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CINCINNATI’S NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY  |  sept. 27 – OCT. 03, 2017  |  free

Right Side of History

New book reconsiders the legacy of Cincinnatiborn activist Jerry Rubin




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VOL. 23 ISSUE 44 ON THE COVER: JERRY RUBIN / PHOTO: courtesy of the Rubin archive


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What a Week! BY T.C. Britton


RompHims are so last summer. The latest fashion must-have for fall is the Dadbag. It’s a fanny pack — and if that fact alone is not sexy enough for you right there, it’s designed to look like a belly peeking out from your shirt. Achieve the Dad bod look with this crazy realistic strap-on stomach you can stash stuff in. The Dadbag comes in several varieties with different skin tones, bellybuttons and levels of body hair! Unfortunately it’s not for sale yet — but London-based designer Albert Pukies is considering launching a campaign to fund the manufacturing and making his creation a reality. Pukies says he was inspired by the hot and hip Dad bod physique but concerned about the health risks associated with love handles. Really, dude? If you can’t attain a Dad bod with a steady diet of beer, breaded meats and lowered standards, you have to question if you really deserve a Dad bod at all.


A beach near Naples, Italy had to ban children this week when several dildos mysteriously washed ashore. I’ve heard of Sex on the Beach, but this is ridiculous! Beach cleaning volunteers discovered the sex toys littering the Hermitage of Camaldoli seaside and shut that shit down to kids until the adult items could be cleaned up. Apparently the beach is a final resting place for all sorts of debris brought in by the currents, so they have no idea where these plastic penises came from.

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Friday was the day to be on The Price Is Right, or at least to play hooky and stay home and watch The Price Is Right. In honor of Drew Carey’s 10th anniversary of hosting the game show (damn, it’s really been a decade since Bob Barker left us*?), the Showcase Showdown wheel’s coveted $1 spot was worth a bonus of $10,000 instead of $1,000. In the unlikely event that someone would spin a $1 twice, they’d get an additional $25,000. Well, some sneaky contestants must have rigged the wheel because that bitch was turning out $1 spins left and right. The wheel landed on it five times in a row, with one contestant landing the $10K spot and two hitting it twice, walking away with 50 grand each. It was a Price is Right record! Either these three perfected the big wheel spin or producers orchestrated a genius marketing campaign, because this many people haven’t been talking about the show since Barker peaced out.* *As host — Mr. Barker is still very much alive.


There’s no way around it: The world has recently been dealt a particularly shitty hand in the form of natural disasters. After a particularly awful Atlantic hurricane season, an earthquake hit Central Mexico — on the 32nd anniversary of the devastating 1985

Mexico City earthquake, no less. Mother Nature is a real bitch sometimes! But in the wise words of Mr. Rogers, in times of crisis, look for the helpers. When there’s a natural disaster or act of violence, emergency responders, doctors and volunteers always emerge to lend a helping hand. And it doesn’t get more helpful, heroic and inspirational than Frida, a dog that has helped locate more than 50 people under the rubble! The labrador retriever from the Mexican Navy’s canine unit is part of a search-and-rescue team of 15 dogs outfitted with safety goggles and boots to help them navigate through wreckage. Frida has saved 12 lives this week. She’s one badass bitch! (Sorry.) Viva Frida! Mexico should make like Rabbit Hash and elect this dog as president. Actually, can America?


Keeping Up With the Kardashians has officially been on the air for a decade. Way to go, humans! Thirteen seasons, three weddings, five pregnancies, three divorces and countless plastic surgery procedures later, audiences are still kaptivated by this krew. Kase in point: The internet is a-buzz over reports that the youngest spawn of Kris and Caitlyn Jenner, Kylie Jenner, is pregnant. The rumor mill says Kylie and rapper boyfriend Travis Scott are expecting a baby girl due in February — one month after sis Kim and Kanye West’s third child is due… which has led to theories that Kylie is the surrogate. The news came days before the KUWTK season premiere. Way to go, Kris! Kongratulations… on

this season’s storyline. Why am I reminded of The Godfather right now? “Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in.”


Apparently office mail robots really do still exist today, and not just in the 1980s-set spy drama The Americans. The Canadian Broadcast Corporation utilizes five mailbots — named Basher, Maze Mobile, Mom, Move It or Lose It and Rasputin — in its Toronto headquarters. That is, until Oct. 1, when the office is retiring them. Canadian journalists are shook. Now, instead of being greeted by a simultaneously retro and futuristic mechanical mailman, they’ll have to retrieve their own mail like the rest of us office dwellers. Note to CityBeat big wigs: Can we get an office mailbot? Maybe just a Roomba with a mail tray glued to it?


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A Guide to Kneeling: What types of kneeling are good? BY JEFF BEYER

Mister Trump thinks NFL players taking a knee should be fired. But some types of kneeling are good, aren’t they? You betcha! The following guide will tell you how to think about this issue:

Kneeling to respect the dead is a tradition long-held throughout history and across cultures. This type of kneeling often takes place in front of graves or at places where people have passed from this world. This solemn type of kneeling pays respect and gratitude for the lives of those who have left us. Tebowing was most relevant between 2011 and 2012. This type of kneeling is defined by a Christian professional athlete taking a knee in a very respectful gesture to honor God for granting him a touchdown. Kneeling like this tends to become an internet picture-posting trend that everybody can enjoy for a short period of time until the next fun Instagram pose comes along. This is a very reverential yet playful type of kneeling. Hell yeah, Tebow! Whoop, whoop!

Kneeling to tie your shoe has been taking place since the invention of shoelaces. This type of kneeling shows that you enjoy a snug shoe-fit. Most Americans do this type of kneeling on a daily basis and think about totally mundane things, like “I wonder if Sally is bringing donuts today?” while they’re doing it. Because of its functionality, kneeling has been adopted by most Americans as an effective way to reach their shoes, therefore it is considered a good type of kneeling. Kneeling in solidarity against racial injustice began in August of 2016 and has continued to take place during professional sports pregame ceremonies. This extremely disrespectful type of kneeling took hold in the NFL as Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players kneeled during the National Anthem to “protest victims of racial injustice in America.” ... Shake. My. Head. Kneeling in this way shows that you are ungrateful for the sacrifices made by veterans and police officers and for your football money that you receive solely as a result of your American privilege and nothing else. This type of kneeling can also show that you hate America in general. It is the absolute most disgusting type of kneeling. No discussion. The end.

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Religious kneeling has been taking place since before Jesus wrote the Bible in order to save Christians from Hell. It is considered very respectful to God and the cross and the saints and other holy entities who appreciate your deference. Worshipers have been striking this pose to honor God even before Moses was talking with burning bushes and turning snakes into sticks and shit. This type of kneeling is very traditional and respectful. Praise be to God.

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What Went Wrong at The Alms

Owners didn’t pay for upkeep. HUD didn’t pay attention. Now residents may have to leave. BY nick swartsell

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buildings on McMillan Avenue wearing ghost signs and graffiti, there are new bars, restaurants and market-rate condos rising — lifting rents with them and making Alms residents nervous they won’t have a place to go there. It might be hard to find more affordable digs in other neighborhoods as well. The Greater Cincinnati area has a 40,000 unit deficit when it comes to affordable housing, a recent LISC study suggests. In the past year, some residents say, The Alms’ condition has gotten better. The Alms Residents Association, the Homeless Coalition and Legal Aid in 2015 pushed the city of Cincinnati to appoint a receiver for the Alms and other troubled buildings owned by PE Holdings, which is based in New Jersey. That receiver, Indianapolis-based Milhaus Management, has been working on the buildings since April 2016 and has made more than $4 million in repairs to properties once controlled by PE Holdings. That includes more than $700,000 fixing The Alms’ electrical systems and roof, rehabbing individual units and replacing the elevators, according to documents the developer provided to HUD. Cunningham says Milhaus and new subcontractor Hayes-Gibson have made

The Alms, built in 1925, served as a luxury hotel in Walnut Hills before becoming HUD-subsidized affordable housing in the 1980s. progress on addressing some 450 code issues — including non-functioning heat, insect infestations, roof issues and other major problems — a city inspector documented in November of 2015. Roughly 260 of those violations have been cleared and another 100 are awaiting final approval, according to a letter from Milhaus’ attorneys to HUD. Ninety outstanding violations are associated with unoccupied units awaiting rehabilitation, and other violations are associated with a recent fire. “The city has not issued an order to vacate the entire building because such an action is not necessary at this time,” Cunningham said in his filing, noting that the city has been in contract with HUD advising officials that the building is safe for occupancy and asking it not to pull out. The building wasn’t always so fraught with problems. The current Alms was a 1925 expansion of a now-demolished hotel built by department store magnate Frederick Alms in 1891. For decades, the building was a bustling hub for upscale travelers and events, at one time hosting one of the city’s most prominent black clubs in its expansive

ballroom and, later, the studios of radio station WKRC. But by the 1970s, the hotel had gone out of business and The Alms became apartments. In some ways, The Alms’ fate mirrors the fate of Walnut Hills and Cincinnati’s other inner city neighborhoods — a place plagued by disinvestment and increasing levels of concentrated poverty where predominantly black residents have had to live with sub-par conditions. “This was really a nice place,” Albert Hawkins, who says he’s lived at The Alms for four decades, told CityBeat last year. From the building’s half-lit community room, he pointed to the spot outside a set of side doors once occupied by a pool, complete with beach lamps and umbrellas on the patio. “It was for working people, but it was really beautiful, wasn’t falling down. It’s changed hands so many times, I don’t ever get to meet the people who own it.” The Alms struggled into the first decade of the 21st century, and in 2013, neighborhood groups sounded alarms as New Jerseybased PE Holdings sought to purchase it CONTINUES ON PAGE 11

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or the last three decades, 76-year-old Aaron Jamison has lived in The Alms, a sprawling former luxury hotel at 2525 Victory Parkway in Walnut Hills. He and his late wife moved there in the 1980s, right around the time the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development signed a contract to provide housing assistance for its low-income residents. He doesn’t want to move, but he might have to as HUD moves to pull out of the building. Over the years, longtime residents at the Alms witnessed the grand, red-brick structure slowly sink like an unmanned ship. Its hallways became under-lit and gloomy; its elevators malfunctioned, trapping residents inside; bedbugs or roaches infested some of its units; others went without heat for months at a time. “There had been a series of terrible property managers and owners who did no real work at the property, not even routine maintenance, and just collected the rent,” 20-year resident Jeanette Coleman said in recent court documents about the Alms. Now, after decades of neglect at the Alms, HUD is acting to end its subsidies on the building. After filing July 31 to terminate its subsidies to the property, HUD is locked in what might be a final legal battle with the building’s residents, the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition and the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. Those groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking an injunction that would prevent HUD from pulling out of The Alms. Because the vast majority of the building’s residents are low-income and black, and because many like Jamison are disabled, the lawsuit says HUD is violating the federal Fair Housing Act. “HUD chose not to pursue other alternatives available to it that would have had less severe adverse fair housing effects, and has failed to affirmatively further the fair housing rights of the plaintiffs,” Legal Aid attorney Virginia Tallent wrote in an initial filing for the lawsuit. Residents say they were not informed about HUD’s plans until Legal Aid told them and that HUD did not ask their opinion on the matter prior to its decision. The latest in the showdown came Sept. 22, when HUD officials met with the groups and listened to residents but did not answer questions. The stakes are high. HUD leaving The Alms would likely mean the loss of 200 units of affordable housing in Walnut Hills. Just blocks away, dotted among old brick

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Deters-DeWine Internship Flap Under Review by Secret Judicial Panel

A request for an investigation of Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine’s pursuit of a summer internship for a son in the office of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is threading through the state’s judicial bureaucracy. Ohio State Sen. Cecil Thomas, D-North Avondale, authored the complaint. CityBeat reported last month that Deters had given an $11-an-hour summer internship to Matt DeWine in response to an email request from Pat DeWine, a Republican from Cincinnati. Deters also gave internships to another DeWine son and the sons of local Republican luminaries Alex Triantafilou and Charles “Chip” Gerhardt. Thomas’ grievance stems from DeWine’s April 23 email, which was obtained by CityBeat through a public records request. In it, DeWine wrote, “Joe, can you find a spot in your internship program for my son Matt this summer? It would be a great experience for him. If you can, I would really appreciate it.” The Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct forbids judges from taking gifts from people — like Deters’ prosecutors — who have appeared, or are likely to appear, in their court. It instructs judges to urge family members to do the same. On the giving end of the favor, handing one of 29 summer internships to the son of a judge doesn’t alone put Deters in ethical hot water. Thomas initially asked Melba Marsh, the presiding judge over Hamilton County’s Court of Common Pleas, to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the affair. Marsh, though, replied that she could make such an appointment only under circumstances outlined by the Ohio Supreme Court. The Deters-DeWine flap, she wrote to Thomas, wasn’t one of them. Thomas sent his complaint to anyone whose job it is to confront misbehaving public officials. For Ohio judges, that would be the state Supreme Court’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel. But that agency draws a line at Supreme Court justices. Following the high court’s rules, it forwarded the complaint to Donna Carr, the chief judge of the Ohio Courts of Appeal. Carr, of the Ninth District Court of Appeals in Akron, will appoint a panel of three appellate judges to review the complaint. If the panel finds “good cause,” it will appoint a “special disciplinary counsel” to investigate. Any licensed Ohio lawyer can fill that role. What the process won’t be is transparent, unless DeWine opts to make it public. In July, a three-judge panel decided against proceeding with a complaint filed against

Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy for speaking at an anti-abortion group’s fundraiser. No explanation was given for the decision. The identities of the three judges were kept secret. “Ohio’s secret process creates nettlesome doubts about the legitimacy of the review,” wrote the Columbus Dispatch in an editorial. Deters, who has refused to talk to CityBeat, defended his hiring of Matt DeWine in an interview with WLW talk show host Bill Cunningham. Pat DeWine has said nothing publicly about the matter. (James McNair)

Library Officials Apologize for Detention of Protester Officials with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Sept. 25 apologized for detaining and banning a patron who was protesting a plan to decommission the north building of the library’s downtown campus. Critics of that plan, which could result in the sale of the north building of its downtown campus, say library brass are deflecting from bigger issues. Both the library and its critics roughly agree on what happened during the Sept. 22 incident. Charles Campbell, a member of a coalition called Our Library, Our Decision, was at the library handing out leaflets advocating against the potential sale of the north building. He also had a sign that read “3CDC hands off our library.” Campbell was asked to stop handing out the leaflets, which library officials say is against policy. Campbell ceased distributing the information. Security personnel also asked him to turn his sign around, which he refused to do. After some back and forth, Campbell was detained and handcuffed by two library security personnel. Cincinnati Police cited him for criminal trespassing. His court date on the trespassing charge is slated for Oct. 6. Library Director Kim Fender walked back those punishments at the Sept. 25 news conference. “We would like to offer Mr. Campbell a sincere apology,” Fender said. “We believe in the importance of the First Amendment. It’s not the intention of the library to suppress anyone’s freedom of speech or bar them from visiting one of our locations.” As part of a larger facilities plan, the library has contracted with the Cincinnati City Center Development Company to explore possible sale of the north building to private developers. Trustees and other library officials say the decision to sell isn’t final, and that they’re seeking other appraisals. Critics of the plan point out the decisions made by the library up to this point have not included opportunity for public input. (Nick Swartsell)


and other low-income housing. That year, then-Cincinnati Community and Economic Development Director Michael Cervay met with other city officials and representatives from PE Holdings. The company was seeking to purchase buildings with several hundred units of low-income housing, including The Alms, in Walnut Hills and other neighborhoods. After the meeting, Cervay fired off a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development asking the federal government to keep the company from buying the properties. “(PE Holding’s representative) stated that there are no plans for capital improvements or rehabilitation, a dialogue with the neighborhoods, nor their own new residents regarding what is needed to preserve these buildings,” Cervay wrote to HUD in April that year. HUD gave the purchase the green light anyway, and two years later city code inspectors found horrendous conditions in The Alms and several other buildings PE Holdings had purchased. Then came frightening reports of threats from building managers toward tenants. Oddly, just prior to the sale, The Alms was earning sky-high scores on HUD REAC inspections. In 2012, just before PE Holdings purchased it, the building scored a 95

on a REAC inspection, HUD records show. By HUD’s practices, that meant it wouldn’t get another inspection for three years. The high score doesn’t surprise residents. “The inspectors never seemed at all concerned about how bad the conditions were,” resident Coleman says. “HUD would score the building very well and say that it was in good condition even though conditions at the property and in individual apartments were deteriorating.” Another REAC inspection scored the Alms at 49 in April 2015 — months after alarming conditions came to light via city code inspections. In December that year, the Alms scored a 21 on yet another REAC inspection after more media and city reports of the conditions there. Now, even after a court stripped PE Holdings of control of the building and receiver Milhaus has spent the hundreds of thousands of dollars in improvements to the Alms, its REAC score —20 — is lower than scores received during the three-year period when PE Holdings ran it. The latest low score prompted HUD’s decision to pull its subsidies from The Alms. But the department will have to fight a battle in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals with residents, the Homeless Coalition and Legal Aid. The situation is in stasis until hearings on the residents’ lawsuit start up in October. That’s left residents like Jamison, Coleman and others in limbo. ©

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Right Side of History New book reconsiders the legacy of Cincinnatiborn activist Jerry Rubin BY STEVEN ROSEN

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Cover IM AGE from DiD iT! by Pat Thomas

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f you’ve been watching The Vietnam War, Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s epic new documentary series on PBS, you realize that not only did the U.S. lose that war at the time, but it has — we have — been fighting ever since with the social and cultural divisions it caused. Doomed from the start, the U.S. involvement was prolonged by our government’s deceits and delusions of possible victory (or at least a salvaging of pride). As the series’ narrator Peter Coyote intones at the start of the first episode: “For those Americans who fought in it and against it, the Vietnam War was a decade of agony, the most divisive period since the Civil War. Vietnam seemed to call everything into question — the value of honor and integrity, the qualities of cruelty and mercy, the candor of the American government, what it means to be a patriot…” The late Jerry Rubin, a Cincinnatian, was one of the most provocative and outrageous persons of the Vietnam era to upend that definition of patriotism. In the 1960s, Rubin believed one should actively resist, on the streets and in the classrooms, the government — the culture — that waged and supported the Vietnam War. He helped create a politicized, countercultural youth movement (the Yippies) that he hoped would change American society forever. He died in 1994 at age 56, long past the Yippie era, after being struck by a car while crossing a busy Los Angeles thoroughfare. He and his wife Mimi Leonard had divorced two years earlier but remained close; they had two young children. Rubin is the subject of a new biography/ oral history, the first since his death. Titled DiD iT! — a play on the title of Rubin’s own 1970 book, DO iT! Scenarios of the Revolution — and subtitled From Yippie to Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, an American Revolutionary, it includes deep information on his Cincinnati roots and doubles as a scrapbook; the author, Pat Thomas, had access to Rubin’s archives. Thomas will be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Rookwood Pavilion Monday at 7 p.m. along with such guests as Leonard, her and Rubin’s son Adam, Rubin’s brother Gil and several Cincinnati friends. Rubin’s Cincinnati life was traumatic. His parents, Esther and Robert, both died young — she in 1960, after struggling with what apparently was cancer; he in 1961 from a heart condition. Rubin, in his early 20s and already interested in leftist politics, became the guardian of his 13-year-old brother Gil and took him first to Israel and then Berkeley, Calif. (Thomas says Rubin was surrounded by Jewish customs growing up, but “mostly ignored them.”) Neither ever lived in Cincinnati again. “It just seemed like the right thing for us to do at the time,” Gil Rubin says, via email, of the guardianship arrangement. He is a retired dentist living in Connecticut. “Let me just say that taking responsibility for running a household and raising a 13 year old is a task that should not be given to the average 23

year old. In terms of being my legal guardian, I’ll give him a C+ for parental technique, but an A+ for both effort and for just showing up.” Still, there were shared events that Gil savors today. He was a gifted young pianist at the time. “In l962, Jerry and I went to a concert in Israel and watched Igor Stravinsky conduct his Firebird,” he says. “We were seated in the balcony behind the orchestra watching, as if Stravinsky was conducting us. It was an incredible experience.”

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures Roughly speaking, there were three phases to Rubin’s life — the Cincinnati years, the long-haired and larger-than-life radical years of the 1960s and his transformation in the 1970s into a neatly dressed entrepreneurial proto-Yuppie (young urban professional) active in promoting goods, services and his own books related to self-improvement, personal health and networking. Many of those who supported him in the 1960s derided his change as a sell-out; many of those who opposed him saw that last phase as proof he was an opportunist rather than an idealist. To his contemporaries, he became largely forgotten. To younger generations, he became an unknown. Until, perhaps, now. One key purpose of Thomas’ book is to defend the last phase of Rubin’s career and life — he sees it as being heartfelt and genuine. “If you look at those Yuppie years, remember that corporate America still didn’t trust Rubin,” he says. “So he was forced to come up with his own way to make money.” He was also, Thomas says, fearful. “Both his parents died in their 50s. That drove his health-food kick in the ’70s. He became paranoid he was going to die in his 50s. Ironically enough, he did. That was one of the reasons he was selling vitamin drinks the last few years of life. He was on a kick — ‘I’m going to live to be 100 and I want everyone else to live to be 100.’ He was reading longevity books.” But the greater overall purpose of the book is to teach new generations, and remind Rubin’s contemporaries, that he made a positive contribution to American society when it really needed to change: the 1960s. “Desperate times call for desperate measures,” Thomas says. The somewhat-anarchic Yippies were both confrontational and funny, often at the same time — Rubin admired the edgy, profane comedian Lenny Bruce. The Yippies incorporated elements of performance art and pure theater into their political actions. Their popularity, in turn, pushed the more traditional anti-Vietnam War movement further to the left. In this, Rubin was aided enormously by the late Abbie Hoffman — “Abbie and Jerry” became inseparable. After creating the Yippies in late 1967, they planned a Festival of Life in Chicago to coincide with the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The city’s mayor, Richard Daley, was nervous about the upcoming convention and angry at anyone who might cause trouble. Everyone was apprehensive

Clock wise from top lef t: Young Jerry Rubin in Cincinnati  |   Rubin as a Cincinnati journ alist  |   Yippie Rubin (lef t ) with Yoko Ono, John Lennon a nd A bbie Hoffm a n

— the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy had occurred earlier that year, and there was a feeling the violence of the Vietnam War was spreading to the nation, destroying it from the inside. Meanwhile, anti-war protestors were coming to Chicago to challenge the fact that Lyndon Johnson, the Democratic president, supported Vietnam involvement. He wasn’t seeking renomination and there was a battle between war supporters and opponents to replace him. The Yippies added yet another volatile layer to the mix. Eventually, Daley’s cops attacked all protestors and anyone else in the way in what a study team of the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence later called a “police riot.” Police arrested Rubin when he and others introduced the Yippies’ candidate for president — a giant pig named Pigasus. Thomas says Pigasus was among those arrested. In 1969, the administration of the new Republican president, Richard Nixon, charged eight activists, including Rubin and Hoffman, with inciting riots at the convention. (One of those charged, the Black Panther member Bobby Seale, had his case separated from the others.) It became a show trial, marked by constant protestations and

interruptions by the defendants. There were convictions that were eventually overturned and the Yippies emerged more popular than ever. “The Yippies were part of a turned-on movement in every sense,” says Abe Peck, who covered the convention as a Chicago Seed writer and editor and was friends with Rubin. He is now a professor emeritus at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. “That was very, very attractive at a time when everybody was turning on. “Jerry and Abbie were both tremendously charismatic,” he continues. “The Yippie thing was very attractive to me — it wasn’t like some lengthy tract. It was exciting. We talked about living our politics. We saw ourselves as a tribe as 1968 unfolded, and the Yippies spoke to that.” Still, some on the political left felt the Yippies were opportunists. Just two weeks ago, in its obituary of the radical professor Douglas Dowd, The New York Times recalled how in 1968 he agreed to be nominated in New York as the running mate for Peace and Freedom Party presidential candidate (and Black Panther) Eldridge Cleaver “to thwart the nomination of Jerry Rubin, the Yippie leader whom Professor Dowd considered a

dismissed him without testimony; his act made international news. “He was the first person to mock them,” Thomas says. “That became national news. Nobody took them seriously after that. If he had turned up in regular clothes and said, ‘Fuck you, bastards,’ they would have arrested him. But this caused pandemonium.” The committee, much diminished after this, continued until 1969 (subpoenaing Rubin again) and then changed its name before being finally discontinued in 1975. Curiously, Thomas discovered, Rubin was scared to death the night before the event. The author says he was told that, “Jerry was sitting there the night before and said, ‘Are people going to laugh at me or will this be the coolest thing ever?’ It could have backfired as a statement — people on the left could have mocked him. He was really ahead of the curve for doing that.”

Studious and Argumentative The portrait of the Cincinnati Rubin that emerges in the book is fascinating. Living in Avondale and Bond Hill, he appears to have been an industrious and gifted communicator. At Walnut Hills High School, which he attended from 1952-56, he moved from

sports reporter to co-editor of the paper, The Chatterbox. He then got hired at the Cincinnati Post, the afternoon daily, and became the paper’s youth editor and wrote a weekly Campus Capers column. For a semester in 1957, he attended Oberlin College and interviewed Adlai Stevenson, who had been the Democrats’ presidential nominee in 1952 and ’56. He also had time to graduate from the University of Cincinnati in 1961. Gil Rubin says via email that his older brother was a pretty amazing person to be near. “Jerry was driven by success and competition. He was very smart, curious, articulate, a voracious reader, a tireless learner and he was able to write persuasively, easily and well. He was extremely well-read — he not so much read a book as devoured and digested it. “These were political, philosophical, sociological and psychological works that were controversial for their times. When completed, these books were well-worn, with way too many sentences underlined and with copious notes, questions and observations in the margins.” Aided by his access to Rubin’s archives — “he kept everything,” Thomas says — this

Rubin’s Legacy The picture that emerges from the book is of a complex and gifted individual who also, maybe, could get a little too excited. So how will history judge him? “Look, he won’t be remembered as the father of our country,” Gil says. “He’ll never have his picture on U.S. currency. But, more often than not, he was on the right side of an issue, from the war to income inequality to self-determination. Will a 22nd-century Lin-Manuel Miranda look back and write a Broadway musical called Rubin? I doubt it. But Jerry definitely moved the historical needle, and not many people get to do that. As democracy and its institutions are challenged today, this book is incredibly relevant.” PAT THOMAS, author of DiD iT! From Yippie to Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, an American Revolutionary, and guests will be at Joseph-Be th Booksellers at Rook wood Pavilion 7 p.m. Monday.

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publicity hound prone to violence.” It is one of author Thomas’ contentions that, just maybe, Rubin’s best contribution to the American left came well before the Yippies. After returning to the U.S. from Israel in 1964, he enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley as a graduate student in sociology, but he dropped out to become a political activist. As a leader of the Vietnam Day Committee, he was part of an early group of war protestors who practiced such acts of non-violent civil disobedience as trying to block troops from departing Oakland for Vietnam. That earned him, in 1966, a subpoena before the long-feared House Un-American Activities Committee, which was targeting the anti-Vietnam movement. In the 1950s, the powerful committee had scared those it subpoenaed — they worried they would be jailed for contempt if they protested or be professionally blackballed after being called “communists” by an arm of government. But Rubin was defiant. He wore a rented costume, the uniform of a patriotic American Revolutionary War soldier, to the hearing and tried to explain to the committee that, “I am wearing it because America is degrading its 1776 ideals.” The befuddled committee

Clock wise from lef t: Rubin as Berk ele y ac tivist  |  Yuppie Jerry  |   RUBIN At a 1979 a nti-nucle a r energy protest  |   Rubin’s speech notes

book includes reproductions of all manner of material from his youth — even a baby picture with his parents. There is his first article from The Chatterbox — “Freshmen Defeat West Hi, 19-12” — as well as his first bylined article — “Frosh Tie Purcell To Close Season.” And there’s the postcard he sent to “Daddy and Gil” while en route to study in India in 1961. He learned in West Berlin that his father had died, and returned. Rubin’s relationship with his father, who drove a truck for Rubel’s Bakery before becoming a Teamster’s Union rep, was contentious. In the book, Gil recalls his brother and father arguing a lot at the dinner table in their apartment. “They were both very strong people,” he says. “It’s funny because there were arguments that were so loud that my uncle who lived four doors down the next day would come by and say, ‘Wow, that was some argument between Jerry and Bob last night.’ I spent much of my growing-up years underneath the bed, just hiding.” John Schneider, who lived close to the Rubin family before moving to Amberley Village in 1959, can vouch for how Rubin could be argumentative. Schneider and Gil, close in age, became best friends in Bond Hill. He remembers Rubin as a “Jimmy Olsen-type” cub reporter, often wearing a bowtie. Schneider, a Cincinnati heart surgeon and history/ biography buff, also recalls the day Robert Rubin died — “it was the same day Ernest Hemingway killed himself,” he says. Sometime afterward, his family invited Rubin and Gil to their house for dinner. “I remember having a nice dinner and then they (his father and Jerry) started talking politics,” Schneider says. Cuba came up and Rubin became argumentative. “This was like 1961 or ’62 and Castro had declared himself a communist. Jerry was a big supporter. My dad was just sort of shaking his head. He said, ‘You know Jerry, you’re a nice kid. Someday you’ll want to have a family and have kids and settle down.’ Jerry just stopped at that and changed the tone.”








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ART: Street artist and sculptor Swoon’s mid-career survey, THE CANYON: 19992017, is on display at the CAC. See interview on page 20. ONSTAGE: The Playhouse in the Park’s MR. JOY tells the story of a Harlem community shaken by a sudden attack on a local shop owner. See feature on page 21. ART: The Lloyd Library and Museum’s WILD ABOUT WILDFLOWERS exhibit showcases historic art and manuscripts, plus new wildflower photography. See feature on page 23. ONSTAGE: HAMLET This Shakespeare guy is getting a lot of exposure locally. If you’ve developed an appetite, how about his greatest tragedy delving into family disillusionment, lost romance, betrayal, murder and suicide? Prince Hamlet’s existential brooding about what it means to be human is as timely today as it was four centuries ago. Susan Felder, a professor of acting and movement at the University of Cincinnati’s CollegeConservatory of Music, makes her mainstage directorial debut with a production set in the Roaring Twenties. It frames the play in relatable contemporary terms — the death of a father, shifting friends and unrequited love. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $15$31. Patricia Corbett Theatre, CCM Village, University of Cincinnati, Clifton Heights, — RICK PENDER


MUSIC: Modern Rock icons THE AFGHAN WHIGS support their latest album, In Spades, at Bogart’s. See feature on page 30.

EVENT: GREATER CINCINNATI RESTAURANT WEEK Be a culinary tourist in your own city with CityBeat’s Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week. We’ve gathered together a plethora of participating restaurants — from BrewRiver GastroPub and Somm Wine Bar to Trio Bistro, Metropole and many more — to present curated prix-fixe menus for $35 or less. Menus are viewable online (and in the GCRW insert in this newspaper) so you can make an itinerary to dine from Over-the-Rhine and downtown to the ’burbs. Keep your eyes peeled for special bourbon cocktails from sponsor Maker’s Mark. Through Sunday. Prices vary. Find a full list of participating restaurants at — MAIJA ZUMMO

EVENT: BALLET + BBQ The Cincinnati Ballet blends neon nostalgia and barbecue at an after-hours event at the American Sign Museum. Get an insider’s look at ballet performances in a casual setting with bonus beer from Sam Adams and bites from OTR’s Pontiac Bourbon & BBQ. 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Free with preregistration. American Sign Museum, 1330 Monmouth Ave., Camp Washington, — MAIJA ZUMMO


MUSIC: Gypsy Punk purveyors GOGOL BORDELLO play Bogart’s. See Sound Advice on page 32. ART: SOME DRAWINGS AT 1305 GALLERY This Final Friday, 1305 Gallery hosts an opening for the work of Cincinnati-based Art Academy of Cincinnati alum Aaron

Delamatre. Delamatre will exhibit more than 100 pieces made over the past decade, including miniature pencil-and-ink drawings, panels from a silent comic, limited-edition prints and a series of large watercolors. Delamatre works as an art handler during the day for the Carl Solway Gallery and Contemporary Arts Center, so it comes as no surprise that the artist hand-framed his own works. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Friday. Through Oct. 22. Free. 1305 Gallery, 1305 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, — MARIA SEDA-REEDER EVENT: ART AFTER DARK: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Discover a world of art like you’ve never seen before at the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Art After Dark. This after-hours party Friday night will feature music by the psychedelic Playfully Yours, Venezuelan food from Empanadas Aqui and specialty cocktails that mirror artwork, especially

the connections found in nature on display in Ana England: Kinship. Guests will also have access to the entire museum, including the current Anila Quayyum Agha’s lightbox-based All the Flowers are for Me and William Kentridge’s More Sweetly Play the Dance film installation. Read a review of Kinship on page 22. 5-9 p.m. Friday. Free admission. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, — ALISON BAXTER ATTRACTION: MERMAIDS AND PIRATES AT THE NEWPORT AQUARIUM Ever wished you had long, flowing, beautiful hair, an elegant floppy fish tail and an excuse to wear a seashell bra? Well, we can’t all be mermaids. According to a certain overprotective Disney crab, the seaweed is always greener in somebody CONTINUES ON PAGE 18

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COMEDY: PAUL MERCURIO You can add “movie star” to Paul Mecurio’s lengthy résumé, which includes, of course, stand-up comedian as well as writer, commentator and host. He was recently in Chuck, the film about boxer Chuck Wepner, who almost beat Muhammad Ali and was the basis for the Rocky franchise. “This may be your last chance to talk to me,” he says. “Next time you’ll have to go through my people.” It was an enjoyable experience for him. “I got to dress in ’70s disco clothes and got to act with Liev Schreiber, who is pretty intense.” Mecurio still regularly appears on the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert as well as several of the cable talking-head shows. Showtimes Thursday-Sunday. $8-$16. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy. com. — P.F. WILSON


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EVENT: ARTWORKS BIG PITCH Jump into the Shark Tank and watch seven local entrepreneurs duke it out to deliver the business pitch of a lifetime at ArtWorks Big Pitch. The participants will be selling their ideas for all they’re worth for a $15,000 Judge’s Choice Award. And the fate of the participants also rests in the audience’s hands as they vie for approval for a $5,000 Audience Choice Award. Businesses competing for these hefty cash prizes include Brookes & Hyde luxury travel accessory company; Handzy, a Covington retail shop that peddles adorable stationery and crafts; and Ohio Valley Beard Supply, a beard-grooming company that sells, among other items, a beard elixir inspired by MadTree’s Blood Orange PsycHOPathy. 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday. $10-$50. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Overthe-Rhine, — ERIN COUCH

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else’s lake. But, you can go to the Newport Aquarium’s newest exhibit and ogle at some of these bathing beauties by immersing yourself in its tunnel of fish tanks. Stick around to get Ariel’s autograph (or Ursula’s, if you’re into that) at a meet-and-greet in the Shark Ray Bay Theater. If you’re looking for some above-water seafaring characters, a few pirates will be anchoring at Stingray Hideaway to tell you all about their nautical adventures. The Mermaids and Pirates exhibit kicks off with a costumes-encouraged Mermaids & Pirates Ball 6 p.m. Friday ($45.99) featuring food, drinks, dancing and more. Through Oct. 15. $24.99 adults; $16.99 children. Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, Ky., — ERIN COUCH


MUSIC: Blues rocker BETH HART supports her album Fire on the Floor at the Taft Theatre. See Sound Advice on page 32.

EVENT: COUNTRY APPLEFEST Help celebrate 35 years of community, entertainment, food and crafts at Lebanon’s annual Country Applefest. Local farms and food vendors will be on hand hawking all things apple — apple pies, apple fritters, apple dumplings, cider and more, plus

dipped desserts, barbecue, caramel popcorn and anything else to satisfy fall food cravings. All participating crafters must make their work, so there will be plenty of pottery, candles, quilts and a wide variety of household decor for sale. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway St., Lebanon, — KENNEDY PONDER EVENT: THE O.F.F. MARKET Do you like to shop local? If so, the O.F.F. Market is a perfect paradise for you featuring a slew of independent crafts, clothes, art, artisan food and even beer vendors at a monthly pop-up community marketplace. Held the last Saturday of the month, this is O.F.F’s final outdoor market of the season in Oakley Square before moving indoors to MadTree 2.0. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Oakley Square, 2890 Madison Road, Oakley, — ALISON BAXTER EVENT: THE COV ABIDES 2 SCAVENGER CRAWL Looking for a scavenger hunt experience unlike any other — possibly with bonus White Russian cocktails? The Cov Abides fast-paced Big Lebowski-themed scavenger hunt doubles as a bar crawl through Covington’s entertainment district. Participants


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HALLOWEEN: DENT SCHOOLHOUSE When seven Dent Schoolhouse students went missing in the 1950s, an unusual smell drew concerned citizens into the basement. The school’s janitor, Charlie McFree, had stuffed their corpses into barrels — or at least that how the legend has it. Dent is back for another year of jump scares, unique characters and movie-set-quality scenes, which include more than 75 animatronics throughout the attraction. The experience is different every season thanks to new characters and sets; this year, you’ll float with a hoard of IT-inspired clowns. Get an up-close look at Dent’s impressive details during a Lights On Tour on Oct. 29. Oh yeah, this place is really supposed to be haunted — ghost tours take place every Wednesday in October, during which a guide will explain the history of and recorded hauntings in each of the building’s rooms. Through Nov. 4. Tickets start at $20; $35 ghost tour (online purchase only). Dent Schoolhouse, 5963 Harrison Ave., Dent, — EMILY BEGLEY

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EVENT: PLANT SALE AT FERN Head to College Hill’s très-Instagrammable plant lab and design studio Fern for 60 percent off select houseplants, 20 percent off sale merchandise and additional discounts and giveaways throughout the day. The plant sale celebrates Fern’s expanded hours — they’ll now be open on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Snag some cocktails and snacks while you shop; additional discounts include buy-two-get-one-free cacti


and succulents. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Fern, 6040 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, — EMILY BEGLEY


LIT: PAT THOMAS, author of DiD iT! From Yippie to Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, an American Revolutionary, will be at Joseph-Beth with friends and family of the Cincinnati-born Rubin. Read more about Rubin and his legacy in the cover story on page 13.


MUSIC: Indie Rock duo WYE OAK plays Southgate House Revival. See Sound Advice on page 33.

ONGOING SHOWS ONSTAGE The Arsonists Know Theatre, Over-the-Rhine (through Oct. 14)

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will be given a map with a list of challenges to complete, including finding various landmarks, visiting local bars to take shots and completing obstacles like challenging a stranger to a dance off. Players with the best costumes and teams with the most points will be given awesome prizes. The hunt ends at Braxton Brewing Company, where staff will be tapping a special White Russian firkin. 6-11 p.m. Saturday. $15 online; $20 at the door. Starts at Mac’s MainStrasse, 604 Main St., Covington, Ky., — KENNEDY PONDER


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A Journey Through the Canyon

Mixed-media artist Swoon’s mid-career retrospective opens at the Contemporary Arts Center BY MARIA SEDA-REEDER

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here’s so many different ways that art can function,” says internationally recognized street artist and sculptor Caledonia Curry — better known as Swoon — in a one-on-one preview of her current mid-career survey at the Contemporary Arts Center. “In some ways, the role of art is to bring things to consciousness that aren’t conscious — to help you deal with these feelings both individually but also as a culture.” Never one to shy away from heavy subjects, the Florida-born, New York-based artist has been doing a lot of soul searching for her exhibition The Canyon: 1999-2017. She’s been working on for the better part of six months. Following on the heels of artist Ugo Rondinone’s let’s start this day again exhibit, a phenomenally popular sensory overload that featured 45 life-size clown sculptures, Swoon’s street-savvy installation-based approach is a natural fit for the CAC’s tradchallenging architecture. She even named the exhibit with the museum in mind, thinking of the building’s monumental Zaha Hadiddesigned spaces as similar to a canyon. Site specificity has always been important to Swoon — which makes sense for someone who began her art career on the street — so she and a crew of a half-dozen contracted workers and studio regulars worked in town for 12 hours a day over the past six weeks to build the immersive installation that features her work of nearly two decades. The multifaceted collection includes a new installation created for the CAC space, restagings of popular past projects (like a raft made out of garbage that floated down the canals in Venice), hand-cut paper, portraits, wheatpaste pieces of her socially driven work and more. For The Canyon’s location inside the CAC, Swoon chose the fourth and fifth floors — “the most specific part of the building,” she says. “I want to make contact with the architecture and appreciate it. I’ve never played with this kind of language before; all these facets and all this modern architecture.” Her use of the word “language” may be no accident; she often speaks of both her community-based work and the physical manifestations of those projects as “stories” she hopes to tell. The stories Swoon weaves in The Canyon are about her work in the street — in a mostly chronological “Time Capsule” installation — as well as with smaller groups of at-risk communities around the globe. The show features the first piece in which Swoon began looking at issues of social justice through the lens of art in 2007 when, in crossing the U.S./Mexico border, she saw

The artist Caledonia Curry, better known as Swoon, at her new show at CAC a large amount of crosses painted on light posts in Juarez, Mexico denoting the women murdered in connection with the drug trade. “It felt very much like (the issue) was being left to Mexico to deal with, but it seemed like something that we also needed to take responsibility for and think about,” she says. And that moment seemed to be a turning point. “Once I started looking at the issue through the lens of art, then I started getting invitations from people who were like, ‘Hey, help us think this through,’ ” she says. Much of Swoon’s work over the past decade has involved ongoing collaborations with communities of people who had a story to tell — a safe house for girls in Kenya, Syrian and Afghani refugees in Sweden and victims of trauma who were struggling with addiction in Philadelphia. In most ways, Swoon’s work tends to celebrate the strength and resilience of the individuals involved and she typically rejects the tragic image because, she says, “I think sometimes we can get numb to it. “You can have a story, but how you relay that publicly is another challenge. Sometimes people become more human when we see more sides of them. Just having been through a shitty situation doesn’t destroy you as a person. You still have all this richness

and beauty that’s part of who you are.” She says a newer installation in the show — a sculptural portrait entitled “Madea” — may be her favorite work she ever made. She also admits that it is “dark as fuck” and that most of those familiar with her work might be shocked at how blatant and vulnerable she got with the content. In the piece, she explores the intergenerational legacy of sexual abuse and trauma. Swoon has spoken publicly about her parents’ struggles with addiction, but this is the first time she says she’s ever incorporated something so personal in her visual work. She’s also taken on a brand new medium: a sound collage of audio recordings wired into a vintage switchboard. It serves as an instrument through which she can share her own story, framed by a memory from childhood in which she realized she had been operating much like the aforementioned communication device. “I felt like I was a switchboard,” Swoon says. “And I purposely crossed all the signals in order to bury that larger conversation with myself.” That’s the direction her work seems to be taking these days: Instead of tapping into the universal stories of the street or the

individuals that make up a community, as she’s done in the past, Swoon has been looking inward for that kernel of truth — drawing upon her knowledge of the different audiences she’s able to reach in those spaces, but also the impact of her own emerging voice. She admits that in the past she was so focused on working in the street and with communities that until very recently she was mostly apathetic about showing in museums. But she is only the second woman artist to inhabit two floors at the CAC since Tara Donovan’s first major museum survey in 2009, and the gravity of this moment in her career is not lost on the artist. Swoon began researching the statistics of women being given museum solo shows and was astounded to see the reported number as low as 20 percent. “Now that I’m looking at this space I’m like, ‘Oh, actually, these are public institutions and it matters who is being given voice in these spaces,’ ” she says. “I’m definitely aware of that and this is a moment that I’m really proud to be stepping into.” Swoon’s THE CANYON: 1999-2017 is on view through Feb. 25, 2018 at the Contemporary Arts Center. More info:

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Enriched by Mr. Joy’s Community questions and making discoveries to find out what has happened to Mr. Joy. They are thick as thieves,” she says. Watson says Walton came to the rehearsal process having done some work to identify voices and define various characters. “But that’s a lot of work for one person,” she points out, “and we’re doing more as we rehearse together. We dig into the story to find out what’s important to them. All

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women don’t behave a certain way, so we dig deeper to learn who a particular woman is. We don’t want to play to obvious qualities or use caricatured features.” After reading through the script several times with Walton and discussing characters, Watson says the actress helped figure out who each character wants to be. “And then you find the essence,” she says. She says it’s been a wonderful time rehearsing Mr. Joy, with very few people in the rehearsal room — herself, Walton and stage manager Andrea Shell. “We laugh a lot and work really hard,” she says. Watson is confident that Mr. Joy offers lessons that audiences will care about. “The play is set in Harlem. It’s about a particular neighborhood and the people who live there,” she says. “What all these characters have in common is how their lives have been made more meaningful by Mr. Joy. It’s about enriching your life by being part of a community. I hope everyone leaves feeling good about being enriched. “This will be a wonderful, meaningful night of theater — and that’s worthwhile.” Performances will be onstage at the Shelterhouse through Oct. 22. CONTACT RICK PENDER:

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Blake Robison, artistic director at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, is a fan of playwright and actor Daniel Beaty. In the fall of 2012, Robison picked Through the Night by the Dayton, Ohio native as the seasonopening production on the Playhouse’s Shelterhouse stage. Beaty was onstage portraying six distinctly different men. That’s his modus operandi for works he’s created and personally performed for several years. A more recent Beaty play, Mr. Joy, opens Robison’s fifth Shelterhouse season on Thursday. Robison describes it this way: “A Harlem community is shaken when Mr. Joy, a Chinese immigrant whose shoe repair shop has been a neighborhood pillar for decades, is the victim of a sudden and violent attack. Through the lens of nine of Mr. Joy’s customers — all brought to life by one actress — we learn the subtly profound and unassuming impact the shop owner has had on each of their lives.” Beaty drew this story from his own real-life experience when he was a young, struggling actor in New York City. He took his shoes to a Chinese-American shop owner for repairs. One day the shop was boarded up with caution tape. “I eventually wrote this play that asks: ‘What happened to Mr. Joy?’ ” Beaty says. Robison engaged Nicole Watson to direct the show. She is working with actress Debra Walton, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music who previously performed at the Playhouse in Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Beehive. Watson and Beaty actually graduated from Yale University the same year; she attended and admired some of his campus performances. She did not see Mr. Joy’s original production, which Beaty performed himself. “We’re doing this differently than Daniel did,” Watson says. “He used projections, stood onstage and delivered monologues. We asked our design team, ‘What do we want this to be at the Cincinnati Playhouse in (the Shelterhouse)?’ We’re using a set, which means more relation between space and performer, not just a mic with visuals. Our designers have built a collage of stoops in Harlem, something three-dimensional. It was our decision to say that Debra is not Daniel: What happens to Mr. Joy if someone else has the opportunity to do it?” Watson has worked closely with Walton to rehearse her performance portraying nine different characters. First and foremost is Clarissa, who Beaty describes as a “sassy and charismatic 11-year-old black girl who lives in a Harlem housing project and ‘assists’ Mr. Joy in his shoe shop.” Watson says Clarissa is the character we follow from start to finish. Her relationship with Mr. Joy is more profound than the other characters Walton plays. “She is asking

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‘Kinship’ Makes Universal Connections

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Ana England: Kinship, which opened Sept. 8 at the Cincinnati Art Museum, makes the natural world again feel like a friend rather than the adversary it can seem after hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria ripped up familiar landscapes. We tend to take comfort in repetition whenever there is chaos and, over and over, England uncovers recognizable patterns that transcend boundaries. In the carved ceramic panels of “Shared Identity II,” we see that the whorl of a thumbprint looks like the spiral of a galaxy… which looks like the cross-section of a tree… which looks like a hurricane. Mother Nature might not always have a tender touch, yet it’s reassuring to find her fingerprints everywhere. She has a plan for creating new life out of destruction and decay. England, who lives on a large wooded property in rural Clermont County, led the ceramics program at Northern Kentucky University for 30 years. Inspired by conversations with her physicist father, she considers everything from microscopic organisms in the sea to the expansive cosmos as she looks for links to humans’ existence. Most visitors to the first-floor exhibit across from the Terrace Café might not know England’s name, but many should be familiar with one of Kinship’s most prominent works. “Night Sky Spiral II,” a dark swirl of 43 ceramic discs, hung in the café from 2003 to 2015, until it was moved to the new third-floor galleries. Those who had viewed the raku pieces only during a bustling lunch hour can get lost in the stars when entering Kinship. The sense of wonder that envelops the entire exhibit begins with gazing upon the mysterious nebulae suggested by the white specks and wisps on each smoke-colored disc. One universal connection after another then falls into place through England’s masterful use of spirals, spheres, concentric rings and the hexagon — the six-sided building block of life that’s found in chemists’ formulas, as well as honeycombs, snowflakes and bugs’ eyes. With repetition at the core of the exhibit, England and Amy Miller Dehan, the museum’s curator of decorative arts and design, deserve kudos for ensuring that Kinship puts visitors on a path of discovery rather than monotony. The graphics at the exhibit’s entrance feature the letters of the title drifting into darkness against the whorl of a thumbprint. We become detectives, searching for more prints and clues along a mysterious trail. A nice addition is a guidebook identifying the 31 animals represented in “See,” a half-sphere of hexagons that compares the eyes of insects, reptiles, birds and mammals (including England’s husband, artist Steven Finke). All of the eyes

are presented at the same scale to highlight nature’s oneness. Nothing seems to escape England’s notice — even molecules. In the 2017 work “Breathe,” clusters of ball bearings representing molecules of nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, argon and water pop from a wallsized surface that’s been painted to look like a cloud-dappled sky. In the assemblage “Soil

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Song,” ceramic and wire hexagons signify the elements that break down twigs and pods but also promote new growth. England beautifully considers this circle of life in “Self-Portrait with Ancestors,” a statue of porcelain bones that are not all human or even mammalian. She’s positioned a bird skull where her heart would be. “Aggregate” is another statue, though it depicts single-cell organisms banding together for the purpose of nourishment and reproduction before dying off. But when viewed beside the similarly shaped “Ancestors” figure, “Aggregate” appears to be another self-portrait, and, in a sense, it is. Kinship offers a holistic perspective on the world. (Or is that the whorled?) Beneath “Night Sky Spiral II,” three bowl-like wooden sculptures take on the appearance of radio telescopes waiting to receive signals from beyond. Concentric rings radiate from the center of each dish, where a ceramic sphere resembles the Earth. We can’t be sure if anyone is trying to reach us, but England’s artistic touch suggests that whatever extraterrestrial life we do find will not seem so alien after all. ANA ENGLAND: KINSHIP is up through March 4, 2018. More info:

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but the cataloguing and descriptions, too.” The images on display at the Lloyd Library were curated by Jorg and Lloyd librarian Erin Campbell. “We chose them to tell people something they might not know, like the fact that we have native cacti and carnivorous plants in our region,” Campbell says. Complementing Wild About Wildflowers is a series of programs about native plants


Intrude, one of the most highly acclaimed major public art installations in the world, is making its Midwest debut at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum in Hamilton, Ohio. This imaginative piece was created by Australian artist Amanda Parer in 2014 and has since been seen on four continents, in over 50 cities.

“Pink Lady’s Slipper” photograph at Lloyd Library PHOTO : brian Jorg

and conservation that include a performance at the zoo by author Alice Jones about Lucy Braun and her sister Annette; botanical poetry writing workshop at the library, and a wildflower nature hike at the C.G. Lloyd Wildlife Management Area, a preserve established by library co-founder Curtis Gates Lloyd in Crittenden, Ky. But why do wildflowers matter? “Native wildflowers tie together the whole ecosystem,” says Christine Hadley, current president of the Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society. “They support everything — the insects, the birds, the mammals. It seems obvious, but people don’t think about it. If you don’t support native wildflowers, you don’t support native wildlife.” That’s why, a century later, the society still upholds Lucy Braun’s commitment to conservation. “When I look back in our archives, I see what our founders were concerned about,” Hadley says. “They saw logging and habitat destruction 100 years ago. Today, we’re fighting against the same things. We have the same feelings.” WILD ABOUT WILDFLOWERS is on display at the Lloyd Library and Museum (917 Plum St., Downtown) through Nov. 18. More info on programs tied to the exhibit:




WITH GINA SCARNATI Hollywood costume maker who created the hats for the first Hunger Games film will teach hat making workshops for all skill levels. See website for schedule and tickets.


FRIDAY, OCT 13, 7 - 9 P.M. Show off your newly created hat or one from your personal collection at this mad hatter themed tea party. $15 (free with paid hat workshop).


SATURDAY, OCT 7, 7 - 10 P.M. Old Skool Hip Hop spun by the Animal Crackers. $10


TUESDAY, OCT 10, 6 - 8 P.M. Hoppy Hour with craft beer selections, Rough Draughts drawing game by the Fitton Center for Creative Arts and soul records spun by the Queen City Soul Club. $10


THE BUNNY SHOW is a collection of local and regional artists working with bunny imagery. INVASIVE SPECIES was curated by Barbara Wilks of W Architecture in New York. Both exhibitions are featured in the Ancient Sculpture Museum. INTRUDING EYES by Popp=d Art Mobile Art Caravan and CRYSTAL PALACE by Catherine Richards will be on display with the bunnies. Included in admission price.


SUNDAY, OCT 8, 5 - 8 P.M. An art and fashion show of hair sculptures created by stylists at Lunatic Fringe Salons on live models. $10 Intrude will be on display from 12 - 10 P.M. daily. General admission is $8 for adults, $3 for children 6 - 12, and free for members until 7 P.M. After 7 P.M. the tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 - 12, and $5 for members. Special program prices vary.

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In 1917, pioneering ecologist E. Lucy Braun, who fought to preserve natural areas in Ohio and protect unique geological sites like the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, led the charge to establish the Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society. Dedicated to conserving native wild plant life, early Wild Flower Preservation Society members promoted “Enjoy — Not Destroy” and battled to keep the human footprint of logging, farming and real estate development in check. “Shall we preserve this beauty for future generations to enjoy, or shall we, through our thoughtlessness, destroy within a short period what man can never replace?” they asked. The Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society is now celebrating its 100th anniversary by joining the Lloyd Library and Museum and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to explore the region’s native plants in the exhibit Wild About Wildflowers. The exhibition, located at downtown’s Lloyd Library, showcases historic art, manuscripts and artifacts from the library and the society, and features wildflower photography by the zoo’s native plant manager Brian Jorg. “This is a wonderful opportunity to bring together our collections and highlight the role Lucy Braun played in preservation,” says Patricia Van Skaik, the Lloyd Library’s executive director. “A lot of what you hear nationally about conservation today came directly from Lucy or was the result of her work.” The exhibit also presents rare illustrations from the oldest botanical garden in London, England — the Chelsea Physic Garden. Christoph Jacob Trew, a German physician and botanist, worked with Chelsea artists Elizabeth Blackwell and Georg Dionysius Ehret in the 1700s to illustrate his botanical medicine texts, which are housed in the Lloyd Library’s collection. To emphasize the differences — and similarities — in wildflowers over time, archival artwork is placed next to Jorg’s modern photographs of the same plant in the Wild About Wildflowers exhibit. Jorg, an avid naturalist, has been capturing images of plants since he was 10 years old. “My biggest fascination is with the native orchid,” he says. “There are a number of orchids in Ohio, some right here in Hamilton County, and for me, going out and finding them in bloom is always a challenge.” He says his tasks — which include discovering where a rare, wild specimen might be hiding and determining the day it will blossom — pale to ones early illustrators faced. “When I look at the botanical plates, I realize the artist had to capture every little nuance, every subtle difference of plants that, in some cases, had never before been documented,” he says. “A phenomenal amount of work went into that — not just the drawing,

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beyond the kitchen and the bedroom, or is In Battle of the Sexes, directors Jonathan she also ready to take on the rigid institution Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunof marriage itself? Dare she acknowledge shine) present the true story of the highly loving someone other than her husband, the promoted 1973 exhibition match between the genial Larry King (Austin Stowell), who — as top women’s tennis player, Billie Jean King portrayed — is more business partner than (Emma Stone), and a former men’s champion, life mate, anyway? This ensuing battle with Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell), who had become Riggs, then, has to do with far more than a gambling addict far more attracted to tennis. showmanship than mere winning or losing. Carell’s Riggs keeps the antics and the Battle of the Sexes sets the stage for this banter light enough to avoid alienating potenepic first volley in an intersectional cultural tial television viewers of the match. While war — in this case, women’s struggle for equality and economic parity — still being waged today on multiple fronts. It does so by zeroing in on the gradual realization of those involved in the high stakes at play. In 1973, the 55-year-old Riggs — a tennis champion in the 1940s — decided to challenge 29-year-old King, the top player in the newly emerging Women’s Tennis Association. He figured such a “battle of the sexes” would make money. His claims that women tennis players were inferior to men made the Emma Stone and Steve Carell in Battle of the Sexes event a cultural phenomenon PHOTO : provided at a time when the women’s movement was gaining we gain some insight into Riggs’ personal strength. life, we don’t truly get to see all the dimenAt the start of Battle of the Sexes, we see sions of the larger social impact of his tennis Stone’s King firmly in charge of the women’s showdown with King. game. She is the champion, lording over To be honest, the film never completely her court, but she’s also aware of the power addresses how men — regular white men of and responsibility that comes with the the times — felt about the issue of femicrown. When faced with a challenge from nism. Riggs proudly broadcasted his male Jack Kramer (Bill Pullman), the head of the chauvinistic rhetoric like it was gospel truth, governing U.S. Lawn Tennis Association, to and men like Kramer lorded over the country accept far lesser pay for tournaments than with the patronizing air of privilege. But the male players received — despite selling Battle of the Sexes makes us feel like maybe as many tickets — King and her manager we’re missing something larger in its translaGladys Heldman (Sarah Silverman) storm tion of the period. into the private men’s club area to protest. And that hurts. In this battle, women’s Right on the spot, they declare they are rights were treated like a silly joke, a punch willing to strike off on their own rather than line, for a clownish old man who forgot to continue to play for less pay. slap on his painted face and big red nose Gathering a strong yet somewhat inbefore stepping in front of the cameras. But the-dark sisterhood of players, King and in light of the ongoing protests of modern Heldman form what would become the athletes, sparked by politicized tweets Women’s Tennis Association and barnstorm from another outsized personality, it seems around the country promoting the women’s unlikely everyone at the time was able to game, selling tickets and posing for pictures laugh so easily at those earlier slights as this with mothers and daughters. In these scenes, film makes it seem they did. there is wholesomeness to their grassroots Stone and Carell grant us access to a few approach that dovetails with the blossoming behind-the-curtain moments in the lives of feminist movement. King and Riggs. But this Battle of the Sexes is But when King encounters Marilyn Barnot deep enough to speak truth to the endurnett (Andrea Riseborough), a Los Angeles ing powerful impact this match had then and hairdresser who sees and appreciates in continues to have, now that sports again is King something more than just her talents a battleground in our never-ending cultural at tennis, things shift. Is King still the wars. (Opens Friday.) (PG-13) Grade: B champion of women seeking equality in life


With the release of Woodshock, the first-time writing and directing team of Kate and Laura Mulleavy (sisters and designers behind the high-end fashion brand Rodarte) would seem to be following in the footsteps of Tom Ford, the legendary American fashion designer who has also trained his eye on motion pictures, crafting A Single Man and Nocturnal Animals, two films with rich, visionary detailing. Expertly tailoring clothing to fit and accentuate form apparently can go hand-in-hand with shaping moving narratives that spotlight the mood and tone of the human character. But the Mulleavys, in their inaugural outing, break free of the crisp and lean contours that Ford adhered to in his features, instead adopting framing more suited to the naturalistic approach of Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, the best of his recent expressionistic works. The sisters actually go a step further, incorporating the end-of-the-world ennui Lars von Trier elicited in Melancholia. Able assistance in achieving this seamless blending of styles comes from Kirsten Dunst, who anchored the von Trier film and performs a similar role in Woodshock. As Theresa, a woman struggling to adjust to life after assisting in the medically induced death of her mother (Susan Traylor), Dunst wears the mourning cloak of melancholy like a pure-white wedding veil, renewing her vow every time she lights up a joint. She works for a legal marijuana dispensary where a new strain of weed exists, one that not only takes the edge off pain but also ushers sufferers through to the other side. Theresa samples the potent mix and retreats further into her bleak mindscape, a place beyond her haunting paranoia and guilt. Once she reaches this place, there is freedom from life itself. The film seems to pose the idea that Theresa dies in order to achieve this new life, but the Mulleavys blur and layer the frames of Woodshock with a dream-like fluidity that makes thoughts of surrender the perfect escape. (Opens Friday at the Esquire Theatre.) (R) Grade: A-

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Hotels are such curious spaces. Luxury individually, they have written, directed, prolodging aside, the standard motel is designed duced or starred in oddball flicks like Safety so each room looks identical. You’ve got your Not Guaranteed, Cyrus and The One I Love, too-firm or too-lumpy bed (Goldilocks need but also honest observational projects like not apply), a tiny bathroom with the sink on their previous HBO series Togetherness. the outside, an outdated TV and bland decor Their handling of the wild and the relatable — and that’s the same in almost any city. But is blended to perfection in these stories. And the motel room serves wildly different purin this format, the Duplass Brothers get to poses for the guests that briefly call it home. flex their skills, using every crayon in the box. And once they check out, the room retains its This means one week you may find a babysitoriginal form, nary a drop of evidence from ter battling a demon child and the next you’re yesterday’s inhabitants. (At least, we hope.) traveling back to 1997, watching a young A single nondescript motel room is the common thread shared between installments of Room 104 (11:30 p.m. Fridays, HBO), an anthology series that utilizes the format to its full benefit. While seasonal anthologies are a dime a dozen (American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Feud), Room 104’s episodic anthology formula takes viewers on a new voyeuristic voyage every week. Just like real hotel guests, the characters in each episode have vastly varied reaSarah Hay dances in an episode of HBO’s Room 104. sons for checking in. A pair P H O T O : J o r d i n A ltha u s of Mormon elders crashes there after a day of missionary work. A woman in crisis takes refuge, man try to instruct his mother on how to use hiding out from her family and life itself. A a computer and the internet for the first time couple acts out their kinky fantasies with a — all over the phone. pizza guy. Room 104 explores the simultaneRoom 104 has limitless boundaries in ous impermanence and ubiquity associated terms of storytelling, yet the setting confines with this space — it’s a blank slate, making its subjects in such tight quarters that the it the perfect setting for a show to play with show requires a mastery of cinematography, different actors, storylines, time periods and choreography and direction to work. It never genres. feels cramped or congested — unless the These vignettes range in genre from episode calls for that feeling. romantic comedy to psychological drama to They’ve assembled a fantastic group of straight-up horror — there’s even a beautiactors to tell these tales: MADtv’s Orlando ful episode told through interpretive dance Jones, Amy Landecker (Jay’s co-star in without any dialogue. There are some hits Transparent), Nat Wolff (Death Note), Meland misses — “The Knockadoo,” involving a onie Diaz (Fruitvale Station) and James Van cult, repressed childhood trauma and lobotoDer Beek, who is suddenly everywhere again mies, was over-the-top to the point of being like it’s 1999. The format offers the opportudifficult to watch. But no matter the story, nity to snag up established stars or showcase however silly or serious, there’s an authenticemerging talent. ity to the characters that really draws the HBO may be onto something with the idea audience in. For example, one might expect of quirky 30-minute anthologies. I’m really the young, naive Mormons to be an easy tarlooking forward to the return of its comedy get for ridicule. And there are humorous bits, High Maintenance, in which a nameless to be sure. But as the guys begin to discover New York City pot dealer accommodates a sexuality and sin, it’s a heartfelt and genuine unique collection of eclectic clients in each look at the questioning of their beliefs. episode — an excellent complement to this This realness is a hallmark of creators series. And with Room 104’s renewal for a Jay and Mark Duplass. Champions of the second season, the Duplass Brothers will mumblecore film movement — a genre have ample opportunities to craft inventive that employs natural acting and dialogue new tales of motel guests, keeping us in the and often improvisation — they’re no audience guessing each time we check in. strangers to exploring both the bizarre and CONTACT JAC KERN: @jackern mundane. Either as the Duplass Brothers or



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don’t sacrifice flavor or interesting combinations of foods to still live a healthy lifestyle. We’re going to tap into that, for sure.” Included in Cornwell’s creative combinations, Sartre will offer an eggplant beignet fitted with fresh basil and a romesco sauce, a faro and quinoa salad with hen of the woods and chicken of the woods mushrooms and America’s “only true Buffalo mozzarella,” from California’s Double 8 Dairy, served on Allez bakery bread with olive oil, lemon zest, cured egg yolk and bottarga. Utilizing a full-animal philosophy, the chicken will come roasted, stuffed with chicken mousse and placed in a chicken broth. The team says the goal is for patrons to be able to visit Sartre a few times a week, with price points to match. The main restaurant downstairs and the kiosk in the taproom will work together to satisfy those interested in a true restaurant experience or those who just want a quick bite to pair with their beer — there will be snacks to eat in the brewery or Sartre’s bar and lounge, with varied entrée options for a more significant sit-down dinner.

Chef de Cuisine Justin Uchtman (left) and owner Jim Cornwell plan to make Sartre a Frenchinspired neighborhood brasserie with snacks, dinner, cocktails and an extensive wine list. “If you just want to come in and grab a burger and not wait or have a reservation, we wanted to have that approachability, which is why we put the kiosk up here,” Goulding says of the taproom component. A pneumatic tube will shoot orders from the brewery to the restaurant kitchen. Matching Rhinegeist’s hours (3 p.m.midnight Monday-Thursday; 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday; noon-2 a.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday), the taproom menu will feature dishes like a burger topped with curated vegetables and stacked between two homemade buns. The restaurant downstairs will offer a much “sloppier” version. “We wanted to balance delicious and healthy,” Goulding says. “I think one of the cruxes working in the beer or food world is it’s just kind of hard miles for your body.

It’s kind of a celebration of health in a balance of gluttony.” In addition to its expanded menu, Sartre’s restaurant will also feature wellprepared cocktails, a expansive wine list and an expanded beer selection to allow customers to venture beyond Rhinegeist’s tap options. “In (the brewery), we see people that want to drink Rhinegeist,” Goulding says. “With Sartre, we’re going to showcase some of those (beer) examples that we love, respect and tip our hat to and want to drink ourselves. “It’s going to be excellent cuisine, really well prepared cocktails, a great beer selection, but not pretentious. Just comfortable.” Sartre will initially be open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and will accept reservations.

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hinegeist is combining French tradition with modern inspiration to add a new restaurant to its repertoire in Over-the-Rhine. Slated to open in October, Sartre will be housed in a former bottling room from the historic building’s days as a Christian Moerlein plant, with an additional food kiosk in the taproom. Named after French philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre, the brasserie — self-described as a “French neighborhood diner that serves slow food fast” — fittingly announced itself to the media via a 90-line poem about beauty, connection and good food. “Sartre was one of few (philosophers) to speak to existentialism,” says Rhinegeist Vice President Bryant Goulding. “Basically, if you act the way you think man should, and everyone acts that way, then we’ll end up in a better place.” Playing on the concept of authenticity, the main eatery, bar and lounge will seat about 200 people in deep green banquettes and leather couches, blending classic architecture with contemporary design touches — Midcentury lighting, historic barreled ceilings and exposed steel beams. “We feel like we’ve settled into a foundation here at Rhinegeist that we’re comfortable with and feel like we’re well-taken care of,” Goulding says. “And now we can take on this multi-faceted, super-dynamic project and also devote the right resources to create something compelling and exciting to share with Cincinnati.” Goulding is working with Sartre’s managing partner Jim Cornwell, an Ohio native and graduate of the New England Culinary Institute. Cornwell has a rich background in French cuisine — the restaurant veteran spent time at Boca, Hugo, the Maisonette and Dutch’s. Chef de Cuisine Justin Uchtman is formerly of San Francisco’s Michelin-starred Italian eatery SPQR. “I’ve just always been fascinated (with French cuisine),” Cornwell says. “My foundation is there — all my creativity kind of stems from it. I’m excited for (Sartre).” Leaning on Ohio Valley Food Connection, Cornwell hopes to source from farms all over Ohio in an effort to keep his dishes local. He also has every intention of utilizing the finest ingredients to best walk the line between flavorful and healthy. “We’re focusing equally on vegetables, grains and proteins,” he says. “We’re thinking we’ll have a Mediterranean influence, a lot. They live a very healthy lifestyle. They



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Turtle (caramel, chocolate, hazelnut) and Prepare to spend the fall tipsy. The Barrel-Aged Kopi Luwak, made from very advent of autumn not only means Oktoberexpensive coffee beans. There will be fest/pumpkin/spooky-themed beers but also roughly 30 cases of each for sale. early Halloween celebrations geared toward humans and animals. East End brewery Streetside celebrates its first anniversary on Saturday with the • On Wednesday, Listermann’s Trivia release of Demogorgon, a bourbon-barrelwith a Twist will focus on cats. It’ll be a aged stout. Like the Stranger Things night of general trivia, but a dollar from monster it’s named after, it is a beast at 13.1 every beer purchased will go to the Ohio percent ABV. The brewery will also be pourAlleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic. ing Three Bagger triple IPA from DogBerry • On Friday, Braxton Labs hosts an all-day and a sangria punch from The Lackman. Expect live music, food trucks and special surprises. For light frights, Darkness Brewing hosts a horror art show on Oct. 6, complete with the releases of Blumpkin black pumpkin ale and Witch Head Nebula blood-red IPA. Fibonacci’s popular Taps & Tarot event returns every Friday in October. For $15, tarot reader Sarah Hayes will read the cards and reveal your fortune. And animals can get into the HalMarch First celebrates the release of Apple Fritter Cider this week. loween spirit on Oct. 22 when PHOTO : Haile y Bollinger Urban Artifact hosts Barks & Broomsticks. Bring your dog to the brewery dressed in costume. The Beer Science Fair. Braxton, Moerlein, best human, dog and human/dog combo Rivertown, MadTree, Urban Artifact and costumes will win prizes. Mt. Carmel will present a total of 15 firkins containing experimental brews. Vote for your favorite and enjoy live music in the beer garden, plus snacks from Cheese –N– Chong. • The Woodburn Brewery just released • Finally: beer and cheese together — but its first beers in cans. Purchase tall boys of not in beer cheese. OTR cheese shop The Hammer Session IPA and Salmon Shorts Rhined brewed a beer with Listermann, Sightings (blonde ale infused with strawberand on Monday they’ll reveal the stillries and rooibos tea) at the brewery. unnamed collaboration and pair it with four • March First wins best idea for a cheeses and four other Listermann beers. seasonal ale: Apple Fritter Cider, which is The event will be held at the brewery’s tapbrewed with locally sourced apples and the room and costs $25. same spices Holtman’s Donut Shop uses • What better way to honor Friday the 13th in their apple fritters. On Wednesday, the than with Bad Tom Smith’s Bad Luck Cofbrewery hosts a release party; Holtman’s fee Porter, made with local Luckman Coffee will be there with their famous fritters. beans? The 5-9 p.m. Oct. 13 release party • Also on Wednesday, Fibonacci — with includes barbecue from D’Vine Swine. assistance from Urban Artifact — will • On Oct. 14, Brink Brewing hosts a chili release their second sour ale of the year: cook-off and homebrew competition. All Cata Soursop. The tropical soursop fruit entered items should contain chilies, and the has flavors of strawberry, pineapple and brewery will tap a chili firkin. Awards will be tangerine and a custard-like mouth feel. given for People’s Choice and best homebrew. • On Saturday, Fifty West’s Production • Middletown brewery FigLeaf turns 1 on Works gets charitable: From noon-3 p.m., Oct. 14. The birthday celebration includes 10 percent of taproom sales will benefit the 18 of their beers on tap, including the justDragonfly Foundation, a nonprofit that helps released Inculpatory Imperial IPA, plus live families cope with childhood cancer. music, food trucks and cask beers. • Also on Saturday, Triple Digit/Lister• In other news, 16 Lots Brewing Company mann will bottle release a few versions of opened in mid-September, making it the their Chickow! beers: Barrel-Aged Chickow!, first craft brewery in Mason. © Barrel-Aged Blueberry Vanilla, Barrel-Aged


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Gastropub Culinary Class — Gastropub fare focuses on locally sourced, seasonal and artisanal ingredients. In this class, learn how to make casual and approachable meals, paired with beers from a local brewery. 6-8 p.m. $75. Findlay Kitchen, 1719 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, Perk Up Your Tailgate: Southern Style with Dana Adkins — Chef Dana Adkins shares some of his favorite tailgate foods: Southern-style deviled eggs, smoked brisket potato skins, bacon-wrapped barbecue chicken poppers and sweet corn and crab hush puppies. 6:30-9 p.m. $50. Cooks’Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Harper’s Point, Albuquerque to Santa Fe — Julie Francis, former chef and owner of Nectar Restaurant, teaches you how to make your own flour tortillas, chipotle-braised beef, blue corn cakes, Mexican red chili sauce and more. 6-9 p.m. $75. Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State, 3520 Central Parkway, Clifton,


Hands-On Grilled Beef Tenderloin Satay — A bright and tasty menu featuring beef satay with coconut-peanut sauce, rice pilaf with mango and mocha brownies. 6-8:30 p.m. $75. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield,

Roebling Point Food Tour — Explore the architecture of the Licking Riverside Historic District on foot and savor special food and drink tastings from five area restaurants like Molly Malone’s, Keystone Bar & Grill, The Gruff and more. 11 a.m. $59. Meets outside of Molly Malone’s, 112 E. Fourth St., Covington, Ky.,


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Pizzeria Locale Dough-Making Class — Learn to make dough from scratch at the pizzeria. Tickets include a pizza and budino with your choice of beer, wine or soda. RSVP required. 10:30-11 a.m. $25. Pizzeria Locale, 7800 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-339-0063. Country Applefest — The 35th-annual Country Applefest celebrates the fruit of fall with arts, crafts and a ton of apple-infused eats. At this flavorful down-home fest, find apple fritters, apple pies, caramel apples and bags of apples fresh from local farms. All arts and crafts are required to be handmade. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 30. Free admission. Warren County Fairground, 665 N. Broadway St., Lebanon,



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Coffee 101: A Cup of Excellence — Master roaster Chuck Pfahler, founder of La Terza Coffee, teaches you how to experience the art of craft coffee. Learn where coffee grows, how it’s processed, the journey from crop to cup and how all of that affects taste. 6:30-8 p.m. $29. Room 501, University of Cincinnati. 2220 Victory Parkway, Clifton,

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With the full-band spark of In Spades, The Afghan Whigs catch fire once again BY ALAN SCULLEY

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The Afghan Whigs’ return spawned from an acoustic tour in 2010. headlining shows and festival dates. That first post-reunion album, Do to the Beast, arrived in 2014. Dulli and Curley took the lead with songwriting, and the album included guest appearances from a number of notable musicians, including Mark McGuire, Clay Tarver and Alain Johannes. The tour that followed, which included Nelson, Rosser, guitarist Jon Skibic (replacing a departing McCollum) and new drummer Patrick Keeler (once a member of fellow Cincinnati band The Greenhornes) further cemented the chemistry of the new Afghan Whigs lineup. When the tour ended, Dulli and his bandmates were so enthused about the shows that they decided to get right to work on the album that became In Spades. “It’s just an incredibly hot band,” Dulli says. “We were over doing the last European tour in 2015 and just decided that we sounded great, (so) let’s book some studio time and go in and keep the hot hand going. We got off the road and went in and recorded half the record in a week. We put ourselves in a circle and started to hammer it out, figure it out. That’s why I think (In Spades) sounds so vibrant and alive, because it was essentially played live in the studio by the touring band.” The approach to the album, especially

during that initial recording session, allowed all of the band members to make their presence felt in the songs, which took shape from the ground up in the studio. “Honestly I walked in and I didn’t really have anything. I just started winging it,” Dulli says. “I would work on something the night before — I had a couple of riffs on my telephone — and I would come in and show it to (the band) and get an arrangement down and then they would start to decorate the house… I would give limited suggestions to people, but I’d have to say it’s a band record in every way.” With its signature mix of raucous guitar Rock and a tinge of Soul, the band sounds energized on In Spades. The Soul influence is most pronounced on “Light as a Feather,” which puts some swing and groove into the band’s gritty sound. “Arabian Heights” and “Copernicus” deliver terse and punchy Rock, with edgy guitar lines and Dulli’s impassioned vocals. The band widens its instrumental scope on “Demon In Profile,” “Oriole” and “Toy Automatic,” using horns and other orchestration to build considerable drama. Live shows in support of In Spades, Dulli says, have found the band varying the song selections a bit from night to night (sets have

included early Whigs tunes like “Turn on the Water” and “Amphetamines and Coffee”), with an emphasis on the more recent music. “The last two records are getting pretty good play. We go all the way back to Up In It (the band’s 1990 debut for Sub Pop Records). And we’re playing a few covers, too,” he says. While life in The Afghan Whigs is good in almost every respect, a significant element of sadness has accompanied this current period. Last fall, Rosser was diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer. In June, the guitarist succumbed to the illness. The band is making sure fans know about Rosser and his impact. “It is our duty to go out and celebrate our friendship with him and the music we made with him,” Dulli says. Rosser wasn’t only a big influence on The Afghan Whigs’ music — he also had an incalculable effect on a personal level. “He was absolutely one of the most incredible spirits I’ve ever met while I’ve been on earth,” Dulli says. “I’ll miss him forever. I’ll celebrate him forever. I’ll think about him every day. He’s absolutely one of the greatest friends I’ve ever known.” THE AFGHAN WHIGS play Thursday at Bogart’s. Tickets/more info:

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n talking with Greg Dulli, songwriter, frontman and founding member of Cincinnati-spawned Modern Rock icons The Afghan Whigs, it’s clear that with the new album In Spades, fans are hearing a true representation of today’s version of the band. They’re also seeing a different Dulli than the one they encountered in the 1990s, when the intensity of his emotions — which translated into some particularly self-lacerating lyrics on albums like 1993’s Gentlemen and 1996’s searing Black Love — coupled with some unpredictability as a performer helped make The Afghan Whigs a fascinating and seemingly somewhat combustible presence on the music scene. The Afghan Whigs lasted for one more album after Black Love, splitting after the 1998 release 1965. Dulli went on to work with his Twilight Singers project, as well as The Gutter Twins with Mark Lanegan (of Screaming Trees fame). It was during The Twilight Singers’ run that Dulli began to deal with various demons and habits before emerging as a more settled person. “I think the absolute kind of height of the torture was probably Blackberry Belle,” Dulli says, referring to the 2003 Twilight Singers album. “This was mostly selfinflicted and I think unchaining yourself from unhealthy behavior and giving yourself a chance to be hopeful or optimistic, or allowing yourself to be loved, (are) probably all steps I’ve taken in the latter part of my life that I did not allow in my younger days. I have my moments, but I live a life of relative serenity.” As Dulli worked his way through the next decade with The Gutter Twins, Twilight Singers and as a solo artist, he maintained that he didn’t see an Afghan Whigs reunion in his future. But things changed when Dulli did an acoustic tour in 2010. For that tour, he was joined on some shows by bassist John Curley, who co-founded The Afghan Whigs with Dulli in Cincinnati in 1986, as well as multi-instrumentalist Rick Nelson and guitarist Dave Rosser, who were some of the many musicians who contributed to Twilight Singers albums. After Dulli reconnected with guitarist Rick McCollum in 2011, another original member of Afghan Whigs, the idea of a reunion began to take hold. Dulli says the acoustic tour was the catalyst that led to an eventual full-time return. “There are the seeds of the reunion right there,” Dulli says. “John had never met Dave or Rick (Nelson), and they all got along really famously.” The Whigs, with Nelson and Rosser on board, reemerged in 2012, playing a few

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music festivals, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Roskilde, Coachella, Glastonbury, Reading, Bumbershoot and Austin City Limits, among others. Their albums have been produced by the likes of Steve Albini and Rick Rubin, and iconic music critic Robert Christgau referred to Gogol Bordello as “the world’s most visionary band.” He’s not wrong: Seekers and Finders was recorded before last year’s election and somehow seems oddly prescient, perhaps because Hütz has seen this scenario all too often. Whatever the process, the outcome is that Gogol Bordello offers a furiously danceable solution to an ailing society. (Brian Baker) Beth Hart Saturday • Taft Theatre A good many people became aware of Beth Hart six years ago when her profile was significantly raised, first through her 2011 appearance on renowned guitarist Joe Bonamassa’s Dust Bowl album and their subsequent duet album, Don’t Explain. The following year, she released the Introducing Beth Hart EP — a misnomer if ever there was one — and the full-length My California to very favorable reviews and then sang Etta James’ stone classic, “I’d Rather Go Blind,” with Jeff Beck on guitar as part of the Buddy Guy tribute at the Kennedy Center Honors. Hart received even more attention when Guy invited her to sing “What You Gonna Do About Me” on his 2013 album Rhythm & Blues, followed by Seesaw, her second duet album with Bonamassa, and the U.S. release of her Jazz/Soul/Pop/Blues hybrid Bang Bang Boom Boom. In 2015 Hart released Better Than Home, which was the best-received album she’s ever released, at least until she dropped her latest, Fire on the Floor, which came out back in February. The irony of Hart’s Introducing EP in 2012 was the fact that her career was almost 20 years old at that point. She had won the Female Vocalist category on the Star Search television show in 1993, which led to a recording contract and her debut album, Beth Hart & the Ocean of Souls.

After a string of releases, Hart dropped Screamin’ for My Supper in 1999, and her stock rose dramatically as she had a No. 1 hit in New Zealand and nabbed the starring role in the off-Broadway production of Love, Janis. Not long after that, Hart’s alcohol and pain medication issues necessitated several attempts at rehab, which were only successful when her new doctor found the right formula of meds to treat her long-neglected bipolar condition. In the new millennium, Hart has had several well-received albums, but her latest successes have been her greatest. Better Than Home was a bona fide hit, making Mojo Magazine’s No. 4 Blues album of the year and hitting the top of the iTunes Blues chart at home and the Dutch sales chart abroad. The early notices for Fire on the Floor indicated that her latest work would build on the incredible momentum of the last six years of hard work and good fortune, particularly as Hart’s genre explorations, which began with Bang Bang Boom Boom, continue on the new album with nods to Jazz and Salsa in combination with the Soul and Blues Wye Oak Rock that comprises PHOTO : Shervin L ainez her authoritative wheelhouse. There’s a reason Beth Hart made the top 20 of The Blues magazine’s best Blues singers of all time, and she proves it with every performance and new album. (BB)

Wye Oak’s latest release, a limited-edition red vinyl 7-inch, which dropped on Sept. 22, features a pair songs that show off the duo’s evolving sound. “Spiral” sounds like St. Vincent minus the guitar theatrics, an atmospheric gem marked by Wasner’s modest but evocative voice and a hypnotic rhythmic pulse juiced by a few sweet additives like marimba. Side B’s “Wave Is Not the Water” opens with a driving beat and squiggly synths before Wasner’s ethereal vocals enter, thereafter moving in directions both mysterious and unexpectedly ass-moving. “It’s been really important to me and to us to set a precedent with Wye Oak, specifically that Wye Oak doesn’t sound like any one kind of thing,” Wasner said in an interview last year with Stereogum. “And that’s why our last record (Tween) was so important, and why that’s really invigorated us working on new music now. It’s very important to us that we can be free within the structure of our band and make any kind of music that we want to. Otherwise, we’re not excited about it if we feel like we’re only supposed to deliver this one simple thing.” (Jason Gargano)

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ARNOLD’S BAR & GRILL — Todd Hepburn. 7 p.m. Piano. Free.

BROMWELL’S HÄRTH LOUNGE — The Burning Caravan. 8 p.m. Gypsy Jazz. Free. THE LISTING LOON — GRLWood, Som Bodee and Elsa Maria. 9 p.m. Scream Pop. Free. MEMORIAL HALL — No Promises. 7:30 p.m. Vocal Jazz. $10 standingroom only. MOTR PUB — Go Go Buffalo with Life Brother. 10 p.m. Psychedelic/ Blues/Rock. Free. PLAIN FOLK CAFÉ — Chicago Farmer and Edward David Anderson. 7 p.m. Country. $7. SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL (SANCTUARY) — The Grateful Ball: The Travelin’ McCourys with Jeff Austin Band. 8 p.m. Covers/Rock/ Americana. $18-$20.

MOTR PUB — Filthy Beast with Sam Pace & the Gilded Grit. 10 p.m. Psychedelic/Garage/Blues/ Punk. Free. SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL (SANCTUARY) — Paul Cauthen. 8 p.m. Blues/Gospel/Rock. $12-$15.

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THE GREENWICH — Sonny Moorman and the Sonny Moorman Group. 8 p.m. Blues. $5. THE LISTING LOON — Justin Payne and Zach Wilson. 8 p.m. SingerSongwriter. Free. LIVE! AT THE LUDLOW GARAGE — Carl Palmer from Emerson, Lake and Palmer. 8 p.m. Drums. $25-$65. MARTY’S HOPS & VINES — Bob Ross Trio. 9 p.m. Jazz. Free. MANSION HILL TAVERN — Jay Jesse Johnson. Blues. 9 p.m. $4.

MR. PITIFUL’S — The Medicine Men Pay Tribute to H-Bomb. 8 p.m. Tribute. Free.


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THE COMET — Dead Man String Band. 11 p.m. Delta/Appalachian/ Punk. Free.


BOGART’S — The Afghan Whigs with Har Mar Superstar. 8 p.m. Rock. $38. BROMWELL’S HÄRTH LOUNGE — Todd Hepburn and Friends. 8 p.m. Various. Free.

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BOGART’S — Gogol Bordello H with Lucky Chops. 8 p.m. Punk. $25.

SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL (SANCTUARY) — The Dramatic Rhythms Experience 2017: Band of Pirates, Curse of Cassandra, and Dramatic Rhythms. Rock/Electronic/Dance. $15-$20.

20TH CENTURY THEATER — H Zakk Sabbath. 8 p.m. Heavy Metal. $25.

MOTR PUB — Veronica Grim & The Heavy Hearts with The Rattletraps. 10 p.m. Americana/Rock/Outlaw Country/Blues. Free.

ARNOLD’S BAR & GRILL — Dottie Warner and Ricky Nye. 7:30 p.m. Jazz. Free.


NORTHSIDE TAVERN — The Cliftones. 10 p.m. Reggae. Free.

TAFT THEATRE — Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. 8 p.m. Jazz. $37.50-$62.50. URBAN ARTIFACT — Blue Wisp Big Band. 8:30 p.m. Jazz. $10.


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NORTHSIDE YACHT CLUB — Jukebox Romantics, The ZG’s, Two Inch Winky, and Lockjaw. 9 p.m. Punk. Free. ARNOLD’S BAR AND GRILL — Dottie Warner and Ricky Nye. 7:30 p.m. Jazz. Free. THE MAD FROG — Coast 2 Coast. 9 p.m R&B/Motown/Rock/HipHop/Pop. $10. THE MOCKBEE — Wake n’ Shake Concert for Hurricane Relief featuring Luna, Dayo Gold, Grandace, LEO, Phree and Conge. 9 p.m. Hip Hop/Dance. $4; $2 (100 percent of profits go to hurricane relief). STANLEY’S PUB — Dandu with Ample Parking. 9 p.m. Funk. $5. URBAN ARTIFACT — Marbin. 8:30 p.m. Gypsy Jazz. $10 presale; $12 door.

NORTHSIDE TAVERN — Electric H Citizen with Moonbow. 10 p.m. Rock. Free. NORTHSIDE YACHT CLUB — glacial23 with Paradise Kitten. 9 p.m. Electronic. Free. URBAN ARTIFACT — Pyromancer Launch Party featuring Audley, Ronin, Counterfeit Money Machine, E.T. and AL-D, Weirdose and Haskell. 9 p.m. Progressive Hip Hop. Free.

TAFT THEATRE — Beth Hart H and Eric Gales. 8 p.m. Blues/ Rock. $32.50-$42.50.


COLLEGE-CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC — CCM Music for Food: Benefit Concert featuring The Ariel Quartet, Lydia Brown and Gwen Coleman. 2 p.m. Classical. Non-perishable food items or suggested donation: $20 general; $15 students. THE COMET — The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars. 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Bluegrass. Free.

THE LISTING LOON  — Eddy H Kwon and Harpeth Rising. 7 p.m. Classical. Free. MARTY’S HOPS & VINES — Joan Whittaker of the Cla-Zels. 9 p.m. Indie/Rock. Free. THE MOCKBEE — Colemine Records Presents: Black Market Brass & The Admirables. 8 p.m. Afrobreat/Afrofunk/Soul. $5. NORTHSIDE TAVERN — Bulletville. 8:30 p.m. Country. Free. SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL H (SANCTUARY) — Agnostic Front, Rat Trap, Lock Jaw, and

Treason. 8 p.m. Punk. $15-$17. URBAN ARTIFACT — Wolfmane and more. Hip Hop. 9 p.m. Free.


WOODWARD THEATER — San Fermin with Pavo Pavo. 8:30 p.m. Indie/Pop/Rock. $15 advance; $17 day of show.


THE GREENWICH — Baron Von Ohlen and the Flying Circus Band. 7:30 p.m. Big band. $5 donation or two canned goods.


THE MOCKBEE — Off the Block Monday. 10 p.m. Open Mic. Free.

BELTERRA CASINO AND RESORT — Boz Scaggs. 7 p.m. Singer/Songwriter. $50-$55. THE GREENWICH — B.J. Jansen, Duane Eubanks, Greg “the Bandit” Bandy, Eddie Brookshire and Wade Honey. 9 p.m. Jazz. $15; $20 VIP. MADISON LIVE — Current Events. 8 p.m. Indie/Rock/Post-Rock. $10 advance; $15 door. MANSION HILL TAVERN — Noah Wotherspoon Band. 9 p.m. Blues. $4. MEMORIAL HALL — American Roots Series: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper with Emi Sunshine. 8 p.m. Bluegrass/Roots. $35-$45. MOTR PUB — Geography Lessons with Emily & The Complexes. 10:30 p.m. Indie/Rock/Folk. Free.

NORTHSIDE TAVERN — The Qtet. 10 p.m. Funk/Rock/Jazz. Free.


ARNOLD’S BAR & GRILL — Cincy Blues Society presents Bluesday Tuesdays with John Redell. 7 p.m. Blues. Free.

BOGART’S — Against Me! With H Bleached and The Dirty Nil. 8 p.m. Punk. $20. NORTHSIDE TAVERN — The Stealth Pastille with Static Falls. 10 p.m. Indie/Psychedelic/Rock/Pop. Free. SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL H (SANCTUARY) — Wye Oak with Luke Temple. 8 p.m. Indie/Folk. $15-$18.

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