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LETTERS Columbus Defenders, Unite! Lori Lee: If they want a separate Indigenous Day have at it, but REPLACING Columbus Day... get a grip people! Kennie Giles: What’s the actual point of Columbus day, though? Todd Cohen: What’s the point in having a birthday? Nothing matters to liberals unless it gives them an opportunity to complain. Eileen Crowe: Columbus Day is nothing to me but a bank holiday. Susan Williamson Kincer: If they want an Indigenous Peoples’ Day then why not just make one? Jacob Tsotigh: It’s not the point. We want Columbus Day abolished. It symbolizes the genocide of my people. Comments posted at in response to Oct. 5 post, “No Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Cincinnati — Yet”

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Monopoly Man Trolls Equifax Hearing

Who didn’t get caught up in the Equifax hack? The credit reporting agency was compromised some time between May and July, which means some Elliot Alderson-type might have the Social Security numbers, credit card and other personal info belonging to you and more than 145 million Americans. Odds are that when the incident was announced last month, you typed in your last name and social (wait, was that a trap?) to see if you were affected, and the answer was a resounding “probs.” To make up for it, Equifax is offering free credit monitoring for a year (cool thanks!). The company also has to appear before the Senate Banking Committee, and on Wednesday former Equifax CEO Richard Smith testified — but all eyes were on an attendee in the background: the Monopoly Man! As Smith took responsibility for the breach with prepared remarks, a protester dressed as that miserly board-game fuck — complete with top hat, walrus mustache and cartoonish bags of cash — listened intently in a seat behind him. Amanda Werner, representing advocates for financial reform and regulations, gave an Oscar-worthy photobombing performance, twisting her mustache and pulling out a monocle throughout the hearing. She even handed out Get Out of Jail Free cards, a nod to financial institutions consistently skirting the law. Fun fact: The Monopoly man has a name — Rich Uncle Pennybags. WTF?

Bearded Guy Enjoys Jeopardy! Fame, Winning Streak



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There have been approximately 598,642 Jeopardy! contestants over the years, so if you want to stand out from the know-it-all game show crowd, you either have to score big in terms of cash, a long winning streak or have an interesting look/personality. Contestant Austin Rogers is checking all the boxes and becoming something of a celebrity overnight. The bearded bartender from New York is


owning Jeopardy! right now and, in the words of host Alex Trebek, “He’s got hair, he’s got chutzpah and broad-based knowledge.” Continuing his streak this week, Rogers has won the most money — more than $330,000 — in the shortest amount of time: nine episodes. Rogers essentially embodies an English adjunct at your local college: disheveled saltand-pepper hair and beard, quirky personality, corduroy suit jacket, grew up on a nature preserve, boasts questionable dance moves. But unlike a humanities professor, Rogers will be walking away with at least six figures. (Sorry, educators of America.)

R.I.P. A.I.M. (1997-2017)

Most of us can’t wait to get through 2017 and hope for at least a tinier shit pile in the new year. But even though everything from the ’90s is coming back again, one millennium icon will not make it to 2018. AOL Instant Messenger will be discontinued on Dec. 15, after 20 years. Most of us probably didn’t even know A.I.M. was still around, but back in the day it was the millennial communication tool of choice (along with the Nokia 5110). A.I.M. offered a way to tie up your mom’s phone line for hours on end, talk to the opposite sex with the help of your five closest friends or gain some early experience in catfishing. Gone are the emo away messages left as subtle cries for attention! Dead are the animated buddy icons, the original memes! Silent are the triggering sound effects! Honestly, being left on “read” is the modern equivalent to hearing that A.I.M. door slam and seeing that your crush signed off mid-convo.

McDonald’s Appeases Rick and Morty Fans with Sauce

If you’re a Rick and Morty fan or a lifelong McNugget consumer with a penchant for limitededition dipping sauces, you probably knew that the Golden Arches brought back their previously discontinued Szechuan sauce. If you’re not, a little context: In 1998, McDonald’s introduced a Szechuan teriyaki dipping sauce

in conjunction with its promotion of the Disney movie Mulan, which is not at all racist or problematic in any way. In an episode this year, the Adult Swim show Rick and Morty revealed that the reason dimension-hopping mad scientist Rick travels through alternate realities is to get another taste of that rare dipping sauce. So on Saturday, a limited number of Micky D’s were supplied packets of Szechuan — and that shit ran out real fast. Fans protested, rallying outside drive-thrus calling for a Ronald McBoycott. Seriously, these Rick and Morty fans are extra. I get that it’s a really deep, dark comedy even though it’s a cartoon! Still not interested! McDonald’s promised to re-up on the savory syrup this winter, promising to serve Mulan McNugget sauce to the masses once again.

Bella Hadid’s “Sneaker Shopping” Interview Has Internet Shook

Pop culture magazine Complex regularly covers sneaker news and trends, and its video series “Sneaker Shopping” features artists and athletes whose shoe game is on point. It’s not always your typical sneakerhead — host Joe La Puma has interviewed video vixen Amber Rose, comedian Kevin Hart and even Chumlee from Pawn Stars — but they generally have an interest in Jordans, Adidas and other trainers. This week, model Bella Hadid’s episode of “Sneaker Shopping” dropped and that shit was uncomfortable AF. The It Girl model du jour, daughter of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Yolanda Hadid (which should give some indication of her upbringing), was dubbed “caucasian narc” by Twitter thanks to her unnatural blaccent, seemingly feigned interest in Air Force Ones and frequent use of terms like “homeboy,” “dope” and “fresh.” She also used the phrase “it’s quiet” to describe when a “homeboy” (potential love interest?) will not be “getting it” (sex?). Stop trying to make “it’s quiet” happen, Bella. It’s not going to happen! Contact T.C. Britton:

2. The FDA sent a warning letter to a Massachusetts bakery requesting that it remove “love” from a list of granola ingredients.

3. Applebee’s is offering $1 margaritas all month in an effort to get us drunk enough to actually eat its food lure millennials. 4. White, rich, British and definitely not African fashion designer Stella McCartney used a ton of ankara — brightly colored printed wax fabric popular in West Africa — in her collection, shown on mostly white models, at Paris Fashion Week.

5. Pro-life congressman Tim Murphy is being called a dickhead hypocrite after texts revealed he urged his mistress to get an abortion. 6. Psychology expert Kirstie Alley attributes the growing number of mass shootings since the 1980s to psychiatric drug use, which was nonexistent before then.

O B TA I N E D BY J EF F B E Y ER In a completely unscripted and totally spontaneous action on Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence walked out of the Indianapolis Colts football game after San Francisco 49ers players knelt during the National Anthem to protest racial injustice. Believe it or not, in an act of totally not made-up investigative journalism, CityBeat has obtained Pence’s travel log detailing how he spent his day after protesting the protesters. 1:45 P.M.: Ate at Applebee’s with mommy (that’s what I call Karen, not a reference to that disgusting Jennifer Lawrence movie). I had the steak with a double side of applesauce. She had salad with yucky light ranch. 3:06 P.M.: Secret Service drove me and mommy to Costco, where there was a sale on paper towels. Is there anything more American than paper towels? President Donald wants to me to find some with wavy or swirly patterns to send to Puerto Rico. 4:51 P.M.: Spoke with President Donald. He wanted a debriefing on the walk-out. Told him I hadn’t finished my Dr. Pepper and barely even touched my Dippin’ Dots, but I left anyway — stubbed my toe on the end seat and almost said a bad word, but he was still very proud of me. Said he had skipped his afternoon snack and asked me if I could drop off some Dippin’ Dots at the White House later. 5:33 P.M.: Went to Mass Ave Arts District. Didn’t feel too dangerous even though it is “an urban” area — not enough classical art and too many degenerative murals, though. Also, need to work on funding for a Chick-fil-A next time Senate needs a tie-breaker vote. Never heard of any of these “restaurants.” 6:29 P.M.: Wanted corn dogs for dinner, so Secret Service took me back to Costco. Also picked up some tiki torches and Sprite, Red Pop and blue Kool-Aid. Mommy and me thought it’d be fun to sit in the backyard, light up the torches and drink America punch.

7. Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, news came out that the IRL Santa Claus’ tomb has been discovered, ruining the lives of millions of children.

7:36 P.M.: Invited Mitch and the guys over to eat corn dogs and sing songs under the flames. We mixed the different color drinks together to make our America punch, but it just turned into a brownish color. We all agreed it didn’t look anything like America, so we yelled at the punch. Everyone went home angry.

8. Fresh off getting squished by a giant pistol stage prop during a recent concert, Marilyn Manson told Rolling Stone he a) has smoked human bones and b) once hid from police in Trump Tower.

3:13 A.M.: President Donald called. He heard about the corn dogs. He’s very upset he didn’t get any. Tomorrow is going to be a hard day.

This Week in Questionable Decisions 1. During his visit to Puerto Rico, Donald Trump tossed individual rolls of paper towels into a crowd of hurricane survivors like a dude with a goddamn T-shirt gun at a basketball game.

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8:01 P.M.: Ate a corn dog. Shook my head at the punch. Went to bed.

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A Dream Reopened

Displaced from OTR, a small business starts again in Northside B y N I C K SWA R T S E L L


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None were perfect for him and his family. None had potential to host his businesses. In the end, he says, he settled on a place on the liminal edge of Northside, between the gray wall of concrete that carries I-74 like a whooshing river and the green, eternal quiet of a cemetery. The security deposit and moving expenses drained his savings. It was hard to explain to his children, who were in preschool and middle school at the time. “They knew that something traumatic had happened,” he says. “They asked, ‘Why do we have to move from here?’ They were in school down there. There was a big pool of support down there. I couldn’t explain why we had to leave.” With the move came big lifestyle shifts. Anybody’s Dream on Walnut Street had been the Stroud family’s main source of income, with the martial arts studio providing some supplement. Suddenly, that was gone. Stroud took to selling items on Amazon and Ebay, as well as making a little money by filming motivational YouTube videos. His wife, meanwhile, took a job at an Amazon warehouse. He also had to use his house to teach Jinen-Do — his own mix of Kung Fu, Ju-Jitsu and other martial arts traditions he has studied over the last four decades. An annual

tournament he holds in Evanston skipped a year after the move as Stroud dealt with his new circumstances. Longtime student Maxine Watson says rolling with the punches is a hallmark of Stroud’s approach, whether it’s in his retail pursuits or his martial arts teaching. “That’s Jinen-Do,” she says, referring to Stroud’s resilience. “It conforms to what we have. He makes do with what he has.” Watson has been studying with Stroud for eight years and remembers the days when his store and his studio on Walnut Street were in the same room. People would come in to get candy, she says, and stay to watch students practice. Watson’s daughter, now 28, started taking lessons from Stroud when she was eight, and her husband has been a student for 15 years. Watson says Stroud’s warmth and affirmations keep her family coming back. “He makes you feel like you can do anything,” she says. Stroud’s 25 or so students span generations. Some are 5 years old, others are in their 50s. Most are black, though there are a few white students, too. “It’s one of the things I think we can express ourselves with,” Stroud says about martial arts and his black students. “I can go out into

the sporting arena and win some trophies. Plus, it gives you a sense of belonging when you see a lot of your people doing this thing, too. There’s camaraderie there.” Someday, Stroud would like to get a studio again, ideally close to Anybody’s Dream. But for now, he says, he’s concentrating on the store. He’s working 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. nearly every day and has set up a study room for his kids so they can be close by. “I’m trying to give it everything I can and push it as hard as I can,” he says, “so at the end of the month I can sit down with my records and ask, ‘Is this good?’ ” Stroud first opened a convenience store in Madisonville in the 1990s with a few hundred dollars. He is operating on the same budget now, though he started a crowd-funding campaign to help with the costs of fixing up the store, paying the utility deposit and the like. He has reviewed the revenues the former ownership drew in and knows exactly how he wants his store to run: Draw people in with candy and inexpensive items, even though those sales don’t ad up to the rent payment. Ask them questions, get to know them, be welcoming to everyone and cut deals when someone can’t afford something. Then they’ll

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ehind the counter of Anybody’s Dream convenience store in Northside, 56-year-old Reginald Stroud points to a TV flashing red and yellow satellite imagery of a hurricane to explain the way his last three years have felt. His plight isn’t exactly the same as folks affected by the storm, he says, but there are parallels. Stroud, his wife and their three children lost their apartment, convenience store and a martial arts studio in Over-the-Rhine in 2014. “It’s like people displaced from their homes by a natural catastrophe,” he says. “You don’t have time to really think about what’s behind you. You’re trying to exist from day to day. That’s what we’ve been doing for three years. “When I start to see this come to fruition again, it’s sort of surreal,” he says, surrounded by a selection of T-shirts, individual medicine packets, knit caps in black and periwinkle, hair product in jars and two-cent candy. “This,” Anybody’s Dream, is a small store near the busy bus stop on Hamilton and Spring Grove avenues. Stroud reopened here Sept. 29, hoping to recapture the rhythm and community he had in OTR. There has been a lot of struggle, financial and otherwise, between his old store and this one. Stroud, who is black, had to move out of OTR when developer Urban Sites purchased and redeveloped the building where he lived and worked at 1125 Walnut St. In some ways, his story is an illustration of larger trends. For decades, OTR has been majority black. But recent Census data suggests that is changing. The Census tract where Stroud lived was 36 percent black when he left; it was 60 percent black just a few years prior, according to estimates from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Median household incomes and rents in the neighborhood have increased, even as black residents there have left. Some, including Stroud, say that’s due to the frenetic redevelopment the neighborhood has seen. Stroud was given $400 and 45 days to pack up his life and find a new home. That was challenge number one. He looked at as many as eight places a week, trying to find the right spot to re-root his life.


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Cranley’s State of the City: Drink Beer, Volunteer

No Indigenous Peoples’ Day In Cincinnati — Yet



Mayor John Cranley had a message for Cincinnatians at his State of the City address Oct. 3: Drink beer and volunteer. Beyond those exhortations, the mayor’s election-year address at Memorial Hall hit many of the standard notes, rarely straying from its celebratory tone to get into the weeds on policy or offer big new initiatives. Striding out to U2’s “Pride,” Cranley tried to hype the crowd, twice yelling, “I have Cincinnati pride. Do you have Cincinnati pride?” He touted his accomplishments so far in office, including a downtown Kroger and residential tower on the way, Children’s Hospital’s coming half-billion-dollar expansion and a recent report naming Cincinnati the biggest economy in Ohio ahead of Columbus and Cleveland. “Our policies are working well because we work well with others. We’re collaborating with, rather than working against, businesses who want to invest,” Cranley said. It’s probably difficult not to sound like you’re campaigning when you’re an incumbent mayor addressing the state of the city just a month before voters decide whether you’ll keep your job. That said, at times, Cranley certainly did sound as if he was giving a sales pitch. Cranley spent time talking about his role in the city’s response to the heroin crisis, his work increasing minority contracting with the city, shoring up the city’s finances — its budget and pension fund — and the part he played in landing big developments. Oh yeah, he also talked a lot about beer. “Beer is bringing back our neighborhoods,” Cranley said as he introduced a video about the city’s breweries. The mayor did spotlight accomplishments by each of Cincinnati’s nine city council members, including his opponent, Yvette Simpson. Cranley applauded Simpson’s efforts to boost

A year after Cincinnati City Council briefly considered — and then punted on — a motion to change Columbus Day in the city to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, advocates are again calling on elected leaders to make that change. A group of roughly 20 crowded into City Hall Oct. 4 before council’s weekly meeting to implore members to vote for a measure, saying that commemorating Columbus equates to celebrating the genocide of millions of Native Americans. “We would not honor those who are mass murders today, would we?” Cincinnati resident Megan Anderson asked council. “Why are we honoring Christopher Columbus? We need to at least offer this as a way of moving forward.”

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human services funding by the city — a fight that at times has put her at odds with the mayor. He also spotlighted the work of firefighters, city employees and others, including Stephanie Byrd and City Council candidate Greg Landsman, both of whom led the drive to pass a levy for the Preschool Promise. In past addresses, Cranley has rolled out plans like his Hand Up initiative. In his 2015 address, Cranley pledged to use the jobs program to lift 6,000 Cincinnati families out of poverty. Its results have been more modest so far — about 550 people have benefited from jobs through the program and another 1,000 have gotten job training. Cranley did give updates on anti-poverty efforts like the Childhood Poverty Collaborative and gave nods to the need for investments

in public transit and solar energy, but this year’s address didn’t contain the same reachfor-the-sky moments. The closest it got was a call by Cranley encouraging city residents to devote an hour a month to volunteering in soup kitchens, nonprofits or neighborhood organizations. “The greatest privilege I have as mayor is asking people to give back to our city,” Cranley said while announcing the One for Cincy initiative. “I’m asking all Cincinnatians in 2018 to give one hour for Cincinnati each month to help those in our community who need it most.” The initiative includes a taskforce that will issue a report by late November about ways to track volunteer hours completed by residents, the mayor said. 

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The opinion prohibits Hamilton County Probate Judge Ralph Winkler from proceeding with the sale of assets held by the defunct Waite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley. An assignee for the

firm, Eric Goering, had been on the verge of selling the Fourth Street firm’s artwork, furniture and 29 exotic cars. The Ohio Supreme Court was asked to intervene by 19 of the 382 people who were first victimized by the dangerous weight-loss supplement fen phen, then by the lawyers who represented them. Chesley and other lawyers extracted an out-of-court settlement from the drug’s maker in 2001, but it was later ruled that they improperly withheld $42 million from their clients. Boone County

Circuit Judge James Schrand held Chesley personally liable. Facing such a large bite out of his net worth, Chesley turned to Ohio judges to block collection of the judgment. Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman was the first to run interference, but the Ohio Supreme Court ruled last year that he had a “patent lack of jurisdiction.” Chesley’s Probate Court tack commenced 13 months ago. The majority opinion outlined each of the maneuvers Chesley has used to keep his creditors at bay.

“Unfortunately, I don’t think you’re going to see a change today, but there’s an election coming up,” Seelbach told activists. With Councilman Wendell Young out after experiencing heart trouble earlier this month, two council members would have needed to change their minds. Council members David Mann, Christopher Smitherman, Amy Murray, Kevin Flynn and Charlie Winburn abstained from voting on the motion last year. “I think you might want to consider having it on an alternate day,” Winburn said last year. “I think you’d get the vote.” Last year’s motion would have made Cincinnati the first city in Ohio to declare an Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Dozens of other municipalities, universities and other organizations have eliminated Columbus Day, including Austin, Texas, which did so Oct. 5. The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission spent more than a year working with activists to put last year’s proposal together.

Ohio Supreme Court Says No to Another Chesley End-Around By a 4-3 vote on Oct. 5, the Ohio Supreme Court stopped a Hamilton County court’s contested liquidation of disbarred lawyer Stan Chesley’s former firm, calling the case “the latest chapter in the ongoing campaign to shelter assets” from creditors holding a $42 million judgment against Chesley in Kentucky.

This year, no council member introduced any legislation seeking to change the day’s designation, which has been a federal holiday since 1937. Council members Yvette Simpson, Chris Seelbach and P.G. Sittenfeld, who all voted for the measure last year, said there simply weren’t enough votes to pass a measure this year, so they didn’t introduce one.

Once, it noted, Chesley asked that the creditors’ lawyer be held in contempt of court for asking that Chesley be forced to transfer his interest in his law firm. It also noted that Chesley, facing arrest in Kentucky for failing to appear in court, sued Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil to block service of the warrant. Chesley was disbarred by the Kentucky Supreme Court in 2013 for his conduct in the fen phen case. Rather than face occupational expulsion in his home state, he retired.

“As a member of the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition, we were proud and honored to submit our resolution last year,” Northside’s Jheri Neri told council last week. “We all know how and why it failed. But a lot has happened in the past year.” Neri pointed out that City Council voted to ask Gov. John Kasich to remove Ohio Troopers from Standing Rock, N.D., voted to make Cincinnati a sanctuary city and changed street names back to their original German names to, as Mayor John Cranley said at the time, “right the wrong” caused by anti-German hysteria during World War I. “This issue has been a much longer time coming,” Neri said. 


support you and buy the things that pay the bills when they can. “The old mom and pop mentality — you don’t find that much anymore,” he says. “You want a cookie but you only have 10 cents? It’s right here. This is not just my store trying to pull money from your community. It’s my community, too, because I live here.” Coolers full of malt liquor from the former owners stand taped off in the back corner. “That’s not the nature of my business,” he says. He didn’t want to sell tobacco, either, but compromised to make the store more viable. It’s a challenge, but one he relishes. “It’s a coat you wear every day,” Stroud says. “Get up, turn the coffee pot on, open up the door. It’s a regimen. To have that taken away from you, when it’s something you love, when you’re expecting that door to open on cue — it’s painful.” On opening day at the Northside store, the regimen was back. Customers wandered in, attracted by a colorful mural above the door painted by Abby Friend, who lives near Stroud. Friend first learned about Stroud via a documentary called Good White People made by local filmmakers Jarrod Welling-Cann and Erick Stoll. Friend and Stroud kept bumping into each other in Northside and soon got to know each other well.

Stroud’s story resonated with Friend, who sees Northside shifting in ways similar to OTR. Others in the community share that concern, which is stoked by the neighborhood’s popularity and new development there. Between 2010 and 2015, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, median rents in Northside’s four Census tracts went up more than $100 a month. “Reginald takes so much pride in what he does, and I admire that,” Friend says. “I admire his interest in creating community through small interactions. I see our community changing, rent prices going up, restaurants charging $13 for a sandwich at lunch, and it’s hard to see myself as part of this neighborhood anymore.” Painting the mural took 25 hours over three days, Friend says, but it was well worth it. “I want non-white, non-male, and working class business owners to be seen and recognized as an important part of our community’s future, past and present,” Friend says. “Anybody’s Dream is more than just a store. It is a place of persistence, resistance and sheer will.” 

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“Kinetic Kauchii DekoSofa” — A pedal-powered, three personmobile couch with a fully furnished coffee table, chandeliers and LED lights, plus a soundscape tailored to BLINK. Created by Baltimore’s Formstone Castle Collective, it will roam between several parking lots. Music is also never far off at BLINK. Nearly 30 artists will perform everything from African dance to EDM and Indie Rock continuously on six stages across the various zones.

BLINK’s Originators

BLINK is the product of imaginative people from several Cincinnati-based creative organizations — Agar, ArtWorks and Brave Berlin — with financial support from the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and numerous other sponsors, plus promotional and event management support from the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Andrew Salzbrun of Agar, an agency that leverages brand activation using events and digital platforms, called BLINK a gift to the city. Marie Krulewitch-Browne from ArtWorks, a nonprofit known for its citywide mural program, compared the event to a megaphone or a springboard. “We are amplifying what’s already here,” she says. “This is a shout-out to the world that we’re doing amazing things in Cincinnati. It’s a platform for our creative talent, an opportunity to flex their artistic muscle and have an audience.” ArtWorks has been promoting Cincinnati’s reputation as a burgeoning creative artistic community for more than 20 years, with singular expertise in community engagement using public art projects and passionate volunteers. They’ll be front and center at BLINK’s inaugural Future City Spectacular parade Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Parade director Pam Kravetz, a prominent (and zany) local artist and art teacher, spent the summer recruiting marchers from neighborhoods and communities across the city. More than 2,000 students, schools, arts groups, cultural groups, musicians and others will march through Over-the-Rhine from Findlay Market to Washington Park, mostly along Vine Street. Many of them will carry handmade lanterns that will be used to decorate scaffolding in Washington Park. The grand marshals will be Bootsy Collins and his wife/manager Patti.

Moving Pictures

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Brave Berlin is best known locally for creating and producing Lumenocity, the event that brought the façade of Music Hall to life with projected animations. BLINK builds on that experience. “This isn’t just about the event — it’s about Cincinnati,” says partner Steve McGowan. “When the lights go down, the city lights up. This is homegrown work from people around here.” McGowan and Reynolds have brought together numerous Cincinnati-based creative agencies to craft the dazzling images projected all over town: DJ Toad, Kyle Ebersole, Epipheo, Foster and Flux, Iacono, Lightborne, We Have Become Vikings, Sean Van Praag and Agar. With the numerous projection locations and equipment needs, an experienced and reliable tech support provider was essential. BLINK has one of the best in the world, PRG (Production Resource Group), a leader in entertainment and event production that’s supporting the band U2 during its current Joshua Tree tour. For BLINK, they’ll manage 27 media servers, 71 projectors, more than 300 lighting fixtures and use 10 lighting consoles to control multiple project sites along the streetcar route. McGowan and Reynolds provided a foundation for BLINK with a “manifesto” that describes how caring communities define, create and shape themselves. “It’s the spirit we’re building BLINK on,” McGowan says.

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he word “blink” is a simple, straightforward term meaning to shut and open your eyes quickly. But it has numerous connotations: a momentary gleam of light, a flash, a flicker, a sparkle, a glimmer or a shimmer. It will take on added meaning this week during a new, free and attention-grabbing four-day Cincinnati event that will cost $3 million to stage. In fact, BLINK — spanning 20 downtown and Over-the-Rhine blocks — will be one of the largest, most innovative light and art events in the nation, featuring large-scale projection mapping — familiar to Cincinnatians who attended the wildly popular Lumenocity event produced in Washington Park from 20132015 — plus light-based sculptures and installations, murals, interactive art and performances. During four fantastical evenings (Thursday through Sunday), there will be things to behold as far as the eye can see. Anyone venturing downtown will find BLINK’s 22 spectacular projections along the 3.6-mile Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar route. The projection-mapped sites will serve as beacons, leading visitors from one display to another. “There’s never a point when you won’t see the next thing in front of you. As you walk or ride, you’ll always know where to go next,” says Dan Reynolds, a partner in Brave Berlin, the creative event and media production company that has overseen the creation of those light projections on numerous iconic buildings. More than 100 events have been strategically placed adjacent to the projection-mapped sites. While the light projections have been developed locally, BLINK’s creative team traveled to quite a few other “light festivals” around the world to identify installations, attractions and performances they wanted to include — and then invited their originators. Examples of those experiences and installations include: “Impulse” — Interactive, acoustic and illuminated seesaws that respond and transform when in motion. Located on the Freedom Center Lawn and created by Lateral Office from Toronto, they’ve been an audience favorite at international light festivals. “Architects of Air” — A pneumatic series of dazzling mazes, winding paths and soaring domes that will fill the Civic Lawn at Washington Park. Half the size of a soccer field, this inflated “luminarium” contains light the same way an aquarium contains water; like a bouncy house full of subtle and saturated color. Designed by Alan Parkinson, who is based in France and England, this is BLINK’s only ticketed attraction; admission is $5. Open 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. “Charlie the Peacock” — With steel plumes that open and close, colored by individually controlled LED lights, “Charlie the Peacock” is 40 feet wide and 20 feet tall. He’s manipulated in real time and set to music. Designed by Tim Scofield, Kyle Miller and Steve Dalnekoff of Baltimore, he’ll be installed at Rookwood Pottery (1920 Race St., north of Findlay Market). “The World’s Largest Mobile Disco Ball” — From Louisville, this piece is 11 feet in diameter, contains nearly 1,000 mirrors and weighs three-quarters of a ton. It will be installed at 15th and Pleasant streets, just north of Washington Park. “The Pool” — An interactive work that’s traveled the world. Visitors step on pads that bring light and color to life. By leaping from one pad to another, multiple visitors can create collaborative movement. Created by New York City-based Jen Lewin, it will be in Washington Park. “The Light Ship” — Forealism Tribe DJs, hailing from “Another Dimension” but currently based in Hebron, Ky., will stage a projection-mapped dance party at 1674 Central Parkway. Constructed from recycled Plexiglas mirrored cuboids, the “ship” presents an otherworldly groove.


BLINK Entertainment Schedule Thursday, Oct. 12 Freedom Center Stage (50 E. Freedom Way, Downtown)

we’re really shining a light on the city. Light is our metaphor for everything that we’re doing.” The event will be spread over four zones. “They each have a little something different to offer,” McGowan says. “The Banks will be a little more recreational. The Central Business District is about tall skyscrapers and other buildings. Over-the-Rhine feels quaint, more like Greenwich Village, more residential. And Findlay Market is maybe a little fringe, in the best way possible.”

9-11 p.m. – Schwartz’s Point The Mambo Combo

Fountain Square Stage (520 Vine St., Downtown) 9-11 p.m. – DJ Mowgli

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Reynolds chimes in, “It’s about a community that cares and has deep love for the city. We wrote this as internal motivation for our team, something to keep us aligned. But the more we shared it, the more we realized it’s playing a bigger role.” The manifesto reads: “The people of the future city are enlightened. In the blink of an eye, their hearts and minds glow with the radiance of transcendent knowing. Knowing the light of a thousand tomorrows of opportunity and hope. Knowing the light that shines from their hearts is all that was ever needed to stay the darkness of ignorance and poverty. Not here they said. Not in our shining city. They work and play and draw the light from one another until it outshines the sun. They light inside revealed in all. The only light that matters. Together they shine with celebration, laughter and labor shared for all the world to see, and in the blink of an eye, their radiance is undeniable.” “What a ‘future city’ has is a cool factor,” McGowan says. “We’re all in this together, a sense of creative community that plays into it. There’s nothing like this in North America. Everyone, people of all ages, can find their way into it. The festival is one part of it, but

9-11 p.m. – Queen City Kings

Charley Harper Homecoming Bluebirds Mural (119 E. Court St., Downtown) 9-11 p.m. – Queen City Silver Stars

Huetopia Stage at Elder & Logan (1674 Central Parkway, Over-the-Rhine) 9-11 p.m. – Forealism Tribe

Findlay Market West Stage (137 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine) 9-10 p.m. – Slow Caves 10-11 p.m. – Modern Aquatic

Friday, Oct. 13 Freedom Center Stage 6-7 p.m. – Kanupriya Sharma 7-8 p.m. – Bi-Okoto 8-9 p.m. – Stafford Berry 9-11 p.m. – Schwartz’s Point Barry Ries & Tim McCord Quintet

Fountain Square Stage 7-8 p.m. – MUSE Cincinnati Women’s Choir 8-9 p.m. – Moonbeau 9-10 p.m. – Go Go Buffalo 10-11 p.m. – Us, Today St. Xavier Church Back Lot 7-11 p.m. – Queen City Kings

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Charley Harper Homecoming Bluebirds Mural 7-8 p.m. – Emmaline 8-9 p.m. – Old Souls String Band 9-11 p.m. – Comet Bluegrass All-Stars

Huetopia Stage 7-9 p.m. – Forealism Tribe 9-11 p.m. – DJ Mowgli Findlay Market West Stage

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7-8 p.m. – New Moons 8-9 p.m. – Beloved Youth 9-10 p.m. – Krystal Peterson 10-11 p.m. – Jess Lamb

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Impacting a Neighborhood

Agar, which also worked with ArtWorks and Brave Berlin on Lumenocity, is responsible for an intriguing art-related, neighborhood development project. Salzbrun and his colleagues spent time with a client in Miami, Fla. and became fascinated with Wynwood, a neighborhood that over two decades deteriorated from an industrial manufacturing district to a crime-ridden neighborhood and then became home to some of America’s most expensive real estate. The catalyst for the change was turning Wynwood itself into the largest outdoor art gallery of oversized murals in the world. The neighborhood inspired the Agar team to create a similar project on Pleasant Street in Over-the-Rhine from Washington Park to Findlay Market. “We’ve put together a series of nine permanent murals,” Salzbrun says. “There’s been a lot of interest in that strip of blocks because of its economic divide north and south of Liberty Street.” That street will be temporarily narrowed to make the connection more walkable. Seven full-scale murals, some four or five stories tall and many by international artists, will be on Pleasant Street. Artists from Belgium, Brazil, London, Spain, Lithuania, Mexico and Puerto Rico, as well as Cincinnati’s own Xylene Projects (whose art is visible on Know Theatre’s home in Over-the-Rhine) have been at work since late September to complete these impressive images.

“I’m excited to be using the urban landscape as a laboratory for future development and future place-making,” Salzbrun says. “Pleasant Street is a perfect place to make a large outdoor art gallery for our city’s core.”

Saturday, Oct. 14 Freedom Center Stage 6-7 p.m. – Kanupriya Sharma 7-8 p.m. – Bi-Okoto 8-9 p.m. – Stafford Berry 9-11 p.m. – Schwartz’s Point The Barry Ries & Friends Quintet

Fountain Square Stage 7:30-10 p.m. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park 10-11 p.m. Black Signal

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Charley Harper Homecoming Bluebirds Mural

Along the way, they met numerous international artists who have been recruited for BLINK. Brave Berlin’s Reynolds says a fortuitous convergence of ideas intersected when he and McGowan met with Maloney on the same day that Salzbrun and Agar proposed a street-art mural event near Findlay Market. “They were talking to Tim and he said, ‘Let’s mash these two up. Maybe there’s something there,’ ” Reynolds says. “Then Artworks came in. They were like the glue, the more community engagement piece of it. That’s where the dream team was born.” It was Maloney who envisioned using the streetcar as BLINK’s organizing focus. Reynolds frequently cites Maloney’s remark, “You don’t program the streetcar for the city. You program the city for the streetcar.” The creative parties agree that the event would have been impossible without sponsors willing to take a leap of faith.

7-8 p.m. – Zak Greenburg 8-9 p.m. – Hickory Robot 9-10 p.m. – Shiny Old Soul 10-11p.m. – Willow Tree Carolers

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Findlay Market West Stage 6-7 p.m. – Sylmar 7-8 p.m. – This Pine Box

The Inspiration and the Impact

The creative team is quick to give credit to Tim Maloney, the Haile Foundation head who was the driver behind Lumenocity. After that event’s three-year run, Maloney began asking what comes next. “We had three great, successful years,” he says. “But everything has a shelf life. We created a hunger for the art form by delivering it on a whole ’nother level.” Lumenocity was inspired by Vivid, a successful light festival in Sydney, Australia, that’s captured international attention for two decades. “We really studied the best in light programs all over the world — Sydney, of course, but also Berlin; two in Great Britain; Lyon, France; Montreal and more,” Maloney says.

8-9 p.m. – TALK 9-10 p.m. – The M.O.O.N 10-11 p.m. – Lemon Sky

Sunday, Oct. 15 Freedom Center Stage 7-8 p.m. – Bi-Okoto 8-9 p.m. – Stafford Berry 9-11 p.m. – Schwartz’s Point The Mambo Combo

8:30-11 p.m. – DJ Mowgli 7-11 p.m. – Queen City Kings

Charley Harper Homecoming Bluebirds Mural 7-8 p.m. – Wonky Tonk 8-9 p.m. – Shiny Old Soul 10-11 p.m. – Shiny & The Spoon

Huetopia Stage 7-9:45 p.m. – Forealism Tribe 10-11 p.m. – Black Signal

Findlay Market West Stage 6-7 p.m. – Blossom Hall 7-8 p.m. – Malcolm London 8-9 p.m. – Frontier Folk Nebraska 9-10 p.m. – Daniel In Stereo 10-11 p.m. – Leggy

“Their confidence is based on our track record and Tim Maloney’s vision — especially their faith in the city and the creative culture that we have here,” Reynolds says. “Because of the visions being created and the moments that are going to happen, it will have a festive atmosphere. But at some point people are going to see that our great buildings and institutions are being lit up, and the people behind the art are going to be celebrated.” The opportunity to showcase the city brought another significant player on board, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “BLINK is an experience, not an event,” says chamber President and CEO Jill Meyer. “It will put Cincinnati on the map with this homegrown event. It’s a way to remind and educate people about all the great things that have made our city into what it is — architecture, festivals, creativity and great stories of collaboration. This is our chance to look at the progressive ‘future city’ that we actually are and shout it from the mountaintops.” The biggest challenge will be taking it all in. One visit will likely not be enough. In fact, four days might not be enough. Don’t blink. You might miss something. BLINK takes place Thursday-Sunday. Shows and exhibits begin at sundown and run until midnight. More info:

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9-10 p.m. – Willow Tree Carolers


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Fountain Square Stage 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Ensemble

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H aunte d W alkin g T ours C O M PI L E D BY M A I JA Z U M M O

It might surprise you to know that several people have died while inhabitants of Cincinnati — and some of them gruesomely. As Halloween approaches and the veil thins between the living and dead, people become increasingly interested in ferreting out the restless spirits. Luckily, Cincinnati has plenty of freaky paranormal tours to take. Bobby Mackey’s Music World — As seen on Ghost Adventures (multiple times), the basement of this former slaughterhouseturned-Honky-Tonk is said to contain the actual portal to hell and the ghost of a pregnant dancer named Johanna. Tours of the nightclub’s catacombs and malevolent spirits take place Friday and Saturday nights — like always, not just during Halloween. Cincinnati Ghost Tour — Led by an actor/professional guide, this walking tour switches things up from the typical Music Hall/Washington Park/Taft Museum/ OTR-style haunted circuit and tells tales of murder and mayhem from the historic Gaslight District. #spookyliberals

Wednesday 11 ONSTAGE: This Random World opens Ensemble Theatre’s 2017-18 season in its new complex. See feature on page 24. MUSIC: Bob Log III plays MOTR Pub. See Sound Advice on page 36.

Thursday 12 EVENT: Downtown Cincinnati and OTR transform into one of the nation’s largest innovative light festivals during BLINK. See cover story on page 16.

FILM: The FADE2BLACK Film Festival runs through Sunday at UC. See Film on page 28. MUSIC: Hudson Xavier University’s excellent Jazz Series recently kicked off its 2017-2018 season — one of the best yet — and a highlight is coming up this

Ultimate Queen City is Haunted — Travel the streets of OTR and hear tales of true crimes and grisly deaths, then visit the most haunted room in the Symphony Hotel to conduct a paranormal investigation.

Thursday. But unlike the rest of the lineup, the concert is being held off of Xavier’s campus (most events are held at the university’s Gallagher Theater) in the spacious and state-of-theart Corbett Auditorium at downtown’s School for Creative and Performing Arts. Though the band name Hudson might not immediately ring bells, the group’s membership should have even casual modern Jazz fans understanding the need for a larger venue (it is also a part of the BLINK Festival). Truly a contemporary Jazz/ Rock Fusion supergroup, Hudson features genre giants Jack DeJohnette (drums), Larry Grenadier (bass), John Medeski (organ/keys) and John Scofield (guitarist), each of whom has been responsible for expanding how Jazz is defined today, exploring and mixing a range of modes and genres. Named for the Hudson River Valley in New York (where each member lives), Hudson came together in 2014 to play the Woodstock Jazz Festival,

Ongoing Shows ONSTAGE: Mr. Joy Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Mount Adams (through Oct. 22)

releasing its self-titled debut album this summer to rave reviews. 8 p.m. Thursday. $35-$40 adult; $15 student. SCPA, 108 Central Parkway Downtown, — MIKE BREEN COMEDY: Jeremy Essig It’s a wonder comedian Jeremy Essig has time to make it to Go Bananas at all, what with everything he has going on: Besides stand-up, he’s also doing some music journalism, as well as performing in two bands in St. Louis (Shark Dad and Let’s Go). “I’m opening a recording studio next month,” he says.” And he may be moving. “I’ve got a line on a good apartment in New York, so I may split time between there and St. Louis.” A former political correspondent, Essig still discusses current events in

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his act, but not in the same way he did a few years ago. “Back then I would comment on policy, but now it’s more about how it affects me,” he says. “I’ve become hyper self-involved as I’ve become older.” Thursday-Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy. com. — P.F. WILSON

Friday 13 ART: A Loaded Conver­ sation at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center features crocheted sculptures of guns to facilitate conversation about

the Second Amendment. See feature on page 25. MUSIC: Pinback plays Woodward Theater. See Sound Advice on page 36. HALLOWEEN: Queen City is Haunted Tour Who — or what — is the Witch of Washington Park? Find out by booking a Queen City is Haunted tour, an American Legacy walking tour that examines the morbid, supernatural underbelly of Cincinnati. You’ll hear stories of local murders, deaths and hauntings while visiting an abandoned cemetery and

exploring grounds where human remains have recently been unearthed. Wear comfortable shoes; if the witch indeed appears, you’ll probably want to be able to run. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes. Fridays and Saturdays through October. $20. Tours begin at 1332 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, — EMILY BEGLEY HALLOWEEN: Beetlejuice Don’t let that Best Actor Oscar nod in 2015 let CONTINUES ON PAGE 18

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MUSIC: Michael Feinstein brings his trio to the Taft Theatre for a show devoted to crooners and the legacy of Frank Sinatra. See interview on page 26.

Dent Schoolhouse — Visit the most haunted parts of Dent, home to an annual Halloween attraction and multiple murdered children. There are no actors or props on this tour, but there is a guide who will elaborate on the horrible history of the building (like when a janitor stuffed dead kids into barrels in the basement) and take you into rooms where ghosts have been spotted.



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ONSTAGE: Dracula The stars have aligned for this Halloween season

EVENT: The Music of John Williams You know John Williams — aka the “master of film music” — from classic movie scores, including those heard in E.T, Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter. Be transported back to when you first saw those films this weekend when John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops tackle Williams’ greatest hits. The orchestra will perform selections from the aforementioned films and more, in addition to the world premiere of the theme from Schindler’s List adapted for cello and orchestra, which was personally offered by Williams for this performance. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $25-$125 adults; $15 kids. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, — ALISON BAXTER

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something slip your memory: Michael Keaton was once the green-haired, pervy bioexorcist that wreaks havoc on an affluent Connecticut family in 1988’s Beetlejuice. Stanbery Park presents the creepy cult classic on Friday the 13th; what better way to spend the unluckiest day of the year than with a movie about a couple that realize they’re actually ghosts and enlist the help of a psychologically unstable demon to terrorize an unsuspecting family? The film rounds out this season’s cinema series at the park. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday. Free. Stanbery Park, 2221 Oxford Ave., Mount Washington, — ERIN COUCH

presentation of a stage adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic tale of the creepy vampire Dracula, opening (prophetically?) on Friday the 13th. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Brian Isaac Phillips is directing, and he says, “I have long been a fan of horror novels, horror films and all things macabre.” He calls the show “a delightful Halloween treat,” and it should be just that with veteran Cincy Shakes actor Giles Davies reprising the title role and Miranda McGee as Lucy. The company’s new OTR theater puts audiences less than 20 feet from the action — so watch out! Through Nov. 4. $55 adult; $51 senior; $31 students. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, — RICK PENDER

EVENT: Retrofittings This annual fashionforward celebration is presented by Saint Vincent de Paul and the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, featuring work by more than 70 sophomore students in a grand fashion show. Here’s the catch: All featured designs were created with findings from Saint Vincent de Paul thrift stores with a budget of $15 each. The evening also includes raffles at the start of the show, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and boutique shopping, with all proceeds from the event benefitting Saint Vincent de Paul Cincinnati. 6:30 p.m. preshow events; 8 p.m. show Saturday. $60 general admission; $50 young professionals; $25 students; $100 VIP. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, — ALISON BAXTER

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Tuesday 17 Saturday 14 EVENT: Taste of Tibet Gaden Samdrupling Buddhist Monastery brings a Taste of Tibet to Clifton. Experience a slice of Tibetan culture as the Clifton Cultural Arts Center transforms into a shopping bazaar with a silent auction and authentic dinner feast. Monks will be preparing a handful of traditional dishes including momo dumplings, bean threads, potato and cheese rounds and Tibetan salt tea to help raise funds for the monastery’s new building project. Dinner will be picnic-style, weather permitting, so bring a blanket or chairs. RSVP requested. 6 p.m. Saturday. $20 adults; $15 children. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Clifton, — MAIJA ZUMMO

Brink Brewing Co., 5905 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, — ERIN COUCH

Sunday 15 EVENT: Friends & Family SIDS Brunch Join some of the best chefs and foodies in the Queen City for a Sunday brunch benefiting the De Cavel Family SIDS Foundation, which conducts programming and research in an effort to eradicate Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Treats, music, kid-friendly activities and a silent auction ac-

company food and drink from some of the city’s best chefs, foodies and restaurateurs including Babushka Pierogies, Bauer Farm Kitchen, Taste of Belgium, Metropole and many others. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. $65 adults; $40 young adults; $20 children. Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State, 3520 Central Parkway, Clifton, — KENNEDY PONDER EVENT: Burlington Antique Show Closing out its 36th season as the Midwest’s premier antiques and vintageonly market, the final show of 2017 takes place on Sunday. Cooler weather means it’ll be a perfect afternoon of hunting and haggling if you’re in the market for farmhouse furniture, giant metal letters, Midcentury tchotchkes, architectural salvage and vintage postcards. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. $4; $6 early bird (6 a.m. entry). Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington, Ky., burlingtonantiqueshow. com. — MAIJA ZUMMO

Monday 16 MUSIC: Best Coast plays the 20th Century Theater. See interview on page 34. MUSIC: Wolves In The Throne Room reimagine Black Metal at the Taft Theatre. See Sound Advice on page 37.


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EVENT: Brink Chili Cook-Off + Homebrew Competition Here in Cincinnati, we have two additional chunks built into our food pyramid reserved for our ideal balanced meal: chili and beer. Brink Brewing Co. is offering the opportunity to satisfy your Queen City diet at a cutthroat competition of chili and beer tasting. Participants will be vying for your vote for the People’s Choice Award with their handcrafted chili and homebrews. Try your luck for a door prize and stick around for a flagon of ale — scratch that, flagon of chili — when the Brink crew taps a chili firkin. 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Free.

Music: Black Violin Classically trained violinist and viola duo Wil B. and Kev Marcus bring their eclectic “Classical Boom” style — a mix of Classical music, Hip Hop, Rock, R&B and Bluegrass — to the Aronoff Center. Citing influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, Black Violin creates a mesmerizing mix of musical styles that thwart any and all expectations. Their latest album, StereoTypes, was released in 2015. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. $15-$45. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, — KENNEDY PONDER



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S C A R Y B E AT You’ll Float, Too

Clown-filled, blood-soaked haunted attractions — and some family-friendly frights BY A L I S O N B A X T ER , E M I LY B EG L E Y, ER I N C O U C H A N D K E N N E DY P O N D ER

Brimstone Haunt Home to two separate attractions, guests can opt to venture through Brimstone Kingdom haunted hayride or the Forgotten Forest (or both). The Kingdom was a prosperous place until it was laid bare by the curse of Brimstone Road. Now it is home to monsters, madmen and all other iterations of macabre characters whose main goal cause chaos on your one-mile ride. The Forgotten Forest, a higher-intensity scare experience, is a walk through a supernatural haunted wood. Ticket office opens 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28. $13 Haunted Hayride; $10 Forgotten Forest; $20 combo. 472 Brimstone Road, Wilmington,

Halloween Haunt at Kings Island Ten haunted attractions, three outdoor scare zones and live shows featuring a host of inhuman creatures transform Kings Island into a foggy hodgepodge of fear. Each attraction features a different theme; if you’re looking to stay in this year’s prevalent clown motif, head to CarnEvil, a circus that never left town after their tent collapsed, trapping everyone inside — forever. Other attractions include a nausea-inducing Slaughter House; a deranged-doctor-filled Urgent Scare; KillMart, a convenience store gone to hell; and the board game-themed Board To Death. Take a break from haunted houses in a Fallout-esque, toxin-infused Wasteland scare zone. Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 28. Tickets start at $31.99. 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason,

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a “touch pass” if you’re feeling exceptionally brave — it allows the characters to interact with you a little more. Don’t be late to class… Through Nov. 4. $20-$50. 5962 Harrison Ave., Dent, — KENNEDY PONDER

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As a self-professed scaredy-cat, there is one comforting thought I’ve always had wandering through haunted houses: If they can’t touch you, then they’re not real. Well, if you’re brave enough, the U.S.S. Nightmare offers the option to make their nautical nightmare a tactile reality. For a few extra shillings, you can become a part of the RIP Experience — a more intense undertaking of the usual haunted tour. It’s a hands-on walk-through, so if you level up, they will touch you and it will be creepy. Baring the flashing red pendant necklace that indicated I was a willing captive of the RIP Experience, I

Lewisburg Haunted Cave Descend into the underworld…literally. This haunted cave — the world’s longest haunted attraction — is located 80 feet below ground in the Lewisburg Limestone Mine and features 500 feet of haunted bridges. Learn more about the mine on a historic (and scare-free) wagon ride hosted by the Lewisburg Historical Society. Keep an eye out for some creepy critters — the cave is home to the largest brown bat population in Ohio. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28. $17 adults; $8 children 10 and under; $8 wagon rides. 4392 Swishers Mill Road, Lewisburg,

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Dent Schoolhouse is an adventure from start to finish. Based on a legend about missing children, a twisted janitor and an unsettling smell coming from the basement, this place is really supposed to be haunted. While my group and I were waiting to enter, we were surrounded by dead students with unusually chipper grins and bright eyes — like they knew that we were in for a treat. They had pale faces with dark under-eye circles and their clothes were ripped because — I found out after asking — they were stabbed to death. A little girl in line behind me asked if it hurt when they died and a dead boy replied with, “Why don’t you let me know?” One of the ghoulish kids even had “you’re next” carved into his cheek. Dent Schoolhouse is said to be the scariest haunted attraction in Ohio, and I must say, I was impressed. Each room in the school was set

up like an all-too-realistic horror movie scene, from the classroom and restroom to the cafeteria and boiler room in the basement. At one point, we were walking through the bathroom and busted pipes started spraying water on us. There were school children begging for us to play with them, the lunch lady asked to serve my liver and the kitchen cook called me “bitesized.” Creepy. There were also a lot of hidden surprises. Whenever I thought, “OK, there’s no one down this hallway,” the wall would slide down and someone would scream for help or reach their hand out to touch me. The clown portion of the schoolhouse was totally spooky. The clowns ranged in size but all had the same curling smile on their faces as they followed us around the room. Clowns have never been my thing so of course they took a particular interest in me. From beginning to end, I felt like I was really inside a schoolhouse from hell. It took about 20 minutes to get through, but that depends on how quickly you’re moving (I was moving at high speed). You can also purchase

This Frankensteinian cornfield and haunted woods returns for its fifth season of frights on a real 1830s farm near an actual Indian archaeological site — both of which are rumored to really be haunted. Keep an eye out for zombies on winding trails throughout the woods, and when the sun sets, try your luck at maneuvering a nighttime corn maze. New this year is a third attraction: Operation Termination Zombie Paintball, which arms you with 100 paintballs against a horde of zombies. 8 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays in October. $12 adults; $10 kids. 11294 State Route 50, North Bend,


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Discover stories of grisly murders, ghastly deaths and other disturbing tales buried deep within Cincinnati’s storied past. Linger in the shadows of an abandoned cemetery teeming with paranormal activity. Walk the grounds where human remains have recently been unearthed and learn the truth about the Witch of Washington Park!

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The Mayhem Mansion As legend has it, bootlegger Robert Haverford became rich during the Prohibition era. But in 1933, when the ban on alcohol was lifted, instead of celebrating, Haverford spiraled into a demented depression because his 8-year-old daughter Elizabeth died. When he invited the town to her wake, he opened one of his finest casks of alcohol. As mourners imbibed, they began to fall ill. At the end of the night everyone was dead, including Haverford himself. When the police came, they discovered a collection of bodies decaying in different rooms of the mansion. Instead of removing the corpses, they simply boarded up the house. Allegedly actually haunted, this collection of gung-ho actors will attempt to scare you to death. 8 p.m.-midnight Fridays; 7 p.m.-midnight Saturdays through October. $15; $10 ages 10 and under; $5 additional for Fast Pass. 13966 DeCoursey Pike, Morning View, Ky.,

Mount Healthy Haunted Hall Experience 20 different scenes at this favorite local haunt, featuring a host of classic creatures like the Wolfman, Frankenstein and zombies. In addition to its central house, the hall is comprised of five tents, backyard areas and a swirling, brain-bending vortex. Popular scenes returning this year include the Hellavator, Satan and Bate’s Motel (Hey, Norman!). 8-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7-9 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28. $10. 7700 Seward Ave., Mount Healthy,

Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride Hold on tight: During this hellish hayride through a cornfield, riders are stalked and taunted by creatures hidden amongst the crops. Familiar faces like Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Leatherface and a bloodied take on Santa Claus appear alongside zombies, backwoodsmen, clowns and chainsaw-wielders. If the ride leaves you wanting for more farmland frights, take a jaunt through the onsite Farmer’s Revenge, an indoor attraction that challenges trespassers to escape a very displeased farmer. 8 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28. $12 hayride; $10 Farmer’s Revenge; $20 combo. 4172 Belleview Road, Petersburg, Ky.,

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With four haunted houses and one haunted trail in the same place, this was unlike any haunted house I have ever been to. On a social level, it was a great place to bring a group of friends because it has a bar, food vendors, live music and circus acts. Surrounded by what felt like a fun Halloweentown vibe, I was actually feeling pretty good when I initially arrived. The first of the park’s houses I ventured into was Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate. Decorated incredibly well — and boasting barely any room to breathe — this house is Land of Illusion’s “cult classic.” With deranged doctors operating on live humans, a butcher shop with pigs cut in half and pools of blood on the walls, I was in a state of panic. All of the houses operate under one overarching rule — actors cannot touch you — but they can do pretty much everything else. At one point, I could feel Dr. Psycho himself breathing down the back of my neck. The park’s other houses are Killer Klowns, Temple of Terror and the VooDoo Bayou Shanty. Killer Klowns is exactly what it sounds like: Playing off the new It movie, it was the most heavily attended of all the houses on the night I visited. Temple of Terror was something right from the Aztec era, with wooden bridges and floors that shift under your feet. After those two, I only had to visit VooDoo Bayou Shanty — and I was horrified. Engulfed in a faux, steamy swamp, this house centered around themes of spells, potions and dark magic. At the end of the night, guests have the option of getting revenge on the creatures that haunted them, Walking Dead-style with the Zombie Sniper Patrol. Guests are loaded up into a truck and sent out to “kill” all the zombies — aka shoot them with paintballs. Although not included with general admission, it’s worth the upcharge. Through Nov. 4. $24.99-$53.99. 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown, landofi llusion. com. — ALISON BAXTER


Hop on a bus straight outta hell and be trailed by fire-belching semis. Riders will venture through fog-filled tunnels, an abandoned mine, an eerie hallow and more, with peculiar creatures hitching rides along the way. Other onsite attractions include a corn maze, two indoor haunted houses and new this year is buried alive and a 4D coffin ride. 7:30 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28. $25; $45 VIP speed pass; $20 Haunted Hallow only; $5 coffin ride. 1261 W. Dalton Road, Wilmington,

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was immediately whisked into the series of 40 haunted scenes. I was first abruptly escorted into a crickity elevator where the abominable crew gave me the low-down on what to expect — an elaborate plot that rivaled the convolutedness of a Darren Aronofsky flick. Surprisingly, there aren’t too many jump-scares in this house; it’s more of a perpetual psychological teardown, with gruesomely made-up characters and unsettlingly realistic special effects. Bloodsucking vampires will offer you a vile of red liquid (Blood? Tomato juice?) to induct you into their clan; “Swamp water” will rise to your waist as you make your way through a maze overseen by Pennywise the clown; lunch ladies in a grimey galley will offer you the finest five-star dining of heads on a spit; and, if you’re lucky, you might have an encounter with Captain William S. Mitchell, the U.S.S. Nightmare’s departed commander. I’m not one for spoilers, but I will say this: Pay attention to the story the characters weave, because it might be your ticket to making it to shore alive. Through Oct. 31. $17-$60. 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., — ERIN COUCH



Steadfast Belief

Ensemble Theatre opens its expanded, renovated facility with a fitting production BY R I C K PE N D ER

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his week, one of Cincinnati’s most established theaters takes on a whole new look. “New” is a relative term for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. As a “premiere” theater, it traffics mostly in new plays — works not previously staged locally. Some productions are also, in fact, world premieres. But ETC has made its home for most of its threedecade existence in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Over-the-Rhine, starting in 1988 at a north-of-downtown address that was far from trendy at the time. The decision to stay put in its stately 1904 bank building at 1127 Vine St., where it moved in 1990, and look optimistically to the future paid off as urban redevelopment built momentum and brought visibility to Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers’ particular brand of thoughtful and impeccably staged dramas, musicals and comedies. But it’s been a long, slow build. Optimism and can-do attitudes are the feisty, passionate Meyers’ stock in trade. She’s been ETC’s artistic director since 1995, starting as an interim leader whose task originally was to shut down the struggling institution. Instead, she resuscitated the theater and has kept it going — thriving, really — for 22 years. This week, her steadfast belief in the neighborhood and the potential for good things there is made fully visible as ETC opens its expanded, renovated facility. “It’s fascinating to have a contemporary theater in historic properties,” Meyers says. “It not only embraces the theater’s legacy but also the city’s legacy. That really keeps us on point so we don’t forget who we are and where we are. It’s great to have neighbors, but we also remember that for years Ensemble was alone on this block. Now, it’s nice to own and occupy 40 percent of it.” The new ETC, opening its first production this week — Steven Dietz’s This Random World — has expanded its established footprint at 1127 Vine to now include four adjacent buildings . Fans of ETC began visiting last weekend when Over-the-Rhine was hopping with people exploring the renovated Music Hall and Cincinnati Shakespeare’s new theater nearby. Among ETC’s new features is a spacious lobby with a dedicated bar and concessions

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area, finished in warm earth tones, and significantly expanded restrooms. An elevator in a new three-story atrium provides increased access to the theater, which has 182 comfortable new seats. Some 8,200 square feet of additional space has created room for classes and programs, especially a flexible space where as many as 100 people can attend readings, rehearsals and talkbacks. Always busy, ETC will ramp up even more with this larger, diversely designed facility. Greater efficiency, thanks to adjacent tech facilities for building and installing sets, has enabled Meyers to add a week of performances for every production. The 2016-17 season had 174 performances with total attendance of 24,366. That number could approach 30,000 this season. There’s already obvious enthusiasm for ETC’s new theater and the 2017-18 season. “Our subscriptions are at their highest level in history,” Meyers says, even before This Random World opens. She carefully chose this play by Dietz, ETC’s most frequently produced playwright. It’s the eighth production of one of Dietz’s scripts — a funny, bittersweet and heartbreaking story about the power of chance, exploring how our lives are often shaped by improbably coincidences. It had its world

premiere in 2016 at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. “I’m a regional theater boy,” said Dietz at the 2016 premiere. “That’s my bread and butter. I’ve been extraordinarily fortunate.” He’s been teaching playwriting at the University of Texas in Austin for a decade, but frequently travels to other regional theaters, especially in Seattle, to write and direct. He says This Random World came together unexpectedly. Traveling to a writers’ retreat in Indiana with a scene in mind about a break-up in a diner, he began to develop scenes and characters. Then he had an epiphany: “What if I subverted this? What if that was a list of scenes that cannot be in the play? I realized that all these people were going to just miss each other.” He initially envisioned a neat, expected ending, but then worried about what would happen if the play came together and the people didn’t? What started out as a fundamentally comedic structure got very serious and sad. It has a lot of ache. An audience watching This Random World will see the missed connections in other people’s lives that we never see in our own. “It surprised me,” Dietz says. “It’s a play I haven’t written before.”

That’s a revelation from a playwright with 40 titles to his credit, but he’s never had a New York hit. He says that has allowed him to explore more theaters and write different kinds of plays. “Steven Dietz’s work is honest, complex and beautiful,” Meyers says. “This Random World is about missed connections and what-ifs in our lives.” It’s the kind of play that she knows ETC audiences appreciate. Dietz is immensely pleased to have This Random World onstage in Cincinnati. (His adaptation of Dracula is Cincinnati Shakespeare’s next production.) “Lynn jumped on this one very soon, and I was just delighted,” he says. “I hope there will be more productions; it’s certainly a play that taught me a lot. I’m actually holding off on publishing it. I asked my publishers to let me see if there are any little tweaks from Lynn’s production that I wanted to use before it’s published.” This Random World is about what-ifs, but there’s nothing uncertain about ETC’s future: It’s a sure thing. This Random World is onstage through Nov. 4 at Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. Tickets/more info:


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for Hunting Season, a 2012 show she curated The National Rifle Association’s Ameriat the Thompson House Shooting Gallery in can Rifleman magazine once published Newport. She next made a couple guns for a story with the headline “Happiness is the Secret ArtWorks fundraiser and reala warm gun,” which inspired a famous ized she’d stumbled into some interesting Beatles song. And maybe creative solutions and seemingly unlimited subject matter. to violence start with a warm and fuzzy She has divided the firearms into broad gun. By presenting iconic firearms in a soft categories, like home protection, huntand approachable format, fiber artist Jen ing, the military and cinema. There’s a bit Edwards hopes she can “disarm” people of sparkle in the pearl-colored yarn of her of their most polarizing views about the Remington Derringer, the first gun that Second Amendment and encourage more women started carrying because it’s so productive discussions. small. Her personal favorite is the ironically Edwards makes crocheted guns with exacting detail but says she’s not a gun enthusiast. She’s upset about the massacre in Las Vegas, and she doesn’t align with any side in the nation’s gun-control debate. Instead, the artist says she wants to be completely nonbiased and hear everybody’s opinions during A Loaded Conversation, her solo exhibit that opens Friday at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. “Yelling at each other on Facebook with solutions — that’s not working,” Crocheted “Peacemaker” in A Loaded Conversation Edwards says. P H OTO : R O B H O L P E R T She has included movable parts in several of her named Colt SAA “Peacemaker.” yarn works to encourage visitors to interact “This is considered the ‘Gun That Won with them at the opening. The cylinder pulls the West,’ so take that for what you will. It out of the Smith & Wesson Model 29, also was a very utilitarian gun. It wasn’t used known as Dirty Harry’s gun. A silencer in war, but more for protection, and if you comes off James Bond’s Walther PPK. The needed dinner,” Edwards says. “There’s a lot Glock 19 has a removable clip. of violence that went with that gun, but there For those afraid of guns, handling a crois a lot of perseverance because of this gun. cheted weapon or even shooting a real one It embodies every bit of the argument that I in a controlled environment is a chance to think everyone should be having.” better “know thy enemy,” Edwards says. The weirdest — and scariest — weapon in “Instead of just saying that guns are bad, Edwards’ crocheted cache might be her veryou should really understand why you think sion of a plastic 2013 Liberator, the first digithey’re bad,” she says. tally printed gun. When Defense Distributed, Likewise, can supporters of the Second a firm founded by a libertarian/anarchist, Amendment explain why guns are good? introduced the 3-D patterns for this new Edwards, a founding member of the yarn kind of homemade “zip gun” four years ago, graffiti group Bombshells of Cincinnati, cromore than 100,000 people downloaded them cheted 15 pistols and rifles for this exhibit, off the internet. fashioning them around squishy foam, So how can the nation adopt limits that plastic mesh and dowels. She spent 30 to 65 ensure that a tragedy like the Las Vegas mashours on each, not including her historical sacre doesn’t happen again? research. “When I don’t have a very good “It’s a hard conversation. You can’t fix it in understanding of something, I really want to a Facebook post,” she says. Or in an art show, delve into it,” she says. she acknowledges. But she likes to think it’s The CCAC exhibit is Edwards’ prize for a first step. winning Best in Show at the center’s 2016 The Golden Ticket juried art exhibit for her A Loaded Conversation opens 6-8 p.m. fiber-art Kentucky long rifle. Her curiosity Friday and continues through Nov. 3 at about firearms started when she crocheted a Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton version of her boyfriend’s heirloom shotgun Ave. More info:




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Feinstein Swings with the Crooners BY A N N E A R E N S T EI N

The term “crooner” applies to male singers “Working with this trio gives us so much with a smooth, sophisticated delivery of stanfreedom to do whatever we want,” Feinstein dards known as the Great American Songbook. says. “There’s an element of spontaneity.” “Crooning is where my heart lies,” says Michael Feinstein’s devotion to American popular Feinstein, iconic performer and passionate song began as a child growing up in Columadvocate for American popular song, who brings bus, Ohio. When he was 20 in 1976, he moved his trio to the Taft Theatre for a show devoted to to Los Angeles and worked as assistant to crooners and the legacy of Frank Sinatra. legendary lyricist Ira Gershwin for six years “Sinatra was every kind of singer,” Feinbefore embarking on his career as performer, stein says. “He started out as a crooner and producer, artistic director and conductor. he embodies a tradition that includes Sammy He says those years were the best groundDavis Jr., Nat King Cole and Dean Martin. work he could have. They’re intertwined, musically and culturally.” “An era in American popular music had Davis, an African-American, enjoyed huge success as a nightclub entertainer and a musical theater star, while struggling with the enormities of racism, as did Cole, the smooth-voiced tenor who died at the age of 42. Martin, one-time partner of comedian Jerry Lewis, was famous for his mellow Italianate baritone. And Bing Crosby, who also will be remembered in Feinstein’s concert, was both a wildly popular singer and actor, enjoying great success from Michael Feinstein: aficionado of the Great American Songbook. the 1920s into the 1950s. P H OTO : R A N D E E S T. N I C H O L A S When asked what he considers essential songs for each singer, Feinstein replies, “Hey There” ended and I was able to meet some of the living for Davis, “When I Fall in Love” for Cole and legends,” he says. “Ira didn’t want those great “Everybody Loves Somebody” for Martin. songs to be forgotten and he shared so much “With Crosby, it could be any number of about their histories.” things,” he says. “And for me, Cole Porter’s Now it’s Feinstein who’s passing on his ‘Night and Day’ captures the essence of Sinatra, knowledge and passion to a new generation. who first recorded this in the early 1940s and In 2007, he established the Great American went on to record several more arrangements, Songbook Foundation, based in Carmel, Ind., from Swing to Disco, God help us.” that serves as an archive, research facilIt’s no small irony that Crosby was Sinatra’s ity and the site of an annual competition. early idol. Feinstein points out that Sinatra was Feinstein is confident the Great American smart enough to recognize that Crosby had the Songbook will endure. crooner genre well-covered. “The music transcends generations and the “Sinatra made a conscious decision to sing eloquent expression of the lyrics, their wit in a different style and that resolve led to and humanity constantly lend themselves reinventing the way we hear the American to reinterpretation and reinvention,” he says. Songbook today,” Feinstein says. “Crosby said, “These songs will continue to attract artists and ‘A voice like Frank Sinatra’s comes once in a audiences because they fulfill something that lifetime. But did it have to be in my lifetime?’ ” isn’t met by contemporary music.” Feinstein is as passionate about the qualFeinstein, however, does worry that live ity of his live performance as he is about the performances are becoming “an endangered material. “I have a set list but it can go awry species.” at any moment, because it does depend on the “So often at our performances, I see people energy and response of the audience,” he says. holding up their devices,” he says. “They’re “The experience is one where I feel most alive not experiencing the real thing. ...Be in the because each performance will be individual moment! You won’t hear these songs sung and will never happen again.” this way again.” Backing him up will be a trio featuring his Michael Feinstein performs 8 p.m. Thursmusic director Tedd Firth on piano, drummer day at the Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Mark McLean and bassist Phil Palombi. Downtown. Tickets/info:


Renovated Music Hall Sounds Wonderful BY A N N E A R E N S T EI N

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The headline for my story last week on the For an encore, Armstrong played a fantasia pending reopening of the renovated Music Hall by the English early Baroque composer John asked: “But how will it sound?” The answer, Bull, originally written in the 17th century for after the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s the virginal, a member of the harpsichord famfirst concert there on Friday, is: wonderful. ily. It’s a piece intended for an intimate space, Sonic balances are equalized, the CSO’s and it came off beautifully. command of dynamic and tonal palettes can The concert’s second half began with by fully heard and the sound’s overall presJonathan Bailey Holland’s Stories from Home, ence and immediacy are a marvel. a tone poem commissioned for the reopening Our seats were a perfect test site. They that encompasses the history of Music Hall were on the first floor under the balcony, and its neighborhood. It’s an elegiac work, where the sound in the past had been frecinematic in structure and tinged with melanquently muddy and unbalanced. The first choly. The percussion section gets star billing thing that struck me was the orchestra’s proximity to our seats, even though we were at the back of the hall. But the hall now is smaller and the stage was thrust forward. At precisely 8 p.m., the lights dimmed and the orchestra filed in from both sides of the stage to cheers and applause from the capacity audience (mostly white, middle-aged and older). CSO president Jonathan Martin made a mercifully brief speech, thanking the audience, the The newly improved Springer Auditorium community and especially P H OTO : A J WA LT Z donors, and then maestro Louis Langrée, the music director and conductor, emerged in white and provides an undercurrent of African tie and tails. rhythms, with the cymbals evoking an eerie A rousing performance of John Adams’ soundscape, along with hushed woodwinds. Short Ride in a Fast Machine opened the conThe orchestral textures separate and converge, cert. The clarity of the brass added more than rising to a crescendo. The brass section soars excitement. The tonal palette’s range was but never drowns out the strings’ brilliance, to clearly audible and the balance was spot-on. I stunning effect. scribbled on my note pad “YAY” when it ended. The concluding work was Scriabin’s SymThe stage was set for Beethoven’s Piano phony No. 4, Opus 54, or The Poem of Ecstasy, Concert No. 1 in C, which proved to be another known for its constant harmonic and tonal successful demonstration of how well the hall shifts. Scriabin added an organ to his score can convey dynamic contrast from smaller that calls for full orchestra forces. I heard all ensembles. The concerto opens with hushed of that in the CSO’s energetic performance. phrases from the strings that came through Writer Henry Miller referred to this work as with a delicately textured warmth. “a bath of ice, cocaine and rainbows,” and if it Soloist Kit Armstrong played with assurwasn’t quite at that level, it was played with ance and solid technique, the fiendishly difaudible zest. Every section got to show off, and ficult passages were transparent and steady. before the piece concluded, the house lights Just as I was hoping for more expression, came up and the audience rose to its feet. Armstrong gave the concerto’s second moveCalled back several times, Langrée led the ment a graceful, romantic sensibility. The CSO in Leonard Bernstein’s raucous overture final movement’s lively rondo was brisk and to Candide. In a moving tribute, when Langrée energetic, with brash flourishes that brought gestured for the orchestra to stand, they stayed out the rondo’s playful character. seated, allowing him to take a solo bow. The piano’s center placement in front of the I wish the CSO had brought out all the workorchestra rendered an immediacy and purity ers and designers for a round of applause. It of tone throughout the performance. The would have been a well-deserved acknowledgeorchestral balance was perfection and I was ment of the many people who helped to make again pleased by the dynamic range that’s now Music Hall’s renovation finish on schedule and so audible. look and sound so good. 



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Talk about a labor of love. I can’t accurately pinpoint when I first met filmmaker Pam Thomas, founder of Black Folks Make Movies and the driving force behind Cincinnati’s inaugural FADE2BLACK Film Festival, which runs from Thursday through Saturday at University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. But I do know that our first meeting paved the way for an ongoing educational and experiential journey. Discussing fi lm with Thomas, especially African-American cinema, is akin to trying to debate Aphrodite on the subject of love. Thomas lives, breathes and dreams in the moving images of black folks in this thoroughly modern art form. During a brief three-day window, F2B will spotlight a wide array of screenings and guests (including myself in my role as fi lm critic). Actor, filmmaker and political activist Danny Glover will deliver opening remarks via video. Present will be co-host (with Thomas) Charles Burnett, whose classics of African-American cinema include To Sleep With Anger (featuring Glover) and Killer of Sheep. Also scheduled to be here are Carol Munday Lawrence, producer of the documentary Oscar Micheaux, Film Pioneer; Tanya Hart, a documentarian as well as a television and radio personality; Atlanta-based filmmaker Patrick James Thomas (Cut My Hair, Barber); and film historian Dr. V. Paul Deare. To Sleep with Anger, Oscar Micheaux: Film Pioneer and Cut My Hair, Barber are scheduled to run at the festival. Among the other films to be screened are 1939’s Harlem Rides the Range, featuring the first great black singing cowboy, Herb Jeffries (often billed as Herbert Jeffrey); a more modern western with African-American cowboys, 1972’s Buck and the Preacher, starring Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier (who also directed); and Julie Dash’s 1991 Daughters of the Dust, which is on the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. From 1984 to 1994, Thomas dedicated 10 years to producing (with Bestor Cram) the documentary Midnight Ramble: Oscar Micheaux and the Story of Race Movies, which was nationally broadcast on PBS’s The American Experience in 1994 and will be shown during F2B. The film — about the first major African-American filmmaker, who was active from the 1920s to 1940s — served as a sermon for Thomas, an impassioned call to the cinematic faithful and the curious seekers, an enticement to feel the fire contained in fi lm and discover stories of black love and life here in the United States. And it was her opportunity to seize the medium to tell the story of black folks using film to tell their own stories. Now, under the aegis of Black Folks Make Movies, in conjunction with the University of

Cincinnati Center for Film and Media Studies, Thomas is proudly presenting her first F2B Film Festival, subtitled “Celebrating Black American Cinema 1910-Present.” The event is a contextual chronicle of the black experience and its century-plus struggle to define its image on fi lm from an “Afrocentric” perspective, and the process of sharing a richly historical narrative snapshot of the AfricanAmerican experience. Cincinnati fi lm fans should be particularly excited about hosting writer-director Burnett,

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who along with cinematographer Owen Roizman, actor Donald Sutherland and French director Agnès Varda, will be recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Nov. 11 as “artists whose work embodies the diversity of our shared humanity.” As an independent fi lmmaker, Burnett has dedicated his efforts to portraying the little-seen African-American experience. In 1978, his first feature was Killer of Sheep, which he wrote, produced, photographed, directed and edited. His 1990 To Sleep With Anger and 1994 The Glass Shield garnered attention beyond the indie world. Burnett also directed documentaries, including Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property and a number of short fi lms. I am scheduled to facilitate the discussion with Burnett following Friday’s 7:15 p.m. screening of To Sleep With Anger. (Find a full interview with Pam Thomas at The FADE2BLACK Film Festival runs Thursday-Saturday at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. More info/tickets:


‘American Vandal’ Satirizes True Crime Series BY JAC K ER N

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True crime series have saturated our unexpected twists and turns not unlike the screens at a rapid pace in recent years, from bingeable series it lampoons. The more seriously dramatized miniseries like The People v. O.J. the characters take it, the funnier it becomes. Simpson: American Crime Story and NBC’s While there are references to the many recent Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez popular true true crime series out there, it’s the Murders to docuseries like Making a Murderer, podcast Serial that takes the brunt of the spoofThe Jinx and The Keepers. They’re compelling, ing, and Peter makes a very convincing Sarah they’re addictive, they’re headline snatching Koenig. He gets too close to Dylan and begins and… they’re getting a little ubiquitous at this to form his own biases, not unlike Koenig with point. Which means the genre is ripe for a Serial’s first subject, Adnan Syed. When Peter parody. Enter American Vandal (Netflix). and Sam find themselves grouped with their Adopting the format of a serious high school possible suspects, they try to become unbiased student-produced web series, mockumentary and investigate one another. American Vandal investigates the fallout of a costly campus prank pinned on a likely assailant. When 27 faculty cars at Hanover High School are vandalized — spray-painted with bright red, cartoonish penises, no less — senior Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro) emerges as the obvious suspect. The disruptive class clown is infamous for his crude doodles, often left on the whiteboards of unsuspecting teachers. Dylan is expelled, the penises are painted over and Who spray-painted dicks on cars at Hanover High School? Hanover looks to move on. P H OTO : C O U R T E SY O F N E T F L I X But amateur filmmaker and sophomore Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) questions Dylan’s guilt As the student-produced web series within and launches a full investigation of the crime, the show goes viral, social media begins to interviewing students, teachers and family impact the ongoing documentary. Obsessed members, concocting new theories and creatviewers (“American Fandals”) offer tips and ing a world of trouble for the entire school. theories. Peter includes any piece of informaDicks are funny. But the real humor in this tion even tangentially related to the case in his satire comes from how seriously Peter takes documentary, to the chagrin of those whose this documentary. As the season unfolds, it’s secrets are unnecessarily exposed. Hanover actually easy to forget the whole show is a faculty come to find the show and Peter himself farce. The somber imagery in the title sequence a distraction on campus, and the tables are harkens back to that of Making a Murderer, and turned on our young filmmaker. Vandal commits all the way down to the credits, Vandal exhibits a self-awareness that where Peter and his buddy Sam Ecklund (Grifexposes the flaws of the genre. We’ve all seen fin Gluck) are listed as the filmmakers, with a doc that takes itself too seriously; rarely do their teacher Mr. Baxter as executive producer. we get an unbiased view from even investigaThere are digital recreations of the crime tive journalism-backed ones. It also exposes scene and other related events, just like you’d see the human flaws so often played out within a on an episode of 20/20. And your high school A.V. school — the tendency to blame the troubleclub has nothing on these kids’ moviemaking maker, the reluctance to speak out, damaging skills — the directing and cinematography is gossip, moderately corrupt faculty. The list genuinely impressive (because they’re executed goes on. by actual professionals), something the students Funny Or Die and CollegeHumor alumni cleverly address as the series unfolds. Tony Yacenda (Vandal co-creator/writer/ Would-be culprit Dylan is believably dopey, director) and Dan Perrault (co-creator/writer) yet frustratingly hysterical. Tatro is terrific in manage to not only elevate a dick joke into a the role — all of these young actors are! They four-hour mockumentary series and successportray realistic, understated teens that totally fully satirize true crime, but also capture a could get caught up in a school saga revolvgenuine high school experience in an inventive ing around penis graffiti. The audience gets way that’s familiar but fresh — and hilarious. sucked in, too. Vandal paints a mystery with Contact Jac Kern: @jackern


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Drunken Tacos blends Asian ingredients with Mexican staples and plenty of booze BY S E A N PE T ER S


flour tortilla. There are standard ingredients like beans, steak and queso fresco, with extra unexpected fillings including daeji tacos with spicy pork, and one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes: bulgogi tacos. The bulgogi incorporates Cha’s mother’s recipe for Korean-style marinated beef — its sweet flavor harmonizes with the heat from sliced jalapeños and fruitiness of grilled onion. It’s spicy enough to warn those with an aversion to capsaicin to try something less intense, such as the pollo taco (chicken with red cabbage, salsa verde and cilantro) or vegetal (mushrooms, purple cabbage, beans, sour cream, pico and queso fresco). “My next plan is for a kimchi and tofu taco for vegetarians,” Cha says. “A lot of people do not like kimchi in Cincinnati, or they’re afraid of spicy cabbage. But in big cities it’s different. In Chicago, L.A., New Drunken Tacos York, everybody loves kimchi.” Nightlife Café Along with a 200 W. McMillan lengthy beer list, speSt., Clifton, 513-721cialty cocktails like a 9111, Mexican Mule (tequila ucdrunkentacos; Hours: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 and ginger beer) and a.m. Monday-Thursday; almost 20 types of te11:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m. quila, there are seven Friday; noon-2:30 a.m. “house margaritas,” Saturday; noon-midavailable by the glass night Sunday. or pitcher. The traditional margarita is more tart than sweet, which may surprise Bulgogi tacos with Korean-style beef a few ’rita rookies who are accustomed to P H OTO : H A I L E Y B O L L I N G E R overly sweet strip-mall Mexican drinks. FC Cincinnati fans have been known to arrive at Drunken Tacos en masse before heading to Nippert Stadium for pitchers of “Just Peachy” margs (peach purée with rum) — colored bright orange to match FCC spiritwear. Because the restaurant operates bar hours, Before it was called Drunken Bento, Cha’s Cha expects a lot from his kitchen staff. “We first restaurant was named iZen, eliciting prep in the morning, then after lunch, again afthe modernity of iPhones and contrasting ter dinner and then one more time, for late night. with the ancient mysticism of Zen Buddhism. It’s more work, but it’s more fresh,” he says. It didn’t catch on as well as he wished. He Cha maintains a near constant presence in changed the name to iZen’s Bento when he his restaurants. Casual diners will know him started offering boxed lunches, or bentos, as a by sight after only a few visits.  dining option. This was before Cha purchased “I want very, very friendly customer service a liquor license. Once his restaurant started from my staff. I joke around with people all pouring drinks, business really flowed and he the time, with my employees while they’re changed the name to Drunken Bento. doing work. After work I yell at them, after “I got inspired from my favorite Korean Hip Hop band, Drunken Tiger,” Cha says. they’ve clocked out, if I saw something wrong.

If I yell at them during work, they can’t smile. After work I become evil. There’s a balance,” Cha says with a laugh. “Restaurant business is all about the long run. I don’t see tomorrow or the day after tomorrow; I see two years. I try not to follow the money. Money naturally follows me later on. It’s always reputation first, rather than money. Everyone at my table is my teacher.” 

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acos, burritos and torta sandwiches are standard fare for a Mexican restaurant. But Drunken Tacos Nightlife Café in Clifton Heights flips this familiar menu on its head by using East Asian flavors to create surprisingly spry and versatile meals that can satisfy the palate of any nationality. Also — as the restaurant name suggests — the drinks are worth more than a few sips. Drunken Tacos is run by Inho Cha, the man who owns and operates Drunken Bento, a sushi and Korean restaurant located only a few doors down on West McMillan Street. A native of Seoul, Cha opened Drunken Bento eight years ago after graduating from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied violin. Earlier this year, Cha decided he wanted to open a Mexican restaurant after being treated to the tacos made by his Latino kitchen crew at Drunken Bento. The quality of the Mexican and Guatemalan cuisine his staff served after work was so excellent that Cha had a feeling a new restaurant would thrive if he were to embrace their traditional recipes and introduce his own Korean influence. “My favorite hobby is to eat out,” he says. “There’s no Mexican restaurant in Clifton except for the one on Ludlow (Los Potrillos). There’s Chipotle, but that’s different.” Upon entering Drunken Tacos, the open kitchen behind the fully stocked bar greets you with the scents of hot pepper and grilled meat. The decor is simultaneously rustic and modern, creating a comfortable and welcoming environment. If the weather is fine, the south-facing wall, comprised of garage-doorstyle windows, can slide up to open onto the street. And with late-night hours — until 2:30 a.m. on weekends — Cha is hoping to become a neighborhood staple. “We have a good reputation from Drunken Bento, so we didn’t really have to advertise at all when I opened this restaurant,” Cha says. “There was a different sushi restaurant at this location and they tried to compete with me and it didn’t work, so they gave up. There’s no reason for me to have two sushi restaurants on the same block. I wanted Clifton people to have more options for late-night food with a nice atmosphere, where they’d want to hang out.” The Drunken Tacos menu offers a selection of “apetitivos” — chips and salsa, guacamole, surprisingly spicy queso dip, Mexican street corn, etc. — a handful of burrito and torta options and 10 taco styles, served on a corn or




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6085 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, 513-531DELI, Grand Central Delicatessen is a bar and deli that blends an Art Deco speakeasy with modern touches. It is not a straight-up Jewish deli — it spins NYC deli cuisine and injects it with a bygone-era theme and atypical items like guacamole-stuffed peppadews and spinach dip. They offer more than a dozen sandwiches, most of which are made with Boar’s Head meats. The Remus is

named after Cincinnati bootlegger George Remus and comes with Genoa salami, prosciutto, mortadella, capicola, provolone and roasted red peppers on ciabatta bread. They have three kinds of tuna salad sandwiches, including a vegan tuna ($6.50) with chickpeas, celery, nutritional yeast, onions, lemon juice and kelp granules folded into vegan mayo and set on Sixteen Bricks sourdough. As far as vegan sandwiches go, this was one of the best I’ve tasted anywhere. The rest of the expansive menu features appetizers, sides, cocktails and a deli counter in which you can get sandwiches and sides like goetta potato salad to go. Sides are separate, and I tried the buffalo sauce and blue cheese potato salad. It was creamy, with a slight kick from the hot sauce. After eating all of this, I managed to save room for dessert and you should, too. They serve seasonal slices of O Pie O pies and Peace Street Bakery vegan cakes. (Garin Pirnia)

Melt 4100 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-8188951, Funky little Melt Eclectic Café debuted new digs this summer in the ground floor of new Gantry mixeduse development on Hamilton Avenue. The vegetarian-friendly eatery now dominates a prominent corner in what owner Molly Wellmann calls “the heart of Northside.” It has more than twice as much space, a completely different vibe and a new, full-service bar overseen by Cincinnati’s unofficial cocktail queen.   Wellmann said they are going one step at a time until the fi nished product looks just like she and her team envision. That vision includes a front-porch-style patio dining area, Sunday brunch and the eventual addition of more entrée-like dinner options.  And yet, when it comes to the food menu, the new Melt is very similar to the old Melt — so far at least, the only notable menu changes emanate from the bar, not from the kitchen.  Melt’s niche has always been top-notch sandwiches, especially grilled ones fi lled with oozy cheeses. I’ve always loved the Artichoke Melt — served open-faced with a garlicky artichoke-spinach spread, tomatoes and white cheddar — but somehow nobody I was with ordered it that night. I had the Verde Chicken, a grilled sandwich with a pleasing flavor profi le of pesto, artichoke, other veggies and melted provolone cheese. Another hit was the East Village, topping smoked turkey with lots of creamy goat cheese surrounded by grilled sourdough bread. (PM)

CLASSES & EVENTS Wednesday 11 Four Nights of Nostalgia — Krohn celebrates Cincinnati’s days gone by with Four Nights of Nostalgia. This time, guest speaker Molly Wellmann tells tales of Nicholas Longworth, noted local winemaker, and serves a special cocktail. Adults only. 6-7:30 p.m. $15; includes a drink ticket and light refreshments. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, krohn.cincyregister. com/2017nostalgia2.

Thursday 12 Murder on the Menu — One warm night in 1879, a gunshot rang out near Washington Platform. Shortly after, a young businessman was found dead in the alley across from City Hall. The night begins with a walking tour of the crime, followed by a four-course dinner, during which the rest of the story unfolds. Dishes are what was common in the 1800s and are paired with local craft beer. 6 p.m. $45. Washington Platform, 1000 Elm St., Downtown, Italy: North and South Culinary Class — This Italian-themed class will introduce the cooking techniques and ingredients from Northern and Southern Italy. Northern Italy is known for rice and corn cookery, while Southern Italy is known for tomatoes, olive oil, peppers, pasta and sardines. 6-8 p.m. $75. Findlay Kitchen, 1719 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

Navy Bean Fall Festival — This unique fall festival is a nostalgic trip to Main Streets past. Set in historic downtown Rising Sun, Ind., the fest food highlights include navy bean soup and homemade cornbread, with festival rides, live music, a big parade and fest queen pageant. 5 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Free admission. Main and Front streets, Rising Sun, Ind.,

Saturday 14 Sauerkraut Festival — This fest slings more than seven tons of sauerkraut during the weekend, on top of and inside everything from pizza and fudge to Polish cabbage soup and German sundaes (mashed potatoes topped with kraut, cheese, sour cream, bacon bits and olives). 9 a.m-8 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. North Main Street, Waynesville, Crab Carnival — Washington Platform hosts its 17th-annual Crab Carnival with an entire menu devoted to steamed or chilled crab; crabbatizers; crab soups, salads and sandwiches; and crab in other creative iterations, like the Crab Carnage Steamer, a mixed variety of steamed crab to a twice-baked potato, rolls and your choice of soup or salad.

Brink’s Chili Cook-Off and Homebrew Competition — Combine the best of Cincinnati’s history with a chili and beer competition. Chili cookoff entry forms and chili-beer home brew entry forms were due by Sept. 29, but you can still bring your taste buds to vote for the People’s Choice Award. The event includes door prizes and the tapping of a special (weird?) chili firkin. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Brink Brewing, 5905 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, Taste of Tibet — A wide array of vegetarian and nonvegetarian Tibetan dishes — prepared by monks — will be available to sample, along with a Tibetan bazaar and silent auction. Try momos, bean threads, potato and cheese rounds and traditional Tibetan salt tea. Benefits the Gaden Samdrupling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. RSVP requested. 6-8 p.m. $20; $15 ages 12 and under. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Clifton, Harvest Moon Family Festival — A family-friendly festival where you can roast s’mores over the fire, see clowns juggle, enjoy a hayride around the park — or a pony ride — and explore a smokehouse. 5-8 p.m. Free admission. Swaim Park, corner of Cooper and Zig Zag roads, Montgomery,



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Best Coast squeezes in some headlining dates between opening for Paramore and beginning album No. 4 BY JAS O N G A R G A N O


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alifornians Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno have been creating melody-riddled Rock songs as Best Coast for nearly a decade, moving with relative ease from the fuzzed-out, lo-fi bliss of 2010’s Crazy for You to the sleeker sonics of their third and most recent album, 2015’s California Nights. Cosentino sings with a voice that channels equal parts Stevie Nicks, Belinda Carlisle and Liz Phair and writes universal lyrics that center on relationships — good, bad and indifferent. Bruno’s multi-instrumental talents are most obviously manifested through his reverb-driven guitar work. Best Coast is currently finishing up an extensive North American tour opening for Paramore, which should infect whatever comes next in the ever-evolving Cosentino/ Bruno collaboration. CityBeat connected with Cosentino to discuss everything from becoming a touring adult to why cats are the best.


CityBeat: You’ve been opening for Paramore on the current tour, but for the Cincinnati show you’re headlining a smaller venue. Why did you want to add a few headlining shows? Do you approach touring in general any differently these days? Bethany Cosentino: Paramore takes a lot of days off and we’re not super into too many days off on tour. You get into a rhythm and you want to keep going. So we booked a bunch of our own headlining shows in between Paramore dates and we decided to do them at small, intimate venues because we don’t really play small venues anymore. Touring is a lot easier for me now than it used to be. I mean, don’t get me wrong — it’s still hard and exhausting — but I feel like I’m just better at it. I know how to pace myself better and drink a lot less, eat healthier, exercise more. I tour like an adult now instead of a wild teen like I used to. CB: You’re between album cycles right now. How do you approach crafting a setlist when you’re not touring behind a new record? BC: We’re playing a combination of songs from all the albums and some B-sides at these

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shows. We don’t play new songs because we don’t like playing things that aren’t fully figured out yet. Everything always ends up on the internet and I don’t want people’s first impression of new music to be from some shitty YouTube or Instagram video.

producers and really let people help us take our songs from point A to point B. It’s exciting to have been doing it for this long and have a really great, supportive fan base. It kind of means we get to do whatever kind of album we want and we know we’ll have people backing us up.

the songs will be a little different, but I can tell you for sure I’m not going to be writing a bunch of political or protest songs. I just want to write about life, because that’s what people need in scary times — they need to relate and remember they’re not alone.

CB: How would you describe your sonic evolution from the fuzzed-out, lower-fi approach of the first album to the sleeker sound of ‘California Nights’? BC: We basically just got a bigger recording budget. Crazy for You was made for, like, no money, and it took us a week to make. The sound was intentional, but I think at the time that’s just what we thought we should do. We like to change sonically with every record. It’s called growing up, really.

CB: Your voice and Bobb’s guitar anchor Best Coast, which probably shouldn’t come as a surprise given that you two are the lone constants over the years. What makes Bobb unique as a musician and collaborator? BC: Bobb is just one of those guys that knows everything. He’s so knowledgeable on music and musical instruments and production ideas… He’s a great guy to have in my court. We also just get along incredibly well. We don’t fight. We tease each other like brother and sister but we never actually argue. There’s little to no ego involved in what we do, so it makes our jobs a lot easier.

CB: How do you think social media and having immediate feedback with fans — or even non-fans — impacts what you do as a musician? BC: I dunno about the feedback part because I try to not pay attention to online criticism from complete strangers, but I will say it’s awesome to have social media to get the message across and connect with the fans. It’s also cool that I can send out a tweet announcing something or filling people in on something and they see it immediately. I’m also really awkward and anxious in person so it’s helpful to have that platform to engage with the fans, so I don’t have to be an awkward mess in real life with them.

CB: As you move into album No. 4, are you conscious about doing something different than you’ve done in the past? BC: It’s usually organic, but as we approach the process for this next record, I am thinking a lot about how we can do it differently. And that doesn’t even mean like come up with a new sound — because I don’t think we’ll ever be one of those bands that puts out an album and people hear it and they say, “This is Best Coast?” — but instead, trying things differently. Collaborate with one another differently, try out some

CB: It’s hard for the current political climate to not influence what artists are creating right now, and you’ve been vocal on social media about a variety of things going on. But most of your songs are written from a firstperson point of view about specific relationship issues. Will that change? BC: I’m not totally sure. I think it’ll change my perspective a lot, so maybe the content of

CB: Finally, why are cats the best? BC: Because they love you when they want attention and then they could care less about you when they wanna chill and do their thing. That’s basically my personality in a nutshell. Best Coast plays 20th Century Theater Monday with Tweens. For tickets/more info, visit


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Petty Quibbles Saturday Night Live honored the late Tom Petty and the victims of the recent mass shooting at a Las Vegas Country music fest by having Jason Aldean (who was onstage in Vegas when the shooting began) open the show with a defiant version of Pett’s “I Won’t Back Down.” But it was not without some awkwardness. Besides Hollywood Reporter’s initial misidentification of the tune as “Stand My Ground” (which makes the song sound like a Second Amendment rally-cry), one has to wonder how Sam Smith felt before his big moment as musical guest on the show. A co-writing credit for Petty was added to the British singer’s biggest single, 2014’s “Stay With Me,” after Petty’s people confronted Smith’s reps over the melodic similarity between “Stay” and… “I Won’t Back Down.”

Rock Hall Announces 2018 Noms The first round of nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2018 induction ceremony again shows the Hall’s efforts to balance relevancy/ coolness (Radiohead is up for induction in in its first eligible year), efforts to play catch-up (MC5 and The Cars return to the ballot) and nods to diversity (LL Cool J occupies the “But it’s the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, man!” slot again this year). Others on the “long list” include Nina Simone, Depeche Mode, The Meters, Kate Bush, Dire Straits, Judas Priest, Eurythmics and Bon Jovi, who is winning the Hall’s online “fan poll” by a lot. The official 2018 inductees will be announced in December.

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bob log iii, we’re witches

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Carpool Karaoke might not be the joyous laugh-fest Justin Bieber and Katy Perry have led us all to believe it is. To hear Foo Fighters tell it (the band did the bit for James Corden’s Late Late Show in September), it’s about as “fun” as waking up at 6 a.m. to talk to some FM radio “morning zoo” asshole to promote a concert. Guitarist Pat Smear told NME that “by hour three in dude’s car it got less fun,” while Dave Grohl tried to be more diplomatic, saying Corden was nice and it was just an awkward experience.

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In early September, New Sincerity with the fi rst album confronting grief and Works — the project spearheaded by veteran the second album representing someone of a Cincinnati musician Mike Tittel — issued reflective, uncertain-but-hopeful rebuilding Wonder Lust, the band’s third full-length period (with eyes on the past, present and release since its origins in 2013. While three future). Wonder Lust seems to be the resolve, albums in four years suggests a uniquely showcasing a humble acceptance, comfort prolific pace, the abundance of New Sincerity and appreciation for where life has gone with Works material isn’t indicative of a haphazwisdom, grace and empathy. ard “release every scrap of music conceived” While the conceptual themes add an vanity project. The opposite is true, in fact extra compelling layer to New Sincerity — all three of Tittel’s New Sincerity Works Works, fans of catchy, smart Pop Rock can efforts contain high-quality, powerfully dive in anywhere and fi nd much to enjoy — melodic Rock songs. Each self-recorded longno “big picture” context required. Wonder player is also well thought out and carefully constructed as an “album,” as opposed to merely collections of unrelated songs. Tittel — who made his name as a drummer for eminent, critically heralded Power Pop artists like Cincinnati’s Roger Klug and the Bay Area’s Loud Family (led by Game Theory’s Scott Miller) — has also noticeably grown as a writer, arranger and bandleader across his three albums, which is saying New Sincerity Works a lot considering how imP H OTO : M I C H A E L W I L S O N pressive the songs were on 2013’s 44, the largely solo New Sincerity Works debut that introduced Lust is devoid of clunkers, but highlights inTittel as a formidable “new” Pop/Rock songclude the warm, twinkling opener “I’ve Got writing talent (while he’d written songs for You,” the rollicking “Just Like Vapor,” which years, this project was the fi rst time he’d put shimmies and shines like an outtake from together a public presentation for his music). Big Star’s sessions for the classic #1 Record Where 44 had a “full band feel” (he formed (albeit with swirling synth squiggles from a a group to perform live after the release), later era, a recurrent texture on the album), Wonder Lust has a confidence and cohesion and the unforgettable title track, which is as that seems to reflect the current lineup good of a new Pop Rock song as you’ll hear in of New Sincerity Works, which features 2017. Wonder Lust revels in the recalibratguitarist/singer Klug, drummer Greg Tudor ing, resurrective power of song and melody. (who plays bass in Klug’s band), legendary New Sincerity Works’ albums come by their local bassist Bob Nyswonger (foundational timeless nature effortlessly, eschewing member of a Cincinnati Pop Rock juggerforced of-the-moment tricks or fads for a nauts like psychodots, The Raisins and The resonating emotional honesty that makes Bears), singer/keyboardist Lauren Bray and them feel less like “product” and more like guitarist Mike Landis, another veteran who an urgent Pop manifesto. has performed in local groups like PromNew Sincerity Works celebrates Wonder enade and The Great Modern. It says a lot Lust’s release this Saturday with a free about Tittel’s songs that he has been able to performance at MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., enlist such a murderers’ row of players for Over-the-Rhine, Wake the New Sincerity Works. Bear — the solo project of former Promenade Tittel’s creative evolution goes handfrontman Scott Cunningham — comes out of in-hand with the thematic development hibernation to open the show at 10 p.m. advanced across the band’s three albums. For more on New Sincerity Works, visit Using songwriting as catharsis amid the Wonder Lust is kind of life changes that often lead to a “midavailable through the site as a download and life crisis,” Tittel told CityBeat after 2015’s it can also be ordered on vinyl and CD. Nowadays album that his three full-length Contact Mike Breen: statements were emerging as a “trilogy,”






Bob Log III

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Wednesday • MOTR Pub


Bob Log III is a relentless one-man Blues machine. Born in Chicago but raised in the Arizona desert, he is a curio in a jumpsuit, a slide guitar maestro with enough showmanship kitsch to give Jon Spencer a run for his money. Inspired by equal parts AC/DC and Delta Blues advocate Mississippi Fred McDowell, the 40-something Log tours the world about half of each year, armed with nothing but his guitar, a makeshift microphone wired to a helmet that covers his entire head and foot peddles that allow him to add rhythm. “I describe my music as a Guitar Party! with the exclamation point,” Log once said in an interview with the blog “I make something fun to play on guitar, then add drums to it until it’s even more fun to play. I am usually trying to sound like two guitar players and at least two drummers, sometimes three. People dance and smile so much their faces hurt in the morning.” Log’s songs ride on his versatile guitar antics — finger picking one minute, riffing righteously the next. His voice is but another instrument in the mix — grunts and groans and callouts are as important as the often-rudimentary lyrics that emanate from his muffled mouth. He’s released eight or so full-length solo albums over the last 20 years — the most recent being 2016’s Guitar Party Power — but its Log’s singular, stripped-down one-man-band live show that remains his calling card and, as he is fond of saying, his saving grace. (Jason Gargano)


Friday • Woodward Theater

Pinback is one of many Indie Rock entities that

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include the considerable talents of Zach Smith, better known as Armistead Burwell Smith IV, and Rob Crow, a pair of singing, songwriting multi-instrumentalists from San Diego. Smith and Crow roomed together but didn’t begin to collaborate musically until Smith’s departure from his first high-profile band, Three Mile Pilot, over Geffen Records’ attempts to alter the band’s sound. Smith and Crow then formed Pinback in 1998, naming their new band after a character in John Carpenter’s 1974 cult science fiction classic Dark Star. Over the subsequent decade and a half, Smith and Crow, accompanied by a revolving cast of bandmates including Three Mile Pilot drummer Chris Prescott, released a wealth of Pinback material: five studio albums, a rarities compilation, 10 EPs and eight singles characterized by Smith’s note-driven and complex bass style and Crow’s Math Rock guitar ministrations. Pinback’s Emo-like moodiness and joyously melancholic melodicism earned them a fervent following and ultimately a contract with Touch and Go Records. The label released the band’s acclaimed Summer in Abaddon in 2004, which


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grazed the bottom of the Billboard 200 but hit the top 10 of the magazine’s Heatseekers chart. After 14 years of collaborating as Pinback, a period that saw both Smith and Crow pursue solo careers and outside band projects, the duo pulled back from the band after releasing their final full-length album, Information Retrieved, in 2012. Along with some guests vocal spots, Crow released solo sets in 2013 and 2016, the latter as a band dubbed Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, while Smith has remained musically silent over the past five years. Although Pinback has been inactive since 2012, Smith and Crow never announced a split or hiatus; their previous five-year gap had been equally unofficial. With the March reissue of two early Pinback EPs — 1999’s Some Voices and 2003’s Offcell — as a single remastered fulllength, aptly titled Some Offcell Voices, by their last label, Temporary Residence Limited, the duo has reconvened to hit the road in support of that release. This new and welcomed Pinback circuit also commemorates the 10th anniversary of their biggest selling album, 2007’s Autumn of the Seraphs, which hit No. 69 on the Billboard 200 and is being reissued by Touch and Go in a limited edition 180 gram vinyl format. Don’t call it a comeback or a reunion; Pinback is and always will be around. (Brian Baker)

Monday • Taft Theatre Ballroom

10/11 birdtalker, sad penny; chuck cleaver & mark utley: october artists in residence, mike oberst (of the tillers) 10/12 stand up, fight back; pears, big ups, russian girlfriends; knife the symphony, twelves, war brides, siren suit 10/13 friday the 13th spooky roots fest: dead man string band, the hammer and the hatchet, kepone cowboys, jimmy swope; the turnstiles 10/14 say hello to heaven: a tribute to chris cornell; whitney rose 10/15 the devil’s cut, calumet 10/16 al scorch, joe macheret & maria carrelli, john hays 10/17 willie watson, suzanne santo 10/18 a town hall feat. congressman john yarmuth; dead horses, maria carrelli


Wednesday 10/11 The Phil DeGreg Trio 8-11

Thursday 10/12 Todd Hepburn & Friends 8-11

Friday 10/13 The Elizabeth Windau Group 8-12

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When one hears the words “Black Metal,” it conjures up the sound of demons writhing in a pit of brimstone, the smell of corpse paint and smoldering Norwegian churches and the pulse of an addict with a turkey baster full of meth and gorilla adrenaline. Only some of that is true of Wolves in the Throne Room. Brothers Nathan and Aaron Weaver formed Wolves in the Throne Room in 2003 around various extreme influences, including Crust Punk and Doom, along with elements of Folk and Prog. From the beginning, the Olympia,


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Wash. trio (the second guitar slot has rotated regularly since then; it was filled earlier this year by Kody Keyworth) has turned its back on traditional Dark/Black Metal tropes, preferring to blend their inspirations into a symphonic and atmospheric dirge of epic proportions. Nathan’s howling vocals are clearly drawn from the template of Metallurgists before him — not guttural, dirty vocals but the shriek of the willingly damned. And Aaron’s doubleclutched drumming — he also provides bass and synthesizers in the studio — is the imminent heart attack that propels Wolves in the Throne Room at a breakneck pace, but not to the exclusion of subtlety and nuance in the appropriate moments. They’ve also worked with vocalists Jamie Myers and Jessika Kenney, who have contributed heavenly choirs to Wolves in the Throne Room’s hellbound soundtrack. The band also eschews modern technology to achieve their signature sound, relying on vintage amps on stage and recording gear in the studio. Since their formation, Wolves in the Throne Room has released six studio albums, including the just-released Thrice Woven, which the band has characterized as their first true Black Metal album since 2011’s Celestial Lineage; their 2014 album, Celestite, was an Ambient work that served as a companion piece to Celestial Lineage. In addition, Thrice Woven is the concluding recording in a trilogy that began with 2007’s Two Hunters and continued with 2009’s Black Cascade, and is also Keyworth’s studio debut. In the Black Metal community, Wolves in the Throne Room are revered as classicists with an appreciation for the past and innovators with an ear toward the future. The Weavers have taken what they love best about Black Metal and forged it all on their anvil of experimentation and invention to arrive at a singular sonic vision. (BB)

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Wednesday 11 Bromwell’s Härth Lounge Phil DeGreg Trio. 8 P.M. Jazz. Free. Knotty Pine - Dallas Moore. 10 P.M. Country. Free. MOTR Pub - Bob Log III with We’re Witches. 10 P.M. Rock/Various. Free.


Northside Tavern - Queen City Silver Stars. 9 P.M. Island/ Reggae/Samba/Pop/Steel Drum/Various. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Chuck Cleaver and Mark Utley with Mike Oberst. 8 P.M. Singer/ Songwriter/Various. Free.


Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Birdtalker with Sad Penny. 8 P.M. Alternative/Various. $12, $15 day of show.

Thursday 12 20th Century Theater Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors with Lewis Watson. 8 P.M. Americana. $18, $20 day of show.


Bogart’s - UFO And Saxon with Jared James Nichols. 7:30 P.M. Rock. $27.50. Bromwell’s Härth Lounge Todd Hepburn. 8 P.M. Various. Free. Common Roots - Open Mic. 8 P.M. Various. Free. The Greenwich - Phil DeGreg & Brasilia. 8:30 P.M. Brazilian Jazz. $5. Knotty Pine - Chalis. 9 P.M. Rock/Pop/Blues/Various. Free. Live! at The Ludlow Garage - Peter Bradley Adams. 8 P.M. Americana. $35-$75.


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McCauly’s Pub - Strum N’ Honey. 7 P.M. Acoustic. Free.


The Mockbee - Doughty Family, AJOKE, Stalltix, Muwosi, Old Boy Nick, Bill and Birdy Blast and Beat Chef. 10 P.M. Hip Hop. Free. MOTR Pub - The Harlequins with Denim Gremlin, ppeell and Stallone ’N Roses. 9 P.M. Rock/Various. Free.


Northside Tavern - Karaoke Fantastic. 9 P.M. Various. Free. Northside Yacht Club Michale Graves with The Scarecrow Show, Crypt Seeker, Treason, Bloodgate and Pagan Holiday Plus DJ


Hail Satan and DJ Righteous. 7 P.M. Rock/Punk/Metal/Various. $10, $13 day of show. Octave - Twiddle. 8 P.M. Rock/Jam/Jazz/Various. $22, $25 day of show. Plain Folk Cafe - Open Mic with Russ Childers. 7 P.M. Various. Free. School For Creative And Performing Arts - Hudson (featuring Jack Dejohnette, John Scofield, John Medeski and Larry Grenadier). 8 P.M. Jazz. $15-$40.


Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Knife The Symphony with Twelves, War Brides and Siren Suit. 9:30 P.M. Indie/Rock/Post Punk/ Various. Free. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Pears with Big Ups and Russian Girlfriends. 9 P.M. Punk/Rock/ Various. $12, $15 day of show. Taft Theatre - Michael Feinstein. 8 P.M. Jazz/ Pop/Standards. $35-$73.50.


Urban Artifact - Carriers, Slow Caves, Fycus and Rich Wizard. 9 P.M. Indie/ Rock/Various. Free.


Friday 13 Arnold’s Bar And Grill - Willow Street Carolers. 9 P.M. Americana. Free. Blue Note Harrison - Saliva. 7 P.M. Hard Rock. $15. Bromwell’s Härth Lounge Elizabeth Windau Group. 8 P.M. Jazz. Free. The Comet - Ladyfest Cincinnati 2017 with Marjorie Lee, Crystal Gravy, Kate Wakefield, Holy Golden, Freedom Nicole Moore and Siri Imani. 10 P.M. Various.


Common Roots - Bee Czar. 9 P.M. Alternative. Free. Crow’s Nest - Lia Menaker. 10 P.M. Pop/Rock/ Soul. Free.


The Greenwich - Just Friends Friday with Kathy Wade featuring The Randy Villars Trio. 9 P.M. Jazz. $10. Jag’s Steak And Seafood The Company. 9 P.M. Dance/ Pop/Various. $5. Junker’s Tavern - Ladyfest Cincinnati 2017 with Breaking Glass, Tina Panic Noise, The Removers


and Wonky Tonk. 9:30 P.M. Various. Knotty Pine - Naked Karate Girls. 10 P.M. Rock/Various. Cover. The Listing Loon - Ladyfest Cincinnati 2017 with Spandrels, Marisa Seremet, Whisper Trax and More. 8 P.M. Various.


Live! at The Ludlow Garage Dala. 8 P.M. Folk. $20-$40. Madison Live - “Syrens In Cincy 5” with Secret Circle Society, Caducus, Glassworld, Soul Butter and Useless Fox. 8 P.M. Rock/Various. $8, $10 day of show.


Mansion Hill Tavern - Sonny Moorman Group. 9 P.M. Blues. $4. Marty’s Hops & Vines Rockin’ George Lavigne. 9 P.M. Acoustic. Free. The Mockbee - Prof, Excel, Redeye, Sticky and Hermosa. EDM. Free. MOTR Pub - The Right Now. 10:30 P.M. Pop/Funk/Soul/ Dance/Various. Free. Northside Tavern - Dismemberment with Lucis Absentia, Zuel and Fenrir. 9:30 P.M. Metal. Free. Northside Yacht Club Ladyfest Cincinnati 2017 with Slow Glows, The Free Bleeders, Grlwood, Style$Tar, Emily Blue, Sweet Lil, Wife Patrol, Electric Citizen and Biitchseat. 8:30 P.M. Various.


Octave - Consider The Source. 9 P.M. Progressive/World/Jam/Various. $10.


Plain Folk Cafe - Davey O. 7:30 P.M. Folk/Country/Americana. Free. Rick’s Tavern - Top This Band with Backdoor. 8:30 P.M. Soul/R&B/Dance/Pop/Various. Cover. Rick’s Tavern - Final Order. 10 P.M. Rock. Cover. Rohs Street Café - Zapruder Point, Adam Flaig and Lizard Mcgee. 8 P.M. Singer/Songwriter/Various. Silverton Cafe - Basic Truth. 9 P.M. Funk/Soul/R&B. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - The Turnstiles. 9:30 P.M. Neil Young Tribute. Free.


Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Punk

Rock For Puerto Rico Benefit with The Z.G.s, Lockjaw, Patsy and more. 10 P.M. Punk Rock. Cover (donation).

Mansion Hill Tavern - Blue Ravens. 9 P.M. Blues. $3.

Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary) - Dead Man String Band with The Hammer and The Hatchet, Kepone Cowboys and Jimmy Swope. 9 P.M. Roots/Americana/Rock/Various. $8, $10 day of show.

McCauly’s Pub - Thunder Road. 9 P.M. Blues/Rock. Free.


Thompson House - 90 Proof Twang. 8 P.M. Country. $10. The Underground - Battle Of The Bands 2017 Round 1 with Daniel In Stereo, Terrel Tompkins, Against Icarus and Scott Simms. 7 P.M. Various. Cover. Urban Artifact - Tropidelic and Bumpin Uglies. 9 P.M. Reggae/Rock/Hip Hop/Various. $10. Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - Brad Myers, Michael Sharfe and Dan Dorff. 9 P.M. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum). Woodward Theater - Pinback. 9 P.M. Indie Rock. $20, $24 day of show.


Saturday 14 Arnold’s Bar And Grill - The Hot Magnolias. 9 P.M. New Orleans Jazz/Various. Free. Bromwell’s Härth Lounge Pamela Mallory with the Tim Watson Trio. 8 P.M. Jazz. Free. The Comet - Ladyfest Cincinnati 2017 with Calla, So Pretty, Rae Solei, W.O.M.B., Aziza Love and Siri Imani. 9:30 P.M. Various.


Crow’s Nest - Kristen Ford. 10 P.M. Indie/Rock/Folk. Free. Jag’s Steak And Seafood The Whammies. 9 P.M. ’80s Pop/Dance/Various. $5. Junker’s Tavern - Ladyfest Cincinnati 2017 with Paradise Kittens, Daisys, Pisswater Preachers and Blossom Hall. 9:30 P.M. Various.


Knotty Pine - Final Order. 10 P.M. Rock. Cover. The Listing Loon - Ladyfest Cincinnati 2017 with Muse Choir, Day & Age, DJ April Reign and more. 8 P.M. Various.


Live! at The Ludlow Garage - Bruce In The USA. 8 P.M. Springsteen tribute. $20-$35.

Marty’s Hops & Vines - Two Blue. 9 P.M. Acoustic. Free.

The Mockbee - ChuckDiesel, John Blaze and Dan Russell. EDM/Dubstep. $5. MOTR Pub - New Sincerity Works (album release show) with Wake The Bear. 10 P.M. Pop/Rock. Free.


Northside Yacht Club Ladyfest Cincinnati 2017 with Molly Sullivan, Social Divorce, Soften, Queer Kevin, Oginalli, Lady Bizness, Punch Drunk Tagalongs, Dream Tiger, Counterfeit Madison and Halvsies. 8:30 P.M. Various.


Plain Folk Cafe - Rated BG. 7:30 P.M. Bluegrass. Free. Rohs Street Café - The Marsh Brothers Jazz Collective. 8 P.M. Jazz. Silverton Cafe - Big Trouble. 9 P.M. Rock. Free. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Whitney Rose. 9 P.M. Country. $12, $15 day of show. Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary) - Say Hello To Heaven: A Tribute To Chris Cornell. 8 P.M. Rock. $10 (benefits The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation).


Urban Artifact - “WNKU: Stories From Our Heart” plus Lemon Sky. 8 P.M. Storytelling/Rock/Various. Free.


Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - Rusty Burge. 9 P.M. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).

Sunday 15 Madison Theater Wheeler Walker Jr. with Tim Montana And The Shednecks and The Beat Offs. 8 P.M. Country. $15, $17 day of show.


Mansion Hill Tavern - Open Blues Jam with Jimmy D. Rogers. 6 P.M. Blues. Free. MOTR Pub - The Bellowing Pines with Useless Fox. 8 P.M. Rock/Various. Free. Sonny’s All Blues Lounge Blues Jam Session featuring Sonny’s All Blues Band. 8 P.M. Blues. Free. Southgate House Revival

(Revival Room) - The Devil’s Cut with Calumet. 8 P.M. Rock/Various. $7. Urban Artifact - The Jag, In The Pines and Don’t Feed The Giants. 9 P.M. Alt/ Rock/Various. Free.


Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - Traditional New Orleans Jazz Brunch with Buffalo Ridge Jazz Trio. 11:30 A.M. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).

Monday 16 20th Century Theater Best Coast with Tweens. 8 P.M. Indie/Pop/Rock. $20.


Bogart’s - Ron Pope with Ages And Ages. 8 P.M. Pop/ Rock. $18. The Comet - Lung with Old City (release show), Debouch and Bi. 10 P.M. Alt/ Indie/Various. Free.


MOTR Pub - Flasher with Swim Team. 8 P.M. Indie/ Rock/Punk/Various. Free.


Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Al Scorch with Joe Macheret & Maria Carrelli and John Hays. 7 P.M. Alt/Folk/Americana/Country/ Various. $10, $12 day of show. Taft Theatre - Wolves In The Throne Room with Pillorian. 8 P.M. Black Metal. $17, $20 day of show (in the Ballroom).


Urban Artifact - The Midwesterns and The Traveling Jam. 8 P.M. Folk/Rock. Free.

Tuesday 17 Aronoff Center For The Arts - Black Violin. 7:30 P.M. Classical/Hip Hop/Rock/ R&B/Various. $15-$45.


Bogart’s - Secondhand Serenade with He Is We. 6:30 P.M. Rock. $20. Madison Live - NOA with Sea Of Treachery, Spit It Out and Among Giants. 6:30 P.M. Metal. $8, $10 day of show.


Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Willie Watson. 8 P.M. Folk/Americana. $15, $18 day of show. Urban Artifact - Freedom Nicole Moore with James Wiley, Cleveland Dodds and Jennifer Simone. 8 P.M. Singer/Songwriter/Various. Free.




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