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What a Week! BY T.C. Britton


A McDonald›s billboard got attention this week advertising a new green chili breakfast burrito and reading, “Usually, when you roll something this good, it’s illegal!” The ad was placed in New Mexico (where weed is not legal) near the Colorado border (where it is). A New Mexico franchisee hired an advertising company to put up the billboard, but the McD’s corporation was not amused: “This local franchise billboard does not meet our standards and is being taken down,” the company released in a statement. We were going to riff on some other fast food stoner slogans, but the joke’s on us because that new McDonald’s burrito actually sounds kinda good...


Former FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the Senate on Thursday to discuss his meetings with Donald Trump prior to his firing and whether Trump interfered with the FBI’s investigation into Russia. Total snoozefest? Quite the contrary! Comey released a written testimony in advance, and it turns out the guy’s a helluva scribe. He set the scene with details describing awkward silences with the president and a particular grandfather clock. The Washington Examiner even compared his style to that of Ernest Hemingway. In response to Trump’s tweet about possible tapes of their conversations, Comey actually said, “Lordy, I hope there are tapes!” Who does he think he is, Neil Gorsuch? Golly gosh! John McCain might need to check his meds, tryna bring Hillary Clinton into this mess and accidentally referring to Comey as president. He chalked it up to staying up late to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks game. OK, John… Bars in Washington and beyond even hosted live watch parties so folks could get their cocktails and covfefe on. Who says millennials don’t care about politics? (It helps when real life starts to look like House of Cards.)



June is LGBTQ Pride month, and with it comes parades, demonstrations, festivities and… a new gay icon? Somehow the Babadook has become a gay pride symbol. A little context: The Babadook is a 2014 Australian horror film about the eponymous monster that terrorizes a family through the pages of a creepy children’s book.


The 71st-annual Tony Awards took place Sunday, celebrating the best on Broadway. Questionable host Kevin Spacey poked fun at the choice to have him head the event in an opening number that saw Spacey dress in drag and joke about coming out of the closet (or not coming out, as he never has). John Legend won his first Tony — Best Revival of a Play for Jitney — and is now just an Emmy away from joining the EGOT club (aka Winners of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards). Susan Lucci no more: 83-year-old costume designer won her first competitive Tony (she’s previously received a lifetime achievement award) for her costumes in The Little Foxes after 21 nominations. And the legendary Bette Midler lived up to her title as a bonafide badass Broadway bitch, winning Best Actress in a Musical for Hello, Dolly! and refusing to yield to the cut-off music during her speech. “Shut that crap off!” she said to the orchestra, and continues her thank-yous for more than four minutes. Yas queen!


The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA finals on Monday. Kevin Durant, who is now the sixth player in league history to score 30 or more points in each game of the finals, was honored as the series’ most valuable player. But we all know his mom, the ever-ecstatic Wanda Durant, is the real MVP, and she stole the show post-game. Unfortunately that’s a loss for ole Ohio. LeBron James had to lead the Cavs to victory in order to overthrow Michael Jordan as the greatest player of all time, but he fell short. Some are even blaming Khloé Kardashian, who is dating Cav Tristan Thompson (almost accidentally wrote Trinity Taylor there — clearly watching more Drag Race than basketball) for tainting the team with the infamous Kardashian kurse. Meanwhile we’re just salty that the game interrupted our Monday Bachelorette routine.


So, the deodorant challenge is a thing. Teens are taking aerosol deo and spraying it as close to the skin as possible, essentially giving themselves a gnarly freezer burn. Kids today are really dumb, but it’s important to remember all kids have always been really dumb. We once got kicked out of the Tri-County mall Ruby Tuesday’s for doing what now would be called the #SaltIceChallenge: We’d take table salt, pour into a tiny pile on our hands and see who could hold down an ice cube on it the longest. We still have scars. CONTACT T.C. BRITTON:

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In just one day last week, Donald Trump’s tweets attacked the mayor of London after terrorist attacks, his own Justice Department (!) for recrafting the Muslim travel ban to be somewhat less despicable, the media for being the media and others. A day later, it seems Trump was feuding with his own attorney general, the uniquely unqualified Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. But of course not for dismantling civil liberties and attempting to again start the disastrous War on Drugs, aka War on Minorities and Taxpayers. No, it’s for not being sufficiently kowtowing. As if. The Grifter Presidency continues apace, with Kushners selling visas, Ivanka peddling shoes and Trump Hotels planning a new type of hotel to fit in the districts he carried. Grifter Inns? There is no end of greed and crassness. And does he name a career law-enforcement professional to head the FBI? Who does he name? Someone so obscure that some headlines identified him as “Chris Cristie’s lawyer.” The beat goes on. When asked about the possibility of the “Comey Tapes,” which, a month ago, he himself hinted at in (of course) a tweet he said, “I’ll tell you something about that maybe sometime in the very near future. I’ll tell you about it over a short period of time. I’m not hinting at anything.” WTF? Can anyone simply read Trump’s tweets and not conclude, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the person in charge of our government is (a) illiterate, (b) incompetent and (c) insane? We all know this will not end well. Charles Pierce, in his excellent column for Esquire, put it this way: “Washington these days is stuck in a kind of Cassandra Syndrome. Everybody knows the disaster is coming but nobody knows how to stop it, and too many people don’t want to because they figure they can get rich selling off the ruins.” It is really up to the Republicans to end this dangerous farce of a presidency. Impeachment or resignation is the only solution. The vain hope that Donald Trump would change, or “grow into,” the presidency is long dashed. A man of 70, having lived a lifetime of narcissism, predation and prevarication, is not likely to change. He has been the boss of his own little distorted world. Now he is distorting our world. As Republican President Dwight Eisenhower and Sen. Ralph Flanders (R-VT) rose to smite Joe McCarthy (whose minion, Roy Cohn, later taught Donald Trump to screw the little people); as Barry Goldwater (R-AZ), Hugh Scott (R-PA) and John Rhodes (R-AZ) visited Richard Nixon to show him the door, history requires a few good people to stand up. But the Republican Party is sadly lacking in that department. Republicans have been too busy making excuses. And they will not give up the chance to wreck medical care for countless millions of people to give tax cuts to people with countless millions. Perhaps John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME) or Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) could lead the charge, but don’t bet the egg money. Courage, like sanity, is in short supply in Washington.

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What is the deal with huggers? That’s presumably what Jerry Seinfeld was thinking when Kesha tried to embrace him during on a red carpet this week. The comedian was headlining an event for the David Lynch Foundation at the Kennedy Center in D.C., giving interviews when Kesha interrupted. “I’m Kesha, I love you so much,” she said to Seinfeld. “Can I give you a hug?” “No thanks.” “Please?” “No thanks.” “A little one?” “Yeah, no thanks.” Seinfeld swerved on the singer, dodging her touch no less than three times and thus, reaching peak Larry David.

Like the origin story of many a meme, Babadook’s rise to queer icon status started on Tumblr, where users joked about the monster being openly gay, but also drew connections to a monster being suppressed and how many LGBT people feel that way in their own families. As Pride celebrations descended onto various cities this weekend, so did the most fabulous interpretations of the Babadook. Will Babadook’s gay status stand the test of time? Moreover, is this the liberal answer to the alt-right’s hijacking of Pepe the Frog?

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No Bidding? No Problem

The friendship track to a 13-year monopoly on the county prosecutor’s IT business BY JAMES MCNAIR

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IT companies owned by Dennis Lima, a friend of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, have taken in $694,129 since 2005. None of the contracts were put up for bids. competitive bidding, whereby government accepts bids for any outside work and selects the best bid based on quality and/or cost.” Deters declined an interview request from CityBeat. In response to a public records request, his office provided 12 years’ worth of contracts with Lima’s companies. None of the records explain why Lima was retained in the first place. Deters’ office would not answer an emailed question about the quality of Lima’s work. Lima would not comment. “As a matter of policy, I do not discuss customer business matters with anyone but that customer,” Lima wrote in an email to CityBeat. “Sorry I could not oblige.”

Quite the IT handyman For a “consultant,” Lima appears to have accomplished much in adding greater functionality to the prosecutor’s IT systems, his contracts indicate. He brought the email system in-house. He upgraded the website. He created a system for bar-coding and tracking evidence for criminal cases. He built systems for document imaging, employee records, indictments, civil case dockets, delinquent real estate and for tracking appeals court cases. Yet when other Hamilton County agencies hire outside contractors to upgrade computer systems, they often — perhaps

typically — put the work up for bids. When the office of County Auditor Dusty Rhodes needed to replace its system for tax accounting and website property searches six years ago, it received bids from four companies. The highest, Rhodes said, was for $5.5 million. He chose the lowest, a $2.7 million bid from a company in Illinois. The office of Sheriff Jim Neil also goes the competitive bidding route for its IT needs. Spokesman Mike Robison says it just chose a vendor that had made the best bid for the department’s new mugshot system. He says it is in the process of soliciting bids for new records-management and jail-management systems. John Bruggen, Hamilton County’s budget director, says IT purchases are done on a decentralized basis by the various county offices and departments. He says he doesn’t know how many IT contracts have involved consultants, only that those purchases are typically put up for bid. “Everything I’m aware of, certainly in administration, is bid out through our purchasing department,” Bruggen says. “I know, for example, that our payroll system contract was bid a few years ago. I can’t imagine a situation where that wouldn’t be the case.” County Purchasing Director JoAnn

Cramer acknowledges that consulting contracts are exempt from competitive bidding. With technology system purchases, she says approaches vary. “Sometimes if a department contacts me and there’s a lot of participation out there and they want to go out for a bid, then we’ll go out for a bid,” Cramer says. At least one government — the state of Ohio — is moving toward requiring competitive bidding for IT consulting jobs. The state House of Representatives just approved a budget amendment containing such a requirement for state agencies. The amendment was passed after the Columbus Dispatch reported that the Ohio Department of Administrative Services had awarded millions of dollars in no-bid IT contracts in the past six years. The amendment is now in the Ohio Senate’s hands.

Bankruptcy time Despite receiving $2.1 million worth of contracts in the first five years of his consulting deal with the Hamilton County prosecutor, Lima was on shaky financial ground. At the end of 2009, LimaCorp’s landlord filed suit accusing the company of not paying rent. CONTINUES ON PAGE 11

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hen Joe Deters reclaimed his desk as Hamilton County prosecutor in 2005 after a six-year hiatus, one of his first acts was to order the extinction of the office’s prehistoric Windows 98 computer system. That wasn’t all. The email server needed to be built from scratch. Website access needed to be opened up. The property room needed an inventory control system. But rather than shop around to find the best possible deal for taxpayers, Deters handed the job to a man named Dennis Lima. Lima was practically an insider. He and Deters went to college for a time together at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. During Deters’ first run as prosecutor, from 1992 to 1999, Lima was his full-time information technology director. When Deters became Ohio state treasurer in 1999, Lima left and started his own company, LimaCorp, LLC. Still, they remained close enough to be described as “buddies” by one one source who knows both men. Close enough, said another, that Lima attended the wedding of Deters’ second-oldest son last Dec. 30. For his second go-around fiddling with the prosecutor’s IT systems, Lima would be a contractor. Within a month of Deters taking office in January 2005, LimaCorp was given an 11-month consulting contract worth an estimated $181,275 in billings. From that day, the prosecutor’s office has approved a total of $2.2 million on IT contracts with LimaCorp and its successor, OnLine Business Solutions (OBS). County payment records show that Lima’s companies received $694,129 during that time. Assistant Prosecutor Michael Friedmann would not explain the difference in the dollar amounts. In any case, none of the contracts was put out for competitive bidding. Not that they had to be. Ohio law exempts the hiring of consultants — as well as lawyers, accountants, doctors and others — from the state’s competitive bidding requirement for purchases over $50,000. But when the hiring of a technology consultant entails more than $2 million in contractual obligations, wouldn’t it behoove a county agency to put the job up for bids? Ron White, a professor who teaches ethics courses at Mount St. Joseph University, says it is often expedient to hire reputable people outside the bidding process. The downside, he says, is that taxpayers are less sure what their officials are getting into. “When government spends tax dollars, we all expect that it gets ‘bang for the buck’ when it solicits products and services from the private sector,” White says. “In most cases, the legal and moral standard implies

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Opening arguments began June 8 in the retrial of Ray Tensing, the former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed unarmed motorist Sam DuBose in July 2015. A jury of seven white women, two white men, one black man and two black women seated June 7 will hear the case. DuBose’s shooting in Mount Auburn during a routine traffic stop over a missing front license plate sparked deep racial tension during a time when police killings of unarmed black individuals hold national attention. Tensing is white. DuBose was black. Hamilton County Assistant Prosecutor Stacey DeGraffenreid took just 10 minutes delivering the state’s opening statements June 8, beginning by reading the grand jury’s indictment to jurors. “We believe at the conclusion, you will find the defendant Raymond Tensing guilty,” Degraffenreid said, outlining the prosecution’s expert witnesses and the rest of the state’s case. “The state will submit that the evidence shows this was clearly a murder.” Tensing’s attorney Stew Mathews spoke longer, taking about half an hour to line out Tensing’s defense, his background and his qualifications as a police officer. Mathews also spent a good deal of time explaining policies put in place by then-UCPD chief Jason Goodrich ordering strict enforcement in the neighborhoods around UC. According to Mathews, Tensing was just carrying out those policies. Tensing was one of the most active officers when it came to traffic stops and tickets. “Ray Tensing was professional, he was courteous, he was polite,” Mathews said. “Had Sam DuBose cooperated with him… Sam DuBose wouldn’t have ended up shot.” After opening statements, the prosecution began presenting its case, examining three other UCPD officers at the scene, an eyewitness of the shooting and others involved in the case. At least one of those witnesses might have backfired on prosecutors, however. A Cincinnati Police officer testifying for the prosecution June 9 said that she believed Tensing’s shooting of DuBose “may be determined to be justified.” Sgt. Shannon Heine was one of two CPD officers who interviewed Tensing after the shooting in July 2015. Heine also said she didn’t see anything in the body camera video of the incident that contradicts Tensing’s version of events the day of the shooting. Tensing initially told fellow officers that he feared for his life because DuBose had dragged him with his car before the shooting occurred. The video does not show that, however.

The retrial continues this week with expert witnesses testifying about that video. A previous trial ended in a hung jury last November, sparking protests and demands for a retrial. (Nick Swartsell)

Ohio Online Charter Must Repay Millions The Ohio State Board of Education June 12 voted to order for-profit online charter school Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, to pay back millions in state funds after audits revealed discrepancies in its attendance records. With more than 15,000 students, ECOT is the state’s largest charter school — primary and secondary schools that receive state funding but are privately run with lower state oversight than public schools. But ECOT could provide the state proof that only about 6,000 of those students were utilizing its online learning programs. The charter school received about $103 million in state funding last year. Given the gap between its stated and actual attendance, it would need to pay back as much as $64 million. “The overpayment of $60 million to ECOT is an egregious abuse of taxpayer dollars,” State Board of Education Member Stephanie Dodd said after the vote. “Even worse, it was done at the expense of our children.” The charter has vowed to fight the school board’s vote in court. The charter last year took Ohio to court over the ongoing battle regarding its attendance record. Last year, Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Jennifer French ruled in favor of the state, but ECOT has appealed that ruling. Last week, the 10th Ohio District Court of Appeals denied the charter a request it made for an injunction keeping the state school board from demanding a refund. Attorneys for ECOT say they’ll take the case to the Ohio Supreme Court if necessary. The school’s leadership has said it is providing a valuable service for students who can’t attend a brick-and-mortar school and that a 2003 contract between ECOT and the state stipulates that it cannot be held accountable for its actual attendance rates. Officials say if the state holds it to those standards and strips some of its funding, it might have to close. Many elected officials in Ohio, mostly with the GOP, have defended the school in the past. Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, a Republican, spoke at a June 2016 graduation event for ECOT students. ECOT’s efforts to plead its case go beyond lawmakers and courts. The school has aired ads asking the ODE to “Keep your word. Keep ECOT open.” Those and other ad buys advertising ECOT, which feature students talking about the ways the online school has helped them, CONTINUES ON PAGE 11

Six months later, Lima declared himself bankrupt, with less than $50,000 in assets and more than $500,000 in debts, mostly bank loans to LimaCorp. Lima’s connection to the prosecutor’s office was a boon. Defending him in the rent case was Mark Vollman, an assistant prosecutor who moonlights in private practice. Neither Lima nor Deters would say who paid Vollman. Vollman did not return CityBeat’s phone calls. Lima moved on by forming OnLine Business Solutions in 2011, and the prosecutor’s office continued to throw consulting contracts his way without interruption. Lima has run his company through an apartment in Sycamore Township ever since. According to a rate table included in their contract agreements, OBS charges the prosecutor anywhere from $40 for “administrative


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services” to $200 an hour for “management consulting.” Nowhere, though, do the contracts state how many OBS employees are working on the account. Neither Lima nor Deters would provide an employee count. Lima’s most recent contract with the prosecutor’s office runs through Dec. 31 and is capped at $95,000. White, the ethics professor, is disturbed by the public’s inability to determine if the prosecutor’s office is getting the best value for its money and whether or not Lima is doing a good job. “In an ideal world, everyone that has the ability to spend taxpayer dollars would be trustworthy and wouldn’t use their position of authority to reward friends with lucrative contracts,” White says. “Cronyism is a global problem, and there’s no reason to think that it’s not a problem in Cincinnati. Let’s, at least, take the time to eliminate it from the budget.” ©

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The new trend in craft cocktails involves plenty of produce BY MAIJA ZUMMO // PHOTOS: HAILEY BOLLINGER


The craze of imbibing cold, fresh-pressed juices — both green and fruit — is here to stay. People like it; it makes them feel healthy. And in an effort to continue to ingest our vitamins and vegetables with as little chewing as possible, bars and restaurants have started adding greens to mixed drinks — and we’re not just talking about in bloody marys. These local chefs and mixologists are turning cocktails into a verdant drinking experience with the addition of seasonal produce and herbs.

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Drink: Razzo — white rum, Yellow Chartreuse, muddled arugula, housemade jalapeño jam and lemon.

Utilizing popular ingredients the restaurant has on hand, general manager of A Tavola Jes Phelps created this now-permanent fixture on the cocktail menu. “It’s amazing when you can utilize items that you use every single day,” she says. “The inspiration behind this drink came from wanting to use all of those ingredients and have something that was fresh and vibrant and spicy and really summed up what our owners — the Waynes here at A Tavola — want to get across to our guests, which is something that is approachable and delicious and definitely Italian.” 1220 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine; 7022 Miami Ave., Madeira,

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“I was watching The Usual Suspects and really fell in love with Kevin Spacey’s character, Keyser Söze,” says Baüer beverage director Thomas Daily. “I wanted to come up with a drink that matched his personality, something cunning and subtle, yet possesses a boldness within. The next day I started experimenting with some of our local and seasonal herbs and spirits. That is how the Green Kaiser was born.” 435 Elm St., Downtown, bauer­

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Drink: Sorrel Tequila Sour — French sorrel, tequila, simple syrup, lemon juice and egg white.


Drink: Eternally Even — dill-infused vodka, beets, Dijon mustard, lime and salt. “This was named after one of my favorite albums of 2016 called Eternally Even (by Jim James),” says Salazar bar manager Steven Clement. “The album cover is a bright red color, like beets.” The restaurant also offers the Sound of Silence, with Navy-proof gin, English peas, carrot foam and lemon

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Drink: I Spy — gin, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, French green bean juice and coconut water with a radish garnish. Sundry and Vice’s new seasonal cocktail menu takes cues from the team’s favorite flavors from childhood. Owner and bartender Julia Petiprin says the I Spy was inspired by “growing up eating green beans basically every day at dinner,” with a coconut cream pie for a treat. The menu also features the Corn Maze, with vodka, sweet corn, lemon, cumin and a black pepper float; and a creamy Double Dutch, with rum, carrot, lemon, ginger and egg white. 18 W. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine,

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“Inspired by the overflowing amount of sorrel we had in our garden, the green lemony flavor seemed like a perfect flavor to play off a spring ‘sour’ pairing with the vegetal flavors of tequila,” says Please chef Ryan Santos. “Springtime is full of green, sour and vegetal flavors; to us the cocktail is a snapshot of the current season.” 1405 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine,

balm, which Clement says is named after the Simon & Garfunkel song. “They had a song on the Forrest Gump soundtrack (‘Mrs. Robinson’),” he says. “Forrest always would say, ‘Me and Jenny was like peas and carrots.’ ” 1401 Republic St., Over-theRhine,

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The Expert’s Guide to

Beer Cheese


Where to try Central Kentucky’s authentic cold beer cheese BY GARIN PIRNIA

chefs and beer cheese retailers, and I feature 20 recipes, including ones for beer cheese risotto and beer cheese cupcakes. (Chef Stephen Williams of Covington’s Bouquet Restaurant & Wine Bar created a recipe exclusively for the book.) Even though beer cheese is basically just a few ingredients, most chefs and retailers like to keep their recipes a secret. With the explosion of craft beer and farmstead cheese coming back into fashion, the combinations are endless, especially with more gourmet ingredients — smoked jalapeños, Sriracha, bacon fat pretzels — appearing in and alongside beer cheese spreads. In the book, I have a section on Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky beer cheese — it does exist around here, but in scarce amounts. Here are some of the best places to try cold (and even warm) beer cheese.

Christian Moerlein Malt House Taproom

Head to Moerlein’s taproom in Over-theRhine for a cheesy, beer-injected spread. Their Kentucky-style beer cheese comes with a spent-grain soft pretzel and a cup of thick yellow mustard for dipping. It’s not as spicy as some others on the market, and it doesn’t reek of garlic, but it will satiate cravings. At the Moerlein Lager House at The Banks, they only serve warm beer cheese, paired with a soft pretzel appetizer and on top of pork belly poutine. Christian Moerlein Malt House Taproom, 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine,; Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown,

Dorothy Lane Market

As far as I know, Dayton’s Dorothy Lane Market is the only grocery store in the region that makes and sells its own beer cheese. They mix it with Tabasco, sour cream, horseradish, a Wisconsin cheddar, red pepper and a low amount of German beer, and sell it in eight-ounce containers at all three of their locations. The addition of sour cream is not very Kentucky-like, but that coupled with the Tabasco adds a tang to the smooth and glossy dip. 2710 Far Hills Ave., Dayton; 740 N. Main St., Springboro; 6177 Far Hills Ave., Dayton,


This bakery and deli sells a housemade beer cheese, which is similar in taste and texture to Moerlein’s. They provide Mecca in OTR with beer cheese and a warm soft pretzel as a snack for purchase. Mecca is the only location in OTR you’ll find Kentucky-style beer cheese, and possibly the only bar in town that has it. Nosh on the dip while drinking one of Mecca’s Cha-Chunkers (a mini liquor bottle stuck in a flavored San Pellegrino sparkling water). Mecca, 1429 Walnut St.,;

Tousey House Tavern

The only restaurant in the area that makes its own cold spread can be found in Burlington, Ky. Situated in a historic house, Tousey possesses a large bourbon selection, hosts a fried chicken night and makes a beer cheese with Sam Adams beer, roasted garlic, Tabasco, dry mustard and cayenne. It is served with pretzel bread and fruit — the

only place I have seen that pairs it with fruit. 5963 N. Jefferson St., Burlington, Ky.,


This German gastropub breaks from cold Kentucky beer cheese to make a fabulous warm version. It’s so good that Cincy native and former Saveur editor Keith Pandolfi gushed his love for it in a Wall Street Journal article. (The framed article can be seen in the dining area.) It’s a secret as to what’s in there — I taste notes of black pepper and Sriracha — but it has a thick soup-like consistency. The dip is served alongside a housemade, lightly salted and somewhat sweet giant soft pretzel. 1132 Lee St., Covington, Ky.,

Retail Beer Cheese

Luckily, the region is rife with stores that vend beer cheese made by small-batch artisans. The Party Source sells cheese made by Olivia’s (one of the best), Mimi’s and Big Russ. Party Town in Florence, Ky. also sells Olivia’s, along with Kentucky Beer Cheese and Howard’s Creek (clocking in at $7 for an eight-ounce container, it’s one of the more expensive brands). Local Kroger stores, D.E.P.’s in Fort Thomas and Clifton Market sell a few varieties. If you want more options, Jungle Jim’s has the largest selection in town. For the most diverse selection, though, you will have to visit a Liquor Barn in Lexington — they have at least 10 brands at any given time. The University of Kentucky Press will publish THE BEER CHEESE BOOK on Oct. 6, 2017.

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When you hear the words “beer cheese,” what do you think of? Probably that warmed-up dip accompanied by a twisted pretzel, typically sold at German restaurants and brewpubs. But in Central Kentucky, beer cheese takes on a different meaning. The Allman family invented beer cheese in Winchester, Ky. in 1939. Dubbed “Snappy Cheese,” beer cheese is a cold dip or spread, made with only four ingredients: beer (of course), shredded cheddar, garlic and cayenne pepper. The ingredients are mixed in a food processor and served with crudités, crackers and/or pretzels. In Winchester, Louisville, Lexington and surrounding areas, beer cheese can be found on restaurant menus, at breweries and in stores. But travel up north and beer cheese — as in the cold dip — is almost nonexistent. It’s a mystery as to why beer cheese hasn’t migrated more to other states and why it’s not more prominent in Kentucky itself. Pimento cheese, a close cousin, is everywhere, but even heavily Southernfocused restaurants like Commonwealth in Covington don’t serve beer cheese. Last year, I spent a few months traveling around Cincinnati, Central Kentucky, New York and Chicago trying different beer cheeses. I spent a day on the Beer Cheese Trail (see sidebar) and judged the annual Beer Cheese Festival, which just took place in Winchester. I wrote a 200-page book about beer cheese, The Beer Cheese Book, which is part cookbook and part culinary travelogue. I include chapters on the food’s storied past, interviews with

All Hail Beer Cheese Trail BY GARIN PIRNIA

Take a road trip this summer to Winchester in Clark County, Ky., less than two hours from Cincinnati. The city is the birthplace of beer cheese, invented by the Allman family, and home to the ginger-flavored Kentucky Ale-8-One, the only soda still manufactured in the state. Every June since 2009, the city has hosted The Beer Cheese Festival, and in 2013, Winchester-Clark County tourism founded a trail dedicated solely to beer cheese as a means to drive people to the area. Eight local restaurants are on the trail, and you can easily hit them up in one day (you only need to eat at five locations to get a prize). To participate, grab a Cheese Log passport from one of the restaurants or the tourism office. Order any beer cheese item from the menu, like a platter or a sandwich, and make sure the restaurant stamps the log so you can receive an “I Conquered the Beer Cheese Trail” T-shirt. (I have one; it’s nice.) You don’t have to go in any particular order. The eateries are scattered across several miles, and each destination offers something different. Cairn Coffee House puts its spread on a pressed sandwich called the Hot Mess (bacon, Grippo’s barbecue chips, beer cheese, pepperoni and American cheese). Full Circle Market is a healthfood store, not a restaurant, but owner Laura Sheehan created an award-winning gluten-free beer cheese that is sold in their cold case. Drive down to the verdant and sometimes-flooded Kentucky River to see the actual birthplace of beer cheese and where the Allmans started their businesses. The farthest location on the trail (about nine miles from Cairn’s) is Hall’s on the River. It’s a bastion of the past — the family’s first restaurant, The Driftwood Inn, was stationed at that location in the ’40s. They serve their beer cheese as a relish platter and on a Ma Bell burger, named after Jean Bell, an employee who has worked there for 50 years and who once had to make 1,000 pounds of beer cheese a week by hand. One of the best places on the trail is JK’s at Forest Grove. JK’s beer cheese is made with Lexington, Ky.’s Country Boy beer and served with saltines and pickles. Blue Isle and the Engine House Deli and Pub are not on the official Beer Cheese Trail but are worth a visit. The latter serves locally made River Rat beer cheese on fries and as a platter, served with crackers and veggies. Once you complete the trail, take the Cheese Log to the tourism office and exchange it for a T-shirt. Only a couple hundred people have completed the trail so far, so you can feel special knowing you accomplished something in life. For more information on the official Clark County BEER CHEESE TRAIL, visit

Cairn Coffee House 17 S. Main St. 858.737.2000

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Woody’s Sports Bar & Grill

JK’s at Forest Grove

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Gaunces Deli & Cafe 853 Bypass Rd. 859.744.8664

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From Barn to Bar NOR THSIDE DIS TILLING Company // master distiller Chris Courts // PHO T OS: H A IL E Y BOL L INGE R

Northside Distilling Company expands into a new bar and tasting room downtown BY MACKENZIE MANLEY

proof. It’s created and barreled at the distillery, where it can also be set aside to age as bourbon. (The company’s first batch of bourbon was released in the winter of 2016; the next is currently aging in charred oak barrels at the barn.) And while corn whiskey was their first spirit, Northside Distilling Company is most well-known for its vodka, which won a bronze medal from the American Craft Spirit Association and earned a gold rating at SIPS, an international competition. While vodka is typically made with wheat or potatoes, Northside Distilling makes its with corn and distills it nine times to create a smooth flavor.

Rounding out the label, the company’s moonshine — called Northside Shine — is crafted like the original moonshiners: bottled at 80 proof, made with corn and sugarcane and distilled once — “just like your great grandpa would make it.” Customers are welcome to experience the production process for themselves during tours of the bar downtown, which doubles as a manufacturing facility. A door in the back leads to the distillery area where there are stills, a hot-water heater, a large ice cream maker from an old creamery that doubles as a mash tub, rooms labeled “low-proof” and “high-proof” and a table that stretches along one of the walls. It’s here that Courts — along with two other distillers, Michael Marcagi and Brandon Cafferky — bottle each product by hand. Because they personally handle every product, Courts says they’re able to affect the quality for the better. “We have this element of hustle and scrappy,” he says. “For the middle-range guys like us, we have to get creative in how we solve the problems of being in between. We’re not making 5,000 gallons of mash. We’re making 175 gallons.”

A recent change in Ohio law is what allowed the group to even consider opening a bar to serve cocktails made with their own products. The Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 351 last April, allowing distillers to run bars and restaurants. Prior to this, Northside Distillery was only able to give out small samples at the barn. “Really, the move downtown was two-fold,” Courts says. “One, to expand operation so we can make more product. And two, to be able to have a functioning bar.” Now the Northside barn space will be used primarily for experimentation, storing and aging bourbon, while the expanded downtown location will carry the burden of production with more space for still tanks and the bonus of the bar for guests. The most popular cocktail at the bar, a take on an Old Fashioned, is made from the brand’s own liquor, Courts says. “Instead of bourbon or rye, it’s made from our corn whiskey,” he says. “It’s got a bit of a uniqueness to it. Outside of that, our mule has been really popular. I’ve had all our cocktails and I haven’t had a bad one yet.” Courts doesn’t see Northside Distilling becoming an industry giant like Jim Beam or Maker’s Mark, but he says there’s a lot of opportunity in the local scene. One-hundred years after Prohibition, it’s a chance to jumpstart this deeply seated history. “A lot of people here love the local,” Courts says. “Midwest people are very humble, but we’re also proud of our stuff. Not prideful, but proud of it. We’re in a good place.” NORTHSIDE DISTILLING COMPANY is located at 922 Race St., Downtown. More info:

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Northside Distilling Company’s new bar on Race Street pays homage to its roots. Reclaimed barn wood decorates the walls of the freshly renovated space, giving it a rustic vibe. Einstein bulbs dangle from the ceiling and wash the cozy area in soft amber. Beside the bar, a chalkboard lists specialty cocktails. The award-winning local distiller started more than two years ago in a nearly 100-year-old abandoned horse barn in Northside. The new space downtown replaced a former nail salon. “Me and the two distillers in the back did all the renovations here,” says master distiller Chris Courts. “We wanted the bar to look like the barn. It’s kind of the homage for it; it’s the lean-to, the wood and all the horse stuff. It makes it feel like the barn we came from.” Co-founders Chris Leonidas and Josh Koch started their alcohol enterprise by home-brewing beer in their basements and graduated into distilling spirits from there, experimenting with a small 13-gallon still before expanding into a Northside barn with larger stills, exact recipes and a dedicated distiller in Courts, who joined the team in 2015. That same homegrown ethic can be seen in the spirits they make today: corn whiskey, bourbon, vodka and moonshine. Northside Distilling works to infuse both innovation and tradition into its products. As far as liquor goes, corn whiskey was the company’s first product and the one they’ve spent the most time perfecting. Made with corn and malted barley mash and distilled twice, this clear whiskey is bottled at 80

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New Riff

Deeply tied to Kentucky’s bourbon-rich history — and now a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour — Newport’s New Riff seeks not to reinvent the process of distilling spirits, but to craft their own take on tradition. Founded in 2014 and located adjacent to the Party Source, their column still produces a dozen 53-gallon barrels of Kentucky whiskey a day. Some of that will become bourbon — crafted from non-GMO family-farm-raised corn and aged for at least four years (the first batch of New Riff bourbon won’t be available until at least next year) — or spicy rye whiskey. Other spirits, produced on a pot still, include Kentucky wild gin made with coriander, orris and angelica root, cinnamon, lemon, juniper berry and hints of goldenrod, Kentucky’s state flower; and New Riff’s bourbon-barreled Kentucky wild gin, with hints of vanilla, orange peel and woody spices. 24 Distillery Way, Newport, Ky., Hours: Noon-7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Tours: Free distillery tours and tastings 4, 5 and 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; noon, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon, 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Woodstone Creek

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Micro-distillery Woodstone Creek makes some of the rarest booze in Cincinnati, producing small batches of 100 to 200 cases of wine, mead and spirits per year. With no production or bottling lines, automated equipment or employees (other than the owners Don and Linda Outterson), much of the production process mirrors that used prior to the Industrial Revolution. Woodstone crafts brandy, five-grain bourbon, single-malt whiskey, dry gin, vodka, honey liqueur, rum and bierschnaaps with a direct-fire pot still, distilling, aging and bottling each barrel individually. Apart from spirits, Woodstone’s wide variety of artisan mead and wines utilize Ohio grapes, which vary from dry to sweet, and local honey. Though small, the company is internationally recognized for their bourbon and vodka by the Beverage Testing Institute’s panel of judges. 4712 Vine St., Saint Bernard, Hours: Tasting room open 2-7 p.m. Saturdays.

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With a name derived from the concept of being able to see visions of the future, Second Sight Spirits is a small distillery located in the thick of downtown Ludlow, Ky. Built by co-founders Rick Couch and Carus Waggoner, former Cirque de Soleil prop masters and engineers/booze pirates, Second Sight sets out to not only craft original, premium products but also to present them in an innovative way. Their bottled booze includes a range of rum and moonshine, with a label depicting distillery mascot The Swami (a traveling vaudeville entertainer who trafficked alcohol during Prohibition). Their unbarreled rum is luculent and handcrafted from molasses; the spiced rum includes hints of French oak, cherry, citrus peel and smoked green tea; and the bourbon-barreled rum is “exquisite white rum transmogrified by placing it into bourbon-saturated barrels.” The house line of small-batch Villa Hillbillies Moonshine comes in flavors including original, apple pie and fire jack. Mark your calendar: An 87-bottle run of aged dark rum will be released June 24 at the distillery, featuring Louisiana molasses and Caribbean yeast aged in a charred oak barrel. 301 B Elm St., Ludlow, Ky., Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Thursday; noon-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tours: Free distillery tours and tastings 12:30, 2 and 4 p.m. Thursday; 12:30, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. PHO T OS: provided

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Vino Culture RE V EL OT R // PHO T O: H A IL E Y BOL L INGE R

Urban winery Revel OTR blends Italian heritage with an easygoing ethos BY MAIJA ZUMMO

Cincinnati Bell who agreed to the prospect with a hearty “hell yeah.” “So my parents came into Cincinnati and mom cooked a big meal and my dad went to the garage with J.C. and me and we set up everything, and he just taught me again what I used to do when I was little and we took it from there,” Maieron says. “Our first batch was in big wine jugs — it actually said ‘altar wine’ on the outside of it — and that’s how we served our wine; straight-up hooch style.” The hobby was a hit with friends and at parties and year after year the duo improved their craft — buying better grapes, finding better barrels and continuing to make wine in the garage. Then in 2009, five years into the vino venture, a wine-savvy friend urged them to make a batch with some real production-grade vinafera, so they sourced merlot grapes from California. “We killed it,” Maieron says. “It was a big step for us.” Maieron and Coleman continued to import grapes from growers on the West Coast until they were able to make a consistent, repeatable quality product — a cabernet sauvignon — and that’s when their wine went from a party favor and client gift to something people actually wanted to buy. “That’s when the liquor commission is like, ‘Well, you can’t make (wine) in your house unless you want to turn your house into a winery,’ ” Maieron says. “And that’s when it was getting crazy — J.C. wanted to do four barrels and that’s when my wife said we had to get out. It all hit at once.” So Coleman’s wife, Amy, suggested they buy a property in Over-the-Rhine, something inexpensive they could fix up to use as

a production facility and storehouse. “We were working with a lot of people who wanted to lease to us, but the problem with us is that we really did want to own the building to have something that we could pass on to generations,” Maieron says. “We were just going to buy a building north of Liberty and distribute when we found this building. It was perfect for us because we can make our wine, it’s the right temperature down in the basement, and we can grow into the space. We can have a wine bar, have an event space, have a rooftop terrace, foot traffic. It has all the stuff you’d want in an urban winery.” With the expansion into the nowrenovated building on 12th Street in OTR came the need for an expert: a winemaker who had experience scaling production for a larger operation. That’s when a friend introduced Maieron to Sena, Revel’s master winemaker. Sena had been mentored by locals like Joe Henke of Henke Winery and Greg Pollman of Valley Vineyards. He and Maieron met for a beer on a Tuesday “and we were crushing grapes on a Friday,” Sena says. Currently, Revel can age 44 barrels at a time. Each shipment of grapes is taken to the basement via rope-pulley elevator and manually pressed through an old-school wood-slat basket press. Sangiovese is Revel’s flagship wine and a cabernet should be ready in a couple of months. White wines are also coming soon, Coleman says. Working with a Cleveland-based, familyrun grape broker, the idea is to stay dynamic and find out which varietals are having a great vintage to make the best, most affordable wines for customers. That’s also the thinking behind Revel’s wine list, which

offers reds, whites, rosés and sparklers from other regional and international wineries. It gives guests a wide selection without stretching Revel’s production, and gives other local wineries exposure to the OTR crowd. “We took great pains to really think through the wine list,” Sena says. “There was a certain amount of criteria the domestic and import wines had to meet: It had to be small batch or family run or actually have a really cool heritage or story.” Even the limoncello — an Italian lemon digestif — is from Ohio, made with a centuries-old family recipe. “That’s what’s different here and deviates from the norm,” Maieron says. “We serve other people’s wine. You don’t see that much.” This atypical approach is manifested in Revel’s logo: a black sheep. Along with guest wines, Revel serves seasonal wine cocktails, like a fizzy mojito made with prosecco and a Manhattan with malbec and brandy, plus interesting light bites ranging from a dessert tray to meatless charcuterie. There’s something for everyone. This easygoing mindset is even seen in the way Revel serves wine: Grab a flight of three 6-ounce or 9-ounce pours, served in carafes with a glass cup so you can drink and discover on your own time. “There are certain things that we believe in,” Maieron says. “We’re going to do quality. We have our day jobs, so we don’t have to cut corners. And our hope is that our patrons, our customers, appreciate that, knowing that these are just some cool dudes that are making wine, serving it in juice glasses.” REVEL OTR is located at 111 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine. More info:

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It’s true that blood may be thicker than water, but there’s more than a color palette that bonds blood to wine — especially when you’re talking about a family of Italians with viticulture in their veins. The son of Italian immigrants, Anthony Maieron grew up watching his father make wine with his friends in the garage of his family’s Indiana home, drinking out of juice glasses from the cupboard instead of something with a stem and generally embracing la bella vita. “When you look at winemaking in general, that’s a very Italian thing,” Maieron says. “My mom grew up in Italy, in Naples, and she grew up on a vineyard; it was definitely the way of life.” Today, that family tradition of culture, cultivation and unpretentious winemaking — and wine drinking — is the base upon which Maieron’s urban winery Revel OTR is built, bottle by bottle and juice glass by juice glass. “(My dad) taught me how to make wine when I was really little,” says Maieron, who co-owns Revel with his wife Jodi, business partners John and Amy Coleman and master vintner Alex Sena. “And I thought to myself that was something that I would love to do.” But first came college, followed by a seven-year stint near Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country before Maieron and Jodi moved back to the Midwest to be closer to his parents. “When I moved here, my dad asked me if I wanted to take over the winemaking and I was like abso-freaking-lutely,” Maieron says. His father insisted he find someone to make wine with him, so Maieron tapped Coleman, a co-worker and friend from

Happy Hour Hacks

A cheat sheet for some of Cincy’s best drink deals BY EMILY BEGLEY

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Whether you’ve just completed a long workday or are heading out at the start of the weekend, not much is better than strolling into a bar during Happy Hour — especially when it includes a wide gamut of specials on food, drinks and desserts (bonus!). For this year’s Drinking Issue, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite Happy Hours in town to help you navigate Cincinnati’s expansive bar scene and fulfill any craving you have.

Best Rose Wednesday

Whether you prefer your rosé sweet, dry, still, sparkling or otherwise, head over to Liberty’s Bar & Bottle and raise a glass to blushy blends of all types. Each Wednesday, the bar features a different selection of rosés, all available by the taste, glass and bottle. Recent wines have includes rioja, beaujolais, Rhone blend and Loire cab franc. This year, Bee’s Barbecue cooks up savory creations in conjunction with each Rosé Wednesday; selections include beef brisket, hot link sausages, mac and cheese and coleslaw. À votre santé! 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesdays. 1427 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, searchable on Facebook.

Best less-than-$5 ramen

Kaze — otherwise known as OTR’s favorite sushi bar —  offers up one of the most extensive Happy Hour menus in town, available in its sushi bar, main bar and beer garden. Drink selections include High Life draft ($2), Sapporo draft ($3), house wines ($4), house hot sake ($4) and great deals on specialty cocktails ($5; usually $8). Try The Cutie Honey with vodka, elderflower, Aperol and lemon, or the Hot Haven with Bacardi, lime, simple syrup, pineapple and jalapeño. Filling food options include the Kaze slider ($2.50) with kimchi, cheddar and charred scallion aioli, and ramen ($4.50), a house favorite with pork belly, bok choy and poached egg. Happy Hour also features deals on sushi varieties like blackened salmon

($4.50 for eight) and vegetable with avocado and cucumber ($3.50 for six). Half-price bottles are available all day Sunday to help you end your weekend on a high note. 4-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 4-6 p.m. Saturday; 4 p.m.-close Sunday. 1400 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine,

Best excuse to get day drunk

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, and Palomino celebrates that notion by starting up their Happy Hour at 3 p.m. daily. Specials continue until close and include tons of food, wine and cocktail options (and even $2.95 gelato for dessert!). Try the vegetarian truffled matchstick fries with whole grain Dijon aioli ($4.95), the gluten-free (and also veggie-friendly) wild mushroom ravioli with gorgonzola cream, roasted mushrooms, toasted hazelnuts and truffle oil ($6.65) or the Public House Burger ($9.95). Cocktail selections (all $5.95) include the Hibiscus Margarita with tequila, hibiscus, fresh lime and house margarita mix and the Elderflower Greyhound with house-infused vodka, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit and orange juices. For $2 more, opt for a craft cocktail like the Buffalo Trace Manhattan with sweet vermouth and orange bitters. Happy Hour also includes $1 off all drafts. 3 p.m.-close daily. 505 Vine St., Downtown,

Best boozy ‘Smash Bros.’ session

Every day offers a different special at 16-Bit Bar+Arcade, where adults can feel like kids while still indulging in the

bliss that is alcohol. The bar boasts a massive schedule of fun, themed events, all of which are listed on their website. Highlights include Deathmatch Mondays, which pits players against each other in a different game each week and features $7 stadium cups all night long (which you get to keep!). June’s games include Overwatch for Xbox One (June 19) and Super Smash Bros. Melee for Gamecube (June 26). Weekly Gotta Get Down on Friday and Saturday Night Fever events include $2 off featured cocktails, all with creative retro themes (think the Punky Brewster with rainbow sherbet vodka, cranberry, orange juice and cherry garnish, and the Bill Nye with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters and cherry). Specials vary daily. 1331 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine,

Best reason to call in sick on a Friday

Let’s be honest: It’s hard to concentrate at work when the weekend is literally just hours away. So instead of forcing some unenthusiastic concentration, call up your boss and head to HalfCut instead. The craft beer café begins its Happy Hour at noon every Friday, offering $2 off draft beer (usually $6 per glass), wine (usually $7-$8 per glass) and growler fills (usually $7 for 32 ounces; $14 for 64 ounces) until 4 p.m. It also holds Happy Hour 4-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, so it’s a great afterwork stop too (if you’re insistent on getting things done). HalfCut currently has 16 beers on tap, 18 canned and

bottled beers and eight different types of wines. 4-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; noon-4 p.m. Friday. 1126 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine,

Best Nadarita

Sidle up to Nada’s bar between 3 and 6 p.m. daily and order a $5 Nadarita with tequila, house curaçao, agave and fresh lime. If you’re craving a cocktail, try The Mule: cachaça and house ginger beer topped off with fresh lemon. Happy Hour specials also include Dos Equis, Dos Equis Amber and Pacifico draft, all for $3. Soak up your drink(s) of choice with $5 guacamole, queso or tinga quesadillas or $3 sliders, chicken tacos or pastor tacos. You can also grab a salsa trio for $4, which comes with fire-roasted tomato ancho salsa, jalapeño salsa verde and habanero “kreeper” salsa. 3-6 p.m. daily. 600 Walnut St., Downtown,

Best reason to drink wine before liquor

Don’t be afraid to combine different types of alcohol (in moderation, of course). Via Vite offers half off all beers, wines by the glass and cocktails every Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m., available al fresco on their Piazza Bar, covered terrace and open-air courtyard (and main bar). Cool off with classic Italian cocktails like the Via Vite Negroni with Beefeater gin, Campari and Carpano Antica

Vermouth served on the rocks (usually $11); the Sgroppino with Madisono’s ruby red grapefruit sorbet, grapefruit vodka and prosecco (usually $10); and the Aperol Spritz with Aperol, prosecco and soda, served on the rocks with a fresh orange (usually $9). But first, check out the restaurant’s extensive wine list, which includes everything from German riesling (usually $8 per glass) to Italian rosso veronese (usually $9 per glass). 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. 520 Vine St., Downtown,

Best cheese-stuffed pretzels

Head to the bar at The Presidents Room Thursday through Saturday for $3 drafts, $5 house wines and half off an insanely satisfying snack: gooey cheese-stuffed pretzels with fontal and spicy beer mustard (usually $12). Daily specials feature $10 haus burgers on Thursdays; $10 Cacio e Pepe — fettucini, pecorino, romano and toasted black pepper — on Fridays; and $5 desserts on Saturdays (add a coffee for only $1). If you’re dining with friends, order a charcuterie platter for $22 (serves 2-3) or $30 (serves 5-6). Select menu items are also half off during Happy Hour, including deviled eggs with smoked salmon roe (usually $7); calamari fritti with crispy calamari, fresh red chili, scallions, lemon, black garlic aioli and nduja marinara (usually $13); and bruschetta with spring pea, mint, marcona almonds and a grilled Sixteen Bricks baguette (usually $11). 5-7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. The Phoenix, 812 Race St., Downtown,

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Good news: Smaller-scale craft breweries are popping up in almost every neighborhood BY GRACE HILL

A pub or public house has traditionally served as the focal point of a community — a tavern in which friends, neighbors and even strangers who will soon become friends have gathered to drink, dine, discuss and unwind. Locally, a new type of drinking establishment is beginning to dominate the market: the neighborhood brewery. These local and smaller-scale brewpubs are quickly becoming the backbone of the craft brewing community as well as drinking and social destinations for residents and patrons in different parts of town, from West Chester to Walnut Hills and Bellevue to Blue Ash. After all, when you want a beer with your buds, sometimes you really do just want to go where everybody knows your name...

Bad Tom Smith Brewing East End

Braxton Labs Bellevue While the original Braxton Brewing Co. in Covington has the feeling of a Midwestern garage — a place that holds memories, nuts, bolts and beer — Braxton’s new lab location in Party Source has opened the doors to innovation. Braxton Labs, located in the

former Ei8ht Ball Brewing space, features 40 taps dedicated to its most unique offerings, as well as brews from across the U.S. and around the world. “We want this to be a destination for curious craft beer drinkers,” says Jonathan Gandolf, head of marketing. “Whether you’re new to craft beer or interested in finding the most unique beers, we’ll have something for everybody,” including an outdoor beer garden with giant Connect Four. Brews to Try: The first

experimental brews include a cucumber wit, cherry saison and coffee-vanilla milk stout. Braxton Brewing Co., 27 W. Seventh St., Covington, Ky.; Braxton Labs, 95 Riviera Drive, Bellevue, Ky.,

Brink Brewing Co. College Hill

“Good beer is about the people, the stories and the experience,” according to Brink’s

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It all started with the story of an infamous Kentucky outlaw: Bad Tom confessed to killing six men before meeting his maker at the scaffolds in Jackson, Ky. — “bad whiskey and bad women” were to blame, so he said. Today, Bad Tom Smith Brewing (founded by a distant relative) harkens back to that outlaw legacy with the motto of “Bad ass in a glass.” The East End brewery recently remodeled its taproom (with new lighting, new TVs and the same classic vinyl) and is opening a second taproom just outside of Cleveland. Brews to Try: The seasonal Wickked Sheryl’s, a strawberry-infused blush pale ale named after owner Sheryl Rupnik Gittins. Also keep an eye out for the Trial by Jury test series, which includes a sweet cider with mint. 4720 Eastern Ave., East End,

(513) 891-2900

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June 19: Closed June 20: Warped Wing Featuring The Rare Baltic Argonaut & 4 More Selections from Warped Wing June 21: Urban Artifact Several Beers Tapped From UA June 22: Blank Slate Blackberry Ryesing Up, Movin On, Out & About and Lesser Path. Pint give-aways for first through the door. Scott LaFollette will be in attendance to talk beer with guests. 

June 23: Braxton Brewing: Tinker Dry Hopped Sour, Revamp IPA, Starter Kit Coffee Pale Ale, Blackberry Blond Ale. Pint glass give away for first through the door June 24: Woodburn Brewery: Exclusive Cucumber Watermelon Wheat Beer, plus several other fantastic Woodburn Beers. All events start at 5pm. Beer Swag Give-Aways Each Night.

BrewRiver gastropub | 2062 Riverside Dr. Cincinnati, oH 45202 | 513-861-2484


DogBerry Brewing West Chester


Founded in 2015 by brewers Tony Meyer and Chris Frede, two science professionals turned stay-at-home dads, DogBerry was built on a search for happiness and a passion for sharing good beer. With fresh ingredients from local and regional producers, DogBerry’s current menu, which includes 20 beers on tap, provides truly local flavors. After the opening of an all-new expanded taproom and brewhouse at the end of May — complete with picnic tables, couches and skee-ball — DogBerry is once again ready to serve up craft beer and play host to local food trucks. Brews to Try: Stop by for anything from a robust American porter to a smoked beer or Citra, DogBerry’s solid IPA. 9964 Crescent Park Drive, West Chester,


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co-founders John and Sarah McGarry. That is something the McGarrys learned from family — specifically their Uncle Jack. It was his fridge, chock full of artisan beers, and his neighborly values that led Brink to open its doors in College Hill in February 2017. The taproom’s communal table sits 20 and a brick wall stands covered in framed photos of the customers and community. Brews to Try: Brink’s most popular beer, the Debbie Jean Blonde, or experiment with a firkin of fruit-infused, small-batch beer, such as the Peach Cobbler Moozie Milk Stout, every Friday at 3 p.m. 5905 Hamilton Ave., College Hill,

Darkness Brewing Bellevue

Fibonacci Brewing Company Mount Healthy


Named by co-founders Bob and Betty Bollas for the Fibonacci Sequence — a concept found in math, nature, classical architecture and even the hop plant itself — the nanobrewery’s Foundational Series pays homage to its roots. Oberhausen, a pale, bitter kölsch with a grape finish, finds its inspiration in 12 families who moved from the Oberhausen area of Germany to Mount Healthy in the 1840s. Whereas the Tollhouse, an American stout crafted with coffee and cocoa, gets its name from The Toll House Gang, which kept Mount Healthy’s past alive by swapping stories over a cup of joe at the old toll house. Today, locals go to Fibonacci to swap stories of their own over a pint of beer. The brewery celebrates its second anniversary on July 15. Brews to Try: Lutra, named after Maris Otter malt and the scientific name for the Eurasian otter. This employee collaboration is a light amber extra special bitter with a cute otter logo. 1445 Compton Road, Mount Healthy, CONTINUES ON PAGE 37

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Longtime friends Eric Bosler and Ron Sanders were homebrewing for years before opening their own taproom in Bellevue. It started with experimenting in their own kitchens, enjoying their strange brews and sharing them with friends. And it was poking and prodding from those friends that led to Darkness Brewing, which opened in July 2016. The microbrewery focuses on the dark and unusual. “Above all, Eric and I love the creative aspects that this brewery affords us,” Sanders says. “There are tons of great breweries all striving to make the best IPA, but for us we have more fun creating something like a golden milk stout with coco nibs, lactose, coffee, roasted ancho and parilla peppers and cinnamon.” Celebrate the brewery’s one-year anniversary on July 22. Brews to Try: Pineapple Fire fruit beer with chipotle or Witch Head Nebula IPA with beets. 224 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, Ky., facebook. com/darknessbrewing.

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Prepare for Beer Week 2017 BY MACKENZIE MANLEY

Greater Cincinnati is known for its wealth of breweries, and there’s no better time to celebrate the past, present and future of our beer providers than during Cincinnati Beer Week — a literal week (June 18-24) dedicated to drinking and learning about beer that conveniently kicks off on Father’s Day. “Cincinnati Beer Week is a celebration of well-crafted beer in a welcoming and friendly environment,” says Chris Nascimento, public relations chair and secretary for the event. “Our focus is not necessarily going to be a lecture or that kind of thing, but it will be a fun event, and hopefully educational, (that people) can look forward to. There’s also going to be different charity events.” Through a network of volunteers and an elected board comprised of representatives from breweries, wholesalers, suppliers and venues, the boozy party stretches from Ohio into Northern Kentucky. Current listed events include things like a BeerWood Derby at Molly Malone’s in Covington on June 18 — make a “Beerwood” (aka pinewood) car out of a beer can and race it on a makeshift track to benefit the American Cancer Society. There’s also a Cincinnati Beer Week brunch at Marty’s Hops & Vines in College Hill on June 24 and Taft’s Pint Night benefiting HIV/AIDS nonprofit Caracole on June 21. Along with events, arguably one of the most exciting aspects of Cincinnati Beer Week is the release of its official collaboration beers. For the event’s sixth anniversary, 29 area breweries came together to create six collaboration brews, which will be available at participating venues.


Description: Gose with hibiscus Breweries: Braxton, Fibonacci, Hofbräuhaus, Queen City, Rivertown


Description: A German-style Kellerbier — a hazy and crisp light lager with crackery malt and notes of honey Breweries: Fifty West, Mash Cult, Paradise, Rhinegeist, Woodburn

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Description: Belgian wit Breweries: Bad Tom Smith, Cellar Dweller, Nine Giant, Old Firehouse, Wooden Cask

Many Hands Make Light Work

Description: A dry-hopped pilsner; Beer Week’s only packaged beer, available in 12-ounce six-packs and draft Breweries: Blank Slate, Christian Moerlein, Listermann, Municipal, Narrow Path

Muddle Lover

Description: Ginger mojito wheat ale Breweries: Darkness, MadTree, Rock Bottom, Taft’s, Tap & Screw


Description: A tart radler with added sour lemon and lime ale Breweries: DogBerry, Mt. Carmel, Streetside, Urban Artifact For more information on CINCINNATI BEER WEEK and an updated list of events, visit

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IPA, it still finds room for experimentation in its taps. The current Dry Limed Cider offers something different. 7885 E. Kemper Road, Blue Ash,




FigLeaf Brewing Co. Middletown

Rhinegeist “Wilbur” Barrel Aged Wee Heavy Available only through our Growler Station

Municipal Brew Works Hamilton

You’ll enter Municipal Brew Works through the garage door of a municipal building in Hamilton. Bring your friends, your dog or your whole family; this brewery has a place for everyone. It also has a brew for everyone. Play some cornhole or hang on the patio with your favorite food trucks. Pair your brew with eats from trucks like Caravasos Mexican Fusion, Packhouse and NonStop Flavor. Brews to Try: If you’re apprehensive about craft beer, go for the Approachable Blonde. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Courageous IPA. But with a constantly changing menu, be ready to try something new. 20 High St., Hamilton,

Huge walk-in beer cave 23 doors holding an array of SPECIALTY, CRAFT & IMPORT beers!

22 ever-evolving Growler Taps with favorite, specialty beers from Braxton, Rhinegeist, Madtree, Falls City, Country Boy, and more!



501 Crescent Ave | Covington, KY 41011 | (859) 655-2280


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Thousands of years ago, the Buddha achieved Nirvana under the Bodhi Tree, a large and sacred fig. But FigLeaf Brewing Co. seeks a different kind of enlightenment: one in the world of craft beer. To the brewery’s founders, the fig leaf is a symbol of learning and improvement. “It’s about seeking enlightened options,” says Tasha Brown, brewery owner and marketing head. FigLeaf opened its doors in October 2016. The 20-barrel brewhouse boasts a large taproom and patio — a comfortable place to experience enlightenment for yourself. Brews to Try: Their most popular drink, Iso-Trope IPA, which showcases the floral and fruity nature of American hops, or reach for another hit, the Basmati Cream Ale, a subtle brew infused with aromatic basmati rice. Basmati Cream Ale will be released in cans June 17. 3387 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Middletown,

Braxton “City Batch” Bourbon Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter Available in 22oz bottles and through our Growler Station

Blue Ash

Named for the first day our home was recognized as a state, March First Brewing is an ode to Ohio. It crafted its inaugural batch on March 1 of this year and now produces “Ohio’s most drinkable craft beer.” With a taproom that opens directly to the brewery, guests get a front-row seat to the brewery’s daily operations. Brewers are always ready to interact and answer questions. “All in all, we want our customers to feel like part of our family when they visit us,” says Lauren Haney, director of marketing. Brews to Try: Though March First thrives on classic brews, like the popular craft lager or Denali

Narrow Path Brewing Loveland

Located in downtown Loveland, Narrow Path is beer garden meets bike trail. Bike or skate down the Loveland Bike Trail to have a seat at picnic tables in the yard. It’s a location that fosters a sense of community. The brewery also takes pride in supporting nonprofits — it wants to make the world a better place and a portion of sales are shared with local and global charities to accomplish that goal. Brews to Try: With ales reflecting the personality of their crafters, the menu has featured brews like tart cherry, Belgian orange and maple bacon porter. 106 Karl Brown Way, Loveland,

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March First Brewing

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they serve.” Brews to Try: Shadez and Binikiz, a Berliner weisse with pineapple, or Tea Bags, a honey green tea blonde ale. 4003 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum,

Nine Giant Pleasant Ridge

Nine Giant is the stuff of legends. Its story begins with a giant named Nine. Though many don’t know, these mythical creatures once called Cincinnati home, guzzling the great brews of the city’s past. But when the city’s once-great brewing ceased, the giants slept, fields and flowers growing over them. Long after, Nine was awakened in Pleasant Ridge; he rubbed his tired eyes, trees still growing atop his head. The giant found a place among the shimmering taps and glistening blue walls of what would become his namesake. There are no flagship beers at Nine Giant — its 10 taps are subject to endless experimentation. You’ll find that general styles remain, but each batch offers an opportunity to swap out flavors and ingredients. Brews to Try: Tweedy, a German altbier; Silence Kit, a New England IPA; Save Ferris, a Berliner weisse with fresh cranberry and orange peel; and much more. 6095 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge,

Urban Artifact Northside

You can see a different band every night at Northside’s Urban Artifact. Built in the historic Saint Patrick’s church, Urban Artifact doesn’t just feature a taproom; it’s also a live music venue. Cozy up on a couch or dance the night away, but do both with a bold Urban Artifact brew in hand. The brewery promises wild flavors and wild experiences focusing on tart, sour beers and those brewed with wild-caught local yeast, bacteria and mixed cultures. “We brew beers that can’t be tamed, that never fail to refresh the body and spirit, and that require one to experience the liquid in their glass,” reads its site. With flagship, seasonal and specialty brews on tap, there is plenty to chose from. Brews to Try: Palmistry, a double Berliner pale ale made with pineapple, guava and kumquat; Sliderule, a chocolate raspberry gose; or Finn, a berliner pale ale with a citrus and apricot punch. 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside,




The Woodburn Brewery East Walnut Hills

Woodburn has burst to the forefront of brewing in East Walnut Hills. Like a phoenix that rises from the ashes after a brilliant firestorm, Woodburn sees itself rising from the ashes of Cincinnati’s brewing heritage. It’s proud to be a part of the city’s rebirth, and it’s bringing an innovative


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Streetside Brewery Columbia Tusculum

Streetside Brewery is a family operation. Built between the historic East End and Columbia Tusculum, it brings community and craft beer together. The Hickey family, Streetside founders and Columbia Tusculum residents, are proud to be rooted in Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhood. Their brewery produces IPAs, wheats, lagers, stouts and specialty beers of its own, while its taproom offers guest taps to support other local brewers. The menu reflects the community with “beer that’s as diverse, and original, as the community


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and taproom: The bar is hand crafted from the building’s own reclaimed wood. Wooden Cask’s menu includes 10 craft beers always on tap, along with featured small-batch brews and a guest cider. Brews to Try: Kinda Light, a light hybrid with a crisp finish; Girl Next Door, a blonde ale with fruity hops; and 7th Street Runoff, a brown ale with the aroma of toffee. 629 York St., Newport, Ky., facebook. com/woodencask.

Wooden Cask Brewing Newport

Wooden Cask Brewing is located in the heart of Newport’s historic neighborhood. Formerly the Flamingo and Jockey Club, the building’s history is being relived through its transformation into a brewery

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13 Below Brewery // Sayler Park

Thirteen miles past downtown Cincinnati, this brewery will find its home along the Ohio River and bring quality brews to the West Side. Stay tuned for a planned opening in June. 7391 Forbes Road, Sayler Park,


edge. Among its core beers are a Cedar IPA, “earthy and life-changing;” a chocolate cherry stout, with a sweet and milky taste; and a Hammer Session IPA, juicy and floral with citrus notes. Founded by a lifelong Cincinnatian and an L.A. transplant, Woodburn promises the best of the West Side and the West Coast. Brews to Try: The hilariously named Garry Shandy, a German-style weisse beer with lemonade, or the seasonal pineapple saison. They also offer beer cocktails like the Pineapple Smash, featuring the aforementioned saison, Tito’s vodka, pineapple juice and citrus. 2800 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills,

1686 Blue Rock St. • Cincinnati (513) 681-8100•

16 Lots Brewing Company // Mason

This brewery takes its name from the 16 lots purchased by Major William Mason on the banks of the Muddy Creek. This land would soon become the heart of Mason. Today, 16 Lots looks to brew in that same community. The 10-barrel brewhouse plans to open in August. 753 Reading Road, Mason,

Alexandria Brewing Company // Alexandria

Alexandria Brewing Company hopes to pay homage to Rock & Roll and the best beers in town. It already has a menu of regular and rotating releases, but ABC is currently searching for a location. Stay tuned for updates on this KickStarter success. Alexandria, Ky.,

Banana Hammock Brewery // TBD

Bircus Brewing Company // Ludlow

Bircus is putting a spin on traditional beer and entertainment by combining the art of the circus with that of craft beer. As you enjoy brews made on site, performers will juggle, breathe fire, hula hoop and use the flying trapeze around you. The brewery’s creatives are in the works of reopening the historic Ludlow Theatre with the addition of the Bircus. 322 Elm St., Ludlow, Ky.,

Little Miami Brewing Company // Milford

This brewhouse will be at the intersection of the Little Miami River and the Loveland Bike Trail. Canoers, bikers and walkers are welcome. Tanks will be delivered this summer, and an open is expected in the last quarter of 2017. 208 Mill St., Milford, searchable on Facebook.

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Great German bier doesn’t have to come from Germany. This two-man team proves that. It employs “Reinheitsgebot,” the German purity law, along with quality hops, wheat, barley and yeast to create authentic German brews. Banana Hammock beer is in commercial production and has been featured at Liberty Home Oktoberfest, The Draft Bar and Grille, Mecklenburg Gardens and more. The brewery is not currently open to the public.

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ART: OFF THE PAGE at the Lloyd Library celebrates 17th-century artist, botanist and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian. See Big Picture on page 47.


COMEDY: BRIAN SCOLARO Comedian Brian Scolaro has done guest roles on a wide variety of TV series, including The Wizards of Waverly Place, The Middle and Mad Men. In 2001, he landed a role on an NBC sitcom called Three Sisters. The show, a mid-season replacement, was picked up for the fall of 2001. The first full season debuted after 9/11. “People weren’t into watching television that much; they just wanted to be with their families,” he says. “Our show was on before Frasier, which was a big hit, but we had Emeril as a lead-in.” He laughs at that notion. “Remember when Emeril Lagasse had a sitcom? I guess that was another reason we didn’t do so well.” Showtimes Thursday-Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, — P.F. WILSON


MUSIC: Lo-fi Indiana quartet HOOPS plays Urban Artifact with Leggy and Cross Country. See interview on page 56.

MUSIC: Sunny Day Real Estate’s JEREMY ENIGK plays Fountain Square. See Sound Advice on page 58. ART: DISTANT HORIZONS: PIONEERS OF PSYCHEDELIC ART opens at Carl Solway Gallery. See feature on page 46.

EVENT: INTERNATIONAL CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL Imagine: over 400 types of imported and local brews from over 100 breweries

ONSTAGE: CINCINNATI OPERA: LA BOHÈME We never tire of a starving artist love story, and the timeless tale of Puccini’s La Bohème and its penniless Parisian lovers is reappearing at the Cincinnati Opera. The ultimate meet-cute, Mimì meets the struggling writer Rodolfo as she faints and literally falls into his arms… and the rest is history. In his Opera debut, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra music director Louis Langrée will transport the audience from the Queen City to the city of love with romantic music; while the Italian libretto will only be understood by a few, the heartfelt emotions are universal. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and June 22 and 24. $45$169. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, — ELISABETH DODD

surrounding you, ready to pour. With bonus barbecue sandwiches, a commemorative glass and rare international beer selections, the 14th-annual International Beer Festival at Jungle Jim’s is one of the longest-running beer events in Cincinnati. A special firkin tapping will kick off the celebration on both Friday and Saturday night for true fermented fans. 7-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Daily tickets: $60 early admission; $50; $20 non-drinker. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, — AMANDA WEISBROD

around the city. But Goettafest is reimagining this German-American breakfast staple. Taste the traditional meat-and-grain sausage in cheeseburgers, chili, donuts and more at this three-day festival. Whether a goetta traditionalist or experimentalist, you’ll find a delicious dish. Enjoy food, music, arts, crafts and more as you make your way through a storybook setting and get a taste of authentic German heritage. 5-11:30 p.m. Friday; noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. MainStrasse Village, Covington, Ky., — GRACE HILL

EVENT: GOETTAFEST After traveling to Greater Cincinnati by way of German immigration, goetta has claimed its rightful spot among the scrambled eggs and buttered toasts of breakfasts in and

MUSIC: NO RESPONSE FESTIVAL 2017 Cincinnati might seem like an unlikely haven for experimental music, but the Queen City has long offered a welcoming tour stop for underground road acts and

a strong support system for homegrown creators. Two of the primary instigators, Jon Lorenz and John Rich, founded the No Response Festival last year to bring to town some big names in the experimental music world for rare and unique performances, drawing attention (and fans) from across the region. No Response returns this weekend with another stacked lineup that includes Friday headliner Genesis Breyer P-Orridge — an Industrial and avant-garde music legend who co-founded Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV — in a multimedia performance with collaborator Edley ODowd. Saturday’s headliner also has a rich, long history: Founded in Japan in 1979, Hijokaidan is one of the first Noise bands on the planet, improvising CONTINUES ON PAGE 44

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ONSTAGE: THE CAT IN THE HAT! “Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It is fun to have fun but you have to know how.” With his zany red-and-white striped hat and red bowtie, the Cat in the Hat certainly knows how. The most mischievous cat ever has tricks and crazy ideas that turn rainy afternoons into adventures. But what happens when Sally and Dick’s mom gets home? Children’s Theatre is presenting an adaptation from the National Theatre of Great Britain, the first full-scale, family-friendly production on the 150-seat Corbett Showtime Stage in its new theater home. Through July 9. Tickets start at $20. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, 4015 Red Bank Road, Madisonville, — RICK PENDER

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EVENT: SUMMER SOLSTICE LAVENDER FESTIVAL Celebrate the Summer Solstice at Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm during the n inth-annual Lavender Festival. Blooming, bountiful and fragrant lavender covers more than three acres of this niche Ohio farm, where you can pick your own plants, buy organic lavender products, sample lavender-infused foods, make your own lavender wreath and participate in personal growth workshops all weekend long. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm, 2387 Martinsville Road, Martinsville, peacefulacres­ — MAIJA ZUMMO

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cacophonous, antagonistic waves of aural discord and earning a name for itself for a chaotic live show. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $25; $30 day of; $50 two-day. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., OTR, — MIKE BREEN

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EVENT: CINCINNATI FOOD TRUCK ASSOCIATION FESTIVAL Treat your taste buds and try something new at Cincinnati Food Truck Association’s Food Truck Festival. Over 30 food trucks will line the streets of Summit Park, including Slice Slice Baby, Sweets & Meats BBQ and Red Sesame Korean BBQ, creating a foodie haven for fans of local eateries. The party also includes vendors and live music. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday. Free. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, — AMANDA WEISBROD LIT: AN ACCIDENTAL PROFESSION BOOK RELEASE On Friday, one of Cincinnati’s newest publishers, Waxing Press, will be presenting its author Daniel S. Jones, reading from and signing his debut novel An Accidental Profession. Books will be available for purchase ($15) at the event. According to a press

release from Waxing’s founder Ian Wissman, Jones’ novel “paints the louche and lecherous world of the modern corporate office in stark fluorescence.” Jones previously won an Association of Writers & Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Prize for his anti-war short story “Lysistrata, Kentucky.” 7-9 p.m. Friday. Free. Northside Yacht Club, 4227 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, — STEVEN ROSEN


EVENT: ROEBLINGFEST Fusing stone arches and pastel blue, the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge is arguably one of the most Instagram-worthy landmarks of Greater Cincinnati. Cars and pedestrians have used the bridge, which connects Cincinnati to Covington via the shorelines of the Ohio River, for 150 years. Celebrate its anniversary this Father’s Day weekend with walking tours, the ForgetMe-Not Dancers, historical presentations and 17 historical exhibits from the Kenton County Public Library, the Freedom Center, Behringer-Crawford Museum and more. Wind down the day with a street party featuring live music and grub before fading into the night with fireworks. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Free. E. Third Street and

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ART: FIRE AND ERA OF BIG BRAINS AT PAR-PROJECTS This Saturday, PAR-Projects’ newish Northside headquarters will host an exhibition opening featuring the work of two talented artists: FIRE, a fully immersive installation by multidisciplinary artist Rick Mallette that utilizes sculpture, painting, collage and motion inside the “Nook” gallery space, and a large-scale painted installation Era of Big Brains inside the organization’s shipping container gallery by fine art printmaker Brett Schieszer. Opening reception 6-10 p.m. Saturday. Era of Big brains through July 30; FIRE through Aug. 12. Free. PAR-Projects, 1662 Hoffner St., Northside, —MARIA SEDA-REEDER

Court Avenue, Covington, Ky., — MACKENZIE MANLEY EVENT: THE CITY FLEA It’s that time of the month where the City Flea takes over Washington Park. Find fine art, vintage clothing and fabulous food all in one place. Stroll in the sun and soak up the creative energy of the Queen City. With hundreds of vendors, you’ll be sure to find stores you’ve never heard of. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., OTR, — ELISABETH DODD

EVENT: CELESTIAL SIPS Sip cider under the stars in celebration of the Summer Solstice. This annual alcohol tasting will feature beers and ciders from Rhinegeist Brewery. Take a tour of the historic Cincinnati Observatory, look through its telescope (weather permitting) and drink from your own custom-etched pint glass. Guests can learn about the stars above with a cold brew in hand, bid in a silent auction and goof off in a photo booth. 8-11 p.m. Saturday. $60; $50 members. Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout, — GRACE HILL


EVENT: CINCINNATI BEER WEEK kicks off today. Read more about other local boozy fun in this week’s Drinking Issue. See cover story on page 13.


MUSIC: Swedish Indie Pop band MIIKE SNOW plays Bogart’s. See Sound Advice on page 58.


MUSIC: THE HOMELESS GOSPEL CHOIR plays Southgate House Revival. See Sound Advice on page 59.

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EVENT: JUNETEENTH Celebrate Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. With festival roots in Cincinnati dating back to 1988, this multicultural event boasts diverse and family-centered activities. Grab a lawn chair and lend an ear to traditional storytelling or indulge your senses in a sweet potato pie bake-off as music wafts through the atmosphere, including Blues, African drumming, Gospel, Reggae and more. Vendors will offer food, clothing, folk art and crafts as well as ethnic literature. Noon-9 p.m. Saturday; 2:30-6 p.m. Sunday. Free. Eden Park, 950 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, — MACKENZIE MANLEY


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They Were Experienced!

Carl Solway Gallery’s new show rediscovers four pioneers of Psychedelic art BY STEVEN ROSEN

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saac Abrams, one of the four artists featured in the Distant Horizons: Pioneers of Psychedelic Art exhibit opening Friday at Carl Solway Gallery, well remembers when he tried the hallucinogenic drug LSD. It was 1965 and he had already taken the mind-altering substances psilocybin and mescaline. But acid, as LSD was called, was stronger — it caused a radical heightening of consciousness. “I came away with the idea that the experience was profound and had to generate an artistic response,” he says. So he started a gallery devoted to Psychedelic art, Manhattan’s Coda. He found few if any artists creating the kind of work he liked, and eventually cash ran short. “So I traded for a large canvas, 5-by-7 foot, and some small canvases and I spent a short time learning how to mix paint and which brushes to use and I embarked on my first serious painting,” he says. That work, 1965’s “Hello Dali,” is the largest of 10 paintings that Abrams has in this thoughtful show, which also features Psychedelic work by the artist collective USCO (particularly Gerd Stern), Tony Martin and Ira Cohen. (There are also films.) “Hello Dali” is, fittingly, mindblowing — as if a kaleidoscopic camera had been installed in your brain to beautifully scramble your vision of a landscape into ornamented, segmented fragments of green, blue, yellow, red and every other color in the mind’s eye. In fact, the mind’s eye is there, itself, on the canvas, as if floating through doors of perception. “Hello Dali” comes to the Solway Gallery — as does some other artwork in Distant Horizons — straight from a traveling museum exhibit, Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia. That show has been hailed for taking seriously an art movement of the mid-to-late 1960s that is considered today more of a fleeting cultural trend, if it’s considered at all. Hippie Modernism’s artists and message appealed to Michael Solway, director of the gallery his father established. Growing up in Cincinnati in that era, he loved Psychedelic art and music — his father had a show of the music poster and underground comics artist Victor Moscoso in 1973. He also liked the musicians favored by the late Ira Cohen, who took woozy, distorted color photographs of them and others reflected on the surface of Mylar. In this show, Cohen’s 1968 “Jimi Hendrix” is a fitting portrait of the Rock star whose “Are You Experienced?” song is one of Psychedelic Rock’s greatest. Solway asked his friend, New Yorkbased critic and curator Carlo McCormick,

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to organize Distant Horizons. “It appeals to me as a way of redressing art history and also being for the underdog,” McCormick says about the task. “These guys are not the Pop artists of Psychedelia — not the Peter Maxes and stuff like that. They were innovating visual strategies really early, and they really did get the historical short shrift. They were known for a while, but the art world didn’t want their maximalism and instead went toward Minimalism. It was a way to get rid of this experiential kind of art.” It would be simplifying things to say that LSD was the sole propellant for the work made by Psychedelic artists. It was outlawed in 1968 amid stories of “bad trips,” but by then its insights into the values of expanded consciousness had affected the arts, especially; inversely, the inherent creativity of artists became increasingly revered by those of the youthful 1960s counterculture who were newly “experienced.” Artist Tony Martin — who shows oil paintings, posters, drawings, ephemera and more in this exhibit — says he was never deeply into acid. “I took a very minor amount of drugs in the ’60s,” he says via email. “I tried LSD once; it was an interesting experience. I felt it related to my own natural imagination. (So) I relied on my own natural imagination, which was fertilized by the history of art, the art around me, the wonderful natural world and human world joined together.” In the 1960s, he created “paintings in time” — multi-projector visual presentations involving light, liquid and dry ingredients, abstract hand-painted slides and some realistic imagery — for New Music composers at the San Francisco Tape Music Center. “That didn’t mean I was decorating their music,” he says. “I was making my own compositions that went with their music. That’s important — some of those I (visually) scored.” He went on to do light shows at San Francisco Rock ballrooms. He also has made innovative sculptural installations like 1968’s “You Me We,” in Distant Horizons, which merges the images of two people looking into custom-made two-way mirrors. USCO’s Gerd Stern goes back to the roots of the Beat Era and published a book of poetry in 1952. Distant Horizons has a variety of appealing multimedia pieces created by USCO — the artist collective that was primarily Stern, Michael Callahan and Stephen Durkee. Also in the show is Stern’s “NO OW NOW, USCO: Two Mantras” circular word collage on vinyl. A precursor of Baba Ram Dass’ admonition to Be Here Now, it

Isaac Abrams’ 1965 “Hello Dali” is one of Distant Horizon’s mind-blowing artworks. repeats “Take the no out of now/then take the ow out of now/then take the then out of now/It is possible that it is possible.” It’s probably Abrams who best explains the impact LSD could have on an artist’s life. “I’ve had experiences incredibly attuned to the physical natural world, like digging a hole and looking at everything revealed in the leaves and the little bugs and their color,” he says. “Sometimes I’ve had very crystalline experiences, and sometimes out-of-body (ones). They reveal themselves in some of the works I’ve done.

The experiences are enriching. I haven’t done psychedelics like I did at one point for quite a while, and I’ve still been growing as an artist and a painter.” DISTANT HORIZONS: PIONEERS OF PSYCHEDELIC ART opens Friday with a 5-8 p.m. reception at Carl Solway Gallery (424 Findlay St., West End). The artists and guest curator Carlo McCormick will have a panel discussion at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by a poetry reading by Gerd Stern. The show is up through Sept. 16. More info:

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The New York Times in January alerted and there are 60 painstakingly hand-colored the world that 2017 would be the year that prints — such as one of the lemon-like citron Maria Sibylla Merian — a European artist, fruit with Harlequin beetles crawling on its botanist, naturalist and entomologist who leaves and on the fruit itself. The 2016 edition had died three centuries earlier — would of Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinafinally be getting her due. mensium provides an English translation The story was headlined “A Pioneering of Merian’s equally colorful written observaWoman of Science Re-emerges After 300 tions accompanying this print: “On this tree, Years.” It was a fascinating account of how I found a strange and very uncommon kind the German-born, Netherlands-residing of creature… They ate these leaves, stuck Merian spent two years in the Dutch South to them as snails, having a skin on their feet American colony of Surinam with her with which they cling to the leaves.” daughter, observing plant life, insects and reptiles. She drew what she saw in beautiful illustrations with life-size detail. The result, the 1705 book Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium (Transformation of the Insects of Surinam), contained 60 prints and, if more people knew about it, could be considered a key precursor to Audubon’s early 19thcentury Birds of America. But the original edition of her book is extremely rare — perhaps just 70 copies exist. Maria Sibylla Merian saw and drew these beetles in Surinam. One reason for the Times P H O T O : c o u r t e s y o f th e l l o y d l i b r a r y a n d m u s e u m story was that there had just been publication of a new edition of the book. Another was that the According to Kruthoffer, Merian and her Maria Sibylla Merian Society was co-spondaughter spent approximately five years soring a (just-completed) symposium on her. engraving, printing and coloring the prints Fortunately, the year of Merian has also for the book, which was sold by subscripcome to Cincinnati. Downtown’s Lloyd tion. (Merian’s father was an engraver.) Library and Museum — primarily considThe Lloyd actually has four other historic ered a research library devoted to books editions of Merian’s book, although only the and papers about natural history, botany, 1705 Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinapharmacy, medicine, scientific history and mensium was published before she died in visual arts — is currently displaying a copy 1717. All the books are in this exhibit, allowof that 1705 edition of Merian’s Metamoring for comparisons and contrasts. phosis Insectorum Surinamensium, along The republished 1718 Erucarum Ortus, with other books by her and a companion with Latin text, is an earlier book Merian taxidermy art exhibit in a show called Off had made depicting European caterpillars. the Page. It’s up through July. Then there are two versions (one in color, Lloyd Executive Director Patricia Van one not) of a posthumously published 1730 Skaik says this exhibit came about when Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamenlocal taxidermist/artist Jeremy Johnson sium, containing an additional 12 plates of was invited last year to look at its collection drawings of reptiles. And there are two volfor something that might pair well with his umes of a 1771 edition — the last time prints work. “These books were shown to him were made from her original engravings. and he became completely entranced,” Van The Lloyd knows it has a show — and an Skaik says. He has made three-dimensional overall collection — with populist potential. versions of some of Merian’s illustrations. It has scheduled several upcoming programs The 1705 book is in a glass case under about Off the Page, including a dessert newly installed LED lighting. It came from reception and lecture at 5:30 p.m. Friday. It’s the entomologist John Thomas Lloyd, who also planning to open a gift shop with Off the died in 1970 and was the son of John Uri Page-themed merchandise. So if it’s up to the Lloyd, one of the library’s founders. Lloyd, Merian will be unknown no longer — It has been exhibited before, says Betsy especially in Cincinnati. For more informaKruthoffer, the Lloyd’s cataloger/rare book tion, visit librarian, “but not as the showpiece it is now.” CONTACT STEVEN ROSEN: The book’s written passages are in Dutch

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It’s all over but the shouting — the 2017 Cincinnati Fringe Festival concluded its 12-day run on Sunday, June 11, with a set of encore performances by four of the Pick of the Fringe winners. This was a new wrinkle for the 14th-annual Fringe: Activities used to wind up following a chaotic Saturday night party that featured the announcement of winners. This year’s configuration offered one more chance for those who love the zany creativity of the Cincy Fringe to see an outstanding show they might have missed. The Audience Pick of the Fringe went to Lady Macbeth and Her Pal Megan (Cornfed Productions, Iowa City, Iowa). Playwright and comedian Megan Gogerty used Shakespeare’s dark, powerful villainess to explore some challenges she’s faced as a 21st-century woman and actor. CityBeat reviewer Bart Bishop called the energetic Gogerty “always entertaining and a masterful storyteller.” Clearly, Fringe-goers agreed. Journalists who review Fringe performances, including CityBeat’s team of 10 writers, vote for a Critics’ Pick of the Fringe. This year it went to Cincinnati-based storyteller and singer/songwriter Paul Strickland for his collection of tall tales, Balls of Yarns. He’s become a much-appreciated local regular, and this year’s “one-man musical adventure” was a virtuoso performance, including him singing with a squeaky door. CityBeat reviewer Ed Cohen praised Strickland’s performance for balancing “its humor so well with its heart.” The Great Invention (Panda Head Theatre, Cashiers, N.C.) won the Artists’ Pick for its polished clowning and creative storytelling, using “fluent gibberish,” as reviewer Cohen described it. Performers Jess Bryant and Peter Seifarth created a touching show about a couple, caught in an urban wasteland, who build a machine from found objects (a grocery cart, hair dryers, ping pong balls) in hopes of escaping to a better place. Cohen termed it “as skilled a performance as I’ve experienced in a very long time.” Since Know Theatre organizes the annual Fringe Festival, its team reserves the right to bestow a Producers’ Pick on a deserving production. They chose Romeo + Juliet + Anybodys (The Functional Shoes, New York). Although they had just three performances, the six actors and musicians dazzled audiences during the festival’s second week with a multi-faceted retelling of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers from the perspective of Anybodys, a tomboy from the classic musical West Side Story (which was inspired by the romantic tragedy) played with feisty physicality by Genevieve Simon, also the show’s playwright. Anybodys could have saved the lovers, she claims, but no one will listen to her. The show’s Grunge/Folk score was performed with zest.

Also recognized, although unavailable for encores, were God of Obsidian (Gideon Productions, New York) and FringeNext selection Reagachev. Playwright Mac Rogers’ world-premiere production of Obsidian, a dark fairy tale about an abusive relationship (Rogers acted in it, too), was the favorite of people with “Full-Frontal” all-access passes. It closed June 5 to head back to the East Coast for its performance at the This Is

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Not Normal Festival. Reagachev, the FringeNext show by local high school students about an imaginary gay relationship between a pair of world leaders (Ronald Reagan/ Mikhai Gorbachev), couldn’t reassemble its cast for one last performance due to graduations and other obligations. Rather than one or two runaway hits, at least 10 productions could have received an award, spurring high attendance for the 2017 festival. (I’d additionally cite Place/Setting by Pones Inc., Home by Homegrown Theater, The Monster Songs by Dr. Dour & Peach, Spy in the House of Men by Penny: For Your Thoughts and Totally Untrue Stories by Lepp Fabrications.) Total attendance was 9,321, the second highest in the Fringe’s 14-year history. Andrew Hungerford, the Know Theatre’s artistic director, said the slight decrease from last year’s turn-out correlates with a modest reduction in performances this year. But overall, there were 34 sell-outs this year, up three from 2016, and the final Saturday’s attendance set a record. And, the most artists ever participated this year: 264. So onward and upward: The 2018 Cincinnati Fringe Festival is set for May 29-June 9. CityBeat will be there. ©

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New ArtWorks Murals to Feature Big Names BY Kathy Schwartz

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This summer, ArtWorks will recognize a the quote, “A bad idea knows no bounds,” Cincinnati artist whom the nonprofit’s CEO/ which is the motto of project sponsor Frank artistic director Tamara Harkavy calls a rock Wood Jr., onetime general manager of WEBN. star and also a British illustrator who made a ICY and SOT, Iranian refugees who last name for himself in Rolling Stone. summer assembled a temporary mural for Edie Harper is being added to ArtWorks’ downtown’s Christ Church Cathedral to Cincinnati Masters mural series. Harper, address gun violence, this year will create who passed away in 2010 at age 87, joins her the permanent “Faces of Homelessness” at husband, Charley, the Modernist wildlife 1225 Vine St. illustrator who died in 2007, plus previous In Camp Washington, ArtWorks is honorees Frank Duveneck, Elizabeth Nourse, partnering with Wave Pool for a patchwork John Ruthven, Tom Wesselmann and carquilt mural that celebrates immigrants. “I toonist Winsor McCay in this distinction. love it because it’s almost like a poncho that The other artist of note this summer is Ralph Steadman, whom U.S. audiences first met through his partnership with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson and via his drawings for Rolling Stone. Harper’s multicolored “Crazy Cat, Crazy Quilt” is going on the back of the American Building condominiums at 30 E. Central Parkway downtown, within sight of Charley’s “Homecoming (Bluebirds)” at Walnut and Court streets. Harkavy calls the site “a dream wall” and Rendering of the mural for Edie Harper’s “Crazy Cat, Crazy Quilt” was thrilled when residents P H O T O : m att s t e fa n // c o u r t e s y o f a r t w o r k s approached her. Harper’s turn in the ArtWorks spotlight comes soon after The you can wrap around yourself,” Harkavy Carnegie hosted the first solo retrospective says. “To me it represents the willingness of her career, E is for Edie. Primarily an of that community to embrace our refugees illustrator, painter and photographer, Harper and highlight them, let a light shine on them also mastered jewelry, ceramics, enameling, through the indigenous fabrics that are part sculpture and weaving over a half-century. of the quilt.” “I truly believe Edie was the force behind In East Price Hill, home to large AppaCharley,” Harkavy told American Building lachian and Hispanic communities, five residents at a gathering where the mural murals will depict the different cultures of design was revealed. Covering more than the neighborhood’s residents. The project 8,000 square feet, “Crazy Cat” will be one title is “Building Cultural Understanding.” of ArtWorks’ largest undertakings since its By working with groups like Price Hill Will mural program began in 2007. and Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, Upon the 10th anniversary of the program, Harkavy says ArtWorks intends to make a Harkavy says ArtWorks is stepping up its year-over-year investment in Cincinnati’s role in sparking conversations about issues less-affluent communities. facing the city, country and world. The Also on ArtWorks’ summer list are murals Steadman murals are part of that effort. The celebrating the Scripps National Spelling Bee 81-year-old will have his trippy, splattered and the 20th anniversary of the Flying Pig illustrations reproduced on Coffee EmpoMarathon, plus a floral motif at Rookwood rium’s roasting facility at 12th and Walnut Pottery’s production facility. And youth streets in Over-the-Rhine. apprentices will work toward October’s One side of the Coffee Emporium building BLINK light festival, building lanterns and will feature his work “Democracy,” in which human-powered floats for what Harkavy a screaming mouth forms the “o” in the word. promises will be “Lumenocity on steroids.” “Democracy is messy,” Harkavy says, “and “Cincinnati likes nothing better than to tell I think that is 100 percent communicated its own story,” she says. “And we’re so lucky through this piece.” that we get to be part of it.” The images on the other side of the buildFor more information on the ARTWORKS ing are more whimsical but also suggest a SUMMER MURAL PROGRAM, visit call to action. A monster from Steadman’s artworkscincinnati or children’s book That’s My Dad is paired with

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Eleanor Coppola knows a thing or two makes it sound like Jacques is a typical about waiting. As the wife of Francis Ford Frenchman with an eye toward romantic Coppola and the mother of Roman and Sofia, conquest, which isn’t exactly true. He loves she as a filmmaker has fashioned for herself the experiential journey and if he reaches the role of lady-in-waiting. Possibly best the expected destination, then all the better. known for co-directing Hearts of Darkness: The impact of this philosophy on Anne A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, the fascinating is revelatory, and actress Lane lets us documentary about her husband’s perilous appreciate each and every moment of it. road to completing Apocalypse Now, she Anne speaks very little French, so she finds has also helmed video shorts detailing the herself at the mercy of Jacques in every setmakings of Sofia’s Marie Antoinette and her ting, whether in restaurants, hotels, or auto husband’s The Rainmaker. repair shops (yes, Jacque’s sophisticated After what seems like a lifetime observing the feature-filmmaking endeavors of her family members, Coppola tries her own hand at it with Paris Can Wait, a decidedly intimate piece of storytelling that contrasts quite nicely from the bolder and more dramatic features from the other members of the clan. Her approach is in keeping with her documentary roots, despite following a familiar rom-com blueprint. Anne (Diane Lane) is the wife of Michael (Alec Alec Baldwin and Diane Lane in Paris Can Wait Baldwin), a successful film P H O T O : A l e x c a r o // c o u r t e s y o f s o n y p i c t u r e s c l a s s i c s producer with the typical American determination to little convertible breaks down at one point). prioritize work. He’s loving, but constantly Her discomfort fades over time as she starts distracted — or maybe the problem is that to place more and more trust in Jacques, he’s thoroughly committed to business and which is easy to imagine since he is the Anne is little more than his mistress. perfect guide. The man is an endless fount Meanwhile, Anne lives what amounts to of information about food, the countryside, a solitary existence, albeit one ensconced art and history, and his willingness to share in luxury. She passes the time taking his knowledge accentuates the pleasures of pictures that zero in on the quiet, unassumthe moment. Watching Anne’s gradual blosing details around her. Anne seems stuck soming under such warmth is a testament in limbo, unable to break free from the to both Lane’s charms and Coppola’s mearoutines and known comforts that define sured eye, which always places us in the the kind of person she believes she is. right spot to see what is happening without But life intrudes when an extreme inner feeling like we’re intruding. ear condition forces Anne to change plans It comes as no surprise that Jacques and and not take a chartered flight with Michael Anne develop feelings for one another. The to Paris. She accepts a drive to the City of beauty of Paris Can Wait is that the story Lights with Michael’s producing partner never rushes headlong, boxing itself into a Jacques (Arnaud Viard). corner. Coppola teases us with the intimacy We immediately see that Jacques is a far that lives and breathes between these charmore attentive man — he makes a detour acters. Jacques is certainly a man devoted just to pick up eardrops for Anne, along to enjoying the pleasures of life, but he’s no with a selection of bread and sausage for rude hedonist, which is obviously appealing a snack. Michael notices the move and registo Anne. We sense that she is learning someters a tame jealous complaint, but forges thing meaningful about herself from him ahead with his work plans, thus leaving and this experience. It is rare that a film Anne in the company of Jacques. captures such internal workings in such an The title of the film is something Jacques understated fashion. says to Anne. He is a man for whom life is not worth living without sensual detours. Coppola seduces us, much like Jacques He informs Anne early on that he stops does Anne, with a memorable journey. Those every hour to stretch his legs and smoke, who succumb to the modest whims of Paris but it becomes clear that he’s interested in Can Wait will not want it to end. (Opens far more than circulation and nicotine. That Friday at area theaters.) (PG) Grade: A-

ON SCREEN Tom Cruise Is Getting Old BY T T STERN-ENZI

How long has it been since the first time Thomas Cruise Mapother IV laced up his shoes and raced across the screen in pursuit of that most elusive of goals: box office glory? The man has 46 official credits to his name in the Internet Movie Database (, dating all the way back to Endless Love and Taps, both in 1981 and including a recently announced sequel to Top Gun and a sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise. But the persistent and defining notion of Tom Cruise, now 54, involves him running. He is always either chasing someone or something or being pursued; he believes he cannot slow down or, God forbid, stop. Acting and the development of character, for him, is about perpetual motion and nothing else. It could be argued early on in his career that this made a certain sense. Young men have boundless energy and a reckless invulnerability, and the young Cruise was the all-American embodiment of that on the big screen. He was simply caught up in the breathless race toward the future, with little time for reflection or even a backward glance. Yet, a recent screening of The Mummy gave me pause. Here was Cruise as Nick Morton, a cocky soldier with that same roguish grin and reckless abandon we’ve come to expect, endangering his own life as well as that of Chris Vail (Jake Johnson), his younger comrade-in-arms, by dashing into a hail of gunfire in search of treasure. The story wants to convince us that Morton is the perfect blend of Harrison Ford’s Han Solo and Indiana Jones, but in truth Morton, like most Cruise characters, lacks the dry wit and intelligence that would result from that combination. In the end, all that remains is an action figure that can’t stop. I wish someone would sit with Cruise and explain to him that he can settle down. It’s time for him to leave what he imagines to be his glory days behind, because the harsh reality of the Peter Pan myth is that such arrested development leads to emotional and spiritual ruin. The Mummy is just another box office treadmill, which means that, even at its best, Cruise will always wind up in the same spot. What’s the point? (Now in theaters.) (PG-13) Grade: D

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What do you picture when you think of dead wife emerges from the grave, it’s clear a god? A warm light? An old bearded man? he has gotten involved in something very The amalgamation of various paintings, serious. Just what Shadow’s role is here has statues and descriptions in folklore? In remained a mystery. its first season, American Gods (Season American Gods marks co-creator (with Finale, 9 p.m. Sunday, Starz) has suggested Michael Green) Bryan Fuller’s triumphant there is room for every interpretation of return to TV, following the premature cangods — and that the designation is not just cellation of his NBC masterpiece Hannibal. reserved for the entities we pray to. His dark, lush, fantastical symbol-heavy At the center of this disorienting drama signature is immediately recognizable in is Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), quite this series, based on Neil Gaiman’s titular literally a man among gods. He’s just served novel. Much like his original take on the time in prison, released early but not before his beloved wife is killed in a car crash. After counting the days to freedom for years, he is suddenly without a reason to go on. No ties left in this life. No god. And then he meets Mr. Wednesday (the always delightful Ian McShane). A charming, charismatic con man, Mr. Wednesday persuades Shadow to work as his bodyguard/right-hand man. The two travel across the U.S. and meet a mix of religious, spiritual and mythological Ricky Whittle (left) and Ian McShane travel across the U.S. beings along the way, as a P H O T O : c o u r t e s y s ta r z battle between the new and old gods grows imminent. Hannibal Lecter franchise, Fuller proves to As the story has unfolded, the audience has been introduced to these deities. Each be the master adapter of stories. Considerepisode begins with a vignette depicting a ing Fuller’s penchant for casting some of the particular god. Over time, as people from same actors in his various projects, I’m hoparound the world arrive in America, from ing for a future Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) Viking explorers to slaves and indentured cameo. Perhaps as an old Danish god? servants, so do the gods they worship. In this week’s finale, Mr. Wednesday These “old gods” include a recognizable and Shadow try to recruit Ostara (Kristin bearded Jesus (portrayed by multiple actors Chenoweth), the old god of spring, with help to depict Christ’s many interpretations), from the storytelling trickster Mr. Nancy an Arabian Ifrit/Jinn or fiery genie (Mousa (Orlando Jones). We’ll see many of the new Kraish) and the toughest, tallest leprechaun and old gods convene for the first time you’ve ever seen (Pablo Schreiber). They’re at her Easter celebration, a feast day she in a state of crisis, becoming increasingly begrudgingly shares with Jesus — a perfect irrelevant in the 21st-century U.S., where example of the show’s dark humor. emerging “new gods” represent much more The series — renewed for a second season capitalist, contemporary American ideals. — challenges viewers to consider their own Media (Gillian Anderson) is the face of these gods. While Americans are increasingly gods, appearing in the form of celebrities turning away from organized religion, we from Lucille Ball to David Bowie, while the dedicate our attention elsewhere and still internet is personified by the trolling, vaping place value on certain ideals. In the words of Technical Boy (Bruce Langley). It’s no surVulcan, the gun-wielding, ammo-producing prise there’s a little less time for Jesus when god of fire, “You are what you worship.” you’re getting lost in your Facebook feed. Considering all the hardship Shadow Moon — whose name curiously invokes the The Handmaid’s Tale (Season Finale, image of a Native American god of night — Wednesday, Hulu) – Serena Joy confronts has experienced in life, it would make sense her husband and Offred, who has a lifefor him to abandon any idea of a “higher altering revelation. Season 2 has already power.” He’s certainly a skeptic — this all been confirmed and will explore beyond could be a classic Mr. Wednesday long con, Margaret Atwood’s titular novel. as it becomes clear he’s using Shadow much CONTACT JAC KERN: @jackern more than helping him. But when Shadow’s

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Local designer, creative and greeting card maker talks inspiration, motivation and awareness INTERVIEW BY ILENE ROSS


hree years ago, after a deeply unsatisfactory stint as a substitute teacher, Cincinnati native and Prospect Hill resident Andi Ploehs (pronounced “plays”) took her training as a graphic designer and started a.p. loves design, a greeting card company which features her whimsical designs and uplifting musings. After unsuccessfully attempting to conceive a child on their own for two years, Ploehs and her husband John began seeking medical assistance in their quest to become parents. As a result, Ploehs began designing a line of greeting cards specifically aimed toward other women who are also experiencing infertility issues. A full range of Ploehs’ cards can be found at MiCA 12/v, where Ploehs works part time, as well as at the Contemporary Arts Center, RedTree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop in Oakley and online at and We recently met for lunch at Cheapside to chat. CityBeat: So, tell me about your line of cards that are for women who are experiencing infertility.

CB: Who do you think the cards benefit more: you or the people who receive them? It sounds cathartic. AP: I’m sure both. I mean it definitely helps me — at least in the beginning. I’ve been

told that women going through the experience, it helps them. It probably helps me more than it helps them. I’m sure it does. My own therapy. CB: Where do get inspiration for your designs? The cards are quite whimsical. AP: A lot of them are just sayings that I hear people talk about, but I do a lot of walking and I think my environment — especially living down here — helps a lot. They’re simple sketches, there’s nothing that’s a lot of detail with my work. Just living in the city; I love living in the city. CB: Why did you choose Cheapside for lunch? AP: Breakfast is (me and my husband’s) favorite thing and living close to OTR, it’s almost impossible to find a breakfast spot. I mean you have Tucker’s, which I do love, but we wanted to find somewhere where we didn’t have to wait in line for two hours to get a breakfast sandwich. It’s a 15-minute walk for us, if that, and we can get in, we can get out and it’s still neighborhood folks, which we love. And it’s simple food, but it’s good food. CB: This year you were one of 20 local artists chosen to design a poster for the Flying Pig Marathon. How did you get that gig? AP: I was in CO.STARTERS a couple of years ago through ArtWorks and they just emailed me one day and said that there’s this contest going on. I don’t know how many they initially started with — maybe 50 artists or something like that? And they wanted to see a portfolio, which ArtWorks put together for the Flying Pig board or something like that, and I became one of the 20 finalists. In their brief they said they wanted something diverse — it didn’t necessarily have to have a pig in it, and I knew I didn’t want a pig in my design, but what I did had elements of pigs, like it had the tail and the snout and wings. I did not win, unfortunately, but I know who won and I’m very happy for her because she is an awesome artist. I mean it does suck that I lost, I’m not gonna lie, but (my design) is still down there on The Banks, so that’s cool. CB: Besides your cards, what words of wisdom would you give women who are currently experiencing infertility? AP: Oh, Jeezil. Get off the internet and stop Googling things because it will drive you insane. If you have a support group, I would join one. At my clinic we have a little private page and they meet up sometimes. I

Andi Ploehs’ card line for those experiencing infertility won a 2016 Best of Cincinnati pick.

haven’t gone to the meetings, but I’m online. Especially with our third loss, they were very helpful because most of the women on there have had twice as many losses as me; it’s just crazy. It helps me to talk about it. I was raised to express those feelings. Don’t be ashamed because there is really nothing wrong with you, but it is hard and every day is a struggle. I mean Mother’s Day was super hard. Try not to distance yourself from people who are pregnant. I have been guilty of that. Sometimes it’s impossible to go to baby showers, and it’s OK to not go if you

just can’t go. And people won’t understand it, but that’s on them. CB: What are things the rest of us should say and shouldn’t say to women experiencing infertility? AP: Don’t tell someone, “It’s gonna happen.” That is the worst thing to say. I think it comes from a good place, but don’t say it. Or, “When you stop trying, that’s when it will happen.” I do think things happen when they’re supposed to, but I don’t want you telling me that. ©

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Andi Ploehs: Last year was really the first full year we started fertility treatments. From January until October we had three miscarriages, so I was quite a mess. I’m still a little bit of a mess. But our third one was the worst, which was in October, because we had to terminate that ourselves because the baby was just too high in my uterus. I mean, TMI, but it was too high, and the more and more he was going to grow, there was a good chance that he would rupture and cause me to bleed and I could possibly die, so we had to decide: Do we keep going, cause I was fine, or do we terminate the pregnancy? So we decided to terminate it but I was rushed to the hospital because I couldn’t stop bleeding one night and they were like, “You need to decide what to do,” so that was the worst one. People were telling me things I did not want to hear, so that’s why I started the line and when I first started talking about it, because no one talks about it and it really bugs me that no one talks about it. But the more I would speak out about it, I started to learn that there are people everywhere who go through infertility. I mean, one in four women have had miscarriages, but no one talks about it.

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B& A Street Kitchen 1500 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-345-6670, 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-Mex-style 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. (Garin Pirnia)

Eighth & English 2038 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, 513-386-7383, 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 seathemed 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.  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. (PM) 

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ver the past two years, Hoops has experienced a brighter media spotlight than any of its members ever dared to imagine. In fact, the Bloomington, Ind. quartet’s history goes back considerably farther than the attention lavished on the group since signing with Fat Possum Records, the release of its debut EP for the label and the more recent release of their first full-length album, Routines. Vocalist/guitarist Drew Auscherman, bassist Kevin Krauter, keyboardist Keagan Beresford and original drummer James Harris came together organically six years ago when they were all high school juniors. Auscherman was recording Ambient loop tracks under the name Hoops — inspired by the hoop houses at his plant nursery job — and posting them on Bandcamp. Eventually he recruited Krauter and Harris to form an actual band for basement shows and regional club gigs, which morphed into recording. Although none of them took the band seriously, they continued to play through senior year, before shuttering the band when they started college classes. “The summer after freshman year, Drew wrote like 10 or 12 songs and put them on Bandcamp and was like, ‘I want to make more Hoops songs and play more shows,’ ” Krauter says. “So we got back together and our friend Keagan, who plays keys now, jumped in on second guitar; he’s another homie, we’ve known each other since sixth grade. We weren’t going too hard at it, but every time we got together, we were pretty focused on it. It just went from there.” The musicians’ influences — and original presentation model — date back even farther. Even a cursory listen to Routines reveals a band steeped in early ’80s Psych and Synth Pop, from the crisp melodies and smooth guitar lines of Prefab Sprout to the expansive moodiness of Echo & the Bunnymen. Hoops’ first releases after their formation in 2011 were on cassettes, which only added to the sound’s high-techmeets-lo-fi atmosphere. Appropriately titled Tape #1, Tape #2 and Tape #3, the early Hoops recordings showed a band with mature musical ideas and inventive ways of realizing those concepts through bedroom recordings. In many respects, the way Hoops has made music is almost as important as the music itself. “We all came together in high school listening to a lot of lo-fi Indie stuff like Real Estate and Radio Department, which is probably our biggest influence as a band, next in line to Prefab, and we bonded over that,” Krauter says. “When we were first making music, we were using the tape

Not wanting to disrupt the magic, Hoops’ label asked that Routines be self-produced. machine — and there are limited capabilities there, obviously — but there’s a way to creatively move through those limitations, and that’s something we wanted to keep when we were working with digital recording and producing. It was a charm we wanted to add to the music.” Unlike Hoops’ initial Tape recordings and their 2015 Fat Possum debut, EP, the title of the band’s latest release doesn’t reflect the finished product; Routines is anything but routine. “We went into the whole process trying to do something different,” Krauter says. “Our label really wanted us to go into the studio to work on this one, so we booked time at Thump Studios in Brooklyn with Jarvis Taveniere; he’s in the band Woods and he’s worked with Quilt and Widowspeak and stuff like that. We liked what he did and how he worked on things.” Hoops’ original plan was to take the results of their sessions with Taveniere to someone else for mixing, but Fat Possum wanted the band members to mix the album themselves (which they did with Harris, who recently left the band to build a studio in Michigan; he was replaced by Mark Edlin). The label didn’t want them to steer too far afield from the sonic identity of their early recordings.

“There was some deliberation after we were at the studio about how we wanted to go forward, and the label ultimately wanted us to go back to the sound of our first EP and the original Tapes, because we did all those ourselves,” Krauter says. “So we took what we had from the studio, redid a little of it, but mostly just mixed it. We got drunk at my parents’ house and just kind of fucked around. We started with ‘Sun’s Out,’ and we got it to a point where it was like, ‘Holy shit, this is so tight. We’ll save this and come back in the morning when we’re sober and see if it still sounds good.’ The next day, it sounded really great and from that point on we just hit a stride with how we wanted the whole thing to sound. It was a recipe we applied to each song.” In addition to the revelation that their drunk ears are extremely reliable, the musicians also landed on the characteristic sonic thread that runs through Hoops’ catalog to this point. At the same time, Krauter has a ready answer for the question of what exactly distinguishes Routines from the band’s previous output. “I’d say it’s probably the production, because I don’t think the songs themselves are too crazy or out there, as opposed to

our older stuff,” he says. “Our older tapes were all over the place anyway. Even though they have a similar sound across the board. To an outside ear, it probably sounds very continuous, but to us it feels all over the place.” The other amazing quality that Routines possesses is the incredible consistency of the songs themselves across the breadth of the album. Due to Hoops’ truncated schedule going into the studio, the band members drew on material they’d had for a while (including songs from the Tapes), as well as the new songs that were in active development. That could have given Routines a patchy and disconnected atmosphere but, as there is in the whole Hoops discography, there is a distinct (and not entirely unintentional) cohesion within the album. “A lot of the songs (on Routines) are a little thrown together,” Krauter says. “We tried to give it a continuous sound and feel, even though the songs are kind of all over the place, as far as where they came from, who wrote them and when they about.” HOOPS plays Friday at Urban Artifact. Ticket details/more info:

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Jeremy Pinnell’s Sophomore Album Set for August BY MIKE BREEN

Jeremy Pinnell, one of our region’s best songwriters, has announced the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2015 release, OH/KY. Digging deep into soulfulness behind vintage Country music, OH/KY led to widespread touring and jaw-dropped reviews, including one from the Portland Tribune that described the Northern Kentucky singer/ songwriter’s haunting and haunted sound as something “Waylon Jennings might have written if he had cut a record with Alex Chilton.” Pinnell’s music is like the antithesis of so-called “Bro Country,” deeply introspective and starkly honest and vulnerable. On Aug. 11, Pinnell’s Ties of Blood and Affection will be released nationally on SofaBurn Records, the Dayton, Ky.-based indie label that released OH/KY as well as records by area acts like R. Ring, Alone at 3AM, Daniel Martin Moore and Buffalo Killers. The nine-track album finds Pinnell moving out of some of the darker corners of his debut, finding humble redemption and joy in his work, family and faith. The first single from the album, “Ballad of 1892” — a Honky Tonk strut about love and labor unions — was recently premiered on AltCountry bible No Depression’s website. Fans can pre-order Ties of Blood and Affection at Pinnell will headline an album release show on Aug. 12 at Woodward Theater (tickets are available now through, after which he’ll hit the road hard in support of Ties, playing dates in the Pacific Northwest, California, Colorado, Texas and beyond.

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Park, the gorgeous, historic theater is worth a visit if you haven’t been. With the venue’s fantastic natural acoustics and excellent local-music programming, Jazz fans in particular will have plenty of good excuses to visit this summer. The venue’s Monday night Jazz series spotlights Greater Cincinnati’s superb Jazz scene. This Monday, versatile trumpeter Michael “Mad Dog” Mavridoglou presents a tribute to Miles Davis with Mike Darrah (piano), Aaron Jacobs (bass) and Jim Leslie (drums). On June 26, guitarist Brad Myers and bassist Michael Sharfe will perform songs from their excellent collaborative album, Sanguinaria (Hopefulsongs), with drummer Shane Willis. The lineup also features young, progressive Jazz trios Animal Mother and On a Limb (July 3); successful pianist Kim Pensyl (July 10); a tribute to Jazz Fusion pioneers Weather Report featuring the all-star Noise Police (July 17); the 18-piece Original Farm League Big Band (July 24); and Melodic Discourse with Brandon Coleman and Joshua Jessen (July 31). The shows begin at 7 p.m. and admission is only $6. Find more at CONTACT MIKE BREEN:

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LCD Wax Controversy Punkish Canadian duo Death From Above 1979 has reverted to its original name, Death From Above, which was changed over a decade ago thanks to lawyers representing LCD Soundsystem head honcho James Murphy’s longtime record label Death From Above. Another DFA “controversy” surfaced days after the naming news — a press release from reissue label Rhino Records announced that vinyl reissues of LCD’s albums were coming soon. On Rhino. As you may recall, Murphy has a label, which has sold LCD’s albums on vinyl since they were released. In a statement, a mad, confused Murphy asked fans to continue buying vinyl from DFA’s online store. Underground Wu Moves? Rapper Mach-Hommy has drawn attention with his music, but he’s also been turning heads with his oddball music distribution. After pricing an album at $300 last year, Hommy has put his anticipated latest, Dump Gawd: Hommy Edition (featuring production by supporter Earl Sweatshirt), on his Bandcamp site. But you can’t stream it — to hear it, you have to pay $77.77 for the download. Perhaps it’s an eccentric homage to Wu-Tang Clan’s notorious $2 million album? PWR BTTM Saga Continues Since most of LGBTQ-allied Indie Rock duo PWR BTTM’s fanbase would never support the group following sexual assault allegations directed at one of the members, many felt the band’s career was over. After losing a tour, its record deal and many fans, the duo released a statement contesting the allegations, but then disappeared. Now it appears there are at least a couple of others in PWR BTTM’s corner. A music industry veteran who said she felt Polyvinyl Records too hastily pulled PWR BTTM’s new-ish Pageant album from circulation is helping the twosome regain ownership of the album from the label (the group’s debut album on a smaller label was returned to streaming services recently). She called Polyvinyl “irresponsible,” while the label simply said that an agreement was being worked out.

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This Sunday, many musicians and fans will gather to pay tribute to Greater Cincinnati music icon Tim Goshorn. The guitarist/ songwriter, who was a member of Pure Prairie League, The Goshorn Brothers and many other projects, died on April 15, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. Sunday’s huge tribute concert starts at 1 p.m. at the 20th Century Theater (3021 Madison Road, Oakley, Performers include Prestige Grease, The Bluebirds and members of the Tim Goshorn Band. An all-star house band featuring Marco Sastre, Tom Kaper, Charlie Fletcher, Nick Netherton, Adam Scovanner, Steve Schmidt, Bob Nave and Bam Powell will also perform, joined by guest singers like Mike Reilly, Dave Widow, Ernie Waits, Kelly Red, Leroy Ellington and Danny Frazier. Advanced tickets to the concert are available for $15 by calling 20th Century Theater at 513-731-8000. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20. Proceeds from the event benefit the local Play It Forward organization, which assists

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Sunny Day Real Estate album, only one track, “Lipton Witch,” surfaced as one side of a 2014 split single with Circa Survive for Record Store Day. Around the time of the last Sunny Day Real Estate activity, Enigk returned to a grittier Rock mode with his third solo album OK Bear. In 2015, Enigk began a PledgeMusic campaign to fund a new solo album; the goal was exceeded in a matter of weeks. For the past two years, Enigk has been recording and soundchecking/testing new songs on short tours. His current road stint is a solo acoustic venture with lots of new material promised (the Cincinnati performance is free). Enigk hosted a studio listening party back in January, the album has been mixed and mastered and artwork is being finalized. If this feels like an inordinate amount of time, consider that he is operating without a label or management, and be happy that he’s out supporting an imminent new album. (Brian Baker) Miike Snow Monday • Bogart’s In the decade since Swedish musicians, songwriters and producers Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, known professionally as Bloodshy & Avant, and American musician and songwriter Andrew Wyatt formed Miike Snow, the Electropop/Indie Rock trio has released three acclaimed albums, toured the world numerous times and remixed the likes of Passion Pit, Kings of Leon and Depeche Mode. This success was not surprising to the threesome, as they each brought fairly formidable résumés to their new partnership. Wyatt had formed a teenaged Pop band with future Adele producer/co-writer Greg Kurstin and subsequently scored a Capitol contract as a solo artist. A stint in rehab to address chemical and emotional issues led him to years of estrangement from music’s fast track, but he returned to New York in 2003 and formed The A.M. with two former members of Jeff Buckley’s band, releasing one album before dissolving. Wyatt ultimately became an in-demand producer and songwriter, working with The Libertines’ Carl Barât, Dragons of Zynth and Mark Ronson, among many others. And since the


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formation of Miike Snow, Wyatt co-wrote the political divide, wealth inequality, religious Grammy-nominated “Grenade” with Bruno wars, guns and much, much more). He is a Mars and released his debut solo album, crystal-clear-eyed observationalist and what2013’s Descender, assisted by members of ever the topic, Zanetti takes it on directly (go The Libertines, Spiritualized and Tortoise. elsewhere for flowery prose) and with a blunt Childhood friends and bandmates honesty, which can manifest itself as soulful Karlsson and Winnberg had reconnected empathy or spitfire anger. But, as mentioned, in Stockholm as adults and began working Zanetti is also a very funny and clever together as producers and songwriters, with thinker, refreshingly never cynical (though a client list that includes Madonna, Kelis, sarcasm plays a part). All of these layers and Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears; for the levels add an engaging depth to the music… latter, the pair co-wrote “Toxic” and took and that’s just the words. home a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. Zanetti largely performs solo with his And since their involvement with Miike Snow acoustic guitar, but he also occasionally — the name came from a childhood friend; records a song as a full-on Punk Pop ripper. they added the extra “i” because they like the A leaf on the same Folk Punk branch as look of it — they’ve co-founded the INGRID Billy Bragg and Frank Turner (who is a huge record label with Peter Bjorn and John, fan of Zanetti’s work), awareness of The Lykke Li, Coco Morier and Dungen. Homeless Gospel Choir has risen with each Miike Snow’s three albums have earned subsequent album release, the culmination the band a fervent global fan base, with of which (so far) was 2014’s I Used to Be 2016’s iii generating So Young, his first the best sales and for Anti-Flag’s A-F reviews to date, leadRecords. With his ing to appearances on charmingly unpolJimmy Kimmel Live! ished voice (which and at Coachella and alternately bears a Lollapalooza, among passing resemblance other festivals. The to The Hold Steady’s trio also worked with Craig Finn, Camper Swedish electrical Van Beethoven-era engineers to create a David Lowery, The brand new instrument, Dead Milkmen’s Joe The Blob, a gigantic Genaro and a fragile, hexagonal synthesizer The Homeless Gospel Choir breaking Conor Frankensteined out PHOTO : Provided Oberst), Zanetti covof digital samplers ers a lot of ground on and synthesizer parts, the album. But the some acquired from Electronic Pop pioneer one line that sticks out — partly because it Giorgio Moroder. Considering The Blob’s appears in more than one song — and gives a birth, and the crazy quilt of experience each good sense of what he’s trying to do lyrically member brings to the band, it’s little surprise on I Used to Be So Young is, “Jesus Christ that Miike Snow’s logo is a jackalope. (BB) didn’t die for you to be an asshole.” Zanetti recently released the incredibly The Homeless Gospel Choir catchy single “Normal,” a rocked-up version with Zach Quinn of a song he’s been playing live about finding Tuesday • Southgate House Revival solace in being different (“I found my escape/ Derek Zanetti is the Folk singer America In that Green Day tape”). A new full-length needs right now. He’s who Woody Guthrie that reportedly skews toward the personal would have been had he been born in the and delves into Zanetti’s experiences with early ’80s and raised on ’90s Punk Rock. mental illness (only Trump’s inanity could They both share a masterful way with words, frustrate a protest singer to shift away from understand communication and value politics) is scheduled for release this fall, making a connection with listeners. They’re according to NPR. (Mike Breen) both all about justice. And both have a sharp sense of humor at the ready — a secret weapon used to disarm and connect. Performing and recording as The HomeAJR – July 8, Madison Live! less Gospel Choir, Zanetti is a PittsburghAVENGED SEVENFOLD – July 10, Riverbend Music based singer/songwriter whose lyrics often Center use a conversational tone — a delivery COLIN STETSON – July 20, Woodward Theater method that helps reach more ears. Zanetti’s songs are effusive, but there isn’t a syllable ANIMAL COLLECTIVE – July 30, Madison Theater wasted as he unravels a stream of lyrics that KORN – Aug. 1, Riverbend Music Center deal with both the personal (depression, selfTEGAN AND SARA – Aug. 2, Madison Theater loathing, suicide and embracing one’s uniqueness) and the bigger picture (the current HANS ZIMMER – Aug. 3, U.S. Bank Arena


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


Steve Schmidt Trio w/ Samantha Carlson 8-12



Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - Phil DeGreg Trio. 8 p.m. Jazz. Free. Fountain Square - Reggae Wednesdays with Gizzae. 7 p.m. Reggae. Free.

Todd Hepburn & Friends 8-11


BrewRiver GastroPub - Old Green Eyes and BBG. 6 p.m. Standards. Free.

Phil DeGreg Trio 8-11



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The Liberty Inn - Stagger Lee. 6:30 p.m. Country/Rock. Free. Live! at the Ludlow Garage H - Alejandro Escovedo. 8 p.m. Rock/Roots. $20-$45. The Mockbee - Family Feud featuring ADDVantz, Matte, Odyssey, Wolfmane, SESS, Doughty Family, Modus Operandi, Palmer, Alexander Fre$co and Trees. 10 p.m. Hip Hop. $5-$10. MOTR Pub - Parker Gispert with Jake Sim & the Light of Day. 10 p.m. Rock/Various. Free. Northside Yacht Club - Cut Up, The Raging Nathans, Negative Protein and The ZGs. 10 p.m. Punk Rock. Silverton Cafe - Root Cellar Xtract. 8 p.m. Country Rock. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Moonshine with Bill Hall (of Common Center) and Equator Bear. 8 p.m. Roots/Various. Free.

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Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Blueprints and Elements with The White Walters and River Hoss. 8 p.m. AltRock. $5-$8. Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary) - Braiden Sunshine. 7 p.m. Pop/Rock. $10, $12 day of show. Urban Artifact - Dizzy Bats, TGTG, MORI, Damage Therapy and The Kno Nothings. 8 p.m. Alt/Rock/ Punk/Pop. Free.

Knotty Pine - Kenny Cowden. 9 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Live! at the Ludlow Garage Shining Star: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire. 8 p.m. Funk/Soul/ Pop/Dance. $20-$45.

The Mockbee - Underground featuring Panzer, Hallpass, Goodtime, DJAB, Chuck Diesel and MC Chesta T. 10 p.m. Dubstep/ EDM. $5. MOTR Pub - Psycho. 10 p.m. Indie. Free. Northside Tavern - The H Harlequins, Salvadore Ross and J Dorsey Band. 10 p.m. Rock/ Psych/Blues/Various. Free.

Northside Yacht Club H Honeyspiders, DAAP Girls, Casino Warrior and The ZG’s. 9 p.m. Rock/Various. $10.

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

The Redmoor - Soul Pocket. 9 p.m. Soul/Pop/Various. $10.

Friday 16 Arnold’s Bar and Grill - The True Believers. 9 p.m. Reggae. Free. Blue Note Harrison - Step Brothers. 9 p.m. Rock. Free.

The Comet - In Details with Mockery and Abby Vice. 10 p.m. Alt/Rock/Pop/Various. Free.

Horse & Barrel - John Ford. 6 p.m. Blues/Roots. Free.

Marty’s Hops & Vines - Greg Hines. 9 p.m. Americana. Free.

Woodward Theater - Damien H Jurado. 8 p.m. Indie/Folk. $12, $15 day of show.

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Fountain Square - Salsa on the Square featuring Latin Beat Project. 7 p.m. Salsa/Latin/Dance. Free.

Mansion Hill Tavern - Blue Ravens. 9 p.m. Blues. $4.

Plain Folk Cafe - The Gage H Brothers and Nick Baker. 6 p.m. Americana. Free.

Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - Steve Schmidt Trio with Samantha Carlson. 8 p.m. Jazz. Free.

Common Roots - Open Mic. 8 p.m. Various. Free.

The Mad Frog - Nasty Nate with French Dinero and more. 8 p.m. Hip Hop. Cover.

Washington Park - Bandstand H Bluegrass with Hickory Robot. 7 p.m. Americana/Bluegrass. Free.

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

Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - Todd Hepburn and Friends. 6 p.m. Various. Free.

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PNC Pavilion at Riverbend - Don Henley with JD & The Straight Shot. 7:30 p.m. Rock/Americana. $99.50-$175.

Bogart’s - Blackbear with Elhae, 24hrs and Lil Aaron. 8 p.m. Hip Hop/R&B/Soul. $30.

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


MOTR Pub - Eclipse with Big Village Little City. 10 p.m. Funk/ Rock/Jazz/Hip Hop/Soul/Various. Free.

Taft Theatre - NO BS! Brass Band with Heavy Hinges. 8 p.m. Soul/Funk/Jazz/Rock/Pop/ Brass. $14, $16 day of show (in the Ballroom).



The Mockbee - SPEAK presents Speaking in Rhythm featuring B. Shatter, Bryan Thompson and Oueiwy Collins’s Funksquad. 9 p.m. Poetry/Hip Hop/Funk. $7-$10.

Common Roots - Eco Jam V H with The Tillers and more. 6 p.m. Folk/Americana/Various. $8. Crow’s Nest - Rollin Joe Porter. 10 p.m. Folk. Free. Fountain Square - Indie Vol. H 2017 with Jeremy Enigk, Son Little and Korey Dane. 7 p.m. Indie/Rock. Free.

The Greenwich - Brandon Meeks. 9 p.m. Jazz/Soul. $10. Jag’s Steak and Seafood - London Street Band. 9 p.m. Pop/Dance/ Various. $5. Japp’s - Burning Caravan. 5:30 p.m. Gypsy Jazz. Free. Jim and Jack’s on the River Danny Frazier. 9 p.m. Country. Free. Knotty Pine - The Amy Sailor Band. 10 p.m. Country. Cover.

Rick’s Tavern - Whiskey Daze. 10 p.m. Rock/Country/Various. $5. Silverton Cafe - Off the Record. 9 p.m. Rock. Free. Southgate House Revival H (Lounge) - Hot For Alice with Kid Stardust and Margaret Darling. 9:30 p.m. Rock/Alt/Indie. Free.

Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Von Claire with Meaghan Farrell and DJ Neon Waves. 9 p.m. Electron/Alt/Pop/Various. $10, $15 day of show. Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary) - Ha Ha Tonka with Trapper Schoepp. 9 p.m. Rock/ Roots/Pop. $10, $12 day of show. Stanley’s Pub - Odds Lane with Ralph & the Rhythm Hounds and Muddygut. 9 p.m. Blues. Symphony Hotel and Restaurant - Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams. 8 p.m. Jazz. Free. Thompson House - For The Fire with Echo Heart. 7 p.m. AltRock/ Post Hardcore. $10. Urban Artifact - Hoops with H Leggy, Cross Country and Blossom Hall. 8 p.m. Indie/Rock/ Pop. $10, $12 day of show.

Washington Park - Friday Flow with BlackGirl. 7 p.m. R&B/Soul. Free. Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - FrenchAxe. 9 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).

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Woodward Theater - No H Response Festival featuring Genesis Breyer P-Orridge &

Edley O’Dowd, Yoshi Wada & Nate Wooley, Graham Lambkin and Bill Nace & Twig Harper. 8 p.m. Experimental/Various. $25, $30 day of show (2-day passes available for $50).

Saturday 17 American Sign Museum - Signs and Songs: An Americana Music Series featuring Jake Speed and the Freddies. 7 p.m. Folk/Americana. $10, $15 day of show.


Arnold’s Bar and Grill - The Tadcasters. 9 p.m. Americana. Free. Blue Note Harrison - Krazy Fly. 9 p.m. Rock. Free. Bogart’s - Freekbass with Ouiwey Collins’ Funksquad. 8 p.m. Funk. $15.


Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - Steve Schmidt Trio with Hank Mautner. 8 p.m. Jazz. Free. Cincinnatian Hotel - Philip Paul Trio. 7 p.m. Jazz. Free. The Comet - Andy Gabbard H and Grape Whizzer with J. Burroughs, Speaking Suns and

Steven King. 10 p.m. Pop/Rock. Free. Crow’s Nest - Pete Jive. 10 p.m. Folk/Reggae/Bluegrass. Free. Danny B’s Lounge - Trailer Park Floosies. 8 p.m. Dance/Pop/Rock/ Country/Various. Free. Fountain Square - FSQ Live with Naked Karate Girls. 7 p.m. Rock/ Pop/Dance. Free.

The Greenwich - Napoleon Maddox & Friends: In Memory of Jack Walker. 8:30 p.m. Jazz/ Experimental/Various. $5.


Jag’s Steak and Seafood - The Fixx Band. 9 p.m. Dance/Pop/ Various. $5. Jim and Jack’s on the River Deuces Wild. 9 p.m. Country. Free. Knotty Pine - Twisted Fate. 10 p.m. Rock. Cover.

Mansion Hill Tavern - Sonny Moorman. 9 p.m. Rock. $3. Marty’s Hops & Vines - Working Title. 9 p.m. Steampunk. Free. The Mockbee - Queen City Soul Club featuring DJ Grover and DJ Bryan Dilsizian. 10 p.m. Soul/ Funk/Dance. Free. MOTR Pub - CATL with All Seeing Eyes and Halvsies. 10 p.m. Rock/Various. Free.


Northside Tavern - The Watusi Tribe featuring Rollins Davis Band. 10 p.m. Hip Hop. Free.


Peecox Erlanger - Saving Stimpy. 9:30 p.m. Rock. $5. Plain Folk Cafe - My Brother’s Keeper and Chris Lee. 6 p.m. Roots/Acoustic. Free. Rick’s Tavern - 90 Proof Twang. 10 p.m. Country/Rock. $5. Silverton Cafe - Billy Rock. 9 p.m. Rock. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - The Gage Brothers. 9:30 p.m. Folk/Americana. Free. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Noir. 10 p.m. Alt/Dance/ DJ. $5. Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary) - Vintage Night featuring Mickey James & The Queen City Crew, The Jazz Coasters and The Cincy Lindy Society. 7:15 p.m. Swing/Jazz/Various. $10, $15 day of show. Stanley’s Pub - Stanley’s H Reggae Fest 7 featuring The Cliftones, The Ark Band, Zionites

Mansion Hill Tavern – Open Blues Jam with Sonny Moorman. 6 p.m. Blues. Free. The Mockbee - Home Plate, The Jericho Harlot, Old Flames, Bright Lights and Ethan and Joey. 8 p.m. Rock. Free. MOTR Pub - Taphophile with Daddy Luther & the Warrior Poets. 9 p.m. Alt. Free. Northside Tavern - DJ Pillo and Selectas Choice. 9 p.m. Dance/ Soul/Funk/Various. Free. Sonny’s All Blues Lounge - Blues jam session featuring Sonny’s All Blues Band. 8 p.m. Blues. Free. Stanley’s Pub - Stanley’s Open Jam. 10 p.m. Various. Free. Urban Artifact - Mickey James & the Queen City Crew. 2:30 p.m. Swing/Jazz. $5.

Monday 19 Bogart’s - Miike Snow. 8:30 Hp.m. Indie Pop. $16-$25. Mansion Hill Tavern - Acoustic Jam with John Redell and Friends. 8 p.m. Acoustic/Various. Free. Memorial Hall - Mad Dog Digs H Miles featuring Michael “Mad Dog” Mavridoglou. 7 p.m. Jazz/

Reunion and Queen City Silver Stars. 6 p.m. Reggae. $12, $15 day of show.

Fusion. $6.

Thompson House - To Hot to Turn Up Rap Showcase featuring CRS. 8 p.m. Hip Hop. $10.

Northside Tavern - Northside Jazz Ensemble. 10 p.m. Jazz. Free.

Urban Artifact - Tank and the H Bangas with Divinity Roxx and Super Origami. 7 p.m. Soul/Rock/

MOTR Pub - The Red Shift with Broken Chairs. 9 p.m. Rock. Free.

Tuesday 20

Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - Pat Kelly. 9 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).

20th Century Theater - Barns Courtney with Foxtraxx. 8 p.m. Folk/Pop/Rock/Various. $17, $20 day of show.

Brew House - Dave Gilligan with Jim Crazy Leg Lindenschmidt. 7 p.m. Roots/Various. Free.

Sunday 18

Memorial Hall - Robert Earl H Keen. 8 p.m. Roots/Singer/ Songwriter. $25-$75.


BrewRiver GastroPub - Todd Hepburn. 11 a.m. Blues/Various. Free. The Comet - The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars. 7:30 p.m. Bluegrass. Free. The Greenwich - Radio Black. 8 p.m. Various. $10.

An Exciting Two Day Mini Surf Music Festival

June 23-24 at Urban Artifact 1660 BluE RoCK ST., CInCInnaTI, oH 45223

V5 June 23, 8pm The John Blair Ivan Pongracic Band (California) The Ampfibians (S. Indiana) Grateful Surf V6 June 24, 2pm the Mystery Men? (Atlanta) Team Void Nicky Kay Orchestra (Dayton) The Ampfibians Grateful Surf They Never Came Back!

Bogart’s - Parkway Drive. 8 p.m. Metalcore. $28.

Lescalleet and MV Carbon. 8 p.m. Experimental/Various. $25, $30 day of show.

20th Century Theater - A Tribute to Tim Goshorn featuring The Bluebirds, Prestige Grease, Tim Goshorn Band and more. 1 p.m. Rock/Blues/Soul/ Various. $15, $20 day of show.

Raiders of the Urban Artifact

Stanley’s Pub - Stanley’s Live Jazz Band. 10 p.m. Jazz. Free.

Funk/Spoken Word/Various. $10.

Woodward Theater - No H Response Festival featuring Hijokaidan, Borbetomagus, Jason






The Mockbee - Rat King and A Modest Proposal. 8 p.m. Metal. Free. Northside Yacht Club - The Old Paints, Peace Attack and Useless Fox. 9 p.m. Rock/Punk/Various. Free. Southgate House Revival H (Sanctuary) - The Homeless Gospel Choir. 9 p.m. Folk Punk. $8, $10 day of show.

Urban Artifact - Water Seed and Huckleberry Funk. 7 p.m. Funk/ Soul. Free.

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