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What a Week! BY T.C. Britton


A gaggle of Greenpeace activists climbed a crane in D.C. to unfurl a huge yuge “Resist” banner near the White House on Wednesday. The sign was soon removed but not before someone snapped the perfect shot of it floating above Chez Trump. One protester live-streamed the stunt on Facebook. Greenpeacers are known for sneaking into tall, unsuspecting places and displaying protest banners — they famously scaled the P&G towers here in Cincy in 2014. The banner was only on display for a few hours, but armchair activists could feel good about sharing the image for several days.


Word came Thursday that the “Doomsday Clock” has ticked forward for the first time since 2015, moving 30 seconds closer to midnight with two and a half minutes to go. So WTF is a Doomsday Clock? A Marvel supervillain timepiece? Can you buy it at Hot Topic? Does it reset every time a televangelist wrongly predicts the apocalypse? Unfortunately, no, it’s not any of those things. The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic countdown to worldwide crisis maintained by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board. Created in 1947, the time is calculated based on the threat of nuclear war, climate change and developments in science and technology. Oh, and midnight = global catastrophe. The furthest it’s even been was 17 minutes to midnight in 1991. The Cold War was officially over, nuclear weapons were being destroyed and life around the world was generally pretty decent, which might be why so many Millennials are considered wimpy and lazy today. They had it so good in the ’90s! In 1953, the clock ticked closest to midnight with just two minutes to spare. The Cold War was ramping up, with the U.S. and Russia in a race to test hydrogen bombs. But it probably didn’t take a hypothetical risk clock for people to realize we’re basically living in the 1950s.


Saturday marked the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year, or a second chance at those already-failed resolutions for the rest of us. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2017 is the year of the rooster. Full disclosure, we did just spend 20 minutes trying unsuccessfully to find any reference to the “year of the cock” in order to make a dick joke.


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Not sure if anyone realized this, but just because 2016 is over doesn’t mean people are gonna stop dying. In fact, it’s scientifically proven that this will continue to get worse. This week we lost Mary Tyler Moore, British actor John Hurt, the “father of Pac-man” Masaya Nakamura and Emmanuelle Riva, the oldest Best Actress nominee in Oscar history.


One ray of light in an otherwise bleak week came from the Cincinnati Zoo, which is now home to a new baby hippopotamus! Mama Bibi gave birth six weeks early to a 29-pound girl. That might sound like a giant baby, but because she’s a premie, she’s about 25 pounds lighter than the lowest recorded birth weight for her species. We’re rooting for you, little hippo! The world needs a hero right now! CONTACT T.C. BRITTON:

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Closing out his first week as president, Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning refugees and all non-U.S. citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Noticeably absent from the list are Egypt, Indonesia, Lebanon, Saudia Arabia, Turkey and the UAE — countries that are home to Trump properties. Airports across the country were flooded with protesters over the weekend, calling for the release of detainees affected by the ban. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance went on strike Saturday, enacting a temporary ban of its own at JFK airport. Noticeably absent from that strike was Uber, which continued to service rides to and from the airport. The rideshare company became Public Enemy No. 1 after CEO Travis Kalanick was appointed as an economic advisor to Trump, and the company’s scabby actions over the weekend prompted many Uber users to bravely delete the app and switch to Lyft, Uber’s pink mustachioed counterpart. The 99 percent of Uber drivers who also work for Lyft reportedly responded with a collective ¯ \ _(ツ)_ / ¯.


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held a press conference to declare the city a sanctuary city. Karen Dabdoub of Greater Cincinnati’s Council on American Islamic Relations applauded the city’s stand while calling Trump’s claim that his immigrant ban isn’t a Muslim ban “patently false.” Other faith leaders echoed those sentiments, calling for an appreciation of diversity and a rollback on the ban. “We are here today because we are in a national moral crisis,” Cranley said at the news conference. “This city has been for years and will remain a sanctuary city.” Cranley specifically cited Syrian refugees in his remarks, equating turning them away to ignoring the plight of European Jews during the Holocaust. That’s a big change of heart — Cranley in 2015 called for a pause on Syrian refugee resettlement here. “I understand the dire circumstances Syrian refugees face because I personally visited a refugee camp in Jordan last summer,” Cranley said in a Nov. 15, 2015 statement. “However, the federal government should halt its actions until the American people can be assured that exhaustive vetting has occurred.” Cranley later apologized for those comments. The event marked the first time the mayor or any city official has formally

Imam Ismaeel Chartier speaks to a crowd protesting Trump’s immigration ban outside City Hall Jan. 30. declared Cincinnati a sanctuary city. Council members Wendell Young, Chris Seelbach and Yvette Simpson have worked on ordinances designed to formally designate Cincinnati as such. While there’s no set definition of a sanctuary city, the term generally means municipalities or other local governments don’t aid Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials in deportation efforts against residents solely charged with immigration offenses. Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac says CPD fits the bill in that regard. “CPD is in the business of making everyone safe,” he said at the event. “We won’t be enforcing immigration laws.” City Council members Simpson and Seelbach issued a joint statement the day of Trump’s executive order addressing CPD’s role in immigration enforcement. “Our police officers’ first priority is to ensure that every Cincinnatian, in every neighborhood, is safe,” Simpson said in the statement. “We want them focused on apprehending the most dangerous and violent offenders, not profiling residents and visitors to fulfill Trump’s divisive agenda. We don’t want that spirit in our city, and we have the right and obligation to residents

and taxpayers to use local law enforcement to accomplish, first and foremost, our city’s safety objectives.” One of the big sticking points to Cincinnati’s sanctuary efforts might be Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil’s office, which has confirmed it will continue working with federal immigration enforcement efforts even though the Cincinnati Police Department will not. Neil, a Democrat, appeared at a Trump campaign rally in March last year. Cincinnati’s sanctuary move has drawn some criticism. On Jan. 31, a group including Cincinnati City Councilman Charlie Winburn, Hamilton County Commissioner Chris Monzel and Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel held a news conference slamming the announcement, saying it amounted to selective enforcement of the law. “Unfortunately we have people like John Cranley and others who are trying to play politics,” Mandel said. “Over our dead body will Cincinnati become a sanctuary city.” Hours after the announcement, hundreds turned out in frigid temperatures for the rally outside Cincinnati City Hall on Monday. Local immigrant and refugee CONTINUES ON PAGE 11

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n unexpected executive order from President Donald Trump banning travel from seven countries and temporarily halting refugee resettlement garnered big pushback in Greater Cincinnati, signaling that the president’s critics here won’t be backing down soon. The order, which was issued the afternoon of Jan. 27, caused a number of people entering or re-entering the country with greencards or other legal visas to be stranded in airports awaiting deportation and pushed thousands of people to protests in New York, Dallas, Chicago and other cities. It was also the start of a big response here. Those protests came on the heels of massive marches that drew more than 3 million people across the country, including an estimated 10,000 in Cincinnati, to protest Trump’s inauguration. About 100 protesters gathered at the Greater Cincinnati International Airport the evening of Jan. 29 to protest Trump’s ban. And that was just the start of local pushback to Trump’s order. Cincinnati elected officials on Jan. 30 declared the city a sanctuary city, flying in the face of Trump’s threat to cut certain federal funding from the 200 or so cities which have designated themselves as such. A rally at City Hall a few hours after the announcement drew hundreds. Despite the big response, it’s unclear how much local protest and Cincinnati’s sanctuary status will do against Trump’s executive order and other promises, including mass deportation efforts against undocumented immigrants. The executive order Trump signed last week prohibits travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — all Muslim-majority countries — from entering the United States for 90 days. It also blocks refugees from all countries for 120 days. That ban includes those with valid green cards and visas, which led to the detention of dozens at major international airports like New York’s JFK. No refugees from the seven countries targeted by the ban have killed anyone on American soil, according to numbers from the rightleaning CATO Institute. Local families from Syria, Iran and other countries have been separated due to the ban, and four families slated to enter the United States and live in Cincinnati will no longer be coming, according to Greater Cincinnati Catholic Charities, the refugee resettlement agency designated by the U.S. State Department for the region. A diverse group of faith and nonprofit leaders and city, county and state elected officials, including Mayor John Cranley,


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Of all the hassles involved in renting moved into an apartment he owns on Delhi and moving into a new apartment or house, Avenue in Sedamsville, on Cincinnati’s fending off the sexual advances of a landWest Side. The woman, Mahogany Beasley, lord is usually not one of them. rented the apartment in October for $450 But it happens. Often enough that Cona month and agreed to clean Klosterman’s gress and President Lyndon Johnson saw fit, other apartments for a $75 discount on in 1968, to ban that form of sexual harassher rent. Klosterman filed suit Nov. 16 for ment in the Fair Housing Act. Courts have Beasley’s eviction, claiming she never paid ruled that the law forbids landlords or their her rent. She filed a countersuit three weeks employees from the “quid pro quo” practice later, claiming that Klosterman had agreed of making tenants submit to sexual acts to accept a late rent payment from Santa to keep their homes or have maintenance Maria Community Services on her behalf. work done. The law has also been aimed at By then, Beasley says she was too landlords who engage in such overt sexual unnerved to remain in the apartment. conduct toward tenants that it creates an Soon after moving in and working for intimidating or offensive atmosphere. Jeniece Jones, executive director of the Cincinnati tenant advocacy group Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME), says the Queen City has seen its share of that conduct. “We’ve seen three or four in the last year,” she says. “It varies. A lot of times it’s over repairs, rent or deposits.” Propositions are sometimes made by texting, sometimes during frequent, unwelcome appearances, Jones says. In 2008, a now-former Mahogany Beasley’s landlord says he evicted her for nonpayment landlord in Cincinnati paid of rent. She says he propositioned her. $1 million to settle what was PHOTO : Haile y Bollinger then — and might still be — the government’s biggest civil penalty for sexual harassment of tenants. Klosterman, she says he called her “baby” The money was paid by James G. Mitchell by text. And one morning as she headed and Land Baron Enterprises — $890,000 to to a cleanup job at another apartment, she the 12 women who were the targets of his claims the following exchange by text: propositions, $110,000 in fines. The case was Klosterman: “I have a deal for you.” triggered by complaints to HOME. The govBeasley: “Gm (Good morning) an ernment said Mitchell engaged in unwanted what’s that?” sexual advances and touching, entered the Klosterman: “I’ll explain when we women’s apartments without permission or meet. I’m coming in 45 min where you notice, granted “tangible housing benefits” want to meet? I bought you another for sex and took “adverse action” against outfit. Hope it fits.” those who brushed him off. The “outfit,” Beasley claims, was a twoSexually predatory landlords, though, piece set of red lingerie, blurry photos of maintain low profiles, mainly because which are now on the phone of her attorclaims are typically handled outside of ney, Michael Mann. She says he wanted public courts and quietly settled to ensure her to send him a photo of her wearing it. tenant privacy. Seldom do cases hit the Klosterman denies her account, which is news wires, such as the Justice Departcontained in her countersuit. ment’s Aug. 31, 2016, sex harassment lawsuit “There is no lingerie,” he says. “There were against two Saint Louis landlords. uniforms. We were going into the Airbnb Nonetheless, the U.S. Department of business. I’ve got the uniforms.” Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Klosterman, 67, insists he had no sexual says it received 155 claims of sexual harassinterest in Beasley. He says he has never ment of tenants nationwide in 2016. That been accused of sexual harassment in his doesn’t include complaints filed through 35 years as a landlord in the Sedamsville private lawsuits. area. He says he plans to sue Beasley for Last month, a 40-year-old Price Hill defamation. woman claimed that her landlord, John CONTINUES ON PAGE 11 Klosterman, came on to her after she


advocates like Joe Sack helped organize that event. Sack helps run Refute and Rally, an organization that seeks to combat fear of Muslims and immigrants. Chanting “no ban, no wall,” the group overflowed the wide sidewalk in front of City Hall and spilled into Plum Street. During the two-hour event, immigrants, refugees, advocates and elected officials gave remarks about welcoming immigrants. “You are the dream of the immigrant grandparents,” said Imam Ismaeel Chartier of Clifton Mosque. “Do not let that dream die. Do not let that dream be taken by a tangerine man who does not love anything but his own self. ” Masoud Ghaffari, now a U.S. citizen who came here from Iran years ago for graduate

school, stood in the crowd. His young daughter sat on his shoulders holding an American flag. “I’m here to defend American values,” he said. “Where I come from, these values don’t exist. Treating others with respect. Respect for the law. Not having one so-called president deny peoples’ legal rights with the stroke of a pen. That’s what I’m here for.” For a portion of the rally, a lone Trump supporter stood on the margins of the crowd, shouting “Trump’s America is the real America” and holding a sign that read “diversity means hunting down the last white person.” Seelbach supported the mayor’s announcement but also called for further legislation that would solidify the city’s commitment to shelter immigrants and refugees. “The status quo is not good enough,” he said. ©


“Every one of my tenants will tell you I don’t play with tenants, because it’s just not good,” he says. “I joke around. Any of my tenants will tell you I joke around with tenants, but I never cross the line.” As a landlord, however, Klosterman has other reputational issues. The city of Cincinnati has two outstanding warrants for his arrest for his failure to repair two dilapidated buildings on Delhi Avenue and pay overdue fines. City Solicitor Paula Boggs Muething says he was convicted of building code violations last September and was sentenced to 60 days in jail. She says the

city suspects he owns up to 70 properties in Sedamsville through different companies. But the city has no beef with Klosterman over his sexual comportment. That would be a matter for HUD, which enforces the Fair Housing Act. In any case, says Jones of HOME, most tenant gripes about being hit on by landlords go unheard. “We know it’s woefully unreported,” says Jones of HOME. “We might know about it anecdotally. A lot of times, we might get a call from someone who doesn’t want to report or go the next step. They just want to move or get out of a situation.” ©


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Nineteenth-century humorist and lecturer Josh Billings provided one of the best-known quotes to date about the relationship between humans and animals: “A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” Those words ring true not only for dogs, but for all manner of companion animals we share our homes and offices with: birds, horses, guinea pigs, rabbits, reptiles, cats (OK, maybe that last one is stretching it a little). This week’s issue is a celebration of the pets that spend their days contentedly playing, working and lounging by our sides — who are always happy to see us, no matter how crappy our day was or how irritable we may be. In the following pages, you’ll be introduced to local shop pets that diligently accompany their owners at work, discover a New York-style cat café preparing to open in Mason and learn more about My Furry Valentine, the largest adoption event in the Cincinnati area. You’ll also find a compilation of pet-minded vendors and a list of local shelters, events and veterinarian services to help you find your perfect pet and keep him or her in tip-top shape. So whether you’re in the market for a new furry family member or are one step away from “crazy cat lady” status, read on to uncover more about Cincinnati’s furry underbelly.


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Beau Dog Cappel, a mixed breed who wandered onto owners Ray and Stef Cappel’s porch, spends his days among an array of sparkles, apparel and glitz (occasionally trying new looks out himself). He has reliably reported to the downtown location every day since August 2013.

Customers of Northside Grange are sure to come across Ms. Aki lounging among the shop’s pet supplies. The calico tends to takes callers in the morning and early afternoon before retiring for a beauty nap until around 6 p.m., when she stands guard in the shop’s window for the late-night bar crowd.

Name: Ozzy // Breed: Shih Tzu/Lhasa Apso Mix Occupation: Flower sniffer at Eden Floral Boutique Search among the eye-popping blooms and whimsical arrangements at Eden Floral Boutique and you’ll discover Oswald — better known as Ozzy — a small mixed breed adopted from the Wilmington Animal Shelter. “A total love bug,” Ozzy spends his days happily greeting customers and chasing his toys throughout the shop.

NAME: Gus // Breed: Greyhound // Occupation: “STORE Idiot” at Artichoke

Name: CRAIG // Breed: FRENCH BULLDOG Occupation: Model at Article Menswear Has there ever been a more dapper model than Craig, the handsome French bulldog who has become the face of Article Menswear? This heartbreaker can be found soaking up some sunshine, repping some Cincinnati gear (a la a cozy Bengals tee) or lounging beside the newest arrivals on Article’s Instagram page. Pictures are free — but no autographs please. Craig’s a busy man.

Brad and Karen Hughes took Gus home on April 2, 2015 — exactly one year to the day before they opened curated cookware collection Artichoke in Over-theRhine. A retired racer and blood donor for veterinary clinics, Gus was adopted through Queen City Greyhounds and began a well-deserved life of luxury with the couple — a perfect fit, Karen says, because she and Brad had also recently retired to pursue a brand-new career.

Name: Jeffh Jefferson Breed: Domestic Longhair Occupation: Lucky Cat at the Maneki Neko Museum

Name: Jamie // Breed: Yellow-Naped Amazon Occupation: Head of Customer Service at frameshop Over 30 years old, Jamie was adopted by the folks at frameshop after her previous owners became ill. Jamie has full flight capabilities, which has led to an awkward predicament or two — most notably, an incident where she flew after a police officer giving chase to a suspect. “There I was chasing a bird, who was chasing a police officer, who was chasing a suspect,” frameshop owner Jake Gerth says.

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Thirteen years ago, Maneki Neko Museum docent Mikaila Corday received a call from a co-worker, who said a cat at the SPCA looked just like the one Corday was missing. “Although he wasn’t the one I had lost, he was beautiful and friendly, and I took him home on the spot,” she says. Now 15 years old, Jeffh greets museum patrons during Essex Artwalks wearing the red ribbon and bell traditional to Maneki Nekos, or Japanese beckoning cats.

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Brewhaus Dog Bones is a nonprofit that specializes in offering vocational training for young adults with disabilities by producing handmade, small-batch dog treats using whole grain sourced from local breweries like Braxton, Listermann and Mount Carmel. The company is 100 percent nonprofit, meaning the proceeds go straight back into growing the program for others to participate. Currently, Brewhaus Dog Bones has more than 80 participants known as the “Brew Crew.” Students participate in all aspects of the program, from the actual baking to calculating costs, processing orders and making bank deposits.


Cards for Canines

Cards for Canines is a fundraising operation that specializes in sending greeting cards featuring the faces of rescue dogs of all shapes and sizes. Proceeds go to the no-kill shelters that house the very same dogs. When you buy a card in the quantity of your choosing, you can select a design already printed or send in a photo of your own pet and receive a set of 10 cards to share. All cards are prints of original watercolors. More than $2,300 was donated to animal shelters in 2016 through monetary donations as well as product auctions — double the amount in 2015.

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It’s a testimony to her success that Jamie Morath has more than 20,000 likes on her Facebook page and multiple galleries around the city of Cincinnati housing her work. Morath’s art features whimsical and humorous depictions of pets, predominantly dogs and cats, showcasing how they are certainly intractable as our companions and friends. She combines the illustrations of various breeds of dogs and cats with florid, ornate patterns and colors in the background, whether it appears on a pillow, wallpaper or shower curtain. A portion of proceeds is donated to rescue efforts for animals, and prints are available in a variety of sizes for as little as $10 each. 529 Main St., Lovel and,

Pet Love Photography

Pet Love Photography is a boutique photography studio specializing in photography services for your pet at a location of your choosing, because as we all know getting your pet to sit still is actually impossible. Pet Love provides high-quality photographs to help commemorate and celebrate your pet and provides various types of shoots. A portion of profits benefits animal rescues, shelters and charities. The studio also photographs adoptable pets for several area shelters; nearly 300 rescue pets were photographed in 2016.

Strasse Dog

If you’re looking for a more personalized experience to pet grooming than PetsMart, look no further. The store boasts a wide variety of services and products such as pet clothing, toys, treats and even basic medical services. Better yet, Strasse Dog likes to keep its prices affordable, so you don’t have to prolong putting off an appointment for that stinky dog of yours. Pick up a fashionable dog sweater on the way out, and your dog will be the envy of all the other dogs in the neighborhood. 605 Main St., MainStrasse Village, Covington, Ky., 859-431-7387,

Cats and a Cuppa


Adoptable felines find refuge at Kitty Brew Cat Café, coming soon to Mason BY L AUREN MORET TO

A tomcat hijacking a community service program helped spur a passion project for one

F oun d er s K en M olnar an d J enni B arrett // p h oto : h ailey bollin g er The ability for cats to have open space where they are free to hide, socialize or merely lay in the sun allows for a stress-free environment, without which could mean serious implications for an animal. “Ultimately, when a cat is stressed, their immune system begins to not function properly and they subsequently show signs of sickness,” Stephenson says. “Typically that is the pattern within animal shelters.” While some cats may be more timid or fearful in the shelter setting, the opportunity to meander and meet people on their own terms in a comfortable environment will help them thrive and show off their attributes, according to Stephenson. And for people who find animal shelters intimidating, Barrett hopes Kitty Brew changes the way they view adoption in Hamilton County. “A lot of people don’t go to the shelter, in any county. I think they feel like it’s sad or depressing with the Sarah McLachlan music in the background,” she says. “We don’t want people to adopt because they feel sorry, we want them to adopt because they see a cat that’s having fun and frisky or just kind of relaxing and they’re like, ‘That’s the kind of pet I want in my home.’ ” For some customers, a visit to Kitty Brew could mean much more than playtime.

Improvements in mood, stress and anxiety are well-documented affects of human-animal interactions, according to a Frontiers in Psychology article in which 69 original studies on human-animal interactions were reviewed. At Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati, these affects are seen first-hand in the many community centers, hospitals and schools where their pet volunteers make visits. Currently, there are about five cats in the volunteer program. Seeing the change in behavior from people they visit is “tremendous,” according to Therapy Pets executive director Glenna Mockbee — and she can see the café having the same impact. “That cat café, it could possibly — if they go in there with the animal and sit there and stroke it and love on it — I think it’d help the human feel much better,” she says. It’s a sentiment mirrored by Barrett. “If people can have an hour or two where they’re focused on a kitten that’s just being a kitten or a cat that’s giving them some attention, I think that maybe they’ll forget, for a moment, about the craziness and the world we live in these days,” she says. “Being able to take your mind off of something, I think that’s really helpful.”

KITTY BREW CAT CAFÉ is scheduled to open in late February or early March at 6011 Tylersville Road, Mason. Updates/more info:

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Fairfield couple. Jenni Barrett, then working as a probation officer, was supervising a program when a tomcat sauntered into a room of men waiting to get checked in. Passing from one to another, the furry guest left nothing but smiles in its wake, stealing a head scratch from each man in line. “Some of these guys, you know, they have really rough lives, and maybe some of them did some not-so-Kosher things, not-so-good things, and this tomcat would walk in and their faces would just light up,” Barrett says. “That said something to me.” An understanding of the mutually beneficial relationship between humans and animals, coupled with a passion for animal rescue, serves as the backbone of Barrett’s and boyfriend Ken Molnar’s venture: Kitty Brew Cat Café, where customers can sip on a latte while cuddling up to adorable — not to mention adoptable — cats. Located at 6011 Tylersville Road in Mason, the café is expected to open as early as late February. Making a reservation and paying a small cover fee will gain customers entrance to Kitty Brew’s cat lounge, a nearly 1,900-square-foot space featuring cat furniture, a sitting area for humans and 12 cats ready to find their forever homes. The space is separated into two sections: a café and a cat lounge. The café side will be entirely sealed off from the lounge by a windowed wall, per health code requirements. Once a customer’s beverage has been prepared in the café, however, they are welcome to venture into the lounge to consume it in the company of Kitty Brew’s furry residents. On the menu are a selection of coffee beverages and an assortment of baked goods and snacks. A designated worker will be present in the lounge to take orders via iPad. The cats themselves are supplied in partnership with Animal Friends Humane Society, a nonprofit adoption agency in Butler County. Animal Friends will determine which of its cats would be best suited for life at Kitty Brew by assessing factors like temperament and medical needs. As an off-site adoption partner, the café will house the cats while the agency oversees their care, medical needs and adoptions. Adoption applications are available inside the cat lounge. After a form is filled out, it is scanned to Animal Friends and will be approved or denied in 24 hours are less. If the potential adopter’s application is approved, a café employee will call the customer and have them pick up their new pet. As soon as a cat is adopted out, Animal Friends will transport a new cat or kitten to the lounge. There is no time restraint for the cats in the lounge to be adopted; Barrett says the cats are welcome to stay at Kitty Brew indefinitely, barring any medical needs or behavioral issues. The decision to partner with Kitty Brew was due to several factors, says Animal Friends executive director Meg Stephenson. “(Barrett) has been a huge advocate for the cat communities in our area,” she says. “Her concept was right in line with what our mission is and what we’re looking to do. We know the benefits of animals being homed elsewhere and not within a facility.”


Love Struck

Massive adoption event My Furry Valentine returns to the Sharonville Convention Center BY MADGE MARIL

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Pets express their love in many languages, whether it’s coming home

to a dog bouncing out of excitement at your reunion or feeling your finicky cat curl up to you in the middle of the night. Oftentimes, animal lovers fret over how to express that love back. Proclaiming “I love you!” to your pet usually gets blank looks from the animal (and weird stares from people if you’re in public). The team behind My Furry Valentine, a pet adoption event that strives to end shelter euthanasia, has found the perfect way to express your love back to animals. My Furry Valentine, hosted at the Sharonville Convention Center Feb. 11 and 12, is Cincinnati’s largest pet adoption event. There will be 800-1,000 adoptable pets at the event this year over the course of the weekend. If that seems like an astronomical and impossible number to you, know that 813 pets were adopted at last year’s My Furry Valentine. Each pet adopted from My Furry Valentine goes home with a swag bag, and each animal is fully vaccinated and spayed or neutered, accompanied by up-to-date health and medical records. Adoption fees of individual pets vary by shelter. There will be close to 40 Tristate shelters participating, including Animal Friends Humane Society, Adore-A-Bull Rescue, Cincinnati Pit Crew, Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic, Inc. and Purrfect Friends Cat Rescue. The shelters offer dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and other pets, all up for adoption. Some shelters will have an application process for adopting pets, while others allow same-day adoption, letting you walk out of My Furry Valentine with a new friend for your family. And if you’re not sure how your own pet will react to a new pet, you can contact the shelter or rescue of the pet to schedule a meet-and-greet. (Owned pets are not allowed into the My Furry Valentine event.) Besides the hundreds of adoptable pets, animal advocate groups and veterinary services like Ohio Police K-9 Memorial, National Canine Cancer Foundation, Care Center Animal Blood Bank and Pets In Need of Greater Cincinnati will also be in attendance. Close to 45 vendors will let you learn all about animal care groups in Cincinnati, such as Animal Care Centers, Underdog K-9 Academy LLC, Project Blue Collar and Off Leash K-9 Training, as well as different animal food brands and other pet businesses. Already excited to go find your perfect pet? My Furry Valentine’s website ( hosts a frequently

T h ese little guys G O T H O M E S . // P H O T O : P rovided updated gallery of homeless pets that will be available at the event, as well as at other satellite events. The photos provide information on the pet and adoption fees. The gallery also spotlights animals with special needs. One such pet is Clementine, a large bunny up for adoption through Pampered Pets Animal Rescue. Clementine was saved from an owner who did not show up in court to claim her, and is now looking for the right home that will love a big bunny like herself. Another pet up for adoption at the event is Paco, a tough dog that has been through hard times. Available

through Animal Friends Humane Society, Paco arrived at the shelter in September of 2011 as a 6-month-old puppy and was adopted in October. During the next 5 years, Paco had several owners that passed him around until September 2016, when he was picked up by the Dog Wardens of Butler County due to abandonment and cruelty. When Butler County found Paco, his condition was dire: He had fleas, hair loss, ear infections and other serious conditions. Paco’s energy, however was high. According to the shelter, “He was still the loving, spunky dog that had been adopted five years earlier.” Paco’s health has since greatly improved. If you find your dream pet on My Furry Valentine’s website before the event, look into submitting an application through the individual shelter beforehand. You can also purchase an Early Bird admission ($25 for one person, $40 for two people), which gets you into My Furry Valentine two hours before general admission on the first day of the event. If you don’t mind waiting the two hours for the event to open up at noon, general admission is just $5 for ages 5 and up. Fretting over the fact that you can’t take in another feline or pup? There are other ways to help. My Furry Valentine needs plenty of volunteers to help bring the rescues in, assist guests, collect donations and make sure all of the pets are happy during the event. If helping animals find homes sounds like your idea of a perfect weekend, apply to be a volunteer online. The mastermind behind the event is Carolyn Evans, a “PhoDOGrapher” who specializes in candid portraits of pets and their owners. She founded My Furry Valentine as a way to help end the euthanasia of animals with plenty of life left to live. Evans remarked that she is “inspired by a desire to help put an end to shelter euthanasia in our community — by far, the number one cause of untimely death of dogs and cats in America.” Adopting a pet means taking in a new family member. And you never know: While My Furry Valentine offers hundreds of pets that need saving, oftentimes those who adopt pets remark that it is, in fact, the animal that saves them. If you’re looking for a new friend, go to My Furry Valentine and fall in love with one of the hundreds of animals looking for someone just like you.

The sixth-annual MY FURRY VALENTINE event takes place Feb. 11-12 at the Sharonville Convention Center, 11413 Chester Road. More info:

A Place to Call Home Ohio Pet Sanctuary provides a niche for small animals in need BY CHRISTINA DROBNEY

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All animals want — and need — a place to call home. That is the mission of the Ohio Pet Sanctu-

com. Adoptions are not allowed if the potential adopter has not met the animal in person. Contact and arrange a supervised meeting at the sanctuary with the pet and its caretaker if you are interested in adopting. “If the animal has a history of known illness, we request a letter confirming an established relationship with a veterinarian who is qualified to continue care for that species,” Schleibaum says. “We also reserve the right to deny adoption for any reason we see fit. We get to know these animals well and generally have a good idea if a home will not be a good fit.” More than 20 animals are currently available for adoption, including small parrots, kittens and over a dozen rabbits. To fund the facility, Schleibaum says she used her personal money as well as proceeds from the rescue’s ongoing Cans for Critters metal can drive. The rescue also has an online store that sells animal-themed products like T-shirts, jewelry and more. “Our hope with the new building is that we can generate more money through the sales of the pet products and hopefully be able to afford to help more animals,” Schleibaum says. “The new building will have pet supplies available for sale in our storefront. We want people to feel good about purchasing supplies for their own pets because they can see the animals (that) the purchase is helping. We don’t want people to feel guilty or obligated to donate or otherwise give money they don’t have.”

The OHIO PET SANCTUARY’s new building will be located at 8018 Beechmont Ave., Anderson. More info: ohiopetsanctuary and

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ary rescue organization. And it all began with a ferret. In 2009, a stray ferret, malnourished and covered in fleas, approached a group having a picnic in a park outside of Cincinnati. The group took him to the nearby Boone County Animal Shelter, where he was soon adopted by Madison Schleibaum. Two years later, a second ferret — who was brought to the shelter by a woman who found her in her garden — also found a home with Schleibaum. The ferrets — named Garak and Kes — were living proof that all species of animals need someone to care for them when their owners are unable to. Inspired by their stories, Schleibaum, a registered veterinary technician who frequently works with the Boone County Animal Shelter, founded the Ohio Pet Sanctuary in September 2012. Now the rescue is preparing its first brick-and-mortar facility, which is scheduled to open in Anderson later this month. The building will provide animals temporary housing while they wait for adoption and provide rehabilitation services, shelter and care. Previously, pets were fostered in volunteers’ homes, and adoptions were facilitated online. “With our new facility, people can come and meet several animals at once and we can better match pets with families,” Schleibaum says. “There is the added benefit of more human interaction with a central location.” According to Schleibaum, last year the Ohio Pet Sanctuary took in 49 pets, the largest number of animals they’ve ever had come through. Every animal was adopted within six months of becoming available. The rescue focuses on species that have fewer facilities available to them, including birds, rabbits, guinea pigs,

hamsters and small reptiles. It also provides re-homing assistance for cats and dogs. “We have had emaciated animals from hoarding situations that require constant nutrient monitoring and physical therapy, and those animals are cared for differently than (those with) mental illness due to neglect or abuse,” Schleibaum says. “Fortunately, we have a fantastic veterinarian, Dr. Debbie Kemper, who we work very closely with.” The cost for rehabilitation varies depending on the animal species and the treatment they need. “In October, we brought in two one-day-old kittens that required bottle feeding, vaccination, spay, neuter, etc.,” Schleibaum says. “The cost was much higher than for Whispy, a rabbit from an overcrowding situation who has nothing physically wrong with her, but we are working to make her amenable to human handling.” One of the most memorable rehabilitation stories for Schleibaum was when the sanctuary took in a green parakeet in March named Marty, who was found as a stray at a gas station during the winter. “He had clearly been lost for quite some time,” she says. “He was emaciated, terrified, his beak was rotting, his feathers were unhealthy and he was infested with parasites. He stayed at the county animal shelter for his mandatory stray-hold period and then transferred to us. “We cleared his parasites, the ladies at (bird supply and services store) The Bird Shoppe helped us reshape his beak, we put weight on him,” she continues. “Before he went to his wonderful new home, he was starting to molt out his unhealthy feathers and get in beautiful new green ones. When he was healthier, he really had a great personality.” To begin the process of adoption, interested applicants must first fill out an online form at ohiopetsanctuary.

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Fantastic pets and where to find them Find your perfect pup, cat and beyond at these local shelters and adoption events C o m pi l e d b y E m i ly Be g l e y

EVENTS Paw-ty Paw-looza The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati throws this first-annual bash to raise awareness of the IHNGC Pet Program, which helps keep individuals experiencing homelessness together with their pets. The party includes light refreshments, pet caricature artists, a dog-toy craft station and an assortment of pet-friendly vendors. Although four-legged friends are asked to stay at home, bring a picture of your pet along for a caricature. A portion of sale proceeds benefits the program. 5:308:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Free admission. Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati, 990 Nassau St., Downtown,

Animal Adoption Foundation Waggin’ Tails Charity Auction

Pints & Pitties Knock back a pint to help local pitties in need. Adore-a-Bull, a rescue dedicated to “bully breeds” like pit bulls, boxers and bulldogs, hosts this fourth-annual Saint Patrick’s Day celebration at Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. Play games, enter a raffle, browse pet-friendly vendors and drink up: $1 of each pint sold benefits the rescue. Noon-4 p.m. March 19. $25 humans; $5 dogs. Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine,

My Fu r ry Vale nti n e

Cincinnati’s largest companion animal adoption event returns to the Sharonville Convention Center. The sixth-annual My Furry Valentine features more than 800 animals available for adoption from nearly 40 local shelters, including the Animal Friends Humane Society, Louie’s Legacy, Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic and SPCA Cincinnati. Take home a new furry family member and browse pet-friendly wares from dozens of vendors. Noon-6 p.m. Feb. 11; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 12. $5; $25 early bird admission. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, ph o t o : H i r o m i P l att P h o t o g r a ph y

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Garb yourself in gowns, suits and fedoras for a beneficial night set in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Bet on more than 100 items in a silent auction room or during a live auction led by local comedian Josh Sneed. Available items range from concert tickets and sports memorabilia to unique art pieces and admission to local attractions and Disney World. Proceeds benefit the Animal Adoption Foundation, a no-kill, nonprofit animal shelter based in Butler County. 6-10 p.m. March 4. $75. Animal Adoption Foundation, 2480 Ross Millville Road, Hamilton,


S P CA The largest animal shelter in the Cincinnati area. Takes in cats, dogs and small animals like rabbits, birds and guinea pigs. 3949 Colerain Ave., South Cumminsville, 513-541-6100; 11900 Conrey Rd., Sharonville, 513489-7387, p h o t o : C O R R I N E D AT E S

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SHELTERS AND RESCUE GROUPS * Visit each organization’s website for more details and a list of adoptable pets.

Adore-a-Bull Rescue This local rescue gives some extra love to dogs considered “bully breeds” — pit bulls, bulldogs, Staffordshire terriers, boxers and Boston terriers — which comprise the vast majority of dogs in local shelters. Adore-a-Bull strives to not only rescue and find homes for bully breeds, but also to reverse the negative stereotype often associated with them.

Cincinnati Cats

Greyhound Adoption of Greater Cincinnati GAGC is dedicated to finding quality homes for retired racing greyhounds, as well as educating the public about the breed and raising awareness about the consequences these dogs may face if they are unable to find a home after retirement.

League for Animal Welfare Founded in 1949, League for Animal Welfare is one of the oldest no-kill shelters in the area. Volunteer opportunities are available for dog walkers, cat socialization and offsite adoption events (training session required).

Louie’s Legacy

Founded in 2009, this feline-focused group concentrates on providing care and resources for special needs and at-risk cats and kittens admitted to the SPCA. The group — comprised of just six volunteers — pulls these cats from the shelter and provides them with the care and support needed to prepare them for adoption.

A no-kill rescue operating in both Cincinnati and Staten Island, New York. Louie’s Legacy is foster-based, meaning that animals stay in the care of foster families rather than a shelter. More than 1,800 animals found homes through the organization in 2016. home/ohio

Cincinnati Pit Crew

Everyone’s favorite smushy-faced dog breed has a rescue organization all to itself. Ohio Pug Rescue takes a unique approach to adoptions: Instead of viewing available dogs on their website, potential adopters fill out an online form and are matched with a specific pug that best

The goal of this “bully breed” organization is to restore a positive image to breeds often discriminated against via community outreach, educational programming and rescue efforts.

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Peppermint Pig Thrift & Gift and Animal Rescue Browse a dizzying array of discounted items at this all-volunteer shop to support its rescue organization of the same name. The thrift store is the primary sponsor of the no-kill Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue, with all proceeds benefiting the rescue, care and well-being of its companion animals. Items stocked include everything from art, dinnerware and clothing to books, tools and homegoods. 8255 Beechmont Ave., Anderson,

Queen City Greyhounds An all-volunteer organization focusing on the re-homing of retired racing greyhounds. Queen City Greyhounds also strives to educate the public about the breed and the dogs’ behavior as pets.

Recycled Doggies Founded by former animal shelter volunteers, Recycled Doggies pulls dogs on death row from local shelters and gives them a second chance at finding loving homes. All animals reside at foster homes until they are adopted. Owner surrenders and/or strays are not accepted.

SAAP The Stray Animal Adoption Program is an all-volunteer, non-profit rescue organization. Adopts out cats and dogs.

Sophie Dog Rescue A home-based organization that has strived to save dogs and puppies from high-kill shelters for more than 20 years.

VETERINARY SERVICES Angel’s Paws The worst part of owning a pet is having to say goodbye. Thankfully, Angel’s Paws is there to help, providing a wide range of services for pets and their parents. The organization provides complete end-of-life support, including pet hospice, home euthanasia, private cremation and memorial services.

Animal Care Centers of Cincinnati In addition to vet services, Animal Care Centers provides boarding, grooming and day care. Also performs laser therapy for treatment of conditions like hip dysplasia, dermatological disorders and chronic pain and inflammation. Multiple locations including 11440 Winton Road, Forest Park; and 4005 Acme Drive, Fairfield,


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The pet adoption event of the year is right around the corner. Here is everything you need to know about My Furry Valentine.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE Every year, 7.3 million animals enter shelters nationwide, waiting to be found by one of the 12 million families who will bring a new pet into their home. However, since many Americans get pets from places other than shelters or rescues, an estimated 3-4 million animals die unnecessarily every year, making shelter euthanasia the leading cause of untimely death for dogs and cats in our country.

We can change that. According to the Humane Society of the United States, if just 1 out of every 5 people getting a new cat or dog were to adopt from a shelter or rescue, not one single healthy cat or dog would lose his or her life in a shelter.



y Furry Valentine brings together the passionate rescue community to help you find your perfect companion. Since 2012, we have helped facilitate the adoption of nearly 3,000 animals from reputable animal shelters and rescue groups by hosting the region’s largest animal adoption event. This year’s event will be our biggest one yet, with more than 800 animals available for adoption.

and dogs enter shelters in the U.S. and more than 3 million are euthanized. When you make the decision to adopt an animal, you are saving two lives—the life of the animal you adopt and the life of the animal that takes its place at a shelter or rescue. This year’s event will be our largest one yet, with more than 800 animals available for adoption.

As our name suggests, you’ll fall in love with lots of pets at our The need for pet event, but we’re here to help you adoption is great here find your “furever” match. The in Cincinnati and caring employees at participating nationwide. Every year, groups know their pets well and more than 7 million cats can help you find the right fit for

your lifestyle and personality. You’ll also meet our network of pet service providers (vets, trainers, groomers and other service providers) who can help your new pet feel right at home. Pet adoption is just one way you can support our efforts. Donations also help us continue our important work. To find out more about donating, joining our team or the event in general, please visit

More than 40 shelters and rescue groups participating and over 800 adoptable animals under one roof.



All animals spayed/ neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations!

Saturday, February 11, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.* Sunday, February 12, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. where Sharonville Convention Center

cost General Admission: $5/person, ages 5+ Children 17 & under are free when accompanying an adult

Adoptions as low as $10 a cat and $40 a dog.

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*Early Bird Entry February 11, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Early Bird Admission: $25 for 1 - $40 for 2 Admission Is Limited

Tickets available online or at the door.

Free swag bag for every adopted animal!


Checklist for new adopters Before the Event Determine if you can afford and have time to take care of a pet Think through the kind of companion you want (small or large, active or couch potato, etc.) Consider what major changes might happen during your pet’s 12-15 year lifetime (marriage, children, moving, etc.) Browse our online pet gallery as well as those at participating shelters and rescues Submit an application to organizations that have animals you’re interested in so that you can be pre-approved and first in line! Ensure your home (and family!) is set up for a pet


Day of Event Bring photo ID Be prepared to cover adoption costs, which vary by group Bring copies of vet records for any current pets to demonstrate compliance with recommended annual care and vaccinations Bring proof that you can have a pet if you rent (e.g., letter from landlord or lease agreement) Do NOT bring your own animals. You can arrange meet-and-greets separately with a shelter or rescue and/or ask them for advice on how to introduce your new friend Be understanding—finding the perfect match takes time! Have an open mind—the Valentine you take home might be different than what you envisioned

After the Event Get an ID tag and well-fitting collar immediately Set your new pet up with the shelter, food, bedding and toys it needs to feel safe and secure Pet-proof your home, giving you both the best chance for a smooth transition Reach out to animal care professionals and service providers who can help with everything you’ll need to care for your new pet Be patient—give your new companion time and training to adjust to their new surroundings

Adoption 101 What is the difference between going to a pet store and adopting?

What’s the cost difference between adoption and buying?

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ONSTAGE: Know Theatre’s production of DRAGON PLAY is low-key, thoughtful and exquisitely evocative. See review on page 32.


MUSIC: THE CADILLAC THREE brings Rock & Roll conviction and Country tradition to Bogart’s. See Sound Advice on page 42. MUSIC: Bluegrass superstars YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND celebrate almost two decades of touring at the Madison Theater. See Sound Advice on page 43.

MUSIC: THE MLH CARAVAN: A DIASPORA CALLING! Formerly part of one of the short-lived yet greatest Hip Hop groups of all time, the Fugees, Lauryn Hill is coming to town to present a unique concert experience of her own making. Due to the tremendous success of shows last fall, additional stops of The MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling! concert series were announced. Each concert date features performances by artists from various parts of the African diaspora, which refers to peoples around the world descended from Africa who were transported largely by the slave trade between the 16th and 19th centuries. Past performers have included Nas, Talib Kweli, Soul Rebels and more. See Sound Advice on page 42. 8 p.m. Thursday. $39.50-$125. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, — MONROE TROMBLY

COMEDY: MIKE LEBOVITZ Coming out of the acclaimed Chicago comedy scene, Mike Lebovitz was part of the collective of comics in the Windy City called Comedians You Should Know. His set mixes

ONSTAGE: THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE You don’t often find Westerns on theater stages, but Falcon Theatre is strapping on its six-guns and aiming to present this classic story of good versus evil, law versus the gun, hope and revenge. It’s about an unlikely hero taking on a bad guy named Liberty Valance. Set in a lawless town called Shinbone in the American Wild West, the script is adapted from John Ford’s respected 1962 classic film starring Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne. For Falcon’s opening performance on Thursday, the trio Raison D’Etre will perform classic Cowboy songs pre-show. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Through Feb. 11. $20 general; $15 students; $15 Thursdays. Falcon Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Newport Ky., — RICK PENDER

observation with stories from his own life and is focused yet silly. Like the time he was in a coffee shop and a button popped off a woman’s coat. As Lebovitz picked it up, the woman demanded it back rather bluntly. “I want to know what she thinks I’m doing,” he tells an audience. “She probably thought I was standing there are all day waiting, like some pervert with a button fetish.” Thursday-Saturday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, — P.F. WILSON ART: THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL AT WAVE POOL GALLERY Curator (and CityBeat arts critic) Maria Seda-Reeder has collected select works of feminist artists from the Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell Collection and displayed them in The Personal is Political, a

two-site show at Wave Pool gallery in Camp Washington and the Dorothy W. and C. Lawson Reed Jr. Gallery at the University of Cincinnati. The more than half-dozen works, which include 2-D and 3-D pieces from both established and up-and-coming femmeidentifying artists like Louise Bourgeois, Tania Bruguera, Deb Kass, Barbara Kruger and Kara Walker, demonstrate the ways in which the intimate details of our daily lives connect to the ever-expanding understanding of the body politic. Works are paired together to reveal how these artists “resist oppression, subvert public scrutiny and suggest alternative visual paradigms within the personal and political spheres.” Associated events include a reception 5-7 p.m. Feb. 16 at UC. Through March 11. Free. Wave Pool, 2940 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington, Through April

2. Free. Dorothy W. and C. Lawson Reed Jr. Gallery, 5470 Aronoff Center, University of Cincinnati, Clifton, — MAIJA ZUMMO


VALENTINE’S DAY: SWEET AND LONELY HEARTS Feel like something a little out of the ordinary this Valentine’s Day? If so, head to the Pendleton Art Center on Friday for “Cincinnati’s most bizarre Valentine’s event” — an art show complete with giftsbrowsing, photo sessions and body painting by local artist Aryn Fox, a previous contestant on the Game Show Network’s Skin Wars. Photographers Jason Bohrer and Tina Gutierrez will be onsite for cute, CONTINUES ON PAGE 28

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DANCE: SWEAT BABY SWEAT It’s one of the most clichéd themes in dance: the relationship between a man and a woman. But with a focus on the human experience, Flemish choreographer Jan Martens brings compelling intimacy to the theme with Sweat Baby Sweat at the Contemporary Arts Center. The physically demanding performance details the arc of the couple’s life together. Music, dance, video material and song fragments combine to tell the story of a highly charged romance shaped by the ebb of letting go and grabbing hold again. Read an interview with Martens on page 33. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. $18 general admission; $12 members. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, — LAUREN MORETTO


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ART: GAME ON! GAME NIGHT AT MANIFEST In conjunction with the exhibit Game On!, which features works of visual art that address the theme of play, Manifest hosts a public game night that involves a 5-foot crossword puzzle created especially for the event. Operating with the understanding that puzzles and games are a way to exercise creative problem-solving muscles, area writers and puzzle creators Ryan Back, David Corns, Scott Holzman and Doug McDiarmid will be on hand to help the crowd group-solve answers to this oversized crossword, which will be filled with art- and game-related puns. The crossword will remain up for visitors to help decipher through Feb. 9. The juried exhibition, which displays 13 works by 10 artists from eight states, runs through Feb. 24. 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Free. Manifest, 2727 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills, — MARIA SEDA-REEDER

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creepy and classic walk-up micro photo sittings and prints — including ones alongside “Creepy Cupid” — in which body and/ or face painting are optional. 5-9 p.m. Friday. $25 body painting and photo shoots. Pendleton Art Center, 1310 Pendleton St., Pendleton, — EMILY BEGLEY


FILM: JEWISH & ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT The month-long Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival returns Saturday with 12 award-winning foreign films and featured discussion panels. Opening night screens the Hebrew romantic comedy Mr. Predictable, a film about Adi, a responsible and overlooked “good boy” who falls in love with Natalia, a wild and fun-loving dog walker. Adi’s world is turned upside

down and he must choose between love and reason, Natalia and his family (which includes his current wife). Opening night tickets include a drink, dessert reception and valet parking. The festival continues with additional film screenings — including the Holocaust drama Fever at Dawn, dance documentary Mr. Gaga and comingof-age dramedy Time to Say Goodbye — at the Mariemont, Esquire and Kenwood theaters through Feb. 23. See Film on page 34. 8 p.m.; 7:30 p.m. doors Saturday. $36 general; $32 Mayerson JCC members. 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley, — CHRISTINA DROBNEY


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FILM: WAYNE’S WORLD 25TH ANNIVERSARY One of the most excellent and irreverent movies is returning to the big screen for two nights as Wayne’s World celebrates its 25th anniversary. No way! Way! Schyea… This movie might be the sole reason an entire new generation knows the lyrics to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” by heart, and for some of us, where we learned how to finally talk to girls. (Sorry, babes, my mistake.) Wayne’s World will be hitting more than 40 theaters nationwide — including Cinemark Oakley Station, Eastgate Brew & View and Cinemark Western Hills, among others. Special screening events will include an exclusive introduction by film critic Peter Travers (Rolling Stone magazine, ABC-TV) and a videotaped chat with director Penelope Spheeris and cast members Tia Carrere, Robert Patrick and Colleen Camp after the film. Showtimes are 7, 7:15 or 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb. 7-8). Standard ticketing fees apply. Find a full list of area theaters and buy tickets at — MONROE TROMBLY

Italianate mansion? (Hint: There are not many.) Mosey through the rooms of the 1860’s Promont house, a Milford landmark filled with period furnishings, and catch a glimpse of vignette galleries and Valentine’s décor. Take a self-guided tour of the Promont while savoring light refreshments, and learn about the history of Saint Valentine and classic Valentine’s Day traditions. Don’t want to leave empty-handed? Art on display — featuring Valentine-related works by local artists — will be available for purchase. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Promont, 906 Main St., Milford, — LAUREN MORETTO

TV: Comedian Jamali Maddix explores extremist views on VICELAND’s HATE THY NEIGHBOR. See TV on page 35.

MUSIC: Indie Rock outfit AJJ performs with Joyce Manor at the Taft Theatre. See interview on page 40. MUSIC: DOYLE BRAMHALL II Doyle Bramhall II’s prowess on the guitar is so great that his deft skills as a collaborator, producer and songwriter sometimes get overlooked by the public. That’s a testament to his six-string skills, which earned him

high-profile sideman gigs with Rock legends like Roger Waters and Eric Clapton — who proclaims Bramhall II one of the best players he’s ever heard — and led to bigger roles with Clapton’ band, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Sheryl Crow (among many others) as a producer, guitarist and co-songwriter. Late last year, Bramhall II released Rich Man, his first solo album since 2001. All of Bramhall II’s talents are on full display on the impressively diverse album, which includes everything from quirky Funk and slinky R&B/ Blues to trippy Queens of the Stone Age-like Rock. 8 p.m. Monday. $18-$20. Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport, Ky., — MIKE BREEN


EVENT: Woman-centric Dungeons & Dragons group LADY KNIGHTS meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Main Library. See feature on page 30.

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t’s far underground. An old fortress juts through the earth, completely devoid of sunlight. In its center is a spiraling tree brimming with magical fruit — some of which grant a consumer eternal life, while others inflict instant death. The story of the Sunless Citadel is a familiar one to fans of Dungeons & Dragons, an immensely popular tabletop role-playing game that revolves around collaboration and storytelling. Players create and control a character, choosing specific actions for them to execute and working alongside other characters to meet a wide range of goals — for example, conquering the Sunless Citadel. Do you risk plucking a fruit from the tree’s branches? Should you converse with the strange creatures populating the fortress, or attempt to fend them off? Last week, six players gathered around a table at downtown’s main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, carefully tackling one decision at a time to reach a common end goal: infiltrate the citadel’s core. It’s similar to what countless other players around the world have been doing since the fantasy-oriented game first emerged in 1974. But this was special — all six players were also trying to infiltrate the male dominance too often associated with playing Dungeons & Dragons. They were responding to the library’s new Lady Knights, a women-focused Dungeons and Dragons group, which is for “ladies, genderqueer, agender and non-binary folks” ages 14 and older. Of the six at the main library on this evening, five identified as women and one as “they/them.” The brainchild of the library’s Popular Library and TeenSpot sections, the Lady Knights have been meeting on a consistent basis since November. To date, Teen Librarian Jami Thompson says, the Lady Knights group has drawn participants ranging in age from 18-55. Demand for the program has been high — so much so that Thompson and Popular Library reference librarian Adam Vorobok have just increased the frequency of Lady Knights gatherings to twice a month. In February, they will continue the Sunless Citadel campaign at meetings scheduled for Tuesday and Feb. 21. “I’ve been playing D&D since grade school in one form or another,” says Lady Knights member Allison Kinney, who has been attending the meetings since they began. “I was just sort of poking around the library and I happened across the TeenSpot. They were telling me about the game and I was like, ‘I could show up for that, sure.’ ”

The Lady Knights group is the brainchild of the Popular Library and TeenSpot sections. The idea to create a women-centric Dungeons & Dragons group evolved from an article Vorobok read about creating safe spaces for women to play games. Although the article was specifically about tabletop gaming, Thompson says there was already an interest at the library to establish such a group for Dungeons and Dragons. “I think patrons who attend feel welcomed, encouraged and supported,” Thompson says. “I think part of the popularity is a desire to play D&D in a supportive space, and part of it is that space itself. I’ve heard people talk about how cool they think it is that the library is hosting a feminist D&D group.” Lady Knights member Elisabeth Page says she had been seeking out something like this for months. “I think the message is really cool — that this is specifically toward people who are often marginalized in Dungeons and Dragons,” she says. “I hadn’t been able to find anything nearby. My New Year’s resolution was to be involved with my library… I was so excited when I found this group.” Vorobok creates props (like a paper fortress) for the game and researches campaigns — stories with specific goals, like Sunless Citadel — to be played during meetings, which is quite a feat; there are hundreds to choose from. Thompson

corresponds with players and sets meeting dates and times. She is also a Dungeons & Dragons player herself; she served as Dungeon Master — the game organizer who creates the details of a particular campaign — for the first time during the Lady Knights’ latest meeting. New players are welcome to join the group at any time, even if a campaign is already underway. In these cases, Thompson says new players are assigned pre-made characters, which allow them to jump into the fray right away. Character creation, according to Thompson, is the most complicated part of Dungeons & Dragons; archetypes available to choose from include everything from barbarians, monks, druids and bards to warlocks, paladins, rangers and sorcerers, each of which possesses unique actions and abilities. Member Ellen Rielag had never played Dungeons and Dragons before joining the group. “But I’ve always wanted to get into it,” she says. “I just didn’t have an opportunity until now. It’s been pretty fun so far.” Rielag adds that she enjoys the problem solving within the game while getting to know the other members of the group.

During each installment, Lady Knights members spend about 15 minutes talking and catching up before delving into the game; food and drinks are also provided. For many, it’s a refreshing change of pace to be in a Dungeons & Dragons environment with like-minded individuals. Thompson says that the group’s first meeting took place soon after the release of the Netflix cult-favorite TV series Stranger Things, in which Dungeons & Dragons plays a predominant role. “Role-playing and tabletop games are having a resurgence right now, and geek/ nerd culture has become a huge part of pop culture,” she says. For now, the group will continue to navigate the recesses of the Sunless Citadel until they come face to face with Belak the Outcast, a sinister druid that guards the fortress’ fruit-bearing tree. And as the Lady Knights work toward conquering their quest, it’s clear that Vorobok’s vision for a safe space for women to play games has not only come to fruition; it’s continuing to grow. LADY KNIGHTS next meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Main Library, 800 Vine St., in Main Room 3B. More info:

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Know Theatre’s ‘Dragon Play’ Is Fiery and Poetic BY RICK PENDER

You probably haven’t heard of Jenny Conwings suggested by lighting and sound nell Davis, whose 2012 show, Dragon Play, is effects, not literally shown. Drawing on the receiving its regional premiere at Know Theaudience’s imagination makes their fantasatre. She’s a rising playwright whose work is tic presence all the more dramatic. just the kind we often find onstage at Know, Davis’ poetic script initially feels a tad a theater that likes to take risks on shows impenetrable until you get your bearings. that push boundaries. If they happen to be Why are these stories juxtaposed in this by women, that’s even better — and Know’s 75-minute work? Why do characters called Associate Artistic Director Tamara Winters dragons not look like dragons? (Dragon Girl has a deft touch with staging such works. tells the boy, “Humans only see what they Dragon Play has parallel threads that understand.”) But her precise, descriptive steadily interweave and eventually interlock. writing begins to reveal linkages. Minor One seems more earthbound: On a lonely snowbound farm in northern Minnesota, a woman (Torie Wiggins) and her husband (Paul Strickland) lead a mundane, relatively uneventful existence. She’s a librarian and he’s a building contractor; they have a son. She seems regretful and perhaps dissatisfied H with her life, but we aren’t CRITIC’S given much context — at least not at first. She begins H to tell a story — “Once upon a time” — that might be her own or might be a fairytale. Claron Hayden and Torie Wiggins in Dragon Play That second story is of a PHOTO : dan r. winters young boy (Josh Reiter) who stumbles upon a wounded details — drawing circles on the ground, “Dragon Girl” (Kearston Hawkins-Johnson) on the hot plains of Texas. She fascinates “mechanical difficulties” — bleed from one him and they become friends, despite their story to the other. And then the stories of age difference — he’s 11, she’s 312. As he loss and yearning, of settling and wondering, becomes an adolescent and interested in a begin to coalesce and focus more clearly. By more serious relationship, their trans-spethe play’s end, pieces fall into place. cies differences make progress a challenge: This might sound serious, and that’s cershe says he must learn to fly; she departs tainly Davis’ principal motive. But Dragon periodically and returns to find him growPlay has moments of humor. Strickland ing older. Dragon-time and human-time do plays the husband with dry frustrated wit not coincide. and astute timing. Hayden’s dragon has an In Minnesota, the woman has an unexarch air and quipping delivery that make pected visitor, another dragon (Claron him both attractive and dangerous. Wiggins Hayden), apparently a lover from her past brings genuine humanity to the woman who she describes as “six-foot-one and caught between memory and practicality, soulful and looking like sex dipped in Sumaquestioning choices made and the implicatran chocolate.” Her husband is dismayed, tions of their results. threatened and quickly defensive, sensKnow’s upstairs performance space is ing that this strange guest who raises the reconfigured, with three rows of seating temperature of the space he inhabits might backing up to the north wall. That spreads be the source of his wife’s ennui. For years, the performance lengthwise, with a munshe has received postcards from exotic dane farmhouse kitchen at stage left and the places with messages about “Bangalore spare Texas plain with a stone outcropping and bureaucrats and the Yangtze,” and her at stage right. Andrew Hungerford, Know’s husband, already anxious about the state of artistic director and a scenic and lighting his marriage, senses a serious challenge. designer, has created an environment suited Neither the Dragon Girl nor the unexto these stories. With Winters’ sensitive pected dragon is a visibly mythological direction and a skilled cast, Dragon Play is beast. The actors are dressed in black a low-key, thoughtful and exquisitely evocaleather; he wears motorcycle boots. But tive piece of theater. both move with slinky, reptilian grace — DRAGON PLAY continues through Feb. 18. More and they occasionally resort to non-human info/tickets: behaviors, breathing fire or spreading

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Sweatin’ It Out on the Dance Floor By MCKENZIE GRAHAM

HER NAKED SKIN By Rebecca Lenkiewicz

“ a great drama about women, by a woman” – The Independent


FEB. 8 (PREVIEW) -12, 2017 TICKETS: $27-$31 adults $17-20 non-UC students $15-18 UC students $15 preview performance This production contains adult themes and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.


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Sweat Baby Sweat has been touring with “Then I go for a more universal feel. At the its Flemish choreographer and creator, Jan time I created Sweat Baby Sweat, I was in Martens, and the same two (only two!) a relationship in which I felt a bit stuck. I dancers for nearly six years — they’ve just think I continued that relationship feeling a celebrated their 100th performance. bit afriad of what of what would happen if I So it’s safe to assume the three of them wsn’t it (it) anymore. So (Sweat) became a have become well acquainted with each piece to talk about how relationships can be other, and that’s especially evident watchhard work. ing dancers Kimmy Ligtvoet and Steven “I think there’s an opportunity to think Michel climb about each other’s bodies and through the past with either compassion then lean back with incredible precision and love or with regret,” he says. “Take a to use one as an anchor, a steady counter, trip down memory lane.” for the other’s momentary dynamism. Both move with painstaking slowness, and yet the tension caused by seeing the bodies in constant flux makes their relationship onstage totally engrossing. On Thursday and Friday, Ligtvoet and Michel will perform Sweat Baby Sweat at the Contemporary Arts Center — Martens had to return to Belgium after an appearance in Canada. The CAC describes the performance on its website this way: “Desire and resistance, love Kimmy Ligtvoet and Steven Michel in Sweat Baby Sweat and loss, emotional strain P H O T O : k l a a r tj e l a m b t r ec ht s and codependence are all at play in this highly charged, It was an obvious choice that the dancclose-up view of two deeply intertwined lives. Dance, music, song fragments and ers’ costumes would be minimal. Ligtvoet video material combine to tell the story of a and Michel wear underwear in subdued romance shaped by the rhythm of letting go colors, almost blending into the stage and and grabbing hold again.” background. During the 65-minute piece, The type of yogic movement used by the the two dancers perform about half the dancers wasn’t an automatic choice for Martime without music. But there are also two tens upon the conception of this work. He recorded instrumental compositions by Jaap had never performed in this style himself, van Keulen. And a version of Cat Power’s and he didn’t audition dancers to specifi18-minute “Willie Deadwilder” is played — cally be comfortable with the high level of and performed to — while lyrics to various athleticism that would be required of them. Pop songs are projected on a screen. These “It was really due to them (the dancers) include Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Joni that this became the language that we Mitchell’s version of the classic “Fever.” chose to use to create Sweat Baby Sweat,” “They’re all associated with love,” says he says. “It was the only right language Martens of the lyrics he chose to be prowhen you have two people who are almost jected. “I think, with Pop songs, everybody sucking each other’s energy away. It’s a very has memories about their first dance, or the muscular piece. The slow yoga lifting was music to which they fell in love the first time. a good metaphor and language for the hard So, oftentimes, the words resonate with work that love can be.” our audience and the audience perceives it The hard work of love is a central theme to uniquely to them.” the production. And it’s one Martens himself The work’s title also comes from a lyric in has learned, both through watching his show the 1999 song “The Bad Touch” by Bloodso many times and also through his personal hound Gang. “It’s a Pop song,” Martens experience. The performers have grown says, “but sweat is really about hard work older, lending a new dynamic, and although and also the physical in a relationship. And the choreography (all Martens’ work) hasn’t the word ‘baby’ is sweet; it’s what you’d call changed, Martens says the trust established your partner.” between the three of them has innately creSWEAT BABY SWEAT will be performed at the ated new meaning to the dance itself. Contemporary Arts Center Thursday and Friday. “Most of my work is kind of autobiographiMore info/tickets: cal at the starting point,” Martens says.


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Major Titles for the Jewish & Israeli Film Festival

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With a manageable 12 films in five venues Social media has had an impact on festival across Cincinnati, the 2017 Mayerson JCC programming. “A friend of one of our patrons, Jewish & Israeli Film Festival, which runs who attended Miami’s Jewish Film Festival Saturday through Feb. 23, affords audiences this month, raved in a Facebook post about a chance to explore the meaning behind its On The Map and how great Tal Brody’s tagline: “Secrets. Journeys. Discoveries.” appearance was,” Verbeck said. (Brody It has also scored at least one coup in is an American Israeli former basketball the local premiere of a new documentary, player featured in the film). “People familiar Tomer Heymann’s Mr. Gaga, that just with our festival then highlighted that we received a major feature in The New York would also be hosting him for our closing Times’ Sunday Arts & Leisure section. It event, which in turn created buzz for his is a portrait of the much-heralded Israeli appearance in Cincinnati. This grassroots choreographer, Ohad Naharin, and the Tel enthusiasm helps personalize the experience Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company where of coming to one of our events.” (On the Map he has been artistic director since 1990. Its screening at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Kenwood Theatre has already sold out. (The same distributor that successfully released last year’s The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years plans a national release of this.) Naharin has developed a new movement language, known as Gaga. The festival will have Victoria Morgan, artistic director and CEO of the Cincinnati Ballet, speak after the screening. Her comBatsheva Dance Company performs in Mr. Gaga. pany will perform a piece by PHOTO : gadi dagon Naharin as part of its March 17-18 Bold Moves program. To provide me with an overview of the plays at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the 20th Century festival’s programming, I asked Heather Theater for the festival’s closing night event.) Verbeck, its project manager, for some Verbeck highlighted two other (more trainsight. Verbeck explained that the slate ditional) examples of forging connections of films delves beyond the tagline, zeroing with the Cincinnati community at large. “Dr. in on themes of love, family, loss, memory David Cooper, the medical director of the and triumph. Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Cincinnati “This year’s festival transcends national Children’s Hospital, will be speaking after boundaries and highlights characters, A Heartbeat Away (which screens 7:30 p.m. locations and directors from around the Feb. 8 at the Kenwood),” she said. “Cincinworld,” she said. “The festival has a very nati resident Sonia Milrod will speak ahead international feel.” of the screening of Persona Non Grata (3 The legacy of the past looms in Fever p.m. Feb. 12 at the Kenwood), which tells at Dawn, from Hungarian director Péter the true story of Chiune Sugihara, who Gárdos, which tells the story of a Holocaust used his diplomatic powers while living survivor who receives a terminal diagnosis in Lithuania to write thousands of transit at a Swedish rehabilitation camp and sends visas defying the directives of his superiors letters to more than 100 women in the in the Japanese government, thereby saving desperate hope of finding love before it’s thousands of Jewish refuges during WWII. too late. It screens 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Milrod will talk about her father and uncle Mariemont Theatre. who were both saved by the transit visas But films like Roee Florentin’s Hebrewthey received from Sugihara.” language romantic comedy Mr. Predictable, The “secrets, journeys and discoveries” which opens the festival 8 p.m. Saturday of the 2017 Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli at the 20th Century Theater, and Who’s Film Festival will help make film a launchGonna Love Me Now, which chronicles the ing pad into the community and the world experiences of a gay man with HIV living in at large. London and seeking to return home to Israel, The MAYERSON JCC JEWISH & ISRAELI FILM showcase contemporary issues from an FESTIVAL opens Saturday and runs through Feb. international perspective. The latter screens 23. Tickets/more info: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Esquire Theatre.


Almost 20 years ago, back in 1999, Robert De Niro transitioned into what we should deem the comedic reimagining of his career, starring opposite Billy Crystal in Analyze This, as a mob boss struggling with insecurity who seeks the counsel of a psychiatrist. De Niro and Crystal reupped three years later with Analyze That. In between, he doubled down by teaming with Ben Stiller in Meet the Parents, a romantic comedy with physical hijinks front and center. It spawned a couple of sequels that seemed intent on transforming De Niro into a comic punching bag. Are we supposed to believe that this is what happens when legends live past their prime, beyond the epic moments that have come to define them? The arrival of Taylor Hackford’s The Comedian, at first glance, feels like just another nail in the coffin, a broad and quite scattered shot aimed at De Niro’s aging mug. His Jack Burke is a 60-something insult comic attempting to move past an earlier role on a hit sitcom that he hasn’t been able to shake. Burke still hustles to the comedy clubs, despite the fact that he knows every audience will undoubtedly include someone begging him to do the old character shtick. De Niro deftly captures the seething anger and frustration in Burke’s exchanges with his agent (Edie Falco), his brother (Danny DeVito), sister-inlaw (Patti LuPone) and the parade of comedians, both fictional and real-life (Billy Crystal, Hannibal Buress, Jimmie Walker) who appear. But what elevates The Comedian from his recent string of laughers is that the material doesn’t demand that De Niro demean himself. He’s not begging for appreciation. Although not exactly in his wheelhouse, the stand-up routines allow De Niro to play to his natural strength: the drama. The Comedian over-reaches a bit in its pitch to make Burke a YouTube sensation for his outrageous antics. But when it gets something right — the unleashing of that classic De Niro rage against man and the machine — it does so with minorkey echoes of the greatness of days gone by. (Opens Friday) (R) Grade: B Also opening this week: Julieta // Rings // The Space Between Us

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The Difference Between (Alt-)Right and Wrong BY JAC KERN

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As the “alt-right” movement continues to take over the country, many are conWorkaholics (10 p.m. Wednesday, Comedy fronted with the uncomfortable reality of Central) – In another parody, this time of a the white supremacy and indoctrinated certain Excellent Adventure, Bill and Tez hate that (still) exists in America. (get it?) embark on a business trip through In Hate Thy Neighbor (10 p.m. Chinatown. Mondays, VICELAND), comedian Jamali Maddix takes on the harrowing task Bong Appetít (10:30 p.m. Wednesday, of exploring these groups, meeting the VICELAND) – In Northern California, folks who subscribe to these beliefs 94-year-old “ganja grandma” Nonna Mariand making some sense of the varied, juana prepares a pot-laden feast. extremist views. Superior Donuts (Series Premiere, 8:30 Maddix, a British biracial, bespectacled p.m. Thursday, CBS) – Based on the play by and bearded man, somehow manages to calmly listen to these people express their views and then gently challenges them. He faces potentially dangerous situations. He doesn’t go low — which, in the case of a certain Pennsylvania white supremacist woman teaching her babies the Nazi salute, would be so easy to do — but he is still able to find some humor in it all. The show cuts between documentary footage from the homes and gathering spaces of extremist groups Jamili Maddix confronts extremist groups in Hate Thy Neighbor. and snippets of Maddix PHOTO : courtesy of vicel and onstage, discussing his experiences in a comedy act — often a welcome relief. Tracy Letts, this new comedy centers on Interestingly, Hate Thy Neighbor prea stubborn donut shop owner and the new mieres on the heels of the cancellation of sole employee who’s determined to modernA&E’s Escaping the KKK, a docu-series ize the bakery. following people who wanted to part ways with the Ku Klux Klan. The network This Was the XFL (9 p.m. Thursday, pulled the plug after it came to light that ESPN) – Ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl producers paid members to participate (in game, this 30 for 30 documentary looks at other words, they gave money to the KKK). the failed XFL football league. WWE owner It’s difficult but necessary to stare at Vince McMahon launched the effort in 2001, these hate groups head-on. It’s too easy lasting just one season. to pretend like they don’t exist. Maddix Baskets (10 p.m. Thursday, FX) – Chip’s doesn’t just focus on the Steve Bannonarrest interrupts Christine’s water aerobics. loving American white supremacists, but also seeks the perspectives of extremist Nirvanna the Band the Show (10 p.m. groups for people of color, like black sepaThursday, VICELAND) – In the network’s ratists in New York and around the world. first scripted series, a duo dubbed “NirThis week’s episode travels to Ukraine, vanna the Band” (with an extra “n”) sets where a far-right militant group has out to book a gig at Toronto’s famed Rivoli, gained legitimacy within the only Eurolaunching an arsenal of publicity stunts pean country at war on its own soil. along the way. Oh, and they’ve never written The global perspective reveals that or recorded a single piece of music. such hate is not just the reality of Trump’s This Is Us (9 p.m. Tuesday, NBC) – Miguel America, but an ugly blemish on societies and Shelly break some bad news to Jack that have been here all along. and Rebecca (divorce, perhaps?); Randall While it might seem like what’s shown struggles to process his father’s fate; Toby on Hate Thy Neighbor further separates disrupts Kate’s time at weight-loss camp; us, there is something to be said about seeKevin reflects on his relationship with Sophie. ing other perspectives and understanding (but not condoning) an extreme position. CONTACT JAC KERN: @jackern Maddix nails that difficult assignment.

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The operation has taken baby steps, and Wood Burl currently roasts 500 pounds of beans a week, creating about six different rotating roasts — from a Kenyan Kiamaina to a Guatemalan Finca La Bolsa. Press’ on-tap cold brew is smooth, and the housemade chai tea is super spicy — one of the best I’ve ever had from a coffee shop. A lot of this has to do with Barker’s perfectionist philosophy. “If our coffee isn’t the best that it can be, then I’m not roasting the best that I can and the customer won’t have the best experience that they can have,” he says. “If we’re not having fun, then it’s not going to be any good.” Locally, Trailhead Coffee in Newport, Ky. and Cheapside Café downtown brew Wood Burl beans, but Barker is finicky about to whom he wholesales his roasts. “I want to grow it with partners that we see eye-to-eye,” he says. He mentions the great relationship he has with Trailhead’s manager Joe Humpert and Cheapside co-owner Rom Wells.

Dayton, Ohio’s craft Press Coffee Bar is the home base for regional artisan roastery Wood Burl Coffee. “They’ve become two of my best accounts as well as really great friends now,” he says. “They provide me with feedback that I trust. And that’s huge to me. We’re in it for the long run, so I don’t want to work with just everyone and anyone.” To prove his point, Barker says he has declined selling to interested parties. “I don’t mean to be an elitist snob about it, but my brand and the longevity of our business is so important to me that I’d rather just say, ‘No, I’m sorry, we’re not on the same page right now. Maybe there’s another roaster you would work with better than us,’ ” he says. Trailhead’s Humpert sees that dedi­ cation as a boon for the quality of his coffee. “Brett’s humility and integrity are evident in everything from his relationships with importers to his meticulous roast profiling,” Humpert says. “He places quality, consistency and service

above growth and simple bottom-line thinking. His coffees are the best in Ohio and stand up to Chicago’s best for regional supremacy.” Outside the Tristate, Wood Burl can be found in Ithaca, N.Y. and at Roaring Pines coffee bar in Richmond, Va. As for the Dayton coffee scene, Barker says he is the only roaster doing it inside the city limits, which is something he is proud of. “I love Dayton,” he says. “We don’t have the culture that a lot of bigger cities do, but we can create culture here.” Barker has set high standards for Wood Burl, and it’s evinced in the coffee. “There’s so much preference in coffee and I don’t consider us the best,” he says. “I don’t think there is a best in this business, and that’s why I think I’ll never be disenchanted with it or over it.” For more on WOOD BURL COFFEE or to order your own beans, visit

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ayton, Ohio’s Wood Burl Coffee roasts some of the best coffee in the region. With the third wave coffee movement (aka the movement that considers coffee an artisan beverage), good coffee is easier to come by — but excellent coffee is another story. Six years ago, Brett Barker, a skilled craft barista, took his years of experience in the coffee industry and opened Press Coffee Bar in Dayton’s hip Oregon District. When he opened, Press served Dogwood Coffee out of Minneapolis and a few other high-quality roasters. However, three years ago he started his own small-batch roastery, Wood Burl Coffee, exclusively using his beans for Press’ pour-overs, cold brew and cortados. (A “burl” is the knotty, gnarly growth on a tree.) “I wanted to roast. That was the goal: to get to the point where I was roasting and able to build a small company that way,” Barker says. “But I had no experience besides home roasting. So I knew we had to get our coffee bar started and get people into what we were doing, like proper brewing and appreciation for coffee.” Barker grew up in New Mexico but moved to Dayton as a teenager. He did a stint at Dayton roaster Boston Stoker and at a Gimme! Coffee in Ithaca, N.Y., where he managed the coffee shop. “I think that was when I realized, all right, I can make coffee a career,” he says. “There’s more that I can do. I can make this a livelihood. That place inspired me.” With the encouragement of his wife, Janelle, they moved back to Dayton and decided to open their own independent coffee shop. A self-taught roaster, Barker began frying coffee beans, Ethiopian style, at home on a skillet. He then upgraded to an expensive new 12-kilo Probat roaster, which roasts up to 100 pounds of beans per hour. For a while he roasted out of his home garage, but when he moved into a different house, he decided to keep his old house and expand the roasting operation into the living room; he dubbed the roasting location The Chaff House (chaff is the paper-like hull that sheds from beans during roasting). “It’s not the most professional, legit warehouse, but that’s not really my goal,” he says. “The coffee quality is my utmost responsibility in our business, and I can do that out of this little house. It’s even better now because we have a whole house to do it in.”

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Gomez Salsa Cantina 2437 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills, 513-954-8541, Gomez Salsa Cantina, located in Walnut Hills, pays homage to the original OTR location with a single walk-up cash register where you place your order (inside the restaurant). There’s no paper order form to fill out here, just a big printed menu on the wall. The menu makes it easy to order by featuring four distinct “styles”— pre-designed combinations of ingredients, including the standard “Gomez” style, along with Diablo, Baja and Southwestern. All the items — tacos, bowls, burritos or Turtle Shells — are $9. You select your item, then your protein, then your style. Chips, salsa and guacamole are also available, along with a full bar featuring signature margaritas, sangria and a good beer selection. I went for an order of tacos with chicken, Diablo style, the hottest option. The $9 buys you three tacos. The tacos come on flour tortillas by default, but you can request corn tortillas like I did. Chunks of tender chicken made up the bulk of the filling, and they were topped with lettuce and a little soft crumbly white cheese. The numerous other ingredients were present in smaller quantities (note: rice and beans are omitted from tacos); however, the zingy pickled jalapeños stood out. They were sweet-hot, reminiscent of a hot cinnamon candy. I think it was the jalapeños that made these delicious tacos almost too hot for me to eat. Almost.  If you’re tired of the chain and chain-like Mexican options, Gomez is a refreshing departure from the norm. (Brian Cross)

Piccolo Casa 308 Greenup St., Covington, Ky., 859-415-1308, piccolocovington. com Chef 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. 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. 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. 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. For mains, choices include a section of half a dozen pastas and four entrées. 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. 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. (Pama Mitchell)

Please 1405 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-405-8859, pleasecincinnati. com Chef Ryan Santos has helmed Please as a pop-up concept since 2011, crafting creative multi-course meals in locations ranging from his former Prospect Hill apartment and Cheapside Café to Carriage House Farm, all the while working toward the dream of eventually owning a stationary restaurant. The dream became a reality this past November. Diners can choose from a la carte options or a prix fixe vegetarian, pescetarian or omnivore menu, although gluten-free options are always available, and vegan menus can be created with advance notice. All of the menus change with the seasons — sometimes more frequently. Once you make your selection, each dish is brought out and carefully spaced to make for a lingering meal. My and my partner’s first course, in fact the same dish for all three menus, was spaghetti squash — two spoonfuls mounded on top of an almond beurre blanc sauce and topped with lemon zest, almond slivers and cured egg yolks. My second course (pescetarian) was again the same as my partner’s (omnivore), and it was our favorite: a piece of perfectly cooked fluke on a bed of pomelo and avocado with a vibrant green sauce made from local watercress. For our third courses, I had a piece of trout with a deeply flavored beet mole sauce and a roasted vegetable medley. The plates are deceptively small but the food is rich and filling, which is why the final dish of the night, an icy sweet concord grape granita, tasted so good. (McKenzie Graham)

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Sweet Stroll through OTR — Explore the bakeries and specialty shops of OTR on a walking tour that includes six sweet samples and one glass of wine, beer, coffee or tea. 10 a.m. $45. Leaves from Daisy Mae’s Market, 1801 Race St., Over-theRhine,


Super Firkin Saturday — The secondannual Super Firkin Saturday features a slew of cask-conditioned beer from Moerlein and other local brewers, plus the release of Moerlein’s Pacer, a citra pale ale. 2-6 p.m. Free admission; $10 sampling tickets. Christian Moerlein Malt House Taproom, 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine,

WineCraft Dinner — Indulge in a fivecourse dinner paired with single-varietal French import wines at La Petite Pierre. 7 p.m. $95. La Petite Pierre, 7800 Camargo Road, Madeira,

Super Bowl Tailgate Party — A partyready menu. Learn how to make French fries, chicken wings and more. BYOB. 6:307:30 p.m. $35. Artichoke OTR, 1824 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, Mid-Winter Soups — Marilyn Harris leads this class about soups. Learn to make creamy onion soup, white bean soup with sausage, hearty vegetable soup and red cabbage soup. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $50. Cooks’Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Harper’s Point, Grilled Tuscan T-Bone — Enjoy the flavors of Tuscany by learning to make bistecca alla Fiorentina, roasted rosemary potatoes and torta di Nutella. Hands-on class. 6-8:30 p.m. $75. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield,


Winterwetterbraten Keg Tapping & Pig Roast — Features a stein-hoisting competition, live music from Alpen Echos, a keg tapping of Riegeles Speziator (a Bavarian Imperial Lager from Ausburg, Germany) and dinner featuring roasted pig and a sausage buffet. 6-9 p.m. $12-$25. Mecklenburg Gardens, 302 E. University Ave., Corryville, Warped Wing Beer Dinner — Golden Lamb hosts a four-course dinner, prepared by chef Nick Roudebush, paired with brews from Warped Wing. 6:30 p.m. $35. Golden Lamb, 27 S. Broadway St., Lebanon,


Handmade Pasta Workshop — Learn to make handmade pasta from scratch using a traditional crank method and a Kitchen Aid. Hands-on class. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $175. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, Pizza with Pizazz! — Learn how to prepare your own homemade dough and stretch it into a crispy crust. BYOB. 6:308:30 p.m. $65. Artichoke OTR, 1824 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


Big Game Sunday Salsa & Guacamole Competition — Streetside Brewery hosts a salsa/guacamole competition during the Big Game and taps a special keg of Café Con Leche beer at kick-off. 6-10:30 p.m. Free. Streetside Brewery, 4003 Eastern Ave., East End, The Big Game Party at Fifty West — The fifth-annual Big Game Super Party features an all-you-can-eat-buffet and two beers of your choosing. 4-11 p.m. $35. Fifty West Pro Works, 7605 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, Chocolate in the Chapel — Includes samples and sweets for sale from Bake Me Home, Chocolats Latour, Macaron Bar, Maverick Chocolate Co., SugarSnap Sweets and more, plus a docent-led tour of Norman Chapel. Noon-3 p.m. Norman Chapel, Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village,

CCM Music for Food — This concert, supporting the national Music for Food initiative, aims to raise awareness in the fight against hunger while guests enjoy chamber music favorites. Bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation for the Freestore Foodbank. 2-4 p.m. $20 suggested donation; $15 student. Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, Room 300, CCM Village, 290 CCM Blvd., Clifton,


The Italian Way — Enjoy the flavors of Italy with dishes like pasta e fagioli, pork tenderloin and flourless chocolate cake. Demo class. 6-8:30 p.m. $55. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield,

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Intro to Macarons — Learn the art and science behind macaron baking. Learn how to bake the cookie shells and make the most popular fillings. Bonus: Take home all the macarons you make! 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $95. Macaron Bar, 1206 Main St., Overthe-Rhine,

A Night at the Oscars Mystery Dinner — “Will movies’ biggest names take the gold statue home, or will there be a big upset behind the curtain?” Find out during this evening of dinner, mystery and adult humor. 6:30 p.m. doors. $35. Mill Race Banquet Center, Mill Golf Course, 1515 W. Sharon Road, Winton Woods,

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et’s get it out of the way from the get-go — Andrew Jackson Jihad officially changed its name to AJJ early last year. The band posted a statement on its website, listing the following reasons for the change: “1.) We are not Muslims, and as such, it is disrespectful and irresponsible for us to use the word jihad in our band’s name. 2.) We no longer wish to be a living reminder of President Andrew Jackson. Interesting historical figure as he was, he was an odious person and our fascination with him has grown stale.” The name change is not the only thing that’s evolved over the band’s 12-year existence. Founder, frontman and ace lyricist Sean Bonnette originally teamed up with bassist Ben Gallaty in Phoenix to create an acoustic-driven Folk Punk sound that was as visceral as it was minimalist. Think a desert-based version of Neutral Milk Hotel brought up on equal parts Nine Inch Nails and Simon and Garfunkel. Flash forward a dozen years and AJJ is now a five-piece Indie Rock outfit with members living in different cities (after a stint in Chicago, Bonnette currently lives in Lansing, Mich., where his wife is in graduate school). The band’s sixth full-length album, last summer’s John Congletonproduced The Bible 2, is its most sonically diverse effort to date, moving from the rousing guitar-addled opener “Cody’s Theme” to the keyboard-infused New Wave Pop of “American Garbage” to the piano balladry of “No More Shame, No More Fear, No More Dread” with equal dexterity. Yet some things remain the same: Bonnette’s dense, wit-infused lyrics and the urgent delivery of his increasingly nuanced singing voice. CityBeat recently connected with Bonnette to discuss his band’s evolution.

CityBeat: You started the band when you were 18. You’re now 30. How has your approach changed over that time? Sean Bonnette: Oh, so much. From a songwriting standpoint, when I first starting writing songs around like 16 or 17 — the songs that were on the first Andrew Jackson Jihad record Candy Cigarettes & Cap Guns — the idea for the songs was to write in all lies. I maybe wanted the emotional resonance to try to ring true, but mostly just lies and novelty songs and humor — a lot of humor, so much so that it kind of overpowered anything else that I was trying to say. Over the years I think there’s been a big shift towards honesty — definitely emotional honesty but also trying to sing songs truthfully. Some

AJJ’s latest album, last summer’s The Bible 2, is the band’s most musically diverse effort yet. songs are still total lies, but they are true to me. From a musical standpoint, the older you get, the more music you take in, the more your tastes change and your music reflects that change. You also get better technically at playing music. This is an over-the-phone interview, so you didn’t see my air quotes, but I used air quotes for the word “better.” There’s definitely something you lose when you start to think you know how to do something and you lose the wonder of naivety. CB: Along those lines, a lot of fans of your early records have been critical about the band’s evolution in recent years. Do you ever take into account the audience when you’re writing? SB: I think you do your best work when you’re not thinking about what other people are going to think. I’ve always gotten joy out of the band and writing songs outside of anyone else’s reaction. It’s kind of therapeutic. It’s hard to complete songs when you think about how people are going to react to them. I think when you try to tell yourself to write for someone else’s enjoyment that they will see through that quickly and won’t enjoy it. I try really, really hard not to pander. So when stuff changes, that backlash is

inevitable. Some listeners are just not in for the ride, and that’s OK. CB: How has moving out of Arizona in recent years impacted your songwriting? SB: The environment you make music in can’t help but inform what you end up creating. I think I kind of fetishized Phoenix and being in the desert a little bit, because I’m a little homesick for that. But if I had to say there is a theme of the (most recent) album, it’s overcoming adolescence. There was a pretty shitty part of my childhood where I lived in Minnesota with not the healthiest family unit, and I listened to a lot of Nine Inch Nails and other stuff, like Depeche Mode and Pantera’s The Great Southern Trendkill. A lot of angry-kid music. And, finding myself 15 years later living in the Midwest again where the basements smell musty, I found myself exploring that mental state again, listening to Pretty Hate Machine and Downward Spiral and Violator. It unlocked a lot of memories and helped me find some closure about that period in my life. CB: Your singing voice, which is urgent and kind of uniquely penetrating, is one of the band’s calling cards. How did you find your approach to singing and how has it

changed over the years? SB: It’s a saga. I don’t listen to the old records very much, but whenever I do I cringe at the singing style from back then. I think that’s a natural thing. Hopefully by the next record when someone puts on The Bible 2, I’ll cringe at that as well. I first started singing in the Hillcrest Children’s Choir as a kid in San Diego. That’s where I learned how to project and get my intonation. Then my voice, when I starting writing songs, got really inspired by John Darnielle from The Mountain Goats, of course, and Laura Jane Grace from Against Me! I definitely spent a couple years singing like her. And now doing a lot of lower-register stuff and falsettos, I like to sing like Jamie (Stewart) from Xiu Xiu, who actually sang on (2014’s) Christmas Island. That was an honor. I think my vocal range has changed a lot since I quit smoking about a year and a half ago. Even before then I was doing vocal warm-ups, but now I think I have a lot more freedom when it comes to my voice. I’m now in my melodic years. (Laughs.) My range has expanded outside of two octaves. AJJ performs with Joyce Manor at Taft Theatre’s Ballroom on Monday. Tickets/more info:

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recurrent riff as if to drive home their musical togetherness. “Are You There” is placed squarely in the middle of Jade, and it’s a potent programming trick. The only track on the album to feature vocals, the song is like an island in the middle of an ocean of trance, giving the record as a whole an almost cinematic feel. The band’s general tone doesn’t change too terribly much (outside of the driving acoustic guitar), but the mere presence of vocals grabs the listener’s attention immediately. Impressively, given the all-instrumental

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nature of the rest of Jade, “Are You There” is an incredibly well done ballad with warm, soulful singing. But it works so well within the sonic framework of Jade because the vocal melodies float into the track as if it were another instrument. It’s reminiscent of how Perry Farrell’s voice wraps around the instruments on Jane’s Addiction’s trippiest songs. It’s hard to decipher a running “concept album” theme on a recording that is 90 percent wordless, but there’s something about Jade’s entrancing cohesiveness that makes it feel like these tracks belong together, in precisely the order they are presented. That’s the hallmark of a true “album,” which is becoming a lost artform in the age of easy skips and shuffling playlists. Peridoni does albums well, with Jade showing a sense of depth behind the noodling and offering a broader context to understand the thoughtfulness behind the jams. Jade is currently streaming at Get more info about Peridoni (including links to social media accounts and other streaming/purchasing options) at CONTACT MIKE BREEN:

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Dead Man Streaming One of the few holdouts on the bigger streaming services will reportedly have music available on those services by the night of the Grammys, Feb. 12. Though it feels a little gross to have the work of a music legend who seemed to dislike streaming featured again on platforms like Apple Music and Spotify less than a year after he died, that won’t stop Prince fans from streaming away when his back catalog goes live later this month. Prince got ownership of the music from his years on Warner Brothers Records (1978-1996) in 2014 and promptly yanked everything off of all streaming services except Tidal, with which he had an exclusive deal. “Oh Yeah,” He’s Rich In a recent profile, The Wall Street Journal did its own sort of Behind the Music, only this time there were no traumatic drugoverdose deaths or destructive band infighting. The paper caught up with Dieter Meier of the duo Yello, who co-wrote “Oh Yeah,” a minimalistic Electronic track from 1985 that took off when featured in 1986’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The song went on to be used in innumerable other films and several commercial campaigns, which alone would net a big profit. But thanks to wisely investing the money (in ventures ranging from a railway company to a watchmaker), Meier is reportedly worth $175 million today. Oh yeah, indeed. The Trump Bump The massive, undeniable influence President Donald Trump has on popular culture (full of losers, mostly) manifested itself on the recent Billboard album chart. After performing as part of what was absolutely the biggest welcome concert for what was unequivocally the most-watched inauguration in the history of probably not only the U.S. but the universe, 3 Doors Down’s The Greatest Hits (“Hits”? Plural?) and Toby Keith’s more modestly titled 35 Greatest Hits re-entered the Top 200 chart at No. 94 and No. 159, respectively (and with a bullet!). Ha! Now I bet you wish you performed, Beyoncé!

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Primarily instrumental Progressive Rock foursome Peridoni is having a great first month of 2017, and its prospects for the rest of the year look even brighter. On Jan. 31, the Cincinnati group — which has spent the past few years building its name on the Jam-band circuit —released its second studio album, Jade, the follow-up to last year’s Pixel Pieces on a Parallel Plane. The album’s release comes on the heels of Peridoni’s announcement that it has signed with a booking agent, Omni Arts Group (which also works with Cincy’s Rumpke Mountain Boys and many other touring Jam scene regulars), which will keep the musicians even busier on the road in the coming months. This weekend, the band plays the Winter Werk Out festival in Columbus, Ohio (created/curated by established band The Werks), while more tour dates are being announced regularly; visit for the latest. Like Peridoni’s debut LP, Jade is seven tracks long, which for most bands would qualify as an EP. But Peridoni’s soundscapes aren’t hindered by any restrictive “three-minutes-for-radio” length goals. Instead, the band stretches things out with winding arrangements that showcase both the musicians’ individual chops and the close-knit musical bond they have with each other. The tracks are also primed for improvisational excursions within those arrangements, a cornerstone of Peridoni’s live appeal. The anchor of the band’s sound is the expressive but air-tight rhythm section of Kaleb Perrin (bass) and Ben Steinkamp (drums), who provide the foundation of Jade, flowing with the textural sound waves guitarist Cory Donnini and keyboardist Kevin Harris conjure up. The sweeping, circular layers on “Prisma Color” and “Follow Thru” offer great examples of the imaginative keys/guitar tandem at its most effective; the spinning, often ambient swirl created between the guitar’s prickly, echoing riffs and the swelling synth washes is so hypnotic, you lose track of who’s playing what almost instantly, even as both instruments morph and change hues throughout. Jade’s leadoff track, “Fission,” is a great display of the locked-in interplay between all four musicians. Showcasing a more Jazz/Funk Fusion side of Peridoni, “Fission” finds Perrin’s bass dancing around Steincamp’s beat without ever losing the persistent groove, while the chameleonlike keyboards shape-shift from twinkling piano to funky organ stabs and surges to big synth riffs and Donnini’s guitar work soars in and out. Throughout it all, melodies are maintained and revisited, and the players combine precisely on one thick


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MUSIC sound advice pure Rock & Roll passion and conviction, The Cadillac Three with Brent Cobb but also the kind of Country tradition that Thursday • Bogart’s comes straight through their Tennessee Sometimes a band’s sound doesn’t necesDNA. The Rolling Stones made a pretty sarily result from its membership but is good pass at Country music in the ’60s more a matter of timing, circumstance and and ’70s, but The Cadillac Three will give mindset. The Cadillac Three is an interesta hint at how that would have turned out if ing case in point. Jagger and the boys had been born in the The Nashville, Tenn. trio’s members have Southern colonies. (Brian Baker) worked in a variety of situations and genres. Drummer/vocalist Neil Mason was a Ms. Lauryn Hill member of Indie Rock outfit Llama, bassist/ Thursday • Aronoff Center dobroist/vocalist Kelby Ray Caldwell played In the mid-to-late ’90s, Lauryn Hill was a with singer/songwriters Ruby Amanfu and musical phenomenon. She was a crucial Jeremy Lister and guitarist/lead vocalpart of one of most ist Jaren Johnston celebrated Hip Hop played in a number albums ever, 1996’s of Rock bands, while The Score by her also becoming an trio Fugees, which incredibly successearned multiple ful writer/cowriter, Grammys and was a writing for/with more multi-Platinum seller than two dozen artthat crossed over ists, including Keith into many different Urban, Tim McGraw, markets thanks to its Meat Loaf, Steven fusion of Soul, Rap Tyler and Lynyrd and Caribbean music. Skynyrd. Together, The Cadillac Three The album’s success the members played P H O T O : D av i d M c C l i s t e r introduced Hill’s in the Nashville Rock jaw-dropping vocals band Bang Bang and fierce MC skills Bang and signed with to a huge audience. Warner Brothers Though that one Records. After having album cemented their to change its name to legacy, Fugees fell American Bang, the apart in the wake of band essentially went its success. But Hill nowhere. wasn’t done yet. After American Hill’s debut solo Bang’s dissolution, album, 1998’s The Johnston, Caldwell Miseducation of and Mason remained Lauryn Hill, was an together, transformMs. Lauryn Hill even bigger sensation, ing themselves into a P H O T O : fa c e b oo k . c om / m s l a u r y n h i l l showing her talents Country Rock threein full bloom. It was some initially dubbed an instant “Neo Soul” classic punctuated by The Cadillac Black. The group’s 2012 debut tight rhymes, Reggae rhythms and Pop magalbum came out under that name, but after netism, but it was done with such an organic signing with the juggernaut Big Machine grace that it transcended genre. Hill’s songlabel, the album was reissued with a newly writing connected deeply with listeners and adopted name: The Cadillac Three. The the album was unanimously praised by the Cadillac Three’s first single, “The South,” press. Miseducation — which won “Album was released in late 2013 and featured of the Year” at the 1999 Grammys, as well guest vocalists Dierks Bentley, Florida as five other statues that year — confirmed Georgia Line and Mike Eli. Hill’s status as an icon and has held up as a The trio’s first album recorded specifitimeless classic, as evidenced by its regular cally for Big Machine, Bury Me in My Boots, inclusion on best-of-all-time lists and the was released last summer. It cracked the broad range of artists who continue to cite Top 40 of the Billboard 200 album chart Hill has one of their biggest influences. and garnered a ton of positive press. While set up to have a fruitful career, The Cadillac Three draws on an array Hill has been less than prolific since the of the musicians’ teenage root influences turn of the century. The kind of huge suc(Johnston has noted that his first cassettes cess Miseducation experienced had its were Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Greatest Hits and drawbacks — Hill grew tired of playing the Metallica’s ...And Justice for All). All of music biz game, and the pressure to follow the band’s members were actually born up such a successful album would be cripand raised in Nashville, a rarity that results plingly daunting to anyone. Her 2002 MTV in a sound that’s not only spotlighted by




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Unplugged album — which included several The group also dealt with its first monologues about her personal and artistic defection since its 1998 formation when struggles — sold well, but was panned by master mandolinist Jeff Austin opted out many due to lofty expectations that Hill of YMSB in 2014 just prior to the birth of his would produce a Miseducation 2. daughter. He was replaced by former Joy There were teases of a full-on return over Kills Sorrow mandolinist Jake Joliff, who the years — Fugees did reunite for a few limbegan playing when he was 7-years-old and ited appearances in the mid-’00s — but after ultimately became the first full-scholarship serving a short stint in prison for tax evasion, mandolin student in the history of Boston’s Hill gradually began to become a more Berklee College of Music. Around the same regular presence on the road, with most time, YMSB expanded to a quintet with the concerts being very well-received (though addition of former Cornmeal fiddle player her tardiness is often cited; she’s clearly and vocalist Allie Kral, a classically trained doing things on her terms now). Performing violinist who has toured and recorded as “Ms. Lauryn Hill” in recent years, her hourwith Keller Williams, Warren Haynes, moe., long performance on the Austin City Limits Leftover Salmon and many others. TV show in 2016 is one of the long-running It was the newly fashioned quintet that program’s classic episodes, with the growth, hit the studio to craft Black Sheep in 2015. experience, pain and love in her life over the In many ways, Black Sheep is the perfect past two decades adding an even greater culmination of the band’s long-established depth to her astonishframework as young ing voice. musicians who Another great became enamored of recent Hill moment is Bluegrass instrumenher six stellar tracks tation and applied on the Nina Revistheir varied Rock and ited: A Tribute to even Punk influences Nina Simone album to their newfound in 2015, which makes Appalachian love. it hard to not think The title track is a of Hill in the same good example; “Black company as Simone; Sheep” has the roiling, both had sidetracking dark sound of an Yonder Mountain String Band career struggles and Irish Folk ballad, but P H O T O : J ay B l a k e s b e r g each seems to have there’s a propulsive an almost spiritual insistence and a outlook on their otherworldly gifts. But while lyrical economy that could have been just as Simone never fully bounced back after her easily translated by The Stooges. More direct trials and tribulations, Hill still has a lot of evidence would be YMSB’s blazing version life in front of her and is still revered enough of The Buzzcocks’ “Ever Fallen in Love,” a to pack concert venues on a regular basis. wonderful Bluegrass take on a Punk classic. She’ll already be remembered as a legBut the best yardstick of YSMB’s continend; though a focused new album or two ued vitality as far as their hallowed touring (Hill has only put out songs sporadically reputation is concerned is the fact that since 2002) would be more than welcomed,, the massive repository of free whatever she does from here on out is just live recordings on the internet, has added delicious icing on the cake of her sturdy more than 300 new recordings to YMSB’s legacy. (Mike Breen) already impressive 1,400-show count. Meet the new hoss, same as the old hoss. (BB) Yonder Mountain String Band with The Railsplitters Thursday • Madison Theater Next year, Yonder Mountain String Band will VANESSA CARLTON – Feb. 26, Taft Theatre (Ballroom) celebrate its 20th anniversary, and they’ll likely take that party on the road. That’s ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES – March 3, Madison Theater where the Bluegrass superstars have spent the majority of the past two decades. But JOSEPH – March 4, 20th Century Theater things have changed within the YMSB camp WHY? – March 16, Woodward Theater over the past few years. While the ColoradoBLUE OCTOBER – March 18, Bogart’s based band still tours incessantly, home and COLD WAR KIDS – March 24, Madison Theater family responsibilities have limited the members’ off-road time together — stretches that ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS – March 28, Bogart’s used to be spent making records. That would explain the fact that there was barely more MARGO PRICE – April 2, 20th Century Theater than a year between YMSB’s first 10 albums SON VOLT – April 14, Southgate House Revival and a six-year gap between 2009’s The Show ERIC CHURCH – April 22, U.S. Bank Arena and 2015’s Black Sheep.

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Wed. 1st Sean Geil of The Tillers 7-10pm

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Fri. 3rd Warrick & Lowell


sat. 4th Belly Dancing Party 6-9pm

thurs. 9th Ben Thomas


Fri. 10th Michael Robinson & Friends 8-11pm

sat. 11th Olivia Ryan


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The Mockbee - Tsuruda, Chuck Diesel, Program and Vusive. 9 p.m. Bass Music/Dubstep/ Electronic. $10-$15. MOTR Pub - Jim Trace & the H Makers with The Woods. 9 p.m. Rock/Various. Free.

Silverton Cafe - Bob Cushing. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Joe Macheret with Joe’s Truck Stop and Tyler Randall. 9:30 p.m. Roots/ Various. Free.

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


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

Old Green Eyes Warrick & Lowell EcoQuartet


Willow Tree Carolers 8-11pm

sat. 25th AJ Pearson Jazz Quartet 8-11pm

sun. 26th John Roberts

Aronoff Center for the Arts H - Ms. Lauryn Hill and Friends: The MLH Caravan - A Diaspora Calling! Concert Series. 8 p.m. Soul/Various. $39.50-$75.

Bogart’s - The Cadillac Three with Brent Cobb. 8 p.m. Country/Rock. $25.27.


Fri. 24th

Inner Peace Holistic Center

Marty’s Hops & Vines - Dave Hawkins and Peg Buchanan. 7 p.m. Celtic/Folk. Free.


Little Spooky Band 9-11pm


Mansion Hill Tavern - Losing Lucky. 8 p.m. Roots. Free.

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

Fri. 17th


Knotty Pine - Dallas Moore. 10 p.m. Country. Free.

Northside Tavern - Orif and Loathing and Darlene. 9:30 p.m. Indie/Pop/Rock/Various. Free.

thurs. 16th David P’pool

Irish Heritage Center - The H Merry Ploughboys. 7 p.m. Irish. $25.


sun. 12th Maria Carrelli

Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - Phil DeGreg. 6 p.m. Jazz. Free.


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Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - Todd Hepburn and Friends. 6 p.m. Various. Free. The Greenwich - Mambo Combo. 8 p.m. Latin Jazz. $5.

Live! at the Ludlow Garage Keller Williams. 8 p.m. Acoustic. $45-$125.

Knotty Pine - The Amy Sailor Band. 10 p.m. Country. Cover.

Madison Theater - Yonder Mountain String Band with The Railsplitters. 8 p.m. Bluegrass/Various. $25, $30 day of show.

Madison Live - Madison Theater Band Challenge Round 2 with Alexis Gomez, Resonator, Rose Lamp, The Embodies, The Vims, Wasted Charm and Wicked Peace. 7 p.m. Various. $10.

McCauly’s Pub - Sonny Moorman Group. 7 p.m. Blues. Free.

Mansion Hill Tavern - Sonny H Moorman Group. 9 p.m. Blues. $5.

The Mockbee - Sheldon Belcher, In Details, Lo, The Loyal Conscripts, September Stories and Even Tiles. 8 p.m. Rock/ Various. Free.

Marty’s Hops & Vines - Wild Mountain Berries. 9 p.m. Americana. Free.


MOTR Pub - Bucko with Saturn Batteries. 10 p.m. Rock/Soul/ Various. Free. Plain Folk Cafe - Open mic with Jeremy Francis. 7 p.m. Various. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Sean Whiting. 9:30 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Stanley’s Pub - Yonder Mountain String Band Afterparty with Restless Leg String Band. 10 p.m. Bluegrass. Cover. Taft’s Ale House - John Ford. 8 p.m. Roots/Blues. Free. Urban Artifact - Lockjaw, Voice of God and Killer Looks and Noise. 10 p.m. Punk. Free.

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Miller’s Fill Inn - The Cousin Kissers. 9:30 p.m. Country. The Mockbee - Amelia Arsenic, Relic and Evolve. 9 p.m. Industrial/Electronic/Various. $5. MOTR Pub - Wray with Joesph. 9 p.m. Indie/Rock/Pop. Free. MVP Bar & Grille - Saving Escape with Cody Houston. 7 p.m. Rock. Free. Northside Tavern - Founding H Fathers with Black Signal and Silent Tongues. 10 p.m. Synth Rock/Electronic/Various. Free.

Pee Wee’s Place - Bob Cushing. 7:30 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Peecox Erlanger - Saving Stimpy. 9:30 p.m. Rock. $5. Plain Folk Cafe - Full Moon Ranch. 7:30 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

Arnold’s Bar and Grill Lagniappe. 9 p.m. Cajun. Free.

The Redmoor - String Theory. 8 p.m. Acoustic/Rock.

Blue Note Harrison - Quiet Storm. 9 p.m. Rock/Pop/R&B/ Alternative. Free.

Rick’s Tavern - What She Said. 10 p.m. Rock/Pop. $5.

Boi Na Braza - April Aloisio. 6 p.m. Brazilian Jazz/Bossa Nova. Free. Bromwell’s Härth Lounge Steve Schmidt Trio. 6 p.m. Jazz (solo at 6 p.m.; full group at 8 p.m.). Free. College Hill Coffee Co. - Ricky Nye. 7:30 p.m. Blues/Boogie Woogie. Free. The Comet - J. Burroughs. 10 p.m. Indie Folk. Free. The Greenwich - Rollins Davis Band featuring Deborah Hunter. 9 p.m. Jazz/R&B. $5.

The Hot Spot - Bob Cushing. 7 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

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

Sharonville Convention Center Little River Band. 6:30 p.m. Soft Rock. $55-$75. Silverton Cafe - The Groove. 9 p.m. Various. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - James Funk and Friends. 9:30 p.m. Americana. Free. Stanley’s Pub - Bob Marley H Birthday Celebration featuring Andy Shaw Band, C-

Ras, and Johnny Payne & the Believers. 9 p.m. Reggae. Cover.

Thompson House - Corrupted Youth, The Ruffins, Angels of Asylum, Michael Miller, Candle Burns White and Corrupted Youth. 8 p.m. Alt/Rock/Pop/Punk/ Metal/Various. The Underground - Colton Jackson, Nate Maynard, Angel Lane, Roberto & Veronika. 7 p.m. Various. Cover.

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WANTS YOU TO Urban Artifact - Kuber, H Kumasi and Season Ten. 9 p.m. Alt/Rock. Free. Woodward Theater - Sands H Montessori and Fairview German Language Rock benefit

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Saturday 04 Arnold’s Bar and Grill Cincinnati Dancing Pigs. 9 p.m. Americana/Jug band. Free. Blue Note Harrison - The Menus and Everybody From Everywhere. 9 p.m. Rock/Pop. Cover. Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - The Burning Caravan. 8 p.m. Gypsy Jazz. Free. The Comet - Aurore Press Book Release show with Public Figure, The Mudlarks, Jack Burton Overdrive and more. 8 p.m. Folk/Indie/Rock/Various. Free.


Roots - The Tillers. HCommon 8 p.m. Folk. $7. The Cricket Lounge at The Cincinnatian Hotel - Phillip Paul Trio. 6 p.m. Jazz. Free. The Greenwich - Radio Black. 9 p.m. Various. $10. Jag’s Steak and Seafood - The Good Hooks. 9:30 p.m. Dance/ Pop/Various. Cover. Jim and Jack’s on the River - Bobby McClendon. 9 p.m. Country. Knotty Pine - Wayward Son. 10 p.m. Rock. Cover. Live! at the Ludlow Garage - The Summit with Jess Lamb and The Factory. 8 p.m. Rock. $10-$15.


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Madison Live - Madison Theater Band Challenge Round 2 with Boxtrot, I.N.Y.A., New Haven, Retro, Soul Butter, The Peonies. 7 p.m. Various. $10. Mansion Hill Tavern - Tim Goshorn Band. 9 p.m. Blues. $5. Marty’s Hops & Vines - New Brew. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock. Free. The Mockbee - Darkwave featuring DJ set by X-IAN & Will Ross. 10 p.m. Dance/DJ. Free.


MVP Bar & Grille - The SunBurners. 9 p.m. Rock/Pop/ Various. Northside Tavern - Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke. 9 p.m. Various. Free. Plain Folk Cafe - Ronnie Vaughn and Co. 7:30 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Rick’s Tavern - Lt. Dan’s New Legs. 10 p.m. Pop/Dance/ Various. $5. The Show on 42 - Pandora Effect. 9:30 p.m. Rock. Cover. Silverton Cafe - Big Trouble. 9 p.m. Blues. Free. Southgate House Revival H (Lounge) - Ben Levin & The Heaters. 9:30 p.m. Blues. Free. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Ward David and Justin Wells. 9 p.m. Americana. $12, $15 day of show. Stanley’s Pub - Concious Pilot with AmDef. 10 p.m. Electronic/ Rock. Cover.

Monday 06 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. Miami University Hamilton Downtown Center - Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers. 7 p.m. Bluegrass. Free. MOTR Pub - Salty Candy with Billy Alletzhauser. 9 p.m. Roots/Various. Free.


The Mockbee - Fontaine, PHYSCO and Toon Town. 9 p.m. Various. Free. MOTR Pub - Go Go Buffalo with Brother O Brother. 9 p.m. Rock/ Various. Free. Stanley’s Pub - Stanley’s Open Jam. 10 p.m. Various. Free. Urban Artifact - Electric Love Machine with Life Brother. 8 p.m. Funk/Jazz/Roots/Jam/Various. Free. Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - 2nd Line Trio. 11:30 a.m. New Orleans Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).

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Stanley’s Pub - Stanley’s Live Jazz Band. 10 p.m. Jazz. Free. Taft Theatre - AJJ and Joyce H Manor with Mannequin Pussy. 8 p.m. Alt/Rock/Various. $16, $18 day of show (in the Ballroom).

Urban Artifact - RoeVy, Ghost Hussy and Daitek. 7 p.m. Electronic/Rock/Various. Free.

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

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p.m. Rock/Blues/Soul/Various. $18, $20 day of show.

Arnold’s Bar and Grill - John Redell. 7 p.m. Blues. Free.

The Comet – The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars. 7:30 p.m. Bluegrass. Free.

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Clermont County Public Library, Goshen Branch - Vernon and Kitty McIntyre. 6:30 p.m. Bluegrass. Free. The Comet - Brianna Kelly. 10 p.m. Indie/Rock/Pop. Free. Crow’s Nest - Open Mic Nite. 8 p.m. Various. Free. McCauly’s Pub - Stagger Lee. 7 p.m. Country/Rock. Free. Northside Tavern - The Stealth Pastille and Breaking Glass. 10 p.m. Psych/Rock/Pop/Various. Free. Stanley’s Pub - Restless Leg String Band. 9 p.m. Bluegrass. Cover. Urban Artifact - Useless Fox, In the Pines, Peace Attack and Efflorescence. 8 p.m. Rock/ Garage/Blues/Various. Free.




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