three days, but it accumulated on top of at least 14 inches of existing snow. The blizzard came a year after another crippling winter in which the Ohio River froze for six days, then again for nine. For all of January 1978, the city saw 31.5 inches of snow — the highest monthly total since recordkeeping began in 1870. On Jan. 26, the barometric pressure dropped to a record 28.81 inches — the type of reading associated with a hurricane. The wind chill that day reached 52 below zero. Jesse Speight’s pencil drawings of people bracing themselves against that bitter cold are rendered with cheek-stinging realism. Today, he thinks about how hardship makes him feel grateful inside. “Most of us are coping with our own personal blizzards,” the Indianapolis artist writes, “but we can help each other dig out and move on.” Ashley Couts, another Indiana artist, coped with the actual blizzard as a single mother in 1978, and she is using a flashback from it to work through a personal blizzard now. “I remember most the light glinting against the snow,” she says in an email interview. “It was a cold, white light that blurred everything and blotted out the sky.” Couts intended to make a portrait from a family snapshot taken around that time. But while she worked on the piece this fall, her daughter died. “I could no longer paint my frozen-in-time family,” she writes in her narrative for the show. Instead, she submitted a swirling blue-white abstract that is at once calming and cataclysmic. “In the end, it seemed beautiful and that gave me hope,” Couts says. “That is the best we can ask for after a storm, I suppose.”

(I’m sure Re and I had enough food on hand. But as the snow abated, I had a sense of adventure — not to mention cabin fever — and wanted to head the three or four blocks to the grocery nonetheless. I remember I bought flashlight batteries on that first trip. We didn’t need them, but I figured since I came all that way I should buy something.) Jan. 29 New Bremen is a snow emergency area. Keep off roads. … Jan (a former neighbor whose son I had a crush on) said she’d come over and shovel. Re said no. I guess Re’s right, but I could have seen Kevin. … T.V. back. Watched Superstars (a sports show). Was outside a little while. B-R-R-R!!! … 8:30 p.m. – heard there isn’t any school tomorrow! Jan. 30 No School. Talked to Debra. 1st she called from her grandma’s, then from her house. No School tomorrow! Debra didn’t have anything interesting to say. Well, what do you remember after 4 days? Sparky Anderson on Bob Braun Show. Jan. 31 No school. Got 5 cards today. … 1st day of mail since blizzard. … Talked to Debra. I wonder if Kevin will come here on my birthday. Feb. 1

Deb came over after school. (Yes, school resumed just before my birthday.)

Feb. 2

Happy birthday to me! … Kev came over. … Groundhog saw his shadow! 6 more wks of winter!

Editor’s note: The punctuation and style for these diary excerpts have been published as written in 1978. The ellipses denote skipping a portion of the diary passage.


Smiles come more easily when reading about the teenage tribulations of Cincinnati artists Jeff Casto and Pam Kravetz. Casto’s country-themed collage of found objects is titled “ ’OLINE 78.” That’s short for the gasoline that ended up in his stomach when he got overzealous while siphoning fuel for a plow at his West Virginia childhood home. With no way to get to a hospital, his mom calmly told him to drink a lot of milk. “I was eventually well,” Casto writes in his narrative, “but must of burped gasoline well into late March.” Kravetz dresses up a stuffed toy rabbit and declares she “ain’t no snow bunny” in a mashup of wintertime memories that include having to walk three miles in “1,000 feet of snow” because she missed the bus when classes dismissed early. Possibly worse than suffering frostbite through her gym shoes, Kravetz also missed out on the doughnuts that her older sister bought when she drove to school. And that memory brings Thunder-Snow back to its food origins. Sharon Butler’s installation includes meal-starter suggestions like Vienna sausages, maraschino cherries, pickles and Ragú — the kind of pantry items left after being snowbound for a week. The memory dinner she’s planning is an extension of the unsupervised, slightly dangerous winter fun that she recalls from her childhood in Finneytown and her resourcefulness as a young adult living in Clifton during the blizzard. In a phone interview, she recalls trudging to the IGA on Ludlow Avenue in the snow. “Everybody felt so good that they were out in this wonderful world where nothing was normal,” she says. “The nostalgia for this necessity is kind of weird, but it really mattered,” Butler says. “It wasn’t scary — it was part of being alive.” THUNDER-SNOW continues through Feb. 4 at Thunder-Sky, Inc., 4573 Hamilton Ave., Northside. Blizzard memory dinner 6-10 p.m. Jan. 27. Free. More info: raymondthundersky.org.

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In addition to exploring personal blizzards, some contributors address the personal bubbles that keep us from reaching out and offering hope. A “Thunder-Snow-Globe” from local artist Robert McFate sits front-andcenter on a pedestal as a statement piece for the show. Created from a fast food container, it speaks to the make-do, can-do spirit of a survivor. But it also symbolizes the insular worlds in which we live — getting in our cars, driving to the takeout window, not interacting. “A globe’s purpose and full existence remains unrealized till shaken by another,” McFate says. Steve Paddack’s small paintings subtly link the show’s extremes of hopelessness and humor. The first work is kind of a pun — a double-covered bridge. The rooftop layer of snow is taller than the structure itself. The second, titled “The Great Blizzard Listener,” shows a similar scene, but with what looks like an old-fashioned hearing tube wrapped around a barn. The Indianapolis artist had completed the first painting and was working on the other when a friend passed away. He finished the second piece, but it didn’t “sit well” with him. “It felt like I was mixing two metaphors kind of uncomfortably — this tall-tale humor of an exaggerated snowfall with this disquieting intrusion of something else,” he says. Paddack eventually realized he had to, in effect, listen to the silence of the snow and pause to accept the loss of his fun-loving friend.


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MUSIC: Incendiary Bluegrass/Folk/ Rockabilly trio THE DEVIL MAKES THREE plays the 20th Century Theater. See interview on page 30.

DANCE: ALICE Experimental theater troupe InBocca Performance adds a bit of a twist to this original theatrical retelling of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Ten years after Alice fell down the rabbit hole, her older sister has her committed to an asylum, where she’s being treated for hallucinations. Here, under the control of a villainous doctor, she must decide whether remembering Wonderland is worth surrendering her freedom and her sanity. Watch as the troupe unravels this creative script through contemporary dance and music. Appropriate for most ages. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. $16 adults; $11 students. The Mockbee, 2260 Central Parkway, West End, inboccaperformance. com. — MAIJA ZUMMO

THURSDAY 19

COMEDY: TAMMY PESCATELLI Comedian Tammy Pescatelli, a Cleveland native who headlines clubs and theaters across the country, stays close to her Midwestern roots but doesn’t wear them on her sleeve. “In the words of Madonna,” she says, “I don’t compromise my artistic integrity. The audience will find you. I will talk about local things if I know about them. There’s no way I could go to Ohio and not talk about the Browns, Indians, Buckeyes and Bengals.”

WEDNESDAY 18

ART: PAUL NICKLEN AND CRISTINA MITTERMEIER FOR SEA LEGACY AT MILLER GALLERY Art supports science at the Miller Gallery as National Geographic contributors Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier present largescale photos of marine environments in support of Sea Legacy. The nonprofit, which they co-founded, is a collaboration of photographers, filmmakers and storytellers working to protect ocean ecosystems affected by climate change. Mittermeier takes pictures of indigenous cultures that depend on the sea for their livelihoods; Nicklen focuses on polar regions. Both are also biologists and will be talking about the issues behind their images. Conservation is a puzzle, Mittermeier says in a press release, and pictures are the pieces that open communication. “In the absence of that, for me, photography means nothing,” she says. Opening reception and lecture 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Through Feb. 18. Free. Miller Gallery, 2715 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, millergallery.com. — KATHY SCHWARTZ

She first gained national attention on the second season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and has since produced a reality show for WE tv called Stand-Up Mother based on her experiences as a wife, mother and comedian. Thursday-Sunday. $20. Liberty Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township, liberty.funnybone.com. — P.F. WILSON

FRIDAY 20

DANCE: Chicago-based dance company The Seldoms performs POWER GOES, an interpretation of the policies of Lyndon B. Johnson, at the Aronoff Center. See feature on page 22.

ONSTAGE: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s effort to stage all eight of Shakespeare’s history plays in order continues

with HENRY VI: THE WARS OF THE ROSES PART 2. See Curtain Call on page 21. MUSIC: Country duo BROTHERS OSBORNE plays Bogart’s. See Sound Advice on page 32. EVENT: CCM’S MOVEABLE FEAST The University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music’s annual Moveable Feast banquet and benefit offers guests a chance to experience a smorgasbord of talent from CCM students in a variety of genres — from Jazz and musical theater to piano, opera, acting, orchestra and more. Pick and choose performances, which take place throughout CCM Village, and enjoy dinner-by-the-bite and light refreshments. This year, special guest and CCM alumna Christine Altomare

— Anya from the upcoming Broadway production of Anastasia — will be on hand to perform the Oscar-nominated “Journey to the Past” with the CCM Philharmonia as a prelude to the celebration. 6:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets start at $50. University of Cincinnati, 2600 Clifton Ave., Clifton, ccm.uc.edu. — CHRISTINA DROBNEY

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ART: The multimedia THUNDER-SNOW exhibit at Thunder-Sky, Inc. commemorates the Blizzard of 1978. See cover story on page 12. MUSIC: Rock quintet LUXDELUXE plays MOTR Pub. See Sound Advice on page 32. CONTINUES ON PAGE 18

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COMEDY: WHAT A JOKE: CINCINNATI Before we roll out the red gold carpet for our new leader, we should all have a final laugh before reality really sets in. If your Election Night viewing party was just as existentially disparaging as most, invite that same group of friends to What A Joke: Cincinnati. Let’s all get together and laugh at the fact that a celebrity who is now our president-elect said celebrities shouldn’t get involved in politics and that Russia has “salacious” sexy blackmail to release if he ever gets out of line. The nationwide comedy fest takes place Inauguration Weekend throughout dozens of American cities — including Cincinnati — and Oxford, England. Each show features local comics (the show at Woodward Theater is hosted by Mark Chalifoux and Karl Spaeth) and proceeds go directly to the American Civil Liberties Union. Read an interview with New York-based founders Emily Winter and Jenn Welch on page 23. 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday. $10 at the door. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-The-Rhine, whatajokefest.com. — MONROE TROMBLY


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ART: NOT GUERNICA 2017 AT DICK WALLER’S ART PLACE On the night of the presidential inauguration, Dick Waller’s Art Place will host artist couple Rick and Leslie Wolf (of the Cincinnati-based artistic tile and design team Wolf Custom Tile) in a community-driven event for their large-scale mural, Not Guernica 2017. The Wolfs have created a seven-by-16-foot mural based on Picasso’s infamous political response to the Spanish Civil War. In an effort to offer a “collective community statement for this moment,” they are inviting visitors to join in illustrating a block to be added to the piece. Artists in Washington D.C., Seattle and San Francisco have also contributed to the piece, building connection with Cincinnatians as a national response to the results of the 2016 election. 7-10 p.m. Friday. Free. Dick Waller’s Art Place, 130 W. Court St., Downtown, 513-281-7726, dickwaller.com. — MARIA SEDA-REEDER

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MUSIC: British singer/songwriter FRANK TURNER plays Bogart’s. See Sound Advice on page 33. ATTRACTION: BLOOMS ON THE BAYOU AT KROHN The gray of winter gives way to splashes of color at the Krohn Conservatory thanks to Blooms on the Bayou, a spring exhibit channeling the swampy splendor of Louisiana. Traverse a boardwalk encircled by bog lilies, Spanish moss and bald cypress trees, leading to an eerie river shack and traditional New Orleans courtyard complete with Dixieland Jazz. Glittering beads dangle from Magnolia trees surrounded by camellias, tulips, hyacinths and ferns. Through March 12. $4 adults; $2 kids 5-17; free children 4 and under. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiparks.com. — EMILY BEGLEY EVENT: CIDERFEST Branch out a bit from Angry Orchard and Woodchuck this weekend and experience some small-scale locally brewed cider at Christian Moerlein’s inaugural Ciderfest. Over-The-Rhine Cider Co., a division of

Christian Moerlein, has enlisted the help of establishments such as Firehouse Grill, AmerAsia, Hotel Covington, MOTR Pub, Craft Pointe and more to create their very own limited-edition variations of “infused hard cider.” Each concoction uses Moerlein’s two hard ciders, Original and Crisp, and infuses flavors like ginger (Firehouse Grill), cherry/clove (MOTR) and cinnamon/ nutmeg (Craft Pointe) into each brew. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission; $10 for five samples. Christian Moerlein Malt House Taproom, 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/christianmoerlein. — MONROE TROMBLY EVENT: CINCINNATI SISTER MARCH Did the fact that America elected a president who once boasted about his pussy-grabbing powers leave you feeling a little uneasy? Are you concerned about the future of basic human rights after the incoming vice president vocalized that he believes gay couples indicate the “deterioration of marriage and family” and thereby “societal collapse”? You are not alone. Join arms with likeminded people at Cincinnati’s Sister March, which coincides with the national Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. The local march


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Get to the Core of It with Pendleton Pilates

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What challenges hold people back from being more engaged in Pilates? Being unfamiliar with the purpose of Pilates and its benefits; fear of not being “fit enough” or having enough experience to start Pilates; cost. How would engaging with Pendleton Pilates help folks achieve their Resolutions goal? Pilates can be a way to stay fit on its own or a part of a broader fitness regimen. Pilates builds strength and flexibility, improves balance and alignment, helps with focus and the mind/ body connection and ultimately improves posture, thus helping to prevent and recover from injury. It helps you do whatever you do better. Pilates is appropriate for most ages and fitness levels because it meets you where you are; it’s intelligent exercise with serious results. Tell us about someone who benefitted from making Pilates a bigger part of their life. We work with everyone from professional athletes to people who are just starting a fitness program. We’ve had many of our clients tell us they couldn’t have recovered as quickly from injury or surgery without their Pilates practice. Some clients have avoided surgery altogether.

What accomplishments are you most proud of during 2016 at Pendleton Pilates? We’re most proud of helping even more people achieve their fitness goals in 2016 and teaching them the importance of adding the positive benefits of Pilates to their lives: strength, flexibility, better posture and alignment and balance as well as confidence and better body awareness. What offerings or programs will be particularly helpful for people serious about their 2017 resolutions? Mention this article and receive 15 percent off the Initial Consultation Series (three private intro sessions on the reformer). What benefits of working with or visiting Pendleton Pilates might surprise people? It is appropriate and beneficial to almost everyone, and challenging physically and mentally while helping teach how to move without unnecessary tension. We offer individual attention from teachers. Pilates can help to focus and calm the mind. What is your business resolution for 2017? Sharing the amazing benefits of Pilates with more people to help them achieve their personal goals and to teach them all the important principles of efficient and graceful movement.

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Buy Natural Wares with 7th Street Gifts

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How will shopping at 7th Street Gifts help people grow during the year? To incorporate essential oils, natural bath and body, stones and crystals, salts, teas, flowers, spices and herbs into your routine will help people grow in health since they are using non-chemical based products in their environment as well as consciously being aware and proactive in their decision-making as to what one puts on and in their bodies and surrounds themselves by/with. Another aspect of growth is by simplified, mindful consumerism. Shopping at 7th Street Gifts works toward reducing carbon footprints and landfill contributions through biodegradable simple packaging, small fresh batches, refillable, reusable bottles and containers as well as obtaining our inventory by making or purchasing hand-crafted, local, kosher and fair-trade sourced goods. We literally have customers who have been using and refilling the same essential oil bottles or candle jars for over a decade! How would engaging with your business help folks achieve their Resolutions goal? We offer very small sample sizes and can make recipes for you, saving you from having to buy a lot of ingredients

or more than you would need. It’s easy to try something new and more affordable. What is new this upcoming year at 7th Street Gifts? Our expanded apothecary offerings include starting cultures, the introduction of affordable D.I.Y. kits, a streamlined, progressive retail space and inventory that leans toward onsite production, customization, fresh pours and blends, all at nearly wholesale pricing by cutting out the middleman and using simple, practical packaging. We also expanded our off-site workshop radius to more than a dozen zip codes and frequency of weekly offerings. The newly refreshed upstairs space is available to rent and offers a really welcoming and open space. What offerings or programs will be particularly helpful for people serious about their 2017 resolutions? Simplification, introducing more natural products into their homes and bodies and reduced consumer packaging. Our weekly civic-minded workshops are usually free of charge or a very fair materials fee. These are hands-on, basic introductions to the approach and offerings of 7th Street Gifts such as soap making, tea and herb blending, essential oil use, tincture making and taking as well as all-natural candle making and fun folk arts.

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Remove a Tattoo with Advanced Cosmetic Surgery & Laser I N T E R V I E W W I T H D r . J o n M endels o hn

Why should people consider engaging with Advanced Cosmetic Laser this year? Approximately 40 percent of U.S. adults between the ages of 26 and 40 have at least one tattoo. It is estimated that approximately 17 percent of those adults have regret regarding their tattoos.

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How would Advanced Cosmetic Laser help folks achieve their Resolutions goals? With enhanced technology, PicoSure offers a safer, faster and easier way to remove those unwanted tattoos. Most adults fear the tattoo-removal process. PicoSure is

the world’s first picosecond laser and the only advanced tattoo removal laser with PressureWave technology, which works with your body to remove unwanted ink. PicoSure delivers laser energy that specifically targets tattoo ink, resulting in the successful shattering of just the ink particles without harming the surrounding tissue. What offerings or programs will be particularly helpful for people serious about their 2017 resolutions? Advanced Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center is proud to offer our patients the opportunity to have their unwanted tattoos removed by experts who care about their safety. 


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Experience Theater with Broadway in Cincinnati

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How will experiencing theater help people grow during the year? Getting out of the house for a fun, communal activity — especially in the cold months of winter — is so rewarding. Seeing plays and musicals can broaden your perspective, bring up interesting topics of conversation and provide a couple hours of complete escape from your daily routine and cares, which can be invaluable.   What challenges hold people back from going out to the theater?  It’s not always easy to make the time for live theater. You have to coordinate days and times with your spouse or friends, you may have to find a sitter, etc. It can definitely be easier to stay home to watch a movie or catch up on Westworld. But there is absolutely nothing that compares with the feeling of experiencing top-notch entertainment in a room with 2,000 other people. Seeing live theater is a communal experience that is truly unique, and this is especially true with comedies. A ridiculously funny show like Something

Rotten is all the more delightful when everyone around is laughing with you. How would experiencing theater help folks achieve their Resolutions goal? Signing up for a subscription is a great way to get all your nights out on the calendar in advance. As a show you want to see nears, you don’t have to make your plans each time and buy tickets each time. You have your date night or girls’ night out set on the calendar, and by seeing the whole series, you may just see something that surprises you.    What is new this upcoming year at Broadway? We have a slate of six shows coming up between now and June that represent a wide variety of Broadway fare, from the family-friendly Little Mermaid to the utterly delightful comedy Something Rotten, perennial favorite Mamma Mia, a huge magic spectacular called The Illusionists (think David Copperfield-style illusions), the edgy family favorite Matilda, and the Carole King musical Beautiful. Plus, in early February, we’ll be announcing the shows that will be part of our 2017/18 season.  

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Spark Your Creativity with a Membership to the Cincinnati Art Museum

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How will joining the Art Museum help people grow during the year? Whether you want to dust off your sketchpad, learn something interesting or meet someone new, a membership to the Cincinnati Art Museum can help you achieve many goals in one easy step. Membership brings many benefits, like free tickets to exhibitions, discounts on programs and events and special behindthe-scenes tours. Plus, engaging with art can be an excellent source of creativity and stress relief.

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What challenges hold people back from experiencing art? A busy schedule can make it challenging to fully engage with the cultural activities, but over the past year, the Cincinnati Art Museum has made it easier than ever for Cincinnatians by introducing new Thursday evening hours, free parking and new programming. The entire museum is now open from 5-8 p.m. to better accommodate the needs of today’s students, families and working professionals. By broadening access, the museum seeks to serve more Cincinnatians and visitors with its exhibitions and renowned collection of 67,000 artworks across cultures and history. Also new, general parking at the museum is free so that all can visit the

Cincinnati Art Museum and experience 6,000 years of art history. Museum members will have the benefit of preferred parking. What is new this upcoming year at the Cincinnati Art Museum? We have some fantastic exhibitions coming up in 2017 including Samurai suits and amazing Asian art in Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms and Armor (Feb. 11-May 7), Tiffany lamps, windows and more in Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light (April 1-Aug. 13) and stunning paintings, sculpture and quilts in A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America (June 10-Sept.3). We are also presenting A Taste of Duveneck: The Art of Wine, a twist on our annual food and wine event featuring an extensive assortment of wine and beer, delectable local food, live music, a silent auction and exclusive access to the entire museum (6-9 p.m. June 16). What offerings or programs will be particularly helpful for people serious about their 2017 resolutions? The museum offers great art-making experiences such as Creative Encounters, which takes place every third Sunday of the month and gives you the opportunity to experiment with photography, ink painting, ceramics and more. Plus Art After Dark, every final Friday, is a fun way to meet more people, enjoy great music and reconnect with existing friends with drinks and an amazing backdrop.


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Explore Cincinnati Parks

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How would enjoying Cincinnati Parks help folks achieve their Resolutions goal?
 By attending a Cincinnati park, one can reduce stress, increase physical activity and feel personal achievement. In what ways do people typically experience local parks? Thousands of people benefit from Cincinnati Parks each year either from a program, an event or a walk/run, and Smale Riverfront Park has become the central hub for Cincinnati. Whether for play, fitness or just plain fun, Smale Riverfront Park is the place to go and enjoy your day. What is new this upcoming year? A Toast to Art program at Carol Ann’s Carousel held in February where adults can get inspired by the scenic river view while painting and sipping wine. What accomplishments are you most proud of during 2016?
 The Krohn Conservatory had the second-highest attendance for the 2016 Butterfly Show, our Explore

Nature Day Camp was at its highest registered, the riverfront hosted over 100 events throughout the year and Carol Ann’s Carousel continues to draw an outstanding number of patrons. What offerings or programs will be particularly helpful for people serious about their 2017 resolutions? A variety of walks/runs scheduled at our beautiful riverfront parks, family-fun activities at Carol Ann’s Carousel and our engaging programs with our Explore Nature team. What benefits of visiting Cincinnati Parks might surprise people?
 Did you know the Cincinnati Parks has a 1,459-acre forest to explore, including Krohn Conservatory’s year-round greenery, nature centers that host family programs, the spectacular Carol Ann’s Carousel, picnic areas galore and an enclosed dog park? What is your resolution for 2017? To help engage the community and discover all the gems that Cincinnati has to offer.

Toast to Art February 25, 6-8pm

Enjoy the scenic riverfront views under the stars, while painting and sipping wine at Carol Ann's Carousel. Cost $30 per person; $50 per couple Must be 21 years or older.

Buy tickets online at www.cincinnatiparks.com or in person at the Carousel's Gift Shop.

Reasonable accommodation upon request. Visitors may be photographed, filmed, or recorded by the Cincinnati Park Board for educational and promotional uses.

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Expand Your Craft Beer Knowledge with Keystone Bar & Grill

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How will experimenting with craft beer help people grow during the year? Keystone Bar & Grill has developed a worthy reputation among beer enthusiasts since its founding in 2007, long before craft beer became prominent in the industry. Each of our three locations hosts monthly beer events, including tap takeovers, meetthe-brewer nights, firkin tappings and more. Keystone’s beer programming offers a little something for everyone, regardless of their level of beer expertise. How will visiting Keystone help folks achieve their Resolutions goal? Each Keystone location regularly updates their current beer selection through a mobile and online app called BeerMenus. By following one (or all) of our locations, you can get instant email alerts when we tap one of your favorite beers, or perhaps a beer that you’ve been interested in trying. The app also provides a thorough description of each beer in our inventory. This will certainly help you plan your social calendar around experimenting and expanding your knowledge of craft beer.

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What is new this upcoming year at Keystone? This year, we are implementing a new concept called

Community Pint Night. This is a way for guests to give back to the community while experimenting with new beer selections. When you visit Keystone on Thursday nights and order a pint of beer, you will be given a 25 cent token to deposit in one of our three token boxes, each featuring a local charity. At the end of each quarter, we will convert the tokens and donate the money to the chosen charities. What benefits of working with or visiting Keystone might surprise people? Keystone is proud to partner with responsible, sustainable companies. We make every effort to support local, independent and family-owned business. These companies include: Giminetti Baking Co., 16 Bricks Artisan Bakehouse, Critchfield Meats and Reinhart Foodservice. By visiting Keystone, you are supporting an array of local businesses. What is your business resolution for 2017? Our mission remains: “We enhance neighborhoods by creating the most enjoyable guest experience and environments for people to gather, eat and drink.” With that, 2017 is shaping up to include a variety of community-centric events. From Doggy Brunches to Summer BBQs and Winter Luaus, Keystone aims to become the living room of each neighborhood we represent.


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Adopt Your Next Furry Family Member I N T E R V I E W W I T H Capt. Jac k

How would engaging with My Furry Valentine help folks achieve their Resolutions goal? Pet adoption stories can warm your heart. I met my person, Carolyn Evans, nine years ago on Valentine’s Day — it was love at first sight! Adopting me inspired my mom to create My Furry Valentine, an annual animal adoption event that finds forever homes for animals like me. Since 2012, we’ve helped more than 2,900 of my fellow furry friends find families of their own and worked toward eliminating euthanasia, the leading cause of untimely death for dogs and cats in the U.S. This year, we expect to find homes for more than 800 animals at our event — and that’s something to wag your tail about! What benefits of visiting My Furry Valentine might surprise people? There are some common misconceptions about shelter and rescue animals like me, but thankfully I stand to debunk them. Some silly humans claim there is something wrong with homeless animals because we’ve been “discarded.” Others say they don’t know what kind of animal they’re getting, we don’t come with “papers,” or that only mutts are available at shelters. In reality, most animals become homeless through no fault of their own. The main reason people relinquish

pets has nothing to do with the animals themselves and more to do with a change in people’s circumstances, like moving homes, divorce, allergies or finances. Plus, there is often more information available on adoptable pets than those from a breeder or pet store because shelter staff and volunteers take extra time to get to know us or have been able to observe our behaviors in a home setting. When it comes to breed options, 20-30% of animals in shelters are purebred, and there are plenty of breed-specific rescue organizations that can help you find what you’re looking for (of course, I recommend you give every breed a chance). And if you need “papers,” I’d be happy to fetch one for you! How will working toward this goal help people grow during the year? Twenty-two million Americans welcome a new pet into their home each year, but unfortunately, most of them do not adopt, even though 3-4 million animals are euthanized in the U.S. annually. This disparity may be shocking, but the good news is that you humans can make a real difference. If just a fraction of people bringing an animal into their families were to adopt rather than shop, millions of animals just like me would be saved every year and eliminate the need for shelter euthanasia altogether. Wouldn’t that be something? That kind of impact sounds like a resolution worth adding to your list!

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Be Proactive About Your Preventable Health Care

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How would engaging with Planned Parenthood help folks achieve their Resolutions goal? Did you make a New Year’s resolution to be healthy? Many of us do, but we tend to focus on things that will impact our physical appearance like exercising and dieting. Both are important components of improving our health, but it’s important not to forget to visit your doctor for preventive services. That’s why this new year, we want to remind you to schedule your well-woman visit.

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What is a well-woman visit? Well, it depends on your age, medical history and when you last visited your health care provider. Generally, a well-woman visit consists of a breast exam, pelvic exam and might include screening for cervical cancer. This is also your opportunity to talk to your health care provider about birth control, testing for sexually transmitted infections or any other questions you have about your body or your health. You can ask us any questions you might have. Nothing is off limits.

How often do I need one? Typically, you should have a wellwoman exam every year. Parts of the exam, like screening for cervical cancer, may not be performed every year depending on your age and medical history. How much does it cost? Have insurance? Then, you can get your well-woman visit at no cost to you. Just like a wellness check-up with a primary care physician, a well-woman visit is considered preventive. That means no co-pay! No insurance? No problem! We offer all of our services at a reduced cost for patients paying out-of-pocket. Why is it beneficial? Simple — regular well-woman visits can help spot abnormalities with your reproductive system before they become a serious problem. What else do you provide? We provide services for all of your general reproductive needs: well-woman visits, Pap tests, HPV typing, HPV vaccine, pregnancy testing, STD testing and treatment, birth control services and abortion care. Have questions? Give us a call!


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Visit a Family-Owned Local Jeweler with Stafford Jewelers

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What challenges hold people back from being more engaged with Stafford Jewelers?
Some people view our store as too expensive. However Stafford Jewelers offers the best prices in the city. How would visiting Stafford Jewelers help folks achieve their Resolutions goal?
If your plans in 2017 include a proposal, we have more mountings and loose diamonds at the best price citywide. Tell us about someone who has benefitted from making your business a bigger part of their life.
We love providing a stress-free diamondbuying experience for our customers. We are all about building relationships and educating our customers. What is new this upcoming year at Stafford Jewelers?
We opened a new location downtown on the corner of Fifth and Race streets in the Carew Tower. We are excited to be part of the revitalization of downtown and growing our business within Cincinnati.

What accomplishments are you most proud of during 2016?
We hosted a fundraiser with Andy Dalton raising funds for his foundation to help seriously ill and physically challenged children and their families. What offerings or programs will be particularly helpful for people serious about their 2017 resolutions? We are always working to offer the highest quality, largest selection of engagement rings, Swiss watches and fashion jewelry for our clients. What benefits of working with or visiting Stafford Jewelers might surprise people?
We are a locally owned secondgeneration family company that has been operating in Cincinnati for 25 years. We love working with and learning about our customers. We start a lot of client relationships with engagement and follow them through the birth of children, work milestones and graduations. What is your business’ resolution for 2017? Our plan is to grow and expand not only with our business but with our outreach through our employees and the community.

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Why should people drink better beer this year? Not all beers are created equal. Local beers are awesome, but they’re not all good. Coming with friends and/or family can turn drinking better beer into a bonding experience. Each person can order a different beer, and most likely those beers will be passed around for everyone to try. Talk about the taste, aroma, likes and dislikes and you’ll be able to find the style that you love. You could turn it into a monthly or even weekly event!

How would visiting Taste of Belgium help people achieve their Resolutions goal? We have the best curated draft beer list at our Banks location and knowledgeable bartenders. You’ll find common styles of beer with a Belgian twist, and you’ll find breweries that you’ve never heard of before, so challenging yourself to try something new at our Banks location will come easy. Follow us on Untappd to see what had been recently tapped and what we have on deck.

What challenges hold people back from stopping into Taste of Belgium? A lot of people are unaware of our beer selection at The Banks. Taste of Belgium Banks has 54 draft and 100plus bottles and cans. The sheer number of available beers can be a bit intimidating, but when you talk to your bartender about the styles and breweries, you’ll find yourself in good, knowledgeable hands. Don’t be afraid to let them know what your go-to style is and let them pick a beer for your. Sample as many as you’d like to find your favorite.

What accomplishments are you most proud of during 2016 at Taste of Belgium? We kept on growing our beer program. Across the city we now have 126 beer taps. We also have a canning machine for crowlers at The Banks. These are 32-ounce growers that we seal like a can of beer. The amount of hard-to-find beers and breweries continues to grow with our business. We are the place you can find beers where only one keg came to the city of Cincinnati or even Ohio. Our balance of local, foreign, approachable and obscure beers allows for every guest to be satisfied and surprised.


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Get Your MBA at the University of Cincinnati

I N T E R V I E W W I T H ravneet k aur , mba ’16 , puffs assistant brand manag er , procter & gamble

Why did you decide to go back to school? Pursuing the MBA program was one of the best decisions I made, as cliché as that may sound. After graduating with my Bachelor of Science degree, I knew I wanted to go back to school. I wasn’t done learning, and I wanted to explore more opportunities. Why did you choose to pursue your MBA at the University of Cincinnati? The University of Cincinnati had an advantage when it came time to choosing an MBA program. What really helped me with making my decision was being able to specialize my MBA by focusing my electives into one of their graduate certificates. Overall, I was very excited to continue my educational career at UC.

Did the University of Cincinnati Lindner MBA help you achieve that goal? Lindner’s MBA program has certainly helped me achieve my goals. During my time at UC, I was provided key networking opportunities, participated and placed in case competitions and helped to lead the MBA class as a part of the leadership council. One of my greatest experiences from the MBA program was the chance to study abroad in France. What advice would you give to people considering an MBA? If you are truly committed to the program and the work it will require, you will succeed. UC offers great opportunities, you’re surrounded by great classmates and advisors and you’ll have the chance to learn and develop skills that will help you advance your career!

For more information, contact: Tiffany Cooper Associate Director of Recruitment for Graduate Programs tiffany.cooper@uc.edu | 513-556-7188

Your Career in the New Year! Learn more: business.uc.edu/mba

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Explore Professional Growth By Enrolling in a Course with Warren County Career Center I N T E R V I E W W I T H S u perintendent M aggie H ess

What challenges hold people back from going back to school? People may be afraid to go back to school if they have been out for many years. Or they may not know how to find financing and grants to pay for school. Some people have not earned a high school diploma or GED and are embarrassed to ask for help. Warren County Career Center, and other Career-Technical schools in the area, offer free Adult Basic and Literacy Education courses to help you brush up on academic skills, prepare for the GED exam or the WorkKeys exam and be ready for further education. The Adult Diploma Program for individuals over 22 years old is an alternative way to earn a diploma and certification in workforce skills in a self-paced environment. How would engaging with Warren County Career Center help folks achieve their Resolutions goal? Our Adult Education staff is helpful and caring. Each staff member, from the secretaries who answer the phones to the coordinators who administer the programs, wants to help you succeed. Our financial aid coordinator can assist you with finding funding to finance your education. Our counselor will talk with you about career options

and help you find the best path for your career goals. Our instructors come from industry and have vast knowledge and experience in the field they are teaching. Students are given individual attention and consideration. Many of our students balance work, family and school. What offerings or programs will be particularly helpful for people serious about their 2017 resolutions? Our counselors in the high school and adult offices can assist students of all ages with career exploration and determining a path for future success. Whether you are employed and want to advance in your career, under-employed and want a new career, or have a teen who is exploring career options and looking for ways to enter the workforce and continue with further training and ways to finance college, WCCC can help. What benefits of working with or visiting Warren County Career Center might surprise people? Adults who have been out of school for awhile and are anxious about going back might be surprised to find out how easy it is to apply and get started in workforce training. Free resources are available to adults for brushing up on academic skills to prepare for testing.

Get a Head Start on College and a Great Career!

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Get the Small Town Experience

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How will visiting Yellow Springs help people grow during the year? Yellow Springs is a unique and wonderful place where many people come to find themselves, make new connections, or just have a good time. We have over 60 locally owned shops and galleries and more than 20 cafes, restaurants and pubs, all in a community bursting with art and creativity. In addition to our beautiful downtown, the Little Miami Scenic Trail, part of the nation’s largest network of paved, off-street trails, runs straight through town. And over 2,000 acres of nature preserves and state parks, for those who are wishing to be more active or just get a soul-reviving nature experience, cover our eastern border. Also, for people wishing to work on all-around wellness, we have a multitude of health and wellness locations, including The Wellness Center at Antioch College, featuring a full workout facility, a pool and a multitude of fitness classes. We have yoga studios focusing on spiritual and physical wellness (and fun!) and myriad talented massage artists, acupuncturists and holistic medicine practitioners in town. What is new this upcoming year in your town? Yellow Springs is always changing, and you can expect a

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shares the Women’s March’s mission of standing in solidarity with “our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. … Defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.” The event is open to anyone regardless of gender and will begin as a rally in Washington Park, followed by a march. Noon-2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, bit.ly/2j8QMR3. — LAUREN MORETTO

MUSIC: GARTH BROOKS If you like Garth Brooks, you’re really going to like the next week or so: Brooks and wife/ fellow Country singer Trisha Yearwood will be performing five shows at U.S. Bank Arena between Saturday and Jan. 29. Country Music Hall of Famer Brooks is on the seventh leg of this multi-year world tour, playing songs that span his entire career, including music from his 2014 album Man Against Machine, classics like “The Thunder Rolls” and duets with Yearwood. 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 7 p.m. Jan. 27-29. $74.98. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown, usbankarena.com. — MAIJA ZUMMO

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A new comic book series reveals an alien world in Cincinnati sewers By Emily Begley

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eep in the bowels of the Metropolitan Sewer District, a young woman in a baggy MSD uniform wades through knee-deep water, a small rat perched on her shoulder. A light on her hard hat illuminates a massive worm-like creature in front of her, fangs bared on each of its four otherwise featureless heads. With thousands of miles of tunnels comprising the sewer district — the vast majority of which are off limits to the public — it’s not too hard to imagine this enormous, slimy creature slithering through the labyrinth under the city. And thanks to MeSseD, a new comic book series from the founder of Know Theatre, readers are given a peek underground as they descend into a gooey, alien world. “It’s an idea that’s been brewing probably about the past two years,” says MeSseD writer and publisher Jay Kalagayan, who established Know Theatre in 1997. A tour he took of an MSD plant instilled a fascination in him for the mysterious realm beneath his feet. “It’s thousands of miles of tunnels,” he says, “it’s billions of gallons of wastewater every day, and yet there are hundreds of men and women taking care of it all.” The story, illustrated by local artist and musician Dylan Speeg, follows a fervent filter worker named Lilliput as she braves all manner of creatures and clog-ups in the depths of the tunnels, accompanied by her pet rat Akka (whose scent wards off other potentially dangerous rodents). From a talkative, human-sized cockroach to monstrous alligator-crocodile mash-ups, readers get a glimpse into a surprising, volatile ecological area created by the waste that flows through the sewers. “My favorite fiction and science fiction have always been built on a foundation of what’s real,” Kalagayan says. “I wanted to have that (idea) underlying, so you really think to yourself, ‘We don’t really know what’s down there.’ ” MeSseD — referring to a nickname the comics’ characters have bestowed to MSD — is being released in individual eight-page chapters, available both in print and as digital downloads. The first chapter, Choke, went on sale Nov. 1. Five chapters have been released to date, comprising what Kalagayan refers to as the comics’ first season. Additional installments are currently in the works. After touring the sewer plant, Kalagayan — then-director of individual giving at the Cincinnati Museum Center — found some additional inspiration by visiting the Edge of Appalachia Preserve in Adams County, which the museum co-owns with the Nature Conservancy.

Jay Kalagayan (left) and Dylan Speeg in MSD’s Mill Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. “In the main building, they have a display of all these fresh-water mussels,” he says. “They had the best names: Fat Muckut, Lilliput, Sandshell.” Each is a prominent character in the books. “And fresh-water mussels are filter feeders, so I was like, ‘Wow! That’s perfect!’ ” Kalagayan has a rich history in the local arts and cultural scenes — in addition to his role at the museum and founding Know Theatre, he co-founded the Cincinnati Fringe Festival in 2004 and previously worked as Cincinnati Ballet’s director of development. He currently serves as director of donor engagement at the Cincinnati Playhouse. Although MeSseD is his first entry in the comic book world, he’s been interested in the medium since receiving a comic from his brother when he was 9. His knowledge of storytelling was long established thanks to an extensive background in theater. “It helps you with dialogue, it helps you with pacing, it helps you with stories and how to set it up,” he says. “But what’s great about graphic storytelling is that the only limitation is your own mind.” There are no stage restrictions, no casting issues, no impossibilities, he explains. What Kalagayan needed was an artist, which he found thanks to a lucky coincidence. He happened to bump into Speeg

at the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Rosenthal Education Center, where both of their daughters were playing. The two had previously met through CityBeat, where Speeg was promotions and marketing manager. Speeg — also a singer and guitarist for Cincy Rock/Soul/Roots band Heavy Hinges — was fresh off of a project creating concept art for the Syfy cable channel. “I was like, ‘Hey, I’m pretty good at drawing comic book-y stuff now, so if you’re looking for an illustrator, I could probably do something like that,’ ” Speeg says. “He gave me the script, and it was interesting to me because I had never had the whole complete script like that to work from.” In addition to scripts for each individual chapter, Kalagayan provided Speeg detailed notes on his visions for characters and creatures alike — a refreshing change of pace for Speeg, who says he is often commissioned to do “sexy, pinup-style” artwork in a variety of mediums. In fact, some of the models he worked with for those pieces — then dressed in bikinis — were also models for the comics, trading in their swimsuits for something a little different. “I was like, ‘Nope, put on this big coverall and pretend to fight space aliens,’ ” Speeg says.

As for main character Lilliput, Kalagayan provided a particularly specific description, drawing inspiration from his own background as well as from his two young daughters. He also aimed to address a noticeable hole he’s observed in many popular stories and films. “One of the things I noticed is not a lot of strong female characters — not as much,” Kalagayan says. “So what I wanted to do was to create a character, a strong character, who happens to be a woman, who happens to be Asian, who happens to be Filipino — that’s my background.” Although release dates for future issues have yet to be announced, Kalagayan says he’s been able to generate about 15 chapters so far. “I feel like he’s done a really good job of creating a full picture of what life would be like underneath the sewers,” Speeg says. “We had to have a lot of faith in each other’s abilities. We had to kind of really trust each other. “But now we’re in so deep that neither one of us would ever back out,” he adds, laughing. Printed editions of MESSED are available at local comic book stores. More info/digital downloads: messedcomics.com.


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Completing Shakespeare’s ‘Game of Thrones’ BY RICK PENDER

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In Shakespeare’s early days as a playCSC concludes this story with its wright, the late 1580s and early 1590s, he upcoming staging of Richard III, in which was just a century or so beyond the tumult Richard’s murderous manipulations finally of the “Wars of the Roses.” That’s the place him on the throne. But before long, term for the civil conflicts resulting when his tyrannical rule was opposed by fledgcompeting cousins from two royal branches ling Tudor claimants. His defeat in battle descended from previous kings — the by Henry Tudor (who became Henry VII) House of York took as its badge a white launched the dynasty best known in Shakerose; House of Lancaster used one that was speare’s time for Henry VIII (who reigned blood red — battled back and forth in a 1509-1547) and his daughter Elizabeth 15th-century game of thrones. It was an era I, queen during most of the playwright’s of seesawing power, violence and treachery. London career. So Shakespeare’s early plays drew on The Tragedy of King Richard the Third, that history. Just as George R. R. Martin’s as the play was titled when it was first contemporary fantasy novels of battling staged in the early 1590s, portrayed the dynasties have become the runaway hit king (he reigned 1483-1485) in such brutal, TV series Game of Thrones, Shakespeare’s history plays tracing the clash of British royalty captivated audiences in Elizabethan times. In fact, these plays — Shakespeare’s earliest — paved the way for his subsequent illustrious career. They are the output of a young writer, but nevertheless full of remarkable poetry and distinctive characters. One might liken the appeal of history plays in Shakespeare’s time to America’s ongoing fascination with the Billy Chace plays Richard III at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Civil War, during which loyalP H O T O : m i k k i s c h a f f n e r photo g r a ph y ties were tested and families torn asunder. It’s also possible to see the appeal in artistic recreation murderous and conniving terms that his of colorful historical and political figures. reputation suffered for centuries. He came Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is ready to light — literally, in fact — in 2012 when to complete its five-year project to stage his skeletal remains, verified by DNA testall eight of Shakespeare’s history plays in ing, were unearthed beneath a parking lot in chronological order: Henry VI: The War Leicester, England. Not that he was buried of the Roses, Part 2 is opening Friday and in such an ignominious spot — it was once runs through Feb. 11; Richard III runs Feb. the site of a monastery, Greyfriars Priory. 17-March 11. CSC’s cycle began in 2013 with He died at the age of 32 in the nearby Battle Richard II, the story of a king deposed in of Bosworth Field on Aug. 22, 1485, the last 1399. It continued with 2014’s Henry IV (two king of England to die in battle on home soil. plays consolidated into one production), With these productions, Cincinnati then 2015’s Henry V. A year ago it produced Shakespeare Company becomes just the Henry VI: The Wars of the Roses, Part 1. second American theater company to comThree plays tell Henry VI’s story: CSC’s plete the entire history cycle in chronologiPart 1 encompassed all of Shakespeare’s cal order. Producing Artistic Director Brian first play and part of the second. In Henry Isaac Phillips says, “Richard III is one of VI: The Wars of the Roses, Part 2, we get the Shakespeare’s best-loved histories. Many rest of the second and all of the third. The people know Richard as the evil, hunchambitious Duke of York, to be played by CSC backed king. Henry VI is performed less veteran Giles Davies, has challenged the rule often, so our production gives audiences of Henry VI (Darnell Pierre Benjamin), who an exciting chance to get to know Richard came to the throne as a child when his father, as a young man and watch his progression Henry V, died unexpectedly in 1422. The through all the experiences that put him weak young king’s domineering and ruthless where he is at the start of Richard III.” queen, Margaret of Anjou (Kelly Mengelkoch), These productions are the culmination of often influenced his actions. Taking advanfocused ambition by CSC to rise to the peak tage of battles and chaos, Richard (Billy of classic theater companies. Chace), the hunchbacked Duke of Gloucester, CONTACT RICK PENDER: rpender@citybeat.com begins his slow but inexorable rise to power.


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Dancing with LBJ During Inauguration Weekend BY MCKENZIE GRAHAM

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“I write about what I’m thinking about, and it was hard to escape this election,” he says. “So naturally I ended up writing more. It’s tough having more topical jokes, because the news can shift so quickly. It was fun doing jokes about Bernie Sanders and Carly Fiorina, but those were goners once they were out of the race.” Chalifoux tried to focus on certain aspects of the election. “I ended up writing

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To mark the Friday inauguration of Donald J. Trump as president, comedians in 30 cities across the country will perform shows under the banner What a Joke this weekend. Cincinnati comedians will take the stage Thursday night at the Woodward Theater for a show hosted by area comics Mark Chalifoux and Karl Spaeth. Also on the bill are Geoff Tate, Gabe Kea, Kelly Collette and Faith Mueller, as well as several up-and-coming comics from the region. “We’re calling it a national comedy festival, but it’s really a benefit,” says New York City-based comic Emily Winter, who helped organize the What a Joke events. “I’ve been calling it a lot of different things. It is happening all over the country and in Oxford, England.” The aim is to raise money for the American Civil Liberties Union as Trump assumes his role, and is a direct response to his repeated threats to human rights and civil liberties. “I’m scared,” Winter says. “I would love to give the ACLU tons of money to dismantle the whole system, but I don’t think that’s going to happen and it’s terrifying. This man (Trump) is a crazy person. When you look at his tweets, you’re like, ‘This sounds like a 12-year-old boy.’ It’s crazy.” Winter, along with fellow comic Jenn Welch, was inspired to create the multicity festival on election night. “I was very sad like many people,” Winter says, “and really just wanted to do something. I started talking to Jenn (Welch) and we reached out to people in other cities to see if we could do a multicity benefit.” The pair started out by contacting comedians that they knew in other cities around the country. “Fortunately, comedians have a great network because we travel, we do festivals, we go on the road,” Winter says. “So we meet people from other places. We started talking to some of the comedians we knew and that we really liked and trusted to run a great show, and they put us in contact with producers and promoters they knew.” Though the shows are inspired by the inauguration, the comedy won’t necessarily be wall-to-wall political. “We are not pushing any comedian to do specifically political material,” Winter says. “Certainly it’s available to them, and on inauguration weekend it will be very topical, but they can talk about whatever they want to or whatever they feel good doing a set about. We hope that will result in a very diverse show.” In Cincinnati, comedian Chalifoux says he will focus on politics.

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‘Paterson’ Finds the Poetry in Everyday Life BY T T STERN-ENZI

so special. It is the story of vampire lovers The great American modernist poet Wil(Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston), alive liam Carlos Williams hovers over the new for centuries, who have drifted apart but Jim Jarmusch film Paterson like a gentle found themselves tossed together again to guardian angel, somehow clearly visible. A question their ongoing existence. spirit of love, one rooted in the brilliant When you have witnessed the birth of the simplicity of the everyday, suffuses each and great chapels and empires, the first stroke every frame of this film. It’s heard in the lyric of the pen laying down the literary canon observations of the central character, a poet and the recording of the musical revolutions, named Paterson (Adam Driver) who happens they wondered, what else remains? to drive a bus in Paterson, N.J. (Williams, too, Paterson, both the man and the film, lived in New Jersey and wrote an epic poem offers a simple yet courageous answer to named Paterson.) those questions: Life, in all its never-ending The film documents a week in the life of potential, itself remains, because there is Paterson, an everyman Williams acolyte who is loath to let anyone in on his poetic secret identity. He ably disguises his probing gaze, which happens to be his superhuman power. Nothing escapes his vision; he not only sees all, but he also acknowledges the value and purpose of all things. And each day begins when he opens his eyes and spies the sleeping form of his wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). Love is born. Jarmusch and Driver create the sense that Paterson sees her each morning as if for the first time. Adam Driver walks to work in Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson. There is heart-stopping wonP H O T O : m a r y c y b u l s k i / c o u r t e s y o f a m a z o n s t u d i o s a n d b l e ec k e r s t r e e t der and breathtaking fear in such love, but Paterson seems to appreciate that to stand always more to come. More romance, more before it requires steadfast commitment. empires, more revolutions. More to watch Williams, too, captures the essence of this for, and that is what Paterson so astutely in his poem “A Love Song,” which opens with models for us. “What have I to say to you / When we shall Jarmusch benefits from the genius of his meet?” Williams then goes on, “The stain of casting because there is lyric grace in the love / Is upon the world.” wide face of Driver and in his wiry frame. The man Paterson in the film Paterson, Here, he has none of the coiled aggression unlike almost everyone else in this modern we’re familiar with from Lena Dunham’s age, takes the time to trace love’s movement HBO series Girls, the seething rage of before him. Whether sitting alone with his his Kylo Ren from Star Wars: The Force morning breakfast, during his meditative Awakens or the eager faith of his priest in walk to the bus depot or while driving his Martin Scorsese’s Silence. Instead, this man bus through the streets of his beloved city, Paterson feels like the spiritual cousin to Paterson never forgets to pay attention to it. Jarmusch’s vampires. He is unhurried, but Of course, such heightened sensitivity to aware that life is fleeting. love’s — and life’s — beauty should come But somehow, in his short life, he has as no surprise to filmgoers familiar with already discovered the secret to eternal Jarmusch. The writer-director — an Akron, life. You’ve got to live and pay homage to the Ohio native —throughout his career has people and experiences that make up the found and revealed the lyric journey of love moments. Everything matters. across landscapes both absurd and mundane. That brings us, and the film, back to From Stranger Than Paradise, Down Williams and his ode to love: by Law and Night on Earth, where the trips “How can I tell / If I shall ever love you allow audiences to share a quiet backseat on again / As I do now?” the road to hip nowheresvilles, to Ghost Dog: Each day that he rises gives Paterson The Way of the Samurai, Jarmusch refuses another opportunity to offer poetic testito let plot or spectacle get in the way of the mony to love and life. Jarmusch reminds us minute treasures hidden in plain sight. that love gets renewed moment by moment. That’s an essential aspect of what makes (Opens Friday at The Esquire) (R) Grade: A his previous effort Only Lovers Left Alive

ON SCREEN Shyamalan Redux? BY T T STERN-ENZI

M. Night Shyamalan is back with a new movie opening Friday. It’s called Split and features James McAvoy as a man with 24 distinct personalities. It’s the latest from a writer-director who started strong and since has had problems. We’ll soon know whether Split is a commercial and critical high point or not — it wasn’t screened in time for a CityBeat review. I remember catching his first film Praying With Anger (1992), possibly as part of a festival. It was a few years after the film’s release, but prior to the emergence of Shyamalan as a cinematic wunderkind. His breakout began with The Sixth Sense in 1999. Everyone talks about its twist ending, but the real surprise was the evolutionary leap Shyamalan made. He had already established himself as a multi-hyphenate — writing, producing, directing and even stepping in front of the camera — but Anger and his second film, Wide Awake, had been small indie efforts. With The Sixth Sense, he announced his true intention: to follow in the footsteps of his creative idol Steven Spielberg. And with Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, it certainly looked like he was well on his way. He next garnered fan boy cache with his smoldering superhero origin story Unbreakable and box office revenue with Signs. But he started skidding with The Village and The Happening (not so lovingly dubbed The Crappening) and then suffered an outright crash with The Last Airbender and the Will and Jaden Smith sci-fi debacle After Earth. Some might say the fall was inevitable. I approached 2015’s The Visit with a great deal of trepidation. What would his pairing with the trendy boutique horror of Blumhouse Productions (known as the franchise factory behind The Purge, Sinister and Insidious) look like? Well, like a low-key return to form. Shyamalan exhibited his slow-burn narrative approach while also reserving a hint of his ability to surprise us with the unexpected shot. So we would all be wise to focus on Shyamalan right now. Also opening this week: 20th Century Women Return of Xander Cage


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Chef Mark Bodenstein transforms the avant-garde NuVo into Piccolo Casa, a more approachable pasta-centric parlor REVIEW BY PAMA MITCHELL

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The pasta-heavy menu at Italian eatery Piccolo Casa also features entrées like Sicilian cod. We were among the night’s first arrivals, so our 20-minute wait for drinks after we ordered rubbed me the wrong way. But everyone enjoyed the libations — a porter from Covington’s own Braxton Brewery ($7) and cocktails like the Godfather (Scotch and amaretto, $14) and Italian Manhattan (with a touch of the Italian digestif, Amaro, $15). In keeping with the reboot from esoteric NuVo to approachable Piccolo, the menu presents all the food offerings on a single, one-sided piece of paper. You can put together a meal entirely of smaller portions or go for larger bowls of pasta and full entrées. We did a little of both. Two of us selected one of the four bruschettas ($5 each) to start, and as I would expect coming out of Bodenstein’s kitchen, the flavor combinations were both pleasing and a little surprising. Most unusual was the pickled beet with parsley pesto, chive and burrata cheese; the pickled beets showed up later, too, as a salad ingredient. The one we almost fought over, though, had goat cheese, fig jam and toasted hazelnuts in a perfect balance of sweet, creamy and crunchy. We also tried the hearty Italian vegetable soup ($5) and a salad called the Sicilian ($9), a large plate with the aforementioned beets, fennel, apple, frisée lettuce and sherry vinaigrette. In both dishes, the

veggies took center stage, reflecting Bodenstein’s deep affinity for produce. For mains, choices include a section of half a dozen pastas and four entrées. Happily, each of the pastas, plus a potato gnocchi dish, comes in full or half portions and range from lighter options such as clams with linguine or cacio e pepe to a rich rigatoni Bolognese or a dish called Spaghetti Amatrice, with onion, local bacon and tomato sauce. My friend, Mary Rita, and I each selected one of the pastas; a full portion of clams and linguine for me ($18) and a half of the Amatrice ($9) for her. Both were enhanced by bits of excellent, meaty bacon. Her husband, Buddy, and my guy, George, each tried an entrée. Buddy’s Sicilian cod ($27) turned out to be a smallish piece of fish coated in rosemary breadcrumbs and baked. The best thing about that dish was what else was on the plate: caramelized Brussels sprouts with coconut and pumpkin purée,

one of Bodenstein’s more interesting flavor combos. George’s sea scallops ($28) came with a filling mushroom risotto and a dollop of lemon salad. Again, the accompaniments tended to outshine the star ingredient, which really isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I’m looking forward to later in the year when the farms and gardens give up their bounty. It will be fun to see what Bodenstein comes up with when he has the full array of local produce to work with. He told me in a later phone conversation that he was just about ready to shut NuVo and get out of the restaurant business when friends pointed out that there’s no Italian restaurant in Covington. He decided to try this concept: a more casual eatery that focuses on the neighborhood and offers “approachable price points” where tips aren’t accepted but service is folded into the prices. I like that, and apparently the neighborhood does, too.

Piccolo Casa GO: 308 Greenup St., Covington, Ky; CALL: 859-415-1308; INTERNET: piccolocovington. com; HOURS: 5-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; bar opens at 4 p.m.

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hef Mark Bodenstein has a knack for selecting familiar ingredients and preparing them in somewhat unusual ways to create flavor combinations that transcend the sum of their parts. Or he adds vegetables you’ve barely heard of to a side or entrée, resulting in your tablemates passing the dish around in a game of “Guess what makes this so good?” Dinner at his new place, Piccolo Casa, gave me a reintroduction to his adventurous style, but this time in a more familiar culinary milieu: pasta-centric Italian. I’ve long admired Bodenstein’s cooking, although some of his restaurant ventures struck me as way too avant-garde for his Northern Kentucky locations. Diners on both sides of the Ohio know Bodenstein primarily from his restaurant NuVo, which made a brief but memorable splash in its original Newport location in 2007. I made it there only once before it closed in 2009, but in 2013 he reopened Nuvo on Greenup Street in Covington and managed to release his inner foodie geek. For a while, his restaurant had no menu. Dinner consisted of six small courses, each chosen by Bodenstein, with optional wine/ drink pairings. On our handful of visits, I thought it was great fun to experience whatever mystery creation the server set before us — a true adventure in dining. But there usually weren’t many fellow diners, and I definitely got the impression that the restaurant was a tough sell. “People don’t like change,” is Bodenstein’s short-version explanation for the ultimate failure of the NuVo concept. But in other ways he was ahead of the curve even 10 years ago, when he cared enough about using local, farm-fresh ingredients that he drove to every farm, every week, to get their products. “Farms didn’t deliver to restaurants then,” he says. That’s not the case anymore, of course. A large blackboard listing a dozen local farms and food providers graces the Piccolo Casa dining room, including Bodenstein’s longtime supporter and sometimes investor, Carriage House Farm, and Piccolo Casa’s own gardens. The restaurant is quite small: one room with eight tables and an adjacent room that has a small bar. There’s a room upstairs for private parties, but patrons and servers have to climb an old, narrow set of stairs to get there. In nicer weather, a backyard dining area will add significantly more table space. Four of us visited on a cold Friday night when the dining room was fully booked, but with just two seatings per table, there’s not much capacity. (Bodenstein said they turned away at least 20 patrons the night we went.)


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Alfio’s and Ché with Alfio Gulisano — Chef Alfio Gulisano will create dishes that blend Italian and Latin food. 6:309 p.m. $50. Cooks’Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Harper’s Point, cookswaresonline.com. Italian American Favorites — Learn to make your favorite red sauce joint dishes at home, including fettucini alfredo, skillet lasagna and shrimp scampi. 6-8 p.m. $75. The Learning Kitchen, 7659 Cox Lane, West Chester, thelearningkitchen.com. Moerlein Lager House Beer Dinner — A paired beer dinner with Fifty West Brewing Company. 6 p.m. $65. Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, moerleinlagerhouse.com. Rounds and Wreaths — Head to Rhinegiest for a craft class. Make a burlap wreath with an initial. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $40. Rhinegiest, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, thesquirrelsnest.net.

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Soup’s On — Learn to make a trio of comforting soup recipes. All recipes are vegetarian. BYOB. 6:30-7:30 p.m. $35. Artichoke OTR, 1824 Elm St., Over-theRhine, 513-263-1002, artichokeotr.com. Date Night: Couples at the Grill — Grab your sweetheart and learn to grill filet mignon on the indoor deck. Enjoy a glass of wine with barbecue shrimp, mini Nutella bites, cheesy potatoes and carrot and zucchini ribbons. Hands-on class. 6-8:30 p.m. $150 per couple. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, junglejims.com.

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Classic Dishes from the Rookwood — Chefs Jimi Gadd and Andrew Huska from The Rookwood demonstrate how to make signature dishes from the restaurant including caramelized Brussels sprouts, heirloom beet salad and braised chicken thighs. 6:30-9 p.m. $50. Cooks’Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Harper’s Point, cookswaresonline.com. Potsticker Workshop — Discover how to manipulate potsticker dough and fill it with ingredients like pork, shredded cabbage and other vegetables. 6-8 p.m. $75. The Learning Kitchen, 7659 Cox Lane, West Chester, thelearningkitchen.com

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or nearly 15 years, The Devil Makes Three has blended Bluegrass, Folk, Country, Blues, Rockabilly and whatever else bubbles to the surface and applied them liberally to its songwriting ethic. The resulting incendiary cross-pollination of old-time tradition and contemporary invention has been translated by the trio — guitarist Pete Bernhard, upright bassist Lucia Turino and guitarist/tenor banjoist Cooper McBean — into its estimable catalog of studio and live recordings. For the band’s fifth studio album, they envisioned a thematic exploration of the tension between damnation and redemption, evil and good, carnality and spirituality. They chose songs that addressed those issues, rearranged them for their oeuvre and recorded them live for the beatific and brutal Redemption & Ruin. From Bernhard’s perspective, the concept didn’t require much research. “In a way, it’s always been our theme,” says Bernhard. “We’re like the world’s worst wedding band. We don’t do a lot of love songs. We do songs in the Country/Blues tradition of things going wrong or that feeling of not being able to do the right thing, no matter how hard you try. The other thing is all the artists that inspired us to be the band we are, this is our chance to give a nod to them.” Those artists included Hank Williams, who recorded Gospel music as Luke the Drifter, as well as Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, who occasionally exhibited their religious upbringings without resorting to surreptitious nom de plumes. “We thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to do one side of the vinyl that’s all Gospel songs and the other side is all drinking, drugs and heartbreak songs?’ ” Bernhard says. “(Those earlier artists) chose to do it separately, then do their own thing, which was more ‘outlaw/fuck you’ songwriting.” The band’s proposed physical album structure also fueled the concept of Redemption & Ruin. The two-sided 12-inch vinyl format (which includes an accompanying download code) naturally supported the saint/sinner song division, but problems arose when the group concocted a cool but unworkable execution. “Originally, we wanted one side of the album to be white and the other side to be black,” Bernhard says with a laugh. “We found out that is impossible.” For the release, The Devil Makes Three shunned original material in favor of existing work in the public domain and by artists the members love, both famous and obscure, which then went through the band’s transformative process.

The Devil Makes Three’s latest release is split between songs of “good” and songs of “evil.” “We took songs from public domain that don’t really belong to anybody and kind of rewrote them,” Bernhard says. “All the songs we kind of rewrote, to be honest, but some are from more modern artists. We realized that doing a concept record is significantly more difficult than we assumed.” As it turned out, a bellwether song for both the hallelujah and hell-bound sides helped define the overall album concept and guided both set of songs. “On the ‘Redemption’ side, ‘I Am the Man,’ the Ralph Stanley song, really hit me the hardest,” Bernhard says. “It’s obviously the story of Jesus’ life in pretty brutal detail. It’s also the most haunting. Ralph Stanley is a wizard when it comes to writing a song that seems almost like it’s ancient. “On the ‘Ruin’ side, ‘Drunken Hearted Man’ was definitely up there for me. There’s so many good songs on that side, man. We really are drawn to songs of hopelessness, for whatever reason. It’s funny to sing other people’s songs as well. It’s like, ‘I don’t know if I’ve ever actually felt this bad.’ Some of them, Townes Van Zandt especially, are pretty dark. It’s interesting to sing those tunes and think, ‘I’m really hoping the guy who wrote this didn’t actually feel that bad, but he probably did.’ Townes was close to that. He was a pretty amazing songwriter.”

For Redemption & Ruin’s sessions, The Devil Makes Three took a page from their last album, 2013’s I’m a Stranger Here, largely playing everything live in the studio. It definitely heightened the finished product’s authenticity. “We learned the best way to record our band is the Sun Records approach; everybody gets in a room and we play,” Bernhard says. “We don’t overdub, except for harmony vocals and occasionally a solo, but what you hear when you listen to our record is all of us playing live.” The other departure on Redemption & Ruin was the band’s incredible guest list. Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Emmylou Harris, Chance McCoy from Old Crow Medicine Show and many others provide brilliant cameos, which the band accommodates with loose arrangements. “We left these songs fairly open-ended and didn’t set anything in stone in case anybody had good ideas,” Bernhard says. “We went into the studio rehearsed, but we basically said (to the special guests), ‘How would you change the song to fit your part, or would you write a new part?’ We arranged the song with them, then just hit the record button. I think it allowed them enough space to stretch out and do something they enjoyed doing.”

Bernhard credits producer David Ferguson with many of the guest appearances, thanks to his connections through his Butcher Shoppe studio in Nashville and his voluminous Rolodex. “We put it in a lot of people’s ears — ‘Hey, if we ever make this record, would you want to do it?’ And everybody said, ‘Sure!,’ ” Bernhard says. “It just happened they were all in Nashville at the same time, which is one of the great things about Nashville.’ ” With Redemption & Ruin completed, The Devil Makes Three is already planning its next projects. Bernhard is deep into his third solo album, and since The Devil Makes Three didn’t create original material for the new album, the musicians have already begun work on the follow-up. “I’ve got seven songs that we’re going to road test on this next tour,” Bernhard says. “We won’t do all seven every night, but we’re going to start working those into the set and see how they go. I have probably seven more, and when I finish those, I’d say we’ll be ready. I would love it if we were in the studio next year recording new Devil Makes Three stuff.” THE DEVIL MAKES THREE performs Wednesday at the 20th Century Theater. Tickets/more info: the20thcenturytheatre.com.


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when she raps (which she does more here than on Monster) — crawl over and around the beats with confidence and comfort. Burgess’ captivating delivery alternates throughout celestialove, but his voice’s low-key and deceptively laidback timbre meshes perfectly with Xela’s style and the recording’s overall wandering and wondering vibe. Sonically, celestialove possesses a warm, echoing fluidity, with gauzy atmospherics occasionally punctuated by glitchy noises that only enhance the trancelike powers

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the recording possesses. Phantogram and Big Boi’s Big Grams project, Chance the Rapper, D’Angelo, Portishead, Billie Holiday, Dilla, This Mortal Coil and Digable Planets all found time — briefly — in my headspace during repeated listens, but it’s best to turn off your mind, relax and flow downstream while listening to celestialove. As Xela and Burgess’ voices wind around the narcotic rhythms and spacey sounds, you might find yourself reaching for headphones. Maybe even a smoke? celestialove is definitely stoner-friendly, but the songs are often so intoxicating and dizzying that they come off like a wholly new venture in post-modern psychedelia, like Trip Hop dipped in cough syrup and laid out to dry under a black-light poster as Atlanta streams on the laptop in the background. celestialove is a spellbinding piece of work that should have you paying close attention to both of these engaging artists. The album, which has been earning attention from online Hip Hop blogs, can be streamed or purchased as a name-yourprice download at devinburgessmusic. bandcamp.com. It’s also available to stream at soundcloud.com/xelamusician. CONTACT MIKE BREEN: mbreen@citybeat.com

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Party Poopers Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday canceled her appearance at a “welcome” concert in Washington D.C. tied to Donald Trump’s star-deficient presidential inauguration, citing feedback from her “beloved LGBT community.” And a Bruce Springsteen tribute band booked to play an inaugural event backed out after presumably listening to the words in the music it played. Even longtime Trump pal Paul Anka bailed. The schmaltzy singer/ songwriter was weirdly honest (or awkwardly dishonest) with his excuse, saying court proceedings in the lengthy custody battle over his tween son conflictged with the shindig, sparing us all a version of “My Way” with words about Trump. Pumpkins Stick Together Did Trump ask Smashing Pumpkins to play his big party? When Billy Corgan, leader of the ’90s AltRock band, isn’t teasing whether he’ll get back with the original lineup for a tour (spoiler alert: he will), he’s going on radio shows to give our new POTUS a better alibi for recent “pissy” allegations than, “I’m a germaphobe!” Corgan criticized BuzzFeed for printing the unsubstantiated urinary claims, saying they’re obviously false, because Trump is so rich, he doesn’t pay prostitutes to pee for him. Also, Trump has a reputation for not paying independent contractors for services rendered. Skrillex Goes (Back) to Emo EDM giant Skrillex reunited with his former Emo band for a new single release. It didn’t go great. The superstar DJ, who fronted From First to Last for a few years before deciding he’d rather have all of the money to himself after a gig, was back with the group for surprise single “Make War,” which was immediately met with claims of cover-art jacking by a band called Culture Abuse. That group released an album depicting a peach and fencing on the cover last year, while From First to Last’s single featured a peach and barbed wire fencing (totally different!). Skrillex took to Twitter to try to diffuse the issue, saying it was coincidental and he would never steal.

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On Jan. 13, two of Cincinnati’s more unique and talented up-and-comers teamed up to put out the compelling 10-track release celestialove. Hip Hop MC/producer Devin Burgess and singer/ songwriter Alexandra Constable — who performs under the name Xela — create something special on their hypnotic and entrancing 10-track collaborative effort. Despite being in his early 20s, Burgess (who cut his teeth in Dayton, Ohio, but now calls Cincinnati home) is technically a music veteran, diving into Hip Hop in his early teens and releasing his debut at 18. By building a solid groundwork that drew influence from Hip Hop artists who blazed their own paths instead of following trends, Burgess has moved well past his earliest releases by regularly challenging himself, learning and exploring. In that way, Burgess is actually right in line with the breakthrough Hip Hop performers of today, whose sense of boundless curiosity has helped create a new golden era for the genre. A chronic collaborator, the prolific Burgess issued a handful of full-length recording projects last year alone, including his second instrumental album, Solstice, which is like a snapshot of his experimental spirit. Xela writes songs and performs in the area with an acoustic guitar, but her magnetic debut, last year’s Monster, is a mixtape on which she sometimes matches her fluttering, slow-burning voice to beds of airy soundscapes and flickering beats. Monster’s more sparse songs feature just acoustic guitar and vocals, which might tempt one to label her “Folk Pop” if that was the only side of herself she presented. But it’s that effortless mixture of seemingly disparate approaches that makes Xela a truly 21st century artist. While once musicians had to pick a lane and stick to it musically, today’s multidimensional listening habits have produced a breed of creatives who wouldn’t think of not allowing other styles of music to shade their craft. That innate pursuit of ideas wherever they lead and the lack of concern over precise categorization are things Burgess and Xela share. While evident in their previous work, the generational bond and natural artistic rapport creates sparks. The best collaborators are the ones whose presences bring out not just the best in each other, but also unique dimensions perhaps not as previously apparent. That’s the case with celestialove. The two artists’ compatibility is part of the reason the release is so effective and alluring, but make no mistake, their individual skills are bountiful. Xela’s vocals — soulful and dream-like, even

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success looks to be continuing into 2017. Next month, the group finds out if it will win its first Grammy after scoring its second nomination, again for Best Country/Duo Performance, for the single “21 Summer.” And the latest single from Pawn Shop, “It Ain’t My Fault,” was released this week. (Brian Baker) LuxDeluxe with Moonbeau Saturday • MOTR Pub LuxDeluxe is from Northampton, Mass., but the band doesn’t much sound like the various outfits that have given the town its reputation as an underground hot bed (an aesthetic best exemplified by longtime scene anchors Dinosaur Jr.). The five guys in LuxDeluxe, all in their early 20s, make straightforward Rock & Roll that draws equally from such iconic touchstones as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones as well as modern-day masters Wilco. The band’s 2011 debut, Hollow Ground, appeared when the guys were still teenagers — word is LuxDeluxe’s members have been playing together since they were 8 years old — and it’s a solid if obvious effort set apart by Ned King’s yearning vocals and Gabe Bernini’s insistent keyboards. The follow-up, 2015’s It’s a Girl, is a leap forward in both production and songwriting chops, opening with “What You Need,” a catchy, textured Pop Rock track centered on King’s repeated lyrical admission, “What you need is more than I got.” As a sort of present to fans, LuxDeluxe dropped a “visual album EP” called Midnight Snack the day after Christmas. The EP features four songs presented via one unedited take as the camera follows the band members through what seems to be their permanent living quarters (a bedroom that features posters of The Beatles, Stones and Wilco, confirming the aforementioned influences). Midnight Snack is the most interesting thing LuxDeluxe has yet produced — stripped-down, oddball Pop nuggets that could be mistaken for Summerteeth demos — and bodes well for what might come next. (Jason Gargano)


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Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls with Murder By Death, Arkells and Will Varley Saturday • Bogart’s The title of Frank Turner’s latest album, Positive Songs for Negative People, could be needlepointed into a sampler to exemplify his personal and professional philosophy. Through six albums with the Sleeping Souls, his gifted and almost supernaturally talented backing band, Turner has used his energetic Folk Punk style to bear witness to some of life’s most tragic situations, like addiction, suicide, poverty and loss. While reflecting on such grief and sadness, the U.K. native also regularly reveals the silver linings that human beings cling to in order to survive. Turner didn’t come up in a hardscrabble English tenement. His investment banker father gave him the leg up necessary to be educated at Windsor’s Eton College, where Prince William was a classmate. Turner seemingly found his musical calling there with Punk bands like Kneejerk and Million Dead. When Million Dead’s four-year run ended, it fatefully coincided with Turner’s introduction to Bruce Springsteen’s stark, acoustic Nebraska album. The lo-fi cult favorite Frank Turner showed Turner a clear PHOTO : provided path to a solo career. Turner’s first solo EP, Campfire Punkrock, was released in 2006. The group Dive Dive backed him on the EP, and three of that band’s members (Ben Lloyd, Tarrant Anderson and Nigel Powell) became the core of his longtime crew, The Sleeping Souls. Turner’s debut full-length, 2007’s Sleep is For the Week, was the singer/songwriter’s official introduction to a broader audience, with critics and fans connecting with the Billy Bragglike observational skills, righteous indignation and heightened melodic senses. While Turner recorded his early releases with minimal accompaniment in the studio, The Sleeping Souls joined him for tour dates, which included the clustered festival circuit and opening slots for The Gaslight Anthem, among others. In 2009, Epitaph Records became Turner’s American label home and the imprint released Poetry of the Deed, which was the first band-recorded album. The following year he was tapped as the opener for some Green Day stadium shows. In the past five years, Turner has gone from strength to strength, releasing a string of ecstatically received albums — England Keep My Bones, Tape Deck Heart and


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Wednesday 18 20th Century Theater - The H Devil Makes Three with Lost Dog Street Band. 8 p.m. Roots. $20.

Arnold’s Bar and Grill - Todd Hepburn. 7 p.m. Blues/Jazz/ Various. Free. Blind Lemon - Evan Matthews. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free. The Greenwich - Karaoke with DJ DynoMike. 8 p.m. Various. Free. Jag’s Steak and Seafood - Steve Thomas. 6 p.m. Sax/Piano/Vocals. Free. Jean-Robert’s Table - Frenchaxe. 6:30 p.m. Jazz. Free. Knotty Pine - Mitch and Steve. 10 p.m. Rock/Pop/Blues/Various. Free. Mansion Hill Tavern - Losing Lucky. 8 p.m. Roots. Free. Marty’s Hops & Vines - Mike Biere. 7 p.m. Acoustic Rock. Free. Miller’s Fill Inn - Karaoke with A Mystical Sound Sensation DJ Rob. 9 p.m. Various. Free. MOTR Pub - Physco with Midwesterns. 9 p.m. Rock/Various. Free. Northside Yacht Club - From H the Archives with Milkman, New Third Worlds and The Z.G.s. 9 p.m. Punk. Free.

Pit to Plate - Bluegrass Night with Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. 7 p.m. Bluegrass. $2.

Northside Tavern - Plastic Ants H and The Hiders. 10 p.m. Pop/ Rock/Various. Free.

The Cricket Lounge at The Cincinnatian Hotel - Phillip Paul Trio. 6 p.m. Jazz. Free.

Stanley’s Pub - Moonshine & Wine Duo and The Newbees Duo. 9 p.m. Americana. Cover.

Northside Yacht Club Ancient Warfare with Vanity Creeps and The Fairmount Girls. 8 p.m. Indie/Rock/Pop/Various. Free.

Crow’s Nest - The Whiskey Chronicles featuring Warrick and Lowell, Moonshine & Wine, Stephen J Williams and Hank Becker. 10 p.m. Americana. Free.

Taft’s Ale House - John Ford. 8 p.m. Roots/Blues/Various. Free. Wright State University Nutter Center - Dierks Bentley with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi. 7:30 p.m. Country. $51.75-$371.48.

School of Rock Mason - School of Rock Mason Tribute To Pink Floyd. 7:30 p.m. Pink Floyd tribute. $6, $8 day of show.

Back Porch Saloon - Thom Stephenson’s Acoustic Rock Show. 5 p.m. Classic Rock. Free. Blind Lemon - Michael J (9 p.m.); Ed Oxley (6 p.m.). 6 p.m. Various. Free. Blue Note Harrison - Amy Sailor Band. 9 p.m. Country. Cover.

Latitudes Bar & Bistro - Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams. 6 p.m. Jazz/ Blues. Free. MOTR Pub - Know Prisoners and B.C. Duo. 9 p.m. Reggae/ Soul/Funk/Jazz/Various. Free.

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Plain Folk Cafe - Open mic with Tom & Kerrie Braun. 7 p.m. Various. Free. The Redmoor - Cincinnati H Contemporary Jazz Orchestra featuring Bruno Mangueira: Night In Brasilia. 7:30 p.m. Brazilian Jazz. $15.

Silverton Cafe - The String Theory. 9 p.m. Rock/Various. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Royal Holland with In Details. 9:30 p.m. Indie Rock/ Various. Free.

Century Inn Restaurant - Jim Teepen. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Mission Man (25th anniversary/release party) with The Invisible Strings, The Jared Presley Experience and D-Nails. 9 p.m. Hip Hop/Indie/Pop/Rock/Various. $5.

The Comet - The Harlequins H with Garbage Geek. 10 p.m. Garage/Psych/Rock/Pop. Free.

Stanley’s Pub - Shane Runion with Rivertown. 9 p.m. Country/Rock. Cover.

Crow’s Nest - Flatland Harmony Experiment. 10 p.m. Bluegrass. Free.

The Underground - Brilliantly, Joshua David, Micah Mootispaw and more. 7 p.m. Rock/Pop/ Various. Cover.

Bogart’s - Brothers Osborne H with LANco. 8 p.m. Country. $35.30.

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

Jim and Jack’s on the River - Nick Netherton Band. 9 p.m. Country/ Various. Free.

Knotty Pine - Mitch and Steve. 9 p.m. Rock/Pop/Blues/Various. Free.

The Redmoor - Soul Pocket. 9 p.m. Soul/R&B/Pop/Dance/Various. $10.

Arnold’s Bar and Grill - Root Cellar Xpress. 9 p.m. Americana. Free.

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Crow’s Nest - Tony Hall. 9:30 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

Plain Folk Cafe - Skirt and Boots. 7:30 p.m. Americana. Free.

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

Blind Lemon - Jamonn Zeiler. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

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Rick’s Tavern - My Sister Sarah. 10 p.m. Pop/Rock/Dance. $5.

Silverton Cafe - Bob Cushing. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

Arnold’s Bar and Grill - Dottie Warner. 7:30 p.m. Jazz. Free.

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Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Bonnie Whitmore. 8 p.m. Americana/Country/Rock. Free.

Knotty Pine - DV8. 10 p.m. Rock/ Dance/Various. Cover. Madison Live - Madison Theater Band Challenge Round 2 with B-sides, Chambers of Chaos, Chasing Autumn, CrossWalk, Joe Tellmann Band, Men of Blues and Top Hat Theatre. 6:30 p.m. Various. $10. Madison Theater - Moon Taxi with Brother Smith. 9 p.m. Indie/Rock/Various. $15, $20 day of show.

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Mansion Hill Tavern - The Blue Ravens. 9 p.m. Blues. $4. Marty’s Hops & Vines - Kirk and Joe Duo. 9 p.m. Pop/Rock. Free. The Mockbee - DJ AB and more. 9 p.m. DJ/Various. Free. MOTR Pub - Fluffer with Moira and Mungbean. 9 p.m. Indie/Dance/ Pop/Rock/Various. Free. MVP Bar & Grille - The Billy Rock Band. 9 p.m. Rock

Urban Artifact - Fenrir and Stonecutters. 10 p.m. Hard Rock/ Metal. Free. Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - Marc Fields Quartet. 9 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum). Woodward Theater - Ryan Fine H and The Media with Us, Today. 9 p.m. Pop/Rock/Jazz/Various. $7, $10 day of show.

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

Southgate House Revival H (Sanctuary) - Trapped on Earth with Watchfrogs. 7:30 p.m.

Jim and Jack’s on the River Rodney Alan Combs. 9 p.m. Country. Free. Knotty Pine - Naked Karate Girls. 10 p.m. Pop/Rock/Dance. Cover. Legends Nightclub - The Remains. 8:30 p.m. Rock. $10. Live! at the Ludlow Garage Bruce in the USA. 8 p.m. Springsteen tribute. $17-$35. The Lounge - John Ford. 8 p.m. Blues/Roots/Various. Free. Macadu’s - Ambush. 9 p.m. Rock. Free. Madison Live - Madison Theater Band Challenge Round 2 with As You Like It, Before Sunday, Candescent, Jesse Finley, Life Brother, Lockjaw and Mask Of The Charlatan. 7 p.m. Various. $10. Madison Theater - Signs of Life. 9 p.m. Pink Floyd tribute. $20, $25 day of show. Mansion Hill Tavern - The Heaters. 9 p.m. Blues. $3. Marty’s Hops & Vines - Encore Duo. 9 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Maury’s Tiny Cove - Ricky Nye. 7:30 p.m. Blues/Boogie Woogie. Free. McCauly’s Pub - Open Jam with Sonny Moorman. 7 p.m. Blues/ Various. Free. The Mockbee - J Burroughs (EP release) with kALe and Sarah Hanselmann. 10 p.m. Various. Free.

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Arnold’s Bar and Grill - The Cincy Brass. 9 p.m. Brass/Funk/Dance/ Various. Free.

MVP Bar & Grille - Brass Tracks Band. 9 p.m. Rock/Various.

Blue Note Harrison - Bad Habit and Wize Guys. 9 p.m. Rock/ Various. Cover. Bogart’s - Frank Turner & the H Sleeping Souls with Murder By Death, Arkells and Will Varley. 8 p.m. Rock/Various. $40.86.

The Comet - Suck the Honey with Brother Brother. 10 p.m. Rock. Free.

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Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - New Moons with Beyond Pluto and Calumet. 9:30 p.m. Indie Rock. Free.

The Greenwich - Jazz Renaissance featuring Lavieena Campbell. 8:30 p.m. Jazz. $10.

20th Century Theater - Forever Diamond. 8 p.m. Neil Diamond tribute. $15.

Blind Lemon - Warren Ulgh (9 p.m.); Evan Uveges (6 p.m.). 9 p.m. Various. Free.

School of Rock Mason - School of Rock Mason Iron Maiden vs. Judas Priest Show. 7:30 p.m. Metal. $6, $8 day of show.

MOTR Pub - Lux Deluxe with Moonbeau. 9 p.m. Indie Rock. Free.

Northside Tavern - The Perfect Children, Yellow Paper Planes and Bucko. 10 p.m. Rock/Soul/ Various. Free.

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OTR Live - Meek Mill. 10 p.m. Hip Hop Plain Folk Cafe - China Catz. 7:30 p.m. Grateful Dead tribute. Free. The Redmoor - Positive Reaction. 8:30 p.m. Reggae. $10. Rick’s Tavern - DV8. 10 p.m. Rock/ Dance/Various. $5.

Funk/Pop/Alt/Various. $10, $12 day of show.

Stanley’s Pub - Stanley’s H 2nd-Annual Winter Jam featuring Elementree Livity Project, Partyboob and Indyca. 9 p.m. Reggae/Rock/Jam. Cover.

Taft Theatre - Smokey Robinson with Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. 8 p.m. Soul/Pop/ Orchestral.

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Thompson House - Grave Friends, The Earth Laid Bare, Today’s Last Tragedy, The Dugongs and Deadbeat. 8 p.m. Rock/Metal. $10. The Underground - Battle of H the Bands Finals with Circle It, Seth Canan & The Carriers, The Key Concepts and Waveshapes. 6 p.m. Various. Cover. Urban Artifact - Electric Orange Peel. 10 p.m. Jam/Funk/Jazz/ Rock/Various. Free. U.S. Bank Arena - Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood. 7 p.m. Country. $74.98. Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - Pat Kelly and Eugene Goss. 9 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).

Sunday 22 Blind Lemon - Jeff Henry. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Bogart’s - Datsik with Crizzly H and more. 8 p.m. Bass/EDM/ Various. $20.

4 p.m. Rock/Various. $6, $8 day of show. Stanley’s Pub - Stanley’s Open Jam. 10 p.m. Various. Free. Taft Theatre - Smokey H Robinson with Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. 2 p.m. Soul/Pop/ Orchestral.

Urban Artifact - Hello Ocho, Swoops and Life Brother. 9 p.m. Indie/Rock/Post Punk/ Progressive/Various. Free. U.S. Bank Arena - Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood. 7 p.m. Country. $74.98.

Monday 23 Blind Lemon - Ben Armstrong. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Knotty Pine - Open Mic. 8 p.m. Various. Free. Mansion Hill Tavern - Acoustic Jam with John Redell and Friends. 8 p.m. Acoustic/Various. Free. McCauly’s Pub - Open Jam with Sonny Moorman. 7 p.m. Blues/ Various. Free. MOTR Pub - Ryley Walker. 9 Hp.m. Folk/Psych/Various. Free. Northside Tavern - The Qtet. 10 p.m. Funk/Jazz/Rock/Various. Free. Northside Yacht Club - Joey H Sprinkles, Vampire Weekend at Bernie’s and Toon Towne. 8 p.m. Pop/Punk/Various.

Stanley’s Pub - Stanley’s Live Jazz Band. 10 p.m. Jazz. Free. Taft Theatre - Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. 8 p.m. Pop/ Jazz/Various. $31.50-$39.50. Urban Artifact - Iconic Riot and Danbient. 9 p.m. EDM. Free.

Tuesday 24 Arnold’s Bar and Grill - Diamond Jim Dews. 7 p.m. Blues. Free. Blind Lemon - Nick Tuttle. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

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

The Comet - Mardou. 10 p.m. Indie Rock/Post Punk/Various. Free.

Knotty Pine - Randy Peak. 10 p.m. Acoustic. Free

Crow’s Nest - Open Mic Nite. 8 p.m. Various. Free.

Mansion Hill Tavern - Open Blues Jam with Uncle Woody & the Blue Bandits. 7 p.m. Blues. Free.

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

Miller’s Fill Inn - Karaoke with A Mystical Sound Sensation DJ Rob. 9 p.m. Various. Free.

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

MOTR Pub - The Midwestern Swing. 9 p.m. Western Swing/Jazz. Free. Northside Tavern - DJ Pillo. 9 p.m. Dance/Various/DJ. Free. Southgate House Revival H (Sanctuary) - School of Rock Mason Tribute to Pink Floyd (4

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MOTR Pub - Writer’s Night. 10 p.m. Open mic/Various. Free. Stanley’s Pub - Trashgrass Night with members of Rumpke Mountain Boys. 9 p.m. Jamgrass/Bluegrass/ Jamgrass/Various. Cover.


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