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How to Keep Parties Going


What a Week!


BY T.C. Britton



R.I.P. Margaritaville. The Jimmy Buffett-approved joint in JACK Casino announced it is closing this week. It was one of the O.G. restaurants in what was Horseshoe Casino when it opened in 2013. If you really need one last round of frozen sugar bombs, volcano nachos and Tommy Bahama shirts, Marg-ville will stay open through April 23. Locals’ love of Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band (Sidebar: Are any JB songs about weed?) is well documented, from crowded sellout concerts every year to the amount of hate mail CityBeat receives upon the publishing of any Buffett critique. But with this closing arises the question: Is Cincinnati’s adoration for Buffet waning? Come at me, parrotheads. Meet you in the Riverbend parking lot on July 8.

Coachella kicked off this weekend, which means a few things: 1. Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga (who filled in for a v. pregs Beyoncé), Lorde and …Hans Zimmer? all performed in the same vicinity. 2. Celebrities mingled alongside plebs in the dusty desert valley. 3. Thousands of girls flaunted their best culturally appropriated “festival wear,” which is apparently a category of clothing now. So what do you do if you’re a huge star at a public music festival who doesn’t want to get mobbed by fans but still wants to rock a show-stopping ensemble? If you’re Rihanna, you sport a head-to-toe face-covering bejeweled Gucci bodysuit — like a haute couture green man suit. Rihanna wins Coachella/life.


This week in reboots: Mystery Science Theater 3000 made its Netflix comeback, after running from 19881999; everyone’s favorite ’90s pocket pet — sorry Giga Pet — Tamagotchis are being re-released in Japan (Food for thought: Were Tamagotchi turds the original poop emoji?); TLC minus the L (miss you, Left Eye) returned this week with the group’s first album in 15 years; a Coming to America sequel is in the works with the original writers; gross-out reality competition Fear Factor is coming to MTV with host Ludacris; and Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez will voice Carmen Sandiego in an upcoming Netflix reboot. It’s never been a better time to wake up after a 20-year coma.

All month folks were wondering: Would there be a White House Easter Egg Roll this year? Little planning appeared to be done up to the 11th hour, but Melania and friends were able to pull off the 139th-annual event. And while an egg roll that doesn’t involve Chinese food may seem like a stupid photo op, it’s one of the highest profile and most scrutinized public events at the White House each year. For the 37th year, Jonn Schenz of the local Schenz Theatrical Supply provided bunny costumes for the event. An old photo of Schenz helping now-press secretary Sean Spicer into a bunny suit resurfaced this year, to the public’s delight. Spicey did not give an encore performance as the Easter Bunny (though he did pose with Schenz and whatever poor soul was stuck inside the bunny suit this year), instead opting to hang in the children’s reading nook, which is possibly more frightening. Donald, Melania and Barron Trump, plus one of Schenz’s bunnies (Papa), greeted guests from the White House balcony around 10:30 a.m. “We will be stronger and bigger and better as a nation than ever before,” Trump said (better at egg rolling, bombing or ?), then mentioned how the egg-rolling children were “highly competitive.” Cool. Highlights included when Melania had to remind her man to put his hand on his heart during the National Anthem and when Trump was walking among the crowd, saw a boy who wanted his MAGA hat signed (SAD), signed it and… tossed it into the crowd.



Kings Island invited all local media (ahem, most local media) to ride the new Mystic Timbers rollercoaster. This “story-drawn experience” takes riders on a trip back to 1983, when lumber workers fled the woods where the coaster now stands. Voices warn passengers not to go in the shed, which is precisely where the ride ends. Reporters seemed to have a fun time on the ride, but none spoiled the mysterious ending, leaving us like a distraught Brad Pitt in Se7en: “What’s in the shed?!”

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April the giraffe finally gave birth at the Animal Adventure Park in New York. People from across the world have been tuning into the park’s giraffe cam since February to see the mom-to-be pop, and she’s left us hanging for weeks! Do vets not know the gestation period for giraffes? Actually yes: 13-15 months, which explains the wait. Now the park is inviting all the peeping toms who’ve been stalking poor April to name her baby — but there’s a catch. It costs $1 per vote with a five vote minimum! Good for April and all, but we’re over this mess. April was clearly trying to usurp the cute-zoo-animal throne from Fiona the hippo. Now that her baby’s here and the giraffe cam has been cut off, Fiona can claim her rightful title.


The oldest living person and last known human born in the 1800s passed away this week. Italian woman Emma Morano made it to 117 years old. Jesus. We act like 2016 was a rough time to get through. This chick trudged through two husbands, the death of her only infant son, two world wars, various civil rights movements, the invention of cars, airplanes, space travel, radio, TV, computers, the internet, Post-it notes, paper towels, microwaves, antibiotics, Beanie Babies, the Kardashians and everything mentioned in this column. (History 101 for you.) The woman probably needed an eternal rest after all that shit. Pour one out for Ms. Morano! CONTACT T.C. BRITTON: letters@

With the summer fast approaching, spirits are building and you can be sure that the house party season will soon be as hot as the Ohio Valley weather. However, there will always be those poopers who want to shut the party down in a fever of restraint and moderation. Here are a few ways to keep the party rockin’ until you’re ready to call it quits. • After a long night of listening to music, serving food and drink, dodging clumsy dancers and engaging in aimless banter with uninvited guests, your hosts might be hoping to enjoy some peace and quiet. One of the most common methods of displaying this selfish desire for rest is the “obvious yawn.” You might not notice the first few yawns but, unfortunately, your hosts will try to throw their “fatigue” right in your smiling slouchy-eyed face by gaping their mouths for extended periods of time until it is impossible not to acknowledge their rudely “exhausted” state. This is a perfect time to grab a handful of popcorn or other snacks. Then try to throw the snacks into their yawning pie-holes. If pie is available, you can try using pie, too. Snacks or pie will undoubtedly occupy their fun-restricting lips for at least a few more minutes and extend the party accordingly. • Another tactic your hosts might employ is the “next-day responsibilities question.” They might ask, “So, what have you got going on tomorrow?” This is a friendly and subtle way to wind down the action. Under no circumstances should you answer this question. It is a trick. Your hosts will try to use this information against you. The less information the better. The best strategy here is to try to deflect by pretending you only heard part of the question: “Oh Tomorrowland was most definitely George Clooney’s best movie!” Or deny any obligations altogether with, “I ain’t tryin’ a do shit on a Wednesday, man!” • At some point in time, after you’ve defeated the hosts’ attempts at subtly trying to stop the celebration, you might look around to find that you’re in a room by yourself. The hosts have most likely gone to bed. This is a commonly used ploy to get guests out the door. Be that as it may, it is no time to concede defeat. After all, there might be more party the following day that you could miss out on. The best party-snoozing chairs are bean-bag chairs. If one or more is not available, try building a bed out of couch cushions so you don’t have a backache in the morning. No one wants to party with back soreness. Also, offering to borrow a toothbrush is an indicator of good hygiene and shows decorum. • Eventually, the sun will probably come up and the hosts’ children might be asking what’s for breakfast. It’s best to wait and see what is to be served before making any decision here. A soufflé or a well-balanced omelet with a few veggies and cheese will provide the correct energy and protein to get the next-day party started right. Generally, any French faire is good, though a fiber-heavy American version of a yogurt-parfait, with the addition of granola, nuts and other clownish ingredients, is a deal-breaker: an unequivocal sign that the party is winding down and it’s time to move on to the next. Party on!

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Obits and Editing BY BEN L. KAUFMAN

Histories credit units of Patton’s Third Army with liberating Moosburg, but they don’t mention Patton during the fight that was far tougher than blowing up some barbed wire with cannon fire. Finally, the obit said Doolan returned by ship to the U.S. in 1944, months before he was liberated in 1945. • Bad enough if the reporter made the errors in Robert Doolan’s obit (above). I hold editors accountable, wherever they are. Editors are paid to catch problems. Their job is to reduce reporters’ errors and to make reporters look good. I was saved from embarrassment by more than one editor. • Speaking of obits, I enjoyed writing them. An obit is a rare chance to tell a story without sprinkling it with “he said” or “she added.” Until it was obvious I was spitting into the wind, I urged editors at the Enquirer to require reporters to write and file their own updated obits. It would have reduced the likelihood of errors when we wrote their obits on deadline. It also would have reminded our colleagues that we are story tellers, regardless of the subject, and accurate obits are important to people who turn to daily papers for news. My obit was on file; I didn’t care what was done with it once I was dead. At least no one would have to scramble to put it together. My updated obit is in my home computer files. • Does the Enquirer have a double standard when it comes to the race of victims of gunfire? The Cameo nightclub mass shooting coverage ran for days on Page 1. It was another black-on-black homicide, but if that angle was explicit in Enquirer stories, I missed it. Coincidentally, the street lynching of James Upton, murdered after he struck and injured a child in a Walnut Hills street, has been covered as “oh, well, shit happens.” Upton, of Mason, was white. Even the caller to 911 referred to the “white dude.” The child — who survived — and at least one of Upton’s killers are black. • Ad placement can be awful or funny, depending on the stories around the ad. That’s why newspapers traditionally avoided placing ads for tobacco and alcohol next to stories about cancer and drunk driving. Similarly, airlines hated crash stories next to ads for flights to wherever. Unhappy, even if unintended juxtapositions online are so embarrassing that some major corporations are pulling or reducing

ads on major websites. They want to avoid the chance they’ll run next to racist, homophobic, xenophobic, etc., stories. It can happen on radio, too. WVXU recently ran an ad for Victory of Light (psychic) Expo during Science Friday. It’s hard to imagine a greater, funnier mismatch. • Here’s further proof of a conspiracy among the fake, dishonest, liberal mainstream news media: golf. The weekly Economist cover had Trump digging himself deeper into a sand trap on the White House lawn. The New Yorker cover showed him

“My obit was on file; I didn’t care what was done with it once I was dead.”

smashing White House windows with golf balls hit from the lawn. • The Mexican newspaper Norte in the border city of Juárez closed after the murder of another journalist. Editor Oscar Cantu Murguia wrote in part: “I have made the decision to close this newspaper due to the fact that, among other things, there are neither the guarantees nor the security to exercise critical, counterbalanced journalism. “In these 27 years ... we fought against the tide, receiving attacks and punishments from individuals and governments for having exposed their bad practices and corrupt acts that only played to the detriment of our city and the people who live in it. “Everything in life has a beginning and an end, a price to pay, and if this is life, I am not prepared for any more of my collaborators to pay it, nor with my own person.” The triggering murder involved Miroslava Breach in nearby Chihuahua. Gunmen left a note saying, “For being a loud mouth.” At least 38 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 1992 for motives confirmed as related to their work, according the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York. • The Queen’s English appears alien to London’s “Missing federal judge, 91, with memory problems who preceded (presided) over ‘cash for kids’ case is found ALIVE laying (lying) on his back in a wooded area after sparking a 48-hour search.” CONTACT BEN L. KAUFMAN:


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Here are stories that shout, “There’s hope!” No. 1: Recent Sunday Enquirer headline, “Kentucky Coal Museum shifts to solar power.” No. 2: NPR two weeks ago. A Kansas student paper, the Booster Redux, reported that “Pittsburg High School’s newly hired principal had seemingly overstated her credentials. The principal, Amy Robertson, has now resigned, after the paper found she claimed advanced degrees from Corllins University, an entity whose legitimacy has been questioned.” Editor Trina Paul said, “We wanted be assured that she was qualified and had the proper credentials. We stumbled on some things that most might not consider legitimate credentials.” When students asked Robertson, she reportedly gave incomplete answers, conflicting dates and inconsistencies in her responses. Student reporter Gina Mathew said, “The extensive amount of research that we had done really didn’t line up with what she said was true on her end.” • The New York Times story on turmoil at University of Cincinnati’s law school credited Cincinnati Business Courier’s coverage. Those stories, by Andy Brownfield, were more than a one-day Courier effort. Knowing him, there’ll be more. Days later, the Enquirer began to catch up. • I hope we’re not going back to the Bad Old Days, when editing was so bad the Enquirer’s then-editor sent an embarrassingly detailed critique to her staff … about one day’s paper. A recent Enquirer obit got me thinking about Gannett outsourcing stories to Donunnastan or Slobovia for editing. The obit said Robert Doolan was an American pilot during World War II. It also says he was graduated from the Army Air Force’s navigator school. Was he a pilot or a navigator in his bomber? The obit said German fighter planes knocked out one of Doolan’s engines and forced him down “on a mission to England.” Wasn’t he returning from a mission over Europe? Why did losing an engine leave him “without enough gas to continue”? He was captured by “the Schutzstaffel, a Nazi paramilitary organization.” Paramilitary? That was the dreaded SS military force. Doolan was taken to “Stalag Luft III, a camp in Poland.” It was in Germany. Doolan and other inmates of Stalag Luft III were “marched deeper into Germany alongside multiple other prisoners” to Stalag VII-a at Moosburg. Deeper into Germany? I thought their prison was in Poland. And what are “multiple other prisoners”? The obit said “General George Patton broke through barbed wire with canon (sic) fire” and freed Doolan and fellow inmates.

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Declining Donations?

Local charities are concerned about the city’s new textile recycling program cutting into their resources BY MONROE TROMBLEY



Simple Recycling also provided CityBeat with a three-page “case study” suggesting that its presence in markets actually increases donations to nonprofits. “What is even more encouraging is that local organizations collecting donations of clothing benefit from Simple Recycling’s entry into the marketplace by the increased exposure textile recycling and donation options,” it reads. But that’s not exactly what Simple Recycling’s data shows. In the communities where the company operates (which aren’t listed in the case study and for which no individual data is presented), donations to nonprofits dropped 2.58 percent in 2013 — the year Simple Recycling began operating — and .7 percent in 2014 before leveling out in 2015. The case study then presents data from three nonprofits in communities where Simple Recycling doesn’t operate: in Central Indiana, Southeast Michigan and Northeast Ohio, all of which saw steep declines in donations. But Simple Recycling doesn’t say why it chose those three out of the hundreds of clothing donation nonprofits operating in the United States, why they lost donations, or how the three individual cases shed light on the industry as a whole.

Simple Recycling’s signature orange bags mean easy textile recycling for Cincinnati residents and profit for the company, but could also signify fewer donations to local nonprofits. Simple Recycling all but admits nonprofits in communities where it operates have seen declining donations, though it does so while implying that its presence has slowed those declines. “In communities where Simple Recycling has launched and operated, there is a significant reduction in the decline of charity donation pickups,” the report reads. “This can be attributed to the increased exposure to ‘alternatives’ to throwing clothing in the trash.” No data from before the company’s entry into the market, user surveys s or other evidence is presented to back up this claim. On its website, the company encourages people to also donate to nonprofits, listing the website of another organization that will pick up similar items for those organizations. “We have seen no negative impact on local charity clothing donations programs,” says Adam Winfield, Simple Recycling founder. “Since all charities capture only 15 percent of clothing, there is a huge gap in service for this significant environmental program.” In a memo to Mayor John Cranley and members of City Council last June, City Manager Harry Black backed the deal for its environmental benefits and seemed to

buy the claim that other cities hadn’t seen a drop-off in donations to nonprofits. “No significant reduction in charitable donations has occurred in other municipalities that have launched curbside textile collection,” the memo read. City administration advised Council that it was considering contracting with Simple Recycling in a June 14, 2016 memo asking for feedback from council members. Council also saw a presentation from the Office of Environment and Sustainability that day. In a Jan. 24 memo, Black advised Council that city administration had decided to partner with the company. City Councilman David Mann says he never heard anything about the program, however. “The first I heard of the program was when I got an orange bag at my home,” Mann says. Cities pairing up with for-profit curbside recycling companies is a growing trend. Simple Recycling currently operates in Akron, Ohio, Lansing, Mich., and Austin, Texas, along with dozens of smaller communities. Other companies like Community Recycling CONTINUES ON PAGE 13

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hen the city of Cincinnati rolled out a new curbside textile recycling program in March, it appears to have done so with the best of intentions — to conveniently reduce the amount of textiles that end up in landfills while putting a little coin in the city’s coffers. The organization behind the program is Simple Recycling, a for-profit company that picks up unwanted textiles for free, then sorts and ships the items to various places based on quality. Some are sold to local thrift stores, others in international markets. The worst-off are processed for raw materials, the company says. But local nonprofits say the convenience of “recycling” these items in this manner has negative side effects for their organizations, which rely on donations of reusable clothing and other household items. If Northside Jane tosses the result of a spring closet purge into her orange bag — provided for free by Simple Recycling — and takes it to the curb instead of dropping it off at Goodwill, that’s a dozen or more items the nonprofit could have received and resold. “It’s hurting the programs that we have that are helping people in Cincinnati,” says Michael Flannery, public information officer for Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries. Nancy Beauchamp runs the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center and Family Stores, where proceeds from the stores support the rehab center and provide residents with recovery work. She says the organization started seeing a decline in donations weeks before Simple Recycling began operating in Cincinnati. “We’re losing about 6,000 clothing items a day,” Beauchamp says. “I think people were holding on to their clothes to give to (Simple Recycling), to try it out since they’re new. “We’re not saying they’re bad — it’s good for the environment what they do. But we’ve won awards for recycling and how we help the environment, and we’ve got five or six other things we do with your donation.” Simple Recycling is upfront about its forprofit status and shows pride in its mission: to “make it simple to dramatically reduce the 40 billion tons of clothing in the nation’s municipal waste stream through our free, easy and simple curbside collection program.” The company pays the city of Cincinnati to operate here. According to Larry Falkin, director of the Office of Environment and Sustainability, the city stands to earn or save a total of $70,000 in yearly revenue — $20 per ton from Simple Recycling, $25 per ton in avoided landfill disposal costs and $25 per ton from Hamilton County’s Residential Recycling Incentive program.


Revenue Shortfall Looms after Kasich Tax Cuts

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State tax receipts have fallen more than half a billion dollars short this year in Ohio, raising questions about whether billions in tax cuts made under Ohio Gov. John Kasich have left the state better off. Those cuts were supposed to grow the state’s economy, Republicans have said, by encouraging businesses to grow. But by many measures, Ohio’s economic performance is lagging behind national averages. The shortfall comes as lawmakers and Kasich work through the state’s budget process, hoping to get to a finished spending plan by June. That budget could see big cuts to state programs, though lawmakers may also tap the state’s $2 billion rainy day fund to shore up part of the upcoming two-year, roughly $71 billion spending plan. “We’re going to look at all the options,” Kasich said during an April 13 news conference about the budget in Columbus. “Everything has to be under the microscope.” Tax receipts for March show the state about $203 million behind projections — almost half of that gap from income taxes. The leaner-than-expected tax revenues are a continuation of a longer trend. The state has taken in $615 million less than expected in taxes for the year. The gap has helped blow a $400 million hole in the state’s budget. State officials say slow economic growth and larger-than-expected tax refunds are responsible for that gap. Conservative lawmakers who have cheered Kasich’s supply-side approach to the economy point to some positive indicators: rising wages and some 460,000 new jobs over the governor’s tenure. In a statement about his budget proposal, released earlier this year, Kasich doubled down on his approach. “Making Ohio more competitive... means we must make our tax code friendlier to job creators and entrepreneurs,” Kasich said. But critics say the governor’s approach isn’t working and howled at the recent announcement that cuts may be necessary. “Even before Kasich announced this cut, the executive budget wasn’t investing enough in programs Ohio needs,” said Zach Schiller, research director at liberalleaning think tank Policy Matters Ohio, in a statement. “We’re not generating enough revenue. Our tax system is off-kilter, with the wealthy and special interests getting big breaks at the expense of the poor and middle class.” It’s no secret Ohio’s economy is lagging of late. The state ranks 36th in the nation for job growth, adding jobs at a rate of .85 percent per year — much lower than the national average of 1.66 percent per year. Since the Great Recession began in 2008, the state has seen jobs grow at a rate of 2.5 percent — again much lower than the national rate of 6.1 percent.

The state’s unemployment rate — 5.1 percent — is also above the national average of 4.7 percent. And though average weekly wages have increased at a rate somewhat higher than the national average, Ohio ranks 32nd among states for median household income, which has fallen 10 percent since its peak in 2000. Many of the jobs the state has added are in low-paying service and hospitality sectors, according to federal data. Kasich and Republican lawmakers have advanced big cuts to income and corporate taxes year after year — to the tune of $5 billion during the governor’s tenure — saying they would spur the economy, create new jobs and fill the state’s coffers with taxes from increased productivity. However, other states that have tried this approach have not seen that happen. In Kansas, GOP Gov. Sam Brownback has taken an increasing political drubbing for advancing a similar approach to the state’s finances. This year, that state is facing a $350 million budget shortfall in the aftermath of a tax overhaul that Brownback once called “a living experiment” in conservative economics. That overhaul gave deep cuts to affluent residents and businesses and eliminated taxes on small businesses altogether. About 330,000 small business entities took advantage of the tax immunity — far more than the 200,000 state lawmakers estimated. The state has exhausted its reserves, diverted money for infrastructure to keep the state government running and cut education to the point that the Kansas State Supreme Court had to step in, saying the cuts violated the state’s constitution. Earlier this month, Kansas lawmakers, including many Republicans, tried to repeal a key portion of Brownback’s plan — the loophole eliminating taxes for small businesses — but narrowly failed. That repeal would have netted the state more than half a billion dollars by next year if it had passed. In some ways, Ohio seems to be on a similar path. In an effort to shore up Ohio’s budget, no cuts are off the table, according to Kasich and Republican lawmakers, including funding cuts to education or relying on state reserve funds. Kasich has revealed that he thinks efforts to curb Ohio’s opiate addiction epidemic will be spared slashes, however. Democrat lawmakers blasted Kasich for the shortfall and potential budget cuts. “We were promised that deep cuts to communities, deep cuts to schools, privatizing job creation and shifting taxes to give millionaires breaks would grow our economy and create jobs, but [the potential cuts are] proof Gov. Kasich and other leaders have broken that promise,” said Democratic State Rep. Jack Cera, who serves on the State House Finance Committee. ©


in Newtown, Pa., and United Fibers in Queen City, Ariz., are doing the same thing. The situation has come to a head in Austin, Texas, which began its partnership with Simple Recycling in December of 2016. On Feb. 2, its City Council voted to instruct the city manager to collect donation data for the next six months. Austin has a three-year contract with the company. “We believe that the city should be looking for homegrown solutions that ensure we are meeting all of the goals of our community, not just zero waste,” Goodwill’s Senior Vice President of Community Engagement Traci Berry said after Austin City Council decided to continue its contract, according to the Austin Chronicle. As opposed to for-profit companies, Goodwill and Salvation Army are nonprofit entities that specialize in providing programs such as drug rehabilitation services, employment opportunities and job training services for people with disabilities and homeless veterans — tax-deductible donations of textiles and housewares help to fuel those programs. Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries has more than 30 drop-off locations around the city of Cincinnati. According to Ohio Valley Goodwill’s website, the total number of individuals served in 2015 was 3,532 and the total placed in community employment

was 919. They served 900 veterans in 2015 and recycled more than 49 million pounds of donated material as well as cardboard, steel and office paper. Flannery of Ohio Valley Goodwill argues that Simple Recycling is diverting economic resources away from local charities that operate in the area. “Simple Recycling isn’t disguising their cause at all or their mission — you know, it’s a for-profit company, there’s nothing wrong with that,” he says. “But they contract with the city, and they get like a penny a pound. And every pound that they pay is going to make somebody money. … So when people put stuff in orange bags and put them on the sidewalk, they have a choice. They can do that and get somebody rich, or they can donate to Goodwill, or St. Vincent de Paul, the other folks who take clothing and other household items, and help people here in Cincinnati who need help.” Councilman Mann says he will keep an eye on how the situation plays out both here and in Austin, Texas. “I’ve seen some speculation that this has had some adverse effects on charities, and I have no idea whether that’s true or not — it’s worthy of consideration,” Mann says. “We’ll bring the issue before my committee — the neighborhoods committee — and make sure we understand the facts and see where we should go.” ©








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the green issue Protecting Pollinators From the vantage point of a tiny sustainable house, Adrienne Cassel helps maintain one of the area’s rarest ecosystems BY EMILY BEGLE Y There’s no such thing as a typical day in the life of a land steward — except, in Adrienne

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Cassel’s case, a morning cup of coffee. Since 2013, Cassel has maintained the land at Arc of Appalachia’s Kamama Prairie, a 92-acre nature preserve in Adams County that is renowned among experts as a particularly unique ecosystem. More than 70 species of butterfly call the prairie home, making it more than live up to its name: “Kamama” is Cherokee for “butterfly.” But Cassel doesn’t see as many butterflies on the prairie as she used to, and for good reason — many species, particularly monarchs, have suffered sharp declines in overall population in recent years, largely as a result of pesticides, development and global climate change. A 2016 monarch count showed that the butterfly’s overall population has declined by 68 percent over the past 22 years, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. In February, the overwintering count — an annual tally of the butterflies in cold conditions — “confirmed that butterfly numbers fell by nearly one-third from the 2016 count, indicating an ongoing risk of extinction for America’s most well-known butterfly.” Other factors play a role as well. Cassel recalls a 2015 storm that had a major effect on populations. “There was one year where there was a huge storm that came through right at the time where the butterflies would have been coming out of their cocoons,” she says. “It wiped out a lot of the butterflies.” Butterflies aren’t the only pollinators experiencing declines. The term “pollinator” refers to any insect, bird or mammal that fertilizes plants resulting in the formation of seeds and fruits; more than 200,000 species, primarily insects, meet that description. Some of the most common include bees, moths, butterflies, beetles and hummingbirds. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, these animals are responsible for pollinating over 75 percent of the country’s crops and flowering plants. “Almost all the fruit that we get in the world has to be pollinated,” says Andrea Schepmann, director of Cincinnati Parks’ Krohn Conservatory. “Flowers need pollinators in order to set seed. In order to keep flowers growing, (pollinators) are very important. “They say so much that everything is holistic,” she continues. “When you lose one part in the cycle of the circle of life, it can always have detrimental effects.” At Kamama, Cassel keeps a watchful eye on the prairie. Her main responsibilities include learning about its wildlife and noting any changes she observes — what’s in bloom or if she sees any new species — as well as welcoming visitors to the site, which is not currently open to the public without a permit. And she’s there now more than ever, thanks to a tiny house and a few creative minds at the University of Cincinnati. Also an English professor at Sinclair Community College, Cassel splits her time between the prairie and her home in Dayton. Her initial time as a land steward involved camping out in a tent. “One of the challenges out there is, the place is just crazy with ticks,” she says, laughing. The risk they posed, as well as

general exposure to the elements, limited the amount of time Cassel was able to spend at Kamama. Enter Cassel’s ultra-sustainable, 160-square-foot home away from home. Construction on the rectangular, woodenplanked building began in the spring of 2016, orchestrated by a team of 15 graduate students at UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Using a shipping container as a frame, the students worked on the house in a workspace near UC’s campus until it was ready to be transported to Kamama in the bed of an 18-wheeler. “The house is so perfect. I just can’t believe what a great job they did,” Cassel says. The house is fully equipped with a kitchen, shower, composting toilet, space for a washer and a wooden bench that Cassel also utilizes as a bed. Her favorite aspect is the cedar porch that wraps around three sides of the building, where she spends the majority of her evenings taking notes and watching wildlife. The students just put the finishing touch on the house: a metal canopy that will keep the building cool. With her tiny dream home complete, Cassel says she plans to spend significantly more time at Kamama, observing and helping maintain the area’s natural beauty. She emphasizes the importance of pollinators, noting that she keeps a beehive nearby. “That’s one thing I think is so wonderful about the prairie — it provides a place for these butterflies, and it’s so important for us to keep corridors of land that’s wild so the pollinators, the birds, the animals have a place,” she says. As for how to help preserve pollinators and their habitats: “Let the dandelions grow!” she says. “They don’t hurt anything. They’re pretty. They’re yellow.” Bursting with nectar and pollen, the weeds provide a great source of nourishment. A multitude of other native plants are beneficial for pollinators in all stages of their life cycles, according to Cory Christopher, Center for Conservation director at the Cincinnati Nature Center. He lists milkweed, purple coneflowers, goldenrods and foxglove beardtongue — a tall leafy plant with bell-shaped white flowers — as some of his favorites. Krohn director Schepmann adds that a mix of perennials and annuals is ideal. “A succession of blooming annuals, perennials and shrubs is best so that nectar and pollen will be available throughout the growing season,” Schepmann says. “Limit any chemical use in the garden and grow as organically as possible.” The Krohn is currently in the midst of its 22nd-annual butterfly show. This year’s exhibit, The Majestic Monarch, is all about learning more about butterflies and how to attract them to your home garden using specific plant colors, shapes and scents. “It can be something as small as a window box garden all the way up to a full-scale garden,” Schepmann says. “Every little bit helps.”

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More than 280,000 people in the Tristate don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and 94,000 of

them are children, according to the Freestore Foodbank. Many of these food-insecure individuals and households are located in food deserts, generally defined as impoverished areas of the city lacking grocery stores or farmers markets — devoid of fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful food. To help combat this statistic, the city of Cincinnati and Office of Environment & Sustainability debuted its Urban Agriculture Program in 2009, which awards grants to nonprofits and for-profits alike to facilitate the production of agriculture within city limits. The application window just closed for this year’s mini-grants. During 2016, the Urban Agriculture Program dispersed funds to 26 sites with an average grant size of approximately $800. Larry Falkin, director of the Office of Environment & Sustainability, says the Urban Agriculture Program is part of the Green Cincinnati Plan, which the city describes as a roadmap to becoming a national leader in addressing climate change. “The goals of the program include strengthening regional food security and increasing accessibility to fresh local produce, lowering greenhouse gases by minimizing food transportation and enhancing regional health through better nutrition and nutritional education,” Falkin says. “Vacant city-owned parcels are leased to a diverse group of individuals, and the program supports the enhancement, training and education and agricultural supplies.”

Cincinnati is following other cities, such as New York and Detroit, which provide economic incentives to organizations for the purpose of growing food in underutilized urban spaces.

An Urban Eden Locals Domonique Peebles and Damon Lynch IV sought out People’s Liberty, a philanthropic lab that invests in individuals who are working to overcome the city’s challenges or uncover opportunities for residents. They each received a $10,000 grant from the group to undertake projects to transform neglected and underutilized indoor and outdoor urban spaces into verdant, productive food sites. Son of Reverend Damon Lynch III, Lynch describes himself as an activist, community servant and organizer from a young age. New Prospect Baptist Church, where his father is pastor, is the home of Lynch’s Urban Orchards project. Urban Orchards is a venture that focuses on using sustainable agricultural practices to grow crops on the church’s land. It will use these same techniques to plant fruit trees in vacant spaces in Roselawn as well as in residents’ yards. When New Prospect Baptist Church moved from Over-theRhine to the former Jewish Community Center of Roselawn in the fall of 2011, the first thing Lynch noticed was the huge amount of land on the property. He has been growing crops on a portion of New Prospect’s 22 acres for two years, experimenting with different techniques and approaches using permaculture, which he describes as “building with nature,

instead of building upon it.” He composts chicken manure to use as natural fertilizer, practices companion farming and avoids pesticides and herbicides. Lynch grows crops using these techniques not only to provide access to healthy foods at New Prospect’s farmers markets, but also to educate anyone interested in the benefits of growing your own food on a local and sustainable level. Come spring and summer, Lynch and his team will hold volunteer sessions and camps for kids and adults to learn the advantages and ease of growing your own food, whether it’s in your own backyard or on a plot of land in the city. “We’re just trying to provide different options for people to figure out where their food comes from,” Lynch says. “(You) spend the day in the dirt and then you come back in a couple of weeks and you see that some things grew — those types of opportunities are teaching lessons, and they’re life lessons. We’re just trying to provide a platform so people can expand.” Urban Orchards will broaden that mission by planting fruit trees around New Prospect and Roselawn. Families all over the community have agreed to plant about 30-70 apple, pear and peach trees in their lawns, funded entirely through Urban Orchards. The planting will be held on a single day or over a weekend, though no date has been set yet. The long-term goal for Urban Orchards is to become fully self-sustainable, employing members of the community while simultaneously giving back and enriching that very same community.

Lynch hopes that the trees will start producing fruit in a year’s time, with full production estimated to be anywhere from two to five years. Once the trees have grown, Lynch would like to see community members take over the responsibilities in caring for them, after he provides mentorship and training. “We can let people take over the business and let the community thrive off this produce and off this energy,” Lynch says. He envisions a community in which the youth of Roselawn can easily pick a piece of fruit off of a tree to eat and it’s completely free, locally grown and, most of all, a healthy option.

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These plants will attract pollinators to your garden BY EMILY BEGLE Y // illustrations by hailey bollinger Every little bit helps. That’s the point Krohn Conservatory director Andrea Schepmann drives home when asked about the benefits of creating pollinator gardens, which she says can range from a box in your windowsill to a full-fledged backyard oasis. “Pollinator gardens have flowers of many types and are in bloom from the beginning to end of the season,” she says. “A mix of perennials and annuals is best.” “Choose nectar and pollen-rich plants like wildflowers and old-fashioned varieties of flowers,” she adds, explaining that hybridized plants often don’t produce as many nutrients. Cory Christopher, Center for Conservation director at the Cincinnati Nature Center, recommends planting a good mix of four or five native plants within your garden, making sure to include at least one milkweed, which Schepmann defines as a host plant: It’s the only plant Monarch caterpillars will eat. To help get your pollinator garden started, check out these plant recommendations from the Cincinnati Nature Center and grab a free packet of native seeds at local Graeter’s and LaRosa’s this Saturday as part of the center’s Earth Day Plant NATIVE! initiative. A total of 50,000 packets will be distributed.




5 1. Aster The pretty purple aster flowers are a high-value plant for pollinators like bees. Great in full sun, they bloom in late summer and fall.

2. Lavender Makes people and pollinators happy with its soothing scent and purple flowers. This fragrant herb likes loamy, well-drained soil and is a favorite of honeybees.

3. Yarrow This perennial wildflower is a great landing pad for pollinators. It blooms from April to October, and its feathery cloud-like blooms can reach about three feet in height. It does have a


6 tendency to become weedy, but it’s not a bad plant to have in abundance — its use in natural medicine ranges from treating wounds to soothing fevers.

4. Zinnia Bright and beautiful, these flowers come in a variety of colors, from magenta and orange to bright yellow. They’re quick to germinate, easy to grow and make butterflies very happy because of their long bloom season — from spring to first frost. Also a great cut flower.

5. Black-Eyed Susan This coneflower does best in full sun and features cheerful yellow flowers with a brown to black central cone. Blooms from summer to fall and

7 attracts bees, flies, butterflies and seed birds.

6. Milkweed Monarchs can’t survive, thrive or migrate without milkweed to feed on, and despite the “weed” in the name, the plant is actually quite lovely. Butterfly Weed, with its clusters of bright orange flowers, is a perennial that enjoys full sun and can grow up to two feet tall.

7. Phlox Creeping phlox is a wonderful ground cover and popular spring bloomer that spreads by runners with pink, purple or white flowers. Great for smaller pollinators.

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Peebles is the founder of the Brick Gardens project. Brick Gardens activates vacant, unused buildings in neighborhoods that are recognized as food deserts by growing produce in them using a custom model of vertical, hydroponic towers. The long-term goal is to create rich, indoor urban farms all year round. “My idea was if the space is there, if it doesn’t need a ton of rehab, why not ‘activate’ it for growing food?” Peebles says. “You can then take that same spot and you can offer educational courses to youth around the importance of growing your own produce.” As opposed to outdoor farming, indoor hydroponic farming is advantageous in the sense that the difficult aspects of the growing process — invasive species, crop rot, soil contamination, temperature, humidity, the weather — dissipate under a controlled environment. The less of those things you have to deal with, the greater the yield you can count on. Peebles is hoping the completion of his hydroponic towers will attract the interest of landlords of vacant buildings in food desert communities and persuade community councils that they can do this sort of growing with relative ease and without using the entire property. With his current tower model, electricity can cost up to $2 a day per tower, which adds up at the end of 30 days. But that cost is from using direct current electricity. Peebles is in the process of looking at how much electricity he can save by running the towers off of alternating current electricity drawn from solar panels. He has been fine-tuning his growing model at four sites over the past 10 months: Xavier University, Cincinnati State, New Prospect Baptist Church and at a storefront on Main Street. The schools pay for the models at Xavier and Cincinnati State, and Brick Gardens will be responsible for all the electricity bills generated upon receiving permission to “activate” vacant buildings in the future. Peebles plans to expand his operations by donating vegetables to Gabriel’s Place and New Prospect during the warmer months to provide fresh food for their farmers markets and community dinners. Peebles’ 10-month cycle with People’s Liberty is drawing to a close, and he and the philanthropic lab are currently in the process of discussing next steps for the continuation of Brick Gardens so it can exist as a full-fledged sustainable business. Since there seems to be a new upgrade or piece of equipment for hydroponic technology every year, Peebles is confident he can bring the cost down with forthcoming technological advancements. “This should be something that hopefully every neighborhood can use, but we’re being very intentional on being in food deserts because they’re the ones that need it the most,” he says. “If we can use those areas as a blueprint, then we are assuming that other neighborhoods are going to buy into it as well. “It’s a new way to think about how to utilize space. Who is going to say no to feeding people?”

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LocalLY PRODUCED Documentary Personalizes THE African Water Crisis

The Intimate Realities of Water details the daily struggle to find clean water in the slums of Nairobi BY L AUREN MORE T TO In two slums of Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi — Kibera and Dagoretti — the handling

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During one of those visits, Parr fell into one of the “dark, chemically, biologically infested streams” she had often seen children playing tag near. Over the next few days, the shoes she wore that day began to fall apart. “They came unstuck, unglued, because the water I had fallen into was so contaminated it was corroding the shoes,” Parr says. “And this is what kids are playing in? This is what animals are drinking, the animals that are being consumed by human beings?” Looking for a way to relay these experiences in an ethical and personal manner, Parr pursued the storytelling medium of film. “It shifts the power dynamic from a white woman coming into the area and finding the story on her own terms to the community leading you through their community,” she says. “That was very important for us, to shift that dynamic.” In doing so, the crew was able to give the individuals in these communities a close-up. Gathering personal portrayals

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of life’s most precious resource hangs in a tumultuous balance, tight-rope walking a fine line between reverence and exploitation. Here, there is no easy access to clean, drinkable water. Without adequate sanitation or infrastructure, sewage, garbage and the bloated carcasses of animals litter the streams that run through the streets and alleyways of the slums. It’s these same polluted streams in which children play and women carefully sidestep on their way to and from a safe water point each and every day. The time-consuming and constant struggle to obtain clean water is rife with power dynamics, disease concerns and profiteering, and it’s this relationship to water and the layers of everyday life it influences that is the focus of a team of University of Cincinnati professors’ recently released documentary, The Intimate Realities of Water. The documentary, which premiered locally at the Esquire Theatre on World Water Day (March 22), was filmed on-location in Kibera and Dagoretti over a two-week period in August and September of 2015. The three-person crew was comprised of political science and architecture professor and producer Adrian Parr and father and son Jon and Sean Hughes — the former, an emeritus professor of journalism, was director of photography and the latter, an assistant professor of journalism/photojournalism, was videographer. Gathering water is a task generally left to the women in these communities. Sometimes multiple times a day, they traverse the landscapes of the slums they call home to fill their colorful jerrycans with water for their families, repeatedly lugging home the 40-pound former fuel containers. For Mary, one of four Dagoretti women at the forefront of the film, the journey for water takes her down a dusty path behind her shack, where she passes people as they relieve themselves on the corner. She then maneuvers her way through a field used as a makeshift trash site to reach a water pump on the other side, where she then pays for and collects the water she and her family drink. Access to water — and the quality of the water these slums have access to — are issues that seep into the varying cavities of daily life. The inflated price of water and its safety, compromised by industry pollution and water-born illnesses such as cholera, typhoid and hepatitis, are just some of the trials explored in the film. Parr, who is also director of the Taft Research Center at UC, is no stranger to these slums. As United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization co-chair of water access and sustainability, she has made many trips to both Kibera and Dagoretti in order to better understand the waterrelated issues the communities face.

in an effort to put a face to the facts and figures was a goal for videographer Sean. “The data’s not going to tear your heart. The data’s not going to make a connection with your human instincts,” he says. To keep a low profile, the crew brought a limited amount of equipment throughout their travels. “We didn’t want to alter the situation in any way. We wanted to keep it as genuine as possible,” Sean says. For Mary, whom Parr originally met through her work with UNESCO, access to water defines the tempo of her life. Her daily routine begins by using water to make chai tea and sending her daughter to get greens that will be cooked for lunch and dinner. Ugali, a dish of floury paste, will also require fresh water. They wash clothes using two to three buckets of water; the grayish waste from the process is then used to clean the plastic covering laid atop the dirt floor of Mary’s shack. If it’s hot outside, the remainder of the water is sprinkled on the ground by the entrance to keep dust from venturing inside. “The rituals of the day are organized around how that water can be recycled,” Parr says. On the flip side, in Kibera, a long-standing slum made up of 15 densely populated villages, “water lords” cut into the pipes of the water infrastructure system and siphon off portions to sell for profit. (Several water projects have developed out of Kibera due to its visibility and close proximity to Nairobi, whereas the relatively young Dagoretti has not seen as much improvement in water access.) Parr likens these water lords to drug lords, using their brawn to keep illegal ownership of their supply. By proxy, water markets are established, wherein the resource becomes “almost like a weapon of war,” she says. “Water is our greatest resource and our most abused resource,” Sean adds. “It’s our new oil. That’s the new battleground around the world. And as those resources are depleted or contaminated, the haves and the have-nots continue to grow.” Between gang activity, sanitation concerns and accessibility, the nature of water in these slums is a complicated web of cause and effect. “Water is part of this much larger story,” Parr says. “We can’t just isolate it as just a problem of infrastructure.” Despite such difficult circumstances, the urban fabric of the areas depicted in the film exudes the human spirit — what Parr describes as an abundance of “joy and generosity” despite the adversity. In an effort to draw more attention to the issues surrounding the film, the crew submitted their work to various festivals. Last year, it won Best Documentary at the United International Independent Film Festival and Best Picture at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival last year, among other awards.

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Going Green CALENDAR Eco events and classes COMPILED BY L AUREN MORE T TO 10th-Annual Tulip Luncheon — Scott Beuerlein of the Cincinnati Zoo’s horticulture team discusses the importance of incorporating horticulture in our daily lives during this annual luncheon. Event is business casual. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 19. $75. Peacock Pavilion, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, Party for the Planet — Businesses and organizations from around the region will be on hand at the Cincinnati Zoo to share their knowledge on how we can go about living more sustainably within our communities. Topics of discussion will include solar energy, composting, recycling and more. 4-8:30 p.m. April 20. Free admission after 5 p.m. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, Civic Garden Center Tour — Take a tour of the Civic Garden Center, a nonprofit horticultural resource with a mission to build community through gardening, education and environmental stewardship. Meet at the University of Cincinnati Bike Kitchen at 12:15 p.m. and then bike to the garden center for the tour. 1-4 p.m. April 21. Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, Avondale, Mill Creek Cleanup — The Mill Creek Yacht Club hosts the 23rd-annual Mill Creek waterway cleanup, from Evendale to Lockland. Clean via canoe (limited and open to ages 18 and up) or along the stream bank. 9:30 a.m. April 21. Free. Koenig Park, 520 W. Columbia Ave., Reading, CORV’s 10th Anniversary Celebration — The Central Ohio River Valley Local Food Guide celebrates 10 years of publication with good music, good food and good company. 5-7 p.m. April 21. $15 suggested donation. Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, Avondale,

Earth Day Celebration — The Krohn Conservatory will be giving away free tree seedlings to the first 300 visitors thanks to Scherzinger Termite and Pest Control and Friends of Krohn. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 22. $7 adults; $4 kids. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, Fairfield Earth Day — Activities include hiking, a ceremonial tree planting, a seedling giveaway

and seed-bomb making. 10:30 a.m. April 22. Free admission. Huffman Park, 2100 John Gray Road, Fairfield, Earth Day at Ten Thousand Villages — Plant a succulent in a fair-trade pot or mug with discounts on Earth Day items, snacks, refreshments and raffle prizes. Noon-4 p.m. April 22. Call to reserve a pot/mug. Ten Thousand Villages, 2011 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, Birding 101 — Learn the basics of appreciating and observing birds and graduate as a beginning birder. 1 p.m. April 22. Free. Seasongood Nature Center, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Anderson Township, The Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration — The theme of this party is “local food.” Local farmers, community gardeners and agriculture organizations, health professionals, restaurants and more will pack Summit Park with activities centering around home gardening, local foods and composting. Food trucks will be on site for those in need of a bite. Noon-7 p.m. April 22. Free admission. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, Smale Riverfront Park’s ‘Going Round the Earth Day’ — Enjoy family-friendly natureinspired crafts and activities at Smale Riverfront Park’s Earth Day celebration. Learn how to give new life to your recyclable and trash materials and participate in a host of other activities. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 22. Free admission. Carol Ann’s Carousel, Smale Riverfront Park, 2 Rosa Parks St., Downtown, Earth Day Sound Healing Concert — Come and celebrate Earth Day with a journey of music, chanting, drumming, dancing and more. Veterans of previous Sound Healing Days will perform in addition to new musical acts. 7-9 p.m. April 22. $15. Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Cincinnati, 5701 Murray Ave., Madisonville, Earth Day Fun at the Cincinnati Nature Center — Admission to the Nature Center will be free Saturday and Sunday to explore the trails, shop a native plant sale, take a bird walk or a walk for aging dogs, learn how to garden for wildlife and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 22-23. Free admission. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, Hunting for Honeybees — It’s time for a springtime hive check. Head to Parky’s Farm to learn about the park’s apiary and the lives of honeybees and how to care for them. Program canceled in inclement weather. 1:30-2:30 p.m. April 22. Free admission. Parky’s Farm, 10073 Daly Road, Winton Woods,

Zoo Blooms at the Cincinnati Zoo — The Cincinnati Zoo features more than one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs and other spring bulbs. Its tulip display — which incorporates over 100,000 flowers — is one of the largest in the Midwest. Coinciding with the event are free Tunes & Blooms concerts every Thursday after hours (weather permitting). Through April 30. $19 adults; $13 children and seniors. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale,

Build Raised Wooden Vegetable Garden Beds — Learn how to build a cedar garden bed for growing vegetables. Additional info will include choosing the right lumber and soil mix. RSVP required. 1-2:30 p.m. April 22. $15. Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Indian Hill, Arbor Day & Earth Day Celebration — Amberley Village celebrates Earth Day with a proclamation and tree planting demonstration. 6 p.m. April 24. Free. Amberley Village Municipal Building, 7149 Ridge Road, Amberley Village, Natural History Workshop: Freshwater Mussels — Freshwater mussels are one of the most threatened and endangered aquatic organisms in the U.S. In an effort to conserve native mussel species, Thomas More College has partnered with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, The Ohio State University and the Newport Aquarium to establish a mussel propagation system at the Cincinnati Nature Center Field Station with the goal of restoring natural populations. 2:30-4:30 p.m. April 24. $5 members; $14 non-members. Cincinnati Nature Center, Rowe Woods Visitor Center Pine Room, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, University of Cincinnati Re*Use Market — It’s a one-stop shop for recycled goods: donated furniture, household items, non-perishable food, electronics, books, clothing, sporting goods,

toys, etc. are up for grabs. Take whatever items you like at no charge — at the end of the week, the remaining items are given to local charities. April 24-28. Free. Grass Lawn East of the Old YMCA, Calhoun St., Clifton, Wildflower Walk — This family-friendly walk through Caldwell Nature Preserve will include identification, a Q&A session and time to take photos. RSVP required. 6-8 p.m. April 25. Free. Caldwell Nature Preserve, 430 W. North Bend Road, College Hill, Trosset Wildflower Sanctuary Grand Opening at Gorman Heritage Farm — Learn about wildflowers and meet the Trosset family, who is responsible for more than 40 years of wildflower cultivation. 1-4 p.m. April 30. Free. Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Road, Evendale, Green Homes Tour Series — Take a tour of the Earnshaw Ecohouse in Mount Auburn, a conscious community home with a goal to be off-grid. Learn some simple but effective ways to limit your own energy use at home, as well as reduce water consumption and eliminate waste. Includes a permaculture garden. Contact Chair Chuck Lohre to register for the tours or be introduced to any of the owners of past and future tours. 10 a.m.-noon April 29. $15 non-members of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Aveda Catwalks for Water — This “green carpet” event features a variety of Aveda salons, which come together to raise money for Earth Month by showcasing their creativity and skills in hair, makeup and fashion using the Earth as a muse. 7-10 p.m. April 22. $25. Energy Nightclub, 700 W. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, events/100930570441112.

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RSVP for address details;, 513-260-9025. Dogwood Dash — The annual Dogwood Dash 5k run and walk is held each April as the dogwoods bloom in the Boone County Arboretum. The event raises funds to improve the arboretum grounds. 9 a.m. April 29. $22; $32 with shirt. Boone County Arboretum, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union, Ky., Create Your Own Butterfly Garden — This class will cover the selection of nectar plants to attract adult butterflies, selection of host plants for specific native butterflies, other butterfly needs and how to become a certified monarch waystation. The cost of the class includes a four-pack of Milkweed to get your garden started. RSVP required. 10 a.m.-noon April 29. $15. Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Indian Hill, Keep Covington Beautiful Great American Cleanup — This is Covington’s largest day of service. Plant trees, pick up trash, spread mulch and more to beautify the city. 9 a.m.-noon April 29. Free; register online to sign up for a volunteer site. Covington, Ky., Beyond Beginning Beekeeping — Topics include honeybee biology and nutrition, common queen problems, swarm control, yearly management info and more. Hosted by the NKY Beekeepers Association. Lunch, drinks and dessert provided for registrations before April 22. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 29. $15 members; $20 non-members; $5 kids; $25 walk-in. Boone Co. Enrichment Center, 1955 Burlington Pike, Burlington, Ky.,

Introductory Biodynamics — Use your sense to approach gardening challenges. Biodynamic farm is the study and application of inter-connectedness and understanding the needs of the growing system. 10 a.m.-noon April 29. $15; free Civic Garden Center volunteers. Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, Avondale, Arbor Day at the Arboretum — Participate in guided tours, kid’s crafts and a free tree seedling givaway. Noon-4 p.m. April 29. Free. Boone County Cooperative Extension, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, Ky., Children and the Future of Conservation — The Center for Conservation & Stewardship at Cincinnati Nature Center hosts a series of lectures centered on science and conservation. 2-4 p.m. April 30. Free. Auditorium, Rowe Woods Visitor Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, RAPTOR Inc. Open House — Learn about the importance raptor birds play in the local ecosystem and how you can protect, and visit some of the beautiful resident birds. RAPTOR Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey through rehabilitation, education, and community service. 1-4 p.m. April 30. Free. RAPTOR Inc., 961 Barg Salt Run Road, Milford, Zoo Babies at the Cincinnati Zoo — The Cincinnati Zoo’s newest additions, including little hippo Fiona, have been front and center this spring. See them for yourself at Zoo Babies! Some of the newest arrivals include tiger cubs Batari, Chira and Izzy, and Meg, the takin calf. May 1-31. $19 adults; $13 children and seniors. Cincinnati Zoo

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The Majestic Monarch at Krohn Conservatory — Get in touch with your inner entomologist. This year’s butterfly show at the Krohn Conservatory, The Majestic Monarch, is all about learning more about butterflies and how to attract them to your garden using specific plant colors, shapes and scents. Through June 18. $7 adults; $4 kids; free children 4 and younger. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park,


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4034 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati 45223 (513) 541-9600 • FIR ST COU R SE: Roasted Carrot & Spring Vegetable Salad Tomato Gazpacho with Herbed Yogurt SECOND COU R SE: Salmon with Lentils & Seasonal Vegetables Braised Pork Shank with Fingerling Potatoes THIR D COU R SE: Spiced Crème Brûlée Assortment of Cheeses

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441 Vine St, Cincinnati 45202 (513) 421-7111 •

the capital grille

3821 Edwards Rd, Cincinnati 45209 (513) 351-0814 • FIR ST COU R SE: Wedge w/ Bleu Cheese & Applewood Smoked Bacon Caesar Salad Clam Chowder SECOND COU R SE: Filet Mignon 8 oz. All-Natural Herb Grilled Chicken Bone-In Dry Aged NY Strip 14 oz. Seared Citrus Glazed Salmon Porcini Rubbed Sliced Tenderloin acco m panie m ent: Sam’s Mashed Potatoes French Beans with Heirloom Tomatoes

FIR ST COU R SE: Picanha House Special Sirloin Picanha con Alho Sirloin with garlic Leg of Lamb Pork Ribs Top Sirloin Pork Loin with Parmesan Pork Sausage Bottom Sirloin Chicken Leg Chicken Breast with Bacon

8080 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati 45236 (513) 488-1110 •

SECOND COU R SE: Unlimited Salad Bar

7490 Bales St, Liberty Township 45069 (513) 463-9463 •

THIR D COU R SE: Caramel Turtle Cheesecake Key Lime Pie Carrot Cake Chocolate Mousse Cake

FIR ST COU R SE: Artisan Hummus & Roasted Vegetables Caprese Flatbread Chicken Potstickers

FIR ST COU R SE: Gnocchi Mac and Cheese (GF) SECOND COU R SE: Baby Bleu Salad (GF) THIR D COU R SE: Delmonico Ribeye

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SECOND COU R SE: Dana's Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Spaghetti and House-Made Meatballs Chef Matt's Favorite Pasta Jambalaya Maple-Mustard Pretzel Crusted Pork THIR D COU R SE: S'more Budino CH Chocolate Cake Salted Caramel Crème Brûlée w ine : CH Red or CH White

FIR ST COU R SE: Lobster Bisque Caesar Salad Merlot Iceberg Wedge SECOND COU R SE: Arctic Char Meunier Filet Del Mar Meyer Lemon Chicken THIR D COU R SE: Crème Brûlée Carrot Cake Triple Chocolate Cake

embers restaurant

8170 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati 45236 (513) 984-8090 • FIR ST COU R SE: Compressed Mango & Cucumber Maki Roll Smoked Tomato Bisque Caesar Salad SECOND COU R SE: Soy Marinated Hangar Steak Amish Chicken Breast Scottish Salmon THIR D COU R SE: Lavender Panna Cotta Chocolate Raspberry Tort

firebirds wood fired grill

5075 Deerfield Blvd, Mason 45040 (513) 234-9032 • FIR ST COU R SE: Avocado Quesadilla Cup of Chicken Tortilla Soup or Soup of the day Chopped Kale, BLT, Mixed Greens or Caesar Salad SECOND COU R SE: Tequila Glazed Grilled Salmon Steak Frites Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tequila Glazed Colossal Shrimp THIR D COU R SE: Crème Brûlée Cheesecake Squares Chocolate Brownie Cake Sundae Key Lime Pie Warm Carrot Cake

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brown dog café

4335 Glendale-Milford Rd, Blue Ash 45242 (513) 794-1610 •

THIR D COU R SE: Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake Classic Crème Brûlée

10808 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati 45242 (513) 489-1212 •

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27 S. Broadway, Lebanon 45036 (513) 932-5065 •

115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati 45202 (513) 421-2337 •

FIR ST COU R SE: Sandwich & Salad Snack JP Mound Farm Oyster Mushroom & Black Truffle Bisque SECOND COU R SE: Emmitt Ridge Farm Center Cut Pork Rib Chop Seared Fresh Halibut THIR D COU R SE: Upside-Down Gelato Cone

jag's steak & seafood & piano bar

5980 West Chester Rd, West Chester 45069 (513) 860-5353 • FIR ST COU R SE: Camelot Chicken Tuna Tartar Spinach Artichoke Dip SECOND COU R SE: Spring Berry Salad Strawberry Walnut Salad Cream Of Pea Soup THIR D COU R SE: Grilled Filet Mignon Ora King Salmon Berkshire Pork Loin


1400 Vine St, Cincinnati 45202 (513) 898-7991 •

11023 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati 45249 (513) 530-5501 •

SECOND COU R SE: German Smothered Chicken Beef Short Ribs Pasta Cavatapi

FIR ST COU R SE: Green Goddess Cheddar Fondue Bacon and Brie Cheese Fondue

THIR D COU R SE: Buckeye Blitz Sundae Key Lime Pie

the melting pot

SECOND COU R SE: Filet Mignon Teriyaki Marinated Sirloin Cajun Chicken Roasted Garlic Shrimp Seasonal Ravioli Fresh Vegetable Medley THIR D COU R SE: Dark Chocolate with Chambord Milk Chocolate with Crunchy Peanut Butter

the mercer

1324 Vine St, Cincinnati 45202 (513) 421-5111 • FIR ST COU R SE: Artisan Mixed Greens (V) (GF) Caesar Salad (GF) Pea Soup(GF)

FIR ST COU R SE: 1/2 OTR Roll (5 Pieces) 1/2 Misaki Roll (5 Pieces) Bibb Salad (Vegetarian)

SECOND COU R SE: Pork Tenderloin (GF) Chicken (GF) Risotto (V) (GF) Black Spaghetti

SECOND COU R SE: Short Rib Dumplings Pho Soup (Can Be Vegetarian) Pork Belly

THIR D COU R SE: Milk and Chocolate (V) (GF) Bread Pudding (V) Sorbet Lemon, Basil (V) (GF)

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FIR ST COU R SE: Calamari Classic Caesar Salad Poached Pear Bruschetta


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mccormick & schmick's seafood & steaks

21 E 5th St, Cincinnati 45202 (513) 721-9339 • FIR ST COU R SE: Chilled Asparagus Potato Soup w/ Lump Crab Strawberry Bibb Salad Prosciutto wrapped Mozzarella Bruschetta SECOND COU R SE: Short Ribs with Foie Gras Risotto Herbed Shrimp with Polenta Prosciutto Wrapped Atlantic Salmon THIR D COU R SE: Mango Crème Brûlée Heath Bar Brownie

FIR ST COU R SE: Cress & Compressed Strawberry Salad English Pea Soup SECOND COU R SE: Gargenelli Grilled Chuck Roast Kentucky Silver Carp THIR D COU R SE: Peanut Butter Cake Custard Tart

morton's the steakhouse 441 Vine St #1h, Cincinnati 45202 (513) 621-3111 • FIR ST COU R SE: Caesar Salad Morton’s Salad SECOND COU R SE: 6 oz. Filet Mignon Honey-Balsamic Glazed Salmon Fillet Chicken Bianco choice of side : Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes Chicago Style Horseradish Mashed Potatoes Sautéed Broccoli Florets THIR D COU R SE: Key Lime Pie Double Chocolate Mousse

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the national exempl ar 6880 Wooster Pk, Mariemont 45227 (513) 271-2103 • FIR ST COU R SE: Hungarian Mushroom Soup Prosciutto and Grapefruit Salad Pork Wings Smoked Salmon Dip SECOND COU R SE: Tagliatelle (V) Grilled Branzino Braised Short Rib Spring Lamb Lasagna Roast Chicken THIR D COU R SE: Carrot Cake Lemon Tart Chocolate Mousse Cake

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810 Matson Pl, Cincinnati 45204 (513) 251-6467 •

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FIR ST COU R SE: Arugula Salad Burrata Potato Gnocchi SECOND COU R SE: Grilled Pork Chop Sautéed Verlasso Salmon Crab and Fettuccine THIR D COU R SE: Budino Di Panettone Tiramisu Milk Chocolate Custard

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580 Walnut St, Cincinnati 45202 (513) 579-0720 • FIR ST COU R SE: Caesar or House Salad Lobster Bisque Soup Du Jour SECOND COU R SE: Spicy Crab Crusted Opah Citrus Marinated Pork Tenderloin Garlic Shrimp or Chicken 6 oz. Petite Filet THIR D COU R SE: Half-Baked Cookie Grippo Pretzel-Crusted Triple Chocolate Chip Brownie Key Lime Pie

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SECOND COU R SE: Petite Filet 12 oz. New York Strip Salmon Stuffed Chicken Breast choice of side : Creamed Spinach Garlic Mashed Potatoes THIR D COU R SE: Warm Bread Pudding

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3819 Edwards Rd, Cincinnati 45209 (513) 631-5252 • FIR ST COU R SE: Signature Flatbreads Select one & share: Roasted Roma Tomato Garlic Pesto Chicken Blackened Steak & Blue Cheese All-Natural Pepperoni SECOND COU R SE: Seasonal Spinach Salad Organic Field Greens Crisp Romaine & Baby Kale Caesar third C O U R S E : Cedar-Plank Roasted Salmon Oak-Grilled Filet Mignon Southern Style Shrimp & Grits Wood-Grilled Pork Tenderloin All-Natural Roasted Half Chicken dessert: Two Mini Indulgence Desserts

204 W Loveland Ave, Loveland 45140 (513) 683-8266 • FIR ST COU R SE: Grilled Citrus Shrimp Sprout and Snout Ricotta and Honey SECOND COU R SE: House Salad Quinoa Salad Chef's Inspiration Bowl Of Soup THIR D COU R SE: Parmigiana Stack Stuffed Salmon Seared Pork Belly Pulled Pork Smoked Pork Medallions

teller's of hyde park 2710 Erie Ave, Cincinnati 45208 (513) 321-4721 • FIR ST COU R SE: Grilled Caesar Salad SECOND COU R SE: Crab Stuffed Scallop

somm wine bar & kitchen 3101 Price Ave, Cincinnati 45205 (513) 244-5843 • FIR ST COU R SE: Asparagus Soup with Lemon Potato Gnocchi Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio SECOND COU R SE: Magret of Duck Seared Diver Sea Scallops Beef Tenderloin THIR D COU R SE: Chocolate Pot de Crème Key Lime Pie

stone creek dining company

9836 Montgomery Rd, Montgomery 45242 (513) 489-1444 • 6200 Mulhauser Rd, West Chester 45069 (513) 942-2100 •

third C O U R S E : Blackened Bistro Steak dessert: Maker's Mark Bourbon Crème Brûlée

third & main restaurant 223 3rd St, Aurora, IN 47001 (812) 655-9727 •

FIR ST COU R SE: Heirloom Tomato Bisque Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Salad Smoked Tomato & Watermelon Gazpacho SECOND COU R SE: Black Tiger Shrimp & Grits Mayan Braised Pork Belly Fried Mozzarella Caprese THIR D COU R SE: New York Strip Amish Herb Grilled Chicken Pasta Toscana (V) Wild-Caught Bay of Fundy BBQ Rubbed Salmon

trio bistro

FIR ST COU R SE: Seven Field Green Salad Spicy Garlic Shrimp

7565 Kenwood Rd, Cincinnati 45236 (513) 984-1905 •

SECOND COU R SE: Basil Pesto Fettuccine Sea Scallops 6 oz. Filet Mignon

FIR ST COU R SE: Caesar Salad Chopped House Salad Lobster Bisque

THIR D COU R SE: Cranberry & Golden Raisin Bread Pudding Crème Brûlée

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Right out of the garden soups, salads and sandwiches We compost and recycle everything Earth Day OTR — Celebrate Earth Day at Washington Park with live music, food, drink and ecofriendly products and goods for purchase. Got hard-to-recycle items? Cleanlites Recycling, Inc. will be there to take them off your hands, including cell phones, prescription medication, light bulbs, #5 plastic packaging and more. A slew of family- and eco-friendly activities will make for a fun-filled day in the park. Noon-5 p.m. April 22. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Overthe-Rhine,

& Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, Roaming the Nature Center: Family Hike with a Naturalist — Roam the trails of the Cincinnati Nature Center with a naturalist. You’ll focus on seasonal natural happenings while exploring your surroundings. Ages 5 and up. 1-3 p.m. May 4. $6 members; $10 non-members. Green Cottage, Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, Civic Garden Center Plant Sale — Started as a plant swap in 1960, the 75th annual plant sale features dinner by the bite, wine, beer, a silent auction, entertainment by Ricky Nye and first pick of the garden center’s plants for sale, which will include annuals, tropical plants, climbers, roses, fruits, veggies, herbs and more. 6 p.m. May 5 party; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 6 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7 public sale. $75 individual tickets for party; free admission to sale. Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, Avondale,

Green Homes Tour Series — Tiny homes are a sustainable trend that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Get a tour of custom-made and cozy “Get Away” cabins, potting sheds and chicken coops all from One Small Garden. Contact Chair Chuck Lohre to register for the tours or be introduced to any of the owners of past and future tours. 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 6. $15 non-members of the U.S. Green Building Council. Get Away Cabins, State Route 50 and 131, Milford,, 513-260-9025. Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage Spring Plant Sale — The eighth-annual plant sale features annual vegetables, greens, herbs and flower starts, plus heirlooms and perennials. All proceeds benefits the Enright CSA. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 6-7; May 13-14. Free admission. Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage, 824 Enright Ave., Price Hill,

Backyard Composting Seminar — Into the idea of composting but don’t know where to start? This one-hour evening seminar focuses on the basics of backyard composting. You’ll learn how to balance a compost bin and what materials are compostable, as well as some troubleshooting. 7-8 p.m. May 3. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash,

Herbs in Drinks: Ingredients Behind Your Refreshment — Learn how to pair herbs and identify them through smell. Kristen St. Clair, culinary instructor, leads this class on making herby cocktails and teas. Leave with a tussy mussy bouquet to wear and smell all day. 6-7:30 p.m. May 10. $35. Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, Avondale,

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Full Moon Walk — The moon will be your guide as you take on the Cincinnati Nature Center’s trails at night. There will also be natural history readings. Recommended for ages 8 and up. 8:45 p.m. May 10. $5 members; $9 non-members. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford,

The Alchemy of Herbs and Edible Flowers — Herb expert Rita Heikenfeld and Ron Wilson of Natorp’s lead a demo on how to grow, cook and use herbs for your health. The menu includes mixed greens with herbs and balsamic vinaigrette, herb-roasted Turner Farm chicken and fresh fruit compote with sweet herbs. 6:30-8 p.m. May 8. $25. Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Indian Hill,

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A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America June 10–September 3, 2017 A Taste of Duveneck presents The Art of Wine Friday, June 16, 2017 6–9 p.m.

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MUSIC: Scottish trio PAWS plays MOTR Pub. See Sound Advice on page 42.

EVENT: GREATER CINCINNATI RESTAURANT WEEK Calling all Cincinnati foodies: CityBeat has partnered with area restaurants to put together memorable meals and one-of-a-kind dining experiences during Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week. Through Sunday, restaurants including Bistro Grace, Kaze OTR, Moerlein Lager House, Somm Wine Bar, The Golden Lamb, Metropole and many more will offer exclusive $35 three-course menus — just ask for the Restaurant Week menu. Bring your friends, make a date night of it or treat yourself to dinner and a drink from sponsor Maker’s Mark. Through Sunday. $35 prix fixe. Find a full list of locations and menus at — CHRISTINA DROBNEY EVENT: SPRING WORKOUT ON THE GREEN It’s time to start shedding that winter weight to get in shape for bathing suit/ shorts/tank top season (aka the season where you can’t hide under oversized sweaters). To that end, Washington Park has launched their annual fitness series, Workout on the Green. The free, no-contract public exercise party takes place Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and all classes are led by trained, licensed instructors. On Tuesdays, it’s Pilates and Crush HIIT (high intensity interval training). Then on Wednesdays, find Hip Hopand Pop-inspired dance led by MYSFIT, followed by a strength session with the YMCA. Classes 6 and 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, — MAIJA ZUMMO


EVENT: THREE MUSICAL ACTS IN OVER-THE-RHINE As a fundraiser in support of the planned Over-the-Rhine Museum, musical acts Katie Laur with Ma Crow, Molly Sullivan and Jake Speed & The Freddies will perform short sets at the Woodward Theater. Between sets, guests can view the Stories of Over-the-Rhine exhibit, featuring 12 neighborhood residents from the 1840s to the present. There also will be a silent auction, plus Over-the-Rhine Museum pint glasses and T-shirts will be sold. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $10 advance; $12 at the door. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, — STEVEN ROSEN

COMEDY: MIKE PARAMORE “I took a girl out but she wasn’t that cute so I took her to McDonald’s,” comedian Mike Paramore tells an audience. “Don’t judge me; you didn’t see her.” The young lady

EVENT: PARTY FOR THE PLANET: AN EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Head to the greenest zoo in America — aka the Cincinnati Zoo — to celebrate Earth Day. Local vendors and businesses


ONSTAGE: The premiere of VERY DUMB KIDS at CCM is a production about the fallout between a group of young adults after one of their friends is murdered. See feature on page 30. ONSTAGE: NKU’s Y.E.S. FESTIVAL premieres two new plays. See feature on page 32.

will be on hand to share information about how to live more sustainably, with information on solar energy, composting, recycling, sustainable food, rain barrels and more. The party also happens to coincide with the weekly Tunes & Blooms concert series, this week featuring the sounds of the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars. 4-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Free admission after 5 p.m. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, — MAIJA ZUMMO


MUSIC: MACKFEST A year ago this Friday, pioneering Rock & Roll guitarist Lonnie Mack passed away at the age of 74. Mack has been called one of Rock’s first “guitar heroes,” and legends like Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Stevie Ray Vaughan have all cited Mack and his early instrumental songs like

“Memphis” and “Wham” as being an indispensable influence on their playing. Mack was born near the Ohio/Indiana border, about 20 miles outside of Cincinnati, and he cut his teeth playing in clubs throughout the Tristate while also doing session work on Blues and R&B recordings for locally based labels King and Fraternity Records. Friday’s Mackfest: A Celebration of Lonnie Mack concert will celebrate the contributions Mack made to music with performances by Greater Cincinnati-area Blues Rock players including Sonny Moorman, Jay Jesse Johnson, Johnny Fink and many others. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Play It Forward, the local nonprofit that assists area musicians during financial, medical or other hardships. 8 p.m. Friday. $12 advance; $18 day of show. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., — MIKE BREEN CONTINUES ON PAGE 28

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DANCE: The Cincinnati Ballet’s THE KAPLAN NEW WORKS SERIES features a collaboration between choreographer Jennifer Archibald and street artist Swoon. See feature on page 33.

drove and when Paramore’s date placed her order, the attendant had trouble hearing her — so she yelled at the employee. “She went nuts,” Paramore says. “After she gets done cussing out the McDonald’s lady, she turned to me and says, ‘Mike what do you want to get?’ ‘Wendy’s now, woman! I’m not ordering from this chick. Why would you yell at her like she’s not handling our food? I’ve seen this movie; it don’t work out in the end. Drop me off.’ ” The Cleveland native recently released an album called The Things We Tell Ourselves to critical acclaim. Showtimes ThursdaySunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, — P.F. WILSON

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Storytellers from across the region tell stories in a variety of traditions and styles Omope Carter Daboiku (Dayton, Ohio) is a nationally renowned storyteller and will share stories from the diverse cultures of Appalachia Cheryl Maxine Couch (Cincinnati , Ohio) is a local actress and storyteller and will be performing a selection of original stories Jim Flanagan (Circleville, Ohio) is a national award winning storyteller and will tell a collection of both funny and very scary stories Kevin Cordi ( Columbus, Ohio) is an international award winning storyteller and author, specializing in world-tales, story craft, and imaginative thinking...he will also serve as the evening’s MC



ART: SINNERS AND SAINTS AT MANIFEST GALLERY Selected as one of eight exhibitions among 137 proposals that Manifest Gallery considered for its 13th season, Iowa-based sculptor Jessica Teckemeyer’s show Sinners and Saints investigates the complex relationships between humans and domesticated animals. Teckemeyer creates mixed-media sculptures of animals, which explore the multiplicity in human nature. The artist says of her work: “These sculptures represent archetypes. Through translating a human experience into the form of an animal, we look at ourselves from another viewpoint.” Teckemeyer will discuss the pieces in her show 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the gallery. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Friday. Through May 19. Manifest Gallery, 2727 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills, — MARIA SEDA-REEDER


ONSTAGE: INTO THE WOODS Ensemble Theatre’s D. Lynn Meyers knows her way around new versions of fairy tales — in December she staged Cinderella: After Ever After. Now she’s stepped up to a classic: Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods, with a student cast at Xavier University. This musical also looks at “ever after” with a more pungent dose of reality that sets in when fairy tales end — unfaithful princes, vengeful giants, a riddling witch’s curse. It’s a strangely beautiful show, amusing and poignant at the same time, and it teaches a lesson about being careful what you wish for. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $12-$17. Gallagher Student Center Theater, Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, xavier. edu/theatre-department. — RICK PENDER


EVENT: RECORD STORE DAY celebrates its 10th anniversary at area indie record stores. See Spill It on page 41.

MUSIC: Post-Hardcore stalwarts THURSDAY play Bogart’s. See Sound Advice on page 42.

EVENT: GREATER CINCINNATI EARTH DAY Celebrate Earth Day at the newly renovated Summit Park in Blue Ash. The day’s theme — “local food” — will be manifested through activities and workshops on raised-bed gardening, composting and rain barrels, plus kids activities and information from a ton of local vendors. Find farmers, farmers markets, community gardens, CSAs, restaurants and more gathered to develop strategies to increase the demand for local food — and benefit by munching on bites from local food trucks and drinking beer from Rhinegeist. Includes live music from the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans, Hickory Robot, Room for Zero and more. Noon-7 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, — MAIJA ZUMMO


EVENT: HISTORY IN BLOOM If you’re interested in petticoats, perennials and horse-drawn carriage rides, step back in time during Spring Grove Cemetery’s History in Bloom event. Spend the afternoon taking a ride past budding trees,

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EVENT: BURLINGTON ANTIQUE SHOW The greatest show on Earth? After the shuttering of Ringling Bros., the moniker is open and the Burlington Antique Show may be in the running for the new title. One of the most popular and treasure-laden antique markets in the region, Burlington is celebrating 36 years as the Midwest’s premier antiques and vintage-only show, and this Sunday is the first market of the season featuring jewelry, pottery, Americana, Midcentury tchotchkes and more. A perfect afternoon of hunting and haggling if you’re in the market for farmhouse furniture, giant metal letters, gas station signs, architectural salvage and vintage postcards. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. the third Sunday of the month. Through October. $4; $6 early bird (6 a.m. entry). Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington, Ky., — MAIJA ZUMMO

blossoming tulips, interesting gravestones and some notable “residents.” There will also be docent-led walking tours themed around obelisks; “Patriots & Pioneers,” featuring the remarkable women of the grove and the stained glass windows of the Memorial Mausoleum; and a “Monumental Stroll” to tour the resting places of the affluent families of the Guilded Age. It’s a day of horticulture and heritage, with a sprinkling of costumed historical re-enactors sharing their stories. Rain or shine. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, — MAIJA ZUMMO


downtown Covington and march their way to their seasonal home at Kenny Shields Park in MainStrasse. The event coincides with the Westside Spring Celebration, which features live music, a craft fair and food and drink from the likes of Gutierrez Deli and Braxton. Celebration 1-6 p.m.; goats at 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. Hellmann Creative Center, 321 W. MLK and 12th streets, Covington, Ky., — MAIJA ZUMMO


MUSIC: HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF plays Woodward Theater. See Sound Advice on page 43.


MUSIC: EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY supports their latest album The Wilderness at Bogart’s. See interview on page 40.

ONGOING shows ATTRACTIONS Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu Freedom Center, Downtown (through Aug. 20)

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EVENT: RUNNING OF THE GOATS Last year’s inaugural Running of the Goats in Covington made international headlines — mostly because the Goebel goats went rogue and led their owners on a 24-hour chase before the herd was re-captured. The goats — adorable, hungry workers who help keep park grounds and urban forest space manicured by munching their way through unwanted and invasive plant species — will parade again this year in a more controlled environment. They will start their journey at the southern end of


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A Smart Move for ‘Very Dumb Kids’

CCM commissions a play about young people to give its students relevant acting experience BY RICK PENDER

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hen college students major in theater, they’re trained to act like other people. Because many plays tell stories of mature adults, they need to learn to perform as older people — a little gray in their hair, lines on their faces. But if they’re serious about an acting career, once they graduate and start to pursue professional jobs at theaters, it’s not likely they’ll be cast beyond their natural age: There are plenty of 40-plus actors vying for work onstage. Brant Russell, an acting professor at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, had that simple revelation and he’s implemented several exciting and educational ways to address the situation. He’s commissioning plays about people ages 18 to 22 — the range of most college students — so CCM students can learn to act like other people their own age. He began teaching at the UC in 2013 and quickly brought forth his innovative ideas. “I was a director and sometimes a writer in Chicago for about 10 years,” Russell says. “My wife and I decided to have a baby and I decided I better get a real job. I had the very good fortune to do a visiting professorship at Kenyon College, my alma mater. I was new to teaching but I actually loved it, so I put myself on the market and ended up at CCM. I’m really fortunate and lucky to have landed here.” In the spring of 2015, he asked drama department chair Richard Hess if it would be possible to commission a young playwright to draft a play for CCM students. “We were doing shows like Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet and Ah, Wilderness!, but we were not serving our students in two crucial, pedagogical ways,” Russell says. “The first was to give them a chance to play roles closer to who they are — physically, emotionally, socio-politically.” Secondly, Russell sought to create an environment in which students could participate in a new-play development process in school. “If they move to New York or Chicago, new-play development is going to be a part of their career — it’s how they meet people, how they’re going to get cast, how they’re going to find a community,” he says. “I wanted to give them that experience here at UC.” Hess, himself always drawn to innovation, loved the idea and Russell approached Gracie Gardner, who had been a student at Kenyon when he taught there. He had subsequently cast her in a New York production of Hedda Gabler that he directed there. He’d been impressed with several plays she had written.

Brant Russell discusses a scene with sophomore Jacqueline Daaleman during a rehearsal. “It’s really rather hard to find a person with a voice as an undergraduate,” he says. “She has a keen eye for structure and dramaturgy.” Since graduating from Kenyon, Gardner has also been working in television on the TV show Mr. Robot, a series about 20-something computer hacker vigilantes coping with today’s world. Gardner warmed quickly to the idea of a commission and wrote The Great Majority, a script that received a weekend-long workshop reading in the fall of 2015. A year ago, it was presented as a workshop production in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater with memorized lines and stage blocking. Its fully staged world premiere happens Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the same theater. Most of the current cast was not involved previously, Russell says. “That’s good for the students because it teaches them that sometimes you participate in a project at one level and you don’t participate in it at the next,” he says. “Students from last spring graduated. I’d love to have them back, but they’re not available. It’s also good for the students this spring to create a role they’ve seen somebody else do. They have to create it from their own perspective and their own set of skills and their own point of view.”

The Great Majority has a new title: Very Dumb Kids. It’s about the fallout among a group of young adults after a college friend, Sarah, is murdered while working as a correspondent in New Delhi. Sarah’s death causes each of them to reevaluate their own paths into adulthood, all while exploring how to live responsibly in a universe that often feels irresponsible. “I’m very grateful to CCM for choosing to commission this play, particularly to Brant Russell and Richard Hess,” Gardner wrote in an email to CityBeat. “They took a chance on a play that began as a monologue about benevolence and the internet that I wrote back in 2014. The play is about being young and uncertain, and it has evolved over two years. Characters in this story change course mid-life and mid-sentence; they are idealists facing frightening realities. They are not ‘dumb’ at all, but they are tired of fighting so hard and so thanklessly to prove they are not.” Russell has further institutionalized the new-play process as part of the CCM acting curriculum and broadened its impact by establishing a Playwrights Conference, having its second iteration June 12-17. “We’ll have maybe 15 tuition-paying adult students from across the country

spend the week with us,” he says. “They take morning workshop sessions with a dramaturg and observe the development process of a new play with me and playwright MJ Kaufman in the afternoons. In the evenings they have master classes with local Cincinnati artistic directors and writers and ‘Play Barn’ sessions in which they bring in pages to be read aloud by CCM acting students and discuss their work.” The play that was developed during last year’s conference, The Earth is Flat by CCM grad Todd Almond, will be fully staged during CCM’s 2017-2018 theater season. (Almond is familiar to many Cincinnati theatergoers for his starring roles in productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and I Am My Own Wife at Ensemble Theatre a decade ago.) Russell says it’s important that the results of these processes be at the highest level possible. The current product of Russell’s innovations might be a play about “very dumb kids,” but it’s actually a very smart move for the CCM Acting program. VERY DUMB KIDS premieres Thursday and runs through Saturday at CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free but reservations are required. Call 513-556-4183 for tickets.

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Julian Stanczak’s Contribution to Cincinnati Art BY STEVEN ROSEN

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Julian Stanczak, the Polish-born Amerithere are also 200 bars of different colors can artist who lived near Cleveland and set at a slant to, and intersecting with, the did important work in Cincinnati, had an vertical ones. The effect is to make you international reputation that was only growthink they are swaying with the wind. ing when he died on March 25 at age 88. Plenty of people, myself included, have at The abstract art that he called “percepone time thought “Additional” is a mobile or tual painting” — sharply delineated lines kinetic piece, with those slanted bars movand sections of color that seemed to change ing in the wind so fast you never could see it. or move based on the light and the viewer’s CityBeat contributor Jane Durrell talked movements — made a major cultural to Stanczak in August 2007 when he came impact when Stanczak’s first show, Optical to town for the dedication of his “blockPaintings, opened in New York in 1964. He long blockbuster,” as she called it, as well as became known as a progenitor of Op Art, which took its name from that show. But, until recently, that was seen as a fad that had faded. The recent revival, in my opinion, is due to a realization that at its best, Op Art is capable of the same kind of spiritual, questing dimension as a Mark Rothko painting or an Agnes Martin grid. Stanczak represented its best, especially with his exquisite choice of colors and geometric shapes and his wise handling of straight “Additional” is one of Cincinnati’s best examples of public art. and curved lines. As was PHOTO : haile y bollinger pointed out in The New York Times obituary, a major New York Gallery — Mitchell-Innes & Nash — for a small show at the Contemporary Arts had mounted its first Stanczak show in 2014 Center that contained several of the workand has a second slated for May. ing models. “(I’ve) always wanted to work Cincinnati has had something to do with in three dimensions,” he told Durrell. this resurgence — and Stanczak, in turn, has Stanczak, who also has some major had something to do with the city’s improved paintings and prints in Cincinnati collecfortunes. In 2007, he created what his wife, tions, led an extraordinary life, according sculptor Barbara Stanczak, considers a to published information. Born in Poland in mural (others call it it a sculpture) along the 1928, he was sent to a Siberian labor camp north side of the Fifth Third Bank’s Fountain after the Russians (along with the Germans) Square above-level parking garage. Occuinvaded to start World War II. There he lost pying an entire block of Sixth Street, from the use of his right hand. He escaped in Walnut to Vine streets, his “Additional” is 1942, made his way to exiled Polish Army among the city’s very finest public artworks soldiers in Persia and left them for a Polish of any type. Fifth Third commissioned it; refugee camp in Africa, where he learned to gallerist Carl Solway suggested Stanczak to write and paint with his left hand. After the architect Jim Fitzgerald.. The final work was war, he came Cleveland, got his master’s fabricated to the artist’s specifications. degree in art from Yale University, studying “It made a difference to downtown, didn’t with Josef Albers, and became a U.S. citizen. it?” says Barbara, via telephone from the He taught at the Art Academy of CincinStanczak home in Seven Hills, Ohio, near nati from 1957-64, meeting his future wife Cleveland. “It brought some life and cheer.” here when she became an Academy student. It consists of 522 hollow aluminum bars She had come to Cincinnati from Germany in bright, rich colors. There are 325 vertical to help her elderly grandfather, an ecclesistrips, each painted a similar one of three astical painter, with his work. colors on its sides, so depending which way That local history helped Stanczak decide you’re walking or facing, and which sides of to undertake the challenging “Additional.” the bars you’re seeing, they all look green or “We both invested a lot of love and work purple — or you see a mix. That is a master in Cincinnati, and I thought this was a good lesson in manipulation of color combinations. project for Julian to be visible,” Barbara says. (The effect is interrupted by a large decoraAnd so he will be in Cincinnati — always. tive element above a passageway door.) CONTACT STEVEN ROSEN: But giving even greater illusory depth,

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Just Say Yes to Two New Plays at NKU BY ERICA REID

Every two years, Northern Kentucky University’s Theatre & Dance Department puts out a call for brand new plays to explore. It’s called the Y.E.S. Festival, so named because it’s a “year-end series.” Festival co-director Mike King says the play-reading process for this year’s 18th series, which begins Thursday and lasts through April 30, started 11 months ago, with the goal of narrowing the list from 293 submissions to just two. “We looked not only at the quality of their writing but also at our ability to meet the requirements of the script,” King says via email. This year, NKU was particularly interested in plays that required a large cast. One selection, Unfrozen, has a cast of 17 — a dozen women and five men. Human Services has a cast of 10 — six women and four men. “Our desire for larger-cast shows is due to the fact that we have quite a few students and we want to provide this unique performance opportunity to as many students as possible,” King says. “The economics of professional theater keep pushing cast sizes smaller, except for musicals or sure-fire classics. As an educational theater, we’re able to provide large-cast new plays a home.” Unfrozen is playwright Mark Eisman’s second Y.E.S. Festival win — his first, A Passion for Brandy, was produced in 2001. Eisman says he is honored to have been chosen for a second time and calls the festival process collaborative, congenial and “totally positive.” The connections made through A Passion for Brandy’s production have been important to the playwright as well. “One of my panelists on Brandy invited me to join a wonderful new summer playwrights’ group in North Carolina, which proved to be a watershed experience, one that changed my life and my writing,” he says. Other plays by Eisman, who lives in New York, include Dirty Harry and All the Extras, Gypsy in the Labyrinth and The Guy Upstairs, which was nominated by the American Theatre Critics Association for a Best New American Play award. In addition, he once wrote questions for the Jeopardy quiz show. Eisman’s Unfrozen introduces us to Michelle, the black sheep in a family of figure skaters. NKU promises an oddball comedy about Michelle’s journey of selfdiscovery as she “finds her gift and finally has a chance to go for the gold.” King explored the idea of presenting an actual ice rink on stage, ultimately scrapping it as “a bit much” and a potential casting fiasco. Instead, he says, “I’ve worked with a very talented student-choreographer, Margie Weimann, who has created a dance version of figure skating. The results are beautiful and I’m looking forward to the ways lighting

and sound will help enhance the feeling of watching skating.” The other selectee for 2017 is playwright Tom Baum’s Human Services, another comedy, though potentially darker. Directed by Michael Hatton, it focuses on Kelsey, a young celebrity who finds herself in a halfway house for addiction and at the mercy of her attention-hungry mother-slash-manager. According to NKU press materials, “Baum’s biting satire of celebrity culture surprises

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with every twist and turn, all while tackling the poignant issues of mental health, homelessness, gender identity and more.” The L.A.-based Baum wrote the screenplay for the 1980 movie Carny, and also has written extensively for television. His produced plays include Wonk Love, The Great Outdoors and The Out of Body Treatment for Marital Dysfunction. King, who has been with NKU for 31 years, has been involved with the Y.E.S. Festival in some form throughout his tenure — directing a play, directing the festival, serving on the panel, choosing the plays. He estimates he has read 800 plays. “When I was interviewing for the position here, my visit was in the middle of a Y.E.S. Festival,” King says. “I saw one show in rehearsal and another one in performance. I was swept away by the creative energy and the enthusiasm of the casts and crews.” That energy continues to feed King 31 years later. “The students keep me from becoming fossilized, and their energy is contagious,” he says. Northern Kentucky University’s Y.E.S. FESTIVAL starts Thursday and runs through April 30. More info/tickets:

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Ballet, CAC to Showcase Street Artist ‘Swoon’ BY MARIA SEDA-REEDER

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As street art becomes so accepted and that the artist and her crew had gathered popular a genre that its most outstanding from abandoned warehouses and garbage practitioners have developed international piles along the coast around Slovenia. followings, one of the foremost — a female The conceptual framework of the colartist known as “Swoon” — has two upcomlaborative dance piece draws on that. “(It’s ing projects in Cincinnati. about) climate change and coastal cities and The first is a collaboration with choreogour relationship to nature in this moment,” rapher Jennifer Archibald for the Cincinnati Swoon says. “And (also) our need to viscerBallet’s The Kaplan New Works Series, ally process what’s happening.” which opens Thursday at the Aronoff CenThe technical challenges for this particuter’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater and continues lar project are specific to the theater. Grapthrough April 30. All four of the pieces in the pling with issues of scale, time and mobility program are by women choreographers. requires work. The second project is a major art event — the Contemporary Arts Center says it will open a museum survey of her career to start the upcoming exhibition season. Called SWOON: 2002-2017, it opens Sept. 22 and will be up through Feb. 25, 2018. Born Caledonia Curry, Swoon began wheatpasting life-size woodblock-printed and hand-painted portraits of friends and family onto walls in New York City in 1999, when she was just a college student studying art at Pratt The artist “Swoon” with her set for Cincinnati Ballet’s New Works Institute. Her work quickly PHOTO : haile y bollinger gained the attention of pedestrians and gallerists alike. “First and foremost I am a drawer of por“It can be fun creative problem-solving,” traits,” she says. Swoon says. “Or maddening. Or both.” Using humble materials, temporary “Usually both,” she adds, with a laugh. approaches and by “getting up” enough work The first time Swoon came to Cincinnati on the street, by the mid-2000s Swoon was was in 2004 for the trendsetting Beautibecoming familiar enough that she had ful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street already sold pieces to New York’s Museum Culture exhibition at the CAC. Her work was of Modern Art and had a solo show at Deitch actually exhibited at now-shuttered Publico Projects gallery — all this merely a few years gallery, one of several satellite locations out of college. around the city that hosted the various In addition to more traditional gallery participating street artists. shows, Swoon has also initiated long-term It should come as no surprise then that site-specific artistic endeavors in places like the CAC was interested in bringing Swoon Haiti, New Orleans and Braddock, Pa., which back for a solo show of her work. There is use art as a way to galvanize communities. already a committed base of supporters for Like Swoon, choreographer Archibald has this kind of art, and what Swoon does with worked widely. She’s the founder and artistic her intricate portraits and installation work director of New York City’s Arch Dance is different than other street artists. Company, and she’s just been named resident The survey of her works that opens in Sepchoreographer for Cincinnati Ballet’s upcomtember at the CAC will offer her at chance to ing season. reflect on her career. She also has plans to go Archibald says via email that she and “off-radar” for at least a year after the survey Swoon met in New York last summer. show. Then, when it comes time to tackle an They’ve been collaborating virtually ever installation again, Swoon says she will be since, sending each other photos and videos looking for the next big challenge. and tossing ideas and materials back and “I kind of know what I’m doing and that’s forth. just not good for an artist,” she says, “or else For Archibald’s New Works piece, entitled you’re not living a truly creative life.” “Never.Nest,” Swoon repurposed elements THE KAPLAN NEW WORKS SERIES runs Thursday from a raft that she floated on the Adriatic through April 30 at Aronoff Center for the Arts. Sea. The seaworthy craft was made from disTickets/more info: carded furniture and architectural objects

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Back in the early 1980s, while everyone ring out and all hell breaks loose. The enjoyed the good-rockin’ Pop vibes of the expectation might exist, in some version David Bowie hits “China Girl” and “Let’s of this story, for Bowie’s mythic proDance,” I couldn’t escape the brooding allure nouncement about the glorious sounds of of an album track like “Ricochet,” where the battle — the thunder and gold and the devil Thin White Duke preached of the “Sound breaking parole — but not in Wheatley’s of thunder, sound of gold/Sound of the nightmarish dreamscape. Bullets pop devil breaking parole.” This was a dark and and snap off concrete and steel, creating sinister flipside, the soundtrack to an undershards and clouds of dust that obscure ground revolution, where the faithful would sight lines and build into a fractured echo “turn the holy pictures so they face the wall.” chamber of horrors. Free Fire, the latest film from director And let’s not forget what happens when Ben Wheatley (High-Rise), is set a few years before Bowie’s smooth-criminal run, but it dwells in similar territory, capturing the desperation and the hair-trigger impulsivity of getting caught up in the ricochet. We’re talking about running guns in Boston circa the late 1970s. A motley crew of Irish tough guys, led by brothers Chris (Cillian Murphy) and Frank (Michael Smiley), want to buy a batch of weapons. They arrive at the scene of an exchange Brie Larson and Sharlto Copley with some cheap muscle, P H O T O : K e r r y B r o w n // c o u r t e s y o f A 24 including Stevo (Sam Riley), a strung out friend, and a bullets actually pierce their fleshy targets, contact named Justine (Brie Larson) helping There are no simple and direct kill shots to facilitate the deal. Handsome Ord (Armie delivered. Legs get clipped, guts take lead Hammer), clothed in tailored duds and slingand we watch death drag itself around the ing barbed retorts, represents the gun faction, scene like a hungry and impaired predator led by the not-so sharp Vernon (Sharlto in search of a meal. Copley) and his tight gang of ruffians. So often, movies above criminals Twenty to 25 years ago, a movie that showcase the efficiency of the planning placed these two opposing forces in an and execution, the otherworldly precision abandoned industrial setting with the tenof the marksmen or the raw brutality of sion dialed up way past the register would mortal combat. We revel at the genius of have been seen as an obvious Quentin Tarthe violence on display, how it defines the antino knockoff, a Reservoir Dogs clone. characters and the moments. But Wheatley isn’t as interested in the Near the end of Bowie’s song, he returns verbal finesse of Tarantino’s gutter poets. to the “Sound of thunder, sound of gold/ Instead, Free Fire is right at home in its Sound of the devil breaking parole” and dilapidated surroundings. Its cast of characthen screams, “Ricochet, it’s not the end of ters are odds and ends, worn and dirty tools the world.” And maybe he’s right. to be picked up and employed when there’s In stark contrast, Free Fire gathers an nothing else handy. extended rogue’s gallery of characters and The conflict kicks off in perfect ricochetplaces them in a scenario that plays out mode, once the main players enter the dark like the firefight on the pier in The Usual factory and finally settle on the terms of Suspects if Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), Verbal their deal. The money gets handed off and (Kevin Spacey) and the crew had been the guns are ready for loading, but one of The Bad News Bears of criminals facing Vernon’s goons recognizes Stevo from the off against an equally inept assortment night before, when he was spotted sexuof rivals. The resulting ricochet here is a ally assaulting an underage girl and given bloody mess that can’t be sorted out in a swift beat down, although it apparently wasn’t enough to balance the scales. You the aftermath. Truth be told, I’m not even have to marvel at the twisted code of ethics sure it makes complete sense while you’re that guides such low-lifes. watching it unfold, but there is delirious Punches and curses volley back and and primal freedom in the act of killing. forth, and inevitably guns are drawn, shots (Opens Friday.) (R) Grade: B

ON SCREEN A Failed ‘Promise’ By T T STERN-ENZI

As a storyteller who toggles back and forth between screenwriting (penning In the Name of the Father and The Boxer for Jim Sheridan) and directing (Some Mother’s Son and Hotel Rwanda), Terry George certainly has displayed a passion for human drama of the highest social order. Based on his past efforts, George seeks inspiration in protagonists fueled by romantic ideals and a fidelity to moral principles. In The Promise, George sets his sights on a perilous period of early 20th century history, the last days of the Ottoman Empire, which gave way to the Armenian genocide. Rarely covered in film, suddenly thanks to The Promise and The Ottoman Lieutenant, a regional release from early March, audiences are getting a crash course in this forgotten time. Unfortunately, though, George strays from his political and ideological groundings in such narratives, swayed likely by the desire to engage viewers rather than preach from a bully pulpit. He adheres to the tried and true playbook of the wartime romance, setting up a hero in Mikael (Oscar Isaac), a talented medical student with a bright future, captivated by Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), the lovely and sophisticated daughter of his family patron. Mikael finds himself immediately drawn to Ana, but faces a rival for her affections in Chris (Christian Bale), a celebrated American journalist whose idealistic work calls attention to the rising atrocities in the region. A filmmaker like the late Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) cast entrancing poetic spells from such elements, beguiling us with the hesitant glances and breathless whispers of love against the backdrop of bullets and bombs. He would have likely taken Isaac and exposed his soul for all the world to cherish. But that’s not George’s forte. He would have been wise to focus his attention on Bale’s journalist, allowing his dogged account of the sad history of Armenia to raise our ire and serve as a rallying cry for exposing this long-hidden international injustice. Now that would have been a true Promise made, and it would be one worthy of George’s attention and effort. (PG-13) Grade: D+

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After apps, we sampled four pizzas: the Buffalo Chicken, BBQ Chicken, the Works and the Veggie ($11-$16 for a 14-inch). While POP also offers a selection of Americana sandwiches, like a burger, grilled cheese and BLT, we wanted to keep it in the pizza pie wheelhouse to achieve some semblance of sharing. Of all the pizzas, the Buffalo Chicken was the only one that was polished off by the entire gang. Speaking as someone who really doesn’t like the flavor of buffalo sauce, I found the ratio of hot sauce to ranch sauce (you can also opt for blue cheese) to be balanced. It wasn’t overwhelming, so the whole combination just hit the spot. Likewise, the BBQ Chicken pizza was both similar in assembly and consumption. It ranked just under the Buffalo on the leaderboard with its combo of blackened chicken, Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce and red onion. The other two — the Works and Veggie — were both simply... fine. The Works, with pepperoni and sausage, was good when it came to having a number of different toppings, both meat and veggies. The same could be said for the veggie, which had a variety of color and crunch with banana peppers, black olives, mushroom and red onion, but it really was just OK. I can’t say that either of these pizzas were disappointing or strikingly “bad,” but they just weren’t all that special. I can’t imagine myself craving them and seeking them out. One thing I did like about all four pizzas was that they were served on thin crust and cut into bite-able squares, which made eating while chatting and catching up easy and comfortable — something worth considering when meeting friends for dinner and drinks. On the whole, POP is a totally promising bar that also happens to offer pizza (and other eats) versus being a totally promising pizza parlor that also happens to be a bar. It’s my impression that they are trying to be the former instead of the latter, but I don’t think this is a place to seek out food first and drinks second; I think it will almost always be the other way around. They have 10 beers on tap, plus about 40 bottles and cans, with a focus on locals like MadTree, Urban Artifact and Rhinegeist, and more for-the-masses selections like Corona, Bud and Miller. There’s also a small selection of wines (red, white, rosé) by the bottle or glass, bubbles by the bottle and mainstream cocktails like a Manhattan or margarita. Nothing revolutionary or super creative, but they seem to have their bases covered.

POP’s laid-back vibe, simple drinks and mainstream menu make it an easy stop on Eastern. It’s to POP’s advantage that it’s a bar with a full menu. Its neighbors and competitors on that stretch of Eastern Avenue, like the aforementioned Pearl’s and Streetside, are bars before bites. So if you were

looking for a casual bar atmosphere where you could eat and not just to snack in the Columbia Tusculum area, POP right now would be the option of choice.

POP Bar Go: 3923 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum; Call: 513-371-5858; Internet: facebook. com/popbarcincy; Hours: 4 p.m.-midnight Monday-Wednesday; 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday; 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday; 3 p.m.-midnight Sunday; kitchen open until 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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OP Bar — or Post Office Place — is Columbia Tusculum’s newest bar and grill to call Eastern Avenue home, alongside the nearby Pearl’s and Streetside Brewery. The name is a direct homage to the 1930s building in which it’s housed, once a local post office. POP’s reincarnation has capitalized on as much building history as possible, with exposed original brick and reclaimed wood as the general aesthetic. To play on the name, there are also bright Pop art images hung sporadically about. While the inside is modern and cool with openings visible to the soon-to-be functional lower level, the building itself can be hard to find because there’s no overt signage. However, I have a feeling that come summer, POP will be hard to miss — the crowds should be signage enough. Garage-door windows can be pulled open to create an indoor/outdoor feel, and the back patio was designed to host musicians on weekend nights. As someone who lives just off Eastern Avenue, I make a point to visit and support any local establishment. Beginning with Pearl’s, one of the first to acquire the new liquor licenses being offered in the freshly minted community entertainment district, it has been my hope to see new business burgeon on Eastern. My fingers have been — and will continue to be — crossed for all that could come to this super sweet strip of a street. POP, a 4EG-managed bar and grill, is just the most recent to see the promise and vision of the area. POP has only been open since the end of February but I’ve been able to bounce in a couple of times with my tiny family of three, which includes a squirly 20-monthold. Once was a spur-of-the-moment decision made while taking a walk. The second visit, we made a point to head back again with a small group of friends, all of whom were also interested in checking out the bar. It was on that trip that we really took notice of the menu, created by in-house eatery Tusculum Grille, and indulged in the opportunity to do some edible research. We tried two appetizers — cilantro lime hummus ($8) and goat cheese dip ($9) — and both were impressive and surprisingly flavorful. The hummus tasted fresh, served with hot, soft pita triangles. But the goat cheese dip was better. I kept referring to it as dessert because it was whippy and sweet, but really I think it was the added peach preserves and pistachios that sealed the deal. Also served with warm pita bread, it didn’t last long among the group.

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For many Cincinnatians, the Easter season means the resurrection of Christ, egg hunts with tiny tots or feasting during Passover. For this Cincinnatian, it means candy. Spring heralds my annual gaining of five solid pounds due to the consumption of candy. I scour Kroger for Reese’s eggs, crème-filled rabbits and saccharine Harry Potter-themed jellybeans. This year, however, I met a new foe in the aisles. While autumn has an abundance of pumpkin spice, spring this year has a distinct flavor: Peeps. Yes, Peeps, as an adjective — the marshmallow chicks and rabbits famous for comically exploding in microwaves and lining Easter baskets. The animal-shaped treats, which taste a bit like licking stale sugar off a café table, are suddenly the most popular flavor of the season. Color me pastel surprised. What’s truly fascinating about this phenomenon is the fact that Peeps taste like marshmallows rolled around in sweaty palms and then dipped in sugar. There’s no root vegetable tied to the flavor, no spice to be had. Just pure, giggle-inducing sweetness. Quite possibly I’m not their target demographic, but I don’t understand what’s so special about a snack that spikes your blood sugar more than your interest. Nevertheless, I purchased everything Peeps flavored. For, you know, science? By the time I scoured the aisles for the marshmallow-chick derivatives, my shopping basket was full. There’s Peeps milk (in a variety of flavors). There are Peeps-flavored Oreos. There’s limited-edition Peeps advertised as “strawberry crème dipped” and “sour watermelon.” There’s a lot to unpack, both emotionally and on your palate. I purchased the egg nog and orange crèmeflavored Peeps milk. Both are made available by Prairie Farms dairy company. On their official website, Prairie Farms advertises the orange crème flavor as: “Remember your favorite poke cake growing up? Today, we have a new twist, using Prairie Farms Peeps Orange Crème-flavored milk.” My first thought upon trying Peeps milk was that this needs to be made into a horrible White Russian. My second thought was that the orange crème flavor does not remind me of my childhood. My third thought was, damn it, I had another sip. It was good. It tastes kind of like a melted dreamsicle. The egg nog flavor is literally the egg nog that all of the world attempts to market to you for Christmas, so cheers capitalism for sneaking the dregs in a few months later. At the time of writing this article (approx. 10 minutes after having my first sip of Peeps milk), I invited three people over to my apartment to please come drink this milk. I both wanted to share the horror of the pastel packaging as well as make sure that I did not have these cartons in the back of my

fridge forever. I have a sinking feeling that Peeps milk is going to haunt me. Peeps-flavored Oreos are somehow even more terrifying. The cookies themselves are the vanilla version of Oreo wafers, not the beloved chocolate. The cream filling is a brutally neon pink. The texture is a regular Oreo. Upon first bite, you will suddenly realize Peeps-flavored Oreos are just sugarflavored Oreos. Which, seriously, isn’t bad. People eat sugar cookies all the time.

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But there is nothing even slightly healthy about eating these. They instantly coat your teeth and turn your tongue Las Vegas strip-club neon-sign pink. Not that there was anything healthy about regular Oreos, no matter how many of my vegan friends have brought them to potlucks. (Yes, Oreos are vegan. America is a fascinating, twisted nightmare.) From here, it was all downhill. But at least I was trying Peeps in the shape of Peeps. The sour watermelon flavor is both tart and marshmallow, a combination not yet explored by humanity for a reason. Strawberry crème-dipped Peeps are a take on sexy chocolate-dipped strawberries, but in the form of small birds. Unfortunately, my research shows that Peeps-flavored things have been around since as early as 2014. This is the America I know and love. If there is an avian-shaped holiday dessert created to celebrate the resurrection, we will make milk out of it. As they say: Let freedom peep. And, thankfully, since this is running post-Easter, most of these delicious goodies will be on sale for the masses to consume at a discount for weeks to come. ©

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Instrumental rockers Explosions in the Sky recalibrate their creative approach and explore new ground BY GREGORY GASTON

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or music and film geeks, could there be a better job out there than scoring movie scenes? With dozens of soundtracks to its credit, Explosions in the Sky would most likely say there’s not. The band’s instrumental Post Rock music epitomizes the adjective “cinematic.” And for the first time in more than five years, the group invokes its visceral vision on a stirring full-length release under the Explosions in the Sky banner, The Wilderness, with no guidance but the musicians’ own steering them on with dramatic verve. Hailing from Austin, Texas, EITS has been pushing the boundaries of experimental Post Rock for 17 years. You may not know the band’s name, but you’ve probably heard its evocative songs providing emotional ballast in many big- and small-screen scenes, from movies like Lone Survivor to TV shows like One Tree Hill. The group’s entry into soundtracking was with the hit 2004 film Friday Night Lights, which, along with work on the subsequent TV series based on the movie, raised the band’s profile enormously. The Wilderness updates the group’s atmospheric blend and takes it in new directions, with shorter, more subdued songs that bloom without the typical 10-minute, sonic pyrotechnics. It’s more accessible and, for newer fans, offers a less demanding listen. Michael James, EITS’s bass player, says the different approach was more of creative challenge than an effort to break into the Pop mainstream. “We’re still an instrumental band, so the fact that we have a shorter song — say a three-and-a-half-minute song — it’s never going to get radio play,” he says. “I guess the songs can be considered a little more accessible, but not terribly so. I think the thing for us was much more about trying something different and trying to make a complete statement in a much shorter amount of time.” Because vocals often provide some kind of soulful warmth, a human connection that most listeners are first drawn to, EITS always tries to find new ways to expand its sonic palette. That’s less important for the group’s soundtrack contributions, since actors and the screenplay can flesh out the context of scenes, with directors steering the focus. To challenge a listener and demand their full attention without visual accompaniment takes a certain intensity. “For an EITS record, we don’t want to make background music,” James says. “We want to make music that you want to pay attention to. You can’t do that with a soundtrack; that’s not the purpose of the music, where you need to stay in the background and be a part

For The Wilderness, Explosions in the Sky experimented with shorter song structures. of the scene playing around it. So it’s a pretty different approach.” Songwriters are often asked which comes first, the music or the lyrics, but in EITS’s case, the question pertains to the music or the song title. “In the past, it has certainly worked both ways, where we just come up with a title and try to make a song that’s as cool as that title. Or we come up with the music and then go looking for words that capture the feeling of that,” James says. “We certainly don’t limit ourselves to doing it one way or another; it’s just whatever works.” With The Wilderness, the album’s title, which the band had before starting work on the recording, served as creative guide. “It’s something that was pretty evocative to us — not just the wilderness of going out into nature on a hike, but also just unexplored territory of any kind,” James says. “Outer space is very much this huge wilderness; also the human mind, which we’re just starting to understand — this tiny but seemingly infinite landscape of the human brain. Getting into these unexplored territories was very interesting to us, musically. But most of the song titles came later this time.” The Wilderness’ second single and one of the highlights, “Logic of a Dream,” encapsulates EITS’s bold new approach. The

song creeps in with a synth pulse, a gentle undertow springing into Chris Hrasky’s frenetic drumming, creating a rippling turbulence. Disembodied voices float over Munaf Rayani’s ghostly guitar arpeggios until the frail melody winds down with the distorted, internal poetry of a dream/hallucination. It may remind you of Radiohead without Thom Yorke’s overwhelming angst. Instead of relying on its trademark symphonic guitar crescendos, EITS luxuriates in a kind of ambient Electro/Folk/Rock atmosphere for much of the record. The songs provide soothing relief more than they soar in catharsis. The title track opens with a throbbing heartbeat and synth/keyboard melody hook, creating a majestic sonic wash that prepares the listener for the Electro ebb and flow to come. “Landing Cliffs” bookends the collection in graceful reverie as the band reaches resolution in muted tonal release, all silver-grey minor chords and glacial blues. All tracks combined, EITS definitely succeeded in taking its sound someplace new. Operating with a more album-oriented mindset also helped achieve that end. “This feels like the most unique-sounding record in our catalog to me,” James says. “I think it was a pretty deliberate choice, to try a different sonic palette. We used some

sounds we haven’t used before and we wrote in a way we hadn’t before — sort of smaller pieces — creating a record as a whole instead of each song being an entire statement. We wanted the whole record to be the statement. It was something to keep us engaged, interested — as an artist, you never want to do the same thing you’ve done before.” A true democracy in action, all four of EITS’s members collaborate and share songwriting credits, and each is equally integral to the band. It’s why the group has lasted so long, but James admits it’s not always easy. “When we’re writing a song, everyone has to love it,” he says. “If three people like a part, but one doesn’t, we do something else. It has to be pretty universally loved for it to become one of our songs. Which is great but also really hard — and getting harder. Our musical tastes have changed a bit over the years, so getting everyone to agree can be difficult. We’ve been doing this for 17 years now. It just felt like it had to be this way in order for us to do this and get the most out of it. It has to be unanimous. I’ve been proud of this, because this is a difficult task for many bands.” EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY performs Tuesday at Bogart’s. Tickets/more info:

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skills. While the group may no longer be “super,” its newest record surely is. Moonbow is releasing War Bear on Saturday at The Southgate House Revival (111 E. Sixth St., Newport, Ky., southgatehouse. com). Blacklight Barbarian opens the show at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. (Review by Nick Grever)

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Record Store Day Returns This Saturday, Record Store Day — the international celebration of independent music retailers marked by numerous exclusive, limited-edition releases from labels big and small — celebrates its 10th anniversary. Pretty much every non-chain record store in Greater Cincinnati is participating in some way, offering exclusives, performances or otherwise. You can search for participating RSD shops at, where you’ll also find a list of many of the exclusive releases being offered. Cincinnati label/store Shake It Records (4156 Hamilton Ave., Northside, will once again celebrate RSD with lots of local music tie-ins. Special to RSD, Shake It’s label branch is releasing a new split 7-inch single featuring rockers Frontier Folk Nebraska and Folk greats The Tillers, as well as a vinyl pressing of Wussy’s third album. Cincy Punk Rock superheroes The Dopamines will be on hand to spin the band’s first album in four years, Tales of Interest, test pressings of which will also be available while they last (the LP is officially released June 2). And Frontier Folk Nebraska joins Dawg Yawp for performances in the store beginning at 7 p.m. Visit shakeitrecords. com and the store’s Facebook page for the latest RSD updates. CONTACT MIKE BREEN:

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Geraldo Blames Rap Some unexpected special guests appear on DAMN., the new album from Hip Hop genius Kendrick Lamar. And U2 is far from the weirdest. Al Capone vault-seeker Geraldo Rivera made the guest list, with Lamar sampling his nonsensical proclamation on Fox News that “Hip Hop has done more damage to young African Americans than racism in recent years” after Lamar’s performance on the 2015 BET Awards. Rivera responded by doubling down, saying the problem is that today’s Hip Hop creates an “us against them” mentality (“us” being “young minorities” and “them” being cops). If You Can’t Beat ’Em, Buy Arenas With ’Em Pearl Jam has teamed up with one-time mortal foe Ticketmaster in an attempt to purchase and remodel a Seattle arena. The band, which famously fought Ticketmaster’s almost-monopoly on venue ticketing in the ’90s (ultimately failing to change a thing), wants to upgrade the sound in KeyArena and make it appealing to potential pro basketball or hockey franchises, suggesting regular PJ concerts would be part of the deal. The TM/PJ group is reportedly playing to Seattle’s bleeding-heart-liberal constituency to get a leg up in negotiations, pointing out the anti-LGBTQ ties of the owner of AEG (the current venue’s owner), while AEG is reminding everyone of a Ticketmaster associate’s support of Donald Trump. Stapp Making Sense? Creed singer Scott Stapp has had some tough battles with substance abuse and mental health issues. But it seems like everyone around him is acting as if all’s well in Stapp’s world — and to be fair, in a GQ interview he at least expressed regrets over the leather pants/ tank top combo he wore in the “Higher” video. But in that same interview, Stapp talked about being visited by the ghost of late Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland. The ghost didn’t waste time reminiscing about how much money they both made ripping off Eddie Vedder, instead telling Stapp to stay sober.

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When is a supergroup allowed to drop the “super” prefix and stand on its own merits? It’s a tough question to answer for two reasons. The first is, simply, most supergroups suck right out of the gate. And second, the few that manage to even survive past the first — and generally lackluster — album don’t last much longer. It’s these two facts that make the latest release by Cincinnati-based rockers Moonbow so special. Following 2013’s The End of Time and 2015’s acoustic Volto Del Demone, War Bear proves that Moonbow — formed by veteran players from various top local acts — is worthy of dropping that “super” designation and can stand as a badass Rock band in its own right. War Bear’s main strength lies in its consistency. Early on, Moonbow clearly established its brand of Desert Rock mixed with elements of ’90s Grunge and Metal, Prog and Honky Tonk, bringing the tastes and inspirations of each member into the writing sessions. But on War Bear, the quartet (vocalist Matt Bischoff, guitarist Davey McElfresh, bassist Ryan McAllister, drummer Steve Earle) has had four years with a stable lineup of musicians who are all talented writers as well as performers. This has allowed Moonbow to assemble a set of 10 tracks that exhibit each member’s strengths without losing cohesion. McElfresh’s guitar still sits atop the tracks with riffs that are honed to a razor’s edge. His work with Lethal and Hank III has kept his songwriting and playing at a top tier and it shows throughout War Bear. McAllister’s down and dirty bass performance steps up to match McElfresh’s domineering presence on the album. The low-end rumbles of tracks like “Alone Eyes Roam” (for which McAllister wrote the majority of the music) are at peak levels of complexity and gutbusting power. Layered on top of McElfresh and McAllister’s monstrous string work and Earle’s driving rhythms are Bischoff’s unique vocals. Inspired by the likes of Layne Staley and Phil Anselmo, Bischoff’s singing is clean but powerful as he continues his tradition of storytelling through his lyrics. Whether he’s reliving a memory with friend John Garcia of Kyuss on “California King” (Garcia provides guest vocals on the track); telling the story of Wojtek, a brown bear who was an official member of the Polish army, in the title track; or viewing the Bataclan concert hall massacre from the eyes of a survivor in “Bloodwash,” Bischoff injects a narrative hook into each track. War Bear shows Moonbow’s members becoming a true band and coalescing their talents to create a unified sound that doesn’t come across like a mish mash of


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PAWS with Smut Wednesday • MOTR Pub If you knew nothing about PAWS and heard them on the radio for the first time, you’d swear that the trio had some direct connection to the blustery Southern California Punk/Pop movement of the ’90s. But all your oaths would be in vain because beyond fandom and influence, PAWS is about as far from California as a band can get, being a product of Scotland’s vibrant music scene. To be fair, though, if the first PAWS song you heard was something from last year’s brief but potent No Grace, your SoCal radar was fairly well tuned: The band’s third album for FatCat Records was produced to an anthemic turn by blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus. PAWS was formed in Glasgow seven years ago by guitarist/vocalist Phillip Taylor, bassist PAWS Matthew Scott and P H O T O : F l et c h drummer Josh Swinney from the ashes of A Copenhagen Hope. After a year of local, regional and festival shows, and a handful of homemade cassettes, PAWS was signed to FatCat and they recorded their 2012 debut fulllength, Cokefloat!, at Lightship95, a studio housed on an actual Thursday ship moored in a LonP H O T O : E p i ta ph r ec o r d s don harbor. The next year saw the group hit the road with the likes of The Cribs and Japandroids, and the trio’s incendiary stage presence earned PAWS a top spot on Spin’s “Top 50 Best Acts at SXSW 2013” listing. Scott left the band in 2013 and Ryan Drever took his place in time for PAWS’s second U.S. tour and the recording of the band’s sophomore album, Youth Culture Forever, resulting in a second nomination for the Scottish Album of the Year Award. PAWS released its first live album in 2014, the same year as the infamous Morrissey dust-up, which is a long and entertaining story and well documented online. PAWS toured briefly in support of No Grace last summer, after which Drever opted out of the band and was replaced by John Bonnar. Given PAWS’s previous timelines, it’s conceivable that it could be working on new material, but right now the group can pack any set with enough

power to run an average sized city for a day and a half. Cali, Glasgow or Timbuktu, it’s all Punk to PAWS and that’s all that really matters. (Brian Baker) Thursday with Touché Amoré, Basement and Cities Aviv Saturday • Bogart’s New Jersey quintet Thursday had been together for two years when the band’s 1999 debut album Waiting ushered in a new era of Alternative Rock. Packed with dark odes to suicide (“Ian Curtis” directly addressed the death of Joy Division’s frontman, one of Thursday’s avowed heroes) and the aftermath of rape, Waiting established a Post Hardcore benchmark of punishing volume, wistful melodicism and Geoff Rickly’s screamed/sung vocals that typified the new millennium’s Emo direction. After a personnel shift, Rickly, new guitarist Steve Pedulla, lead guitarist Tom Keeley, bassist Tim Payne and drummer Tucker Rule signed to Victory Records and released their breakthrough album, 2001’s Full Collapse. More sophisticated and nuanced than Waiting, Full Collapse displayed the band’s maturity and growth in a relatively short time frame, becoming one of the first brutal Post Hardcore albums to impact the mainstream musical consciousness. Constant wrangling with Victory led to Thursday’s defection to Island Records for the critical and commercial triumph, 2003’s War All the Time, the first to feature keyboardist Andrew Everding. The album cracked Billboard’s Top 10, selling over a quarter million copies in seven months, and the band toured behind it incessantly before taking a yearlong hiatus to recharge and get healthy. Thursday’s swan song for Island, 2006’s A City by the Light Divided, was well received but less successful; the band subsequently signed to Epitaph for 2009’s Common Existence and 2011’s No Devolución, the former influenced by Rickly’s favorite writers, the latter a stylistic departure and a lyrical return to earlier vulnerabilities.

Late in 2011, Thursday announced the cessation of musical activities among the band members, a hiatus that Rickly eventually admitted was a break-up. Early last year, casual photos of the estranged band members together surfaced on Twitter, signaling an easing of tensions within the band and fanning rumors of an imminent reunion, which were verified by a handful of festival dates and a New Jersey homecoming show. Three months ago, Thursday announced its current 24-date tour. The band seems adamant to keep their pledge of no more new music, so this could be a rare opportunity to witness one of the architects of Emo playing songs from its now-complete recorded history. (BB)

FUTURE SOUNDS MAYDAY PARADE – April 26, Bogart’s THE CHAINSMOKERS – April 26, U.S. Bank Arena THE DAMNED – April 27, Bogart’s SNOOP DOGG – April 27, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend SILVERSUN PICKUPS – April 28, Bogart’s CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE & TIP CITY – April 28, Gallagher Student Center Theater (Xavier University) TESTAMENT – April 29, Bogart’s JOE LYNN TURNER – April 29, The Mad Frog REAL FRIENDS – April 30, Bogart’s JOHNNY A – May 2, The Redmoor HERB ALPERT & LANI HALL – May 2, Taft Theatre IN THIS MOMENT – May 3, Bogart’s BLACKFOOT GYPSYS – May 5, Southgate House Revival WHITE REAPER – May 6, Madison Live SAY ANYTHING/BAYSIDE – May 6, Bogart’s LANY – May 8, 20th Century Theater


THE BLACK ANGELS – May 9, Woodward Theater BEN FOLDS WITH THE CINCINNATI POPS – May 9, Taft Theatre TOMMY CASTRO/MIKE ZITO – May 9, Southgate House Revival ROBBIE FULKS – May 10, Memorial Hall OLD 97’S – May 11, Southgate House Revival EDWIN MCCAIN – May 12, Live! at the Ludlow Garage RONNIE BAKER BROOKS – May 12, Southgate House Revival MARSHA AMBROSIOUS/ERIC BENET – May 13, OTR Live DEL MCCOURY – May 13, Memorial Hall MASTODON – May 14, Taft Theatre DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – May 14, Bogart’s NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK – May 16, U.S. Bank Arena THE REVOLUTION – May 16, Bogart’s ADRIAN BELEW – May 18, 20th Century Theater RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – May 19, U.S. Bank Arena MIPSO – May 19, Southgate House Revival


Hurray for the Riff Raff with Ron Gallo Monday • Woodward Theater Alynda Segarra grew up in the Bronx as a loner of sorts. Identity was an early source of confusion: Her Puerto Rican parents, both successful in their professional endeavors, divorced when she was a child, leaving Segarra to be raised by her working-class aunt. She found comHurray for the Riff Raff PHOTO : Sarrah Danziger fort in music — first in stuff like Motown and Doo-Wop, then in Punk Rock from the local scene to better-known outfits like Bikini Kill and Dead Kennedys. In high school she formed her own group, a raucous Folk-fortified band of women that took inspiration from Kimya Dawson, herself a woman of unique background and inspiration. Restless, Segarra left the Bronx at 17, traveling for several years before landing in New Orleans. Inspired by that city’s rich musical history, she formed Hurray for the Riff Raff, which was anchored by Segarra’s deft, narratively driven lyrical tales and striking voice, which brings to mind a meld of Chrissie Hynde and Patti Smith. The band dropped a string of selfreleased records beginning in 2007, each a melting pot of Roots, Folk, Blues, Rock and Cajun music. But it wasn’t until Hurray for the Riff Raff signed with ATO Records and put out Small Town Heroes in 2014 that a broader audience began to take notice, inevitably drawn in by Segarra’s unique presence and songwriting chops. The band’s freshly minted latest, The Navigator, is a fascinating concept album about Segarra’s full-circle return to her Bronx/Puerto Rican roots. “Living in the

City” sounds like the aforementioned Patti Smith in Lou Reed mode, its Rock & Roll shuffle animated by Segarra’s lyrics about hot long summer days and “watching the city quiver.” Best of all is “Hungry Ghost,” a driving, Arcade Fire-esque anthem that finds Segarra delivering this pointed verse: “I been nobody’s child/So my blood starting running wild/I been a hungry ghost/And I traveled coast to coast.” Then comes the kicker outro: “I’ve been a lonely girl/But I’m ready for the world.” (Jason Gargano)


music listings Wednesday 19 Blind Lemon - Sara Hutchinson. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Bogart’s - Flux Pavilion. 9 p.m. EDM. $17. Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - Phil DeGreg and Friends. 6 p.m. Jazz. Free. Jag’s Steak and Seafood - Steve Thomas. 6 p.m. Adult Contemporary. Free. Knotty Pine - Dallas Moore and Lucky Chucky. 10 p.m. Country. Free. The Liberty Inn - Stagger Lee. 6:30 p.m. Country/Rock. Free. Live! at the Ludlow Garage Timothy B. Schmit. 8 p.m. Rock. $60-$125. Madison Live - Boondox and Blaze Ya Dead Homie and Lex the Hex Master. 8 p.m. Rap. $12, $15 day of show. Mansion Hill Tavern - Losing Lucky. 8 p.m. Roots. Free.


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MOTR Pub - PAWS with Smut. 9 p.m. Rock/Punk/Pop. Free.

Northside Tavern - Shiny Old Soul. 9:30 p.m. Roots/Rock/Blues/Various. Free. Northside Yacht Club - Neon Bone with Doubtlets and Mr. Clit and the Pink Cigarettes. 9 p.m. Punk/Pop/ Rock.

Common Roots - Blvck Seeds. 9 p.m. Funk/Jazz/Hip Hop

Blind Lemon - Mark Macomber. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

Crow’s Nest - The Whiskey Chronicles. 9:30 p.m. Americana. Free.

Bogart’s - Toni Romiti with Nicole Blake. 7:30 p.m. R&B. Sold out.

Jag’s Steak and Seafood - The Sly Band. 9 p.m. Dance/Pop/Various. $5.

Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - Todd Hepburn and Friends. 6 p.m. Various. Free. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical H Garden - Tunes & Blooms with The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars. 6 p.m. Bluegrass. Free.

Common Roots - Open Mic. 8 p.m. Various. Free. Crow’s Nest - Ray Vietti. 9 p.m. Americana. Free. Horse & Barrel - Sonny Moorman. 6 p.m. Blues. Free. Jag’s Steak and Seafood - Jay Hutton. 6 p.m. Various. Free. Knotty Pine - Kenny Cowden. 9 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Latitudes Bar & Bistro - Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams. 6 p.m. Jazz/ Blues. Free. MOTR Pub - Sidewalk Chalk with Krystal Peterson. 9 p.m. Pop/Hip Hop/R&B/Rock/Various. Free. Plain Folk Cafe - Open Mic with Josiah Whitley. 7 p.m. Various. Free. Quaker Steak and Lube Colerain Pandora Effect. 5 p.m. Rock. Free.

Jim and Jack’s on the River - Danny Frazier. 9 p.m. Country. Free. Knotty Pine - Final Order. 10 p.m. Rock. Cover. Live! at the Ludlow Garage Timothy B. Schmit. 8 p.m. Rock. $60-$125. Madison Live - Ephesus, Bike Route, Shock Relief and Down One. 8 p.m. Rock. $8, $10 day of show. Madison Theater - Play It H Forward Presents MACKFEST: A Celebration of Lonnie Mack featuring

Sonny Moorman, Scotty Bratcher, Jay Jesse Johnson and more. 8 p.m. Blues/Rock. $12, $18 day of show (proceeds benefit Play It Forward, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Cincinnati-area musicians in times of critical need). Mansion Hill Tavern - Blue Ravens. 9 p.m. Blues. $4. Marty’s Hops & Vines - Rockin’ George LaVigne. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock. Free.

MOTR Pub - Abiyah with Lauren H Eylise and Silent Tongues. 9 p.m. Alt/Hip Hop/Electronic/R&B/Pop/

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

Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Sissy Brown. 9:30 p.m. Country/ Americana. Free.

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

Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Chicago Farmer. 9 p.m. Americana. $10, $12 day of show.

Pee Wee’s Place - Bob Cushing. 7:30 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

Talon Tavern - Bob Cushing. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

Peecox Erlanger - Saving Stimpy. 9:30 p.m. Rock. $5.

Thompson House - 420 All-Star Rap Showcase featuring Big Tim Kellams, Kuljo Savatez, Forrest Beats, Trig & Mavryck, Kolton Ison, Qwavais, Jetti and more. 8 p.m. Hip Hop. $10.

Plain Folk Cafe - David Gans. 7:30 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

Urban Artifact - Wed ZepWeen, Infinity Spree and Soul Butter. 9 p.m. Rock/Alt/Various. $5.

Silverton Cafe - The Menus. 9 p.m. Pop/Dance/Rock/Various. Free.

Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - R. Ring (tour kick-off show) with Split Single and Bicentennial Bear. 8 p.m. Indie Rock. Free.


Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Lost Coast with members of Frontier Folk Nebraska, Calumet and Arlo McKinley & the Lonesome Sound. 9:30 p.m. Roots/Rock/Various. Free.

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Angels.” 7 p.m. Irish/Celtic/Various. $42.50-$102.50.

Taft Theatre - Parsonsfield and H Animal Years. 8 p.m. Indie/ Roots/Various. $15, $18 day of show (in the Ballroom).

Westside Venue - Mad River Band. 9 p.m. Country/Rock. Free.

Urban Artifact - Blue Wisp Big Band. 8:30 p.m. Big Band Jazz. $10.

Woodward Theater - Tobin H Sprout with DTCV. 8:30 p.m. Indie Rock. $13, $15 day of show.

Woodward Theater - Three Acts H in Over-the-Rhine featuring Molly Sullivan, Katie Laur with Ma Crow

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and Jake Speed and the Freddies. 7:30 p.m. Folk/Bluegrass/Indie/ Various. $10, $12 day of show (fundraiser for the Over-the-Rhine Museum).

Thursday 20 Arnold’s Bar and Grill - Dottie Warner. 7:30 p.m. Jazz. Free. Aronoff Center for the Arts - Celtic Woman presents “Voices of

Arnold’s Bar and Grill - The New Royals. 9 p.m. Funk. Free. Blue Note Harrison - Southern Savior. 9 p.m. Rock/Country/Dance. Free. Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - Marvin Hawkins and Fixx Band Cincy. 6 p.m. Various. Free. The Comet - Peace Attack, Actual Italians, Marr and Madman Mundt. 10 p.m. Rock/Various. Free.

Experimental/Various. Free.

MVP Bar & Grille - Twisted Fate. 9 p.m. Rock.

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

Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - New Moons, Lovecrush88 and Communications. 9:30 p.m. AltRock. Free. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - The Revival Band with Brother Smith and Carnival Giant. 9 p.m. Roots/Country/Rock/Various. $8, $10 day of show. Stanley’s Pub - Stanley’s 420 H Fest featuring Electric Orange Peel, Dr. Foxcroft and Pupils of

Groove. 9 p.m. Rock/Jam/Various. $10 (Friday/Saturday tickets $15).

Symphony Hotel and Restaurant Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams. 7 p.m. Jazz/Blues. Free. The Underground - Softspoken, H The Earth Laid Bare, Innova, Derailed and John Bobinger. 7 p.m. Rock. Cover.


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Urban Artifact - China Catz and Queen City Silver Stars. 9 p.m. Grateful Dead/Tropical/Various. Free. Washington Park - Tiny Deck Concert with Katja & Brian. 7 p.m. Various. Free.

Northside Tavern - The Cliftones. 10 p.m. Reggae. Free. Northside Yacht Club - Alliance H Fest 2017 featuring Abraxas, Bonehead, Breach, By Force, Current

Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - George Simon and Friends. 9 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).

Events, Cursed Path, Forest Wars, Head Collector, Headrush, Humility, John Hays, Law, The Obnoxious Boot, Short Leash, Outcast, Treason, React and RYNG. 4 p.m. Punk/Hardcore. $10.

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Peecox Erlanger - Saving Stimpy. 9:30 p.m. Rock. $5.

Arnold’s Bar and Grill - Moonshine Drive. 9 p.m. Americana. Free.

Plain Folk Cafe - The Low Country Boil. 7:30 p.m. Rock/Pop/Various. Free.

Blind Lemon - Jake Walz. 9 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Blue Note Harrison - The Rusty Griswolds, Flipside and The Belairs. 7 p.m. Rock/Pop/Various. Cover. Bogart’s - Thursday with Touché H Amoré, Basement and Cities Aviv. 7:30 p.m. Post Hardcore. $25. Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - The Billy and Amy Band. 8 p.m. Jazz. Free. The Comet - Vanity Creeps, Giantology The Pills and No Ritual. 10 p.m. Rock/Various. Free. Crow’s Nest - Honeywise. 9 p.m. Folk. Free. Doc’s Place - Bob Cushing. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Front Street Cafe - Encore Duo. 7 p.m. Acoustic Classic Rock/Americana. Free. Jag’s Steak and Seafood - The Phixx Band. 9 p.m. Dance/Pop/ Various. $5. Jim and Jack’s on the River - Deuces Wild. 9 p.m. Country. Free. Knotty Pine - Lt. Dan’s New Legs. 10 p.m. Pop/Dance/Various. Cover. Live! at the Ludlow Garage - Jeff Lorber. 8 p.m. Jazz. $35-$70. Macadu’s - Ambush. 2 p.m. Rock. Free. The Mad Frog - B Woodz with C. Minor, Yung Reik and more. 6:30 p.m. Hip Hop. Cover. Madison Live - Off Black, Pilot Around the Stars, The Linden Method and Break Up Lines. 8 p.m. Pop/Rock. $10, $12 day of show.


Marty’s Hops & Vines - Jason Erickson. 9 p.m. Rock/Various. Free. Maury’s Tiny Cove - Ricky Nye. 7:30 p.m. Blues/Boogie Woogie. Free. Miami University-Middletown - The Wailin’ Jennys. 7:30 p.m. Folk. $20-$30 (in Dave Finkelman Auditorium).


Rick’s Tavern - Blackbone Cat. 10 p.m. Rock. $5. Silverton Cafe - Sonny Moorman Group. 9 p.m. Blues. Free. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Will Kimbrough & Brigitte DeMeyer with Caroline Spence. 8 p.m. Americana/Blues/ Rock/Various. $15, $18 day of show.


Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary) - Moonbow (album release show) with Blacklight Barbarian. 9:30 p.m. Rock. $8, $10 day of show.


Stanley’s Pub - Stanley’s H 420 Fest featuring Sassafraz, Partyboob and Ample Parking. 9

p.m. Rock/Funk/Jam/Various. $10 (Friday/Saturday tickets $15). Thompson House - Lantana with Exquisite, Lil Bodie, Reko Porter, Cleatis and more. 8 p.m. Hip Hop. $10.


Urban Artifact - Urban Artifact Second-Anniversary Party featuring Lipstick Fiction, The Harlequins, Abertooth Lincoln, The Skulx, Timbre, Talk Mouth, The Grove, Reincarnation Mvmt, Wonky Tonk, Abby Vice, ZOO and Tyler Christopher. 3 p.m. Various. Free.


U.S. Bank Arena - Eric Church. 8 p.m. Country. $29-$89.

Northside Yacht Club - Anwar H Sadat, Sour Ground, Slow Crime and Fourth Wife. 9 p.m. Post Punk/ Experimental/. Free.

Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Angaleena Presley. 8 p.m. Country. $17, $20 day of show.


Stanley’s Pub - Stanley’s Open Jam. 10 p.m. Various. Free. Urban Artifact - Razorwire Halo, Curse of Cassandra, Relic and Daitek. 9 p.m. Industrial/Electronic

Monday 24 Mansion Hill Tavern - Acoustic Jam with John Redell and Friends. 8 p.m. Acoustic/Various. Free. McCauly’s Pub - Open Jam with Sonny Moorman. 7 p.m. Blues/Various. Free. MOTR Pub - Banducci and the Wheels. 9 p.m. Rock. Free. Northside Tavern - Northside Jazz Ensemble. 10 p.m. Jazz. Free.

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Todd Hepburn & Friends feat. Alan Randall 8-11

Friday 4/21

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Arnold’s Bar and Grill - Diamond Jim Dews. 7 p.m. Blues. Free. Blind Lemon - Nick Tuttle. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free. - Explosions in the Sky. H8Bogart’s p.m. Instrumental Rock. $23. The Comet - Swim Team, Jen H Shagawat and Spear. 10 p.m. Rock/Punk/Various. Free.

Northside Tavern - Mayalou, Honey Combs and Combo Slice. 9:30 p.m. Various. Free.

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Northside Yacht Club - Punx Takeover 5 with Death Sex Advocates, Disjawn, Toluene and Room 101. 8 p.m. Punk. Free.

and Muruga Booker. 3 p.m. Various. $5 (suggested donation).

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Woodward Theater - Wussy with H Vacation and mr.phylzzz. 9 p.m. Indie Rock. $15, $20 day of show.

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

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Woodward Theater - Hurray for H the Riff Raff with Ron Gallo. 8 p.m. Indie/Americana. $15.

Jag’s Steak and Seafood - Zack Shelly & Chon Buckle. 6 p.m. Various. Free.

Blind Lemon - Jeff Henry. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

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Urban Artifact - Mover Shaker, Who Loves You and Wacky Deli. 9 p.m. Rock/Various. Free.

Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - Jennifer Ellis with the Bobby Sharp Trio (9 p.m.); Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band (4 p.m.). 4 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).

Common Roots - Earth Day MOTR Pub - Huntertones. 10 H Jubilee with Toon Town, The Hp.m. Jazz/Funk/Soul/Rock. Free. Song Byrds, Terra Azul, Mayan Ruins MVP Bar & Grille - 9 O’Clock Shadow. 9 p.m. Various.

Northside Tavern - The Simply Dan String Band. 8 p.m. Roots/Americana. Free.

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

Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary) - The Bird Dogs. 8 p.m. Everly Brothers tribute. $20. Urban Artifact - Jackknife Stiletto, Misunderstood, The Voice of God, Holly and the Bird and Communications. 8 p.m. Punk/Various. Free.

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The Public House - Pam & The Boys. 8:30 p.m. Rock. Free.

MOTR Pub - Ricky Nye and Chris Douglas. 9 p.m. Blues/Boogie Woogie. Free.

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