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a_belyaeva: So so sad!!! RIP Harambe. ❤ the_blue_ranger: Hurts my heart. jennyleeinthe513: Every parent has had to deal with a tot disappearing in the split second they aren’t looking. Multiple witnesses made it clear she was watching her three kids. It was only an unfortunate accident. lorimichiphoto: I wish they just tranquilized him instead. alex.masraum: The response team had to do what they had to do. It is terrible that he had to die and it is extremely unfortunate how the child fell in, how the parents weren’t watching their kid close enough, but it doesn’t mean that Harambe was “murdered,” and who in their right mind would “file charges” against the parents? vince_rush_sports_photographer: Can always get another monkey to sit in a cage, eat fruit, play with his poop and stare at people. Can’t replace a parent’s child. If Jack Hanna says it was the right move then the discussion should end. Sad that in today’s world we put so little value on human life that this is even a discussion. Even sadder if your life is void of purpose that you’re at the zoo holding a candlelight service over an animal. harrison.adams21: It’s the kid’s fault. But it was the only choice to shoot the gorilla. Comments posted at in response to May 30 post, “RIP Harambe”

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TSA Head Fired; Search for Equally Incompetent Replacement Begins America is full of useless governmental agencies that funnel tax money into things that serve no purpose, but the Transportation Security Administration really outshines its brethren in this regard. While most people would prefer to not die while flying, the feds’ ill-conceived and even more poorly managed agency has been equal parts embarrassment and headache for travelers since its conception. Such feelings, coupled with the recent release of enraging details of TSA head Kelly Hoggan receiving more than $90,000 in bonuses in 2013-14, drew the ire of enough people that Hoggan finally got the axe last week. Headhunters on the committee to find a suitable replacement are still debating what criteria they should base their search on since the TSA has never foiled a terrorist attack or done much other than make people sweat while waiting in line to answer questions about nail scissors and partially consumed bottles of water as if they were ticking time bombs. Ultimately, aviation industry insiders believe the search for a new TSA leader will be based on what percentage of flights he or she will promise to make people miss.

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Internet Hate Machine Keeps Body-Shaming Amy Schumer but Should Probably Stop It’s hard to say for sure if people have always been so invested in making other people feel bad about their bodies, but it is a shitty thing to do. Comedienne Amy Schumer has long been a target for people who like to ridicule others for their appearance, even though part of her act is mocking such nonsense and she is as funny as any comic out there these days. This week, Schumer made news for responding to nitwits with negative comments about her failure to weigh 80 pounds or whatever they’d like her to by posting on Instagram and showing that she is probably hotter than any woman the haters have ever held a conversation with in a non-work-related setting. Her imagebased response to the trolls probably didn’t make the insulting masses feel as shocked as some of her other ideas, which include but are not limited to, posting the text from a snippet from her Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo where she talks about how vaginal discharge sometimes causes ladies’ underwear to take the appearance of Charlotte’s Web.

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to medical science at New York University, but, as the The New York Times reports, their families were none too pleased to find out that after their loved ones’ bodies were used for teaching and research purposes, they were callously dumped into mass graves instead of being dealt with in the Mark Wahlberg has made a ton of movies, “appropriate and dignified manner” that the some which are less crappy than others. university promised. NYU has apologized Back when his career began as pop star and acknowledged Marky Mark and that it didn’t treat he made music vidthe cadavers with eos that featured the amount of him weightliftrespect the school ing cinderblocks, promised the nobody could have participants. After possibly foreseen the initial attempt that this dude to pacify the rightwould have such fully angry families a lasting presence of those dispensed in the entertainin such a callous ment industry. But manner, NYU that’s OK, because attempted to furnobody could ther smooth things have foreseen how over by reminding tightly society everyone that New would embrace York has been stupidity or willdiscarding citizens ingly watch reality Orrin Hatch, time traveler that no one cared shows about losers, PHOTO : Government about for centuries, their family’s hamso finding space in burger businesses the city’s expansive mass grave sites is kind and Jenny McCarthy’s autism expertise. of like getting into one of those cool and Anyhoot, the Deepwater Horizon offshore exclusive clubs or restaurants that make oil rig disaster that killed some workers people feel important. and a few million animals represents Marky Mark’s latest foray into the business of profiting off awful things that have happened. Early reviews of the film’s script have been mixed, while some critics are waiting to weigh in on the matter until they Supreme Court nominee Merrick B. Garland find out if Wahlberg is going to make any is in the midst of a long, boring nomination comments on how he could have stopped process. He has to schmooze with many the disaster like that one time he insinuinfluential old white men like Sen. Orrin ated that if he was on Flight 93 on 9/11 that Hatch (R-Utah) in order to get the gig. the plane would have landed safely on a Although Hatch hasn’t yet met with Garland, strip of cotton candy instead of crashing the longtime senator somehow already over the Pennsylvania sky. wrote an op-ed on the website of a Salt Lake City news outlet in which he describes meeting with Garland and why stonewalling the nomination until lousy Obama gets out of the White House is a great idea. By doing so, Hatch has earned the respect of It’s been said that death is the great equalpoliticians on both sides of the aisle — even izer. It is hard to say if that is true or not, the most left-leaning liberals have to give it but it does give a vague sense of justice up for a guy who can tell people about things and propriety to people who are sick of that happen in the future while also living going through this life being poor and often staunchly in the racist past and referring to unhappy. Whatever death is or isn’t, each Asian people as “Orientals” as recently as of us does get the privilege of leaving our 2015 and forgiving The Donald’s overt racism rotting corpse behind to be burned, buried because even though Trump is super-old he or poked and prodded for the sake of is “inexperienced” in expressing himself. medical research. Some well-meaning and wealthy New Yorkers donated their bodies CONTACT ISAAC THORN: letters@

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THE WORLD The Cincinnati Zoo was forced to kill an endangered silverback gorilla named Harambe after a 4-year-old child fell into the Gorilla World exhibit on May 28. Harambe had pulled the child out of the moat surrounding the area, but the zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response Team was not able to recall him. CINCINNATI -2 A member of the consulting firm hired by Columbia Development Group referred to the Dennison Hotel as a former “flophouse” during a hearing on May 26. Columbia, which is owned by the Joseph Auto Group family, purchased the building in 2013 with the intention of demolishing it. CINCINNATI-2 President Barack Obama visited Japan last week to recognize the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Obama shook hands and embraced survivors of the attack, saying in a speech that possessing nuclear technology requires a “moral revolution.” WORLD +2

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then it’ll go down and connect with the ones lower,” says Sally Thelen, a corporate communications representative for Duke. “So it’s the second part or the extension, which is why we’re calling it the Central Extension, of the pipe we put in in ’03.” Thelen said through email correspondence that each proposed route will affect roughly 50 customers and that while thirdparty damage does account for most of the pipeline incidents, putting one in an urban setting isn’t unprecedented. “Eighty percent of our large diameter pipelines in Hamilton County would be high-pressure types of pipelines, similar to the line that we’re proposing, that I would describe in an urban setting, for example, going through neighborhoods and public streets,” Thelen said. Duke surveyed more than 200 locations for the pipeline and decided on three routes, which are highlighted with maps on its website. The pink, orange and green lines snake through different sections of Cincinnati suburbs, but they all cut through Blue Ash at some point. The electricity company held two informational meetings a month after the initial letter was sent, one in the Sycamore Township Community Center and another at Pleasant Ridge Montessori. According to Thelen, about 50 people attended each one. Ronna Lucas, one of the core members of NOPE, doesn’t think the group will stop the pipeline from being constructed. She just wants to reroute it through a less populated area. Lucas is also concerned about the safety of the pipeline, especially after a highly publicized recent case where a similarly designed pipeline exploded in rural Pennsylvania. That explosion happened April 29 in Salem Township, about 28 miles east of Pittsburgh. One person received thirddegree burns over 75 percent of his body and some homes were damaged by the blast, which caused a 12-foot deep hole in the ground and flung a 25-foot piece of the pipe 100 feet. Experts believe the explosion might have been caused by corrosion in the 34-year-old pipe. Critics of the pipeline fear something similar could happen in the populated areas around the two proposed routes for the lines, which run past busy spots like Blue Ash Elementary, UC’s Raymond Walters College and Summit Park. One proposed route runs through the Kenwood Towne Center as well. Perry Leitner has owned Blue Ash-based Leitner Electric Company since 1978. He spoke out at the NOPE meeting, saying that he wasn’t opposed to the nature of the

Critics of the pipeline are concerned about it passing through populated areas like Blue Ash Elementary, UC’s Raymond Walters College, Summit Park and Kenwood Towne Center. pipeline, but rather to the location of it. “Converting to natural gas is not a bad idea,” Leitner said. “What is a bad idea is to run a transmission line through densely populated areas. In the past, these lines have run through rural communities.” Thelen said there were significant environmental and ecological impacts involved in installing the route in a more rural area and that while cost is not the critical component in deciding the route, a route in a mostly rural region would cost more. State Rep. Dever, whose backyard would undergo construction as part of one of the proposed lines, will be meeting with Duke to gather more information.

“I think the area of concern is that the pipeline would go into backyards where kids play in the communities,” Dever said. “I think there needs to be a balance when we talk about the need for infrastructure and the need to supply energy to our region that’s cost effective, affordable and ­­— to the extent we can make it clean — clean. But there is a concern about the risk associated with putting something like this through a neighborhood, from a safety perspective.” Dever has also written a letter of opposition to the Ohio Power Siting Board, the committee that will pick one of Duke’s routes or refuse to grant permission entirely. CONTINUES ON PAGE 11

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ack in late February, Glenn Rosen received an unassuming letter from Duke Energy. The Blue Ash resident gets mail from the electricity company all the time, usually about mundane things like slight rate adjustments. But this letter was about something bigger. The notice informed residents like Rosen that a 30-inch natural gas pipeline has been proposed for an area within 500 feet of their properties. That route would go either behind the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash campus or in front, where it would also pass Blue Ash Elementary School and Blue Ash KinderCare. Rosen started telling his neighbors, and their concern grew into a group formally opposing the project. “I got my initial notice from Duke about potentially having to do some pipeline stuff,” Rosen says, “and the following weekend, I decided to go knock on some people’s doors and draft a petition. I basically got 48 out of 52 houses on my street to sign.” Members of Neighbors Opposing Pipeline Expansion, or NOPE, say they’re concerned about the safety of the pipeline, as well as the values of their properties, and would like to see it rerouted to a less populated area. Duke says pipelines through urban locations aren’t uncommon in the region, that the proposed gas line’s location has been thoroughly vetted and that safety concerns aren’t necessary. Now, citing high-profile gas pipeline incidents in other states, NOPE is working on wrangling with the power company to get the pipeline moved elsewhere. A group of more than 180 concerned Hamilton County residents attended a NOPE meeting May 25 at the Blue Ash Civic League, during which they voiced their opposition to Duke Energy’s proposed Central Corridor Pipeline Extension. The grassroots group is small, with a little over 200 Facebook likes, but it has garnered the support of several community councils and political leaders including the Blue Ash City Council; State Rep. Jonathan Dever, a Republican from Madiera; State Rep. Denise Driehaus, a Democrat from Clifton; and the Hamilton Board of County Commissioners. “As soon a people came to the realization that what Duke was intending to do versus how they communicated it, it kind of took on a life of its own, a speed of its own,” Rosen says. The pipeline will extend from an existing gas main near where Butler, Warren and Hamilton counties meet to an existing gas main near Norwood station, or the Red Bank Road area, and will be placed three to four feet underground, according to Duke. “It will connect with the one up top and

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Over-the-Rhine could get 300 improved units of affordable housing, many as part of mixedincome developments, if $2 million in funding in Mayor John Cranley’s budget proposal is approved. Another $2 million would be dedicated to affordable housing elsewhere in the city if the plan goes forward. The plan wouldn’t necessarily create many new units of affordable housing but would save some current units in poor condition from losing hard-to-get HUD subsidies. The money from the city would rehabilitate affordable housing at eight sites. Currently, those sites contain 302 units of housing, many of which city officials say are in substandard and neglected condition. Overall, the $135 million effort by developers, including Model Group and the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation, would turn those sites into 304 units of high-quality affordable housing along with 212 market rate units at four of the sites. Cranley, Vice Mayor David Mann, representatives from Over-the-Rhine Community Housing and developers Model Group and 3CDC unveiled the proposal May 26 at a news conference outside 1525 Race St., which would see 25 units of affordable housing developed by Model along with 85 market rate units. “We’re very excited to be here today to celebrate affordable housing and a diverse community in Over-the-Rhine,” said Overthe-Rhine Community Executive Director Mary Burke Rivers. “People who are working in our city, or retired, or veterans, can’t afford what the market provides for housing. It’s gotten very complicated, but at its core it’s a simple math problem. This money addresses that math problem.” The developments are designed to help offset the slide in affordable housing the neighborhood has seen in the past decade, Cranley says. Since 2000, 73 percent of OTR’s lowest-cost housing units have left the neighborhood, according to a study by Xavier’s Community Building Institute. That’s caused some displacement of residents. “We’ve seen here in Over-the-Rhine an extraordinary renaissance that was unthinkable five or 10 years ago,” Cranley said at the news conference. “But I think we all believe it should not come at the expense of the people who have lived here a long time. There have always been HUD contracts that have been extended for 15 or 30 years to preserve affordable housing here. But it’s not enough, and we’d like to do more. We want to adjust to changing circumstances. We want a healthy community that is mixed income. I think this is a tremendous opportunity to do that.”

Mann cited statistics showing that 50 percent of renters in Cincinnati pay more than 30 percent of their incomes for apartments, the threshold for affordability set by the federal government. “We hope there are ways that the $2 million can be leveraged,” Mann said, to create more opportunities for affordable housing creation. The other $2 million will be dispersed to developers doing low-income housing projects in other parts of the city through a process to be determined. (Nick Swartsell)

Dennison Demolition Vote Delayed After a nearly four-hour meeting, Cincinnati’s Historic Conservation Board adjourned May 26 without voting on Columbia REI, LLC’s controversial application to tear down the historic Dennison building downtown at 716-718 Main St. That application has caused controversy. Columbia, owned by the powerful Joseph automotive family, says it would be too expensive to save the building and would like to build a headquarters for an as-yetunidentified Fortune 500 company on the site. But preservationists say the building, which was designed by the firm of noted architect Samuel Hannaford in 1892, is a vital part of downtown’s urban fabric. Representatives for Columbia and the Joseph family presented their case to five members of the seven-member board. The group called a number of experts it has hired since it purchased the building in 2013 to give evidence it says shows the building can’t be redeveloped in an economically feasible way due to its poor condition and structural attributes. Most of the presentation restated the key points of this assertion in greater detail, but there was at least one new revelation: how the Cincinnati City Center Development Corporation, which purchased the building for $1.2 million and then sold it to Columbia for $740,000, recouped money on the deal. Representatives for the Joseph family say the group paid 3CDC further development costs after the initial sale, making up the missing money. The meeting had its fair share of contention: Columbia’s attorney Fran Barrett moved to have Cincinnati Urban Conservator Beth Johnson’s testimony stricken from the proceedings. Barrett said Johnson has shown “extreme prejudice and bias” and that the Josephs “have a stacked deck against us going in” to their demolition application. Johnson last month wrote a report staunchly disputing the Josephs’ assertion that anything other than demolishing the building would present the company with an economic hardship, pointing out the CONTINUES ON PAGE 11

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building’s sound structural condition and the fact that studies on the economic feasibility of redevelopment of the building didn’t take into account historic state tax credits and other incentives. The board and attorney Sean Suder, who represents demolition opponents, also asked pointed questions about offers Columbia has received to buy the building. Representatives for the Josephs say that companies like Linden Street, a Pittsburgh-based development company, don’t have the size or experience to tackle a project like the Dennison. They also say the building isn’t for sale. Lance Brown, the executive vice president of Beck Consulting, which drew up the economic feasibility report, told the board that no normal type of use — apartments, condos, office space — was feasible for the Dennison. However, when pushed by the ClientBrown BPC admitted he wasn’t spe- Media Type board, Job # familiar 79022 with incentives like state Pub / Vendor cifically historic preservation tax credits, LEED tax Title Goodbye Total Rewards Qty credits or city grants and tax credits that Version Color could have made the project more feasible.

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Multiple board members also took issue with Brown’s use of the term “flophouse” to describe the Dennison’s former life as a single-room occupancy hotel. Brown cracked that he got his understanding of that term from “extensive research on Wikipedia and Google.” Board member Judith Spraul-Schmidt chided Brown for using the term, saying that such housing was designed to be “decent and safe.” The Joseph family purchased the building located at 716-718 Main Street in part to block the chance that the building would remain affordable housing, according to documents the family’s legal team submitted to the Historic Conservation Board. Attorneys for the family said that such use of the building would endanger the value of nearby properties owned by the Josephs. NewsPrint Trim / Flat width x height x 5” The board will work with 10” attorneys width x heightand opponents of City Beat Live Area representing the Josephs the demolitionFinish application to10”set the next / Fold x 5” width x height x depth hearing, at which those seeking to save the CMYK Overall Dennison willBleed make their case. (NS)


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MUSIC: Everyone’s favorite George W. Bush-hating, Pop Country trio DIXIE CHICKS plays a sold-out show at Riverbend. See Sound Advice on page 28.

ONSTAGE: ANYTHING GOES Last summer the Incline Theater in East Price Hill sold out three musicals during its inaugural season. Now it’s time for Round 2, and they’re setting sail with Cole Porter’s frothy adventure on an ocean cruise ship with a crew of American showgirls (including an evangelist who’s now a nightclub singer), an incompetent gangster and a stowaway with a crush on an heiress ruled by a domineering mother and a stuffy English fiancé. Anything Goes has been around since 1934, but it’s such fun it never grows old — especially with tunes like “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title number. Through June 26. $29 adults; $26 students/seniors. Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, 801 Matson Place, East Price Hill, 513-241-6550, — RICK PENDER


MUSIC: Atmospheric Americana outfit LORD HURON plays some music and plays with reality at Bogart’s. See Sound Advice on page 28.


MUSIC: INDIE VOL. 2016 WITH THE WERKS This week, the full lineup of free weekly concert series at Fountain Square and Washington Park begin, all part of the PNC Summer Series. Among the changes this year? The every-Friday MidPoint Indie Summer series is now called Indie Vol. 2016. While still mixing established national acts with local and regional artists, the concerts will now feature just two bands per show and begin a little later (8:30 p.m.).


FILM: SUMMER CINEMA AT WASHINGTON PARK Washington Park’s popular Summer Cinema series returns every Wednesday through Aug. 31. Bring a blanket, grab a local craft beer from the concession stand and cozy up on the civic lawn to watch classic and campy movies on the big screen — like a drive-in without the car. The series kicks off with 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the first in the turtles’ film oeuvre, which details the original story of the anthropomorphic reptiles (pet turtles are hit with radioactive waste, move into sewer, eat pizza, start saying “cowabunga”), their rat sensei Splinter, nemesis Shredder and intrepid reporter April O’Neil. Next Wednesday, it’s The Sandlot, Smalls. Films start at dusk on Wednesdays. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-theRhine, — MAIJA ZUMMO

Big names on the Indie Vol. 2016 schedule include Guided By Voices, Robert DeLong and Rev. Horton Heat. The series kicks off this week with headliners The Werks, the popular Central Ohio “Psychedelic Dance Jam Funk Rock” group, which is kicking off an extensive summer tour Friday that includes dates with Umphrey’s McGee and several festival shows (including the band’s own Werk Out Festival in early August). Cincinnati Jam faves Peridoni open Friday’s show. 8:30 p.m. Friday. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, — MIKE BREEN MUSIC: BUNBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL The three-day Bunbury Music Festival returns to the riverfront for a weekend of live music. Modeled after fests like Lollapalooza, the outdoor extravaganza features music on multiple stages from established and

up-and-coming acts in all genres, including Alternative, Indie, Electronic, Hip Hop, Rock and Pop. Featured bands include The Killers, Florence + the Machine, Deadmau5, Ice Cube, Haim, Of Monsters and Men, Grimes, Elle King, The Dear Hunter, The Mowgli’s and more. Read more about local weekend summer music fests in Spill It on page 27. 1-11 p.m. Friday; 1-11:30 p.m. Saturday; 2-11:30 p.m. Sunday. $89 single-day; other passes sold out. Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, — MAIJA ZUMMO COMEDY: JOHN CAPARULO “I always liked telling funny stories, but it was mainly because of the way people reacted to them that spurred me on,” says comedian John Caparulo. “Obviously, funny stories aren’t as funny if nobody’s laughing at them. I’ve always felt like there’s a fine

line between a stand-up comedian and a raving lunatic at a bus stop — we’re both babbling about our feelings, but I’m just slightly more coherent enough to be funny instead of scary.” Onstage he continues to turn challenging moments from his personal life into relatable comedy. When his wife was pregnant last year, for example, he realized he wasn’t sure what to say to her. “She’d ask, ‘Does this make me look fat?’ ” Caparulo says. He would shrug, puzzled, and mutter, “The baby makes you look fat.” 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday. $22. Liberty Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township, 513-779-5233, — P.F. WILSON EVENT: VALLEY VINEYARDS WINE & BEER FESTIVAL Valley Vineyards and on-site Cellar Dweller CONTINUES ON PAGE 14

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EVENT: A TASTE OF DUVENECK A Taste of Duveneck is the Cincinnati Art Museum’s tastiest fundraiser. The 26thannual event fills the museum and Alice Bimel Courtyard with local eats from vendors like the BonBonerie, BrewRiver GastroPub, Django and Red Feather, lots of local wine and beer and live music from Soul Pocket. Funds raised from the party benefit Family First Saturday, the museum’s monthly family-friendly program that includes activities ranging from storytelling and scavenger hunts to hands-on art making and more. 6-9 p.m. Thursday. $50-$250 single tickets. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, — MAIJA ZUMMO

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EVENT: SUMMERFAIR Summerfair began in 1968 as a small-scale fest saluting the opening of the then-brandnew Cincinnati Playhouse. Today, it is one of the oldest continuously operating art fairs in the country. The festivities head to Coney Island this weekend with 300 fine artists and craftspeople. Their work — for show and for sale — will be exhibited in 12 different categories: photography, painting, drawing/printmaking, wood, metal, sculpture, glass, ceramics, fibers, leather, jewelry and 2D/3D mixed media. It’s easy to become lost in the overwhelming selection, but make sure to save time for live music and entertainment from the likes of Todd Hepburn, Young Heirlooms, the Queen City Cloggers and Habeeba’s belly dancing. Visit the website for the full lineup. 2-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $10; $15 three-day pass. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California, — EMILY BEGLEY


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brewery kick off a weekend of drinking, dining and hot-air-balloon-riding. This annual fest — celebrating its 46th anniversary this year — features live music, cellar tours, wine and beer tastings by the bottle and glass, food from local Warren County eateries and tethered hot air balloon rides. 5-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. $5 parking. Valley Vineyards, 2276 E. U.S. 22 and 3, Morrow, — MAIJA ZUMMO


MUSIC: DIARRHEA PLANET plays the second day of the three-day Bunbury Music Festival. See interview on page 26.

MUSIC: MUSE’S SPRING CONCERT MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir, presents its 33rd-annual spring concert, Phenomenally Woven, featuring two world premieres — “Phenomenally,” a commission by acclaimed composer/conductor/ performer Dr. Rosephanye Powell based on a poem by Maya Angelou, and “Power Lines” by Kala Pierson, the first recipient of a commission prize named for MUSE’s founder Dr. Catherine Roma. Artistic director Rhonda Juliano leads the award-winning and internationally ranked choir in a program that includes works by Dianne Reeves, Elizabeth Gilbert, Holly Near and Imogen Heap. This may be your only opportunity to hear “Phenomenally” — the Angelou estate has

limited the number of performances. 7 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $20 general; $17 student/seniors; $10 child. Walnut Hills High School auditorium, 3250 Victory Parkway, Evanston, — ANNE ARENSTEIN


ART: STILL LIFE: REGIONAL FOLK ART SHOW & SALE The still life is the good life in Kentucky, whether making whiskey or making art. New Riff Distillery hosts both traditions this weekend. Painter/sculptor Tony Dotson has rounded up more than 20 regional artists in genres like Folk, Outsider, Pop and Contemporary art for the inaugural Still Life show — and all works are offered for sale. The event will be held inside the distillery on two floors, so take a bourbon break in between viewings. But bring the family, too; artists will lead drawing sessions for kids all afternoon. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. New Riff, 24 Distillery Way, Newport, Ky., 859-2617433, — KATHY SCHWARTZ EVENT: TASTE OF NEWPORT Make room in your belly, hone your taste buds and set out to try something new during this one-day-only, all-you-can-eat extravaganza. Some of Newport’s best eateries will be serving up small plates, bites and drinks, including 27 Bar + Kitchen, Newport

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EVENT: BUGFEST Many of us spend our warm-weather days and nights dousing ourselves with DEET to avoid encounters with bugs, but for those interested in doing the exact opposite, the Cincinnati Museum Center’s BugFest lets you get up close and personal with a bunch of creepy crawlies. Immerse yourself in the world of arthropods and learn about how bugs play an important part in our ecosystem. Events and vendors throughout the museum will let you interact with insects, mount your own entomological specimen, dissect a bug, watch cockroach races and even taste Italian-style insect dishes at the Gnatty Café. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Free with admission to the Natural History & Science Museum ($5.50-$10.50) or all-museum pass ($5.50-$14.50). Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, — MAIJA ZUMMO

Pizza, the Pepper Pod, Dick’s Last Resort, Sis’s on Monmouth, Smooth Nitro Coffee and dozens of others. Local breweries will also be on hand with plenty of domestic and craft beers. Live entertainment throughout the day covers nearly all styles of music, from Rock, Western and Country to Acoustic, Classic and Jazz. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Food items $5 and under. 700-800 blocks of Monmouth Street, Newport, Ky., newportky. gov. — EMILY BEGLEY


MUSIC: X’s JOHN DOE brings Tex-Mex flavor to the Taft Theatre in support of his latest solo, The Westerner. See Sound Advice on page 29.


MUSIC: Gauzy dream-master Anthony Gonzalez, founder and frontman of M83, kicks the nostalgia to full-tilt at Bogart’s in support of his new album, Junk. See Sound Advice on page 29.

ONGOING SHOWS ONSTAGE Antony & Cleopatra Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Downtown (through June 4) VISUAL ART Passage: Do Ho Suh Contemporary Arts Center, Downtown (through Sept. 11)

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EVENT: ART ON VINE The creators of Art on Vine, photographer James Jenkins and graphic designer Page Lansley, began the monthly art fair — which now features the work of more than 60-plus vendors — as part of a college project in 2012. They’ve hosted regular monthly art-buying events around downtown and Over-the-Rhine since July 2013. Art on Vine is not a curated fair like The City Flea or Crafty Supermarket, but rather provides artists with a monthly location to connect with buyers and cultivate ongoing relationships with potential collectors. This coming Sunday — and every first Sunday from now until October — Art on Vine will be held on Fountain Square. Noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

Free admission. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, — MARIA SEDA-REEDER

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Cinema and Spirits

The local Filmmakers Drinking Bourbon podcast combines two things everybody loves BY BART BISHOP

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good way to break up the morning commute is with the weekly podcast Filmmakers Drinking Bourbon, which is produced by two area filmmakers, Cincinnati-based cinematographer Alexander Elkins and Midwest director Brandon Faris. The show, which launched last May, has two titular focuses: reviewing bourbon, usually donated from a regional distiller, and talking film. Episodes can cover everything from critiquing new movies to talking about the industry itself, especially in the face of the growing Hollywood presence in Cincinnati. They usually involve a special guest with expertise ranging from corporate advertising to wedding photography. “We try to generate fresh content every week to make sure we keep our fans satisfied,” Faris says. And those fans have grown in number this past year. Part of this popularity was a stroke of luck — around the third episode of Filmmakers Drinking Bourbon, iTunes advertised the program on its front page, right next to the At Home with Bob Villa podcast. Their listener count jumped to 25,000 overnight. “We like to joke that Bob Villa is a fan,” Faris says. Elkins and Faris met on a production set years ago and quickly hit it off; Elkins was doing lighting and Faris was the director of photography. In 2012, Faris formed LEAPframe, a production company that handles everything from music videos to commercials, and when he had an idea for a documentary, cinematographer Elkins sprang to mind. “I really like his aesthetic and the way he shoots, and I thought he’d be great for the job,” Faris says. “He said, ‘I’ve got one thing to say: preachers and serpents,’ ” Elkins says, “and I was in.” The documentary became Venom & Fire, a nine-minute-long examination of preachers in Middlesboro, Ky., including Jamie Coots who died in 2014 after refusing antivenom for a snake bite. In the wake of that collaboration, they knew they wanted to work together again on something else and tossed around ideas for a podcast for about two years. “We wanted something pretty loose and not like others, like Film Riot, that do (film criticism) better than we ever could,” Faris says. The basic format was decided early on. The podcast would be casual, like a phone call, and they would talk about what they always talk about: topics like what they’ve

Alexander Elkins (left) and Brandon Faris say reviewing bourbon as non-experts is “usually funny.” been watching, what they’re working on and what they’re excited about. And there had to be bourbon. “We’re not bourbon aficionados; we just like the stuff,” Faris says. The idea was to point out what they’re drinking and give it their best description. “It’s usually funny,” Faris says. The free publicity spread quickly, and soon local distillers were asking them to feature their product on the show. Sometimes bourbon-affiliated guests will join in the conversation, but more often than not, guests have some relationship to the film industry — people like critics for the now-defunct film website The Dissolve or photographers like Rudy Harris. Harris, of Rudy Harris Photography, was a guest on the April 8 show and had only positive things to say. “Knowing Brandon and Alex already, I knew it would be a good experience,” he says. “I was right. It was casual, en­gaging, fun, and, yes, contained some bourbon sipping.” But things weren’t always easy in terms of booking guests and getting episodes recorded. Both men had connections, but, according to Elkins, it was a lot of work.

Episodes go live on Fridays, but the length of episodes has been a debate; they originally aimed for half an hour but eventually settled into a 45-minute-to-an-hour slot, depending on the flow of conversation. The Dec. 10, 2015 special event for Watershed Distillery’s bottled Old Fashioned runs only 34 minutes, for instance, but the Feb. 9 episode featuring Kristen Erwin Schlotman, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission, clocks in at 59 minutes. Early recordings were produced in Faris’ LEAPframe office in Over-the-Rhine, using improvised cardboard box structures to drown out construction noise coming from outside. By the ninth episode, they settled into Studio B of Sound Images, a local sound branding and music agency. They also record on location, with episodes from Philadelphia, New York and the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas, a six-day convention showcasing vendors from every aspect of media and entertainment. Elkins and Faris devoted three episodes to the tradeshow, which took

place April 16-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. They hope to use the podcast platform to give back to the community. Elkins, who has worked on such locally filmed Hollywood productions such as Carol, and Faris, whose real passion is documentaries, want to use the podcast to help filmmakers find work. “In a small market,” Faris says, “you help each other out.” Although he loves the energy that the Hollywood productions have brought to the area, he isn’t holding out hope to work on a big blockbuster. A running joke on the show, in fact, is Faris’ distaste for superhero films. “Or anything with robes,” he says laughing, meaning sword and sandal stories like Game of Thrones or Gods of Egypt. As for the future, they both hope to keep doing the podcast as long as it’s fun. “It’s like therapy for me,” Faris says, “and it’s really an extension of our friendship.” The FILMMAKERS DRINKING BOURBON podcast can be found on iTunes.

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This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and we encourage you to tap into a little ’80s-era nostalgia and grab life by the pleated pants — think outside the box and maximize your fun potential like a fourthwall-breaking high school student. How can you possibly be expected to handle work on a day like this? So in this year’s Summer Guide, we outline a variety of ways to live like Ferris, from roughly duplicating his day off timeline to listing 100 days of things to do so you can call in “sick” anytime you want. There’s also a guide to summer sausages and local music fests, an interview with Hip Hop duo Space Invadaz and some stuff about soccer (people are freaking out about soccer). With everything happening in Cincinnati this summer, the question isn’t what are you going to do, the question is what aren’t you going to do?

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Save Ferris

Take a Bueller-style sick day in Cincinnati BY M A I J A Z U M M O


eplicating Ferris Bueller’s epic ’80s-era day off today would cost more than a million dollars, according to a slightly hyperbolic article, which took into account the cost of securing a parade permit in downtown Chicago and making repairs to your friend’s dad’s Ferrari. But you can actually play hooky for much, much cheaper in Cincinnati — like $150 for three people; we added it up. This summer, we encourage all of you, whether or not you have an excellent taste in sweater vests, to call in sick at least once and play Ferris for a day. You can follow the movie timeline in order (we wouldn’t, because the rooftop bar we suggest first doesn’t open until the afternoon), or you can visit Cincinnati versions of all the day-off stops — the top of the Sears Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, Chez Quis, a Cubs game, a German-American parade, a pool — in whatever order you see fit.

2. Cincinnati Art Museum = Art Institute of Chicago. When Ferris, Cam and Sloane hit the Art Institute of Chicago (a place where filmmaker John Hughes said he found refuge in high school), we see them examining works by painters Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock. Our art museum, with a collection of more than 65,000 works, also boasts pieces from some of the same artists — Cassatt’s “Baby in Dark Blue Suit,” Hopper’s “Sun on Prospect Street" and Modigliani’s “Max Jacob” are on permanent display. And the current Not in New York: Carl Solway and Cincinnati exhibit (on view through Oct. 30) features work from Kandinsky- and Pollock-like contemporary artists John Cage, Nam June Paik, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free admission; $4 parking. 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 3. Jean-Robert’s Table = Chez Quis. While we wait patiently for chef Jean-Robert de Cavel to open his unnamed double-concept Findlay Market bistro/second French Crust Café location, we always have downtown’s Table for JRo’s take on Parisian-style café fare. Lunch like the Sausage King of Chicago every weekday with a four-course prix-fixe French Lunch Tray ($15.50; the menu changes weekly and is only available at the bar), or grab a seat at a white-tableclothed four-top for a decadent selection of casual but indulgent bistro staples. Start with beef tartar and move on to an omelet du jour, salmon with truffled buerre blanc or a French chateau burger with a side of frites. Reservations not required. Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. 713 Vine St., Downtown,

4. Reds Game = Cubs Game. While the Reds’ rebuilding season has been as painful as one might expect (even more so for the lengthy list of injured players currently on the disabled list), it’s a good thing there’s more to do at a Reds game than watch baseball. Summer is for bobbleheads, expensive beer and hot dogs. And thanks to the influence of last year’s All-Star Game, Great American Ball Park has really upped the ante on its edible offerings. Skip the regular concessions and head to a “Porkopolis” stand for a Flying Pig — a Queen City mettwurst wrapped in bacon and topped with hot peppers and spicy mustard. Or the Fry Box, which serves up french fries topped with stuff, like the descriptively named Crab Box, which features fries covered in lump crabmeat, cheese and seafood seasoning. There’s also a $20 unlimited wristband so you can stuff yourself with food in a bun. Game tickets start at $12. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, 5. German Day = The Von Steuben Day Parade/GermanAmerican Fest. Danke schoen: It’s very conveniently German American Day at Findlay Market this Saturday, complete with dirndls, lederhosen and a parade led by the Germania Jagdhorn Gruppe. Crash the parade with your best twist and/ or shout, or just crash the OTR Biergarten, which will be overflowing with Reinheitsgebot-certified Christian Moerlein brews. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 6. Free. Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 6. Mount Adams Pool = Sloane’s Pool. Hidden on the shady hillside behind the Playhouse in the Park, this Cincinnati Recreation Commission public pool is a private oasis in which you can sprawl and swim for only $2 a day. With shallow water for wading, tree-lined landscaping and lounge chairs, it’s an excellent place for ablution — submerge the adult angst out of yourself like Cam; the deep-end is only like 4 feet and there are lifeguards on duty. 1:30-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 1-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday $35 annual; $2 day. 966 Mount Adams Drive, Mount Adams,

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1. Rhinegeist Rooftop = Sears Tower. This is a loose comparison, but if you’re going to get on top of a building, it might as well have craft beer. Rhinegeist, which celebrates its three-year anniversary on June 25, put a cherry on top of its 25,000-square-foot brewery and event space last year when it added a rooftop deck. Walk up several flights of stairs from the main-floor bar space for views of downtown, Mount Adams and a 24-foot draft beer bar. With wood decking, shade umbrellas and plenty of seating, it’s an excellent place to soak up some summer sun and imbibe one of 15 on-tap sessionable suds, like their Puma pilsner, Dinghy pale ale (a collaboration with the Northside Yacht Club) and both dry-hopped and semi-dry ciders. Also, be on the lookout for Bubblegoose, a beautifully Frankensteined rosé cider. The roof is closed during inclement

weather (check the brewery’s website for a .GIF telling you whether or not you can climb on up). And on June 17, July 15 and August 12, the Puma Summer Series turns the rooftop into a dance party with a DJ. 4-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4 p.m.midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday; noon-7 p.m. Sunday. 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,



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The Abe Froman Tour of Cincinnati Sausages From street meat to snooty dogs, the Queen City has options fit for a king  BY J AC K E R N


footlong cheese coney

The Place: The Root Beer Stand, 11566 Reading Road, Sharonville, 513- 769-4349,

Street meat cheddarwurst

The Scene: Serving up root beer floats and hot dogs since 1957, the Root Beer Stand is straight out of a John Mellencamp song (although “Suckin’ on a chili dog outside the Tastee Freez” remains one of his creepier lyrics). But don’t expect some sleepy diner with rows of booths — this tiny joint, often packed with patrons, consists of a tight countertop with a few stools. Many order to go and eat under the drive-in-style orange crinkle-cut awning in the parking lot or in the new picnic area with a playground out back.

The Description: Avril-Bleh’s cheddarwurst tastes like summertime. Savory meat with ooey-gooey cheese on a soft white bun to soak it all up. With more than 100 years of sausage-making under their belts, the folks at Avril-Bleh know how to make a dog that snaps when you bite in — just beware of the rogue steamy cheese that tends to ooze out.

Also Try: Homemade root beer with water from an on-site well and the Stand’s orange drink float. Froman Scale: 4/5. Ultimately, the Root Beer Stand is all about novelty and classic, familiar flavors — and the footlong delivers.

Vegetarian Yukon Cornelius The Place: Wurst Bar, 3204 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-321-0615,

The Description: A meatless apple sausage filled with Yukon Gold potatoes and sage, topped with (perhaps too many) roasted red peppers, green chilies and sweet mustard on your choice of Italian, brioche or four-grain bun. WB’s goat cheese spread complements the flavors nicely. It’s a great veggie sausage with interesting but not overpowering flavors, a good consistency — which is hit or miss on many meatless dogs — and definitely filling. The Scene: Wurst Bar might be located in Mount Lookout Square, but it’d fit right in on Vine Street. It boasts a hip but laidback vibe and a cool bottle-shaped Bevador fridge behind the bar. Also Try: The jalapeño cheddar dog and the Flying Pigs in a Blanket. Froman Scale: 4/5. A great dinner or brunch spot comparable to OTR offerings without the wait or sardine-like atmosphere.

The Place: Avril-Bleh & Sons Meat Market & Deli, 33 E. Court St., Downtown, 513-241-2433,

The Scene: Each spring, Avril-Bleh puts a grill out front of its Court Street butcher shop for the lunch crowd. Perfect when you only have a few minutes to step out of the office and a few bucks in your pocket. From hot dogs and burgers to brats and metts, the grill is filled 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (depending on weather). Also Try: A chorizo, hot mett or Chicago dog with all the fixings. Froman Scale: 5/5. Simple but satisfying.

Zinzinnati currywurst

The Place: Wunderbar, 1132 Lee St., Covington, 859-815-8027,

The Description: This spicy — but not hot — smoky sausage is loaded with cumin and curry (duh) and topped with a curry-ketchup sauce. No bun! The focus is on the wursts here, which are all made in-house. The Scene: A cozy dive bar with really fresh, locally sourced German food, intriguing fusions and a decent beer list. Get your obligatory selfie in front of the front end of an old Volkswagen bus. Also Try: Any sausage on the constantly rotating menu, housemade veggie sausage, traditional pierogies and the giant pretzel with beer cheese. Froman Scale: 5/5. This is not the spot for your standard hot dog — or even your standard fancy hot dog — but Wunderbar will definitely satiate a sausage hankering.

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ne of Ferris Bueller’s more creative stunts revolves around the tricky teen pretending to have a reservation at one of the Windy City’s finest restaurants, posing as Abe Froman, “the Sausage King of Chicago.” With some telephone theatrics and solid bluffing, Ferris and friends end up eating lunch like royalty. Luckily, Cincinnatians don’t have to go to such great lengths to get a good meal here, especially when it comes to sausages and hot dogs. For starters, OTR mainstay Senate is regularly mentioned in national media for chef/owner Daniel Wright’s inventive elevation of the ballpark staple. One special dog to look out for this summer is an all-beef frank topped with wasabi cream cheese, applewood smoked bacon, avocado, sushi sauce and crushed wasabi peas. (Senate is also set to open a second location in Blue Ash in October.) But, of course, there’s more to a good dog than gourmet toppings, so we scoured Cincinnati for some other packed meats that would make Abe Froman proud.

The Description: A classic Cincinnati-style coney with a soft white bun, boiled weiner, meaty chili and lots of shredded cheddar; surprisingly neat and manageable for 12 inches of coney goodness.


The Invasion Begins

Cincinnati Hip Hop duo Space Invadaz rides big-time buzz leading up to a new late-summer release BY B R I A N B A K E R

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his year will be a big one for Buggs Tha Rocka — but you could plug any of the last three years into this sentence and it would still ring true. Since returning as a solo act after flirting with band membership in Gold Shoes, the Hip Hop artist has won two Cincinnati Entertainment Awards and crafted a bona fide masterpiece with 2014’s Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet, a brilliant blend of Hip Hop, R&B, Indie Rock and anything that tweaked Buggs’ creative radar. One of American Poet’s featured guests was a familiar Cincinnati Hip Hop presence, Donte the Gr8. Donte arrived two decades ago with MOOD — the local group’s 1997 debut album, DOOM, resonated nationally, helping launch MOOD collaborators Hi-Tek and Talib Kweli into the broader spotlight. MOOD also profoundly impacted a young Buggs. “I knew Donte as a fan and student of Hip Hop and music in general,” Buggs says. “MOOD was big on the scene in the ’90s, and I looked at MOOD and Hi-Tek as inspirations; they were from (Cincinnati) and made it big nationwide.” Years later, Buggs was on a Hip Hop panel at the University of Cincinnati, and fellow MC Moxy Monster introduced him to Donte. The pair felt an immediate connection (“I think it’s that whole Aquarius/Gemini thing,” Buggs says) and began creating songs.

They eventually formalized their collaboration with a new duo project dubbed Space Invadaz, a concept that, unknowingly at the time, had great meaning for them both. “That’s what’s crazy,” Buggs says. “I call my fans the Space Invaders, and Donte and his group were using the term ‘Space Invaders,’ which I didn’t know. He told me his story and there was no way that we could make this up. It went from being strange to, ‘This must be divine intervention.’ ” “We had a song called ‘Space Invaders,’ ” Donte says. “Once we knew we had that in common, we were like, ‘This is just destined to be.’ We always wanted a (MOOD) side group called Space Invaders, but we never formed. Maybe it was just a way for Buggs to come around.” The pair’s musical partnership has already been extremely prolific. Space Invadaz made the 13-track “EP” Contact available as a free download in April. Buggs and Donte are currently finishing material that will comprise their debut album, Planet Chaos, which is slated for a late-summer physical release through Kweli’s Javotti Media label and has Hi-Tek serving as executive producer. With guests appearances by Kweli, M1 and Chuck Inglish and production from Hi-Tek, Issa Walker and Supa Dave West, among others, combined with Donte’s powerful Rap skill set and Buggs’ almost limitless musical invention, Contact is simultaneously grounded in Hip Hop and stylistically transcendent. “The reception (to Contact) from the Hip Hop community in general has been crazy, but it’s actually what we expected,” Buggs says. “Donte’s super respected for being the OG he is, and what I’ve done in my career — we thought it was a great idea to come together. So far, we ain’t been wrong.” Contact’s first single, the banging Pop/Soul stinger “Gun Show,” is one example of the album’s incredible musicality and deep social consciousness, primary elements of both

Buggs’ and Donte’s previous work. Equally powerful is the Indie/Soul jump-and-pump of “Trap Season,” as Buggs and Donte spit rhymes with swaggering confidence over a twirling groove and Darryl Irby scat-sings with Marvin Gaye’s compelling magnetism. With such an incredible core sample of musical expression, it’s little surprise that Space Invadaz enjoys broad acceptance. “Our shows have been crazy diverse, the age ranges, seeing the crowd rockin’ out,” Buggs says. “That was the mission statement — bridge the gap and unify people through music.” As Contact strikes a chord within and beyond Hip Hop’s confines, Buggs and Donte promise Planet Chaos will be more of the same and better. Meanwhile, Buggs keeps stirring the solo pot, and Donte notes a new MOOD album is in the works. In the end, it will all fit under an umbrella that Buggs and Donte agree on. “Space Invadaz represents the unification of two things that are different but the same,” Donte says. “We come from different eras, but it’s still the foundation of good music we both want to stand on. I got a lot of Hip Hop influences, but Bob Marley is probably my biggest musical influence. I can’t sing a lick, can’t hold a note, but I learned from listening to other people’s music — what makes them great and what makes their music stand the test of time. We try to sprinkle a little of that around.” “It don’t matter what type of genre you’re in, good music is good music,” Buggs adds. “I’ve always been a firm believer in that.” To download, Contact and find more information on SPACE INVADA Z , visit spaceinvada z .com.

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Invadaz’s City

Buggs Tha Rocka and Donte the Gr8 of Cincinnati Hip Hop duo Space Invadaz have big love for Cincinnati, a feeling that is amplified during the summer months. Although Buggs and Donte are separated by almost a generation age-wise, they share similar methods of whiling away the hours during a hot Cincinnati summer. “I do Kings Island a lot. I love the pool,” Donte says. “And I look forward to Jazz Fest every year. It’s not like it used to be, but I still look forward to that. And Bunbury, and the music fests on Fountain Square, all the things that make people come outside in summer.” Buggs and Donte both love oldschool arcade games, so Over-theRhine’s 16-Bit Bar+Arcade is a place they can grab drinks and blow some coinage on classics like Donkey Kong, Galaga and Centipede. “I remember (Corryville arcade) Jupiter back in the day,” Buggs says. “I’m still into things from when I was a kid, because I’m a big kid. 16-Bit is like the arcade for grown people. And they’ve got the actual sign from (the original arcade game) Space Invaders down there, so, subliminally, that’s our spot.” Donte digs the city’s new open areas — like Washington Park and Smale Riverfront Park — as well as old childhood favorite Serpentine Wall (“My mom used to take me there when they had the little pool,” he remembers) and area church festivals. Buggs loves Taste of Cincinnati, the Contemporary Arts Center and 21c, shopping at Findlay Market (“With the vibe and energy, it’s just a dope place,” he says) and any experience he can share with his daughter.

“More than the activities, I think it’s the weather and the people (that make for a great summer),” Buggs says. “I feel like you could do anything or go anywhere in Cincinnati and it would be fun because of the people.”

If you love the opportunity to see a lot of live acts over the span of a few days, this summer’s music festival offerings won’t disappoint. From huge artists to quality local bands and giant outdoor stages to smaller clubs, 2016’s summer fest scene features several anticipated returning events as well as a few compelling new ones. For the past few years, Greater Cincinnati’s summertime music fest options have continually expanded. While we’ve spotlighted seven below, there are many others on the horizon, including June’s Northside Music Festival (, July’s Northside Rock n’ Roll Carnival ( and August’s Whispering Beard Folk Festival ( and Ohmstead Music Festival (

Bunbury Music Festival When: June 3-5

Where: Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove, Downtown

Lineup: Hair Police, Bill Orcutt, Sissy Spacek, Aaron Dilloway, Sarah Davachi, Kevin Drumm, C Spencer Yeh and John Bender.

mr.phylzzz, Tiger Sex and many others.

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Buckle Up Music Festival

Cincinnati Music Festival When: July 22-23

Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Downtown What: Since its origins more than 50 years ago, the Cincinnati Music Festival has gone by several different names (Kool Jazz Festival, Macy’s Music Fest), moved locations a few times and even entirely shifted its musical focus (from Jazz to R&B/ Soul). But for the past several years, the event has settled into its longtime home at Paul Brown Stadium and consistently featured tried-and-true lineups that mix crowd-pleasing R&B veterans with younger emerging artists. Still widely referred to as “Jazz Fest,” the event has become a community staple on the level of Skyline and the Reds. Lineup: New Edition, Charlie Wilson, Babyface, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Fantasia, Ledisi, The Whispers, Leela James, Judith Hill and The Deele. More info:

What: You can dive right into the summer festival season this weekend as one of the region’s most buzzed-about events returns to Cincinnati’s riverfront. Founded in 2012 and modeled after larger three-day affairs like Lollapalooza, Bunbury was an instant hit. And the crowds seem to be getting even bigger since the festival was sold to Columbus, Ohio’s PromoWest Productions, which produced Bunbury for the first time last year. Bunbury’s lineups are similar to other big outdoor festivals around the country (Hangout, Outside Lands, Governors Ball, etc.), featuring established and up-and-coming Alternative, Indie, Electronic, Hip Hop, Rock and Pop acts on multiple stages. Lineup: The Killers, Florence + the Machine, Deadmau5, Ice Cube, Haim, Of Monsters and Men, Grimes, Elle King, The Dear Hunter, The Mowgli’s and many more. More info:

No Response Festival When: June 23-24

Where: Woodward Theater, Over-the-Rhine What: This first-time celebration of avant-garde music has drawn national attention thanks to its lineup loaded with several prominent Experimental music creators. Cincinnati-affiliated artists are adding even more allure to No Response. Onetime participant in the local Experimental scene, C. Spencer Yeh, is performing in Cincinnati for the first time since moving to New York several years ago, where he’s developed a world-renowned reputation for his diverse and innovative work. And Cincy’s John Bender, whose rare DIY electronic recordings from the late ’70s have fostered a cult following and recognition of him as a pioneer of “minimal synth” music, is performing live for the first time in more than three decades.

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When: Aug. 5-6

Where: Summit Park, Blue Ash What: Initially created in the summer of 2014 by the founders of Bunbury, Buckle Up was part of the deal when PromoWest Productions bought Bunbury later that year. After taking a year off and making plans to move the event to Blue Ash’s Summit Park, Buckle Up is back this year, shifting primarily to a mainstream Country focus (the original fest mixed in a variety of Roots and Americana acts). Lineup: Brad Paisley, Chase Rice, Corey Smith, Maddie & Tae, McGuffey Lane, Tyler Farr, Bobby Bones & the Raging Idiots, Noah Smith, Mo Pitney and more (another major headliner will be announced June 20). More info:

Cincy Blues Fest When: Aug. 12-13

Where: Sawyer Point, Downtown What: One of Cincinnati’s music fest gems, the Cincy Blues Fest is considered to be the largest, longest-running Blues festival managed entirely by volunteers in the United States. Created by the Cincy Blues Society in 1992, the Blues Fest routinely books quality headliners and is unequivocally the best showcase of Cincinnati’s finest Blues artists. The event’s annual Boogie Woogie piano stage makes it especially unique, while other specialized “side stages” often add interesting and unexpected elements to the overall lineup (this year, there is a “Women’s Showcase” stage).


Adjust Your Eyes (AYE) Music & Art Festival When: July 29-30

Lineup: Walter Trout, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Tinsley Ellis, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Albert Castiglia, Teeny Tucker Band and more. More info:

Where: The Comet, Northside Tavern, Urban Artifact, Tillie’s Lounge, Northside Yacht Club, Chameleon, The Listing Loon, Junker’s Tavern and CincinNative, Northside

Birds of a Feather Music & Arts Festival

What: Charity, local art and a wide array of unique and (mostly) local musical acts are what the Adjust Your Eyes festival is all about. Organized by local label/collective Grasshopper Juice, this year’s AYE will take over Northside with shows spread across several bars and clubs. Every year, a different organization is chosen to receive AYE’s fest proceeds. This year, it’s the Apple Street Market cooperative, which is trying to establish a full-service grocery store for Northside’s diverse residents.

Where: Thornhill Farm, Morning View, Ky.

Lineup: The Slippery Lips, Go Go Buffalo, The Harlequins, Coconut Milk, Counterfeit Money Machine, Black Signal, Fluffer, Gran Bel Fisher, JetLab, Jamwave, Intro Signal, Lemon Sky,

When: Aug. 19-21

What: This first-time festival is a camper-friendly affair located on farmland that sits between the Licking River and Thornhill Lake. So if hiking, swimming and bonfires are your cup of festival tea, Birds of a Feather is well worth checking out. The diverse lineup features regional and Cincinnati-area acts playing Americana, Bluegrass, Reggae, Rock and World music. Lineup: Jahman Brahman, Elementree Livity Project, Dead Man String Band, Common Center, Wonky Tonk, Hickory Robot, Peridoni, Jerry’s Little Band, Hu-Town Holler, Android 86, Working Class Villain and more. More info:

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Most importantly, Buggs and Donte agree that it’s not just the things that Cincinnati offers, but also the environment in which they exist.

For fans of music festivals, summer in Cincinnati offers an abundance of events big and small

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Cincinnati’s Shiny New Toy FC Cincinnati could be the pro soccer franchise that sticks in the Queen City BY K E V I N G O H E E N

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rowds have been showing up at Nippert Stadium this spring wearing the blue and orange of their team. They sing. They chant. They let loose colorful smoke bombs that add to the atmosphere of FC Cincinnati games — the newest game in town, courtesy of the world’s most popular sport (sorry, NFL). FC Cincinnati’s ascension from new soccer team on the block to a burgeoning professional franchise breaking league attendance records has left many local sports fans wondering if this city really could see a pro soccer team demonstrate longevity in this market. In fact, the club’s upper management has been clear in its efforts to someday join Major League Soccer, the highest U.S. and Canadian league. FC Cincinnati’s owner Carl Lindner III already let MLS know the plan. Backed by Lindner’s deep pockets and run by general manager Jeff Berding, the team secured the recently renovated Nippert Stadium on the University of Cincinnati campus for its home games and has lined up more than enough corporate sponsorships to get MLS’s attention — MLS already included FC Cincinnati on a short list of potential expansion candidates. But to attract crowds, a sports franchise has to build a culture, and that starts by winning games. Through the first 11 weeks of play in the United Soccer League (USL), the club’s 6-2-2 record was good for third place in the Eastern Conference. An average of 14,102 have attended the team’s first six home games on the UC campus, including a USL-record crowd of 20,497 on April 16 against Louisville City

FC. That record was short-lived, as 23,375 came out to see a May 14 home game against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. FC Cincinnati has drawn from considerable experience in order to find such early-season success. Its head coach, John Harkes, played for the U.S. in the 1988 Olympics and then in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups. He was the first American to play in the English Premier League and the first player for D.C. United when MLS began in 1996. He helped the club win the inaugural MLS Cup. Harkes’ squad is comprised of a number of players with MLS experience. “They’re guys that have great character, guys that have the resilience and mentality to never say die,” he says. There are two words he uses over and over to drive home what he and assistant Ryan Martin look for in a player: hungry and humble — qualities found in midfielder Corben Bone. Bone was among the first 11 players signed by FC Cincinnati last December. Of those first 11, five have MLS experience, including 27-year-old Bone. Signing players like Bone, midfielder Kenny Walker and Cincinnati native Austin Berry, who was MLS rookie of the year in 2012 with the Chicago Fire, gave Harkes greater credibility when he was selling his vision to other potential players. Name recognition alone, however, won’t sell FC Cincinnati. “I was trying to look for the best options for me,” says forward Sean Okoli, 23, who played for New England of the MLS last season. “When I got the call from John and Tino (Martin), they made it sound like it would be a good place not only for me to get better, but for me to keep working on my game and to continue to grow as a player and as a person.” Okoli leads FC Cincinnati with four goals and two assists through the team’s first 10 games. Harkes’ system of play focuses on ball possession and creativity. It has led to an aggressive offensive attack — the team ranks No. 1 in the USL with 63 shots on goal — while the defense has produced the first two shutouts in franchise history in the last two games.

“Soccer is an elegant game that’s played at a pace where there’s not a lot of stoppages,” Harkes says. “You have to look at the small details, the little combination plays, the movement of players off the ball. It’s a chess game.” The experienced soccer fan understands this, but there are plenty of casual fans who are being drawn in deeper and will need to develop their knowledge. Yet, even those in the know are still learning about this team. Andrew Hesse from Cincinnati brought his sons to the game against Harrisburg City. The two boys were taking photos and securing autographs from forward Omar Cummings, a former UC player who played eight seasons in MLS. Hesse knows of Cummings, but the rest of the team is taking more study time. “I don’t know most of them, but it’s fun trying to learn a little bit about them,” said Hesse. “It’s part of becoming part of the fan base.” That would include goalie Mitch Hildebrandt, who played the last four seasons with Minnesota United FC in the North American Soccer League. “We’re rivaling MLS teams with their fan bases,” Hildebrandt says. “We’re very accessible. We train out here (at Nippert) every day and people can come talk to us.” At some point, the honeymoon period will end for FC Cincinnati. The team’s regular season ends on Sept. 24 at Pittsburgh. A top-eight finish in the conference would earn a playoff berth. FC Cincinnati will also host an exhibition — a “friendly” in soccer parlance for novices out there — against Brits Crystal Palace of the Premier League on July 16. Just how good of a foundation Harkes and the front office have built will be tested. “I love it. I’ve always wanted to take down that challenge of building something,” Harkes says. “What a unique opportunity. It’s absolutely tremendous to go and put your stamp on something.” FC CINCINNATI’s next home game is 7 p.m. Saturday against Richmond. Tickets are $10 - $25; $5 students . More info: .

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Hot Days




Festivals, arts, eats and events for every summer ‘sick’ day

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Welcome to the infantry of Summer 2016, when only 100 blissful, sunny days stand between now and the first days of fall. Factor in the hundreds of beer and food fests, art openings and exhibits, movies, concerts, farmers markets and special events happening between now and then and you’ll come to the conclusion that those 100 days will be over faster than Cameron’s dad’s Ferrari broke through that window and dived majestically toward the ground. So call up your boss and describe your weakened condition and clammy palms: You’re taking a day off. Whenever you choose to play hooky, this list has you covered, detailing at least one event a day every day through Sept. 8. Have fun (and don’t kill your car).

Anything Goes at the Incline Theater — Last summer Cincinnati Landmark Productions opened the Incline Theater in East Price Hill — with three sold-out musicals. Will they be able to do it again in 2016? Anything Goes kicks of the season with a little lighthearted song and dance. This boy-meetsgirl tale of gangsters, gentleman and dazzling showgirls — all crossing the Atlantic in an ocean liner — features music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Through June 26. $29; $26 students/seniors. Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, 801 Matson Place, Price Hill,

Blue Ash Summit Park Farmers Market — Blue Ash’s ever-expanding Summit Park offers a market featuring sustainably grown foods, local vendors, food trucks, free demos and classes. Participants include Alpaca Yarn & Fiber, Blue Oven Bakery, Chesapeake Popcorn, Pet Wants and Webb Valley Farm. Every week also includes live music and happy hours. 3:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 12. Free. Blue Ash Summit Park, 4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Blue Ash, Summer Cinema: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — Bring a blanket to Washington Park and settle in for the first installment of this year’s Summer Cinema, featuring Steve Barron’s 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Free movies screen at the park every Wednesday through August. 9-11 p.m. June 1. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


A Taste of Duveneck — Food, wine and beer take over the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Alice Bimel

Courtyard, with live music from local trio Soul Pocket. Proceeds benefit the museum’s Family First Saturday program. 6-9 p.m. June 2. $80. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, Sidereal Silence at Weston Art Gallery — This multi-level multimedia exhibit by environmental artist Shinji Turner-Yamamoto features a surround-sound installation that fills the space with the sound of waterfalls. Pieces include a large-scale clear-acrylic structure that dispenses water vapor and sculptures focusing on crystal formations that emulate stars. Through June 5. Free. Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St., Downtown,


Bunbury Music Festival — One of Cincinnati’s largest and most anticipated music festivals returns to Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove with three days of performances from big-name acts like The Killers, Florence + The Machine, Of Monsters and Men and X Ambassadors. June 3-5. Tickets start at $89. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, Summerfair at Coney Island — More than 300 artists and craftspeople from across the country culminate at Coney Island for this annual fest, which is now in its 49th year. Art is exhibited in twelve categories, ranging from jewelry and ceramics to printmaking and wood. June 3-5. $10 adults; free kids 12 and under. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California, 2016 Wine & Beer Festival — Valley Vineyards hosts a party at their estate in Morrow, featuring

samples of their own wine and Cellar Dweller craft beer. There will also be hot air balloon rides, dishes prepared by local Warren County restaurants, live music, a libation education tent and guided cellar tours. 5-11 p.m. June 3; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 4. $5 parking. Valley Vineyards Estate, 2276 E. U.S. 22 and 3, Morrow,


BugFest — Creepy crawlies buzz around the Museum Center. Immerse yourself in the world of arthropods, with live insects, bug tastings, mounting kits and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 4. Included with museum admission. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, Beach Bash Craft Beer Festival — The Beach Waterpark hosts its inaugural craft beer festival, with sand, surf and more than 60 different beers from 20 local and regional craft breweries. Tickets include park admission, lunch and 15 tasting tickets. 2-9 p.m. June 4. $49.99. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason, Montgomery Farmers Market — Local farmers open up shop throughout the summer during this popular market, which includes fresh produce, food trucks and local venders. New participants this year include Baudry and Boba Cha. 9 a.m.12:30 p.m. Saturdays through October. Free. Montgomery Elementary, 9609 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, Mud-Stash Obstacle Course at Perfect North — Get down and dirty during this 4-mile run/walk obstacle course throughout the ski area and surrounding grounds. Climb over hills, tackle wall rappels, cross a swinging bridge and more; then, stick around for food, music and beer. Don’t be shy about getting muddy — showers are available after the run. 8 a.m. June 4. Tickets start at $75. Perfect North Slopes, 19074 Perfect Place Lane, Lawrenceburg, Ind.,


Art on Vine — More than 60 local artists converge on Fountain Square to showcase and sell fine art and handmade goods. Grab a slice of A Tavola Pizza and indulge in a full bar provided by the Square. Events occur the first Sunday of every month through October, and proceeds from each benefit a different local nonprofit. Noon-6 p.m. June 5. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,

Newport Garden Walk — The East Row Garden Club presents its 20th-annual Garden Walk, which allows participants the special opportunity to explore nine private gardens. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 4 and 5. $15. Begins at Water Square, Sixth Street and Washington Avenue, Newport, Ky.,


Staycation at Krohn Conservatory — The Krohn celebrates the beginning of summer with this

Trivia Night on Fountain Square — Put your knowledge to the test every Monday night during trivia on the Square, with beer specials and gift-card prizes. No more than eight people per team. 7-9 p.m. Mondays through September. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,


CCO Tuesday Night Concert Series — The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and students from MYCincinnati Youth Orchestra present a free concert at Blue Ash Amphitheater and Nature Park. 7 p.m. June 7. Free. Blue Ash Amphitheater and Nature Park, 44433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, Workout on the Green — This installment of Washington Park’s free outdoor series begins with yoga with The Yoga Bar, followed by Pilates with CORE and Turbo Kick with Cindy Thomas. Bring your own yoga mat. 6 p.m. June 7. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


Annual Oriental Rug Event — More than 300 hand-knotted Oriental rugs will be displayed during this four-day event at Ten Thousand Villages. At 7 p.m. today, learn more about how these rugs are made, from dyeing wool to tying fringes. June 8-12. Free admission. Ten Thousand Villages Cincinnati, 2011 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, Summer Cinema: Sandlot — A baseball prodigy takes a new kid under his wing in this sporty 1993 production, set in the summer of 1962. Free movies screen every Wednesday. 9-11 p.m. June 8. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-theRhine,


Newport Italianfest — This authentic Italian food festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Indulge in bites from vendors like Pompilios and Bella Luna and stick around for live music, games, a pizza-eating contest and a photo booth showcasing the history of Newport’s Italian families. June 9-12. Free admission. Festival Park, Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., Seahorses: Unbridled Fun at The Newport Aquarium — The aquarium recently unveiled this interactive exhibit that features seahorses, sea dragons and pipefish. A video screen magnifies the creatures as they swim and interact with one another. Free with general admission ($23.99 adults; $15.99 children 2-12). Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky.,


Cincinnati Pops Presents E.T. in Concert — Phone home and invite the family: The Cincinnati Pops are performing John Williams’ entire score from Steven Spielberg’s 1982 film E.T. The movie will be screened as the Pops play live-to-picture.

8 p.m. June 10; 2 p.m. June 11. $15-$60. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, Cincinnati Rollergirls Fan Appreciation Night — The Cincinnati Rollergirls are bringing a magical close to the season with a Harry Potter-themed Fan Appreciation Night. The game features the Fifth-Annual Crosstown Knockdown vs. the Blackn-Bluegrass Rollergirls. 6-9:30 p.m. June 11. $14 adults; $6 kids 7-12; free children 6 and under. Cincinnati Gardens, 2250 Seymour Ave., Golf Manor, Schwabenfest — The Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society hosts their sixth-annual Schwabenfest, a two-day whole ox roast with authentic German bier, live music, pretzel sandwiches, Bavarian cream puffs and more. 5 p.m.-midnight June 10; 1 p.m.-midnight June 11. $3. Donauschwaben Hall, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Colerain, Indie Vol. 2016 with Drowners and The Joy Formidable — Welsh alternative Rock band The Joy Formidable performs a free concert on Fountain Square. Free indie music showcases take place Friday nights throughout the summer. 8:30 p.m. June 10. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, The Midnight Society — The Northside Yacht Club hosts this late-night indoor/outdoor dance party every Friday and Saturday in June. Features DJs DJ Tanner and DJ Home Alone 2 playing one-hit wonders, club bangers and guilty pleasures set to fog, lasers and video projections. Midnight-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays in June. Free admission. Northside Yacht Club, 4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside,


Dolly Parton — You’ve been workin’ 9 to 5 all week — let loose with Dolly Parton at the Horseshoe Casino, where she’ll perform in the outdoor venue. 9 p.m. June 11. $59-$149. Horseshoe Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Pendleton, World Music Fest — More than 50 World Music artists take over seven venues around Covington (all within walking distance of each other) including Braxton Brewing Company, Leapin’ Lizard, BLDG and the Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center. 9 a.m.-midnight June 11. Free. Covington, Ky., Queen City Bike + Dine — Cap off bike month with a mobile pedal party. Kick off a ride with an air-brakes-chain check, coffee and an appetizer before departing to local restaurants for lunch. Other stops include Taglio (Columbia-Tusculum), Meatball Kitchen (Corryville) and Northside Yacht Club (Northside). Menu is suitable for vegans. Rain or shine. 11 a.m. June 11. $35. Leaves from Park + Vine, 1202 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Listermann’s 25th Anniversary Party — Listermann Brewing Company was founded in 1991 by Dan and Sue Listermann. Celebrate the brewery’s 25th birthday with specialty bottles, draft Lemon Pound Cake and a special anniversary beer. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. June 11. Free admission. Listermann Brewing Company, 1621 Dana Ave., Evanston,

Sayler Park Sustains — A day-long celebration of community and sustainability that includes food and drink vendors, raffles and demonstrations in Earth-first practices. Live music by The Tillers, Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band and more. Noon-10 p.m. June 11. Free. Nelson Sayler Memorial Park, Parkland Avenue and Monitor Street, Sayler Park, Queen City Vintage Baseball Festival — The Cincinnati Vintage Baseball Club hosts a summer sporting festival pitting vintage-style teams from around the Midwest against each other for a day of baseball as it was played in 1869 — with no gloves. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 11. Free. Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville,


Clam Bake in the Park — Fill up on fresh steamed clams, shrimp and whole lobsters prepared by Washington Platform. Live music by Robin Lacy and De Zydeco. Noon June 12. Selections start at $3. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-theRhine, Concours d’Elegance Car Show — This nationally recognized car show displays more than 200 collector vehicles in the formal gardens of Ault Park. Special displays this year include “100 Years of BMW,” “The Cars of Donald Healy” and “All-American Workhorse — The Pickup Truck.” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 12. $25 adults; $15 students (with ID); free children 12 and under. Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave., Hyde Park, cincyconcours. Ride Cincinnati — This non-competitive biking event raises funds for breast cancer research in the Greater Cincinnati area. Choose to complete an 8-, 16-, 26-, 45- or 63-mile route or opt for this year’s new 3-Mile Fun Walk along Sawyer Point. Start times begin at 6:30 a.m. June 12. $40 adult bikers; $30 adult walkers; $15 children 12 and under. Yeatman’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, Second Sunday on Main — Over-the-Rhine’s monthly street festival features vendors selling vintage items, handmade jewelry, art, produce and more. Today’s theme is “MAINgames,” featuring a three-legged race, hula hooping, tug of war, trivia and stein-holding competitions. Noon-5 p.m. June 12. Free admission. Main Street between 12th and Liberty, Over-the-Rhine,


What: As You Like Him at the Library — The Public Library presents this exhibit in celebration of William Shakespeare’s 400th birthday. The library is home to an extensive collection of plays by the Bard, including rare early editions dating bake to the 1600s. Find them on the third floor. Through July 29. Free. Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Branch, 800 Vine St., Downtown, cincinnatilibrary. Hinder at 20th Century Theater — Oklahoma rockers Hinder take over the 20th Century Theater with Like A Storm. 8 p.m. June 13. $25. 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley,

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Loveland Farmers Market — Farm-fresh produce and entertainment at Fairgrounds Park. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 25. Free. Fairgrounds Park, 700 S. Railroad Ave., Loveland,

family-friendly event, which includes carnival games, ice cream, sidewalk chalk and sprinklers. June 6-10. $7 adults; $4 kids 5-12; free children 4 and under. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park,

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FRIDAY, JUNE 17 Indie Vol. 2016 with Jessica Lea Mayfield and Saintseneca — Local singer/songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield takes the stage with Saintseneca. Free indie music showcases take place Friday nights throughout the summer. 8:30 p.m. June 17. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,


Emancipation Proclamation at the Freedom Center — See a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, on exhibit at the Freedom Center. Only 26 copies of the Proclamation are known to exist today, and only nine signed by Lincoln have sold publicly within the last 40 years. Through June 18. $15 adults; $13 seniors; $10.50 children 12 and under. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Downtown, 513-3337739,

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Whitesnake at PNC Pavilion — Rockers Whitesnake stop in Cincinnati as part of their Greatest Hits Tour. All ticket-holders can attend a pre-show craft beer tasting 90 minutes before the show. 7 p.m. June 14. $33-$53. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, 513-232-6220,


Reggae Wednesday on Fountain Square — Head to Fountain Square for a free concert featuring Yabba Griffiths and Traxx. 7 p.m. June 15. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,

Summer Cinema: Labyrinth — Pay homage to the late David Bowie with a viewing of Labyrinth, Jim Henson’s 1986 film in which Bowie stars as the goblin king. 9-11 p.m. June 15. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, Over-the-Rhine Food Tour — A casual guided tour of OTR eateries. Learn about the history

of the neighborhood, sample bites at four or more local restaurants and pass by Washington Park, churches, Music Hall and other historic sites. Options to purchase drinks along the way. Limited space; reservations required. 11 a.m. Wednesdays and 2 p.m. select Fridays. $45. Leaves from Daisy Mae’s Market, Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine,


Cincinnati Opera Presents Die Fledermaus — The Cincinnati Opera opens its summer season with Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss, Jr.’s infectiously charming operetta about masquerade balls, disguises, deception and hilarious subplots among friends and lovers — all ending with laughter and champagne. 7:30 p.m. June 16 and 18. $29-$169. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, TEDxCincinnati Main Stage Event: LEAP — Learn about education, technologies, health innovations and wellness and biotech from a panel of three speakers. The seminar also includes a happy hour, networking and tech awards. 4:30-9:30 p.m. $75 general admission; student tickets and bundles available. Cincinnati Masonic Theater, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, Twilight Tour: Monumental Twilight Stroll — Learn about Spring Grove’s various monuments while they are bathed in twilight. 6:30 p.m. June 16. Free; online registration required. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village,

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Slide the City — Put on your swim suit, grab an inner-tube or other flotation device and rocket across a record-breaking slip-and-slide through the middle of the city. Slide times begin at 1 p.m. June 18. $30 single slide; $99 all-day slider. 2631 Jefferson Ave., Clifton,


MainStrasse Village Original Goettafest — Put goetta on everything: sandwiches, pizza, cheese and so much more. The fest also includes games, live music and activities for kids. Through June 19. Free admission. MainStrasse Village, 406 W. Sixth St., Covington, Ky., Jungle Jim’s International Beer Fest — More than 100 breweries, including 5 Rabbit, Ballast Point, Binding USA, Braxton, Tenth and Blake, will be serving up more than 400 different and international beers — including unique and rare brews — during the 11th-annual International Beer Fest. 7-10:30 p.m. June 17 and 18. $45-$55 per day; $20 designated driver. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield,


Airheads 30th Anniversary Celebration — Airheads, the locally produced fruity, soft-chew candy, turns 30 this year, and Smale Riverfront park is marking the occasion with a blow-out birthday bash. The day includes food, tethered hot air balloons and, of course, candy, including a

Brunched: A Boozy Breakfast Club — Break out the sunglasses, hangover pills and your nicest athleisure wear and head to CityBeat’s first Brunch party. Get your boozy breakfast on with a bloody mary war and mimosa-off and enjoy bottomless brunch bite samples of goetta, hash browns, biscuits, waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage, French toast and more! 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June 18. $20 early bird; $25 general admission. The Phoenix, 812 Race St., Downtown, Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt at the Cincinnati Art Museum — Cats have played a significant role in Egyptian imagery for thousands of years, oftentimes serving as symbols of divinity. More than 80 representations of cats from the Brooklyn Museum’s Egyptian collection are currently on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum. See them all summer long. Through Sept. 11. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-721-ARTS, RoeblingFest — Celebrate local architecture, engineering and history with walking tours, music, art, historical presentations and more. New this year is a historical series by BB Riverboats. 11 a.m. June 18. Free. Roebling Point Entertainment District, Court Avenue and E. Third Street, Covington, Ky., Summer Solstice Lavender Festival — Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm is in full bloom. Try lavenderinfused foods, pick your own organic lavender fresh

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Cincinnati Opera Presents Fellow Travelers — This world premiere presented by Cincinnati Opera blends the style of Mad Men with the political intrigue of House of Cards. A recent college grad is eager to join the crusade against communism in McCarthy-era Washington D.C., but is drawn into a maelstrom of deceit as he engages in his first love affair with a man. 7:30 p.m. June 17, 23, 25, 28, 30 and July 8; 3 p.m. June 19 and July 10. $69-$99. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown,

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from the field, make your own wreaths and wands, practice yoga in the field, listen to live music and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 18. Free. Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm, 2387 Martinsville Road, Martinsville, Ohio,


Butterflies of the Caribbean at the Krohn Conservatory — The final day of the Krohn’s uber-popular butterfly show. This year’s theme channels the Caribbean with decorative ocean creatures, towering palm trees and real white sand. Through June 19. $7 adults; $4 kids 5-12; children 4 and under free. Krohn Conservatory, 950 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-357-2604,


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Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band at Riverbend — Cincinnati is the paradise where the term “parrothead” was coined, so it makes sense that people tend to go a little crazy here for Jimmy. Don your sunglasses and most colorful leis and get lost in Margaritaville. 8 p.m. June 21. Tickets start at $36. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California,

tribute to the music of Prince. June 18-19. Free. 6242 Orchard Lane, Pleasant Ridge, Cincinnati Beer Week — A full week of beerrelated events taking place at venues throughout Greater Cincinnati. Expect pint nights, tap takeovers, special events and a culminating craft can festival. Bad Tom, Rhinegeist, Blank Slate and Taft collaborated on the official beer week beer, Saison d’513, which will be available at beer week locations.


Pete Davidson Prehab Tour — Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson hits the road for his first national stand-up tour. 7 p.m. June 19. $25. Liberty Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township,

Fat Tire & Friends Launch Party — Rhinegiest was one of five breweries across the nation selected to be included in New Belgium's 25thanniversary collaBEERation pack. Celebrate with a launch party featuring all five New Belgium beer variations on tap, a meet-the-brewer session and live DJs. 6-8 p.m. June 20. Free. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

Cincinnati Men’s Chorus Pride Concert — It’s Pride week! The Cincinnati Men’s Chorus kicks things off Saturday and Sunday with Voices from the Heart/Land, a special concert in collaboration with the Quarryland Men’s Chorus from Bloomington, Ind. June 18-19. $25. Below Zero Lounge, 1120 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine,

Monday Night Trivia at Taft's — Wager points depending on how confident you are in your answers and compete to win one of three gift cards. Questions range from music and television to history and science. Taft’s trivia night special offers two sliders and a beer for $10. 8-10 p.m. Mondays. Free. Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-334-1393,

Juneteenth Festival — This eclectic fest features storytelling, magic, sack races, folk crafts, ethnic literature, gospel, dancing and even a sweet potato pie bake-off. This year, performers will pay


Pride Ride — This low-impact bicycle ride begins at Fountain Square and weaves throughout the

city, showcasing the history of LGBTQ pride. Show your pride by wearing wristbands, carrying a flag or attaching streamers to your bike. Hosted by the Urban Basin Bicycle Club. 6:30 p.m. Free. Begins at Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, 30 Americans at the Cincinnati Art Museum — This Cincinnati Art Museum exhibit revolves around racial, gender and historical identity in contemporary culture. See art by influential African-American artists from the last three decades. Through Aug. 28. Free admission. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-721-ARTS,


Summer Cinema: Clueless — Bring a blanket to Washington Park and watch a screening of Clueless, Amy Heckerling’s 1995 film about a rich high schooler who tries to boost a new student’s popularity. (Drama inevitably ensues.) Free movies screen every Wednesday. 9-11 p.m. June 22. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-theRhine,

Taste the World Food Tour — Explore all Findlay Market has to offer with this guided walking tour. Learn about the history of Ohio’s oldest public market, sample small bites from five specialty merchants, discover hidden gems and more. Limited space; reservations required. 11 a.m. Wednesdays; 3 p.m. Saturdays. $20; $5 optional add on for a beer/wine tasting. Leaves from Daisy Mae’s Market, Findlay Market,

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Cincinnati Pride InterFaith Service — The Truth & Destiny Covenant Ministries Fellowship United Church of Christ hosts this event to celebrate the blessings the LGBTQ community brings to the city. All are welcome. 7 p.m. June 23. Free. Truth & Destiny Covenant Ministries Fellowship United Church of Christ, 2645 W. North Bend Road, Monfort Heights,


Northside Music Festival — What began as a one-day music showcase has evolved into a full-blown, two-day music fest. This year’s lineup includes Kid Stardust, Frontier Folk Nebraska and Iswhat? on Friday; Go Go Buffalo, Alone at 3am and All-Seeing Eyes take the stage Saturday, among many other performers. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. June 24 and 25. Free. Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside, Cincinnati Pride Community Recognition Ceremony — Head to the Contemporary Arts Center to help honor leaders within the local LGBTQ community. 7 p.m. June 24. Free. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, OTR Beer Fest — “Cincinnati’s only canned beer festival” marks the end of Cincinnati Beer Week. This craft can party takes place in Washington Park, and includes hundreds of different canned

brews, local food vendors, food trucks and live music. From 8-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, only full cans will be served. 6-10 p.m. June 24; 2-10 p.m. June 25. Free admission; $5 drinking wristband. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Overthe-Rhine, Panegyri Greek Festival — Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church hosts their annual celebration featuring authentic Greek cuisine, music, dancing, raffles, games, amusement rides and more. A portion of proceeds benefits the Freestore Foodbank. 5-11 p.m. June 24; 3-11 p.m. June 25; 1-8 p.m. June 26. $2 adults; free for 12 and under. Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 7000 Winton Road, College Hill, The Fisherman’s Wife at Know Theatre — Know wraps up Season 18 with The Fisherman’s Wife — a sex farce with sea creatures. A doomed marriage is saved by a pair of magical sea creatures with erotomania and a traveling salesman. Through July 16. $20. Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, The Internet Cat Video Festival at the Cincinnati Art Museum — Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center is taking this celebration of online video offline and on the road, and it’s stopping at the CAM in conjunction with the Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt exhibit. A curated collection of Vines, YouTube videos, short films and more nominated by the public will be screened; expect plenty of breadwearing, bird-tempting, piano-playing felines. 9:15 p.m. June 24. Free. Seasongood Pavilion, Eden

Park. 11 a.m. June 25. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park,,


WestFest — The West Side’s biggest street party is now in its 15th year, and it’s bigger than ever before — this year, the event anticipates about 30,000 people. Beer, food, live music, rides, games and contests will take over Harrison Avenue, with proceeds benefiting the Thomas Rebold Foundation for the Performing Arts. June 25-26. Free admission. Harrison Avenue, Cheviot, Cincinnati Pride Parade and Festival — Pride Week activities culminate with this large-scale parade and festival downtown, featuring food, drinks, vendors, live entertainment and more. Visit for updates and parade routes. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. June 25. Free. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, Rhinegeist Third Anniversary Party — Celebrate three years of thirst and explore Rhinegeist in all her glory. The brewery will be decked out in wild ephemera themed toward summer camp and the great outdoors, with beer release, live music, DJs, activities and more. Noon-2 a.m. Free admission. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, Celestial Sips Wine Tasting — Celebrate the Summer Solstice with a wine tasting at the Cincinnati Observatory. Sample four wines (and some bourbon), while enjoying hors d’oeuvres,

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SUNDAY, JUNE 26 Carriage House On-Farm Dinner Series — It doesn’t get much more farm-to-table than this. Watch chefs prepare multiple courses on a wood-fired oven and grill, then indulge in the dishes on the farm’s open-air dining terrace. Each dinner in the series is prepared by a different chef; this evening features Ryan Santos of Please. 5 p.m. June 26. $105. Carriage House Farm, 10251 Miamiview Road, North Bend, Ohio, tours and viewings of Jupiter and Mars (weather permitting). 21 and up. 8-10:30 p.m. June 25. $60. Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout, O.F.F. Market — The monthly Oakley Fancy Flea is a pop-up marketplace that brings together specialty food and beverage vendors, independent small businesses, artists and farmers, exemplifying their slogan: “Shop small. Shop local. Love your community.” 10-4 p.m June 25. Free. 2890 Madison Road, Oakley,

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Kristin Chenoweth with the Cincinnati Pops — Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth has appeared in major onstage, television and film productions, ranging from Wicked and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown to Glee, The West Wing and Bewitched. Now, she joins the Pops for an evening of Broadway and Hollywood tunes under the stars. 8 p.m. June 15. $15-$65; free ages 17 and under and lawn. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California,


Gospel Sunday on Fountain Square — Enjoy live gospel music on Fountain Square every Sunday. 4-7 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 21. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, Opera in the Park — This free outdoor concert features a selection of opera and musical theater performed by the stars of the Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Opera Chorus and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. 7 p.m. June 26. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


Christmas in July at EnterTRAINment Junction — Santa makes an early appearance at EnterTRAINment Junction. See the world’s largest indoor train display (which covers 25,000 square feet) and escape the summer heat in the in-house North Pole. Through July 31. $13.95 adults; $11.95 seniors; $9.95 kids 3-12; free children 2 and under. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester, Unraveled: Textiles Reconsidered at the Contemporary Arts Center — Artists in Unraveled take everyday objects and reinvent them; magazines, clothing, rugs, bed sheets, blankets and even popular phrases are taken apart and then rebuilt into something entirely new. Through Aug. 14. Free admission. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown,


Word of Mouth Cincinnati — This installment of WOM features San Francisco poet Richard Loranger. 7-9 p.m. June 28. Free. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Leah Stewart at Joseph-Beth — Local author and University of Cincinnati creative writing professor Leah Stewart discusses and signs her newest book, The New Neighbor, about 90-year-old Margaret who hides from the world and takes comfort in mystery novels. A new neighbor, however, piques her interest: Jennifer, a mother on the run from her old life who refuses to talk about herself, her son, his missing father or her past. As Margaret begins to cross boundaries in her effort

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Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times at the Taft Museum of Art — This widely anticipated exhibit highlights 20thcentury fashions seen on the popular television drama Downton Abbey. See 36 period costumes depicting British fashion between 1912 and the 1920s, plus accessories and film stills. Opens July 2. Through Sept. 25. $20 adults; $15 kids 6-12; free children 5 and under. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown, Rocky Horror at the Esquire — Experience the cult classic live every Saturday at the Esquire Theatre. Costumes are encouraged, as well as flashlights, noisemakers and bells, but leave the toilet paper, rice, confetti and toast at home. Mature audiences only. 11:55 p.m. June 2. $9.75. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513281-8750,

MONDAY, JULY 04 Red, White and Blue Ash — More than 130,000 people attended this event last year, so expect big crowds, plenty of food and all-day entertainment. Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. (Pro tip: if your main interest lies in the fireworks, scope out a spot in front of the Blue Ash Rec Center for great views and a little breathing room.) 4-10:35 p.m. July 4. Free. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash,

to solve Jennifer’s mystery, she reveals some secrets of her own. 7 p.m. June 28. Free. JosephBeth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Rookwood, Norwood,


Summer Cinema: Top Gun — Take flight with Tom Cruise as he competes to become the best in his class. Free movies screen at the park every Wednesday. 9-11 p.m. June 29. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


AWOLNATION with Death From Above at PNC Pavilion — It’s been more than a decade since Death from Above released their first full-length album, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine — 12 years to be exact. The band broke up in 2006

but announced a reunion in 2011, and their second album, The Physical World, was released in September 2014. The band takes the stage with AWOLNATION. 7 p.m June 30. Tickets start at $36. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California,

Patriotic Pops — Celebrate America’s birthday with singers, dancers and the Cincinnati Pops. Concert ticketholders receive free admission to Coney Island all day long (excludes Sunlite Pool). 8 p.m. July 2. $5-$40; ages 17 and under sit free on the lawn. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California,



Northside Rock n’ Roll Carnival — Gear up for the Fourth with one of the city’s largest and most eclectic Fourth of July festivals. This year features Fire Breathers, a carnival side show that includes sword swallowers and a bed of nails. Expect plenty of live music all the way until the holiday. July 1-4. Free. Hoffner Park, Blue Rock Street and Hamilton Avenue, Northside,

Firecracker Festival — This family-friendly Fourth celebration includes a petting zoo, playground and water park, live music and more. Deck out bikes, scooters, wagons and strollers and compete in the Children’s Bike and Dog Parade. Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. 4 p.m. July 3. Free. Home of the Brave Park, W. Loveland Avenue, Loveland,

Rhythm and Brews — Celebrate Cincinnati’s music and beer industries with live music from local and national acts and — of course — local craft beers. The family-friendly event also includes food vendors, live art installations, an Iron Chef competition and a family zone. Portland-based producer Emancipator headlines. July 1-2. Free admission. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown,

Independence Day Celebration on Fountain Square — Show off your red, white and blue and watch a firework display set off from the roof of Macy’s downtown store. Additional details to be announced. 10:30 p.m. July 3. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,

Newport Motorcycle Rally — A revved-up bash that celebrates good-looking bikes and their owners, the rally includes games, live entertainment, food, contests, prizes and fireworks on the riverfront. On Saturday afternoon, awards will be bestowed to the best bikes in show. Last year’s event saw more than 25,000 visitors. July 1-4. Free admission. Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., 859-912-2509,

LaRosa’s Balloon Glow at Coney Island — Colorful, glowing hot air balloons fill the sky above Coney Island. Radio station Q102 provides tunes in addition to live performances from the Anderson Township Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Bearcat Band Jazz Ensemble. A Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks display begins at 10 p.m. over Lake Como. 5 p.m. July 3. Free admission; $8 parking until 2 p.m.; $10 parking after 2 p.m.; normal rates apply for Sunlite Pool and rides. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California,


Independence Day Celebration Spectacular — This bash in the ’burbs kicks things off with a parade along Cooper Road and north on Montgomery. The route ends at Montgomery Park, where the party continues with kids’ games, pony rides, music, food and an all-star ballgame round. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4. Free. Festival takes place at Montgomery Park, 10105 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, Stricker’s Grove Fourth of July Fireworks — This privately owned amusement park is only open to the public four times a year. Spend the day on Stricker’s rides, including its Ferris wheel and Tornado Roller Coaster. Fireworks begin at 10 a.m. 3-11 p.m. July 4. Free admission; $15 unlimited rides; $5 parking. Stricker’s Grove, 11490 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, 513-738-3366,


Def Leppard at Riverbend — Def Leppard takes the stage with REO Speedwagon and Tesla. 7 p.m. July 5. Tickets start at $25. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, Workout on the Green — Today’s installment of Workout on the Green begins with yoga with The Yoga Bar, followed by Pilates with CORE and Turbo Kick with Cindy Thomas. 6 p.m. July 5. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


Baby at the Incline Theater — Experience the stresses and triumphs of parents-to-be as they await the arrival of their family’s newest addition — all set to music. Through July 31. $25. Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, 801 Matson Place, Price Hill, Summer Cinema: Sharknado — There’s really no good way to describe this 2013 film; simply put, a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, leaving its streets flooded and infested with sharks. It’s truly something to behold. Free movies screen every Wednesday. 9-11 p.m. July 6. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


Cincinnati Opera Presents Fidelio — Beethoven’s only opera tells the story of Florestan, who is wrongfully imprisoned and sentenced to death. His only hope is his wife Leonore. 7:30 p.m. July 7 and 9. $29-$169. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown,


Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival — Spend three days pairing creatively concocted meats with local brews. Join lectures and group discussion, participate in a tasting with The Bourbon Society of Greater Cincinnati and enjoy bourbon

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Da Vinci – The Genius at the Cincinnati Museum Center — For what’s being touted as the world’s most comprehensive touring Leonardo da Vinci exhibition — featuring more than 200 pieces over 17 themed galleries — Italian artists have crafted interactive and life-size machine inventions dreamt up by the brilliant artist and thinker, including the first concepts of a car, helicopter, parachute, submarine and military tank. The exhibit also includes a high-definition recreation of The Last Supper and an examination into the secrets of The Mona Lisa. Through Sept. 25. $19.50 adults; $12.50 children; $17.50 seniors; discounts for members. Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, 513-287-7000,

Cincinnati Dinner Train — All aboard: This 1940s-themed fine-dining experience occurs during a scenic 25-mile train ride from Bond Hill to downtown and back. The train holds up to 148 people across three vintage dining cars, and servers, porters, brakemen and conductors adhere to 1940s-era demeanor and attire. Meals include four courses, with vegetarian and vegan options available. The Queen City Sisters, an a capella trio, performs classics from the 1940s and 1950s select Saturdays. 6 p.m. Saturdays. $84.95. Embarks from 2172 Seymour Ave., Bond Hill, 513791-RAIL,

Tri-State Antique Market — Discover unique treasures, ranging from postcards to jewelry, the first Sunday of every month through October. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. July 3. $3 admission. Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, U.S. 50 and Hollywood Blvd., Lawrenceburg, Ind.,

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Freaky Friday Graeter’s Ice Cream-Eating Contest — Thirty hungry contestants race to finish a pint of ice cream. Noon-1 p.m. July 8. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, Roadkill Café at Washington Platform — Meateaters can indulge in unique roadside favorites like buffalo fajitas, kangaroo burgers and pigeon pot pie, plus samples of turtle, frog, rabbit, duck and more. Through July 23. $8 and up. Washington Platform, 1000 Elm St., Downtown,


Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Summer Series — Revisit the 1990s with the Swing Revival sounds of Zoot Suit Riot and the Covington Devou-Doo Daddies. Bring your own seating; picnics welcome. 7:30 p.m. July 9. Free; $5 suggested donation. Devou Park, 1344 Audubon Road, Covington, Ky., Cincy Bourbon Bus — Learn how bourbon is made and about its local history during Cincy Brew Bus’ new Bourbon tours. The bus will travel to New Riff Distillery, The Littlefield Bourbon Bar, Second Sight Distillery, The Horse and Barrel Bourbon Bar, with stops including samples and tours. 11:45 a.m. July 9. $65; $30 non-drinker. Pickup at New Riff Distillery, 24 Distillery Way, Newport, Ky., The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) — The Mariemont Players take a comedic look at the Bard with a show filled with pratfalls, clunky female impersonators and broad burlesque. Through July 24. $20 adults; $15 students. Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Mariemont,


British Car Day at William Harbin Park — Take a look at more than 100 British cars and enjoy food, drinks, vendors, a DJ, door prizes and more. 9 a.m. July 10. $15 registration; $5 spectators. William Harbin Park, 1300 Hunter Road, Fairfield,

5 O’Clock Somewhere Tour — It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, which means it’s always time for a drink. This Cincy Brew Bus tour begins at Horseshoe Casino’s Rock Bar and heads to Rhinegeist, MadTree, Braxton and Listermann. Noon July 11. $55. Pickup at Horseshoe Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Pendleton,


Afternoon Tea with Charles Hyde — Speaker Charles Hyde discusses Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States. The event includes a guided tour and light refreshments in the Garden Room. 1 p.m. July 12. Free; registration required. William Howard Taft National Historic Site, 2048 Auburn Ave., Mount Auburn,


An Evening with Macy Gray — Grammy awardwinner Macy Gray takes over Live! at the Ludlow Garage. 7 p.m. July 13. Tickets start at $35. Live! at the Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave., Clifton,

Sweet Treats for the Summer — Learn how to make sweet summer selections with Karen Harmon. 6:30-9 p.m. July 13. $47. Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, Summer Cinema: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade — Steven Spielberg and George Lucas' classic 1989 action-adventure tale follows Indy as he searches for his father (Sean Connery), a Holy Grail scholar who has been kidnapped by Nazis. We also discover the origin of the titular man-ofaction's fear of snakes. 9-11 p.m. July 13. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


High Tea in the Garden — Enjoy a four-course high tea in the garden at Mary’s Plant Farm and Landscaping. 1:30 p.m. July 14. $30; reservations required. Mary’s Plant Farm and Landscaping, 2410 Lanes Mill Road, Hamilton,

SATURDAY, JULY 16 Culture Club — Culture Club — which lead singer Boy George describes as “a living soap opera” — performs in the casino’s outdoor venue. (Fingers crossed for “Karma Chameleon.”) Show 21 and up. 8 p.m. July 16. $45-$65. Horseshoe Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Pendleton,

Bad Ass Beer Fest — Bad Tom Smith Brewing presents this bad-ass bash, complete with live entertainment and plenty of booze. Kentucky Country music duo Halfway to Hazard headlines. Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Ohio Valley Chapter. July 15-16. Free admission. French Park, 3012 Section Road, Amberley Village,


Hoots & Hops — Local beer and bites fill the Cincinnati Nature Center during this nighttime party, plus live music, educational booths and activities. Listen for owls and other critters while hiking the center’s many trails; take a self-guided tour of the Discovery Trail while grabbing samples along the way. Participants include Braxton Brewing Company, Holtman’s Donuts, MadTree Brewing, Mazunte, Rhinegeist, Rooted Juicery and many others. Event 21 and up. 7-11 p.m. July 15. $40. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford,

Spring Grove Outdoor Movie Night: Night at the Museum — See a screening of Night at the Museum in scenic Spring Grove Cemetery. Bring your own blankets and chairs; plenty of popcorn provided. 9-10:30 p.m. July 10. Free. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village,

Indie Vol. 2016 with Guided By Voices and The Ready Stance — American indie Rock band Guided by Voices takes the stage with The Ready Stance. Free concerts take place on Fountain Square Friday nights throughout the summer. 8:30 p.m. July 15. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,

Second Sunday on Main — OTR’s monthly street festival features vendors selling vintage items, handmade jewelry, art, produce and more. Today’s theme is “MAINpride.” Noon-5 p.m. July 10. Free. Main Street between 12th and Liberty, Over-theRhine,

Lynyrd Skynyrd — Play “Free Bird!” Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd head to Horseshoe’s outdoor venue for an evening of classics. Must be 21 or older. 8 p.m. July 15. $45-$65. Horseshoe Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Pendleton,

Arnold’s Brothels, Bootleggers and Booze Tour — Learn more about Arnold’s Bar and Grill, Cincinnati’s oldest continuously operating saloon, which was built in 1838 and originally served as a brothel. The walking tour continues into nearby subterranean cellars that were part of the Gerke Brewery complex, renown for the Courthouse Riot of 1884, during which dozen of people were slain in the surrounding streets. Tours last approximately 90 minutes. 3 p.m. July 16. $20. Begins and ends at Arnold’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown,

Paul McCartney at U.S. Bank Arena — Sir Paul McCartney comes to Cincinnati as part of his One on One tour. Hear dozens of classics from the singers’ time as a solo artist and member of Wings and The Beatles. 8 p.m.; doors open 6:30 p.m. July 10. Tickets start at $75. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown,

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creations from top mixologists. July 8-10. Free admission. Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky.,

Maks and Val Live on Tour: Our Way — Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy of Dancing with the Stars have collaborated with choreographers and fellow dance professionals to bring this show to life. 7:30 p.m. July 14. Tickets start at $87. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, 513-2326220,


Bastille Day Celebration — The city of Montgomery hosts this French-American celebration of nationhood with food, entertainment, games, stilt walkers, pony rides, walking tours and more. Noon-11 p.m. July 16. Free. Downtown Montgomery, Craft Beer Series & Music @ The Market — Every weekend, Findlay Market invites representatives of a different brewery to share their stories in the biergarten and serve two of their business’ seasonal beers. This week’s guest is 50 West Brewing Company. The series is accompanied by live music and a weekly selection of Christian Moerlein beers on tap. July 15-17. Free. Findlay Market Biergarten, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine,


Burlington Antique Show — Only 10 minutes south of downtown, this Burlington, Ky. show features more than 200 antique dealers selling a variety of collectibles. Serious antique hunters are encouraged to arrive as early as possible to have their pick of available items. 6 a.m.-3 p.m. $3 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; $5 early bird 6-8 a.m. Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington, Ky., 30 in 30 at the Cincinnati Art Museum — Every week, the museum hosts a 30-minute program during which guest speakers and organizations explore the themes and concepts of current exhibition 30 Americans. The exhibit revolves around racial, gender and historical identity and includes works created by influential African-American artists. 2-2:30 p.m. July 17. Free. Cincinnati Art

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monday, JULY 18 The Deck @ Washington Park — Imbibe and recline on one of the nearly 3,000-square-foot deck’s many colorful picnic chairs. A full-service bar features wine, liquor, soft drinks and local craft beer. Open daily. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, Tour de Cure at Riverside Park — Cyclists of all levels can join the fight against diabetes by taking a scenic ride through Clermont County. Participants can choose several route lengths, ranging from 8 to 100 miles. Routes begin at 6 a.m. $25 registration; $200 fundraising minimum. Check in at Riverside Park, 425 Victor Stier Drive, Milford,


Digable Planets Reunion Tour at Woodward Theater — Hip Hop trio Digable Planet kicks off their reunion tour right here in Cincinnati. The band disbanded in 1994 but began performing together again in 2005. 8 p.m. July 18. $22 advance; $25 door. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine,

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Strauss Troy Market — Head to Fountain Square for fresh produce, baked goods, prepared lunches, fresh flowers, handmade goodies and more. Markets held Tuesdays through October. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 19. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,


FC Cincinnati vs. New York — Cheer on Cincinnati’s first professional soccer team as they face off against the New York Red Bulls II. 7 p.m. July 20. Tickets start at $5. Nippert Stadium, University of Cincinnati, 2700 Bearcat Way, Clifton,

Kids, Cultures, Critters and Crafts Festival — During this special event at the zoo, admission is $1 all day long, with proceeds supporting Learning Through Art Childhood Literacy Programs. Cultural performances, live music and animal encounters will take place throughout the zoo; go online for a full schedule. Expect sizable lines and crowds — last year’s event saw more than 23,000 people. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 20. $1; $10 parking. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St, Avondale, Zak Morgan at Beech Acres Park — Entertainer Zak Morgan brings children’s theater to Beech Acres Park. 10-10:45 a.m. July 20. Free. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road, Anderson, Summer Cinema: Home Alone — It’s Christmas in July! Filthy animals are invited to attend this screening of Home Alone. Free movies screen

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Queen City Underground Tour — Discover the underbelly of Cincinnati during this American Legacy Tour that investigates the city’s hidden history. Explore buildings in the gateway district that were once home to more than 130 saloons, bars, beer gardens and theaters. Afterward, you’ll descend below the city streets, where some of the city’s earliest residents were buried in a hidden crypt. Newly discovered underground tunnels vital to local brewery heritage are also on the agenda; the tour ends with a look into the Christian Moerlein bottling plant and tap room. Tours last between 90 minutes and two hours. 11:30 a.m. July 17. $20. Begins at 1332 Vine St., Downtown,

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every Wednesday in the park. 9-11 p.m. July 20. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-theRhine,


Twilight Tour: Beer Barons — Spring Grove Cemetery is the resting place of some of the city’s most notable brew masters, including Christian Moerlein. July’s Twlight Tour plays tribute to these beer barons with a walking tour of the monuments and mausoleums that pay homage to them. 6:30 p.m. July 21. Free; online registration required. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village, Vans Warped Tour at Riverbend — Vans Warped Tour ’16 brings big-name bands to Cincinnati, including 3OH!3, Good Charlotte, Sleeping with Sirens and WhiteChapel. 11 a.m. July 21. Tickets start at $66. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California,


Dinosaur Jr. — Indie rockers Dinosaur Jr. take the stage at Woodward Theater. Good news: The band just announced they'll be releasing a new album — Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not —in August. 8 p.m. July 24. $20 advance; $25 door. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine,

All the Great Books (Abridged) by Cincy Shakes — Cincy Shakes kicks off its 2016-17 season with

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Grateful Dead Night at Great American Ball Park — Get your hands on a limited-edition Reds Grateful Dead T-shirt, available exclusively for this special themed night at the ball park. T-shirt packages include a ticket to the game, during which the Reds face off against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Stick around at the end of the night for a fireworks display set to a Grateful Dead-themed soundtrack. 7:10 p.m. July 22. Packages begin at $25. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, Rock Hall Three for All Tour at Riverbend — Rockers Joan Jett, the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick descend on Riverbend. 6:30 p.m. July 22. $97.50. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California,


Bacon & Cheese Festival — In February, Jungle Jim’s proved its love for cheese during its Big Cheese Fest. Now, it’s expanding that affection to bacon, throwing a not-particularly-nutritious

Friday June 3: 8pm-11pm The Dirty Shirleys Saturday June 4: 7pm-10pm Salsa! Featuring Latin Heat Friday June 10: 6pm-10pm The Correyville Sazuki Project Saturday June 11: 7pm-10pm The Perfect Children Friday June 17: 7pm-10pm Midwestern Swing Saturday June 18: 6pm-9pm The Night Owls 9:30pm-11pm Ludlow 21 Big Family Movie TBD Friday June 24: 7pm-10pm Brazilian Jazz Featuring April Aloisio Saturday June 25: 7pm-10pm The Hiders

Friday July 1: 8pm-11pm The Dirty Shirleys Saturday July 2: 7pm-10pm The Night Owls Friday July 8: 7pm-10pm The Chris Comer Jazz Trio Saturday July 9: 7pm-10pm The Perfect Children Friday July 15: 7pm-10pm Brazilian Jazz Featuring April Aloisio Saturday July 16: 7pm-10pm Salsa! Featuring Latin Heat Friday July 22: 7pm-10pm Simple Swing Saturday July 23: 7pm-10pm The Hiders Friday July 29: 7pm-10pm Midwestern Swing Saturday July 30: 6pm-10pm The Marsh Brothers Jazz Collective


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Cincinnati Music Festival — This year’s lineup features New Edition, Fantasia, The Whispers, Charlie Wilson, The Deele and more. July 22 and 23. Tickets start at $55. Paul Brown Stadium, 1 Paul Brown Stadium, Downtown, 800-452-3132,



Bryan Adams — With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide, Canadian singer/songwriter Bryan Adams is one of the best-selling artists of all time, propelled to fame by his 1984 album Reckless. His first album of all-new material in seven years, Get Up, was released in October 2015. 8 p.m. July 22. Currently sold out. Horseshoe Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Pendleton,

this compact compilation of the Bard’s greatest works. Three actors cover 90 books in 90 minutes. Through Aug. 13. Tickets start at $25. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., Downtown,

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bash with live entertainment, face painting, balloon animals and, of course, food and beer. Among the event’s highlights is a S’Wine Tasting that pairs bacon dishes with alcoholic bevs. Noon-6 p.m. July 23. $8 adults; $2 kids 4-12; free children 4 and under. Jungle Jim’s, 4450 Eastgate S. Drive, Eastgate,

a guided tour in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati’s Classics Department. Greek, Egyptian and Roman objects are on display, some of which have never been on view before. 2 p.m. July 24. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-721-ARTS,

trivia on the Square, with beer specials and gift-card prizes. No more than eight people per team. 7-9 p.m. Mondays through September. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,

Covington Farmers Market — Head to Covington for local produce, plants and meats, plus local businesses like Cincy Smooth Coffee and Piebird Sweet and Savory Specialties. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 29. Free. Third Street and Park Place, Covington, Ky., covingtonfarmersmarket.

MainStrasse Village Bazaar — Discover quality antiques, collectable and repurposed artwork the fourth Sunday every month through October, when dealers and artisans line Sixth Street Promenade. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 24. Free admission. Sixth Street Promenade, MainStrasse Village, Covington, Ky.,

Loveland Farmers Market — Farm-fresh produce and entertainment at Fairgrounds Park. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 25. Free. Fairgrounds Park, 700 S. Railroad Ave., Loveland,

Run for Bux 5K — Join the fight against multiple sclerosis. This 5K was created in honor of Charles Buxton, who was diagnosed with MS in 1969 and passed away early in May. Proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the St. DePaul Society at St. Andrews. 8:30 a.m. July 23. $20 registration. Begins at Riverside Park, Milford,

Delhi in Bloom and The Language of Flowers — The Delhi Historical Society explains how growers, grapes and greenhouses shaped the history of Delhi Township. 12:30-3 p.m. July 24. Free. Delhi Historical Society Farmhouse Museum, 468 Anderson Ferry Road, Delhi, 513-720-0942,

Cincinnati Opera Presents Tosca — Tosca, a shining star of the Roman stage, is admired by two men. Cavaradossi is a painter who loves her sincerely, while Scarpia is a police chief who longs only to possess her. 7:30 p.m. July 23, 27 and 29. $29-$169. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown,


The Collections: Antiques of the Cincinnati Art Museum Tour — Explore the ancient world during

The Cincinnati Pops Presents Aretha Franklin — The Queen of Soul makes her debut with the Cincinnati Pops. Some (of her many, many) popular hits include Respect, Natural Woman, Chain of Fools and Freeway Love; expect plenty of familiar melodies throughout the evening. 8 p.m. July 21. $35-$130; free ages 17 and lawn. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California,


Trivia Night on Fountain Square — Put your knowledge to the test every Monday night during


Wyoming Avenue Farmers Market — Twenty vendors coalesce, offering fresh produce, local eats, goods and services. Participants include That Girl’s Flowers, Lobenstein Farm, Fireside Pizza, LLC and streetpops. 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 25. Free. 418 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming,


5:13 at Yeatman’s Cove — This midweek happy hour takes over Yeatman’s cove weekly throughout the summer. Sip beer and specialty cocktails in a unique beer garden along the Ohio River. Also includes food and music; this week, 4th Day Echo performs. 5-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 17. Yeatman’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, Fort Thomas Farmers Market — This farmers market is undergoing a makeover this year, moving to a new location and adding live music and food trucks into the mix. Vendors include Blue Oven

Bakery, 16 Bricks Artisan Bakehouse, Backyard Orchard, Herb Nut and Crigger Farm. 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 26. Free. Fort Thomas Antique and Design Center, 90 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas, Ky., searchable on Facebook. Preserving the Harvest — Jenny Even, extension educator with OSU in Hamilton County, discusses the latest tips and recommendations for preserving pickled products, dying fruits and freezing vegetables based on the latest USDA guidelines. Websites and fact sheets will be provided. 6-8 p.m. July 27. $15; free for Civic Garden Center volunteers. Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, 2715 Reading Road, Corryville, Summer Cinema: Zoolander — This week, Derek Zoolander’s smoldering “Blue Steel” gaze propels him to the top of the fashion world. Free movies screen at the park every Wednesday through August. 9-11 p.m. July 27. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


Champion Tree Tram Tour at Spring Grove — Spring Grove is home to nearly 30 Ohio Champion Trees — the largest trees of their type in the state. Learn more about them from expert horticulture staff while gliding through the grounds on an open-air tram. 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 28. Free; online registration required. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village, Farm Market of College Hill — This open-air market provides fresh, local and organic produce.

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The 4th is a comedy about a barbecue gone wrong by Cincinnati native Director/Actor Andre Hyland Screenings at 2:45 and 5 at the Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave. Then cross the street to Clifton Market for a cookout with music and dancing!

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5 incredible acts in one day. Jazz, soul, afro-beat, funk, & Cuban music are all represented.

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SATURDAY, JULY 30 Bubble Run — Four colorful foam bogs cover runners from head to toe during this 5K at Kentucky Speedway. Wear a white T-shirt! The run is not competitive (except when it comes to how much color you’ve collected on your shirt). 8 a.m. July 30. $50. Kentucky Speedway, 1 Kentucky Speedway Blvd., Sparta, Ky.,

Most weeks feature live music. 3-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Free. 5742 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, Madeira Farmers Market — Soaps, gluten-free brownies, herbal tinctures, spices, cooking kits and more: the Madeira Farmers Market is a treasure trove of all-things local. Most weeks feature live entertainment. 3:30-7 p.m. Thursdays through September. Corner of Dawson and Miami roads, Madeira,

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Lyle Lovett & His Large Band with Emmylou Harris at PNC Pavilion —Lyle Lovett’s career spans 14 albums over three decades, including songs that fuse Americana, Sing, Jazz, Folk, Gospel and Blues in convention-defying ways; Country artist Emmylou Harris has recorded more than 25 albums and is the recipient of 13 Grammies and three Country Music Awards. 7 p.m. July 28. Tickets start at $35. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, West Side Story at Covedale Center for Performing Arts — Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre — a summer theater experience for area teens — presents the classic, West Side Story. Through Aug. 7. $16 adults; $14 seniors/college students; $12 high school students. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Covedale,


Cincinnati T-Shirt Market on Fountain Square — A locally themed T-shirt mini market takes over the Square. Shirts, created by local designers

and printers, feature Cincy landmarks and inside jokes. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 30. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, Damon Wayans Jr. — Damon Wayans Jr. — aka Brad Williams in ABC’s Happy Endings and Coach in Fox’s New Girl — swings by Liberty Funny Bone for two nights of stand-up. July 29-30. $25. Liberty Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township, Girlfriend at Know Theatre — Alt Rocker Matthew Sweet takes a stab at the stage with the musical Girlfriend — also the title of his 1991 breakout album. Sweet’s music and lyrics set the tone for a high school drama featuring two teenage boys grappling with sexual identity in Nebraska. Through Aug. 27. $20. Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, Journey and The Doobie Brothers at Riverbend — Don’t stop believin’: Journey and The Doobie Brothers brings classics to Riverbend with special guest Dave Mason. 7 p.m. July 29. Tickets start at $30. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, Wing Fling at Washington Platform — Get your hands on more than 40 different flavors of wings, all available bone-in or boneless. Try them mild, medium or “stupid.” Ten different flavors of lower-in-fat- groasters are also available this year — that’s more than 250 wing varieties. Through Sept. 3. Prices vary. Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant, 1000 Elm St., Downtown,

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 04 The World’s Longest Yard Sale — Bargain hunt along a 620-mile-long route, stretching from Addison, Mich. all the way to Gadsden, Ala. Includes a big ol' set up in MainStrasse. Go online for a map and nearby dining and lodging options — if you chose to venture farther than Covington. Aug. 4-7. Free. Multiple locations,


FC Cincy vs. Charleston — Cheer on Cincinnati’s first professional soccer team as they face off against the Charleston Battery. 7 p.m. July 30. Tickets start at $5. Nippert Stadium, University of Cincinnati, 2700 Bearcat Way, Clifton, Old Post Office Flea Market — Discover antiques, collectibles, books, toys, accessories and home goods. Proceeds benefit the Warren County Historical Society. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 30. Free admission. Lebanon Conference & Banquet Center (Old Post Office), 121 S. Broadway St., Lebanon, World Piano Competition 60th-Anniversary Concert — Past CWPC medalists Angela Cheng and Daria Raboktina and Artistic Director Awadagin Pratt perform with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra during this special, onenight-only concert. 7:30 p.m. July 30. $75. Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 2624 Clifton Ave., Clifton,

Florence Freedom Halloween in July — Halloween comes a little early this year at the ball park, where kids should expect to see a few familiar characters. After Florence Freedom faces off against the Washington Wild Things, kids are invited to trick-or-treat on the concourse, run the bases and receive autographs form the team. 6:05 p.m. July 31. $10. UC Health Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, Ky.,

Reggae Sundays at The Beach — Recline poolside, dig your toes in the sand and enjoy authentic island music at The Beach every Sunday. 2-5 p.m. July 31. Free with admission. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason,


Diana Ross at Riverbend — “Stop! In the name of love”: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Diana Ross comes to Riverbend. 8 p.m. Aug. 1. Tickets start at $30. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California,


98 Degrees at PNC Pavilion — Relive the ’90s and early 2000s as Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons take the stage — give them just one night (heh). The band performs with O-Town, Dream and Ryan Cabrera as part of their MY2K Tour. 8 p.m. Aug. 2. Tickets start at $30. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California,

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 03 Stampaway USA Rubber Stamp Convention — This convention is any crafter’s dream, including

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30 in 30 at CAM — Every week, the museum hosts a 30-minute program during which guest speakers and organizations explore the themes and concepts of current exhibition 30 Americans. The exhibit revolves around racial, gender and historical identity and includes works created by influential African-American artists. 2-2:30 p.m. July 31. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park,

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friday, AUGUST 05 Delhi Skirt Game — The 39th-annual skirt game pits Delhi men of all shapes and sizes (including police and fire chiefs) against each other in a friendly softball match to raise funds for local families in need. The catch? The guys have to dress in drag. This year's theme is "'70s vs. '80s" so expect some bell-bottoms and big wigs, along with beer, brats and fireworks. 5-11 p.m. Aug. 5. Free. Delhi Township Park, 5125 Foley Road, Delhi,

four days of learning about and browsing rubber stamps. Take classes, participate in fundraisers and purchase rubber stamps, rub-on transfers and envelope templates. Aug. 3-7. $10. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, Summer Cinema: Cool Runnings — A Jamaican bobsled team surprises spectators at the winter Olympics. 9-11 p.m. Aug. 3. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, WineStation Wednesdays Happy Hour at Wine Merchant — Tastes of wines in the WineStation are half price. Choose from 16 different premium wines; new selections are available every week. 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays. Prices vary. The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road, Hyde Park, 513731-1515,

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CCO Summer Series at Burnet Woods — Hear an encore performance of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s Summermusik 2015. The Fab Five puts a classic twist on the music of The Beatles. 6 p.m. Aug. 4. Free. Burnet Woods, 3251 Brookline Ave., Clifton, Glier’s GoettaFest — Cincinnati’s world’s largest goetta gala takes over Newport on the Levee. Over the course of four days, try goetta on just about anything, from pizza to fudge. The event also features goetta-themed games and live entertainment. Aug. 4-7. Free admission. Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky.,

Raucous Presidential Campaigns at Reading Library — Xavier political science professor Mack Mariani discusses how historical presidential campaigns compare to the Trump/Clinton/Sanders showdown of today. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 4. Free. Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Reading Branch, 8740 Reading Road, Reading, 513-733-2787, Salsa on the Square — Put on your dancing shoes and head to Fountain Square, where expert instructors teach basic steps and provide tips every Thursday. Dancing is accompanied by food and salsa bands; this week, Salsazón performs with Robert & Rachel. 7-10 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 22. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,


Craft Brewer’s Volksfest — “Volk” is the German word for “people,” and that’s exactly what this fest is about: showing appreciation for the customers who support local breweries. Hosted by Listermann Brewing Company in collaboration with Cincideutsch, the fest features live music, food vendors and plenty of imbibing; participating breweries include Blank Slate, Cellar Dweller, Wiedemann, Triple Digit, Bad Tom Smith and many others. The event is both dog- and family-friendly. Aug. 5-6. Free. Listermann Brewing Company, 1621 Dana Ave., Evanston, Rookwood Pottery Factory & Artisan Tour — This walking tour begins at Findlay Market and discusses the history of the market, surrounding area, old breweries and Over-the-Rhine,

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Meteor Showers 101 — On Aug. 12 and 13, the Perseid Meteor Shower will be visible in the (hopefully cloudless) sky above the city. The Cincinati Observatory’s Dean Regas — cohost of PBS’ Star Gazers — will share tips on viewing the shower and showcase meteorites that fell from space to the Earth. Weather permitting, participants can also view the moon, Saturn and Mars through the observatory’s telescopes. Aug. 12-13. $15; $12 members. The Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout,

culminating in a stop at Rookwood Pottery. You’ll learn the history behind the Rookwood name and see craftsman at work. Tours cover eight blocks and last between 90 minutes and two hours. 12:30 p.m. Aug. 5. $20. Beings at Market Wines, Findlay Market, 128 W. Elder St., Overthe-Rhine, Friday Flow at Washington Park — Get groovin’ at Washington Park with live music and full bar service, including beer, wine, liquor and Coke products. This week, ChubbRock and MonieLove perform. 7 p.m. Aug. 5. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

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Lumenocity — Don’t miss your final chance to see this mesmerizing light show, which previously lit up Music Hall with images timed to music from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. For its final year, the show takes things indoors (a necessity because of Music Hall renovations) and revolves around the theme “re-imagine.” Aug. 5-7. $20 full view; $12 partial view. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, Paddlefest — This year’s new 8.9-mile course takes paddlers from Schmidt Field to Gilday Park in Riverside. Live music and refreshments await at the “Halfway Celebration” on the Covington shoreline. 6 a.m. Aug. 6; go online for a full schedule. $40 registration. Course begins at Schmidt Recreation Complex, 2944 Humbert Ave., California, Lebanon Blues Festival — Eight blues bands take the stage during this Bluesy bash, which also

includes a food festival, kids row, beer garden and the Run of the Mill Car Show. This year’s lineup includes Gene Jestice, The Bard Hatfield Band, Rhythm Jones, The New Charters, The Doug Hart Band, Cheryl Renee, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials and The Jay Jesse Johnson Band. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 6. Free. Downtown Lebanon, Newport Gangster Tour — Newport has a rich, dark history regarding the mob — members made millions and gamblers lost lives on the streets this tour explores. Embark inside an old casino and learn about the historic significance of Newport, as well as how the town paved the way for the modern gaming industry. 5 p.m. Aug. 6. $20. Begins at Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. Fifth St., Newport, Ky.,


Smokin’ Hot Barbecue Weekend — Findlay Market invites you to “grab a bib and your big girl panties”: their Smokin’ Hot Weekend features more than a dozen local craft beers and food from Eli’s, Velvet Smoke and more (including some vegetarian options). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 7. Free. Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, Hyde Park Farmers Market — More than 30 farmers and artisans are participating in the market’s 11th season, including Early Bird Gardens & Bakery, Donna’s Gourmet Cookies, Taste of Belgium and Probasco Farm. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30. Free. 2700 Erie Ave., Hyde Park,

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Western & Southern Open — The top-tier Masters 1000 tennis event returns to Lindner Family Tennis Center. Through Aug. 21. Tickets start at $10. Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason,

Tri-State Antique Market — Browse a wide selection of antiques at Indian’s largest antique and vintage-only market, held the first Sunday, May through October. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. $3. US 50, Lawrenceburg, Ind., queencityshows. com/tristate.


Bluegrass Jam Session at Molly Malone’s — Some of Kentucky’s best Bluegrass musicians swing by Molly Malone’s every Monday to play in front of the fireplace. Mondays also feature $2 Belleit bourbon. 8 p.m. Mondays. Prices vary. Molly Malone’s, 112 E. Fourth St., Covington, Ky., 859-491-6659, Pickleball at Springdale Community Center — This racquet sport combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis. Wear comfortable shoes; all equipment provided. 1-3 p.m. Mondays. Free. Springdale Community Center, 11999 Lawnview Ave., Springdale, 513-346-3910,

MOTRMouth Comedy — Stand-up comedians take the stage at MOTR Pub the first Monday of every month. 8 p.m. Aug. 9. Free. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine,



Chicago at the Incline Theater — Travel back in time to the Roaring ’20s, when Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her husband to take the blame — until he finds out he’s been duped. When Roxie is convicted and set to Death Row, she teams up with “Merry Murderess” Velma Kelly to vie for the headlines. Through Sept. 4. $29. Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, 801 Matson Place, Price Hill, 513-241-6650,



Wednesdays on the Green: Cincy Shakes Presents Macbeth — This week’s Wednesdays on the Green, presented by the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, includes a free performance of the classic Macbeth by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. 7 p.m. Aug. 10. Free. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Clifton,






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sunday, AUGUST 14 Second Sunday on Main — Over-the-Rhine’s eclectic street festival revolves around a different theme every month and includes live music, local craft beer, vendors and interactive activities. August’s theme is “MAINevent,” a celebration of Main Street today and its historic past. Noon-5 p.m. Aug. 14. Free. Main Street, Over-the-Rhine,


Great Inland Seafood Festival — More than 15 local restaurants and national vendors serve up the freshest seafood available. $11.95 Whole Main Live Lobsters are available again this year; although 10,000 are available, they sell out fast, usually by early Sunday afternoon. Through Aug. 14. Free admission. Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., Disney’s The Little Mermaid Presented by East Side Players — Take a jaunt under the sea during a performance of the Disney classic at Blue Ash Amphitheatre. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Through Aug. 20. $10. Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash,


Oakley After Hours — Oakley hosts a one-of-akind community event with live music, local food and beer. 6:30-10 p.m. second Fridays through September. Free. Oakley Square, Madison Road, Oakley, Stonebrook Winery Sunset Cruise — BB Riverboats partners with StoneBrook Winery for a sunset tour of the Ohio River, complete with a buffet dinner, live music and award-winning wines. Wine tastings included in ticket price. 6:30

Hoots & Hops — Local beer and bites fill the Cincinnati Nature Center during this nighttime party, plus live music, educational booths and activities. Listen for owls and other critters while hiking the center’s many trails; take a self-guided tour of the Discovery Trail while grabbing samples along the way. Participants include Braxton Brewing Company, Holtman’s Donuts, MadTree Brewing, Mazunte, Rhinegeist, Rooted Juicery and many others. Event 21 and up. 7-11 p.m. Aug. 12. $40. Cincinnati Nature Center, 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen,


Henna and Mehndi Workshop 101 — Learn the history and basics of henna tattoos, then practice your own designs. Students mix and create their own henna cone. Ages 12 and up. 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 13. $40 members; $50 non-members. Fitton Center, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton, 513863-8873, Incline District Street Fair — This monthly street fair was created to showcase Price Hill’s people, multiculturalism and treasures. The day includes vendors, food trucks and live entertainment. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 13. Free. 3001 Price Ave., Price Hill, In Singular Focus at Heritage Village Museum — Works of various mediums focus on a specific aspect or section of a subject, all of which are inspired by scenes within Heritage Village. Through Sept. 11. $3 adults; $1 children 5-11; free members and kids 4 and under.

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Cincy Blues Fest — The Cincy Blues Society showcases some of the city’s best Blues talent with live music on four stages. This year’s lineup includes Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, EG Kight, Tinsley Ellis, Walter Trout and many others. Aug. 12 and 13. $20; $35 two-day pass. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown,

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Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo & Juliet — Cincinnati Shakespeare Company takes the Bard to the people with this free summer theater series. Catch a staging of Romeo & Juliet. 7 p.m. Aug. 18. Free. Smale Riverfront Park, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown,

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Rock of Ages at The Carnegie — The Carnegie produces Rock of Ages, an ’80s tribute show with a goofy story about saving a Rock & Roll club from urban redevelopment, chock full of sing-along classics like “Sister Christian,” “We Built this City” and “The Final Countdown.” Through Aug. 28. $28. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, Ky.,


Luke Bryan with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch at Riverbend — Tickets to see megaCountry star Luke Bryan sold out so quickly that a second day was added to accommodate more fans. 7 p.m. Aug. 14. Tickets start at $56. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, Bridalrama Summer Showcase — More than 100 wedding professionals merge under one roof for a wedding and bridal-planning show of epic proportions. The event includes dozens of exhibitors and runway fashion shows. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 14. $10. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown,


$8 Lunch n’ Bowl at Axis Alley — Enjoy a free game and shoe rental with the purchase of a lunch entrée. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. $8. Axis Alley, 1 Levee Way, Newport, Ky., 859-652-7250,


Afternoon Tea at William Howard Taft Historic Site — Speaker Todd Arrington discusses James A. Garfield, 20th president of the United States. The event includes a guided tour and light refreshment in the Garden Room. 1 p.m. Aug. 16. Free; registration required. William Howard Taft National Historic Site, 2048 Auburn Ave., Mount Auburn, Strauss Troy Market — A unique shopping experience on Fountain Square that features farm-fresh produce, sweet treats and handmade items. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 30. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, Whiskey with Wolfgang — Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra presents a night at Bromwell’s consisting of works for a sextet of clarinets, bassoons and horns, including Mozart’s “Serenade No. 11” and Beethoven’s “Sextet for Winds.” A select menu of event whiskey pairings will be available. 8 p.m. Aug. 16. Prices vary. Bromwell’s Harth Lounge, 117 W. Fourth St., Downtown,


Beach Boys at Riverbend — Summer is endless thanks to this Beach Boys bash at Riverbend, featuring The Four Tops. 7 p.m. Aug. 17. Tickets start at $30. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, 513-232-6220, Summer Cinema: The Wiz — Washington Park presents The Wiz in partnership with the Cincinnati Art Museum and their current

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The City Flea — Cincinnati’s curated urban flea market takes over Washington Park. Vendors range from vintage dealers and plant studios to artisan pizza makers. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 20. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

exhibit, 30 Americans. Free movies screen every Wednesday. 9-11 p.m. Aug. 17. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, Workout on the Green — Getting fit doesn’t have to be grueling. Washington Park’s free series makes it fun to get in shape, offering free outdoor classes every Tuesday and Wednesday through Aug. 31. MYSFIT begins today’s class with dance fitness, followed by bootcamp with Fitnext, which includes sports drills, plyometrics, strength training and more. 6 p.m. Aug. 17. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


Groovin’ on the Green — Flashbang, the Ohio National Guard Rock Band, takes the stage. 7 p.m. Aug. 18. Free. Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield,


Life Wires at Pyramid Hill — Matthew Obrebski’s Life Wires is a collection of pieces showing the similarities between the human body and machines, both in form and function. Works also

Fitton Center Season Launch — Join the Fitton Center for their biggest party of the year, complete with opera, dance and dragon boats. 5 p.m. Aug. 19. Free. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton, MicroBrass and MadTree at Below Zero Lounge — Kenny McNutt, founder of MadTree brewing, leads a tasting paired with music. 8 p.m. Aug. 19. $25. Below Zero Lounge, 1120 Walnut St., Overthe-Rhine, 513-723-1182, Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion — One of the area’s largest family-focused events, the 27thannual Midwest Black Family Reunion focuses on the historic strengths and values of black families. Three days are packed with activities including a dance party, poetry, a children’s pavilion, targeted job fair and Family Feud on the lawn. Friday features keynote speaker former senator Eric Kearney, 9th District Ohio Senate. Aug. 19-21. Free. Smale Riverfront Park, 100 W. Mehring Way, Downtown,


Row by Row Dinner — Raffel’s Catering prepares chicken and produce fresh from Gorman Heritage Farm, paired with bread from Blue Oven Bakery and beer from Rivertown Brewery. Jake Speed and the Freddies performs live Folk, Bluegrass and Ragtime tunes, and a live auction includes

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Twilight Tour: Patriots and Pioneers — Find out whether or not pirates are buried in Spring Grove Cemetery during this tour revolving around patriots and pioneers. Guides will discuss the settling of Cincinnati and the Revolutionary War veterans and families buried on the grounds. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Free; online registration required. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village,

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 Germania Society Oktoberfest — The 46th-annual Germania Society Oktoberfest is packed with music, authentic foods, domestic beers, dance groups, rides, raffles and a kiddie korner. Aug. 26-28. $4 adults; free kids 12 and under. Germania Park, 3529 West Kemper Road, Fairfield,

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paintings by artists from the Evendale Cultural Arts Center. 6-10 p.m. Aug. 20. $60. Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Road, Evendale, An Afternoon with the Beer Barons at Spring Grove — MadTree, Urban Artifact and Toxic Brewing provide samples of some of their most popular beers. The event honors Cincinnati’s rich brewing history and the fact that many of the area’s most influential beer barons are buried at Spring Grove Cemetery. Heritage Foundation docents will provide motor coach tours throughout the day. Event 21 and up. 4-7 p.m. Aug. 20. $40. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village,


Burlington Antique Show — Only ten minutes south of downtown, this Burlington, Ky. show features more than 200 antique dealers selling a variety of collectibles. Serious antique hunters are encouraged to arrive as early as possible to have their pick of available items. 6 a.m.-3 p.m. $3 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; $5 early bird 6-8 a.m. Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington, Ky., Prohibition Resistance: The Lager Tour — Explore the heart of Cincinnati’s Brewery District during this one-and-a-half-hour walking tour. Learn how German immigrants built densely populated neighborhoods, perpetuating a thirst for beer, and walk past the original Christian Moerlein brewery complex. The final stop takes participants below the Jackson brewery into an underground network of lagering cellars. Noon Aug. 21. $20. Begins at

Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, OTR Performs at Washington Park — Free arts programming takes place every Sunday in the park. Lineup to be announced. 7-9 p.m. Aug. 21. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-theRhine,


Do Ho Suh: Passage at the Contemporary Arts Center — Only a few of us can travel in space like Neil Armstrong or Yuri Gagarin, but we all travel through myriad spaces in everyday life. It’s so common, we rarely even think about it. But the South Korea-born, London-based artist Do Ho Suh thinks about it very much. He approaches public and private spaces with the same sense of exploration that an astronaut devotes to the moon. Using colorful fabric, he has constructed soft, allusive versions of spaces he has known in his 53 years of living and traveling throughout the world. The show features four major fabric sculptural installations, including a stand-out (and stand-up) three-story staircase called “348 W. 22nd St.” Through Sept. 11. Free admission. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown,


Wyoming Avenue Farmers Market — Twenty vendors coalesce, offering fresh produce, local eats, goods and services. Participants include That Girl’s Flowers, Lobenstein Farm, Fireside Pizza, LLC and streetpops. 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 25. Free. 418 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming,

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Cheetah Run 5K — Run or walk a challenging, winding course throughout the zoo, beginning and ending in the Safari Camp Parking Lot. After the race, kids 12 and under can participate in a free Cheetah Cub Fun Run and receive a special prize. All proceeds benefit the zoo. 8 a.m. Aug. 28. Prices vary. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale,

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24 FC Cincy vs. Rochester — Cheer on Cincinnati’s first professional soccer team as they face off against the Rochester Rhinos. 7 p.m. Aug. 24. Tickets start at $5. Nippert Stadium, University of Cincinnati, 2700 Bearcat Way, Clifton,

Greenhills Summer Concert Series — The Greenhills American Legion Band continues their tradition of closing out the Greenhills Concert Series. 7-9 p.m. Aug. 24. Free. Greenhills Commons, 24 Farragut Road, Greenhills, greenhillssummerconcertsonthecommons. Summer Cinema: Pitch Perfect — Aca-akward! Beca (Anna Kendrick) and the Bellas fight their way to the top of college music competitions in Pitch Perfect. Free movies screen every Wednesday. 9-11 p.m. Aug. 24. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

Ten Unique Plants for Your Garden at Spring Grove — Spring Grove’s horticulture staff share the top-ten plants every homeowner should have in their garden and lead a tour featuring these plants throughout the grounds. 6-8 p.m. Aug. 25.


John Fogerty at Horseshoe Casino — Lead singer and guitarist of Rock band Creedence swings by the Horseshoe Casino for a concert in its outdoor venue. 8 p.m. Aug. 26. $45-$65. Horseshoe Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Pendleton, Taste of Blue Ash — Fill up local eats during the 31st-annual Taste of Blue Ash, plus activities and local and national musical acts. More than 120,000 people are expected to attend this year. Aug. 26-28. Free admission. Blue Ash Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash,


Great Parks’ Mystery Dinner — Find out whodunnit during a mystery dinner series filled with comedy, suspense and audience interaction. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27. $35. Mill Race Banquet Center, Mill Golf Course at Winton Woods, 1515 West Sharon Road, Greenhills, O.F.F. Market — The monthly Oakley Fancy Flea is a pop-up marketplace that brings together specialty food and beverage vendors, independent small businesses, artists and farmers, exemplifying their slogan: “Shop small. Shop local. Love your community.” 10-4 p.m Aug. 27. Free admission. 2890 Madison Road, Oakley,

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Cincy Brew Ha-Ha — Sawyer Point hosts America’s largest beer and comedy festival, featuring more than 100 beers and 50 comedians on four stages. Aug. 25-27. Free admission; $5 beer wristband. Sawyer Point Park, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown,

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31 Pub Quiz at Molly Malone’s — Weekly trivia nights at Molly Malone’s challenges teams to put their knowledge to the test. Wednesdays also feature $2 draft specials. 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. Molly Malone’s, 112 E. Fourth St., Covington, Ky., 859-491-6659,

Summer Cinema: Casablanca — Summer Cinema comes to a close with Michael Curtiz’s 1943 classic. Bring a blanket, relax and bid farewell to summer. 9-11 p.m. Aug. 31. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


CCO’s Sonic Odyssey — Four worlds merge during this unique musical journey conducted by Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra music director candidate Eckart Preu. Travel through song to the underworld, Iceland, America and Paris. 8 p.m. Sept. 1. $25; $10 children and students. The School for Creative and Performing Arts Corbett Theater, 108 W. Central Parkway, Over-the-Rhine,


SATURDAY, SEPT. 03 Ohio Renaissance Festival — Like something straight out of Game of Thrones, this popular fest features jousting tournaments (sans The Mountain), fire juggling, metal smiths, armor (that you can buy!) and food fit for a king. Every weekend features a different theme; opening weekend is Family & Friends, during which adults are two for the price of one and kids 12 and under get in free. Through Oct. 23. $21.85 adults; $9.95 kids 5-12; $19.95 seniors/military/police/fire/ EMS. 317 Brimstone Road, Wilmington, Ohio,

Hank Williams Jr. and Chris Stapleton at Riverbend — Country singer/songwriter — and son of the legendary Hank Williams — takes the stage with Chris Stapleton. Noon Aug. 27. Tickets start at $30. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, 513-232-6220, Rocky Horror at Esquire — Experience the cult classic live every Saturday at the Esquire Theatre. Costumes are encourages, as well as flashlights, noisemakers and bells, but leave the toilet paper, rice, confetti and toast at home. Mature audiences only. 11:55 p.m. Aug. 27. $9.75. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-281-8750,


Sensory Winds at CAM — The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra plays a repertoire of Latin American and French music, accompanied by saxophonist James Carter. The concert begins with a guided tour of the Cincinnati Art Museum highlighting visual elements of the performance. 4 p.m. Aug. 28. $25 adults; $10 children and students. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park,

SPCA Golf Classic — Fill up on a breakfast spread, meet some adoptable pets and play a round at Hidden Valley Golf Club. Proceeds benefit the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and pets in attendance are eligible for same-day adoption. 9:30 a.m. Aug. 29. Prices vary. Hidden Valley Golf Club, 19775 Alpine Drive, Lawrenceburg, Ind., Trivia Night on Fountain Square — Put your knowledge to the test every Monday night during trivia on the Square, with beer specials and gift-card prizes. No more than eight people per team. 7-9 p.m. Mondays through September. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,


Venti Viennese at The Sanctuary — The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra partners with Carabello Coffee to bring the city of Vienna to Cincinnati. The program includes little-known coffeehouse music as well as a world premiere remix based on Beethoven, accompanied by a beat boxer from Elementz. 8 p.m. Aug. 30. $25 adults; $10 children and students. The Sanctuary, 417 E. Sixth St., Newport, Ky., Word of Mouth Cincinnati — Performers to be announced. 7-9 p.m. June 28. Free. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine,

Indie Vol. 2016 with Cloud Cult and Motherfolk — Motherfolk, known for its high-energy live performances, takes the stage with Cloud Cult during the final installment of Fountain Square’s Indie Vol. 2016 series. 8:30 p.m. Sept. 2. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown,


Trace Adkins at Horseshoe Casino — Country music singer and actor Trace Adkins performs in the casino’s outdoor venue. 7 p.m. Sept. 3. $35-$55. Horseshoe Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Pendleton, Weekend Walkabout at Spring Grove — Learn about Spring Grove’s and Cincinnati’s Civil War connections. Forty Union Civil War generals and one Confederate general are buried on the grounds — a large number because many Civil War hospitals were located in the area. 10 a.m. Sept. 3. Free; $5 recommended donation; online registration required. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village,


Riverfest — Western & Southern hosts this annual bash for you and 500,000 of your closest friends. Food, beverages and live entertainment lead up to Rozzi’s largest and oldest fireworks display when the sun goes down. Noon Sept. 4. Free admission. Sawyer Point & Yeatman’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown,

Labor Day Picnic at Stricker's Grove — Private amusement park Stricker’s Grove opens its doors for a Labor Day celebration, during which guests have access to rides, roller coasters and more. Noon-8 p.m. Sept. 5. $12.50. Stricker’s Grove, 11490 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton,


The Legend of Georgia McBride at Ensemble Theatre — Casey is young, broke and recently fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator — and he and his wife are expecting a baby. The bar in which he used to work replaces his act with a B-level drag show, and Casey sets out to relearn what he knows about showbiz and himself. Matthew Lopez’s show, filled with comedy and song, kicks off the Ensemble Theatre’s 2016-17 season. Through Sept. 25. $44 adults; discounts for children and students. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine,


A Prayer for Owen Meany at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park — Adapted from John Irving’s 1989 novel, this show explores a story of friendship, destiny, miracles and faith. Set in 1960s America, the play revolves around the relationship between Owen and John, who are linked by a childhood tragedy. The aftermath of the accident causes John to question his beliefs, while Owen is convinced he is an instrument of God. Through Oct. 1. Ticket prices to be determined. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, 513-4213888,


Dressing Downton Afternoon Tea — Complement your visit to Dressing Downton with a unique and elegant afternoon tea. Enjoy seasonal savories, sweets, and classic tea favorites just like the Crawleys would have at Downton Abbey. Afternoon tea will follow an exhibition viewing and will last approximately one hour. 1:30 or 2 p.m. viewing time followed by tea. $45 members; $20 children members; $65 non-members (includes exhibition admission and afternoon tea); $35 children non-members. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown, Emanual Ax Plays Beethoven’s “Emperor” — The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra kicks off its season alongside pianist Emanuel Ax. The program includes Emperor (Piano Concert No. 5) and Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5.” This is the first CSO performance to be presented at the Taft Theatre. Sept. 8 and 10. Ticket price to be determined. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown,

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Craft Beer Series & Music @ The Market — Every weekend, Findlay Market invited representatives of a different brewery to share their stories in the biergarten and serve two of their business’ seasonal beers. This week’s guest is Christian Moerlein. The series is accompanied by live music and a weekly selection of Christian Moerlein beers on tap. Sept. 2-4. Free admission. Findlay Market Biergarten, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine,


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Origin Moment, curated by Matijcio. Anderson is a Louisville-born African-American artist and a professor at the University of Cincinnati presently working in New York City, who explores black-male identity via work in textiles from old rugs and digitally produced tapestries. He has a piece in the current Unraveled group show at CAC.

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Ugo Rondinone’s CHROMAphile occurs May 5 to Aug. 27, 2017 and will be curated by Platow. The most curious portion of this show highlighting Rondinone’s color work is liable to be the clowns. “They’re going to be the stars of the show,” Matijcio says. “We’re still confirming the number — there could be 20 to 35. These will be life-size sculptures cast from people and then clothed in this very colorful garb, but they’re melancholic and sort of resting and sleeping and laying in the space.” Jane Benson’s HALF-TRUTHS runs July 4 to Oct. 20, 2017. This British-born, New York-based artist uses dual-channel video and music to tell the story of two Iraqi brothers who escaped Baghdad in 2002. Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s The Predecessors exhibit will show how the artist, who left Nigeria for the U.S. as a teen, subsequently chose painting as a medium to tell about her homeland. She fuses painting, drawing, collage and the use of transfers in her work. Her show, organized by CAC’s Matijcio and Ian Berry of Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, occurs July 14 to Oct. 20. 2017. Drew Klein, performance curator, plans to have his full schedule set soon. He announced three upcoming performances last week. CONTACT STEVEN ROSEN:

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When the Contemporary Arts Center announced its 2016-17 exhibition schedule last week, I noticed there wasn’t a celebrity name among the artists. In recent years, the CAC has centered its seasons on big shows by artists whose renown extends beyond the traditional Contemporary world of museums, galleries and art fairs. A similar show wasn’t among those announced last week for the upcoming season. But there may have been a good reason. Reports are swirling that the CAC is planning an exhibition by Swoon, perhaps the best known of female street artists, for the 2017-18 season. The talk began back in January, when CAC tweeted a photo of her touring the museum with curator Steven Matijcio and director Raphaela Platow. As to what’s coming up before that? “For this season, I wanted to celebrate practices that are potentially unknown in Cincinnati but are making a lot of waves in the art world,” Matijcio says. The first show features one of Britain’s greatest living painters, Glenn Brown. A meticulous artist whose imagery has been influenced by both art history and contemporary science fiction, Brown had a retrospective in 2009 at Tate Liverpool, but has also been controversial for his use of appropriation. “We wanted to celebrate painting,” Matijcio says. “I think because it’s been the preeminent medium of the past, sometimes it gets secondary status in today’s art world. Glenn Brown makes very few works per year because he spends so much time on them. If an Old Master were living today, he would be that person.” The Brown show is his first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. It opens the upcoming season on Sept. 9 and will be on display through Jan. 15, 2017. Following that comes the lead exhibition for this year’s FotoFocus photography biennial, Roe Ethridge’s Nearest Neighbor. Occurring Oct. 7 to March 12, it is curated by Kevin Moore, FotoFocus’ artistic director. Overlapping with that will be The I-71 Project during October and November, the height of the election season. Organized by the CAC, MOCA Cleveland and Columbus Museum of Art and curated by Anne Thompson, this involves using billboards as art sites and will repeat a similar project that Thompson organized along I-70. This time, the work will in some way refer to or comment on the election process. “With Ohio being this battleground ground state, she (Thompson) thought there would be relevance and resonance if we could make a visible public statement,” Matijcio says. “But not one that’s going to be partisan; it’s more about the culture around the election system.” The first show of 2017, on display from Feb. 10 to June 18, is Noel Anderson’s Blak

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With all the reboots, remakes and sequels, that Manny is a quite useful fellow, possibly is there an original movie idea left? even able to help him get off the deserted I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t it a island and back to life as he knows it. bit late for a summer movie preview? At Captain Fantastic (R) • July 8 this point you’ve already missed out on With a title like Captain Fantastic, this new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film from Matt Ross, an actor transitioning (March 25), Captain America: Civil War into writing and directing, sure sounds super. (May 6), the wacky twin bills of The Angry And with Viggo Mortensen starring as Ben, a Birds Movie and Neighbors 2: Sorority father raising his six children in isolation in Rising (May 20) and then Alice Through the forests of the Pacific Northwest under an the Looking Glass and X-Men: Apocalypse extremely rigorous physical and intellectual a week later, so why wander into the sumprogram — who must bring his brood in mer box office party so late? In truth, the comic book craze seems to disregard prescribed seasonal limitations, with titles scattered throughout the year, all seemingly able to plant tentpoles whenever and wherever they like. Look at what Deadpool did with its February release date. Those are summer numbers, redefining Valentine’s Day as the start of the summer fun. The real challenge is to find counter-seasonal/ cultural programming that won’t necessarily be part of Royalty Hightower stars as Toni in The Fits. some media blitzkrieg with P H O T O : Pa u l Y e e its protagonists spliced into sports teasers on network and cable channels or shilled via some inane from the wild and face the challenges of the flurry of appearances of drone-like stars on civilized world — the title certainly signals a late-night television. What I’m offering here heroic exploration into what it means to be a is a collection of movies that might actually good parent and provider. transport us away from the social media and computer-generated heat that is focused on Lights Out (PG-13) • July 22 global box office domination. Before entering theaters for this summer’s chilling new nightmare, enquiring minds The Fits (Not Yet Rated) • June 3 might want to sample the three-minute What better way to kick off the summer short of the same name from David F. Sandthan with some indie Cincy love from coberg, about a woman haunted by a figure writer/director Anna Rose Holmer? Young that only appears just as she turns the lights Toni (Royalty Hightower) works hard to fit off. The full-length feature adds familiar into her new dance team in the West End, faces — Teresa Palmer, Maria Bello and doing whatever it takes to live and breathe Billy Burke — but fortunately the basic as part of the collective whole, but quespremise remains the same. tions arise when the team succumbs to mysterious fainting spells. The film, which The Space Between Us (PG-13) • Aug. 19 played this year’s Sundance Film Festival, The potential exists for science fiction to marks the narrative debut of Holmer, who delve into the most intimate spaces in The was included in Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 Space Between Us, as Gardner Elliot (Asa New Faces of Independent Film” last year. Butterfield), who has been raised by scienSwiss Army Man (R) • June 24 The new film from Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert just might make us forget about the undead for a moment, so we can focus on the plight of Hank (Paul Dano, perhaps my favorite under-the-radar star — yes, I said star), a nearly hopeless man stranded on an island, ready to kill himself, until he notices a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) on the beach. Hank foregoes suicide, names the body Manny and along the way discovers

tists on Mars, returns to Earth on a mission to track down his father. In typical comingof-age fashion, Gardner hooks up with a young woman (Britt Robertson) along the way, but I’m reserving some kernel of hope that the space between this film, from Peter Chelsom (Hector and the Search for Happiness) and the usual young-adult fiction fodder is as wide as the known world. CONTACT TT STERN-ENZI: letters@


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He was The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. The Godfather of Soul. Mr. Dynamite and a dozen other monikers. James Brown was many things to many people. And when he died, his estate was estimated at more than $100 million, all of which Brown left for poor schoolchildren around America. More than eight years after his death, not a penny has gone to a single poor child. And while his body lies in a gilded coffin in his daughter’s front yard, the story of this iconic African-American entertainer lies with it, enshrouded in myth, legend and fiction. National Book Award winner James McBride’s illuminating bio attempts to seek the man behind the myth, while also reflecting how his life helped to charge the fight for civil rights in America. McBride travels many dusty roads throughout the South to dissect this legend and seek out from where this complicated icon emerged. His interviews with those closest to Brown reveal neverbefore-known stories of his ascendance to the throne. McBride cuts away with the sharpest of knives the fallacies that have only served to obscure Brown’s place in American musical and cultural history. McBride is a master wordsmith, and this biography sings as it informs and entertains. It portrays Brown as a stubborn, controlling perfectionist in the studio and onstage, but also as a distrustful man who hid his millions in secret rooms and buried money in the ground. McBride shows Brown as a shape-shifting genius whose influence is still not fully realized. Compelling, hilarious and fascinating, McBride’s bio would surely make Soul Brother No. 1 shout, “I feel good.” Grade: A

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In a dark and brutal novel that is not for the weak of stomach, Ian McGuire follows the ill-fated journey of the Volunteer, a whaling ship bound for hunting in the icy waters of the Arctic Circle. It’s a dark ride, a combination of Jack London, Joseph Conrad and Cormac McCarthy, and there is not one sentence that shies away from vivid descriptions of flesh, blood and every other bodily fluid. McGuire’s protagonist and hero in The North Water is an Irish surgeon, Patrick Sumner, who is a survivor of a particularly horrific combat experience early in his medical career, in which the opium-addicted surgeon thinks he has seen the absolute worst of human savagery. Little does he know how depraved men can be. The novel’s anti-hero is the brutish Henry Drax. Once at sea, Drax is evil incarnate, and when a teenage cabin boy is sodomized and choked to death, Drax becomes the chief suspect. The death of the youngster begins a series of calamities aboard the Volunteer, including a vicious encounter with a polar bear, a collision with an iceberg and assorted other chaos. McGuire writes with a matter-of-fact style that perfectly fits the events that unfold. The author is most as ease describing the increasing doom. You feel the sting and ache of frostbite, the hours of desolate loneliness and tedium contrasted by outbreaks of horrible violence. McGuire forces us to consider what leads men to seek such exile and fortune against such terrible odds. What is it, he asks us to ponder, that these men are fleeing and, ultimately, what is it they are bound to discover? Grade: A

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Zack Synder’s dark and brooding interIntriguingly, decades of graphic storylines pretation of the quintessential showdown captured evolution of the debates between in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice peace-minded Professor Charles Xavier honed in on our intrinsic fascination with and the more militant master of magnetism the face off. Batman (the newly cowled Ben Erik Lehnsherr, which ultimately led to the Affleck) is a man — a mortal with an iron escalating militancy of Xavier’s star pupil will and the means to develop and produce Scott Summers, in a world where mutants tools and weapons of mass destruction — truly were feared. The movies, which initially while Superman (Henry Cavill), the alien did not seek to establish the narrative from Krypton, has, thanks to our yellow foundation from the texts, have struggled to sun, the power of a god. build and maintain this compelling theme. A The angst-ridden clash of the DC kernel of it exists in nearly every installment, cinematic titans gave way to a more grounded but no less impactful civil war on the Marvel Comics side of the scale, with tensions rising to a fevered pitch between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) over an escalating series of events that, despite their improbable superpowered roots, real world implications. The seeds of concern had been sown to varying levels throughout the entire canon of movies preceding the Michael Fassbender as Magneto release of Captain America: P H O T O : C o u r t e s y O F T w e n t i e th C e n t u r y F o x Civil War. Everybody loves heroes (the bigger and more but often it gets lost in the action set pieces dynamic the better), but these beings tend to leave massive destruction in their wake and the jumbled mishmash of plotlines. while spawning equal and opposite counterAnd now, in the latest X-Men entry, we get parts. How should these heroes be deployed the global shenanigans of their all-powerful and who needs to be responsible for making antagonist Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) who those decisions drove a push for oversight, simply wants to make a better world without while some among the heroes questioned caring much for either mutants or humanity. whether the unspoken agendas of others Magneto (Michael Fassbender) still should trump the rights and responsibilities anchors the dispute as a Jewish mutant, a of civic-minded individuals. survivor of a concentration camp with such I must admit to enjoying how over the guilt over the past. And his present isn’t years Marvel, initially during its comics much better. Having given up magnetic and now in certain cinematic titles, has grandstanding for the quiet life, humans embraced social and political elements. once again take everything he has built From a critical standpoint, Marvel underfrom him, leading to Magneto hooking up stood and appreciated how its universe could with the would-be mutant god. be used as a tool for reflection. It tapped The thing about Apocalypse is that he’s MacArthur Genius Grant and National Book not interested in the mutant agenda. He’s Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates to make the merely a Bondian villain with the power to case for a reimagining of the Black Panther, effect real change. He wants to destroy and one that hones in on the modern complexirebuild, which he says constantly, as if the ties of politics, history and race relations. more he lays the plan out, the more clear it In collaboration with Disney, Marvel’s cinwill become, but he’s all general and generic ematic universe has more broadly adjusted bluster with no specifics. and adapted the context of its popular Civil What the cinematic superhero world War arc, but it doesn’t own a monopoly on needs is to turn away from these gods versus such socially and/or culturally minded fare. human tropes. Gods used to be personifica20th Century Fox, largely under the direction tions of our fears, but the things that truly of Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects), has frighten us stem decidedly from within. The sought to frame the mutant argument in their big bads of the world are humans, granted X-Men franchise as analogous to the Martin very evil humans, but human all the same. Luther King/Malcolm X schism within the CONTACT TT STERN-ENZI: letters@ Civil Rights Movement.

IN THEATERS ME BEFORE YOU – Jojo Moyes finds herself in the enviable position of being able to pen the screenplay of her own novel with Thea Sharrock, a newbie feature filmmaker, at the helm. Me Before You dips its toes into Nicholas Sparks waters, charting the budding relationship between Lou Clark (Emilia Clarke), an aimless young woman who takes a job caring for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a recently paralyzed man caught in the grips of depression. Without a doubt, their lives will change as a result of their time together, leaving us to hope that there is a jolt of electricity in the pairing to light up this sentimental journey. (Opens Friday) – tt stern-enzi (PG-13) Not screened in time for review POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING – In his best moments, Andy Samberg wields his boyish charm deftly, sometimes bludgeoning us with goofiness, while at other times nicking us with a thousand little smart and biting cuts. Generally, though, he wanders through broad scenarios wide-eyed, like a lost pet, eagerly needing to get our attention. It is this vibe that seems to dominate his performance as Conner4Real, an oblivious former boy band member gone solo. While this should lend directing duo Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone’s Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping some spoofy cred, without a healthy dose of pointed snark from Samberg, the movie could collapse under the weight of its all-tooobvious premise. (Opens wide Friday) – tts (R) Not screened in time for review TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS – How can you pack in so many curiously questionable pop culture figures into a franchise based on nothing more than beloved (?) 1980’s nostalgia? Megan Fox rebounds from “The Transformers” to more of the same here, while Tyler Perry leaves Madea trapped in the closet long enough to make an appearance that teases more ongoing work for him, once the Turtles emerge from the shadows. Will everybody love Brad Garrett as the voice of Krang or Tony Shalhoub as the voice of the monkish Splinter? (Opens wide Friday) – tts (PG-13) Not screened in time for review

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Robert Kirkman was already successthe throne from their uncle; Arya hatches a plan; the North continues to remember. ful in his own right before AMC adapted for TV his popular comic book series The Feed the Beast (Series Premiere, 10 p.m., Walking Dead. Now that Dead is such an AMC) – This new drama based off the Danundeniable hit on screen and page, another ish series Bankerot stars David Schwimmer Kirkman work gets the TV treatment. And (whatup Ross comeback) and Jim Sturgess while both works are designed to scare the as two buddies who fulfill their lifelong bejesus out of audiences, Outcast (Series dream of opening a restaurant together. But Premiere, 10 p.m. Friday, Cinemax) is more one of the guys has more on the line as he of a supernatural horror. finds himself caught up with the law and in Based on the namesake comic book debt to the mob. The series’ second episode series by Kirkman and Paul Azaceta, airs at its regular time at 10 p.m. Tuesday. Outcast follows Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit of Almost Famous, Gone Girl), a man who grew up with a mother possessed by evil spirits. Now an adult with an estranged wife and daughter, Kyle sets out for answers. When a young boy from his hometown begins to show signs of possession similar to Kyle’s mother, the troubled Reverend Anderson (British actor Philip Glenister) reaches out to Kyle, and he returns to investigate. Kyle and the pastor embark on a Patrick Fugit as Kyle Barnes in Outcast journey to learn the meaning P H O T O : Ta n n e r S t r a n s k y/ C i n e m a x behind their town’s experience with supernatural Silicon Valley (10 p.m., HBO) – Pied manifestations and Kyle’s role in it all. Piper’s beta version garners surprising attention; Erlich weighs a big choice; Dinesh grows concerned over his squad MasterChef (Season 11 Premiere, Fox) – status; Monica contemplates how to give Gordon and Christina welcome 40 home criticism; Gavin pushes the Nucleus team. chefs into the MC kitchen to compete for the MasterChef title, a cookbook deal and $250,000. UnReal (Season 2 Premiere, 10 p.m., Lifetime) – This satire of The Bachelor manages to do in two seasons what the Inside Amy Schumer (10 p.m., Comedy original hasn’t accomplished in 20 — put a Central) – Amy stars in a commercial, person of color at the center of the action. shows up in a sitcom and experiences a When Quinn promotes Rachel to Everlastdifficult labor. ing producer, she looks to make history by casting the first black suitor. Meanwhile, Chet tries to regain control of the show. Vice Guide to Film (9:30 p.m., VICEScream ( 11 p.m., MTV) – Maggie reveals LAND) – This tribute to horror master a secret from Emma’s past; Noah follows John Carpenter features interviews with a creepy lead for his podcast; a newbie is Eli Roth and Rob Zombie, followed by his welcomed to town. cult horror film The Thing at 10 p.m.

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Carriage House Farm’s now-annual al fresco dinner series features multi-course meals, local chefs and fresh produce BY ILENE ROSS

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Carriage House’s on-farm dinner series allows guests to enjoy chef-prepared meals outside. alone we will have no less than 16 different chefs, and we are very proud to say that they are the movers and shakers of the region’s culinary and food scene.” For chefs, it’s a dream gig. It’s a chance to get out of the comfort zone of their kitchens and cook everything over an open fire, with access to farm produce and foraged food they might not otherwise have access to. Plus it’s a chance to work with chefs they probably only see on their days off. “Personally, it’s a reconnection with both our products and our guests,” says chef Dana Adkins of Stone Creek Dining Company, who is pairing up with chef Jason Louda of Meatball Kitchen for three dinners on the farm this season. “From mild foraging to ingredient-planning and the themed dinners, the level of connection to the experience has been paramount for me. We also get to do things we may or may not do in our restaurants, because guests coming out to the farm for such an experience come open to something they haven’t seen yet or put together before. Jason and I use it to push ourselves and the guests.” In addition to the outdoor space, Stewart recently built a barn on the farm, which will serve as another spot for dinners as

well as a commissary for both locations. He’s currently working on sketches for a new outdoor grill and oven area, which will include a space for a whole-animal roast. “We envision two nights, where one night is a continuation of the existing dinner series partnered with a specific chef who uses the location as a seasonal annex to their existing business,” Stewart says. “The second night would be a very casual evening of pizzas and tapas, where the community comes by and hangs out on the farm, where the dinners are not booked and everyone sort of just knows to swing over to Carriage House Farm and enjoy the view of the sun setting across grapevines and fruit trees, where guests hang out with farmers and their families.” The on-farm dinner at Carriage House is in full swing. These are the dinners that are still on the schedule this season: June 11: Chef Ryan Santos, Please June 12: Chef Julie Francis, Nectar Restaurant June 26: Chef Ryan Santos, Please July 10: Chefs Dana Adkins, Stone Creek

Dining Company, and Jason Louda, Meatball Kitchen July 24: Chef Stephen Williams, Bouquet Restaurant & Wine Bar Aug. 28: The Haymaker Social: A 75-Mile Dinner Sept. 10: Chef Derek dos Anjos, The Anchor-OTR Oct. 1: Chef Jared Bennett, Metropole Oct. 9: Chefs Dana Adkins, Stone Creek Dining Company, and Jason Louda, Meatball Kitchen Oct. 16: Chef Jackson Rouse, The Rookwood Oct. 30: Chef Stephen Williams, Bouquet Restaurant & Wine Bar Nov. 6: Chef Mike Florea, Maribelle’s eat + drink CARRIAGE HOUSE FARM is located at 10251 Miamiview Road in Miami Township. Learn more about the ON-FARM DINNER SERIES at

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hat began in 2012 as a one-off, onfarm event at Carriage House Farm in Miami Township with Please chef Ryan Santos has quickly blossomed into a three-season-long series of farmto-table dining experiences featuring the region’s best-known chefs. These intimate multi-course meals — only 13 guests are “invited” to each dinner — are the culmination of a conversation Richard Stewart had with another farmer a decade ago. “I was bouncing ideas off a farmer in Vermont who owned a place called Half Pint Farm,” says Stewart, who is Carriage House’s farm manager. “We were talking crops and management, and he had mentioned that he had just done a dinner where 40 or 50 people came and sat at a long table with a white tablecloth and had dinner. Turns out this was one of the first years (open-air feast) Outstanding in the Field was touring the country and they were a host farm. I wanted that in some way.” Stewart began constructing a small outdoor kitchen site with a wood-fired oven on his family’s Ohio Century Farm (a farm recognized as being continuously owned by a single family for 100 years or more). It was during this time that he met Santos. “Together we did the first on-farm dinner on a very chilly day in November 2012,” Stewart says. “It was a wonderful experience, and all the guests left having thoroughly enjoyed themselves.” The following year, Santos cooked up two dozen or so dinners spanning May to November. But in 2014, Santos reduced the number as he started preparing to open his own brick-and-mortar restaurant in Overthe-Rhine (Please will be open on Clay Street later this year). Last year, Stewart took over booking the dinners, organizing dates and becoming responsible for centerpieces, dishes, silverware, napkins and the like. He wanted each of the experiences to be different and to focus specifically on the seasonality of the ingredients and the style of each guest chef. This year’s schedule features 18 chefdriven dinners and themes like Spring Wild Forage, Women in the Farming and Culinary World, and the Snout to Tale Haymaker Social. Stewart chooses the chefs based on their relationship to his farm. “The chefs that present on the farm are, with rare exception, customers of the farm,” he says. “In a sense, it is a form of labeling them as chefs who source local, they cook local, and they come to the local farm. It makes a small yet diverse audience aware of the farm’s location as well. “This year

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The Craft Bier of Bavarian Kings

Come enjoy many of the traditions from Germany that have made Hofbräuhaus famous. From the traditionally decorated rooms to the bier that is brewed on-site using the same recipes since 1589 and of course the excellent German fare.

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If you have a sweet tooth, you’re probbusiness, such as cost control. ably familiar with how quickly dessert Jacobsen and his employees arrive to items tend to trend. In fact, in 2014, online work at 5 a.m. to begin baking. Though this magazine Slate completed a study in which may be a bit early for most people, Jacobsen writers searched the Nexis information enjoys it because he finds baking therapeudatabase to find how many times different tic, he says. There’s no cutting corners — foods had been named “the next cupcake.” Gaslight Gourmet Cookies hand-makes all The most popular items claiming the title cookies and other goodies with real butter were macarons, donuts and pies — all of and Madagascar vanilla. The food also which have restaurants around the Queen contains no preservatives, and customers City dedicated exclusively to them. can enjoy fresh tea and Seven Hills Coffee If we were going to name anytime during the day. “the next cupcake” based on the newest neighborhood sweet spot baking up a certain specialty item, then the new cupcake(s) would be cookies and macaroons. Because Gaslight Gourmet Cookies, which serves fresh cookies, macaroons, coffee and tea from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, has appeared on our dessert radar. Not to be confused with the colorful merengue-filled French confections, macaroons are small, round cakes Gaslight Gourmet Cookies specializes in fresh-baked sweets. made from ground almonds PHOTO : Jes se fox and coconut. Gaslight Gourmet offers gluten-free macaroons, with or without a dark “It’s really satisfying and rewarding, espechocolate coating on the bottom ($2 each). Along with the bakery’s many cookie cially when customers bring their friends in,” varieties, the macaroons are made using a Jacobsen says. “You really feel like you’re recipe perfected by owner and baker Tom doing things right when people bring their Jacobsen. Jacobsen says it’s the macaroon friends in after lunch and tell them what recipe many claim they’ve been searching they’re going to have.” for after trying one for the first time. He While Jacobsen is a resident of Finneysays “the best advertisement is a free samtown, he has always loved Clifton’s Gaslight ple” and one customer bought a half-dozen District for its welcoming residents and of Jacobsen’s macaroons within seconds of business owners. He’s happy to be a part tasting a free sample. of it after waiting about five years for the Coconut lovers can also get toasted cocoperfect spot to open his business. nut cookies. It’s one of the 12 cookie flavors “After having to wait for the construction the bakery offers, along with kona coffee, to get done for so long, to finally bake in the macadamia peanut butter, white chocolate store for the first time was a good sense cherry, dark cherry cordial and cinnamon. of accomplishment, relief and excitement,” Also on the menu are sugar-coated malahe says. sadas, which are Portuguese donuts either Friend Sylvia Rombis, president of the plain or filled with cream, raspberry or cusMalton Art Gallery in Rookwood, designed tard, plus sugar cookies dipped in seasonally the store’s walk-up window, which stays colored sprinkles and traditional cookie flaopen two hours after the inside store closes vors (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin) for the (until 8 p.m.). The amenity was added non-adventurous. Jacobsen developed the because many residents walk or ride their offerings based on the reactions of people he bikes around the neighborhood. Customers gave the cookies to as gifts. can even get free dog treats from the window, Although Jacobsen graduated from the provided by neighboring Petey’s Pet Shop. Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati In addition to tasting good, Jacobsen’s State four years ago, he has been baking for cookies do good — leftovers are donated to more than 20 years. He worked for a private the Ronald McDonald house and other local contracting business and in the kitchen at causes or given to friends. LaRosa’s before opening his own busiGASLIGHT GOURMET COOKIES is located at 272 ness. Returning to school helped Jacobsen Ludlow Ave. More info: 513-873-7777. fine-tune some skills he needed to open the

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Taste the World Food Tour — Learn about the history of Ohio’s oldest public market, sample small bites from five specialty merchants, discover hidden gems and more. 11 a.m. Wednesdays; 3 p.m. Saturdays. $20; $5 optional add on for a beer/ wine tasting. Leaves from Daisy Mae’s Market, Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine,


Taste of Duveneck — The 26th-annual Taste of Duveneck features wine, beer and food, with proceeds benefitting the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Family First Saturday program. $80; $55 under 40. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, Family Ice Cream Social — Get ready for Shavuot at the J. Enjoy fun outdoor games, a bounce house, giant slide, petting zoo, pizza dinner and kosher ice cream. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Amberley Village,

Fatherhood Celebration Luncheon — This luncheon honors outstanding fathers in the community, including graduates from the Fatherhood Project. Fathers of the Year honorees include Ken Griffey, Sr., Buddy LaRosa and Brad Wallis. Benefits the Talbert House’s Fatherhood Project. Noon1:30 p.m. $75. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 151 W. Fifth St., Downtown, Salads that Make a Meal — Find a collection of recipes for main-course salads, perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. Use leftover protein from the weekend to craft a complete meal-in-a-bowl. 6:30-9 p.m. $62. Cooks’Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Harper’s Point,


Over-the-Rhine Tour — A casual guided tour of OTR eateries. Learn about the history of the neighborhood, sample bites at four or more local restaurants and pass by historic sites. Options to purchase drinks along the way. Limited space; reservations required. 11 a.m. Wednesdays and 2 p.m. select Fridays. $45. Leaves from Daisy Mae’s Market, Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-theRhine,


OTR Sweet Stroll — A casual guided tour of OTR bakeries, pastry shops and cafes. Ages 12 and older welcome. Lasts about 2.5 hours. Reservations required. 10 a.m Saturday. $45. Leaves from Daisy Mae’s Market, Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-theRhine, Kids Making Breakfast — CityBeat dining writer Ilene Ross leads this class that teaches kids how to make a breakfast. Independence in the kitchen bolsters selfesteem, and means you get to eat blueberry waffles you didn’t have to make. 1-3 p.m. $38. Cooks’Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Harper’s Point, Beach Bash Craft Beer Festival — The Beach Waterpark turns into a craft beerdrinkers’ dream with live music, games and more than 80 different beers from more than 15 different breweries. 2-9 p.m. $39.99. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason,


Taste of Newport — Ever wondered what Newport tastes like? Find out. The fourthannual Taste of Newport street festival features food samples from area business so you can snack your way through sidewalk sales, live music and more. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Monmouth between Sixth and Ninth streets, Newport, Ky.,

L’Chaim: Israeli Wine Tasting and BBQ — A barbecue menu of shish kebab, Mediterranean salad, hummus, desserts and more is accompanied by six to eight Israeli wines. Features activities, games and prizes throughout the night. 4-7 p.m. Free. Adath Israel Congregation, 3201 E. Galbraith Road, Amberley Village, German Day Celebration — An all-day fest at the Hofbrauhaus featuring live German music, dancing and singing. Also includes a keg-tapping at 5 p.m., and raffle prizes drawn throughout the day. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free admission. Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St., Newport, Ky.,

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Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner — Prepare a multi-course meal, with spice-rubbed chicken thighs with cucumber-lime salsa as a main dish. 6-8 p.m. $70. The Learning Kitchen, 7659 Cox Lane, West Chester,

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Valley Vineyards Wine and Beer Festival — Head to Valley Vineyards estate and winery for a craft beer and wine festival. Sample dishes prepared by local restaurants, listen to local musicians, take guided cellar tours, hop in a hot air balloon and learn more about Valley Vineyards wine and Cellar Dweller beers in the education tent. 5-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. $5 parking. Valley Vineyards Estate, 2276 E. U.S. 22 and 3, Morrow,

Friday Night Grillouts — Dine on a covered patio by the lake or in the air-conditioned Chart Room, with items a la carte. Live music by Katie Pritchard. 5-8 p.m. Prices vary. Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland, greatparks. org.


Making Mayhem

Diarrhea Planet makes a grand statement with its explosive third album, Turn to Gold BY BRIAN BAKER

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t’s conceivable that Diarrhea Planet’s name inspires the same offbeat justification as Smucker’s jams and preserves — “With a name like Diarrhea Planet, it has to be good.” More to the point, guitarist Evan Bird offers the perspective that his band’s sobriquet — which began humorously but ended up, shall we say, sticking to the rim — has also been an exercise in character-building. “It started as a joke, but fast forward to now and it’s harder to change the name of an LLC than any of us imagined,” Bird says from his Nashville home. “The band was started to prove to ourselves that you don’t need to take your band as seriously as you think. The school we met at was really big about pushing out John Mayers and Coldplays and Needtobreathes; I’ve got all three on my iPod, but I don’t know if I could be in one of those bands. This band was kind of a response — to know that I could play, have fun and spend time with my buddies and not have this music-business elephant in the room. Having the name is a blessing and a curse. Professionally, maybe it’s slowed us down a little, but Jordan (Smith, guitarist/vocalist) has said, ‘It’s nice to know that we weren’t handed anything.’ We had to work and put in the time. There’s something rewarding about being able to look at what silliness you’ve made that’s turned into your career.” For evidence of just how far the fourguitar attack has taken Diarrhea Planet, Exhibit A would have to be the band’s imminent third album, Turn to Gold, slated for release on June 10. A potent blend of Queen-via-The-Darkness Glam riffage, the Dictators’ bulldozing anthemics and a Ramonesian Punk swagger, Diarrhea Planet has effectively captured its live mayhem in a studio setting. “One of the strengths we have as a group is that everybody’s music background is different,” Bird says. “We all agree on Classic Rock and Pop, and classic Country has been rearing its head in peoples’ solos. We’ve been joking about putting out a Country EP as a ‘Gotcha, suckers.’ We’ve always talked about DP being like a Pop song played through a Heavy Metal filter, and it winds up in multiple places in between.” After their 2009 formation, Diarrhea Planet gained a healthy Cincinnati following based largely on the presence of former Pinstripes drummer Casey Weissbuch. Weissbuch had already vacated the ‘Stripes drum chair when he met up with his fellow Planeteers, serving as the band’s hammer for five years before his departure in 2014;

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he’s relocated to New York City and is recording under the name Slanted. “We had decided we were going to take some time off, and that was about the same time we decided to part ways (with Weissbuch),” Bird says. “It was just about moving in separate directions. He’s an incredible drummer, singer and guitar player, and he’s got an incredible thing going with his band now. There was no bad blood. I think everybody’s skills were better served.” After hiring new drummer Ian Bush, the reconstituted Diarrhea Planet — Bird, Smith, guitarists/vocalists Brent Toler and Emmett Miller and bassist Mike Boyle — began working on the material that would comprise Turn to Gold. The band had never taken time off the road in order to write, logging 200-plus shows in each of the two previous years, and the idea of woodshedding seemed foreign. But based on Turn to Gold, it was the right idea at the right time. “We didn’t necessarily run out of steam, but we reached a point where we very consciously allowed a little time to focus and write this new record,” Bird says. “This is the first time we’ve spent a serious amount of time to purposefully try to write an album, versus the last two fulllengths, where it was like, ‘Here are these songs we have that work as an album, but that wasn’t the intention when they were written.’ That’s not a slight on those records, but this time we wanted to make sure the songs felt like they were written with the same intention and flowed together really nicely.” Diarrhea Planet’s new writing process was further complemented when the musicians took their material to Nashville’s Sputnik Sound and worked with co-owner Vance Powell and engineer Mike Fahey. Powell’s veteran ears and instincts were the elements that pushed Turn to Gold to the next incredible level. “We pulled a CCR — we locked ourselves away in our rehearsal space for months and got really comfortable with certain arrangements and playing the song in a certain way, and that’s a slippery slope for some bands,” Bird says. “But working with Vance and Mike, it was so seamless. Vance has been doing this forever, and he’s the best in the business. It was nuts how little we could say or how complex our metaphors were for guitar sounds and he would immediately know what to do. There were times he would chime in with, ‘Hey, try it like this.’ Then he would say, ‘Yeah, play the song.’ It was cool to do both and have that level of trust; there are a couple of kooky

For its latest album, Diarrhea Planet took time off from the road to write for the first time. overdubbed instrumental spots and ideas we could never have thought of or executed without Vance intervening. But for the most part, what you hear is what we had.” During recent press rounds for Turn to Gold, Bird made the comment that the new album could be construed as Diarrhea Planet’s Back in Black, and he’s not wrong. The problem, in his mind, is the rather monolithic legacy of the referenced AC/ DC album, the Hard Rock legends’ first with new vocalist Brian Johnson, after the death of singer Bon Scott. “As soon as I said that in the interview, everyone looked at me like, ‘What? Really?’ I read that and thought, ‘Ah, blew that,’ ” Bird says with a laugh. “What I meant was

we were switching a member after this long and re-signing to (the label) Infinity Cat and consciously taking a long time to write as a band. We wanted to say, ‘Sorry it took this long. Don’t forget about us, we didn’t forget about you. We’re still the same band. We have just as many guitars and gratuitous stage antics.’ And we wanted this record to have some transitional intention. I’m not likening our drummer swap to a member dying, but that was the most appropriate album I could talk about when it came to transitional records.” DIARRHEA PLANET plays the Bunbury Music Festival Saturday at 9:15 p.m. on the CVG River Stage. Tickets/more info:

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Beaumonts; Bobby Logsdon Band; Mark Duncan; and The Joe Tellman Band. Find more details at • The weekend’s biggest and most prominent music fest — the fifth-annual Bunbury Music Festival at Yeatman’s Cove and Sawyer Point along the riverfront — offers a chance to catch a few strong local acts amid national acts like Ice Cube, Deadmau5, Haim, The Killers, Grimes and Umphrey’s McGee. The locals are mostly booked for earlier afternoon sets, so it’s a good excuse to get an

Jeremy Pinnell will play DCCH and Bunbury fests. P H O T O : J o n ath a n W i l l i s

early start on your Bunbury experience. The number of homegrown artists represented at the festival seems to be getting smaller — your support might help convince organizers it’s worth mining Cincinnati’s rich music scene a little more deeply in the future. The trio Leggy — fresh off its first tour of the U.K. — opens Bunbury on Friday at 1:15 p.m. on the Sawyer Point Stage. On Saturday, catch great local acts Dawg Yawp (1:30 p.m. on the CVG River Stage), Jeremy Pinnell (1:30 p.m. on the Sawyer Point Stage), Dead Man String Band (2 p.m. on the Yeatman’s Cove Stage) and Automagik (2:30 p.m. on the CVG River Stage). On-therise rapper Cal Scruby (playing the CVG stage Saturday at 5:30 p.m.) lives in Los Angeles now, but he is a Cincinnati native. Local acts on the Bunbury schedule Sunday are Mad Anthony (2:30 p.m. on the CVG River Stage), Room for Zero (2:30 p.m. on the Sawyer Point Stage) and Arlo McKinley & the Lonesome Sound (5:30 p.m. on the CVG River Stage). Visit for tickets and more info. CONTACT MIKE BREEN:

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Coming Out Atheist An atheist probably shouldn’t be the singer of a Christian Metalcore band, but singer Shannon Low of The Order of Elijah says he lost his faith gradually as he struggled through a divorce and alcohol abuse. Low recently “came out” to fans (some already suspicious after the group released some skeptical-sounding material) before this month’s start of the band’s “God’s Unwanted Tour,” citing Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion as a turning point. The no-longer-a-Christian-band’s Facebook page — where Low announced his worldview change — has been used to respectfully discuss the matter with confused followers, but also to antagonize them with atheistic memes, which, along with the tour’s name, comes off as unnecessary trolling. Two Free Seconds German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk lost a longrunning copyright case against producer Moses Pelham, who used a two-second sample from a 1977 recording by the group on a 1997 track by German rapper Sabrina Setlur. In 2012, a judge ruled that the snippet did violate Kraftwerk’s copyright, but, upon appeal, the German Constitutional Court recently decided that blocking such a sample would “practically exclude the creation of pieces of music in a particular style.” Though clearly referring to Hip Hop, most artists making the music have long since moved away from sample-based recording due to costs and legal hassles. Drinking ‘Propaganda’ Probed Russian government officials are investigating the band Leningrad for producing “propaganda of alcohol abuse.” The fury is over the group’s music video for “To Drink in St. Pete,” which portrays people quitting their jobs and drinking a lot of vodka. The probe comes as Russia has cracked down on portrayals of smoking and drinking (and even cussing) in the arts, which, though equally vague (it’s unclear what Leningrad’s punishment would be), is actually a step up from the country’s bigoted laws against “gay propaganda.”

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Even though the season doesn’t officially begin until June 20, Memorial Day Weekend is said to unofficially usher in summertime. This weekend hammers the point home with several big outdoor events featuring some great homegrown music. • The annual DCCH Music Fest returns Friday and Saturday to the DCCH Center for Children and Families (75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, Ky.). The fest takes place outdoors on the grounds of the DCCH Center, a nonprofit organization for children and families in need that offers foster care and adoption services, therapy, counseling, residential treatment and more. All proceeds go to help the children living at the center. Along with a variety of food, craft beer and spirits options, the laidback, affordable ($5 per night) event largely features top artists from Greater Cincinnati’s Roots, Americana and Blues scenes split between a main stage and an acoustic one. Friday’s live music begins at 6:15 p.m. with Wolfcryer and also features sets by The Leo Clarke Band, Cat and Bash, Brian Ernst and Pete Dressman, among others. On Saturday, music starts at 6 p.m. and artists performing include Jeremy Pinnell & the 55’s, Noah Wotherspoon Band, Honey & Houston, The Turkeys, The Ready Stance, Hickory Robot, Johnny Fink & the Intrusion and others. Visit for complete info. • The Cincy Blues Challenge is a unique local music event — sort of a fest leading into another fest, with several area Blues artists competing for slots at this summer’s Cincy Blues Fest (which returns to Sawyer Point Aug. 12 and 13). Competitors fill out the Blues Fest’s all-local stage, while the winners earn slots on the festival’s main stage. The top performers also get to represent the Cincy Blues Society (which puts on the Blues Fest and Challenge) at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis early next year. The 18th-annual Cincy Blues Challenge takes place Sunday at Germania Park (3529 W. Kemper Road, Colerain) and runs from noon until around 9 p.m. The competition is split into two categories — “band” and “solo/duo.” Performing at the 2016 Blues Challenge: The Leroy Ellington Band; The Magic Lightnin’ Boys, Joe Wannabe and the Mad Man’s Blues Band; Leo Clarke and Larry Bloomfield; Dudley Taft; Ralph and the Rhythm Hounds; The Blue Birds; Cat and Bash; Earth Blues Band; Dan Holt; Dick & the Roadmasters; The SoulFixers; The Doug Hart Band; Byrdman Blues Band; Jay Jesse Johnson Band; Six Strings Down; The Cait Janes Band; Tempted Souls; Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project; Johnny Fink; The


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Dixie Chicks with Augustana and Josh Herbert Wednesday • Riverbend Music Center If the Dixie Chicks were ashamed of George W. Bush, what will happen if Donald Trump wins in November? Their heads could evaporate in a trio of Scanners-like explosions, but more likely they’ll just relocate to Canada and change their name to Saskatchewan Chicks. That potential future is months away, a minute-hand tick compared to Dixie Chicks’ 27-year history. The Dallas band initially consisted of vocalist Laura Lynch, guitarist/ vocalist Robin Macy and multi-instrumentalist sisters Martie and Emily Erwin (who eventually married into their current last names, Maguire and Robison, respectively). Taking their moniker from Little Feat’s “Dixie Chicken,” the quartet dressed in cowgirl garb and delivered straight Dixie Chicks Bluegrass/Country. P H O T O : V i j at M oh i n d r a In 1992, Macy, unhappy with the band’s musical direction, left to pursue traditional Bluegrass. Three years later, Lynch was replaced with Natalie Maines, who was introduced to the band through producer Lloyd Maines, her renowned father. Maines gave the Dixie Chicks Lord Huron a definitive Pop P H O T O : Jo s h S a n s e r i undertone and teed up the group’s unprecedented success with 1998’s Wide Open Spaces. It spawned three No. 1 singles, sold over 12 million units and earned the Chicks their first two Grammy Awards. That critical and commercial success was matched by 1999’s Fly, which sold over 10 million copies. After suing and settling with Sony over accounting issues, the Chicks released Home in 2002. The album resulted in the trio’s first true crossover hit — “Long Time Gone,” a castigation of modern Country music for losing sight of its iconic roots, ironically became the group’s first Top 10 Pop hit. During a 2003 U.K. tour, Maines denounced President Bush in London, which sparked a reactionary firestorm. Country radio stopped playing Dixie Chicks, fans destroyed their albums and the band lost corporate sponsorships and even received death threats. Three years later, the Chicks released Taking the Long Way, featuring the pointed single “Not Ready to Make Nice,” a response to the controversy;

without discernible airplay, the album went gold in its first week. Then came the active hiatus. Maguire and Robison released two albums as Court Yard Hounds, Maines dropped her first solo album, Mother, and the trio opened the Eagles’ 2010 stadium tour. After sporadic festival dates and 2013’s Long Time Gone Tour, Dixie Chicks announced a major 2015 European tour, which was extended into North America this year, the first time in a decade they’ve headlined a home tour. The first date on the tour is the trio’s Cincinnati show. (Brian Baker) Lord Huron with Caroline Rose Thursday • Bogart’s There are relatively simple circumstances surrounding the origins and subsequent journey of Ben Schneider, the frontman/spark plug of atmospheric Americana outfit Lord Huron. Schneider, a native of Okemos, Mich., spent childhood summers on Lake Huron’s beaches, and those evocative reveries eventually seeped into his musical consciousness as he explored that side of his creative identity after college at the University of Michigan, knocking around France, New York City and Los Angeles. Adapting his band name from the Great Lake that fired his imagination, Schneider began his musical career with a handful of quietly engaging EPs, and when interest swelled to the point of fans wanting to witness an actual band performance, he called in friends from Michigan to fulfill that role in 2010. Two acclaimed and fascinating full lengths followed — 2012’s Lonesome Dreams and last year’s brilliant Strange Trails — the successes of which led Lord Huron to extensive touring situations and ecstatically received festival appearances. There is another, even more intriguing aspect to Schneider’s creative pursuits. Many of his artistic exploits are carefully and skillfully constructed fictions, including the Western novelist he has often cited as his greatest inspiration, one George Ranger Johnson. Schneider invented Johnson, crafted his hero’s fake biography and bibliography and

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M83 with Bob Moses Tuesday • Bogart’s M83 founder and frontman Anthony Gonzalez is obsessed with the 1980s. Over the course of 15 years and four albums — including his last and most commercially successful release, 2011’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming — Gonzalez has indulged his love of the decade by building his gauzy music on keyboard sounds that run the gamut from spare to overwhelming, almost always accented with softly sung, romantically rendered vocals from a variety of singers, himself included. Gonzalez’s dreamy aesthetic is awash in childhood nostalgia, a never-ending quest to recreate a time period he imagines as innocent and idealized. M83’s freshly minted fifth album, the sprawling Junk, falls even farther down the ’80s rabbit hole — Gonzalez has said he was inspired by such era-staple TV shows as Punky Brewster and Who’s the Boss. Sure enough, the brief instrumental “Moon Crystal,” with its cheesy keyboards and strings and jaunty bass line, sounds like his version of a Punky Brewster theme song. “Bibi the Dog,” with saucy vocals from French singer Mai Lan, sounds like Air by way of the Miami Vice soundtrack. Album opener “Do It, Try It” is the closest thing to classic, early-era M83, its reverb-drenched keyboards transporting the listener to a far-off land of first loves and cotton candy. Even by M83’s standards, Junk is something of a nostalgia trip, and the title is no coincidence. “It’s a statement,” Gonzalez said in a recent interview with Pitchfork. “This is how people listen to music nowadays: They’re just gonna pick certain songs they like — one, two, if you’re lucky — and trash the rest. All else becomes junk.” (JG)

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Wednesday 01 Arnold’s Bar and Grill— Ricky Nye. Blues/Boogie Woogie. Free. Bella Luna— RMS Band. Soft Rock/Jazz. Free. Boswell’s— Open Mic. Various. Free. Century Inn Restaurant— Paul Lake and Samantha Carlson. Pop/ Rock/Jazz/Oldies/Various. Free. Esquire Theatre— Brenda Folz with Todd Hepburn. Various. $5. Fountain Square— Reggae Wednesdays with Anthem Band. Reggae. Free. The Greenwich— Pot Kettle Black Jazztet. Jazz. $5.

The Greenwich— Mambo Combo. Latin Jazz. $5. HD Beans and Brews Café— Sonny Moorman. Blues. Free. MOTR Pub— The Soil & the Sun with Keeps and Carriers. Indie Rock. Free.


Martin’s Someplace Else Tavern— Brother Smith. Rock/Various. Newport on the Levee— Live at the Levee featuring Gee Your Band Smells Terrific (7 p.m.). 70s Pop/ Rock/Dance. Free. Plain Folk Cafe— Open mic with Russ Childers. Various. Free.

Jag’s Steak and Seafood — Steve Thomas. Sax/Piano/Vocals. Free.

Quincy’s Bar & Lounge— Jim Connerley & Adia Dobbins. Jazz Pop. Free.

Knotty Pine— Dallas Moore. Country. Free.

RiversEdge— The Howling H Tongues and Lemon Sky (6 p.m.). Rock. Free.

MOTR Pub— Joe’s Truck Stop and Sam Moss. Country/Blues/ Americana. Free. Mansion Hill Tavern— Losing Lucky. Roots/Americana. Free. Meritage — Sonny Moorman. Blues. Free. Plain Folk Cafe— Chatham H County Line with The Jenkins Twins. Bluegrass. $15, $20 day of show.

Riverbend Music Center— Dixie Chicks with Augustana and Josh Herbert. Country/ Americana/Pop/Various. Sold out.


Smale Riverfront Park— Cocktails and Crown Jewels featuring Rob Dixon, Eddie Bayard, Tim Warfield, Bobby Floyd and Anthony Lee. Jazz. Free.


Southgate House Revival (Revival Room)— Stutterer with The Never Setting Suns and The Foxery. Rock. $8, $10 day of show. Thompson House— (hed) PE with The Veer Union, Day Needs Night and Risen from the Fall. Rock. $15. Urban Artifact— Lockjaw, The Skut Farkus Affair and Their Accomplices. Punk/Ska/Rock. Free.

Sawyer Point— 5:13 featuring Dan Varner Band (5 p.m.). Country. Free.

Village Green Park— Groovin’ on the Green with Ricky Nye Inc. (7 p.m.). Blues/Boogie Woogie. Free.

Silverton Cafe— Bob Cushing. Acoustic. Free.

Washington Park— Bandstand H Bluegrass with Cincinnati Dancing Pigs. Americana/Jug band.

Southgate House Revival (Lounge)— Jared Schaedle with Pat Hu and Whiskey River. Folk/ Americana. Free.

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Fountain Square— Salsa on H the Square with Tropicoso. Latin/Salsa/Dance. Free.

Southgate House Revival (Revival Room)— Superheaven with Creepoid, the spirit of the beehive and Current Events. Rock. $15. Tin Roof Cincinnati— Nick Bownell. Rock/Blues.


Friday 03 404— Brent Gallaher Quartet. Jazz. Cover. Arnold’s Bar and Grill— Band of Lovers and The Cage Brothers. Bluegrass. Free. Bella Luna— Blue Birds Trio. Classic Rock/Jazz. Free.

Urban Artifact— Blue Wisp Big Band. Big Band Jazz. Free.

Belterra Park Gaming— Ricky Nye Inc. Blues/Boogie Woogie. Free.

Thursday 02

Blue Note Harrison— Bloodline. Rock. Cover.

Arnold’s Bar and Grill— Dottie Warner and Wayne Shannon. Jazz. Free.

Bogart’s— Famous Dex with Cook Laflare, Mundo, Insomniacs, Lantana, Big Vern and more. Hip Hop. $29.

Bogart’s— Lord Huron with Caroline Rose. Indie/Folk. $32.80.


Century Inn Restaurant— Wendy Lee Oakley. Acoustic. Free.


Dee Felice Café— The Sleepcat Band. Jazz. Free.

Tree Carolers and The Part-Time Gentlemen. Folk/Americana. $5.

Mount Adams Pavilion— Cover Model. Rock/Alt/Various.

Fountain Square— Indie Vol. H 2016 with The Werks and Peridoni. Electronic/Rock/Roots/

The Underground— Stone Free, West November, Colton Jackson, Leah Marie and Lily Isabelle. Alt/ Various. Cover.

Northside Yacht Club— Devin H The Dude with Lantana, Mallio, Trapboss Rico, Khimera, Y-N-O, Mo

Urban Artifact— The Infinity Ball, Celestials and Majestic Man. Rock. Free.

Plain Folk Cafe— East Fork Junction. Bluegrass. Free.

Funk/Psych/Jam. Free.

Froggy’s— Pandora Effect. Rock. Cover. The Greenwich— Rollins Davis Band featuring Deborah Hunter. R&B/Jazz. $5.

Washington Park— Friday Flow with Glenn Jones. R&B. Free.

Inner Circle— The Original Stars of Hip Hop featuring Kid N Play, Chubb Rock, Special Ed, Kwame and Kool Moe D. Hip Hop. $35-$55.

Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant— John Zappa (Brian Lovely at 5:30 p.m.). Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).

JAX Tavern— Gil’s Variety Store. Rock/R&B.

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Jag’s Steak and Seafood — The Company. Dance/Pop/Various. Cover. Knotty Pine— Flatline. Rock. Cover.

404— Bob Ross Quartet. Jazz. Cover. Arnold’s Bar and Grill— Cincinnati Dancing Pigs. Americana/Jug band. Free.

MOTR Pub— Counterfeit Money Machine. Hip Hop. Free.


MVP Bar & Grille— Ekoostik Hookah with Cody Houston and Kyle Hackett. Rock/Jam/ Various. $10, $13 day of show.

Bella Luna— Blue Birds Trio. Classic Rock/Jazz. Free.


Mansion Hill Tavern— Tim Goshorn Band. Blues. $4. Martin’s Someplace Else Tavern— Lepers vs Lions. Rock. Maudie’s— Littledevices, Tooth Lures a Fang, Beloved Youth, Sweet Ray Laurel, The Do Goods, Roosevelt, Founding Fathers and See You in the Funnies. Rock/ Indie/Alt.


Mount Adams Pavilion— Fixx Band. Dance/Pop/Various. Peecox Erlanger— Saving Stimpy. Rock. $5. Plain Folk Cafe— Skirt and Boots. Folk/Americana. Free. Quincy’s Bar & Lounge— Jim Connerley Trio. Jazz. Free. The Redmoor — Kim Waters and The Urban Jazz Coalition. Jazz. $35-$45. Rick’s Tavern— RoadTrip. Rock. Free. Sawyer Point— Bunbury H Music Festival with The Killers, Mudcrutch, Haim, X Ambassadors,

J Roddy Walston and the Business, Charles Bradley, The Wombats, The Mowgli’s and more (1 p.m. start). Rock/Pop/Various. $89. Silverton Cafe— String Theory. AltRock. Free. Sonny’s All Jazz Lounge— Rappin’ Ron. Old School music. Free.

Century Inn Restaurant— Jim Teepen. Acoustic. Free.

Southgate House Revival (Lounge)— The Punknecks. Country/Rock/Punk. Free.

Colerain Park— Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Bluegrass. Free.

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Backstage Cafe— Zephaniah with Colossus, Automaton and Fenrir. Metal. $5, $8 day of show.

Blue Note Harrison— Gen X and Sonny Moorman. Rock/Country/ Blues/Various. Cover. Dee Felice Café— The Sleepcat Band. Jazz. Free. Fountain Square— FSQ Live with The Almighty Get Down and The Cincy Brass. Funk/R&B/ Rock/Various. Free.


The Greenwich— Push Play. R&B/ Funk. $8. Harry Whiting Brown Community Center— Summer Concerts on the Green with Invisible Republic (6 p.m.). Classic Rock/Folk. Free. JAX Tavern— 2nd Wind. Jazz/R&B/ Various. Jim and Jack’s on the River— Amy Sailor Band. Country. Free.

Hour and more. Hip Hop. $25-$50.

Rick’s Tavern— Cherry on Top. Pop/Dance/Various. Cover. Sawyer Point— Bunbury Music H Festival with Deadmau5, Ice Cube, Big Grams, Umphrey’s

U.S. Bank Arena— Selena H Gomez with DNCE and Bea Miller. Pop. $30.50-$70.50.

McGee, Diarrhea Planet, Grizfolk, The Neighbourhood, Cal Scruby and more (1 p.m. start). Rock/Hip Hop/Pop/Electronic/Various. $89.

Monday 06

Sonny’s All Jazz Lounge— Rappin’ Ron. Old School music. Free.

Knotty Pine— Open mic with Pete Denuzzio. Various. Free.

Southgate House Revival (Lounge)— Vice Tricks with Lovecrush 88. Rock/Rockabilly/ Punk. Free.

MOTR Pub— Rabble Rabble with Grotesque Brooms. Rock/Punk/ Psych. Free.

Southgate House Revival (Revival Room)— Paleface with Frontier Folk Nebraska and Daniel Wayne. Folk/Americana. $5, $8 day of show.


Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary)— Carl Verheyen. Rock/Blues/Jazz/Various. $20, $22 day of show. Taqueria Mercado— Ricky Nye Inc. Blues/Boogie Woogie. Free. Thompson House— Homebound (EP release show) with Under Everything, Spirit and the Bride, Underestimate, Grave Friends and The Earth Laid Bare. Metal/Hardcore. $10, $12 day of show.


Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant— Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).

Sunday 05 The Comet— Comet Bluegrass AllStars. Bluegrass. Free.

The Listing Loon— Aaron Collins, A Delicate Motor and Rachel Mousie. Singer/Songwriter. Free.

Germania Park— Cincy Blues Challenge (noon start). Blues. $15.

Madison Live— Casey Campbell and Al Scorch (dual release party). Folk/Americana. $10, $12 day of show.


Knotty Pine— Randy Peak. Acoustic. Free. MOTR Pub— Cultural Vultures with Hotbed. Rock/Alt. Free.


Mansion Hill Tavern— Open Blues Jam with The Ben Duke Band. Blues. Free.

Mansion Hill Tavern— The Soul Pushers. Blues. $3.

Sawyer Point— Bunbury Music Festival with Florence and the Machine, Here Come the Mummies, Of Monsters and Men, Elle King, Grimes, Bayside, Coleman Hell and more (2 p.m. start). Alt/Rock/Pop/ Various. $89.

Maudie’s— Back 2 The Streets featuring David Owen, Hollow Point, Odi, Troll and Die-Verse. Electronic/ Dance.

Urban Artifact— The Mind Set to Rhythm with Ezra. Rock/Funk/ Jazz/Soul/Various. Free.

Silverton Cafe— Retrovention. Rock. Free.

Legends Nightclub— SwingTime Big Band. Big Band Jazz. $15.

MOTR Pub— Bridget’s Tween House with Spray Paint. Indie Rock/Punk/ Various. Free.

Sonny’s All Blues Lounge— Sonny’s All Blues Band featuring Lonnie Bennett. Blues. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge)— Porter & the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes with Mark Utley and Bulletville and Jeremy Pinnell. Country. Free.

Knotty Pine— Flatline. Rock. Cover.


Slammer’s Lounge— LoHeat Sunday Jam. Rock/Blues/Country/ Various. Free.


Mansion Hill Tavern— Acoustic jam with John Redell & Friends. Acoustic/Blues. Free. McCauly’s Pub— Open Jam with Sonny Moorman. Blues. Free. Northside Tavern— Northside Jazz Ensemble. Jazz. Free. Taft Theatre— John Doe with H Jesse Dayton. Rock. $17, $22 day of show (in the Ballroom). Urban Artifact— CrumbSnatchers, Rich Wizard and Dynamite Thunderpunch. Rock. Free.

Tuesday 07 Arnold’s Bar and Grill— John Redell. Blues. Free. Bogart’s— M83 with Bob H Moses. Indie/Electronic. $44.88. By Golly’s— Open mic with Ronnie Vaughn. Various. Free. Crow’s Nest— Open Mic Nite. Various. Free. Jag’s Steak and Seafood — Zack Shelly and Chon Buckley. Piano/ Vocals. Free. MOTR Pub— Writer’s Night. Open mic/Various. Free. Northside Tavern— The Stealth Pastille. Psych Rock. Free. Riverbend Music Center— Steely Dan with Steve Winwood. Rock/ Soul. $30-$125. Sis’s on Monmouth— Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Band. Bluegrass. Free. Stanley’s Pub— Rumpke Mountain Boys. Trashgrass. Cover.

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