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More Questions Than Answers at Taft David Freeze: There’s really only one possibility — the test answers were fraudulent. Now they’re not. Should be easy to figure out who the culprit is — who was responsible for administering those tests during the perfect years? And of those people, who left or was reassigned two years ago when the dramatic drop occurred? Yet another reason why we shouldn’t be basing our school ratings on a single test. I’d rather look at individual outcomes like employment rates within three months of graduation, college acceptance rates, etc. Paul Glader: Those numbers are a little eye raising, but the OGT can’t be the end-all-be-all measurement of a school, even though most like to act like it is. Perry Gordon: Maybe their erasers wore out and they had to stick to their original answers. Comments posted at Facebook.com/CincinnatiCityBeat in response to May 31 post, “Robert Taft Information Technology High School has gone from excellence and national recognition to Cincinnati’s worst performer on the Ohio Graduation Test. What happened?”
Arts + Libraries Theresa Thomas: Great news bringing the arts into the libraries. Next let’s have a small outside courtyard for reading, music, authors of written books and history storytelling of the hill. Comment posted at Facebook.com/CincinnatiCityBeat in response to June 2 post, “The blossoming of the Price Hill Library as an avant-arts center, under Steve Kemple’s leadership.”
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True love is a lie: ’90s scandal queen Mary Kay Letourneau and husband Vili Fualaau have split after 20 years. In case you scrubbed your mind of the details, Letourneau met Fualaau when she taught his second grade class and was his teacher again in sixth grade, at which point they began a sexual relationship — her at 34, him at 12. Two children and two prison sentences later, the pair ended up marrying in 2005. It was revealed early this week that Fualaau filed for separation in May. OK, on the real, now: There’s nothing funny about statutory rape, and it’s a double standard to hold their situation at another level from a young girl and adult man. But you have to remember, it was the ’90s, and it was totally OK to make “hot for teacher” jokes back then. And, creepily, the duo actually hosted some “Hot for Teacher Night” events at a Seattle bar back in 2009. But the plot thickens! Fualaau claims the separation is just a move so he can get licensed to sell a marijuana-based product he calls “Cigaweed” — and you can’t hawk hash if your spouse has a record. So maybe there’s hope for the lovebirds after all.
THURSDAY JUNE 01
The Scripps National Spelling Bee offered some entertaining moments this week, if you could get past the shame that comes from watching tweens that are already infinitely smarter than you’ll ever be. Twelveyear-old Ananya Vinay won the championship with the word “marocain,” a dress fabric. Earlier in the competition, she was given the word “phthirophagous,” which means to eat fucking lice. WTF?! She not only managed to spell it correctly but also avoided dryheaving as she did it.
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Kathy Griffin made a tasteless decision (shocking!) to stage a photo shoot with a bloodied Trump dummy (oxymoron!) head with ~edgy~ celeb photographer Tyler Shields. It really wasn’t anything compelling or funny or necessary, although not overtly shocking, but the backlash was real. Griffin quickly apologized and tried to wipe the internet of the image, but not before Barron Trump saw it on TV. According to Daddy Trump, Barron thought it was real. He thought some bug-eyed ginger lady beheaded his father, the president of the United States, on television. He’s 11 and kids are pretty stupid, but you know that dude watches Game of Thrones and plays Grand Theft Auto with the best of them. The kid looks like he keeps faked bloodied heads as bedroom decor. And does anyone remember when Thrones used a George W. Bush dummy head in a scene? Anyway, Griffin went on to get canned by CNN (Cue: “CNN once hired Kathy Griffin?”) while Trump went on to pull out of the Paris Agreement. Because jokes in poor taste are a greater threat to the next generation than globally recognized climate change.
SATURDAY JUNE 03
Terrorists drove a van into crowds on London Bridge this weekend, killing seven and wounding dozens of people. Coming on the heels of the Manchester attack
just days before, England was on the minds of those across the globe. Just don’t describe the Brits as “reeling.” That’s what the New York Times did in a story Sunday, much to the chagrin of the people known for their propensity to “keep calm and carry on.” Because carry on they did — one man spotted in news photos fleeing the attack scene continued carrying his pint of beer. The hyperbolic tendencies of American media were met by the trending hashtag #ThingsThatLeave BritainReeling, proving British folks are far more likely to be taken down by the notion of microwaved tea than by ISIS.
SUNDAY JUNE 04
Who run the box office? Girls. Wonder Woman opened Friday, and it slayed. It’s the first superhero flick to star and be directed by a woman, and it topped Fifty Shades of Grey as the biggest debut for a woman director (thank goddess), bringing in more than $100 million this weekend. And unlike some other big-name superhero movies of late, Wonder Woman garnered gushing reviews, too. But it wouldn’t be 2017 if there weren’t some controversy. The movie was banned in Lebanon due to star Gal Gadot’s history as a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces a decade ago. She served in the 2006 war, during which more than 1,000 Lebanese civilians died in the conflict, and more than 1 million were displaced from their homes. Here in the states, some folks had grave concerns, too: a handful of women-only screenings. Yes, it may sound like some petty “men’s rights” bullshit, but everyone knows when dozens of women watch an empowering film together, their cycles sync and they begin to take the form of Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer and Beyoncé.
MONDAY JUNE 05
Margaritaville might be closed here in Cincy, but it’s moving to Broadway! Escape to Margaritaville, now playing in La Jolla, Calif., ahead of its winter Broadway debut, follows a part-time bartender and singer living in a tropical paradise. When he meets a beautiful career-minded tourist, he begins to question his mellow lifestyle. If Broadway etiquette snobs thought theater was taking a turn for the casual with audiences in flip-flops and sweats, just wait till the Tommy Bahama and fins come out.
TUESDAY JUNE 06
This week’s victims in the ongoing millennial murdering spree that is young people rejecting outdated market trends: Chain restaurants like Applebee’s and Buffalo Wild Wings. Apparently endless apps and Mudslides aren’t hitting the spot for 20- and 30-somethings. Yes, Applebee’s is often a punch line among young people — but only because, growing up, their parents thought it was the happenin’ Thursday night spot. It’s only natural to avoid what your parents thought was cool. Come 2035, we’ll be reading headlines about Generation Z slaughtering Chipotle. Just kidding. There won’t be any news to have headlines in 2035! CONTACT T.C. BRITTON: letters@ citybeat.com
Donald Trump, the president, was scheduled to visit Cincinnati’s Rivertowne Marina in the East End on June 7 in order to talk about dams, levees, waterways and, most importantly, covfefe. The following are five predictions about this very poignant concept of modern American English that will almost certainly happen during his visit one day after this article goes to press. • Trump, unimpressed by the “yacht section” at Rivertowne, pulls out his wallet so he can show everyone pictures of the 282-foot yacht he sold in 1991 and affectionately called “Covfefe Dreams.” • Although nobody has claimed responsibility for last week’s disappointing reminder of the racism that pervades our society, Trump makes a passing and half-assed apology (“Stop it.”) for Lebron James’ house being spray-painted with the N-word by the Covfefe Collective, which is completely unassociated with Trump’s secret organization of the same name that claims its only purpose is to fight against the negative press. • Trump convinces Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to privatize the Ohio River in order to give the land back to private citizens and spur economic development. The new owner announces it will now be called Covfefe Industrial Waste and Uranium Disposal Sluice. Dayton, Kentucky is the last to find out and misses the job application deadline. • Jefferson Beauregard Sessions hides in Trump’s cocaine attaché, pops out upon landing and starts arresting anyone who submitted an application to grow medical marijuana in Ohio. Anyone in Kentucky with a darker skin tone than Melania is also arrested on sight. Arrestees are sent to Covfefe, Sessions’ maximum-security work and “rehabilitation” camp at an undisclosed location in Alabama. • Trump orders ribs, steak, Cincinnati chili and ice cream from the local companies that make such foods. He puts ketchup on all but the chili. Reporters at Deadspin as well as witnesses to the event lose their minds and contents of their stomachs. The incident reignites ire amongst sensitive locals over the time Deadspin ranked the top 50 statefoods, putting Cincinnati chili a 52 out of 50, behind number fifty-one, “being hit by a car” and then calling it “horrifying diarrhea sludge.” The good in this fiasco is that Trump finally fulfills his campaign promise to help the poor and working class by revealing his secret to gastrointestinal fortitude: three drops of covfefe before each meal. Thanks Donny!
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British Media Respond to Manchester By Ben l. kaufman
Listening to survivors of England’s Manchester bombing was wrenching, but I finally smiled when one young woman explained why so many people rushed to help after the blast. “We’re British.” Not boastful. Just a fact. Obviously, it’s a bred-in-the-bone spirit that didn’t expire with VE Day or the IRA bomb that destroyed Manchester’s city center in 1996. What followed after the Manchester blast killed 22 and wounded dozens also demonstrated the best of first-person reporting and the worst of what traditional news media do. British broadcasters responded with savvy born of too many bloody incidents, whether IRA bombings, murderous Islamist attacks on London transit or a British soldier hacked to death in the street. It helps that unlike our news media, Britain’s are centralized in London. Generations of journalists share the experience reporting terrorist attacks on civilians. They reported what they could, relying on senior police officers who were restrained by the demands of what obviously was a mass killing investigation and British criminal procedure. My access to news media after the bombing was limited to CBC and BBC reporting; our remote Ontario cabin lacks TV or internet. One of CBC’s best interviews involved Sameer Arshad, the owner of Street Car, a Manchester taxi fleet. “We had a lot of terrified parents ringing up, and a lot of terrified people ringing up and everyone was trying to get safe, so I reached out to our drivers and said, ‘These people need us’ and they said they were willing to do what it takes to get people home safely.” His drivers turned off their meters and offered free rides. Some round trips were 60 or 80 miles; most were much shorter. So far, a good spot story. Then it reached for excellence. Asked by CBC what he’d say to trolls saying the murders were done in the name of Allah, Arshad responded: “Absolutely disgraceful… (It was) not done in the name of my religion and I’m a Muslim. My religion is Islam. So if that is people like me then they are definitely not representing the same religion as me. There is a big difference between people like them and people like me and the people of Manchester that came together.” Notice how the interviewer didn’t say, “As a Muslim, how do you feel?” Rather, CBC asked Arshad how he’d respond if he could confront an internet hate merchant. A number of interviews praised arena
staff for directing thousands out of exits and away from the building. So far, there have been no reports of anyone injured or killed in a rush. Someone quickly created #roomformanchester where residents offered rooms to stunned concertgoers. Local cafés and restaurants reopened or stayed open to give people a sense of safety, a place to sit and, as one reporter put it, “have a cup of tea.” You have to love that “Keep Calm and Carry On” stamina. While police were limited by criminal procedure and the demands of their widening investigation, reporters were free to seek out stories like that of Street Cars. Survivor Anita Parmar told CBC, “I think the fact that we were all very British and supportive of each other, you know — staying calm, getting everyone out, moving away, following the rules, doing all we could to help each other. And then you know all the people that consequently were offering rooms and offering food, offering a place to stay, offering free rides home to people. That’s what came out of it. It wasn’t every man for himself at all. And I think that was really reassuring for me.” One story that didn’t get repeated in broadcasts I heard on CBC and BBC was the apparent success of security measures outside and before the concert: A number of girls and young women said their bags were searched by guards before they were allowed into the arena. That may explain why the bomber detonated his lethal package outside the arena and after the concert; he couldn’t get in where the damage would have been greater. In days immediately after the blast, police said the bomber probably was part of a network that was rooted in Britain and Libya where the bomber’s family originated. After arrests in the U.K. and Libya, the network story began to unravel. Meanwhile, BBC/CBC and others fell victim to a conventional way of dealing with a great video clip or sound bite. It’s a point I’ve made before at terrorist incidents: Traditional news media will do the job that terrorists hoped to achieve — repetition heightens listeners’ and viewers’ fears. That provoked Christian Christensen, a Stockholm University journalism professor, who faulted seemingly endless replays of the bomb going off and terrified reactions.
Here’s a transcript from CBC’s flagship program As It Happens’ broadcast: Soundclip: Chatter and music on a busy street and then an explosion. Female voice: Oh my God! Female voice: What’s going on? What just happened? Male voice: Come on, we’ve got to get going. Male voice on phone: She looked very severely injured. She was very traumatized. There was blood bubbling out of her mouth and her nose and she was choking on it. It was just horrible. Male voice on phone: Bodies everywhere, kids and that.
“Consider the potentially greater impact for recycled video.” Female voice: Please just somebody get a hold of her. I’m worried sick. We’ve not slept. We’ve got family out looking for here. Please, please, somebody must have seen her. Female voice: Yeah, very shaken. I think it’s just the reality of how close it came. And that was just audio. Consider the potentially greater impact for recycled video. As Christensen said, “What I saw was something that I’ve seen repeated in earlier coverage of terrorist attacks and that’s sort of recurring footage of people running and scared. And it was actually something that bothered me because I feel that this kind of repeated coverage on a loop of showing the same videos over and over again, I think it creates a kind of unease and a tension that actually is the goal of the terrorists — that they want this kind of discomfort and this kind of chaotic atmosphere.” Christensen added, “The problem is when I was watching yesterday, I must have seen the same 30- to 40-second video clip of these young kids running out of the arena in Manchester I would say between 50 and 100 times. And I would suggest that it’s necessary to show these things occasionally, but I think the constant repetition of them creates a very sort of disturbing atmosphere.” CONTACT BEN L. KAUFMAN: letters@ citybeat.com
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Ohio’s legalized medicinal marijuana rollout has left a gray area for patients seeking those drugs BY JOHN LASKER
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from a rare and severe form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. In desperation, her parents started giving her a CBD oil. The improvement was remarkable; her seizures went from several hundred a week to two to three a month. Some CBD brands are sold at local head shops, but sources say they’re lower quality and lack the necessary ingredients found in the medicines. More and more research, some conducted at the University of Cincinnati, is showing that quality CBDs offer hope to children with epilepsy. But products like Charlotte’s Web are not easily or legally available because dispensaries are not expected to open for business for a year and a half. In place of a prescription, Ohio doctors can give recommendations to their patients to use cannabidoil or THC, state officials say. Those recommendations could give the patient a legal defense if arrested for possession — or not. “(Doctors) are not prohibited from giving a recommendation, but this has nothing to do with the state of Ohio program, because that part of the program has not been set up yet,” says Tessie Pollock, spokesperson for the State Medical Board of Ohio. “What we are saying is, ‘OK, Ohio physicians, if you are wishing to recommend before the
The state says it will take until the fall of 2018 for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program, or House Bill 523, to become fully functional. program is established, then we encourage you to contact your private attorney and get advice on what you should do.’ ” The state says it will take until the fall of 2018 for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program, or House Bill 523, to become fully functional. University of Cincinnati, which is leading the way locally against epilepsy through the UC Epilepsy Center, could play a role in making medicines like Charlotte’s Web easier to get in Ohio. But at least right now, it looks as if UC and other state schools won’t do so. Under the law, the state will only allow public universities for the first year of the program to test the medicine for things like THC levels, for example. After that first year, private laboratories are open to apply for testing. But the University of Cincinnati and other major state public universities recently told the The Cincinnati Enquirer they will say no to the state’s request for testing. CityBeat asked UC spokespersons several times for an official response but none was given. “That’s the 10-dollar question I have put forward for three months,” says Rob Ryan, a Blue Ash resident and executive director of
the Ohio Patient Network. “No testing, no commercial sales. I have been trying to raise awareness and alarm bells. UC is not going to do the testing. They’ve made it clear.” Ryan says this could further delay the program, potentially for another year. “Why not do it?” he says. “Because their lawyers are like, ‘We may lose our federal contracts.’ ” Ironically, UC’s Epilepsy Center has researched Epidioliex for children and younger adult patients with great success. The trials were conducted in 2015 and 2016. “Technically, the study is still ongoing, collecting long-term data,” says Dr. Michael Privitera, director of the Epilepsy Center, which is within the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute. “Ten patients are still in the study, because that’s the only way they can get the medication.” Privitera’s research experienced on average a 40 percent reduction in the number of monthly seizures without vomiting and potential liver damage. What’s more, the patients appeared more cognizant, happier and, yes, more hungry, say UC researchers. CONTINUES ON PAGE 13
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cott Nazzarine of Columbia-Tusculum doesn’t say whether he is medicating his epileptic 9-year-old daughter with Charlotte’s Web, an over-the-counter herbal medicine derived from compounds called cannabidiols. He can’t get a doctor’s recommendation needed to legally obtain it, but he will tell you it’s the medicine that works the best for his daughter without the side effects caused by epilepsy medicine that pharmaceutical companies have to offer. A law that ostensibly makes easier for parents like Nazzarine to get marijuanabased medicines passed the Ohio General Assembly and was signed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich one year ago this month. But it’s crawling through a period of ambiguity and growing pains, some say, leaving people like the Nazzarines in the lurch. Ohio physicians can now recommend medical marijuana for 21 conditions, including cancer, PTSD, Parkinson’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, Crohn’s disease, AIDS and epilepsy. At the moment, potential cultivators are submitting their applications to the state to be able to grow the medicinal marijuana. But there’s a long way to go, proponents say. They’re keeping a close eye on the state’s three offices tasked to get the program running — the Department of Commerce, State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy and the State Medical Board of Ohio — to help an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 Ohioans. Nazzarine, a Hamilton County public defender and advocate for medicinal marijuana to help children with epilepsy, says the situation is heartbreaking. All he would need to do is mail-order his daughter’s medicine from Colorado, but it’s too risky to break federal law, he says. “Technically, you can legally possess it if you had the doctor’s recommendation, which I can’t get,” he says, noting that other parents have also had no luck getting a recommendation from a doctor for the drugs. “But if I could, you still can’t grow it, you can’t buy it, you can’t sell it, you can’t give it away. So technically a leprechaun would have to come to your house and deposit it. It’s so absurd it’s kind of funny.” Cannabidiols, or CBDs, are non-psychoactive compounds within marijuana distinct from THC, the element that causes the drug’s signature high. Some medicinal cannabis breeders use selective breeding techniques to grow crops with next to zero levels of THC so the CBDs can be used for medicines like Charlotte’s Web and Epidiolex. Charlotte’s Web is named for Charlotte Figi, a young girl from Colorado who suffers
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City Officials Pledge Police Reform ‘Refresh’ Cincinnati officials announced June 2 that the city will review and refresh the historic 2003 Collaborative Agreement, which arose from federal court-ordered mediation after the 2001 police shooting of an unarmed 19-year-old named Timothy Thomas by Cincinnati Police officer Stephen Roach. Thomas was black and Roach was white, setting off already-bubbling racial tension around policing that culminated in three days of civil unrest in Over-the-Rhine and other neighborhoods. The refresh was announced during a news conference at City Hall featuring City Manager Harry Black; Mayor John Cranley; Black United Front activist and Collaborative Agreement project manager Iris Roley; U.S. District Court Judge Susan Dlott, who oversawthe creation of the original agreement for the courts; attorney Saul Green, who was appointed by the court to monitor reform efforts and who will play a similar role in the refresh; Councilman Wendell Young; Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac; Fraternal Order of Police President Dan Hils; and others. “Cincinnati is not afraid to look at itself and self-reflect,” Black said at the news event. Reforms under the Collaborative Agreement have made the Cincinnati Police Department “a national leader” in community policing, he said, but more work can still be done. The original Collaborative Agreement sought to shift the Cincinnati Police Department away from aggressive tactics and toward more community-oriented policing, created the Citizens Complaint Authority to receive and act upon complaints of officer misconduct or bias, aimed to diversify the city’s police force and other efforts. The refresh, according to officials, will measure the progress of those aims and attempt to build upon them. Those efforts will be monitored by Green and a team of experts, including UC criminal justice professor John Eck. Green and his team will then deliver a set of action steps the city should take to continue improving policing in Cincinnati. “You’ll get that unfiltered review,” Green promised of his role in the oversight process. The CCA and other parts of the Collaborative have struggled with funding cuts, leadership changes and other impediments since federal court oversight of the program ended in 2008. That has caused consternation from activists. “Sixteen years later, we have seen improvements in public safety in our city, but there is still much work to do,” Roley said. “This evaluation of the Collaborative Agreement will tell us what work needs to be done. I am asking Cincinnati residents
to come together once again and share your vision of public safety.” Roley noted that part of the process would be a large-scale public survey of attitudes toward policing in the city and encouraged residents to participate. “Can we have both public safety and racial fairness?” Roley asked. “Is the Citizen Complaint Authority responsive to community concerns? These are questions we will need you to answer.” Policing data shows that CPD has improved in some aspects since 2001, but that large racial disparities remain in police stops, arrests and officer-involved shootings and that the department hasn’t become much more diverse. Overall, the makeup of CPD has budged little since the 2001 unrest. Back then, 287, or 28 percent, of the city’s 1,028 officers were black. Today, 314 of the city’s 1,056 officers are. That’s a little less than 30 percent of the force in a city that is 46 percent black. Use of force by police in Cincinnati has dropped nearly 70 percent in the past 15 years. Injuries sustained during encounters with officers have dropped by more than half. And the crime rate itself in the city has decreased by almost half as well — from more than 4,000 violent crimes in 2001 to just over 2,300 in 2014. That coincides with a large drop in crime since the 1990s in cities across the country. But despite those reductions, disparities remain. Police arrest data for 2015 up to October of that year shows that 2,090 of CPD’s 2,936 felony arrests were of black citizens. Of the department’s 13,447 misdemeanor arrestees, 9,430 were black. That arrest disparity has proven stubborn. In 2001 and the years immediately after, the ratio of black citizens arrested hovered around 77 percent. The rate has been as high as 83 percent as recently as 2013, and in 2014, black citizens again accounted for 77 percent of felony arrests by CPD. (Nick Swartsell)
City, Kroger Announce Plan for Downtown Grocery Downtown Cincinnati by 2019 will see its first downtown grocery store in decades, city officials and Kroger announced June 6. Urbanists and city elected leaders have salivated at the idea of a downtown store for years — the city’s last one, a Kroger on Race Street, closed in 1969 — but before now, the pieces had never come together. The Cincinnati-based grocer will partner with the city to build a 45,000 square-foot, two-story store as part of a mixed-used development at the southeast corner of Central Parkway and Walnut Street. That development will also include an 18-story, 139-unit market rate apartment tower and a CONTINUES ON PAGE 13
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As an advocate, Nazzarine stays close to many parents with epileptic children. He says parents are going to do whatever they can to get the best medicine possible to help their child. “I was terrified to have Charlotte’s Web mailed here,” he says. “Other parents are doing more than this. They’re growing it.”
That’s illegal under Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program, as is smoking the home-grown crops. For now, the waiting has become the hardest part of Ohio’s medicinal marijuana legalization rollout, Nazzarine says. “I just wish the law would have been immediate.” ©
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“We as a city have been chasing this for decades,” said Mayor John Cranley at a news conference at the Hamilton County administration building parking lot where the development will be built. Cranley called a downtown grocery the “Moby Dick” of city development and praised Kroger’s leadership in making it happen. Kroger CEO Rodney McMullin returned that praise. “The city has done such a good job revitalizing downtown and Over-the-Rhine that we finally got to a point where we could put something together,” he said at the news conference. Kroger’s Over-the-Rhine grocery at 1420 Vine St. will close after the new location opens and its 60 employees will be transferred to other stores. The grocer will donate the property to 3CDC, which is still mulling plans for the location. (NS)
550-space parking garage. North American Properties, NorthPointe Group and Rookwood Properties will be developers on the project, GBBN will serve as the architect and Turner Construction will be the development’s general contractor. Kroger says the store is meant to serve customers living in downtown, OTR, the West End and other nearby neighborhoods. The store will have a bar, food court and other novel amenities. The almost $91 million project will receive an $8.5 million grant from a city fund that must be used for downtown development, $4 million from the Ohio Development Services Agency, $2.5 million in state and federal New Market Tax Credits, about $7 million from 3CDC, $19 million from Kroger and $42 million in private investment.
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ONSTAGE: The CINCINNATI FRINGE FESTIVAL continues through Sunday. See recommended shows still onstage in Curtain Call on page 19.
ATTRACTION: STAR WARS AND THE POWER OF COSTUME features film props and costumes at the Cincinnati Museum Center. See feature on page 20. FILM: Director Patty Jenkins’ WONDER WOMAN is a movie milestone. See Film on page 22. MUSIC: ZZ TOP brings scorching Rock and chicken-wire Blues to PNC Pavilion. See Sound Advice on page 30. ONSTAGE: FAMILY TIES Back in the 1980s, CBS sitcom Family Ties spent seven seasons on top of TV ratings and elevated actor Michael J. Fox to stardom as Alex P. Keaton, the conservative son of one-time hippie parents. In this onstage sequel, 20 years have passed. Alex returns to his parents’ Columbus home with his sisters, Mallory and Jennifer, now parents themselves. He’s running for Congress, but their conversations center on reminiscences about their childhood with fondness and appreciation for simpler times. Family Ties defined a generation, and Dayton’s Human Race Theatre Company is ready to take you back to those good old days. Through June 25. $25-$50. Human Race Theatre Company, 126 N. Main St., Suite 300, Dayton, Ohio, humanracetheatre.org. — RICK PENDER
MUSIC: Welsh rockers THE JOY FORMIDABLE play Woodward Theater. See Sound Advice on page 30.
EVENT: NEWPORT ITALIAN FESTIVAL Created 26 years ago, the goal of the Newport Italian Festival is to celebrate Italian
MUSIC: Bluegrass prodigy SARAH JAROSZ plays Memorial Hall. See Sound Advice on page 31. EVENT: SCHWABENFEST Dust off your lederhosen and break out your beer stein: the seventh-annual Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society Schwabenfest will have guests working their way through a selection of more than 14 German beers, roasted chicken and oxen and live music from Alpen Echos. As a side, enjoy a dose of gemütlichkeit, the German feeling of warmth, friendliness and belonging. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday; 1 p.m.-midnight Saturday. $3. Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Colerain, cincydonau.com. — MACKEZNIE MANLEY
ART: The Cincinnati Art Museum’s A SHARED LEGACY: FOLK ART IN AMERICA features paintings, furniture and more. See feature on page 18. MUSIC: FLUIDITY SPRING CONCERT: THE SOURCE OF LIFE Fluidity: A Creative Choral Community for a Cause is teaming up with area nonprofit Groundwork Cincinnati: Mill Creek for an evening of song, food and awareness. The choral group debuted in February with a concert in support of La Soupe, and now their spring concert benefits Groundwork Cincinnati, an organization that has helped clean up the once noxious Mill Creek stream with remarkable results. The music program celebrates water with songs from Kenya, Peru, Broadway, American Folk masters and local Reggae band The Pinstripes. Tickets include Cincinnati Zoo admission, parking, hors d’oeuvres and a dinner buffet. 6 p.m. doors Saturday. $25-$100. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, fluiditycccc.org. — ANNE ARENSTEIN CONTINUES ON PAGE 16
MUSIC: WARPAINT In its 13-year career, Los Angeles quartet Warpaint has gradually built a sizeable fan following and also earned respect and adulation from its peers and the music industry, leading to regular slots at most of the major music fests as well as tour jaunts with legends like Depeche Mode and current AltPop faves Alt-J. The group’s slow-burn rise is similar to the allure of Warpaint’s music — the band’s sound has a siren-like quality, sublimely mixing pulsating rhythms, textural atmospherics and enchanting melodies into a uniquely beautiful and enigmatic Post Punk/Indie/Electronic/Pop hybrid. The quartet — a highlight of Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival in 2013 — returns to the Queen City in support of its magnificent Heads Up album, which was released last year on Rough Trade Records. 8 p.m. Thursday. $21; $23 day of show. 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley, the20thcenturytheatre.com. — MIKE BREEN
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COMEDY: ALI SIDDIQ Houston has given us comedy greats like Bill Hicks, Dwight Slade, Ralphie May, Greg Warren and many more. And now: Ali Siddiq. However, while those other comics started honing their craft at open mics in Texas, Siddiq’s first performances were for a more captive audience… literally. “My entry point into stand-up comedy came while I was incarcerated,” he says. “I used to watch the sitcom Martin.” Siddiq would then mimic the episodes for fellow inmates who were restricted from watching TV. When there were no new episodes to perform, he commented on prison life. Showtimes ThursdaySunday. $12-$15. Liberty Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township, liberty. funnybone.com. — P.F. WILSON
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heritage and carve a slice of Italy for the entire family. Listen to music from the old country as noodles slosh against your plate and the river sloshes against the banks of Newport. Local restaurants will provide the fare, including Pompilios, Buona Vita Pizzeria, Bella Luna, Newport Pizza Company and more. After some arancini or meatball lasagna, entice your senses further with a “Taste of Italy” wine tent and visit the photo exhibit to see historic images of Newport’s Italian families. 5-11 p.m. Thursday; 5-11:30 p.m. Friday; noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., italianfestnewport. com. — MACKENZIE MANLEY
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ART: POP PRESS AT THUNDER-SKY, INC. Independent local graphic designer Scott Bruno provided local artists with surreal clippings from his collection of strange treasures he’s culled from community newspapers, TV listings, advertising circulars and other sources in the mainstream press to inspire this upcoming exhibition at Thunder-Sky gallery. Eighteen artists (including Bruno himself) then used these bizarre news clippings and personal ads as fodder for their own artwork creations in an investigation of everyday absurdity. Participating artists include Rachel Rampleman, Christian Schmit, Michael Stillion, Avril Thurman and Chris Vorhees. Opening reception 6-10 p.m. Saturday. Through Aug. 4. Free. Thunder-Sky, Inc., 4573 Hamilton Ave., Northside, raymondthundersky.org. — MARIA SEDA-REEDER
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EVENT: SAYLER PARK SUSTAINS Life is a party, and Sayler Park Sustains wants to teach you how to keep the party going and going by helping Mother Earth. Curious about how to start a community garden? Do you want to save the bees but don’t know what that entails? There will be plenty of workshops to answer these questions and teach the whole family how to make a big difference in small ways, plus bonus games for kids and beer from Listermann Brewing for the 21-plus crowd. All ages can appreciate the festival’s food truck treats and nostalgic “old-time music jam,” with tunes from the likes of The Cliftones, The Tillers, Rabbit Hash String Band and more. Everything is local and sustainable for guilt-free festival fun! Noon-10 p.m. Saturday. $10. Nelson Sayler Memorial Park, 6600 Gracely Drive, Sayler Park, saylerparksustains.org. — ELISABETH DODD
EVENT: EMBROIDERED LETTER PATCH WORKSHOP Update even your drabbest denim with a colorful and crafty embroidered patch of your own creation. You’ll leave Handzy Shop + Studio ready to take on handmade letter patches. Taught by Cincinnati embroidery artist Elodie Freeman, this workshop will teach embellishment essentials from thread care to technique. Learn the back stitch, stem stitch, chain stitch, whip stitch, lay stitch and more as you work your way around a hoop. Admission includes needles, pins, embroidery floss, fabric, tension hoop, transfer paper and instruction — enough for three embroidered patches. The workshop includes drinks, snacks and 10 percent off at the Handzy shop. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. $55; register on Handzy’s website. Handzy Shop + Studio, 15 W.
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CLASSICAL MUSIC: OPERA IN THE PARK Claim a spot among opera fans and musical theater geeks at this free outdoor opera in Over-the-Rhine. Bring a blanket, lawn chair and your family and friends to join in the celebration of Cincinnati Opera’s 97th Summer Festival. Spanish-themed opera and musical theater will fill the stage at this year’s event. Hear music from West Side Story, Carmen, The Barber of Seville and Spanish zarzuelas. Cincinnati Opera’s leads and chorus will join the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in this night of music under the sky. Though the event is free, the audience is encouraged to register; registrants will be entered into a drawing to win a Cincinnati Opera package worth $300. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Overthe-Rhine, cincinnatiopera.org. — GRACE HILL
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EVENT: SECOND SUNDAY ON MAIN Eclectic neighborhood street festival Second Sunday on Main returns to Overthe-Rhine with a plethora of local vendors, food trucks, street performers and an outdoor beer garden to help you wrap up your weekend. Browse, shop, drink and dine on Main Street every second Sunday through October. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Main Street from 12th to Liberty streets, Over-the-Rhine, secondsundayonmain.org. — MAIJA ZUMMO
LIT: WESLEY LOWERY Now more than ever we need writers who aren’t afraid to shine a light on the truth — even when its pursuit isn’t popular or easily obtained. The Mercantile Library continues its support of such writers with its annual Harriet Beecher Stowe Freedom Writer Lecture and Award, which celebrates those who are “writing to change the world.” This year’s recipient, Wesley Lowery, is a national reporter for the Washington Post, and his coverage of Michael Brown’s controversial death in Ferguson, Mo. and the resulting Black Lives Matter protest movement was part of a Post team that won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for reporting. The lecture opens with a reception. Reservations required. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Free for Mercantile members; $10 for nonmembers. Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut St., Downtown, mercantilelibrary.com. — JASON GARGANO
Ongoing shows VISUAL ART Ugo Rondinone: let’s start this day again Contemporary Arts Center, Downtown (through Aug. 20)
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EVENT: CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE If you’re cruisin’ to be car perusing, look no further than the 40th-annual Concours d’Elegance car show. Enjoy fresh air and the beauty of Ault Park while gazing at classic cars and motorcycles that have enthralled generations of auto enthusiasts. On special display will be 40 years of Camaro, Firebird and Tuner cars. There will also be a nearby craft beer garden. You can’t drink and drive, but you can absolutely sip and stare at these vintage vehicles. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $25; $15 separate admission to craft beer garden. Ault Park, 5090 Observatory Ave., Hyde Park, ohioconcours.com. — ELISABETH DODD
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Mighty Fine Folk
Cincinnati Art Museum shares a creative legacy built by and for ordinary Americans BY KATHY SCHWARTZ
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hat defines Folk Art? Julie Aronson smiles at the question. The Cincinnati Art Museum’s curator of American paintings, sculpture and drawings recognizes that there is no absolute answer. “You know it when you see it,” she says. The work is so rooted in personal and cultural identity — it’s made by us, for us. The museum this Saturday will open the largest American Folk Art exhibition in its history and its first dedicated solely to the genre since 1990. A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America, up through Sept. 3, comprises more than 100 pieces created between 1800 and 1925. About 60 items — paintings, furniture, sculpture, trade signs and illustrated family documents known as fraktur — are from the collection of Barbara L. Gordon, a D.C.area resident and trustee of the American Folk Art Museum in New York, where the exhibit debuted in 2014. To represent more Ohio artists and women, Aronson and Amy Dehan, the Cincinnati museum’s curator of decorative arts and design, included loans from regional collectors and added quilts, samplers and ceramics. Folk Art is a fluid term, Aronson says. The organizers of the exhibit apply the label to artists who were self-taught, had minimal training or were participating in art forms passed down through a community. “Much of the work is made by and for the middle class, rather than the upper class you might see in works by (British artist Thomas) Gainsborough,” Aronson says. The show reflects the diversity and change in America during the 19th century as the young nation built cities and farmed the land. “Girl of the Period,” a shapely wooden figure holding a cigar, would have stood outside a tobacconist’s shop, serving as an advertising symbol and even an early feminist icon. The defiant woman strikes a pose similar to the working-class “Smoking Boys” painted by Frank Duveneck, the Covingtonborn fine artist whose work hangs in the museum’s Cincinnati Wing. She could ask one of Duveneck’s boys for a light, but this well-dressed lady, thought to be created by the workshop of New York carver Samuel Robb, already has a stylish male counterpart called “Dude.” Details found on pieces of GermanAmerican-painted furniture reflect that group’s own social aspirations and assimilation into the nation’s melting pot. Dehan points out a heavy chest of drawers from 1803 Pennsylvania that is personalized with hearts and tulips. Then she turns to a bright orange painted chest from the 1820s featuring similar adornment but lighter
“The Peaceable Kingdom with the Leopard of Serenity,” attributed to Edward Hicks construction and flared “French” feet typical of English furniture. “I love the idea that these big chests were part of the German heritage, and that they were built to last and were beautifully decorated and intended to be passed down through a family,” Dehan says. “It was a way of carrying on a legacy.” But high-style pieces also influenced rural craftsmen as they began to interact with other cultures in America. Some cabinetmakers practiced faux graining — painting furniture made from less expensive lumber in order to mimic woods popular with the urban upper class. These Folk artists were creating for themselves and their communities. They were ordinary people with an extraordinary love of country, family and home. So for a Folk piece to be included in a museum collection, in addition to well-executed technique, it has to have a degree of expressiveness, Aronson and Dehan say. “It sounds really simplistic, but a lot of these pieces, you just look at them, and it brings a smile across your face,” Dehan says, just flipping through the exhibit’s catalog to a photo of two charming plaster cats sporting black-and-white coats and red collars. Additional smiles are to be found in a companion exhibit up through Sept. 17,
American Folk Art Watercolors and Drawings, made up of works from the museum’s permanent collection. Mary Bruce Sharon, who didn’t begin to paint until age 71, celebrated her Covington childhood in the 1952 watercolor “Grandpa’s Bridge.” Henry Bruce Jr. was instrumental in bringing John A. Roebling here to build a span across the Ohio River. Sharon’s depiction of her relatives crossing the Suspension Bridge for the first time is naïve in style yet heartfelt. Highlights among the paintings in A Shared Legacy are a tender portrait of a boy by Ammi Phillips, who also has work in the American Folk Art Museum’s collection; a version of “The Peaceable Kingdom” by the prolific Edward Hicks, who was a Quaker minister; and an 1850s portrait by New York artist John Bradley of Thomas French, with a vignette of a dairy farm in the background. French was a founder of Cincinnati’s French-Bauer Dairy, which was one of the city’s favorite ice cream vendors until the company was sold to Meyer Dairy in 1979. Folk Art was the dominant art style in America for more than a century. Though the cutoff year for A Shared Legacy is 1925, that date is arbitrary, the curators say. “It had tremendous appeal to the Modernists in the early 20th century who were
looking at ways of breaking away from the academic tradition, because there is something that’s different about it,” Aronson says. Today’s Folk artists sometimes are called outsider artists, a term also open to multiple interpretations. In the museum’s permanent Folk Art gallery, Dehan and Aronson have added contemporary examples from selftaught artists who simply felt compelled to express themselves, including the late African-American painter Mose Tolliver, who would use any available surface. Cincinnati’s Folk Art collectors know their next great find could be at a flea market, Aronson and Dehan say. That’s how Barbara Gordon got started. Dehan says Folk Art is special because it’s relatable, even for children. “You don’t have to have this prior bank of knowledge that you build up about 18thcentury English paintings,” she says. “You can just come in.” A SHARED LEGACY: FOLK ART IN AMERICA is on view at the Cincinnati Art Museum Saturday through Sept. 3. $10; $5 children and college students with ID; members free. Preview lecture 7 p.m. Thursday: $10; members free. Discounts/ more info: cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
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The Girls of Summer L- R : V e r o n i q u e A l l a e r o f L eggy: Vocalist/G uitarist M usic: Dar k Lush P un k Dates: J un E 10, O ld Y ellow C ab B uilding , Dayton , O hio; J une 16, U rban A rtifact, N orthside ; J uly 3 0, W oodward T heater , OT R + Faceboo k (@ leggy ) or I nstagram (@ leggyband). Fr e e d o m N i c o l e M o o r e: S inger / S ongwriter /G uitarist M usic: I ndie S oul / Fun k Dates: J uly 4 , T he M oc k bee , B righton + Faceboo k (@ freedomnicolemusic). K e r st i n b l a d h o f L eggy: Vocalist/ G uitarist (S ee L eggy D eets A bove .) Rac h e l M c N e a l o f H u m a n P r o g r a m: Keys M usic: N ew Wave G othic Dates: H uman P rogram has put out two E P s and P lans to release more this summer + B andcamp ( humanprogram . bandcamp.com ). L i l l i a n Cu r r e n s o f S w i m T e a m: Vocalist/ Keys M usic: R iot G rrrl / P un k P op Dates: S wim T eam ’s self -titled L P is out N O W; T he B and k ic k s of a C anadian and S outhern tour J une 16 + Faceboo k (@ meatswim ). Na n cy Pa r ask e vo p o u l o s o f B l o ss o m Ha l l : Vocalist/ I nstrumentalist M usic: “ B londie meets the W hite S tripes ” Dates: J une 16, U rban A rtifact, N orthside ; J une 2 3, T he L isting Loon , N orthside ; J uly 2 2, M OT R P ub, OT R ; B lossom H all will release a single titled “ I t ’s E asy to Want to D ie” J uly 17 + faceboo k (@ blossomhallband). photo: hailey bollinger
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he question was simple: “If you had no restrictions, no set backs, everything you needed and could do anything you wanted, what would you do?” That’s what local musician Freedom Nicole Moore was asked one night almost a decade ago by her mentor, Brandi Smith. Smith had taken Moore on as a mentee after seeing the then-19-year-old play guitar outside Elementz Hip Hop Youth Arts Center in OTR. “She came down to take some footage about the city’s improvement and advancement post-riot,” Moore says, referencing the civil unrest that erupted after Cincinnati Police Officer Stephen Roach shot and killed unarmed teenager Timothy Thomas in 2001. It was this chance meeting that led to Moore being featured in Smith’s documentary, during a segment about bridging economic demographics. “And that’s exactly what she ended up doing,” Moore says.
Smith taught Moore professional skills, like how to send emails and put together interview outfits. She also hired her as an assistant. But it always came back to the music. When Smith asked Moore what she would do if she had no restrictions, the answer was easy: She’d be a musician. “That was my answer, and I meant it and still do,” Moore says. “I feel like all roads led me here. All things happen for inspiration, to use my voice to paint pictures, encourage and speak on what I experience. And I’m grateful to say that so many women built into me.” Now, often more than once a month, Freedom Nicole Moore fills rooms across Cincinnati with her bright voice and soulful guitar. “Things haven’t been easy, but every passing day is extremely beautiful,” she says.
The story of women helping women succeed artistically echoes throughout Cincinnati’s music scene. “I’m inspired by other femmes who do bomb stuff despite the fact that music scenes are very much still a boys’ club,” says Rachel McNeal, synth player in the Goth/New Wave duo Human Program. “Being female in the scene has its ups and downs. A lot of guys will either compliment me or condescend me as a way of flirting.” At first, McNeal was hesitant to play in the duo with her partner, Dylan McCartney. “I don’t friggin’ play keys and have no musical background,” she says. But that didn’t stop her from learning; the band is currently recording new music and plays out sporadically. Nancy Paraskevopoulos is also working on an upcoming summer release. Her Garage Pop band Blossom Hall will release a single titled “It’s Easy to Want to Die” July
17. Blossom Hall describes itself as a mix of Blondie and the White Stripes. “We are a three-piece, but when we want we can make a pretty big sound,” Paraskevopoulos says. “Phil Cotter and I have been writing together for several years with the intention of making sounds that draw across genre. It’s kind of Garage-y in parts, it’s kind of Pop-y in parts. We have two lead singers, both me and Phil, which I think sets us apart. We work to make sure our songs are dynamic — that is, always moving, while maintaining more or less traditional structures.” Unlike McNeal, Paraskevopoulos grew up in music. “My mother is a musician, and her mother was a composer educated at the Royal Academy of Music in London,” she says. “For me, women musicians have always just been musicians.” After all, would you ever consider Iggy Pop or Mick Jagger “just a singer?” That’s
A roundtable with local female-fronted and femme-forward musical acts celebrating both big and small milestones BY MADGE MARIL
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No Response Festival (June 16-17)
Featuring big names and pioneers from the Experimental music world, No Response returns to Over-the-Rhine’s Woodward Theater for its second-annual event, which includes headlining sets from Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV legend Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (with Edley ODowd) and Japanese Noise collective Hijkaidan. noresponsefestival.com.
Cincinnati Music Festival (July 27-29)
Still colloquially known as “Jazz Fest” (a nod to its origins more than a half century ago) yet now featuring classic and contemporary R&B, Soul, Funk and occasionally Hip Hop, the Cincinnati Music Festival is a huge regional draw regardless of who is booked. But organizers still usually bring some heavyweights to Paul Brown Stadium each year; 2017’s headliners are Mary J. Blige and Usher. cincymusicfestival.com.
AYE Music & Art Festival (July 28-30)
Grassroots at its finest, AYE (Adjust Your Eyes) identifies as a “community festival” and more than lives up to that description by showcasing a broad array of Greater Cincinnati artists (visual and musical), utilizing multiple venues in the Northside neighborhood and raising money for a different local charity each year (this year it’s Women Helping Women). adjustyoureyes.com.
Cincy Blues Fest (Aug. 11-12)
This long-running summertime event — one of the longestrunning Blues fests in the country — brings together bigname artists (this year includes Albert Cummings, Ruthie Foster and Ronnie Baker Brooks) and the best local and regional Blues talent in a beautiful setting along the Ohio River at Sawyer Point. cincybluesfest.org.
Whispering Beard Folk Festival (Aug. 24-27)
Whispering Beard is an increasingly popular camping-friendly hootenanny that consistently books acclaimed touring artists, cult heroes and some of the finest Roots performers in the region, turning the small town of Friendship, Ind. (about an hour southwest of Cincy) into Americana-music heaven for two days every summer. whisperingbeard.com.
Ohmstead Music Festival (Aug. 25-27)
Founded 16 years ago by local group Four Ohms, Ohmstead has outlived various incarnations of its founding group (though The Ohms will again reunite for this year’s fest) and has thrived as a well-produced, sleepover showcase (at Hannon’s Camp America near Oxford, Ohio) of diverse local/regional/national acts that jam on elements of everything from Reggae, Rock and Jazz to Electronica, Hip Hop and beyond. This year’s lineup so far includes Elementree Livity Project, The Cliftones, Roots of a Rebellion and Resinated. ohmstead.net.
Ubahn Fest (Sept. 8-9)
Saying EDM/Hip Hop festival Ubahn has grown since its inception six years ago is a massive understatement. Boasting one of the most unique festival locales in the country — the underground transit tunnels beneath the streets near the Bengals’ stadium — the event went to a new level last year with headliners like Nas, Machine Gun Kelly and Atmosphere. But this year, Ubahn has jumped about 10 levels, booking massive artists like Big Sean, Steve Aoki, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane and more. ubahnfest.com.
Meet Working Girls Designer Shailah Maynard, the mind behind the locally based Working Girls art and design brand, specializes in creating tongue-in-cheek modern products with a feminist lean, from “Femme” muscle tanks and crew socks with film titles like 9 to 5 and Mystic Pizza screenprinted on them to pool floats that look like boobs. You can check out her Hot Bod floats ($66) and pool towels ($60) on the cover of this issue. CityBeat: Working Girls runs the gamut between apparel, accessories and even publishing. What’s the vision behind the brand? Shailah Maynard: Our brief description of the brand is that “Working Girls is a concept brand with a feminist and satirical undertone.” We don’t have any specific requirements on what type of products we make, as long as we have fun designing/making them. I’m not that serious of a person and neither is my company. I worked in the fashion industry for nine years and got pretty sick of how serious that industry is. Snoozer. Have some humility, have fun and make me laugh. In the words of RuPaul, Working Girls “Never, ever takes itself too seriously.” CB: Can you talk a little bit about the importance of producing products focused on women — but with that sense of humor? SM: When I started Working Girls, I never said, “I am going to start a feminist accessory brand!” It just became that organically because of who I am. I have always considered myself a feminist and I love movies from the ’80s and ’90s, especially sexy thrillers (i.e. Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction). … In terms of making product that focuses on women, yes we do that, but I also want to be clear that we are not catering toward just women. Our products are and will always be unisex. Wear what you want, OK? CB: What inspired the Hot Bod pool floats? SM: Have you ever seen the movie Earth Girls Are Easy? There’s a scene when the spaceship lands in the pool, and Geena Davis gets scared and jumps onto a giant pool float shaped like a hand. I have been searching for one for years and no one seemed to make one, so I decided I was going to have to do it. The pool float line grew from there. More info about Working Girls: workinggirlsco.com.
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the question Lillian Currens asked as she mused over what it means to “female front” her Punk band, Swim Team. “I often get very self-conscious that people view me as ‘just the singer’ or that my contributions to the band are purely aesthetic, which isn’t true at all,” Currens says. “I have to remind myself that I’m there at practice writing the songs, too,” she continues. “That I am a serious musician despite not playing an instrument in our band. And anyway, I don’t want to be a man playing music. I want to make music that’s feminine and angry and messy and sad; music that’s unique to my own experiences as an artist and as a woman.” While Swim Team ripped open the roof at the Northside Tavern during an LP release show on June 2, local lush Punk rockers Leggy roared at the Nelsonville Music Festival in Nelsonville, Ohio on the same date. “We are recording a full-length album at the end of the month,” Leggy’s Veronique Allaer says. “I’m very excited. It’ll be the first time we’ve recorded in almost two years.” Leggy has been putting out banger after banger since 2014 and tours more often than not, having just completed a U.K. tour in 2016 with all-female Japanese Pop Punk band Shonen Knife. While singer Allaer quickly croons about how kissing that special someone is “sweet like eating a peach,” Kerstin Bladh amps up the rhythm section on the bass. Rounding out the two is Chris Campbell’s manic drumming. Freedom Nicole Moore remembers what it’s like to be a young woman and watch other female artists play music. There was a sense of admiration in seeing female musicians blossom. “A friend, very much like a sister to me, would take me back and forth out of town to play shows when I had no money to contribute or anything,” Moore says. “And I wasn’t the easiest to be around. “I saw this woman play music by the name of Joy Ike. She was an Indie artist who made a name for herself, wrote songs, did all her own work behind scenes, had her own sound equipment, organized her own shows and traveled city to city as a singer-songwriter.” Moore says she was inspired by seeing Joy Ike, and knew that she too could make a name for herself. “All of the women around me led me here and I feel obligated to give that back in the future.” ©
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Dojo Gelato expands with a second location — and bigger menu — in Northside BY MCKENZIE GRAHAM
More Frozen Treats BY AMANDA WEISBROD
These area sweet shops offer creative and gourmet frozen finds — including some with booze. Buzzed Bull Creamery
Alcohol and ice cream — try to think of a more iconic duo; we’ll wait. This recently opened dessert shop features made-to-order, nitrogen-frozen flavors that you can’t get anywhere else. With over 20 mix-ins and 30 flavors to choose from — plus four-flavor flights — you can customize your own alcoholic ice cream (with one to two shots of booze) or pick from a list of their specialty mixes, like a white Russian, whiskey sour or gin and juice. But if you’d rather have just the dessert and no buzz, choose from a selection of non-alcoholic flavors that are just as creamy and smooth, like the kid-friendly cake batter. Noon-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon-1 a.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. 1408 Main St., Over-theRhine, buzzedbullcreamery.com.
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“Gelato’s density allows for a creamier mouth feel, more flavor and lower butterfat content. It’s better for you,” Christner says. “We also forgo the use of any artificial colorings or flavorings in our gelati. We make it fresh every day in small batches in our Northside retail kitchen.” Christner’s offerings have already been pleasing sweet-seekers for eight years, but the new location will offer more than gelato. Given the tight-knit feel of Northside’s wellestablished community, Christner is setting up his Blue Rock space to be more of a hub for local activity than a simple scoop shop. “Once we get settled, we’ll have ongoing events on our 2,000-square-foot patio: live music, open mics, parties, any reason to gather the community together and enjoy delicious ice creams, coffee and conversation,” he says. “We look forward to bringing people of all social and cultural backgrounds together — being a true ‘third place,’ much like our Findlay Market location.” Unlike the Findlay location, however, Dojo Northside will be similar to a confectioner,
serving more than just scoops. The shop will always have 10 flavors of gelato on offer, but with bonuses. “We have expanded our menu and now offer milkshakes, a sundae bar and, exclusive to the new Northside location, we’ll also be offering a funky soft-serve menu along with killer draft rootbeer on tap with growler fills,” Christner says. Popular Dojo flavors, including freshman 15 (peanut butter-Oreo), Cap’n Crunch and the rowdy Girl Scout (mint, Dutch chocolate, Urban Artifact’s Slider Rule stout), will be rotated out with new options. There’s no wrong answer when a Dojo employee asks what you’ll be having today, but Christner has a few recommendations for the perfect summer flavor combinations. “I’m a purest,” he says. “My go-to is typically sweet cream paired with pistachio or Vietnamese coffee gelato, or our vegan lemongrass sorbetto paired with coconut gelato.” Dojo Gelato’s new gelateria is located at 1735 Blue Rock St., Northside. More info: dojogelato.com.
As an alternative to store-bought, preservative-filled frozen summer treats, streetpops creates all-natural, refreshing ice pops made with fresh fruit and herbs to create gourmet flavors like avocado, mango chili and rhubarb cardamom. Throughout the summer, streetpops’ popsicle cart travels to different locations around the city, like the Wyoming, Blue Ash and Hyde Park farmers markets. But you can always visit their seasonal Oakley storefront instead, or, new this past spring, pick up a fourpack from area Kroger stores. Check the website for streetpops’ mobile dates and locations. Noon-8 p.m. daily. 3096 Madison Road, Oakley, streetpops.com.
In the heart of downtown, Hello Honey makes all of their small-batch ice cream, waffle cones, marshmallows, caramel sauce and cookies in-house from scratch, so every time you order your favorite sundae flavor, it’s always fresh and delicious. Rotating creative flavor combos include blends like banana honeycomb, espresso nut brittle and Earl Grey blackberry. For only $2 extra, add marshmallow to your scoop and watch them toast it by hand. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 2-8 p.m. Saturday. 633 Vine St., Downtown, hellohoneyicecream.com.
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ojo Gelato has expanded beyond the Cincinnati palate. Dojo’s list of mentions starts at Bon Appétit magazine, ends at PBS and stays impressive in between, even showing up on blog Serious Eats, listed as a must-try by J. Kenji LópezAlt, managing culinary editor of the site and a James Beard award-nominated chef. That’s not to say Dojo isn’t basically still a community endeavor. With its flagship shop at Findlay Market, it’s clear that community is important to the company. Flavors and add-ins are locally sourced when possible, and the dairy is from Ohio. Everything about this Italian dessert spot screams Midwestern U.S. In choosing a second location (which officially opened on May 19), co-owner and “ringmaster” Michael Christner says that Northside was an easy pick. “I’ve always been attracted to Northside,” he says. “My wife and I bought our first home on Pullan Avenue, where we lived for a decade. I wrote Dojo’s business plan in the kitchen there. …Dojo’s first public retail event was the Northside Rock n’ Roll Carnival. We are the second-longest participating food vendor at this annual event. Northside has always reminded me of growing up near Austin, Texas.” Plus, compared to other neighborhoods (like, say, Over-the-Rhine), the initial financial investment required to open in Northside is less and with promising projections for growth. With the purchase of the building at 1735 Blue Rock St., Christner was able to expand Dojo’s kitchen space and quintuple its cold storage space. The new space in Northside remains true to its roots. Before Dojo it was JF Dairy Corner, a testament to the good frozen juju that must be permanently affixed to the location. It was owned by Juan Figaro — JF, himself — and his wife Yolanda, who both immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 1961. The couple opened their creamy whip at that location in the 1980s and closed it a couple of years ago, before Dojo took over and renovated the space. Christner is all about injecting his own international talent back into the community. Once he had decided to tackle gelato as his life pursuit, he studied with Italian pastry masters in New York City and attended Penn State’s world-renowned Ice Cream Short Course through the Berkey Creamery. Something luxurious and special like gelato deserves the most detailed attention. Each labor-intensive and creatively flavored batch of Dojo is made from scratch.
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Classics, Collaborations and Kahlo
The Cincinnati Opera mixes it up with favorite productions and innovative works BY ANNE ARENSTEIN
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The dynamic mezzo Catalina Cuervo, who dazzled audiences in 2012 as the titular role in María de Buenos Aires, returns as Frida, a role she performed for Michigan Opera. Production photos reveal Cuervo’s startling resemblance to the formidable artist and, by all accounts, she inhabits the part. The same holds true for bass-baritone Ricardo Herrera as Diego Rivera, a role he sang with Cuervo in 2015. Director (and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music alum) Jose Maria Condemi plans to use the ensemble cast to bring Kahlo’s paintings to life. At the end of July, The Magic Flute returns to weave its fantasy of love, high idealism and some of Mozart’s most entrancing music. The company’s
production comes from the Komische Oper Berlin and is based on a concept by 1927, a British theatrical group that combines live animation, music and stage action. In a 2012 interview, Komische Oper’s artistic director Barrie Kosky noted the difficulties in staging this work. But after seeing the groundbreaking work by 1927, which combined silent film, music and movement, Kosky knew he’d found a creative team to take on the challenges. “It’s basically a silent movie come to life and the characters are conceived as some of the iconic silent film stars,” Mirageas says. The bird catcher Papageno is a tribute to Buster Keaton; the lustful Monostatos looks like the original Nosferatu, Max Schreck.
The opera’s dialogue has been greatly reduced and will be projected as supertitles, with piano accompaniment by Mozart — “a silent film by Wolfgang Mozart, so to speak,” says Kosky. The cast includes veterans of this production who know the technical demands, including director Daniel Ellis and conductor Christopher Allen. Tenor Aaron Blake returns as Prince Tamino and Rodion Pogossov is Papageno. Newcomers include Jeni Houser as Queen of the Night, Tom McNichols as Sarastro and Kim-Lillian Strebel as Pamina. Rounding out the season is the most eagerly awaited work: Missy Mazzoli’s Song From the Uproar, with a libretto by Royce Vavrek and a multi-media co-production with the always innovative concert:nova. This is another story of an extraordinary woman who defied convention to follow her own path. You’ve probably never heard of Isabelle Eberhardt, who was born in Switzerland in 1877. When her parents and brother died in quick succession, she left Switzerland for Algeria, dressing as a man, converted to Islam and fell in love with an Algerian soldier. Eberhardt survived an assassination attempt and, following a failed suicide attempt, died in a flash flood at the age of 27. Miraculously, her journals survived. Song From the Uproar premiered in 2012 and was immediately hailed for its haunting score that incorporates Eberhardt’s words into Vavrek’s libretto. Abigail Fischer was enthralling as the original Eberhardt and she reprises the role for the Cincinnati Opera. This opera was a breakthrough for Mazzoli, an acclaimed and sought-after composer, especially for opera. Her latest work, Breaking the Waves, based on the Lars von Trier film, premiered in October in Philadelphia to rave reviews. Mirageas compares her with two of the greatest composers for opera: Giuseppe Verdi and Benjamin Britten. “She has a gift very few composers have: the ability to set the historical and locational world of the piece,” he says. “Her music transports you into Eberhardt’s world.” Performances are in the Aronoff Center’s Fifth Third Bank Theater and tickets are going fast, according to Mirageas. Mazzoli will be here for the opening. Tickets are also being snapped up for Frida, but if you can’t make it, the Cincinnati Opera’s free community concert Opera in the Park, featuring Spanish and Mexican music, takes place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 11 in Washington Park. The Cincinnati Opera 2017 season runs June 15-July 21. For Subscriptions and tickets, visit cincinnatiopera.org.
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incinnati Opera’s summer season combines the traditional with two recent works based on the lives of fiercely independent women, along with exciting debuts and technical wizardry. The season kicks off with La Bohème, Puccini’s most popular score with gorgeous melodies and brilliant orchestral touches, inspired by love among artists in Paris’ bohemian quarter. La Bohème’s conductor is drawing as much attention as the cast. Louis Langrée, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s music director, makes his Cincinnati Opera debut. For the former resident of Paris, it’s a perfect setup: conducting his orchestra in an opera about Paris in his new hometown. “It’s one of his favorites,” Mirageas says. “When we sat down to determine what Louis wanted for his company debut, I don’t think he missed a heartbeat before answering La Bohème. Et voilá!” This co-production with English National Opera was last seen in 2010 and features a cast of newcomers and returning artists. Soprano Nicole Cabell, last year’s Rodelinda in Die Fledermaus, sings the fragile seamstress Mimí. Her lover Rodolfo is tenor Sean Panikkar, making his Cincinnati Opera debut. Soprano Jessica Rivera returns to sing the tempestuous Musetta and Russian baritone Rodion Pogossov is her on-again, off-again partner Marcello. The production design drew inspiration from black-and-white photos taken by French-Hungarian photographer Brassaï. Director Natascha Metherell, who codirected Cincinnati Opera’s 2010 staging of La Bohème with Jonathan Miller, returns, fully in charge this time around. After this classic comes a more modern performance. Artist Frida Kahlo’s turbulent life was already operatic before Robert Xavier Rodríguez’s Frida premiered in Philadelphia in 1991. Kahlo’s provocative, colorful and often grotesque paintings reflected a life of struggle, defiance, political activism and excruciating physical pain, which was the aftermath of a nearly fatal accident that occurred when she was 18. And then there was her stormy marriage to painter Diego Rivera. Rodríguez’s score garnered praise for its vivid renditions of Mexican musical styles, incorporating Classical and Popular motifs to evoke Kahlo’s fierce dedication to life — ¡Viva la vida! was her motto. Since its premiere, Frida has been produced throughout the world. Cincinnati Opera audiences will see the production mounted by the Michigan Opera in 2015.
20 Outdoor Drinking Destinations
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o you like drinking outside? Sure. We all do. It’s a chance to get some fresh air, vitamin D and take selfies with colorful cocktails. But how do you know which bar patio is the best place to enjoy your simmering summer evening or Saturday afternoon with alcohol in hand? Solution: We made a list. This is not a comprehensive collection of all the places in Greater Cincinnati to have a beer outside (like, we didn’t list your backyard); just think of this as a starter guide. And to make narrowing down the selection easier, we made some categories.
Hip Hotspots Mecca OTR — This hip hideaway in OTR just got an outdoor overhaul. With a courtyard main entrance tucked away down 15th Street (the streetside façade is actually a vintage Americana shop accessible from inside the bar), this destination feels very “in the know.” But the big-ass gravel patio, hanging plants, colorful street-art murals, panoply of rainbow lighting and plethora of communal seating makes this a welcoming hangout for those interested in no-frills drinking, L.A. vibes, vinyl tunes and corndogs. 1429 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/meccaotr. 21c Cocktail Terrace — One of the chicest spots to imbibe outdoors, the seasonal
rooftop cocktail terrace at 21c is located down an alley next to the hotel and up a service elevator. Lounge seating and bar-top tables nestled on the narrow glass-enclosed patio offer some of the best views of downtown. Grab a Pop-tail cocktail, flavored ice pops submerged in alcohol — a quintessential summer sipper. 609 Walnut St., Downtown, 21ccocktailterrace.com.
MadTree 2.0 — MadTree’s milliondollar makeover did not disappoint. The hugely expanded operation on Madison Road is bigger on all fronts, including its 10,000-square-foot beer garden. With 32 MadTree-exclusive taps, ambient lighting and an industrial brick façade leftover from the building’s factory days, there’s more than enough space to accommodate all the beer-drinking, cornhole-playing, dogloving humans. Bonus: The expansion also included bigger bathrooms. 3301 Madison Road, Oakley, madtreebrewing.com. Queen City Radio — This auto shop turned bar and beer garden has a plethora of outdoor seating on its urban patio — perfect for downing one or two Hawaiian Haze slushies, made with Columbus-based Karate Cowboy sake-infused grain alcohol, ginger beer, pineapple and lime. Stay long enough and sate your hunger with onsite food truck Queen
City Whip’s chili cheese fries. 222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, qcrbar.com.
rosé on draft. 638 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., hotelcovington.com.
Darkness Brewing — This dark-beerfocused nano-brewery in Bellevue has a picnic-table-lined blacktop patio (a call-back to the building’s former life as a car lot and showroom), which gives perfect access to the local food trucks that pull up frequently to serve bargoers dinner. 224 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, Ky., facebook.com/darknessbrewing.
Top of the Park — A hidden gem of a rooftop hotel bar, the Top of the Park at the Residence Inn in Lytle Park has prime panoramic views of the Ohio River, Mount Adams and downtown. Soft lounge seating, fire features and full-service staff accent a bar menu highlighting local brews, a curated cocktail list and charcuterie. 506 E. Fourth St., Downtown, topoftheparkcincinnati.com. Rhinegeist — The crown jewel on top of the 25,000-square-foot historic brewery, Rhinegeist’s wood-lined rooftop deck is an always-packed party palace that’s a Cincinnati must-do. Sidle up to the draft bar for a pint of Truth or Bubbles rosé cider; they even have cocktails on tap, like a Salty Dog with Ohio’s OYO vodka and grapefruit shrub. 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, rhinegeist.com.
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Hotel Covington — The al fresco courtyard nestled between historic brick buildings and adjacent to Coppin’s restaurant in Hotel Covington is a multi-use patio that offers everything from lawn games, live music and film screenings to a full food menu, artisan coffee bar and daily happy hour (3-6 p.m.). Hang out under string lights with a Carabello cappuccino, gin and housemade tonic or
Alcohol with Animals
The Cincinnati Zoo — The 70-plus-acre Cincinnati Zoo is home to a bunch of animals — lions, rhinos, capybaras, Fiona the hippo, etc. But it also has beer. More than 20 taps are situated at concessions outposts throughout the park, serving domestic brews and local crafts. But the zoo is currently working with locals Mt. Carmel to come up with a new, exclusive in-house beer to benefit conservation efforts. The brew should roll out midsummer, which gives you one more reason to sip and stroll while checking out the animal exhibits. 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org. Braxton Brewing Company — Celebrate the dog days of summer at this uber popular garage-inspired Covington brewery. Claim one of the coveted eight patio tables in front and sip on Braxton’s seasonal Summertrip passionfruit Berliner weisse. Well-behaved
Cold drinks and cool spots to enjoy on hot summer days
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pups are allowed at the brewery until 9 p.m. And if you don’t have one of your own, there are plenty of other people’s dogs to pet for a Fido fix. 27 W. Seventh St., Covington, braxtonbrewing.com.
Kaze — More like OTR’s izakaya, this Japanese gastropub is notorious for its excellent outdoor space and one of the best happy hours in the city. Starting at 4 p.m., grab $5 specialty cocktails and discounted sushi rolls, among other options, and enjoy them on the giant private patio, featuring string lights, colorful vertical planters and Acapulco lounge chairs. It even has its own outdoor bar, perfect for not moving too far when you want a refill of $4 house sake. 1400 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, kazeotr.com.
Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar — Wellmann’s Brands’ MainStrasse bourbon outpost features more than 300 bottles of domestic bourbon and whiskey and a quaint, secluded 40-seater backyard outdoor space. Visit Sundays for Liquid Brunch, featuring classic and creative bourbon-based cocktails (who needs food?), or try an always-changing top-shelf flight. 629 Main St., Covington, Ky., wellmannsbrands.com.
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Kreimer’s River Bar — Located in the backyard of Kreimer’s Bier Haus, this Bavarian biergarten on the Great Miami River has three decks, fire pits and a ton of Black Forest-inspired wood features, from picnic seating to a whimsical cuckoo-clocklooking German grill house, which serves
snacks like sauerkraut balls, pretzel bread, bier cheese and plenty of meaty metts. 6052 State Route 128, Cleves, facebook. com/kreimersriverbar. Mecklenburg Gardens — At 150 years old, Mecklenburg Gardens is one of the city’s most historic eateries, and its vine-covered trellised biergarten is one of the best in the nation (an accolade awarded by Travel + Leisure magazine). Grab one of the German brews on draft, which come in several sizes, including a 1-liter glass boot. Wednesday night, the garden offers quarter flip specials: The bartender flips a coin and you call heads or tails while it’s in the air. If you guess right, you pay 25 cents for a half-liter beer. 302 E. University Ave., Corryville, mecklenburgs.com.
Northside Yacht Club — It’s half-price wing night every Wednesday at this nautical Northside Rock & Roll establishment. Landlubbers can grab some smoked Amish chicken wings on the cheap (also available in cauliflower), topped with sauces like parmesan garlic, cilantro honey lime and triple-X hot. Eat on the multi-level dog-friendly back bar and patio and kill the burn with an icy island-style banana daiquiri. 4227 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, northsideyachtclub.com. Dutch’s — Dutch’s pony keg turned bar, bottle shop and artisanal larder is an
East Side hang with an expansive kitchen, pantry and patio, complete with a fire pit and bocce court. Pair one of 200 different available wines or craft on-tap beers with farmstead cheeses, natural meats or snacks like truffle popcorn. Thursday is Burger Night, with a special one-night-only gourmet topped burger available from 6 p.m. until they sell out. 3378 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, dutchscincinnati.com.
Cabana on the River — The Cabana brings the beach to the West Side. Sign up for volleyball leagues and bask in the glow of neon palm trees while taking in relaxing Ohio River views. Get more relaxed with a Lava Flow: piña colada blended with rum, poured over strawberry purée and served frozen. 7445 Forbes Road, Sayler Park, cabanaontheriver.com. The Sandbar — 4EG’s The Sandbar at Four Seasons Marina is a summer staycation destination. The palm-frond-topped outdoor cabana bar is located next to the seven sand volleyball courts, which are in turn next to the grassy cornhole court and wading pool. Tap into your inner river lover with the Ohio River Mudslide: bourbon, Bailey’s and half and half on the rocks. 4609 Kellogg Ave., East End, thesandbarcincinnati.com.
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Washington Park — Washington Park is a dream backyard, complete with a water feature, dog park, playground and its own deck bar — a suburban-style escape in the city — which is open every day this summer and serves wine, liquor and local beer. The park also has a concession stand, open during Summer Cinema in the park, a free every-Wednesday movie screening on the civic lawn. Watch a classic movie (like Men in Black, Space Jam and Legally Blonde) while enjoying the spoils of the full bar. 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
The Littlefield — This classy little space in Northside has a focus on bourbon — from small-batch barrels and ryes to American, Scotch, Irish and Canadian brands — plus artisan bites and brunch. Try a signature Blue Goose old fashioned, made with Bulleit and in-house cherry bitters. The two-level patio is almost as large as the building itself, with seating for supper or drinks. 3934 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, littlefieldns.com.
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Persistence of Mammary
Local exhibit ‘Still They Persist’ chronicles the protest art from recent women’s and human rights marches BY MADGE MARIL
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“My very favorite piece is from Donelle Estey — and it’s one that says ‘Resist’— but there are so many that feel so special, not as precious objects as much as them feeling like a living archive of people who are politically engaged,” Seda-Reeder says. The art is as diverse as the message was the day of the protest. While the protests centered on the inauguration of President Donald Trump, activists also advocated for global human rights issues, such as racial equality, women’s rights, health care reform, reproductive health rights, global warming and LGBTQ rights. “The major themes we picked to frame the exhibition as well as the catalog are the areas we saw most folks responding to in the pieces: confronting the bully; objects of
resistance; our bodies, our selves; the limits of white feminism; artists respond; (and) democracy through craft,” Seda-Reeder says. This sentiment is echoed in the press release for the show: “This collection of powerful imagery and words speaks to the
very essence of what true freedom might look like for every American.” “We all decided to call the exhibition Still They Persist, since protests will be ongoing as long as Trump is in the White House,” Waddell says. If that phrase sounds familiar, you may have seen it on a bumper sticker or lifted up through social media. The saying caught fire after Senate Republicans silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren during her speech critiquing then-attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions. Warren quoted a letter from Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., originally used to dispute Sessions’ judicial nomination three decades back. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell then used a little known and little-used Senate rule about “impugning” another senator to stop Warren from speaking. Afterward, many took issue with the ruling and took to social media with the hashtag #LetLizSpeak. McConnell remarked, “She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” The phrase struck a chord with the millions who had protested during the Women’s March. In Cincinnati, graffiti has appeared with a raised fist bearing the word “PERSIST” beneath it across buildings in Northside and downtown. When Tattoo Makers in Cheviot hosted a Planned Parenthood benefit with feminist tattoo flash art, women came in to ink the word “persist” on to their skin. This is the fire and energy that the FemFour and Waddell want to continue to stoke. After Wave Pool, the exhibit will travel the country, as the protests did. Still They Persist will be on display at the Lexington Art League July 28-Aug. 13 and the Contemporary Arts Center Oct. 9-22, with more locations being scheduled. “I love all of the art we have collected,” Waddell says. Still They Persist is on display at Wave Pool (2940 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington) through June 24. More info: wavepoolgallery.org.
For more protest-inspired art, visit Andrea Bowers: Womxn Workers of the World Unite! at the Contemporary Arts Center through June 18. The Ohio-born, Los Angeles-based Bowers has created an exhibit at the intersection of social justice, political activism and art making. With a focus on the feminist movement and its evolution, including trans-feminism, the art featured reactivates political graphics, photography, signs and other protest imagery. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org.
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hen Sara M. Vance Waddell asked via Facebook two weeks before the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. for protest signs and posters for a future exhibition, she had no idea how immense the response would be. And such was the response across America and the world: What began as a political march on the capitol on Jan. 21, 2017 became the largest single-day protest in American history. An estimated five million people protested globally, on all seven continents. Across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, millions of photos of protest art began appearing. Some of the posters used during the Women’s March on Washington were tongue-in-cheek, such as “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-Damental Human Rights” and “Donald Trump Uses Comic Sans.” Others reflected how women have been fighting for equal rights for decades — one image appeared online of an older woman holding a simple cardboard poster reading, “Ninety, Nasty and Not Giving Up.” “The response was so overwhelming,” Waddell says. As a self-proclaimed collector of art by women artists and artists of color, Waddell originally wanted to mount an exhibition featuring the protest art at her home gallery, but before long she had received more than 150 pieces. Realizing that the project was blossoming and that she needed to present the curated art to the public, she leaned on others for help. “I reached out to (CityBeat arts critic, curator and professor) Maria Seda-Reeder to help me curate it,” Waddell says. “I then pulled Jaime Thompson from the CAC and Cal Cullen from Wave Pool in to help travel the exhibition and everything that goes with that. I love nicknames, so I dubbed us ‘FemFour’ and off we went.” Wave Pool — where the exhibit will be mounted through June 24 — describes in a gallery note that the aim of Still They Persist: Protest Art from the 2017 Women’s Marches is to keep “the words and images made and deployed by human rights advocates, who took to the streets of cities around the country this past January, circulating within the public sphere.” The exhibit features posters, textiles, sculptures, photo documentation from the day of the protest and other ephemera. Contributing artists include Lizzy DuQuette, Donelle Estey, Gigi Gatewood, Christine Dianne Guiyangco, Rebecca Allan, Inna Babaeva, Hannah Barnes, Colin C Boyd, Skylar Davis and many others.
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he summer season is here in all its glory, and with it comes sunnier skies, longer days and hundreds of things to do and see. To make things a little easier, we’ve broken up your schedule by the day, whether you feel like catching an exhibit at an art museum, claiming a spot at Summer Cinema or racing through a 5K. Fall will be here in no time, so take advantage of the grilling weather, take a dip in the pool and take a trip to the city for every food fest, farmers market, concert and exhibit the season has to offer. Here’s your definitive guide to 13 weeks of summertime bliss.* *This is not a comprehensive list — Cincinnati has many other events worth checking out this summer. Events are subject to change.
travels to the Queen City to perform songs from his fourth full-length album. 6 p.m. June 9. Tickets start at $125. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown, usbankarena.com. Schwabenfest— Like Oktoberfest in June, Schwabenfest features authentic German bier, pretzel sandwiches, live music and entertainment brought to you by the Donauschwaben Youth Group and Schuhplattlers. 6 p.m.midnight June 9; 1 p.m.-midnight June 10. $3. Donauschwaben Haus, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Colerain, cincydonau.com. The Poetry of Place: William Clift, Linda Connor, and Michael Kenna — The Cincinnati Art Museum hosts this exhibition of blackand-white photographs, revealing moments steeped in history. Featuring unique interpretations instead of a documentary format, the collection of these three photographers has the essence of an ethereal world that will invite visitors to consider meanings beyond visible details. Through June 11. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
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Science Geek Week at Krohn — Cincinnati’s Krohn Conservatory hosts Science Geek Week, featuring carnival games, ice cream, sidewalk chalk and sprinklers (weather permitting) for the kids. Stop by The Majestic Monarch exhibit to see thousands of free-flying butterflies while you’re here! 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 5-8. Free with admission: $7 adults; $4 ages 5-17; free ages 4 and under. Krohn Conservatory, 41501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiparks.com.
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Workout on the Green — This installment of Washington Park’s free outdoor series begins with Pilates with CORE followed by Strength with YMCA. Bring your own yoga mat. 6-8:30 p.m. June 7. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org. Lil Uzi Vert — Featured on Migos’ No. 1 Billboard hit “Bad & Boujee,” this rapper from North Philadelphia has a “relaxed style that connected the dots between Young Thug, Chief Keef and the A$AP Mob,” according to billboard.com. 7 p.m. June 7. $40 advance; $45 door. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., madisontheateronline.com. Star Wars and the Power of Costume Exhibit — The Cincinnati Museum features more than 60 costumes from all seven Star Wars films during this exhibit to show the complex designs, challenges and thought processes behind the series’ most beloved outfits. Through Oct. 1. $24 adults; $21 seniors; $16 children; $17 adult member; $12 child member. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, cincymuseum.org. Bark in the Park — Bring your pup to the stadium to watch the Reds face off against the Cardinals. Participate in a pre-game pet parade on the track surrounding the field, meet adoptable pets from the SPCA and have a photo taken of you and your dog in front of a special Reds backdrop. 7:10 p.m. June 7; pet parade begins at 6:30 p.m. $30 humans; $20
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Ugo Rondinone: let’s start this day again — In a world that seems increasingly divided between scary clowns and jovial ones, the artist Ugo Rondinone provides a third choice: introspective, meditative, puzzlingly perplexing clowns. You can see 45 of them at the CAC in an installation that takes up much of an entire floor. There, the clowns are lost in a surrounding world of color so intensely alive it should make them want to jump and dance — even if they are life-like, life-size sculptures rather than actual humans. Through Aug. 20. Free. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org.
dogs. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, cincinnati.reds.mlb.com. National Geographic Photo Ark at the Zoo — Led by photographer Joel Sartore, the National Geographic Photo Ark is a multi-year project to document every species living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries in an effort to help find solutions to save them. Sartore has captured portraits of more than 6,000 species across 40 countries to date, but he isn’t finished: His goal is to photograph 12,000 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. More than 50 of these intimate portraits will be on display at the Cincinnati Zoo this summer in addition to free educational materials and activities. Through Aug. 20. Free with general admission: $19 adults; $13 children and seniors. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org. Culture Bites: Northern Kentucky’s Food Traditions — Developed by students in Northern Kentucky University’s Public History Graduate Program, this exhibit at the Behringer-Crawford Museum focuses on the impact of food from diverse immigrant populations on Northern Kentucky’s social and cultural development, featuring a variety of cuisines form different countries, their origins and
traditions. Through July 23. $5; free museum members. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington, Ky., bcmuseum.org.
THURSDAY, JUNE 08
Anne Frank: A History for Today — Featuring Anne’s own wonderfully candid writing and photos of the Frank family and other occupants of the Secret Annex, this exhibit shows one family’s experience of persecution juxtaposed against world events before, during and after the rise of the Nazi party. Through June 9. $10; $5 students. Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, 8401 Montgomery Road, Kenwood, holocaustandhumanity.org.
Bandstand Bluegrass: Rabbit Hash String Band — Enjoy Bluegrass, Roots and Americana music at Washington Park’s Bandstand every Thursday this summer. This week’s artist, the Rabbit Hash String Band, has an old-time sound featuring tight rhythms and punchy guitar bass lines punctuated by intricate fiddle and banjo. 7-10 p.m. June 8. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
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The Weeknd — Grammy Award-winning artist The Weeknd debuted his newest album, Starboy, in Europe in February and traveled to North America in April. On June 9, The Weeknd
Italian Fest — Featuring live music, authentic Italian cuisine and a golf outing, the 26thannual Italian Fest is a great way to celebrate Italian heritage and culture. June 8-11. Free admission. Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., italianfestnewport.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 10
FC Cincinnati vs. Charlotte Independence — Cheer on Cincinnati’s own USL club soccer team as they take on Charlotte Independence from Charlotte, N.C. From 5:30-6:30 p.m., animals from the Cincinnati Zoo will be on the Sheakley Lawn for meet and greets before the game. 7 p.m. June 10. $10-$30. Nippert Stadium, 2700 Bearcat Way, Clifton, fccincinnati.com. Local Brews & Blues — Local breweries and Blues bands come together for a day full of tasting craft beer and listening to rhythmic Blues. Cheryl Renee, Jay Jesse Johnson band, The Magic Lightnin’ Boys and The Fabulous Blue Brothers will bring the beat while breweries including MadTree, Mt. Carmel, Rhinegeist, Urban Artifact and more bring the beer. 2-8 p.m. June 10. $30 advance; $35 door. Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., newportonthelevee.com. Cinema Patio at The Video Archive — Quentin Tarantino-themed bar and movie rental store The Video Archive screens a feature film every Saturday this summer. Grab a drink and be the ball: This week’s movie is Caddyshack. 8:30-11:30 p.m. June 10. Free admission. The Video Archive, 965 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills, gorillacinemapresents.com. West Chester Farmers Market — Take home fresh fruits and veggies, homemade products and specialty prepared foods from the likes of Hoocha Doodle Farm, Garden of Eaten, True Nature Dog Treats and La Terza Coffee.
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and find all of your food supplies at farmers markets around the city. College Hill’s market even has live music most weeks. 3-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Free. College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, collegehillfarmmarket.org.
Summer markets take place every Saturday through Oct. 28. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Free admission. 9363 Center Pointe Drive, West Chester, westchesterohiofarmersmarket.org. Treasures of British Painting 1400-2000: The Berger Collection — This who’s who of British painting at the Taft features 50 pieces spanning six centuries, including masterpieces by Anthony van Dyck, Benjamin West, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable and John Singer Sargent. Through Oct. 1. $12 adults; $10 seniors and kids 6-18; free Taft members. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown, taftmuseum.org.
FRIDAY, JUNE 16
Jungle Jim’s International Beer Fest — More than 100 breweries, including 50 West, Ballast Point, Kona, Braxton, Jackie O’s and SweetWater will be serving up more than 400 different and international beers — including unique and rare brews — during the 12thannual International Beer Fest. 7-10:30 p.m. June 16-17. $45-$55 per day; $20 designated driver. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, junglejims.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 11
Opera in the Park — Celebrate Cincinnati Opera’s 97th Summer Festival with The Cincinnati Opera Chorus, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and stars from the 2017 season as they perform a selection of Spanish-themed opera and musical theater. Stretch out on the lawn with a blanket and your favorite food truck cuisine and let the sweet music take you away. 7:30 p.m. June 11. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-theRhine, washingtonplatform.com.
The Music Man — Meredith Wilson’s six-time Tony Award-winning Broadway classic comes to the local stage at Blue Ash Amphitheater. Follow Harold Hill, a fast-talking traveling salesman, as he attempts to con the people of River City, Iowa into buying musical instruments for a new boys’ band. 7:30-10 p.m. June 11. $10. Blue Ash Amphitheater, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, esptheater.org.
Ride Cincinnati — This non-competitive biking event raises funds for all types of cancer research in the Greater Cincinnati area. Choose to complete an 8-, 16-, 26-, 45-, 63-, or 100mile route. Start times begin at 6:30 a.m. June 11. $35-$75 adult bikers; $45 adult walkers; $15 children 12 and under. Yeatman’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, ridecincinnati.org.
MONDAY, JUNE 12
The Head and The Heart —The six-piece American Indie Folk band based out of Seattle is stopping in Cincinnati on their 2017 tour, Signs of Light. J. Roddy Walston & the Business will also make an appearance. 7:30 p.m. June 12. $36. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers — Celebrating the 40th anniversary of their self-titled album, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tour cross-country this summer, performing classic hits and fan favorites. Tonight, Joe Walsh will set the mood before Tom Petty takes the stage. 7:30 p.m. June 12. $49.50-79.50. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown, usbankarena.org.
TUESDAY, JUNE 13
Blue Ash Concert Series: Maple Knoll Big Band — Enjoy live music every Tuesday and Thursday through June at the Blue Ash Nature Park. Today, the Maple Knoll Big Band takes the stage with their swingin’ big band Jazz. 7-9 p.m. June 13. Free. Blue Ash Nature Park, 4437 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, blueash.com.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America — Comprised of more than 100 pieces made between 1800 and 1925, this exhibit includes approximately 60 works from the celebrated collection of Barbara L. Gordon and 40 regional loans. As the largest representation of historical American folk art in the history of the museum, A Shared Legacy celebrates minimalist art created by and for ordinary people rather than society’s upper tier. Through Sept. 3. $10 adults; $5 ages 6-17 and college students with ID; free for members.
Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiartmuseum.org. Noel Anderson: Blak Origin Moment — A Louisville, Ky.-born artist and an influential former professor at the University of Cincinnati, Noel Anderson is known for his investigations into the evolving makeup of black male identity via the historically revered medium of textiles. Specifically, Blak Origin Moment studies the fraught post-Ferguson era of Black Lives Matter and heightened racial tensions in the United States. Through June 18. Free. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org.
THURSDAY, JUNE 15
Andrea Bowers: Womxn Workers of the World Unite! — As an Ohio-born, Los Angeles-based artist, Bowers looks through (and participates in) civil disobedience as a lens to explore contemporary causes including women’s, gay & trans rights, immigration, environmental protection and labor relations. View her exhibition, which focuses on her survey of the feminist movement and its contested evolution, at the Contemporary Arts Center for a limited time. Through June 18. Free. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org. College Hill Farmers Market —Forget chain grocery stores; this summer, shop local
Indie Vol. 2017 with Jeremy Enigk, Son Little and Korey Dane — Frontman of the Seattle-based Sunny Day Real Estate Jeremy Enigk performs with Son Little, a Blues artist from Philadelphia, and Korey Dane, an Indie Folk Rock musician from Long Beach, Calif. Free indie music showcases take place Friday nights throughout the summer. 7 p.m. June 16. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com. 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 18. Free admission. MainStrasse Village, 406 W. Sixth St., Covington, Ky., mainstrasse.org.
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
TEDxCincinnati Main Stage Event: Connected — Learn about extraordinary people, wellness, entertainment and technology from performers and speakers. The seminar will also include a networking cocktail hour. 5 p.m and 8:30 p.m. June 17. $75 general admission; student tickets and bundles available. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, tedxcincinnati.com. Cincinnati Men’s Chorus Pride Concert — It’s Pride Week! The Cincinnati Men’s Chorus kicks things off Saturday and Sunday with music that helped shape many of today’s top artists and created the soundtrack of our movement from the beginning of Berry Gordy’s Motown to Macy Gray‘s Sexual Revolution. 8 p.m. June 17; 2 p.m. June 18. $25. School for Creative & Performing Arts, 108 W.
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Concours d’Elegance Car Show — This nationally recognized car show displays more than 200 collector vehicles in the formal gardens of Ault Park. The theme for the 40th Concours d’Elegance Car Show is “Celebrating 40 Years of Automotive Excellence” and will feature special displays such as “Camaro & Firebird—50 Years,” plus 13 classes of classic, vintage, and exotic cars and motorcycles. Discount tickets available online. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 11. $25 adults; $15 students (with ID); free children 12 and under. Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave., Hyde Park, ohioconcours.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
RoeblingFest — Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the John A. Roebling Bridge with walking tours, music, art, historical presentations and more at the 13th-annual RoeblingFest. New this year is a presentation by Kriss Roebling, who is a direct descendant of John Roebling. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 17. Free. Roebling Point Entertainment District, Court Avenue and E. Third Street, Covington, Ky., roeblingbridge.org.
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 the Information Desk at Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatifoodtours.com.
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The City Flea — For a unique and local shopping experience, visit the City Flea in Washington Park during select Saturdays this summer. Vendors include Cincy Threads, Ohio Valley Beard Supply, Ohio Against the World and many more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 17. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, thecityflea.com.
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Juneteenth Festival — This Father’s Day weekend, bring Dad to Eden Park for entertainment and smooth Jazz provided by The Deele, Ellis Williams, Under New Order and more. June 17-18. Free. Eden Park, 950 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, juneteenthcincinnati.org.
Damn Yankees — Joe Boyd, a middle-aged baseball fanatic, sells his soul to the devil for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory against the New York Yankees. It’s the last day to see this seven-time Tony Awardwinning, wickedly funny romantic comedy. Don’t miss its final performance. 2 p.m. June 18. $29 adults; $26 students and seniors. Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, 801 Matson Place, East Price Hill, cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 18
Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers —Treat Dad to a Reds game and a free Reds baseball cap, available to the first 10,000 dads this Father’s Day. 1:10 p.m. June 18. $5-$280. Great American Ballpark, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, cincinnati.reds.mlb.com. Stingray Hideaway: Enter Their World — Get up close and personal like never before with 15 species including stingrays, colorful fish, iguanas and other reptiles at Newport Aquarium. Through Sept. 2. $24.99 adult; $16.99 ages 2-12. Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, Ky., newportaquarium.com. Cincinnati Beer Week — A full week of beer-related events taking place at venues throughout Greater Cincinnati. Expect pint nights, tap takeovers, special events and a craft can festival. This year, Blank Slate, Christian Moerlein, 50 West, Rhinegeist and more collaborated to create six new beers, which will be available at Beer Week locations. June 18-24. Select locations around Greater Cincinnati, cincinnatibeerweek.com.
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Summer Solstice Lavender Festival — Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm is in full bloom. Try lavender-infused foods, pick your own organic lavender fresh 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 17; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 18. Free. Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm,
Bring Your Shorty Day at 16-Bit — 16-Bit Bar+Arcade opens its doors to gamers of all ages from noon to 5 p.m. Parents can enjoy $1 off craft drafts all day long. Noon-5 p.m. June 18. Free. 16-Bit Bar+Arcade, 1331 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, 16-bitbar.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 19
Trivia Night at Fountain Square — Put your thinking cap on and head down to Fountain Square each Monday night for beer specials, gift-card prizes and fast-paced trivia. No more than eight people to a group. 7-9 p.m. Mondays. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com. 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, taftsalehouse.com. Miike Snow — The Swedish Pop Indie band from Stockholm comes to Cincinnati this Monday to serenade your soul. All ages. Doors open 7:30 p.m. June 19. $25. Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, bogarts.com.
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Party on the Purple — Every Wednesday, make it down to the Purple People Bridge for live music, food from local food trucks and more in order to raise money for bridge maintenance. 5-10 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. Purple People Bridge, Pete Rose Way and Third Street, Downtown/Newport, Ky., purplepeoplebridge.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 20
Strauss Troy Market — Every Tuesday, local vendors gather in Fountain Square to sell everything from fresh produce to sweet treats and handmade items. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 20. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com. Laugh Out Proud — Celebrate LGBTQ pride with comedians Julie Goldman from The Big Gay Sketch Show and Pandora Boxx from Ru Paul’s Drag Race. 21 plus. 7 p.m. June 20. $10-$20. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, woodwardtheater.com.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21
Pride Movie Night feat. Hairspray — Join Cincinnati Pride for a free movie under the stars to celebrate Pride Week with a showing of Hairspray, starring John Travolta, Zac Efron and Queen Latifa. 9-11 p.m. June 21. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatipride.org.
THURSDAY, JUNE 22
My Morning Jacket with The Record Company — My Morning Jacket, a Louisvillebased Rock band, makes an appearance at Riverbend today with special guest The Record Company, an American power rock trio from Los Angeles. 7 p.m. June 22. $49.50. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org. Party on the Plaza — Sit back, relax and grab a $2 beer at happy hour as you listen
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Panegyri Greek Festival — Holy TrinitySt. 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 23; 3-11 p.m. June 24; 1-8 p.m. June 25. $2 adults; free for children 12 and under. Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 7000 Winton Road, Finneytown, panegyri.com. Cincinnati Pride Community Recognition Ceremony — Head to the Contemporary Arts Center to help honor leaders within the local LGBTQ community. 7 p.m. June 23. Free. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, cincinnatipride.org. Craft Beer Series & Music at the Market — Every weekend features selections from a different local brewery. This weekend features West Sixth Brewing, so head to the OTR Biergarten to chat with representatives and hear their stories. June 23-25. Free. Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, findlaymarket.org. 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 Kuber and Chuck Cleaver on Friday, and Brian Drabant + Kevin Frey take the stage Saturday, among many other performers. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. June 23-24. Free. Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside, northsidetav.com.
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Queen City Pop-Up Drag Show — Queen City Radio presents a pop-up drag show in Washington Park after Pride Movie Night to benefit Cincinnati Pride. A portion of proceeds raised from JELL-O shots will be donated to Cincinnati Pride. 11 p.m.-1 a.m. June 21. Free. Queen City Radio, 222 W. 12th St., Over-theRhine, cincinnatipride.org.
to the Nick Netherton Band. As part of the Party on the Plaza series, come back on July 20 for the Leroy Ellington Band. 5:30-9 p.m. June 22. Free. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Newtown, andersonpartyontheplaza.com.
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Cinema Patio at The Video Archive — Quentin Tarantino-themed bar The Video Archive screens a feature film every Saturday this summer. This week, hunt for the fortune of One-Eyed Willy during The Goonies. 8:30-11:30 p.m. June 17. Free admission. The Video Archive, 965 E. McMillan St., Over-the-Rhine, gorillacinemapresents.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 24
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 cincinnatipride.org for updates and parade routes. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. June 24. Free. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, cincinnatipride.org
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CAT Walk — Help “stomp out the stigma of addiction” at the Center for Addiction Treatment by raising funds and awareness for CAT’s programs during this half-mile event. Before you walk or run, enjoy a continental breakfast; afterward, check out the basket raffles and kids’ activities. All proceeds benefit CAT. 8:30 a.m. June 24. $25 individuals; $75 family four-pack. Veterans Park, 6239 Harrison Ave., Cheviot, catwalkcincinnati.com. Kids Live at the Levee — Families can enjoy an evening of kids’ live music by Zak Morgan Trio and Songs For Seeds, plus other entertainment like a magician and puppet show. 12:30-4:30 p.m. June 24. Free. Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., newportonthelevee.com. Montgomery Farmers Market — Browse goodies from vendors like The Pickled Pig, Like Mom’s Only Vegan, Pine Lane Soaps and Argos All-Natural Pet Food & Supply every Saturday in Montgomery. Markets also feature live entertainment and food trucks. 9 a.m.12:30 p.m. Saturdays through October. Free entry. Montgomery Elementary School Parking Lot, 9609 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, montgomeryfarmersmarket.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 25
MainStrasse Village Bazaar — Check out antiques and collectibles at MainStrasse Village’s weekly bazaar on Main Street. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 25. Free. Main St., Covington, Ky., mainstrasse.org.
Sun-Day Sunday Sundae — The Cincinnati Observatory hosts a sweet soirée that’s all about the sun. The event includes short talks about the sun, tours of the historic observatory and safe viewings of sunspots and solar flares through the building’s 1845 telescope (weather permitting). All participants receive a free sundae. 1-4 p.m. June 25. Free; no reservations needed. Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout, cincinnatiobservatory.org.
MONDAY, JUNE 26
Christmas in July at EnterTRAINment Junction — Escape the summer heat at EnterTRAINment Junction — aka the North Pole. Have a chat with Santa while festive model trains chug by. Through July 31. $13.95 adults; 11.95 seniors; $9.95 children 3-12; free kids 2 and under. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester, entertrainmentjunction.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 27
Loveland Farmers Market — Local farmers, cottage industry vendors and artisans come together at Fairgrounds Park. Markets feature weekly entertainment and familyfriendly activities in the Kids’ Patch. 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays through October. Free entry. Fairgrounds Park, 205 Broadway St., Loveland, lovelandfm.com.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28
Designer Playtest Night at The Rook — Play tabletop games created by local designers — or submit your own game — at The Rook the final Wednesday of every month. 7-10 p.m. June 28. Free; food and drink purchase encouraged. The Rook OTR, 1115 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, therookotr.com. Trivia Night at Listermann — Bring your pup along for some trivia with a twist. Prizes are awarded to winning teams. 7 p.m. June
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Northside Rock n’ Roll Carnival —Slip on your studded leather jacket and red, white and blue gear for one of the city’s largest Fourth of July festivals. Since 2006, the Northside Rock n’ Roll Carnival has been supported by Northside Business Association and a network of the neighborhood’s residents. Along with showcasing an array of artists — both near and far — the Fire Breathers will perform acts such as sword-swallowing and laying on a bed of nails. July 3-4. Free. Hoffner Park, Blue Rock Street and Hamilton Avenue, Northside, northsiderocks.com.
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THURSDAY, JUNE 29
SUNDAY, JULY 02
Picnic in the Park — Join Moerlein Lager House for a picnic in Smale Riverfront Park. 4-10 p.m. June 29. Free entry. Smale Riverfront Park, 100 Ted Berry Way, Downtown, cincinnatiparks.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 30
Jungle Jim’s Pint Night — Enjoy $3 pints from featured breweries and take home a glass. 5-9 p.m. Fridays. Free entry. Jungle Jim’s International Market, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, junglejims.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 01
FSQ on the Square — Groove with FSQ (otherwise known as Funk, Style, Quality) on Fountain Square as part of their free concert summer series, which occurs every Saturday until September. Bar opens 5 p.m. July 1. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com. Firecracker Festival — Kick off Fourth of July week with this family-friendly celebration that includes live music, rides, vendor and food booths, fireworks and more. The event will commence rain or shine. 3-11 p.m. July 1. Free.
Hyde Park Farmers Market — Head to Hyde Park Square every Sunday this summer for presentations from local chefs, environmental educators and local products from more than 30 vendors and special events and activities. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sundays through October. Free admission. Hyde Park Square, Erie Avenue and Edwards Road, hydeparkfarmersmarket.com.
MONDAY, JULY 03
Live Music at the Memo — Check out local Jazz acts Animal Mother and On a Limb, who add fresh timbres and percussion to the trio format. Throughout June and July, Memorial Hall will feature Jazz, sure to soothe the souls of aficionados and newcomers alike. Doors open 7 p.m. July 3. $6. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, memorialhallotr.com. Independence Day Celebration on Fountain Square — Deck yourself out in red, white and blue and enjoy the smell of freedom as fireworks are set off from the roof of Macy’s downtown store. Additional details to be announced. 7-11 p.m. July 3. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com. LaRosa’s Balloon Glow at Coney Island — Witness colors meld and sizzle in the sky at this annual celebration. The grand finale,
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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit at Riverbend — Witness two-time Grammy winner Jason Isbell perform alongside his band, the 400 Unit, with a special appearance by The Mountain Goats. Following 2015’s Something More Than Free, the band is currently on tour while finishing their new album. Patrons who purchase a ticket will be treated to a preshow craft beer tasting. 21 plus. Doors open 7:30 p.m. July 1. $43-$57. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
OTR Performs — Lean back and let the rhythm of the Cincinnati Brass Band wipe away the stresses of the looming work week as part of OTR’s free concert series in Washington Park. Bring extra cash to enjoy a full-service bar. 7-9 p.m. July 2. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St, Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
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TUESDAY, JULY 04
Red, White and Blue Ash — Each year, this event attracts thousands of attendees. Expect large crowds, bounds of food and plenty of entertainment throughout the day. The Steel Woods kick things off at 5:30 p.m., followed by headliner REO Speedwagon at 8 p.m. 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.) 4-10:30 p.m. July 4. Free. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, blueashevents.com.
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Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks display, will unfurl above Lake Como and begin at 10 p.m. The pool area hours will be extended for a unique view of the event. 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. July 3. Free admission; $9 parking until 2 p.m.; $12 parking after 2 p.m.; normal rates apply for Sunlite Pool and rides. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave, California, coneyislandpark.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 06
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Salsa on the Square — Cha-Cha the night away and hone your salsa skills with Fountain Square’s weekly event. Salsa bands, skilled instructors and dancers will teach you moves. 7-10 p.m. July 6. Free. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
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Independence Day Celebration Spectacular — Spend the day in suburban Ohio, starting with a parade along Cooper Road and ending with a kid-friendly festival in Montgomery Park. Enjoy all-American fare and a ballgame. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4. Free. Festival takes place at Montgomery Park, 10105 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, montgomeryohio.org. Stricker’s Grove Fourth of July Fireworks — Only open to the public four times a year, this privately owned amusement park has an annual firework bash. Spend the day on their coasters and rides. 3-11 p.m. July 4. Free admission; $15 unlimited rides; $5 parking. Stricker’s Grove, 11490 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, strickersgrove.com.
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Workout on the Green — Stretch out with CORE Pilates and build up strength afterward with YMCA. 6 p.m. July 5. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
Trivia Night at Queen City Radio — The Approximate Knowledge Institute of Cincinnati hosts a trivia night every Monday at Queen City Radio. The top three teams snag some prizes. 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Free entry. Queen City Radio, 222 W. 12th St., Over-theRhine, qcrbar.com.
College Hill Farm Market — Stock up on local produce at the open-air farmer’s market every Thursday until October. Live music will fill the atmosphere most weeks. 3-6:30 p.m. Thursdays through October. Free. College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, collegehillfarmmarket.org.
FRIDAY, JULY 07
Friday Flow — Washington Park’s R&B series returns this summer with Friday Flow. Feed the soul with chill tunes, grab a drink and find a place on Civic Lawn. This time, Shauni Maque & The Package takes the stage. 7 p.m. July 7. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 08
The Taco Festival — Self-described as a “tacotopia of epic porportions,” the festival features about 50 restaurants to choose from. Refresh at beverage stations with margaritas, beer, water and soda. The festival operates on a token system, with each token worth $2. 4-10 p.m. July 8. $12 general admission; $85 VIP.Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, thetacofestival.com. Ice Cream 5K —Starting at Sawyer Point and racing along the riverbank, this event benefits Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The 5K event will also offer a 1 mile kids’ race and a baby/ toddler crawl. Participants can cool down afterward with some much-needed ice cream.
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Magic Flute — Join main character Tamino as he sets forth on a quest to save a princess, encountering mythical creatures and a wretched queen along the way. Derived from Mozart’s tale, Magic Flute has been reimagined by Komische Oper and the British theater group 1927. Delve into this tale on that’s not as it seems. Through July 23. $45-$159. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org.
Run begins 8:45 a.m. July 8. $40 registration; $25 Kids’ Run; $10 Baby/Toddler Crawl/Walk. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, icecreamrun5k.com. Frida — Catch the Cincinnati Opera’s last showing of Frida before it leaves the Aronoff Center. Spurned by the taunts of the other girls, Frida turns instead to the politics of revolutionaries. Follow Frida Kahlo, whose real life has transcended time, and remains an emblem of independence. 7:30 p.m. July 8. Tickets start at $45. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org.
SUNDAY, JULY 09
Second Sunday on Main — Celebrate your pride during OTR’s monthly street festival. The event features vendors selling vintage items, handmade jewelry, art, produce and more. Today’s theme is “MAINpride.” Entertainment includes drag queen contests and races, salsa dancing and an array of musical acts. Noon-5 p.m. July 9. Free. Main Street between 12th and Liberty, Over-the-Rhine, secondsundayonmain.org.
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MONDAY, JULY 10
Monday Night Trivia at Taft’s — Put your brain to the test at Taft’s Ale House every Monday night during a general knowledge trivia game. Categories include everything from music to science to television, with first- through third-place winners taking home a gift card. Every trivia night, order up two sliders and a beer for $10. 8-10 p.m. Mondays. Free entry. Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, taftsalehouse.com.
TUESDAY, JULY 11
Josiah Wolf at Urban Artifact — Lose yourself in the experimental haze of locally grown experimental Jazz, performed by Josiah Wolf. Stoop Kids and Hanging Heart will also be performing. 7-11 p.m. July 11. $5. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, artifactbeer.com.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12
Blue Ash Farmer’s Market — Spend an afternoon in Summit Park and wander through rows of local produce. The Blue Ash Farmer’s Market is open every Wednesday until October. 3:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, blueash.com.
Summer Cinema at Washington Park — Welcome to Harvard! Today’s Summer Cinema screening is Legally Blonde, complete with a pop-up shop by Spruce Natural Nail Salon. 9-11 p.m. July 12. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
THURSDAY, JULY 13
Brazee Street Studios: Open Studio Nights — Explore 30 professional art studios and C-LINK gallery’s latest show and top it off with creating glass fusion projects in the classroom. 6-9 p.m. July 13. Free. Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Oakley, brazeestreetstudios.com.
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Queen City Underground Tour — Tread the underbelly of Cincinnati during this American Legacy Tour that navigates the city through a historical lens. Explore more than 130 saloons, bars, beer gardens and theaters. Afterward, you’ll descend beneath the city streets and discover where some of Cincinnati’s earliest residents were buried in a hidden crypt. Walk along the underground tunnels that were vital to the blooming of the city’s brewery heritage. 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 9. $30. Leaves from 1332 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, americanlegacytours.com.
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FRIDAY, JULY 21
Porkopolis Pig & Whiskey Festival — Embrace the pork with the Porkopolis Pig & Whiskey Festival presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. The sauce-smothered event will take place in Blue Ash’s Summit Park for two days of barbecue, whiskey sampling and outdoor entertainment. 5 p.m. July 21; 11p.m. July 22. Free entry. Blue Ash Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, citybeat.com/citybeat-events.
Cocktails for Conservation — Chill with residents of the Cincinnati Zoo and their handlers, all while sipping on specialized zoo-themed cocktails, chowing on appetizers and enjoying live music. All proceeds go to the zoo’s Lindner Center for the Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife. 6:30-9 p.m. July 13. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.
FRIDAY, JULY 14
Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival— This fest features copious pork products, bourbon and beer. Munch on bacon, walk the streets of Newport and enjoy live music, games and activities while you’re at it. July 14-16. Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., newportky.gov.
SATURDAY, JULY 15
The City Flea — Cincinnati’s original curated urban flea market returns to Washington Park with more than 160 vendors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 15. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, thecityflea.org.
SUNDAY, JULY 16
Saturday Night Fever at the Esquire — Disco the night away like it’s 1977 with John
Pints for Pitties at 16-Bit — 16-Bit Bar+Arcade goes to the dogs to benefit pit bull rescue organization Adore-A-Bull. Caninethemed brews like Citra Dog IPA, Whippet Wheat Ale and Labrador Lager will be available on tap, with $1 per pint benefitting the rescue. Adore-A-Bull pups will be onsite to spread some bully love. Noon July 16. Free admission. 16-Bit Bar+Arcade, 1331 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, adoreabull.org.
MONDAY, JULY 17
Pinegrove at Southgate House Revival — Sway to Pinegrove’s Indie Folk-infused Emo in an atmospheric setting. Vagabon and Adjy are the opening acts for the night. Doors open at 7 p.m. July 17. Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport, Ky., southgatehouserevival.com. Song From the Uproar — The Cincinnati Opera teams up with acclaimed ensemble concert:nova to present a work by the boundary-breaking Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek. The opera is inspired by the salvaged journals of early 20th-century explorer Isabelle Eberhardt, who traveled alone to Algeria, dressed as a man, converted to Islam and joined a Sufi order. July 17-21. $30. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, my.cincinnatiopera.org. CityBeat Events Burger Week — A week dedicated to an American delicacy: the hamburger. Feast upon culinary artistry sculpted from sizzling patties and crafted by chefs across Greater Cincinnati, each armed with their own take on the burger. Cincinnati Burger Week ultimately aims to get people to embrace the food and culture of the Queen City. Get out, take a bite to eat and try
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Newport Gangster Tour — Snuggled between the banks of the Ohio and Licking Rivers, explore the streets of Newport where gangsters once reigned, gamblers lost their millions and their lives and ladies of the night earned their reputations. Lasting two hours, the tour begins with two gangster guides leading a high-energy presentation inside an old casino. After, they’ll lead you through the streets of “Sin City” during a 90-minute walking tour of historic sites in Newport. You’ll explore Newport’s connections to some of the most well-known crime figures like: Moe Dalitz, George Remus and more. 5 p.m. July 15. $17. 18 E. Fifth St., Newport, Ky., americanlegacytours.com.
Travolta for a special screening of Saturday Night Fever, as part of the Esquire’s 40th anniversary series. 5 p.m. July 16. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, esquiretheatre.com.
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THURSDAY, JULY 27
Cincinnati Music Festival — Mary J. Blige, Usher and Kid Capri are among the artists performing at this year’s festival. July 27-29. $50 Thursday; $60 and up Friday and Saturday. Paul Brown Stadium, 1 Paul Brown Stadium, Downtown, cincymusicfestival.com.
something new. July 17-23. Prices and venues vary, citybeat.com/citybeat-events.
TUESDAY, JULY 18
BB Riverboats Captain’s Lunch Cruise — Eat lunch on the water during this two-hour cruise, which includes a buffet-style meal, games and entertainment. 11 a.m. boarding; noon sailing July 18. $40 adults; $36 seniors; $24 kids. BB Riverboats, 1 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., bbriverboats.com.
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Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters and Crafts Festival — Attend a special day at the zoo in support of Learning Through Art Childhood Literacy Programs. For today only, general admission to the zoo is $1. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 19. $1 general admission; $10 Zoo adventure ticket. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 22
Market in the Park — Visit Stanbery Park for a farmers market every Saturday. Enjoy nature with your neighbors, stock up on fresh produce from urban farmers and learn about the people and businesses that make Mount Washington thrive. 9 a.m.-noon July 22. Free admission. Stanbery Park Oval, 2221 Oxford Ave., Mount Washington, andersonareachamber.org.
SUNDAY, JULY 23
High Tea in the Garden — Surrounded by the flowering fields of Mary’s Plant Farm and Landscaping, guests will enjoy scones, sandwiches, desserts and teas in a four-course high tea. 2 p.m. July 23. $30; reservation required. Mary’s Plant Farm and Landscaping, 2410 Lanes Mill Road, Hamilton, marysplantfarm.com.
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THURSDAY, JULY 20
Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu — This exhibit explores Nelson Mandela from his beginnings. In his fight for equality, justice and freedom in South Africa, he became one of the world’s most well-known leaders. Through Aug 20. $5 with general admission. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Downtown, freedomcenter.org.
College Hill Farm Market — Every Thursday brings a new crop to College Hill. Farmers, vendors and artists frequent College Hill Presbyterian Church throughout the summer. They’ll spotlight seasonal produce with recipes to try at home. 3-6:30 p.m. July 20. Free admission. 5742 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, collegehillfarmmarket.org.
TUESDAY, JULY 25
The Wizard of Oz — Follow the yellow brick road to Theatre 42 for a production of The Wizard of Oz. The Mason Community Players will recreate the classic film and novel. 8 p.m. July 14-22. $17 adults; $14 seniors; $12 students. Theatre 42, 2752 US-42, Lebanon, masonplayers.org.
FRIDAY, JULY 21
Friday Flow — Move to the music of R&B and soul artist Calvin Richardson in this week’s Friday Flow at Washington Park. 7-10 p.m. July 21. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
AMOS LEE & Lake Street Dive at Riverbend — Acclaimed troubadour AMOS LEE teams up with multi-genre band Lake Street Dive for a summer tour across North America. Bonus: All ticket holders will be treated to a pre-show wine tasting 90 minutes before the show begins. 8 p.m. July 25. Tickets start at $22. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 26
Summer Cinema: Space Jam — This week’s Wednesday movie is an ode to the ’90s kid. Watch as every kid’s hero, Michael Jordan,
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 03
Goettafest — Try goetta in chili, lo mein, burritos and bread pudding at this year’s Goettafest. Games, live entertainment and food are featured throughout the four-day event. Through Aug. 6. Free admission. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport, Ky., goettafest.com.
teams up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Loony Toons. 9-11 p.m. July 26. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org. The Blue Wisp Big Band at Urban Artifact — You’ll hear the smooth sounds of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Thad Jones spill from the doors of an old, white church in Northside every Wednesday. Cincinnati’s legendary big band performs at Urban Artifact, Northside’s own neighborhood brewery, every week. 8:3011 p.m. July 26. $10. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, bluewispbigband.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 27
Red, White & Zoo — Country music stars Carly Pearce and Dylan Scott will salute the troops at the Cincinnati Zoo. Join Cincinnati’s B-105 to benefit the United Service Organizations of Central and Southern Ohio. 7 p.m. July 27. $20 in advance; $25 day of. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.
FRIDAY, JULY 28
Rookwood Pottery Factory & Artisan Tour — Join American Legacy Tours to learn about the history and intricacy of Rookwood Pottery. On the way, you’ll hear about Findlay Market, old breweries and Over-the-Rhine. Tours last between 90 minutes and 2 hours.12:30 p.m. July 28. $20. Begins at Market Wines in Findlay Market, 128 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, americanlegacytours.com.
Saturnday — If conditions are clear, this will be the best day to see Saturn. Join the Cincinnati Observatory for telescopes, talks and tours. If it’s cloudy on the 29, plan to visit Aug. 5 for Saturnday 2. July 29. Free admission. Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout, cincinnatiobservatory.org.
Queen City is Haunted Tour — Feeling spooky? Learn more about Ohio’s haunted history on this American Legacy walking tour. You’ll hear about grisly murders, shocking deaths and other disturbing tales as you go on a hunt for paranormal activity. 7 and 9 p.m. July 29. $20. Tour begins at 1332 Vine St., Overthe-Rhine, americanlegacytours.com.
SUNDAY, JULY 30
Walk of Angels 5K — Walk in memory of the victims of two fatal car crashes. Walk of Angels honors Lauren Dietz, Miranda Phelps and Jessica Phillips, three Cincinnati high schoolers and select soccer players, whose lives were taken by accidents in 2007 and 2009. Proceeds benefit competitive soccer players with financial needs, as well as Northwest High School’s Driving Angels safety driving course. 7:15 a.m.-noon July 30. $20; price increases July 22. Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village, walkofangels.wix.com.
MONDAY, JULY 31
Monday Meet-Up at The Rook — Join a group of casual games every Monday at The Rook OTR, Cincinnati’s first board game parlor. Each week features a different theme; check online for updates. 7-10 p.m. Mondays. Free; food and drink purchase encouraged. The Rook OTR, 1115 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, therookotr.com.
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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast — Join the Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre as it tells “a tale as old as time.” This local production of a Disney classic promises to bring theater lovers together both onstage and off. Through Aug. 6. $18 adult; $16 college age and senior; $14 high school age and younger. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Covedale, cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.
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Paddlefest — Last year over 1,800 paddlers took to the Ohio for Paddlefest. This year, they’re hoping to break that record. Rent a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard — or bring your own — for the 9-mile trip. The course will lead from Cincinnati’s East End to Riverside. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 5. Standard rates: $40 ages 15 and up; $15 kids 4-14. Day-of rates: $45 ages 15 and up; $20 kids 4-14. Schmidt Recreation Complex, 2944 Humbert Ave., East End, ohioriverpaddlefest.org.
at The Shining-themed Overlook Lodge. Winners of each round receive a prize. 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Free entry. Overlook Lodge: A Rustic Watering Hole, 6083 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, theshiningbar.com.
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Tegan and Sara — Tegan and Sara aren’t just twins, they’re an Indie Pop duo. After the release of their latest album, Love You To Death, they’re coming to Cincinnati as a part of their worldwide tour. Japanese Breakfast will join the band as an opener. 8 p.m. Aug. 2. $35 advance; $37 door. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., madisontheateronline.com. The Drowsy Chaperone — This five-time Tony Award winner is a show within a show. Join the narrator as he presents his favorite musical, the fictitious Drowsy Chaperone. He’ll guide the audience through this parody of American musical comedy. Through Aug. 27. $29 adults; $26 kids. Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, 801 Matson Place, East Price Hill, cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com. Summer Cinema: UP with Gorilla Cinema — Ditch your typical transport and let a colorful bunch of balloons sweep you to Washington Park for a viewing of Pixar’s UP. 9-11 p.m. Aug. 2. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 03
Venti Viennese: Coffeehouse of Culture — Celebrate the union of coffee and culture with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Inspired by Vienna’s coffeehouses, which served as a place where artists and their art forms mingled, this installment of the Summer Series will combine classical and popular music. Hip Hop artist Elementz will join the strings
section in a reinterpretation of Beethoven. Coffee available for purchase. 6-9 p.m. Aug. 3. Burnet Woods Bandstand, 3251 Brookline Ave., Clifton, ccocincinnati.org. Hans Zimmer at U.S. Bank Arena — This legendary composer has had a hand in the scores of the silver screen. With the music of Inception, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight Trilogy and more to his name, he’ll stop in Cincinnati for the first tour of his career. 8 p.m. Aug. 3. Tickets start at $45. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown, usbankarena.com.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 04
Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper at Riverbend — If you want to be forever young or just want to have fun, make sure to catch these Pop music legends at Riverbend. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4. Tickets start at $30. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave, California, riverbend.org.
Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach — This musical will retell the beloved children’s story by Roald Dahl. The orphaned James escapes his dreary life with the help of a giant, enchanted peach and the insects that live inside. Presented by the Beechmont Players, Inc. Through Aug. 12. $15 general; $13 seniors (60+) and students. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson, beechmontplayers.org.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 05
Urban Trials — Crack the code to a bank vault and steer clear of booby traps as you get away with your loot on an escape bus. There will be 15 physical and mental challenges in this 5K fun run. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 5. $49. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, urbantrials.com.
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Western & Southern Open — The top tennis players in the world return to Cincinnati for the W&S Open. Both men and women compete for millions in prize money. Through Aug. 20. Tickets start at $10. Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason, wsopen.com.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 06
Pentatonix — The five-member A Cappella group that found success on NBC’s The SingOff will take the stage with only their voices at PNC Pavilion this summer. 8 p.m. Aug. 6. Tickets start at $85. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
MONDAY, AUGUST 07
Deathmatch Monday at 16-Bit — Is there anything better than classic arcade games? What about classic game tournaments paired with $7 stadium cups all night long? Head to 16-Bit for some liquid courage and show off your skills. Mondays. Free admission. 16-Bit Bar+Arcade, 1331 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, 16-bitbar.com.
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 10
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat — You’ve heard of Joseph’s coat of many colors from Genesis, but you’ll see it in technicolor during this production by the East Side Players. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the musical on the lawn of the Blue Ash Amphitheatre. Through Aug 19. $10; free kids under 3. Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, esptheater.org.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 09
Great Inland Seafood Festival — Join 10,000 live lobsters — and people, too — at this annual seafood festival. Take a whole Maine lobster home for $10.95, or eat fresh and tasty seafood from over 15 local restaurants and national vendors right on Riverboat Row. Through Aug. 13. Free admission. Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., cincinnatifestivalsandevents.com.
Foreigner at Riverbend — It’s Foreigner’s 40th, and the band is on tour to celebrate. They’ll play Riverbend with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. 7 p.m. Aug. 8. Tickets start at $28. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave, California, riverbend.org. Summer Cinema: La La Land — Follow your dreams to Los Angeles — or just to Washington Park to see this highly acclaimed romance. 9-11 p.m. Aug. 9. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org. CityBeat Events Sugar Rush — Feel like Finn and Jake from Adventure Time by surrounding yourself in a world of pure imagination. Several local sweeteries will come together and sample their best cupcakes, ice cream, donuts, pies, pastries and everything else your mom told you not to eat before dinner. Vote on your favorite treat and the winner will receive an award to put on display for a year. Want more? A panel of experts will hand out recognitions for the most creative
Brad Paisley at Riverbend — Country music star Brad Paisley returns to Cincinnati for his Life Amplified Tour. He will perform tracks from his latest album, Love and War. 7 p.m. Aug 10. Tickets start at $25. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave, California, riverbend.org.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11
Cincinnati Blues Fest — “Boogie-woogie” with bands, singers, pianists and more at this celebration of Cincinnati Blues. National and home-grown acts will take to the riverfront for this annual fest. Local acts will be chosen
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Madcap’s Monsters of Baseball — This touring show brings monsters to the ballpark, though apparently they’re not welcome. A young boy brings a little monster named Gus to see a game, showing there’s room for everyone on the baseball field. 11 a.m. August 10. Free admission. Smale Riverfront Park, W. Mehring Way, Downtown, madcappuppets.com.
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Tournament Tuesdays at The Rook — Compete against other gamers every Tuesday at The Rook. Tournament Tuesdays offer a competitive experience; although all skill levels are welcome, players are asked to be familiar with each week’s game (go online for updates). 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays. Free entry. The Rook OTR, 1115 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, therookotr.com.
from the best of the Cincy Blues Challenge. Aug. 11-12. Early bird (through July 11): $20 Friday or Saturday; $35 weekend. Regular: $25 Friday and Saturday; $45 weekend. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, cincybluesfest.org.
Kings of Leon at Riverbend — Rock royalty will make its way to Riverbend in an added leg of the WALLS tour. 7 p.m. Aug. 11. Tickets start at $28. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
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The Color Run — Embrace your inner unicorn in this colorful 5K. With a focus on happiness, healthiness and individuality, this 5K has no winners. It’s not even timed. Navigate color and foam zones, paint your aspirations on a dream wall and take selfies with giant inflatable unicorns, all for fun. 9 a.m. Aug. 12. $40 team member; $45 individual; $14.99 youth participant entry and kit; free youth participation entry. Cincinnati Riverfront, Downtown, thecolorrun.com. Into the Woods Jr. presented by Jersey Productions — Venture into the woods with Cinderella, Little Red, Jack and Rapunzel for a junior production of Stephen Sondheim’s dark fairytale. Watch as Sondheim’s reimagined characters sing their way through a dangerous adventure to break an evil witch’s curse. 7 p.m. Aug. 12. $15 adults; $11 students and seniors. Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org.
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American Acoustic Tour — The Punch Brothers and I’m With Her may tour together, but neither is an opener. These two bluegrass bands perform in an unusual collaborative effort. 8 p.m. Aug. 12. Starting at $30. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org. In Depth: A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America — Curator of Decorative Arts and Design Amy Dehan will guide guests through
the world of folk art in the museum’s latest special exhibition — A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America. A celebration of American creativity, the exhibit features self-taught artists from 1800 to 1925. 2-3 p.m. Aug 12. Free admission; reservations required. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13
The Full Monty — You’ll see unemployed steelworkers bare all in this musical comedy at The Carnegie. In an effort to restart their bank accounts and their lives, a cast of memorable characters sets out to create a male strip tease act. They’ll learn to overcome their fears, love their bodies and throw caution to the wind. Through Aug. 27. $30. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott St., Covington, Ky., thecarnegie.com. Art in the Garden — Walk through 3 acres of bright blooms to see art and meet artists at Mary’s Plant Farm and Landscaping. You’ll see paintings, sculptures and more. Wine and refreshments, as well as art and plants, are available for purchase. Noon-5 p.m. Aug. 13. $8. Mary’s Plant Farm and Landscaping, 2410 Lanes Mill Road, Hamilton, marysplantfarm.com. Cin City Reptile Show — With over 40 regular vendors, this monthly show is host to thousands of exotic reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug 13. $5 adults; free children under 10. 74 Donald Drive, Fairfield, cincityreptileshow.com.
MONDAY, AUGUST 14
Taking Back Sunday at Bogart’s — New York rockers Taking Back Sunday stop by Bogart’s on the heels of their seventh album, Tidal Wave, released in September 2016. All ages. 6:30 p.m. doors; 7:30 p.m. show Aug. 14. Tickets start at $27. Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, bogarts.com.
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CityBeat Events Margarita Madness— Pretend the Ohio River is a destination beach far, far away with the tropical tastes of Margarita Madness. Vendors will compete to see who can make the best margarita. Curb the booze with summery bites from restaurants and a “Guac Off” to crown the best guacamole. Tunes from Beloved Youth will drift in the air. 5:30-8:30 p.m. August 23. $35-40. Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., citybeat.com/citybeat-events.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16
Farmer in the Dell — This event will bring the farm to your family. A barnyard petting zoo, ponies, tractors and trucks will meet in Beech Acres Park. Park concessions available for purchase. 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 16. $5 per child. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road, Anderson, andersonparks.com. Summer Cinema: The Karate Kid — “Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off.” Mr. Miyagi would be proud. Now, take a break from your first lesson to enjoy a classic ’80s film in the park. 9-11 p.m. Aug. 16. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 17
Bandstand Bluegrass: Willow Tree Carolers — This event brings Bluegrass, Roots and Americana to the bandstand. Cincinnatigrown folk band Willow Tree Carolers will take to the park with banjo and fiddle in hand in this week’s installment. 7-10 p.m. Aug. 17. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18
Midwest Black Family Reunion — One of the city’s largest family events returns for three days. It will bring families, nonprofits and businesses together to celebrate the
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 19
Loveland Castle Days — Lords and ladies alike can take a stroll through castle gardens, visit a crafts market and enjoy historical entertainment. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 19. $8 adults; free kids 5 and under. Loveland Castle, 12075 Shore Road, Loveland, lovelandcastle.com.
Simple Plan at Bogart’s — These Canadian Pop punkers are back with their 15th-anniversary tour: No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls. It’s a celebration of their first album of the same name. 7 p.m. Aug. 19. Tickets start at $25. Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, bogarts.com. The City Flea — The Flea hosts its first fall market of the year in conjunction with the City Flea Kids Market, which gives local children ages 4-14 the opportunity to showcase their own wares. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 19. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20
Green Day at Riverbend — Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool will bring Punk back to Cincinnati. The band returns for its Revolution Radio tour and will be joined by Catfish and the Bottlemen, alternative rockers hailing from Wales. 7 p.m. Aug. 20. Tickets start at $39. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
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Birds of a Feather Music and Arts Festival — This festival boasts a scenic 80 acres. Swim in a lake, hike through the woods and bike on the trails of Thornhill Farm. Bring a tent or even an RV to camp through this four-day fest, which features bands like Rumpke Mountain Boys, Backup Planet, The Cliftones and more. Aug. 17-20. $75 Thursday-Sunday; $50 Saturday-Sunday. Thornhill Farm, 14114 Kenton Station Road, Morning View, Ky., birdsofafeatherfest.com.
strengths and values of black families. Join for a city-wide parade Saturday (departing from The Avondale Town Center, 3529 Reading Road, at 10 a.m.), and enjoy music, performances, art and games throughout the event. With the inclusion of health screenings and a jobs fair, the event promises to fuel mind, body and soul. Aug. 18-20. Free admission. Multiple locations, myblackfamilyreunion.org.
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Monday Night Trivia at Taft’s — Put your brain to the test at Taft’s Ale House every Monday night during a general knowledge trivia game. Categories include everything from music to science to television, with first- through third-place winners taking home a gift card. Every trivia night, order up two sliders and a beer for $10. 8-10 p.m. Mondays. Free entry. Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, taftsalehouse.com.
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Red to Bronze: The Story of Reds Statues — Local sculptor Tom Tsuchiya has created statues in bronze of eight Reds legends. Learn about these Reds icons and get a behind-the-scenes look at the process and tools used by Tsuchiya. Through Sept. 4. $10 adults; $8 students/seniors; free ages 4 and younger. Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, cincinnati.reds.mlb.com.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 22
Taft’s Tuesdays — Grab half-price pints and growler fills all day long at Taft’s Ale House — just wear any brewery or beer apparel. Tuesdays. Free entry. Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, taftsalehouse.com.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23
Summer Cinema: Homeward Bound — This isn’t your average Wednesday at Washington Park. As always, man’s best friend is welcome to attend Summer Cinema, but this time Dogs of Cincy will join. The Humans of New Yorkstyle blog dedicated to dogs is looking to tell your dog’s story. 9-11 p.m. Aug. 23. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-theRhine, washingtonpark.org.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24
Cincy Brew Ha-Ha — Cincy Brew Ha-Ha is bringing lager and laughter to Sawyer Point for the 10th time. The annual festival will feature over 120 beers and more than 75 comedians on four stages. Chris Porter, a Last Comic Standing alum, will headline. Aug. 24-26. Free admission; $5 beer wristbands; $3 for two beer tickets. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, cincybrewhaha.com.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25
Taste of Blue Ash — Sample cuisine from more than 20 Blue Ash establishments in this
year’s festival. There will be live entertainment from Blessid Union of Souls and Loverboy on Friday. Return Saturday to see Halfway to Hazard and Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy. Bring the kids for rides and a family fun area. Noon-11 p.m. Aug. 25-26. Free admission. Blue Ash Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, blueashevents.com. Shakespeare and the Queen City — Shakespeare’s stories have been set in the Elizabethan era, the modern era and every age in between. This exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center will explore the transformation and relevance of the Bard’s work throughout history. At its center: Shakespeare’s First Folio, published in 1623. Through Oct. 29. Ticket price TBA. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, cincymuseum.org.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26
Butterfly Walk in Liberty Township — Meet the butterflies of Cherokee Park in this nature walk led by Bill Walker. 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 26. Free admission. Cherokee Park, 4616 Watoga Drive, Liberty Township, liberty-township.com.
Taste of OTR — Come for the all-new Craft Beer Village, but stay for the usual fare — great eats from OTR and area restaurants. This two-day event features music, children’s activities and raffles. Aug. 26-27. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-theRhine, tendermerciesinc.org. John Mayer at Riverbend — John Mayer stops in Cincinnati for the summer leg of his Search for Everything World Tour. 7 p.m. Aug. 26. Tickets start at $36. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27
Cheetah Run — A cheetah can run up to 75 mph. While you may not run as fast as them, you can run to benefit them. Proceeds from
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Riverfest — End summer with a bang. Head to the riverfront for a day of music, food, family and friends. But make sure to stay until 9:05 p.m. for Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks. Noon-10 p.m. Sept. 3. Free admission. Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, webn.iheart.com.
this 5K go to the Cincinnati Zoo and its care of the animals who call it home. 8 a.m. Aug. 27. $35 zoo members; $40 non-members; free kids 12 and under. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.
MONDAY, AUGUST 28
BB Riverboats Historic Cincinnati Sightseeing Cruise — Set sail and sit back on a one-anda-half-hour sightseeing tour of the Ohio River. Your captain will regale you with facts about the Queen City (did you know that one out of every four steamboats built in the United States was constructed in Cincinnati?). The cruise includes a cash bar and snacks available for purchase. 2:30 p.m. boarding; 3 p.m. sailing Aug. 28. $23 adults; $17 kids. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., bbriverboats.com.
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30
Summer Cinema: Beauty and the Beast — Be a guest at Washington Park’s final movie screening of the summer. Enjoy concessions and a full bar, with craft beer offerings available from Taft’s Ale House, Rhinegeist, MadTree Brewing and the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company. 9-11 p.m. Aug. 30. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 31
Salsa on the Square — Dance the night away on Fountain Square and cool down with an adult beverage. Tonight’s installment of Salsa on the Square features live music by TROPICOSO. 7-10 p.m. Aug. 31. Free. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
Indie Vol. 2017 with Eric Nally — Catch the summer’s final installment of Indie Vol. 2017, featuring former Foxy Shazam member Eric Nally. 7-11 p.m. Sept. 1. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
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Shakespeare In Love — Watch as William Shakespeare himself falls into a love that inspires the tragic romance of Romeo and Juliet. The Oscar-winning film comes to life on the stage of Marx Theatre. Through Sep. 30. Ticket price TBA. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, cincyplay.com. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at U.S. Bank Arena — Country music’s favorite couple comes back to Cincinnati on a joint tour, Soul2Soul. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2. Tickets start at $69.50. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown, usbankarena.com.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 04
Labor Day Picnic at Stricker’s Grove — Hamilton’s own private amusement park, Stricker’s Grove, opens to the public for its annual Labor Day celebration. Guests can take a ride on the park’s two rollercoasters, the Tornado and the Teddy Bear, play its 18 holes of mini golf, visit its video game arcade and much more. 1-8 p.m. Sept. 4. $12.50. Stricker’s Grove, 11490 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, strickersgrove.com.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 05
Improv Festival of Cincinnati — OTRimprov hosts IF Cincy, bringing local and national comedy troupes to the Know Theatre. Grab an all-access, weekend or one-night pass for five days of entertainment. Sept. 5-10. Tickets start at $6. Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, ifcincy.com.
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Fountain Feud — It’s time to play! Head to Fountain Square for a local version of Family Feud. Compete against other teams to guess the most popular answers to trivia questions. 7-9 p.m. Aug. 29. Free. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
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Home, he wrote, “is basically a horror movie, and yet what makes it truly stand apart from the standard thriller or slasher (film) is the fourth-dimensional aspect that the stage allows.” Cincinnati playwright Ben Dudley’s script is meant “to mess with the audience,” telling a story about Rachel, a blocked writer who’s apartment-sitting after a home invasion. With a lot of paranoia and angst, the show offers surprising depth for “a simple one-room murder mystery.” Catch it 6:30 p.m. Wednesday or 8:30 p.m. Saturday. In Sean Peters’ review of Spy in the House of Men, a solo performance by transgender artist Penny Sterling, he wrote, “Sterling’s talent is in subverting expectations while garnering a lot of serious laughs. It’s a heartfelt, comedic confessional. Sterling’s ability to guide the audience through her life’s story is profoundly sophisticated.” Despite the show’s heavy subject matter, there’s “much joy in Sterling’s performance.” Last chance: 2:45 p.m. Saturday. Some of these might be presented once more on Sunday if they earn “Pick of the Fringe” recognition. Check cincyfringe.com for details. CONTACT RICK PENDER: email@example.com
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I hope you’ve been reading CityBeat’s online commentaries about Cincy Fringe shows. Our writing team has covered every opening and occasionally cited productions especially worth seeing. As of Sunday, nine Critic’s Picks have been awarded. Two of them have closed — God of Obsidian and Mind Mechanics — to head off for other festivals. But seven continue to run. Place/Setting, assembled by the local performance art group Pones Inc., takes on the polarizing topic of immigration by using three actors, nine dancers, four choreographers and a documentary video featuring 14 immigrants living in Cincinnati. The venue (1201 Main St.) is ringed with long tables and set with plates, bowls and utensils made by local ceramicists. Divided into three segments — like courses of a meal — the show reinforces the universality of the human experience by exploring immigrants’ fears regarding arrival in an unfamiliar place, moves on to meal preparation as a common thread between cultures and concludes with food being shared between performers and audience members. In my review I wrote, “We hear a clear message: ‘You make the United States better.’ America is the sum total of all who come here.” You can still see it 6:30 p.m. Friday or 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Paul Strickland’s monologues are Cincy Fringe must-see events. Ed Cohen wrote that Balls of Yarns “felt like a modernist Our Town seen from one man’s perspective.” The “weird-larious one-man musical adventure” features Strickland “singing duets with a squeaky door (in harmony, no less)” and using inventive storytelling and Folk-style music. If tickets are still available, it’s onstage 9 p.m. Friday and 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Sue Cohen enjoyed another fine storyteller, Bil Lepp’s Totally Untrue Stories, full of “well-written, side-splitting ruminations about growing up in 1980s rural West Virginia in the town of Half Dollar.” As a five-time winner of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, Cohen wrote, “He might be a liar, but Bil Lepp is the real deal.” Catch him 8:30 p.m. Friday or 4 p.m. Saturday. Ed Cohen called The Great Invention, featuring Jess Bryant and Peter Seifarth (Panda Head Theatre from North Carolina) “a complete, exhilarating joy.” Speaking “fluent gibberish,” they collaborate to convert random trash and a grocery cart into an invention of transportation. “There’s a surprisingly complex story along the way, involving their actual journey (and) their relationship.” Travel with them 7 p.m. Friday or 9 p.m. Saturday. Describing Jim Hopkins’ one-man show White Privilege, writer Nicholas Korn said, “You might not think you want to listen to a huge shirtless white guy with a big belly, big beard and big shock of wild white hair talk
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It’s strange to finally meet your mentor after decades of familiarity. In this case, I’m referring to Jedi Master Yoda. The real Yoda is on display, along with roomfuls of authentic costumes and props, at the Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center. This Yoda, behind a glass case at the very end of the exhibit, is one of the original puppets controlled and voiced by Frank Oz in The Empire Strikes Back (1980). As an adult who would absolutely agree to a Star Wars-themed wedding, it was like meeting the pope. Yoda’s words of wisdom changed the way millions of filmgoers looked at their lives: “Do or do not. There is no try.” That statement is profoundly simple and accessible, much like the movies themselves. And there was his iconic way of speaking with subjectobject-verb (or sometimes subject-verb at sentence’s end) that seemed so profound. Yoda was not even originally intended to be part of the traveling exhibition, which focuses more specifically on the creative process behind costuming in the series. Fans demanded his inclusion, along with Wicket W. Warrick the Ewok (played by Warwick Davis), simply because they’re ubiquitous with the series. The costume designs grew more and more intricate as the films progressed. Padmé Amidala, played by Natalie Portman in the three prequels from 1999-2005, wore so many gowns that her wardrobe is displayed throughout most of the exhibit. Of course, there are the droids and stormtroopers, as well as X-Wing pilots and much more. While Star Wars and the Power of Costume will delight fans of the films, it’s also a grand exploration of masterful costuming that will appeal to fashionistas, sewing enthusiasts and tailors alike, even if they don’t care for the movies. It’s a bit sobering to see the sheer variety of costumes needed to create these films — a casual moviegoing audience can take for granted that kind of attention to detail. The magic of the Star Wars films is a result of several villages’ worth of creatives. There’s enough variety in the pieces that everyone can appreciate something. Whether you’re looking to see lightsabers or crossreferencing the minute differences between Boba Fett’s and Jango Fett’s armor, everyone will happily have John Williams’ melodies stuck in his or her head for days to follow. The presentation of these costumes and props is exquisite. The Cincinnati Museum Center is the perfect host for such cultural artifacts. These items are recognized the world over. This exhibit is sure to bring in plenty of out-of-towners, since Cincinnati is the exhibit’s only stop between Denver and Saint Petersburg, Fla.
Naturally, the bulk of the items are from the first six films, but the jackets worn by Resistance fighter Finn and pilot Poe Dameron in The Force Awakens are on display, along with new Jedi padawan Rey’s original desert outfit and metal staff from the planet Jakku. So far, no items from Rogue One are included in the tour. Many fans would agree it’s a good thing that Jar Jar Binks was a completely computer-animated character, as the critically panned character has no presence in this exhibit.
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Star Wars is an inviting franchise. It incorporates many different cultures from around the world while still being original. Yoda was partially modeled after Albert Einstein, and there’s no denying the Nazi influence for the Imperial Stormtroopers and officers. There are reference photos and conceptual artwork scattered throughout the exhibit that show the real-world sources of inspiration for the fantastic creatures, costumes, technology and architecture. While standing eye to eye with Yoda (which seems funny as his height is but 2 feet 2 inches), I realized why the Jedi Master’s presence took my breath away more than a lot of the other items in this important collection. Before me was a complete character in repose. I was finally in the same room as a true apostle of the Force. Thankfully, Yoda’s body didn’t disappear when he (spoiler alert for a 34-year-old movie, Return of the Jedi) died. I was able to share a moment with my spiritual guide. Replace that feeling, you cannot. STAR WARS AND THE POWER OF COSTUME is on view through Oct. 1. Tickets/more info: cincymuseum.org/star-wars.
Teaching Kids to be Tattoo-Tolerant BY EMILY BEGLEY
man with the titular two gauged ears — “but also enlighten those who actually take a look inside.” Boehne began sketching out ideas for the book about five years ago. Passionate about art since he was a teenager, Boehne learned drawing techniques from a tattoo artist at Covington’s Mothers Tattoo and Piercing, but says he switched roles to become an educator around the same time. Boehne self-published the book in 2015; he says that Richie Bibee, head piercer and
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“One ring in a nose. Two long ears. Three roses on a head.” So begins Two Long Ears, a locally published children’s book by Cincinnati artist and educator Jacob A. Boehne. On its surface, the book is a learning tool that teaches children how to count from one to 10. But it also presents another concept: the many ways that people decorate their bodies. “I’m tattooed rather heavily, and I’m also an educator, so I was kind of stuck between the two worlds,” says Boehne, who currently teaches high school students at Lighthouse Youth & Family Services. “I was seeing that (those worlds) didn’t interact very much, and if they did, tattooed people in children’s books are usually the bully, or the main guy in the alleyway or something,” he continues, laughing. “So I wanted to portray people with tattoos and body piercings in a good light.” The 24-page board book includes 10 colorful drawings by Boehne that depict a wide variety of body art, from gauges and septum piercings to face and knuckle tattoos. Each copy of Two Long Ears also includes a colorable wall poster that encourages kids to make their own modifications to the book’s characters. Although Boehne sports tattoos on his arms, legs, chest and feet — a number you couldn’t count, he says — the body art depicted in the book is entirely unique. None are exact representations of Boehne’s or those of people that he knows. Instead, he drew inspiration from diverse pieces and combined them in new and interesting ways. He also intentionally used common images like roses and anchors — tattoos his young readers are likely to frequently see. One character, for example — an elderly woman — sports bright-red skin, purplegray hair and seven star tattoos running along her hairline. Elsewhere, a bright-blue young man sports three elaborate rose tattoos across his scalp. “You kind of see a little bit of tattoos and piercings in books, but I wanted to go with the heavier culture,” he says. “I wanted things to be more than just a couple ear piercings or a little heart tattoo. That’s why I did tattoos on the face and head and a lot of facial piercings.” He also strived to make the book accessible to families who might not read very often, or who don’t make strong connections with the characters they typically see in literature. “Early literacy is very important to me, and I think this book is palatable to young parents and sub-culture people,” he says. “I wanted it to stand out to those who are judging by the cover” — emblazoned with a bearded and mustachioed bright-yellow
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While watching director Patty Jenkins’ world, she starts to be a bit more like The new representation of the iconic Wonder Matrix’s Neo (Keanu Reeves) — slowly Woman on the big screen, I couldn’t help but the laws of physics bend to her will. In a pause to consider a fundamental question: Is back-alley fight in London, while protecting this version of the classic DC Comics charSteve Trevor (Chris Pine), Diana comes to acter “The One” that moviegoers have long realize that she hasn’t come close to tapping been awaiting? Yes, it appears so. But how into the limits of her speed or strength. The did the film do that? By having an effective only thing missing is a moment where Diana story, borrowing fictional archetypes and utters that classic Keanu expression, “Whoa.” offering something original. As Pine plays him, Trevor is a jaded figure, This film’s story of Wonder Woman and with the cynical quick wit we might expect its idea of the Amazons, a tribe to which she from Harrison Ford’s Han Solo. He doesn’t belongs as a warrior princess, borrow from Greek mythology. Screenwriter Allan Heinberg (with story credits for Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs) gives us Ares, the God of War, as a villain — a power-mad immortal driven by rage and dominance. He has no interest in humanity, his father Zeus’ petty little creation. He just wants to subjugate us or annihilate us, whichever is easier for him to accomplish. Good — in the form of Zeus, his other godly allies and the Amazon warGal Gadot brings her comic book character to thrilling life. riors — stands in Ares’ way. P H O T O : c o u r t e s y o f Wa r n e r b r o s . p i c t u r e s Thus the stage has been set for when Wonder Woman/ want to admit to any meaningful degree of Princess Diana (Gal Gadot) enters the horsincerity in the face of the great evil that rific modern world and confronts an impossithreatens humanity. ble-to-ignore evil: the Germans of World War That is, until he sees Wonder Woman in all I, the “war to end all wars.” She, as a noble her glory. Unlike Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) Amazon, must confront this war by defeating in The Matrix, he hasn’t had a tip from an the Germans and, therefore, Ares. Once we oracle to cue him in to Diana’s true nature. see her in action against the Germans, we So when he witnesses the superhuman appreciate that Diana senses the true extent Wonder Woman, he not only believes that she of her power as both a warrior and an icon. is The One, but he surrenders to the strong Actually, the film establishes her traits emotional bond that develops between them. earlier, during the initial scenes of her childThat changes everything for him. hood on Paradise Island. There, she slipped Gadot proves especially good at playing away to watch the Amazon army training a heroic figure because she captures the under the guidance of her aunt Antiope incremental wonder that Diana experiences (Robin Wright), dubbed the greatest of the each step along the way of her character’s warrior women. Young Diana (Lilly Aspell) evolution. In her acting, we see how this shadowboxes, pantomiming the punches god-like character enjoys the challenges, and blocks that she one day dreams she will but also embraces the weighty responsibilexercise on her foes. This is a clever and ity that comes with her powers. meaningful bit of empowerment, allowing The romantic journey of Diana and young female (and male) comic book fans her committed, converted acolyte Trevor the chance to see the hero as someone like might be the most interesting angle of all in them, eager and hungry and striving for the Wonder Woman. For what seems like the opportunity to prove themselves. first time ever, a female protagonist wins The notion of Wonder Woman as The One the respect and love of her paramour, but has roots in the glorious sci-fi fantasies of goes even further by inspiring him to be a The Matrix. Diana is a predestined hero, better person. Her example sets the stage fated for greatness, with no awareness of her own mythology. Her mother, Queen Hipfor a love that takes each partner to a higher polyta (Connie Nielsen), refuses to tell her state of being. Wonder Woman makes that about her prophetic heritage and must be an integral part of being The One, and that coerced by Antiope to let Diana. is a movie milestone. (Now in area theaters) Once Diana crosses over into the “real” (PG-13) Grade: A-
ON SCREEN Israeli ‘Wedding Plan’ BY T T STERN-ENZI
Writer-director Rama Burshtein is a New York-born filmmaker with an uncompromising focus on revealing the lives of Israeli women struggling within restrictive confines of religion and culture when it comes to marriage. Her first feature film, 2012’s Fill the Void, told the story of a very young Hasidic Jewish woman steered into an arranged marriage with a much older widower. Her latest, The Wedding Plan, follows Michal (Noa Koler), a similar character in crisis who, on the eve of her wedding, gets dumped by her fiancé. Rather than cancel the arrangements 30 days out, Michal decides to go ahead with the plans, insistent in her belief that God will provide her with a husband. The Wedding Plan seems aligned with the now-standard Hollywood rom-com genre. Michal is the kind of plain-Jane type that we know will be transformed into a striking beauty when the time is right. She has two female foils with relationship problems of their own that serve as counterpoints to Michal’s dilemma and a mother (Irit Sheleg) who superficially supports her daughter’s choice but is deeply concerned about how the community views her. With the spotlight on the Orthodox Jewish world, Michal uses a matchmaker rather than social media to set up dating encounters, which unfold like the parade of comic misadventures we would expect. But underneath the jokey hijinks, Burshtein offers truly meaningful insights without sacrificing or compromising cultural specifics. At its heart, The Wedding Plan is about a woman of faith, a genuine figure we rarely see in movies of this sort, who is not simply an easy punch line. Michal and her journey is a richly dramatized experience with subtle expressions of sensuality and romantic longing. There is a raggedy feel to the construction of the story, which might be off-putting to audiences used to the glossy sheen of a Hollywood approach to the material, but I found myself cheering for Michal and her one-of-a-kind Plan because it dares to hold onto its convictions. It’s a level of commitment that leads to something more than a fairy tale ending. (Opens Friday.) (PG) Grade: B+
‘Saul’ Is Even Better Than ‘Breaking Bad’ BY JAC KERN
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With the recent overabundance of sequels pities Chuck, the latter proves his wit by and reboots of classic films and shows, it’s turning on the former. This brotherly rivalry, uncommon to find a quality spin-off with completely absent from Bad, is a constant its own legs. Better Call Saul (10 p.m. in Better Call Saul and seems to really be Monday, AMC), born of the beloved drama reaching a level where there is no looking Breaking Bad, is a rare prequel that stands back for these two. There’s been too much up to the quality of the original, yet can be deceit, betrayal and revenge. Is this part of enjoyed on its own without having watched why there is no Chuck in Bad? the source material. Doing so only provides We saw the birth of the Saul Goodman the added treat of a deeper context, the moniker in Season 1 — a name Jimmy uses introduction of characters that pop up in when pulling a con. The second coming both series — fan-favorite Breaking baddie of Saul Goodman is revealed this season, Gus Fring arrives this season, launching his fried chicken shack/meth empire. Of course, you really should have watched Breaking Bad. (And if you haven’t seen it, you’ve probably already heard that advice 100 times.) Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) served as the comic relief for Breaking Bad, playing Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston, not yet introduced in Saul) colorful, sleazy diala-lawyer, which should come as no surprise to anyone Michael McKean (left) and Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul familiar with Odenkirk’s preP H O T O : r o b e r t t r a c ht e n b e r g / A M C / s o n y p i c t u r e s t e l e v i s i o n vious comedic work. Even his moniker, a pun on the phrase “S’all good, man,” is a joke. Saul — real name: when Jimmy’s law license is suspended and Jimmy McGill — however, is not. he moonlights as a commercial director He went on to become a more wellusing that name. Little by little, Jimmy is rounded character in later seasons of Bad, becoming Saul. but it’s here that we truly see the many sides In my opinion, Better Call Saul is actually of the man — not just his work as a schema more enjoyable watch than Breaking Bad, ing attorney, but his complicated relationwhich I hold in the highest regards as one ship with his older brother, Chuck (Michael of the best shows I’ve ever seen. But where McKean). Walter White’s well-meaning protagonist Chuck is a talented lawyer who worked deteriorates into a monster you can barely very hard for everything in life, but his root for, Jimmy/Saul has a realistic balance younger, happy-go-lucky charmer brother of hero and villain. It’s fun to watch Jimmy Jimmy always seemed to catch favor — and run a con — we’re rooting for him to get a break. After spending his early adulthood away with it, just one last time. Perhaps that running cons, regularly getting bailed out by reveals the mix of good and Bad in all of us. Chuck, Jimmy eventually goes legit, starting in the mailroom of Chuck’s law firm. But then Jimmy himself becomes a lawyer, deterOrange Is the New Black (Season Premined to make it on his own terms (even miere, Friday, Netflix) – In a stylistic change, when some of those terms are less than scruall 13 episodes of this fifth season of the pulous), leading Chuck to resent him and highly regarded series will cover the span frequently stand in the way of his success. of just three days in Litchfield Penitentiary, Their relationship is further complicated starting with a tense inmate takeover and by Chuck’s electromagnetic hypersensitivity prison riot. — a rare and disputed condition that leaves him in pain whenever in the presence of Claws (Series Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, electricity. This puts Jimmy in a tough spot TNT) – A Florida nail salon becomes the — he cares for and worries about his brother. center of an organized crime scheme when The man is struggling with a debilitating illfive manicurists (Niecy Nash, Carrie Presness, either real or imagined, which in itself ton and Judy Reyes, among others) begin is worrisome. laundering money for a “pill mill” pain clinic. McKean shines as the resentful brother CONTACT JAC KERN: @jackern — whenever Jimmy (and the audience)
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rowing up, writer Dalia Mortada and her mother would sit for hours by a fax machine, waiting for her grandmother’s recipes to cross the Atlantic Ocean and materialize in their Virginia home. “Food has always been a huge part of my life,” says Mortada, who now lives in Istanbul, Turkey. “My household was very Syrian in large part because our kitchen was.” Though she never lived in Damascus, where her family is originally from, Mortada nurtured a deep connection with her culture through its cuisine — flavors and spices that would later inspire a renewed lens on how to report on the Syrian refugee crisis. Mortada traveled to Istanbul in 2011 with the intention of continuing on to Damascus, but her plans were put on hold due to protests that had ignited in Syria during the Arab Spring and the violent government reactions that followed. In mid-2012, Turkey saw an influx of more than 20,000 Syrians coming into the country every month because of the resulting civil war, according to the Transatlantic Council on Migration. As the refugee population grew, Mortada joined other journalists in covering their harrowing tales. But when she received a grant to report on the Middle East beyond stories of conflict, she turned to her culinary heritage. “What we were seeing on the news, TV and almost every major outlet was the mass migration of people. People getting into boats out of desperation to find a more stable life,” Mortada says. “Those stories are important, there were many talented journalist telling them, but they were not the complete picture of who Syrians are.” In 2015, Mortada launched a project called Savoring Syria to document the diaspora of her people through the common language of food. Mortada, operating as a one-woman team, uses this platform to share recipes and the food-related experiences of those displaced by the war. First a solely digital platform, the demand for a physical presence became clear. A rush of emails following a piece Mortada had published in The New York Times were sent from people looking to connect with the Syrian populations in their communities. With the help of local partners, Savoring Syria answered this call by holding dinners in various cities across the world — one of which was held in late April at the First Unitarian Church in Cincinnati. The dinner was prepared by Ibtissam Masto, a refugee from Jisr ash-Shugur, a district in the Idlib province of Syria. Now
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resettled in Norwood with her husband and six children, Masto’s arrival in the U.S. first began after fleeing to Beirut, Lebanon — a journey which took her family through dark mountains, squeezed them into a packed bus for 20 hours and carried the threat of arrest and possible death the entire way. Once in Beirut, Masto enrolled in a cooking program where she learned entrepreneurial skills and fostered her love of cooking. The experience would lead her to work in the UN Refugee Agency’s cafeteria in Lebanon, where she would meet Mortada during one of her lunch shifts. The pair stayed in touch during Masto’s resettlement in June of last year. “I knew (Masto’s) skill set, I knew what she was trying to do, so I was like ‘OK, well I’m coming to follow up on my reporting with you but let’s do a dinner,’ ” Mortada says. More than 100 Cincinnatians turned out for the dinner to devour dishes like kibbeh maftouha, a recipe with origins in Aleppo. Masto’s version is made with a meat substitute stuffed with peppers, eggplant, nuts and pomegranate molasses — one of several small-portion, handmade dishes featured on the menu at Kan Ya Makan Atayeb Zaman’s, a catering company she and business partner Basma Akbik of Symmes Township operate out of Masto’s kitchen. With these dinners, journalist Mortada hopes to paint a more nuanced picture of the conditions of the Syrian people. In part, this would be to address the feeling of helplessness she’s seen in those physically removed from the conflict. “That sense of hopelessness comes from distance, feeling so far from that experience,” she says. “And I thought what better way than to focus on experiences that surround food. Because those experiences and voices could talk to someone anywhere in the world and you can still feel that same emotional pull when you read or hear someone describing their grandma’s chocolate cake or their experiences around the dining table.” This dinner series doesn’t just serve to alleviate a sense of separation, but also to address misconceptions of the Syrian community that flourished during the 2016 presidential election and have only managed to intensify. Mortada hopes these events will attract tolerant people who are open to having a positive experience with the Syrians in their community — and from there, create a chain reaction as they’re able to convince those who may be more closed off to partake in a similar experience. It’s a goal shared by the team at Kan Ya Makan Atayeb Zaman.
Local caterers Kan Ya Makan Atayeb Zaman offer an authentic taste of Syrian cuisine.
“We wanted to change the image of the Syrian people,” Akbik says of their catering company’s participation in the Cincinnati dinner. “We wanted to show how civilized the people are, how productive they are, how educated they are, how ambitious they are. This means a lot to us. Ibtissam came here to show the beauty of Syria through her food. This is how she can provide the good image.” For Masto, Cincinnati is her new home. The green of the Queen City’s native trees and the rushing water of the Ohio River remind her of Jisr ash-Shugur; everywhere she goes, she is reminded of her hometown.
“We came here and we fell in love with Cincinnati and its people and how kind they are and giving and we want them to love us back,” says Masto, as translated by Akbik. “Our food is one of the faces that we can show. If they’ve kicked us out of our country, they can’t kick the country out of us. So we are carrying this food to show the people how loving we are, how giving we are, how compassionate we are. That we are a good people, we carry good hearts.” For more information about SAVORING SYRIA or KAN YA MAKAN ATAYEB ZAMAN, visit savoringsyria.com or atayebzaman.com.
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1500 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-345-6670, bastreetkitchen.com From 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily, B&A operates as a counter-order daytime diner, and after hours Thursday through Sunday it opens its walk-up window until 8 p.m. so passersby can order a more limited menu. The menu consists of Tex-Mexstyle dishes and comfort food, everything from tacos and hot dogs on bolillo buns to 16 craft sodas on draft. The best part about B&A is their focus on vegan and vegetarian items. We started off with the vegetarian Dia de Los Nachos ($10): tortilla chips smothered with black bean purée, refried beans, tomatoes, a scoop of dark green guacamole, pickled jalapeño and queso drizzle. Our server referred to them as a “boatload of nachos” but these were actually pretty manageable; we hoovered them up and were still hungry for our entrées. I tried the open-faced Viva Vegetales ($7), a vegetarian dish, but I added seared tuna for an extra dollar. You can also add housemade salsas and cheeses, such as cotija and queso fresco. My veggies — roasted poblano, corn, black beans — thatched a hibiscus-corn tortilla, which I had not seen anywhere before. Another innovation B&A offers is the Have 2 Half ($11), a choice of two half-sized menu items: a sandwich/torta, soup or salad. My guest chose half of the Inside Out Pimento Cheese sandwich and a half of the ChiPollito sandwich. For the latter, the chicken was spicy but not too spicy and came topped with Swiss cheese, chipotle aioli and smoked bacon on a bolillo bun. We also tried the housemade potato chips: mandoline-sliced potatoes lightly fried and puffed. (Garin Pirnia)
Eighth & English 2038 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, 513-386-7383, 8thandenglish.com This seafood-centric, Italian-flavored eatery — which goes by the nickname 8 & E — is a godsend for those looking for innovative, thoughtfully crafted fare somewhere in the city outside of Overthe-Rhine, downtown or parts of Covington. The menu looks Italian, with sections such as Primi (first course, usually pasta) and Contorni (vegetables and sides). But if you read ingredients and style of prep, clearly there’s a range of influences, such as Middle Eastern (little lamb sandwiches with tzatziki and harissa) and solidly American (grilled hanger steak with hash, egg and arugula). As
suggested by the sea-themed art on the walls, there are a lot of seafood offerings in just about every menu category, and yet plenty for landlubbers, too. We each began with something from the dozen “Start” choices. I’m a fan of octopus and went with the Sardinian baby octopus stew with white wine, chili and tomato ($14). The broth was thin and flavorful — it seemed more like a soup — and the octopi were tiny, whole creatures, tentacles and all. They were tender and quite delicious, as was the tomato-based, slightly spicy base. For some now unfathomable reason, we all skipped the pasta (Primi) section and picked either an entrée or, in my case, another starter and a side. Larry ordered smoked rainbow trout ($21), Amy had duck ($22) and George continued an all-seafood meal with baked halibut ($26). We all agreed that the halibut was best, served with sticky rice, coconut curry and an array of mildly spiced seasonings. For sure, we’ll be back — and probably often. (Pama Mitchell)
Lalo 29 E. Court St., Downtown, 513-381-4848, lalocincinnati.com The space that now holds Lalo used to be Asian barbecue spot Huit, but the owners rebranded and re-decorated the place while holding on to some of Huit’s signature dishes, like drunken brisket. Lalo refers to itself as “Chino Latino” cuisine because Asia has a lot of Spanish and Latin influence. The best deal is the appetizer platter ($17). It’s more than enough for two. The platter came with white fish ceviche marinated in a pool of citrus and garnished with pickled jalapeño, cucumber, julienned carrots and mango bits, served in a martini glass. It also contained three pillowy chicken empanadas stuffed with spicy chicken tendrils; pot stickers with chicken and chorizo; and a bowl of puffy chips served alongside salsa verde, a curry peanut dip and a roasted pepper and dark red tomato sauce. And if all that food wasn’t enough, the platter came with a round iron skillet of queso fundido. The menu is divided into tacos, burritos, tortas, rice bowls, specialty plates, soups and salads. I went with a black bean and corn quesadilla ($8) with sautéed black beans, melted Chihuahua cheese, bits of corn, kale, tomatoes and sides of sour cream and salsa. My companion ordered the bibimbap ($10), which came in a big stone bowl, but unlike the traditional Korean version, the bowl wasn’t steaming. Instead, it’s comparable to a Mexican molcajete, a small stone bowl used to make salsa that also keeps food warm. (GP)
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Party on the Purple — A weekly party featuring food trucks, drinks, live bands and more to raise funds for bridge maintenance. 5-10 p.m. Free admission. Purple People Bridge, Newport, Ky., purplepeoplebridge.com.
Groceries & Grilling: German Celebration — Head to Findlay Market for latenight market hours and special Wednesday grilling parties. Guests will get the recipe and list of ingredients so they can shop and then grill the recipe on-site. 5-8 p.m. Free admission. Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, findlaymarket.org. Signature Over-the-Rhine Walking Tour — This three-hour walking tour includes stops at three sit-down eateries in the Vine Street corridor and samples from one or two specialty shops or bakeries. 11 a.m. Wednesday; 1 p.m. Friday. $45. Leaves from Daisy Mae’s Market, 1801 Race St., Over-theRhine, cincinnatifoodtours.com. Culture Bites: Northern Kentucky Food Traditions at Behringer-Crawford Museum — An exhibit on the impact of food from diverse immigrant populations on Northern Kentucky’s social and cultural development. Included with museum admission. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington, Ky., bcmuseum.org.
Wild About Wine — This unique wine sampling includes food by the bite, live music and up-close animal encounters. 6:30-9 p.m. Currently sold out. Cincinnati Zoo, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.
Demonstration Class: Any Occasion Celebration — Leigh Barnhart Ochs leads this class on easy entertaining. Learn make-ahead recipes to recreate at home, including Greek gazpacho, tomato-oregano bread, roasted salmon niçoise platter and pecan shortbread cookies. 6-8:30 p.m. $55. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, junglejims.com.
Newport Italianfest — The 26th-annual Newport Italianfest features authentic Italian food, live Italian music, an Italian wine garden, a family photo booth showcasing the history of Italian families that settled in Newport generations ago, a 5k Spaghetti Run, a cooking contest, games, rides and a
Lobstapalooza — Head to Washington Platform to indulge in a cavalcade of cooked crustaceans. Menu includes everything from lobster cheesecake and lobster bisque to a traditional lobster roll and lobster curry. Through July 2. Prices vary. Washington Platform, 1000 Elm St., Downtown, washingtonplatform.com.
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Streetcar Brewery Tour — Cincy Brew Bus uses the Cincinnati Connector to visit three local breweries, incorporating tastings, tours, history and architecture. 12:45 p.m. Friday. $20-$35. Meets at Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, cincybrewbus.com.
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Banana Split Festival — The 23rd-annual festival features a ton of banana splits, live music, a craft fair and games. FridaySaturday. Free admission. J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park, Wilmington, Ohio, bananasplitfestival.com.
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Fresh, Local and Nourishing with Julie Francis — Chef Julie Francis teaches guests to make local baby lettuce and herb salad; asparagus, leek and farro pilaf; and lamb with fava puree, roasted carrots and pesto. 6:30-9 p.m. $55. Cooks’Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Harper’s Point, cookswaresonline.com.
“Of Rice and Men”-u with Ilene Ross — CityBeat’s Ilene Ross leads this class on turning boring old rice into dishes like shrimp fried rice, spicy black rice salad, classic red beans and rice and kheer. 6:30-9 p.m. $45. Cooks’Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Harper’s Point, cookswaresonline.com. Hands-On: Chicken Al Fresco — Get in the kitchen to make some summer-worthy chicken. Menu includes a rustic heirloom salad, skewered chicken wrapped in prosciutto, yellow pepper orzo and marinated peaches. 6-8:30 p.m. $75. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, junglejims.com.
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Murder on the Menu: Cold Case, Cuisine & Cocktails — Entertainment, beer pairings and a multi-course meal. This themed dinner party features a walking tour of an unsolved 19th-century murder case, followed by a historic dinner menu paired with local brews. 6 p.m. $45. Washington Platform, 1000 Elm St., Downtown, saloontours.com.
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The cut-up literary technique has deeply informed avant-garde artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s art and life BY STEVEN ROSEN
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efore reading about what the avantgarde musician, performance artist and thinker Genesis Breyer P-Orridge will do when s/he headlines the first evening of the No Response Festival on June 16, it’s useful to know one fact: P-Orridge identifies with being “pandrogene.” P-Orridge sees it as an effort to have the concept of identity transcend gender — transcend the physical body, even. It’s related to the deep love P-Orridge felt for wife Lady Jaye Breyer, and their desire to evolve through surgical alterations beyond maleand female-ness into a third gender to match their united consciousness. Since Lady Jaye “dropped her body” in 2007, P-Orridge has sought to keep their spiritual oneness alive — using the term “s/he” as gender identification and saying “we” and “us” as much as possible instead of “I” and “me.” Theirs is a fascinating and passionate love story, already the subject of a documentary. “It’s really very simple,” P-Orridge says during a telephone interview. “We were both in love so incredibly deeply we wanted to devour each other, not like cannibals but as consciousness — to embrace each other and let go of every sign and thought of individual ego to become one new being created by the combination of the two.” P-Orridge, born in England in 1950 as Neil Andrew Megson, has had a long career on the cutting edge of creative thought and confrontational art — a first band, Throbbing Gristle, basically defined Industrial music in the 1970s. P-Orridge has headed Psychic TV since the 1980s, which has made music bracingly experimental, though sometimes downright catchy — 2016’s Alienist has a rousing version of Harry Nilsson’s “Jump Into the Fire.” S/he has worked as a personal assistant to LSD proponent Timothy Leary and also became deeply influenced by the literary technique of cutting up and rearranging text to serendipitously find new meanings, a device developed by William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin in the ’50s and ’60s. “We worked with and were friends with Burroughs from 1971 until he passed away,” P-Orridge says. “During those times when we knew each other, we took what he was saying about cutting up language to go deeper — if you imagine words are alive, what’s their agenda?” Burroughs and Gysin have had a profound impact on P-Orridge’s multifaceted career, as will be evident when P-Orridge and Edley ODowd (drummer from Psychic TV) offer a multimedia presentation at the Woodward Theater for No Response. “It will be a unique backdrop of video cutups and imagery, contemporary chamber
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music by Edley and then my voice,” P-Orridge says of the live performance. “We call it expanded poetry, because there’s an improvisational aspect to it. We can start reading something, then it can become a political rant, then it can become a philosophical memory, and so on. We follow written lyrics and poems and also invent as we go. We’ve been doing it all over Europe and the world.” P-Orridge says the performances are drawn from a large archive of poems, lyrics, quotes and more. “When we are about to do one of these performances, we’ll go through them and certain ones will just jump out and feel right for that moment in time,” s/he says. “Those we’ll take as anchors, but often within 10 minutes we’re completely channeling and it bears very little resemblance to the original skeleton of words. It’s using language as shamanic texture.” P-Orridge has found crowd response thrilling — even, or perhaps especially, when s/he is before audiences whose primary language isn’t English. “(They) seem to actually hear me and to convince me that what we thought about language is true — that it’s almost like words live and convey information even if you don’t know what they mean individually,” P-Orridge says. P-Orridge’s interest in the boundary-busting power of avant-garde arts was partially shaped when s/he was 15 and heard the famous 1952 John Cage composition featuring 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence. “We were very fortunate at about 15 years old to find a copy of ‘silence’ and it blew my mind,” s/he says. “That to me was like The Rolling Stones hearing Southern Delta Blues. John Cage is the professor of inclusion, isn’t he? He’s the one who said that even when there’s theoretically silence in the room, the shuffling of feet, the cough… all of that is part of the work. It’s always been important for me to look for ways to be in a gestalt mind with the audience, to allow them to be part of what happens.” Now, more than ever, society is realizing that gender identity is fluid enough to be changed, if desired. But P-Orridge takes a different tack. “Some people feel they’re a man trapped in a woman’s body,” s/he says. “Some people think they’re a woman trapped in a man’s body. A pandrogene just feels trapped in a body. It’s not about gender. It may be about identity, but ultimately it’s the eternal existential question: ‘Why am I here, how can I think, what is my consciousness, how do I receive information?’ ” For P-Orridge and the late Lady Jaye, a path forward was suggested by the cut-up
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has had a long career on the cutting edge of creative thought and confrontational art. literary technique championed by Burroughs and Gysin. “So with myself and Lady Jaye, we thought, ‘OK, William and Bryan say that cut-ups are the product of a third mind that only exists as a combination of the two — it doesn’t exist separate from that,’ ” P-Orridge says. “We say, ‘What happens if we do this to this to the sacred body, the flesh, the obsession?’ We say, ‘Now we have actually cut ourselves up to become a new individual being.’ That’s the pandrogene — the two of us combined in absolute total surrender, fueled by unconditional love.” The question of whether that is painful misses the deeper intent, P-Orridge says.
“It’s not about, ‘Does it hurt?’ ” s/he says. “It’s about, ‘Is this improving my existence and my relationship with being alive?’ Is this doing something for people around me that’s positive? Is this doing something important for my group, my tribe, my demographic — something that helps them understand being alive, too? And is it something that makes sense to the species in the long term?” P-Orridge emphatically believes the answer to all those questions is yes. GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE headlines the No Response Festival at Woodward Theater on June 16. Tickets/more info: noresponsefestival.com.
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Lost Coast Delivers Some ‘Sweet Action’ BY MIKE BREEN
Lost Coast can also surprise with swaying, ethereal AltCountry (“Echoes”), sparse, reverberating quasi-balladry (the acousticand-harmonica driven “It’s Too Late”) and the aforementioned “Little White Lie,” which is like a cocktail of Wilco (during its tastefully Prog-leaning Sky Blue Sky era) and The Allman Brothers at their heavyanthem, soul-bleeding finest. Then there is “L.A.,” a Sweet Action highlight that doesn’t really sound like anything else on the recording, yet still contains much of Lost Coast’s essence. With a soupy
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aural fog filling the the track’s headspace and the rhythm undulating beneath in slow motion, swelling guitars and tranquil melodies rise and fall throughout the track’s six-and-a-half-minute run time, giving it a hypnotic and haunting power akin to a glacially paced Pink Floyd (swirling light show included). On Sweet Action, Lost Coast shows how an “Americana” artist can embrace tradition but avoid the rut that comes when shackled by clichés. The band writes songs that don’t rely on genre specifications, a big key to its success, and, of course, it’s also willing and able to step beyond expectations and explore. But perhaps the most crucial element is the Lost Coast’s ability to craftily and coherently incorporate its discoveries into its sound without coming off like a musical tourist or a very sloppy Dr. Frankenstein. Lost Coast has the right amount of ingenuity to go with its imposing technical skills. And that makes Sweet Action a sweet listen worthy of repeated exposure, likely for many years to come. Beyond Saturday’s show, to listen to and purchase Lost Coast’s music, hit up lostcoastusa.bandcamp.com. CONTACT MIKE BREEN: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Love and Music Trump Hate London and Manchester, U.K. have brought out the best and worst of humanity recently. The worst were the terrorist attacks near London Bridge and Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert, but the best was the massive Grande-led benefit concert featuring an all-star Pop lineup and raising more than $12 million for the Red Cross. Even if you aren’t a fan of the musicians, the One Love Manchester event was a touching reminder of the huge power music still has. Some “worst” snuck back in — some buttholes tried to score the free tickets offered to those who went to Grande’s initial concert, Donald Trump tweeted a lot of incredibly dumb things about London’s mayor, etc. — but the U.K. spirit is stronger than idiocy. This Means GWAR Comedian Kathy Griffin suffered major backlash over a photo of her holding a fake severed Trump head, stirring fake outrage (from conservatives), faux agreement with those fake outraged and at least a little bit of actual anger from costumed alien-monster band GWAR! Actually, even that anger was fake — the band’s Beefcake The Almighty claimed the comedian stole GWAR’s gag because the group has been fake-decapitating Trump during concerts for a while now. Mr. Almighty later complimented the quality of Griffin’s severed head and invited her to a GWAR show for more fake-beheadings, adding (with love), “Then we’d like to kill you.” Rowdy Return After Beheadgate, Griffin understandably won’t be getting hired for any high-exposure jobs anytime soon, but maybe she just needs to lay low for a few years and wait for CNN to come crawling back. Hank Williams Jr.’s “All My Rowdy Friends” was pulled as the Monday Night Football theme in 2011 after ESPN cut ties with the Country singer following his comparison of then-President Obama to Hitler in a TV interview. But now Trump is president, nothing means anything anymore and we’re all going to die — so sure, why not bring back that awful song for the upcoming NFL season?
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In the summer of 2014, after a run of more than a half a decade playing around the Greater Cincinnati club scene and releasing a solid self-titled debut, rootsy, rockin’ fivepiece Shoot Out the Lights played its final show and the musicians amicably went their separate ways. That is until three of them — Josh Muddiman (vocals, guitar), Joshua Howard (bass) and Alan Topolski (drums) — regrouped to carry on their former band’s spirit, while also honing their instrumental, songwriting and arrangement skills to a finessed point and pushing forward. Joined by lead guitarist Eric Boehmker (who spent several years with long-running area Indie/ Post Punk group Sweet Ray Laurel), the band emerged in 2015 as Lost Coast. This Saturday, Lost Coast unveils its first full-length release, the impressive Sweet Action, in conjunction with a celebration at the Southgate House Revival (111 E. Sixth St., Newport, Ky., southgatehouse.com). Admission is $10, which includes a copy of the new album. Superb locals The Hiders and Ben Knight and the Well Diggers, as well as Dayton, Ohio’s The Boxcar Suite, open the 8 p.m. show. While the material on Sweet Action has elements of Roots Rock, Americana and “Heartland Rock,” Lost Coast isn’t afraid of expanding beyond those borders, following wherever the song takes it. An adroit craftsman, Muddiman’s songwriting, passionate vocal rasp and acoustic guitar strums are the cornerstones of the foursome’s sound, but the other musicians help define it, taking that sturdy base and wandering into other directions with an easy poise that illuminates the chemistry between the players. Topolski and Howard lock into each other, but they aren’t merely the music’s anchor. Their parts are a balance of precision and subtle imaginativeness, rolling together with a jazzy looseness that adds greatly to the music’s expansiveness and organic swagger. Likewise, Boehmker’s leads don’t always come from a rootsy place, regularly adding unique angles and textures with his inspired ornamentation, be it spacious, echoing atmospherics or snaking riffs that wind through and around the grooves. He’s also a stirring soloist — on tracks like “Stonesy” and “Little White Lie,” he unleashes solos with the kind of from-thegut expressiveness that instantly commands attention. Opener “Backslide City” is a charming slice of shimmying Pop Rock, from which the album really lifts off with a pair of fluctuating but vigorous rockers that show Lost Coast’s way with dynamics and how much the band is a kindred spirit to passionate, grounded contemporary rockers like Beach Slang, My Morning Jacket and Gaslight Anthem. These elements are molded in different ways throughout the album, but
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ZZ Top with Austin Hanks Wednesday • PNC Pavilion at Riverbend In this era of band lineup shifts occurring as frequently as wardrobe changes, ZZ Top has maintained the same three-man roster since 1970. Still, the band’s first year of existence was tumultuous. Former Moving Sidewalks vocalist/guitarist Billy Gibbons formed ZZ Top in 1969 with Sidewalks drummer Dan Mitchell and organist Lanier Greig, who was quickly supplanted with more conventional bassist Billy Ethridge. Mitchell was booted for American Blues drummer Frank Beard, and when Ethridge balked at signing a record contract, Beard suggested his bandmate Dusty Hill. With the lineup settled, ZZ Top signed with London Records and released its debut, ZZ Top’s First Album, in 1971 and its sophomore effort, Rio Grande Mud, the following year. They both stiffed. ZZ Top It was 1973’s PHOTO : Ros s Halfin Tres Hombres that provided ZZ Top with its first Top 10 album, hit single “La Grange” and sold-out shows. The subsequent tour was recorded and some of those live tracks appeared on one side of the band’s next album, Fandango!, while the studio side yielded The Joy Formidable ZZ Top’s biggest PHOTO : James Minchin hit to date, “Tush.” 1976’s Tejas cracked the Top 20, but was considered a disappointment, and after nearly seven straight years of touring, the band took a two-year break from the road and each other. It was during this hiatus that the members grew their signature beards. After settling their London contract with a greatest hits album, ZZ Top signed with Warner Brothers and released the platinum selling Degüello, followed by El Loco, which introduced the synthesizer to the band’s repertoire. It was 1983’s Eliminator and its ubiquitous singles (“Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Legs,” “Got Me Under Pressure” and “Sharp Dressed Man”) that cemented ZZ Top’s stature as one of the world’s biggest Blues/Rock bands. Although the group’s fortunes waxed and waned, relatively speaking, ZZ Top remained a consistent concert draw and cultural icon, earning entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
In the five years since ZZ Top’s gritty return-to-form La Futura album (the single from which, “Flyin’ High,” accompanied astronaut Mike Fossum to the International Space Station), Gibbons released a side project with The BFGs (2015’s Perfectamundo) and the trio released a live album, last year’s Tonite at Midnight. The musicians might be working on new material, but it hardly matters — after 15 albums and nearly 50 years of scorching Rock and chicken-wire Blues set to a sleazy boogie beat, structuring a show is not a concern. A new wrinkle is that ZZ Top’s continuing Tonnage Tour has included a pre-show craft beer tasting. Dare we say it? They got kegs and they know how to use them. (Brian Baker) The Joy Formidable with Cusses Thursday • Woodward Theater No one wants their breakup to become a topic of conversation. No matter how “mutual” it might be, the severing of a relationship between two individuals is emotionally taxing. But that’s what came to be the central theme in most talk surrounding The Joy Formidable’s most recent studio album, last year’s Hitch. After the remarkable success of 2010’s The Big Roar, follow-up Wolf’s Law and a strenuous few years touring, TJF retreated to its home in North Wales. It was around that time that two-thirds of the band, Ritzy Bryan and Rhydian Dafydd, ended their romantic relationship and left fans speculating about the impending demise of the band. What came, instead, was Hitch. Full of Bryan’s thunderous guitar and offering no attempt at backing down from the group’s obvious worship of ’90s Rock, Hitch made it clear that no amount of heartbrokenness could put an end to TJF. Admittedly, Hitch sometimes felt like Bryan, Dafydd and drummer Matthew Thomas made the album if only for the sake of proving they could. While Wolf’s Law built upon its blistering debut, Hitch seemed to stagnate a little. It was brilliant, but not fresh. What it offered was loud, clearly heartfelt and often spectacular, but it remained littered with songs you’d grow impatient with long before they ended.
Hitch wasn’t the end for The Joy Formidable, though. The band recently released a live album on Bandcamp, Leave No Trace (Live in LA), a solid mix of those first anthems that drew fans in and new tunes the loyal fans still appreciate. It also beautifully showcases the amount of noise the trio can create and promises, hopefully, many more good things to come, regardless of anyone’s current relationship status. It’s also a fairly accurate account of what to expect when they tear through Woodward Theater this week. (Deirdre Kaye)
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Fountain Square - Salsa on the Square with Son Del Caribe. 7 p.m. Salsa/Dance. Free. The Greenwich - John Zappa’s Epic Trumpet Battle. 8:30 p.m. Jazz. $5. Horse & Barrel - John Ford. 6 p.m. Roots/Blues. Free. Knotty Pine - Chalis. 9 p.m. Rock/ Blues/Pop/Various. Free. Liberty Center - Summer Concert Series. 6 p.m. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and loose yourself in the rhythm of Bluestone Ivory, who will perform as part of Liberty Center’s free summer concert. Free. Marty’s Hops & Vines - Angela Bolan. 7 p.m. Cello. Free.
The Mad Frog - Islander with H Bad Seed Rising and The Funeral Portrait. 5 p.m. Rock/ Metal/Hardcore. $16.
The Mockbee - Heem Dollas, Breezoe Stuntin, Trapkingkai, Mucho Guallaz, Cousy Warhol, Connor Heights and DJ Kennedy. 9 p.m. Hip Hop. $5.
Madison Theater - Lil Uzi Vert. H 8 p.m. Hip Hop. $40, $45 day of show.
MOTR Pub - Moonbeau with Slow Caves. 9 p.m. Indie/Electronic/ Pop/Rock. Free.
Mansion Hill Tavern - Losing Lucky. 8 p.m. Roots. Free.
MOTR Pub - Bobby Bare Jr. 10 p.m. Rock. Free.
Marty’s Hops & Vines - Dave Hawkins. 7 p.m. Folk. Free.
Plain Folk Cafe - Open Mic with Tom & Kerrie Braun. 7 p.m. Various. Free.
Northside Tavern - Grace Lincoln. 9 p.m. Soul. Free. PNC Pavilion at Riverbend - ZZ Top with Austin Hanks. 8 p.m. Blues/Rock
Quaker Steak & Lube Milford Bike Nite with Pandora Effect. 6 p.m. Rock. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Moonshine & Wine with Daniel Wayne and JIMS. 8 p.m. Roots/Various. Free.
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Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - Todd Hepburn and Friends. 6 p.m. Various. Free.
Urban Artifact - Blue Wisp Big Band. 8:30 p.m. Big Band Jazz. $10. Woodward Theater - Thelma H and The Sleaze with Birdcloud. 9 p.m. Rock. $10, $12 day of show.
Thursday 08 20th Century Theater - Warpaint. 8 p.m. Indie Rock. $21, $23 day of show. Arnold’s Bar and Grill - Dottie Warner and Phil DeGreg. 7:30 p.m. Jazz. Free. Behringer-Crawford Museum Music@BCM Launches April 20. 6 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum becomes “the place to be on Thursday nights,” as Music@BCM opens its annual spring-summer concert series. $5 (adults); $3 (kids 3-12); Museum members buy one, get one free
Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Scotch Hollow. 9:30 p.m. Roots/Americana. Free. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Mission Man with New Moons and The Vims. 9 p.m. Hip Hop/Rock. $5. Urban Artifact - Lipstick Fiction, Actual Italians, MARR, Venicia Kosein and Sharktooth. 9 p.m. Rock/Various. Free. Washington Park - Bandstand Bluegrass with Rabbit Hash String Band. 7 p.m. Bluegrass. Free. Woodward Theater - The Joy Formidable with Cusses. 8:30 p.m. AltRock. $20, $22 day of show.
Friday 09 Arnold’s Bar and Grill - Willow Tree Carolers. 9 p.m. Americana. Free. Blue Note Harrison - Saving Abel. 8 p.m. Rock. $12, $15 day of show. Bogart’s - Hairbanger’s Ball. 8 p.m. Metal/Pop/Rock. $10. Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - Steve Schmidt Trio with Dixie Karas. 8 p.m. Jazz. Free. Colerain Park - Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. 7 p.m. Bluegrass. Free.
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The Greenwich - Mike Wade & H the Nasty Nati Brass Band. 9 p.m. New Orleans Jazz. $10. Jag’s Steak and Seafood - C-RAS Band. 9 p.m. Reggae. $5. Japp’s - Burning Caravan 5:30 p.m. Gypsy Jazz. Free. JerZees Pub & Grub - Pandora Effect. 9 p.m. Rock. Cover. Jim and Jack’s on the River - Kyle LeMaster & the Honky Tonk Heroes. 9 p.m. Country. Free. Knotty Pine - Flatline. 10 p.m. Rock. Cover. Lawrenceburg Event Center Dru Hill and 112. 8 p.m. R&B. $30-$80. Mansion Hill Tavern - The Heaters. 9 p.m. Blues. $4. Marty’s Hops & Vines - Bob Ross. 9 p.m. Jazz. Free. Memorial Hall - Sarah Jarosz. H 8 p.m. Folk/Americana. $35-$50. The Mockbee - Loving Day celebration with DJ Grover Smith (4:30 p.m.); Prince’s Birthday Dance Party with DJ Sutle (10 p.m.). 10 p.m. Dance/DJ. Free. MOTR Pub - Joe’s Truck H Stop with Krystal Petersen & the Queen City Band. 10 p.m.
Northside Tavern - Erika H Wennerstrom with Leggy and Moira. 10 p.m. Rock/Various. Free. Northside Yacht Club - Underestimate, Death Card, Livid and Under the Combine. 8 p.m. Metal/ Hardcore. $5. Plain Folk Cafe - Rabbit Hash String Band. 7:30 p.m. Bluegrass. Free. Rick’s Tavern - Heather Roush Band. 10 p.m. Country. $5. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Joshua Black Wilkins with Warsaw Falcons. 9:30 p.m. Roots/Rock/Various. Free. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Punk Rock Night with Hammered with Jesus, Godawfuls, Push Start and MCRNR. 9 p.m. Punk. $5. Southgate House Revival H (Sanctuary) - ACLU Benefit Bash with Young Heirlooms, Use-
less Fox, In Details, Stephen J. Anderson, Founding Fathers, Angry Planet and Go Go Buffalo. 6 p.m. Various. $10. Thompson House - Awake At Last with Alteras. 7 p.m. Rock. $10.
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The Underground - Glassworld H (album release show) with Eternal Void, Break Up Lines, Avanti & Heroes Like Villains. 7 p.m. Rock. Cover.
PNC Pavilion at Riverbend - Paul Simon. 8 p.m. Pop/Rock/Various. Sold out. Rick’s Tavern - PartyTown. 10 p.m. Rock/Country/Pop. $5.
Stanley’s Pub - Stanley’s Open Jam. 10 p.m. Various. Free. Urban Artifact - Kristen Bennett and Abby Vice. 8 p.m. Pop/Rock/ Various. Free.
Urban Artifact - Flying UnderH ground, Gay Neighbors and Copper. 9 p.m. Pop/Rock. Free.
The Show on 42 - Pandora Effect. 8 p.m. Rock. Cover.
U.S. Bank Arena - The H Weeknd. 7:30 p.m. Pop. $39.50-$2,286.
Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Quiet Hollers with Alone at 3AM and Wallace Woods. 9 p.m. Roots/Rock/Various. $10.
20th Century Theater - Rainbow Kitten Surprise with Wilderado. 8 p.m. Alt/Rock. $15, $17 day of show.
Southgate House Revival H (Sanctuary) - Lost Coast (album release show) with The Hid-
Mansion Hill Tavern - Acoustic Jam with John Redell and Friends. 8 p.m. Acoustic/Various. Free.
Washington Park - Friday Flow with Keith Washington. 7 p.m. R&B. Free. Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - Marc Fields Quartet. 9 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum). Woodward Theater - All Them Witches with Handsome Jack and Suck the Honey. 9 p.m. Rock. $12, $14 day of show.
Saturday 10 Arnold’s Bar and Grill - The Hot Magnolias. 9 p.m. Jazz. Free. Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center - Ricky Nye and Philippe LeJeune. 7 p.m. Blues/Boogie Woogie. Sold out. Belterra Casino - Josh Turner. 7 p.m. Country. Bogart’s - Russ. 8 p.m. Hip Hop.
ers, Boxcar Suite and Ben Knight & the Welldiggers. 8 p.m. Roots/ Rock/Various. $10. Strasse Haus - Trailer Park Floosies. 10 p.m. Dance/Pop/ Rock/CountryVarious. Free.
The Underground - Self-Ish with High School Dance and Mainsail. 7 p.m. Punk/Rock. Cover. Urban Artifact - Comprador, The Bascinets and Disaster Class. 10 p.m. Indie/Rock/Various. Free.
Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - Pamela Mallory. 9 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum). Woodward Theater - Mardou H (album release show) with ONO, Future Nuns and Homemade
Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - Steve Schmidt Trio. 8 p.m. Jazz. Free.
Drugs. 8 p.m. Post Punk/Indie Rock/Various. $8, $10 day of show.
The Comet - Stallone ’N Roses H with Ohio Sons. 10 p.m. Rock. Free.
Crow’s Nest - Cookin Hearts. 10 p.m. Americana. Free.
H Fountain Square - FSQ Live H with School of Rock Mason. 7 p.m. Rock/Various. Free. The Greenwich - Spoken.Word. Soul featuring Jamila Wright, Kole Black and more. 9 p.m. Spoken Word/Various. $10. Jag’s Steak and Seafood - The New Royals. 9 p.m. Funk. $5. Jim and Jack’s on the River - Jason Owens. 9 p.m. Country. Free. Knotty Pine - Almost Famous. 10 p.m. Rock. Cover.
Mansion Hill Tavern - Jay Jesse Johnson. 9 p.m. Blues. $3. Marty’s Hops & Vines - Two Blue. 9 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Memorial Hall - Johnny Britt. 8 p.m. Jazz/Soul. $20-$100. MOTR Pub - Angela Perley with The High Definitions. 10 p.m. Roots/ Rock/Various. Free. Plain Folk Cafe - Blue Rock. 7:30 p.m. Bluegrass. Free.
BrewRiver GastroPub - Todd Hepburn. 11 a.m. Blues/Various. Free. The Comet - The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars. 7:30 p.m. Bluegrass. Free. Madison Live - Sykosis with The World I Knew. 7 p.m. Metal. $10, $13 day of show. Mansion Hill Tavern - Open Blues jam with Sonny Moorman. 6 p.m. Blues. Free. The Mockbee - GONX Party for Longterm Anarchist Prisoners featuring DJ Desmond, Sour Ground, City Harvest Black and Robert Inhuman. 8 p.m. Punk. Free. MOTR Pub - Banducci & the Wheels with In the Pines. 9 p.m. Rock. Free. Northside Tavern - Classic Revolution. 8 p.m. Classical/Various. Free. Sonny’s All Blues Lounge - Blues jam session featuring Sonny’s All Blues Band. 8 p.m. Blues. Free. Southgate House Revival H (Lounge) - Knife the Symphony with The Mostly Dead and
Silent Tongues. 2 p.m. Punk/Indie/ Rock/Various. Free.
The Mockbee - OFF tha BLOCK Mondays Open Mic with Stallitix, Goodword, DJ Noah I Mean, NonPlus, Chestah T, Gift of Gabi and Knifer. 10 p.m. Hip Hop. Free. MOTR Pub - The Toasters. 9 Hp.m. Ska. Free. Northside Tavern - The Qtet. 10 p.m. Funk/Jazz/Rock/Various. Free. PNC Pavilion at Riverbend H - The Head and The Heart with J. Roddy Walston & The Business. 7:30 p.m. Indie/Folk/Rock. $40-$50.
Stanley’s Pub - Stanley’s Live Jazz Band. 10 p.m. Jazz. Free. U.S. Bank Arena - Tom H Petty & the Heartbreakers with Joe Walsh. 7:30 p.m. Rock. $49.50-$149.50.
Tuesday 13 Arnold’s Bar and Grill - Casey Campbell. 7 p.m. Blues/Roots. Free. Brew House - Dave Gilligan with John Redell. 9 p.m. Roots/Blues/ Various. BrewRiver GastroPub - John Ford. 6 p.m. Roots/Blues. Free. The Comet - Blakkr. 10 p.m. H Experimental Metal/Post Punk/Various. Free. The Greenwich - Lucas Kadish. 8 p.m. Jazz. $5. The Mockbee - White Fuzzy Bloodbath, Slow Glows and Army of Infants. 9 p.m. Rock. Free. Northside Tavern - Honey Combs and Combo Slice. 9 p.m. Acoustic/ Indie/Pop. Free. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Kyle Cox with Rocko Wheeler. 8 p.m. Singer/Songwriter. $8, $10 day of show. Taft Theatre - Joe Jackson. 8 Hp.m. Pop/Rock. $29.50. Urban Artifact - One Day Steady, Brother Airborne and Plan That Ate the South. 8 p.m. Rock/Various. Free.
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BIERmarkt USA Taproom & Wine Cellar - John B. Kinnemeyer with Zach Meyers. 4 p.m. Rock/Blues/ Jazz/Various. Free.
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