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Usually when a president lands in Air Force One, the airport people wheel in those giant stairs for him to exit, he waves while walking down and everyone goes about their business. But when Obama arrived at the airport this week in China, there were no stairs. He had to exit through the rear, or as this trending headline puts it: “China forces Barack Obama to emerge from Air Force One’s ‘ass’ in sharp, diplomatic snub.” Well, joke’s on you, China. Obama ain’t afraid of a little ass play! He took it like a champ, playing it off to reporters like it was NBD, telling The New York Times he wouldn’t “over-crank the significance” of it all. Mm hmm. Also involving China and airplanes: Wings of China, the inflight magazine on Air China planes, highlighted the destination of London in its September issue. The mag is full of helpful tips for tourists traveling foggy London town, including the idea that “precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people.” All issues have been removed from flights by now, but OOF. Imagine if Delta Sky warned readers about the dangers of buying designer knockoffs in Chinatown. Sadly, you know you have at least one aunt who would like that story on Facebook.


After drumming up controversy for requesting “multicultural women only” for his fashion show casting call — “I’m 4 percent Cherokee!” cried a white girl in a headdress still coming down from Burning Man — Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 4 presentation took place this week on New York City’s Roosevelt Island near an abandoned smallpox hospital. Models were dropping like flies due to everything from the length of the muchdelayed outdoor fashion show to the heat to the busted heels some could barely manage to wobble in. “...Jobs... Disney...Hughes…” Kanye was heard mumbling in the shade between sips of Juicy Juice.



The New York Mets signed live dashboard Jesus figurine Tim Tebow to their instructional league. Yes, the former quarterback remembered as much for his winning the


So, it’s the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Football fans in stadiums across the country booed President Obama during the showing of a pre-recorded video tribute. An ailing Hillary Clinton left a memorial in New York early after getting overheated, sparking even more outrage. Actress and trans rights activist Alexis Arquette died. ESPN’s fantasy football app was down. Let’s just fast-forward through this one, shall we?


Dancing With the Stars Season 23 premiered tonight, further stretching the definition of what constitutes a celebrity. Nineties one-hit wonder who, not unlike herpes, continues to pop up periodically despite all attempts to get rid of him? You get a star, Vanilla Ice. Bald-headed lady best known for her relationships with rappers? You get a star, Amber Rose. Former Texas governor/corn dog enthusiast? You get a star, Rick Perry. And you get a star! And you get a star! Everybody gets a star! Even personified privilege, Olympic swimmer and Tim Tebow’s evil twin Ryan Lochte nabbed a spot. Great, now Sept. 12 will be remembered as the day we agreed to keep giving Lochte undeserved attention.


The Creative Arts Emmys were awarded this week. No, you didn’t miss it on TV — there’s no live broadcast, which shows just how much people appreciate the creative arts. But this batch of awards, given out over two nights this year, features even more categories than the event Jimmy Kimmel hosts next Sunday, from casting to commercials to guest acting and costume design. Of note: Netflix’s Making a Murderer received four awards; Amy Poehler and Tina Fey shared a win for Comedy Guest Actress — a first — for their joint hosting gig on Saturday Night Live; and RuPaul made herstory beating out Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Ryan Seacrest and other recognizable hosts by taking away the prize for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition. The RuPaul’s Drag Race win was a surprise to many, including the host himself. RuPaul told Vulture just earlier this year, “...Any time I’ve had yearnings to go, ‘Aw, gee, I wish I could be invited to the Emmys,’ I say, ‘Ru, Ru, remember the pact you made. You never wanted to be a part of that bullshit.’ In fact, I’d rather have an enema than have an Emmy.” Shoot, girl. There has never been a more appropriate time to say, “Get you a man who can do both!” CONTACT T.C. BRITTON:

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You might have noticed that more and more people are standing nowadays. Treadmill and standing desks are all the rage for business execs, computer programmers and high school principals. While medical doctors claim standing desks and the like may be beneficial for your health, I, Dr. Guy Framz, M.B.A., know that their liabilities far outweigh their benefits. So here are a few words for any of you hipsters who’ve gotten into this silly habit: Just imagine all the productive hours lost through misunderstood typos you’ve made jerking back and forth in front of your computer on those Slim Jims you call legs. Your colleagues and customers are banging their heads against their sit-down desks (probably to the rhythm of Belle & Sebastian) right now. For an example of how written communication should look, just take a look at this column. No typos. Because I am sitting, duh! Oh, and here’s another thing — guess what?! After just 15 minutes of trudging on your oversized hamster wheel, your feet, pits and crevices probably don’t smell like fresh wood chips, chief. No one wants to smell your B.O. at the office. I would venture to say that a lot of your coworkers’ PTO is attributable to “odor harassment.” Finally, and most importantly, the office has a delicate social order. You might have heard more intelligent people than you use the phrase, “He’s a real stand-up guy.” Well, this phrase indicates that said person is worth exerting the effort of unbending one’s legs and extending a hand, bow or tastefully wrapped gift in gratitude of their presence. If everyone is already standing, then how are we to distinguish the important people from the unimportant?! Exactly. We can’t — sit down, dumbass! Dr Guy Framz, M.B.A. is an expert in most things. He got his master’s degree in 1990 at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. Some think he is a paid shill for the business community; others think he is just rude, hostile and misinformed.

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Friday marked the first official day of streetcar operations. Cue the music! “Clang, clang, clang went the trolley! Ding, ding, ding went the (Cincinnati) bell (Connector)!” Hard segue alert: In other telephone-related news, Apple announced this week that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are coming Sept. 16. The new phones won’t have headphone jacks, but it’s cool: Just buy their new $159 wireless earbuds instead! They’re calling ’em AirPods — totally missed cross-branding opportunity not naming them AirBuds. Millennials fucking love Disney movie references. But Apple certainly didn’t forget them with the addition of Super Mario Run, the new Nintendo game specifically for mobile, available soon in the App Store. This side-scrolling game is designed to be played one-handed, a very desirable feature for adults who play Super Mario.

Heisman Trophy as his performance in the 2010 Super Bowl ad supporting pro-life organization Focus On Family has swapped balls. This has led to many burning questions. What will his home run celebration look like, and how will it incorporate our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Did Tebowing have anything to do with Icing? Remember for like 15 minutes in 2010 when people would challenge one another to chug a Smirnoff Ice while taking a knee? Is Tebow still saving himself for marriage? Inquiring minds want to know!

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America had barely come down from the buzz of winning a bunch of gold medals in Rio when it faced another national moment of reckoning around its racism, this time brought to us by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the pre-game ritual playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” ignited a media firestorm. Kaepernick’s protest — which has evolved into a kneel during the song before subsequent games — is a call for America to practice the principles it symbolically and explicitly advertises for all people. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media. Kaepernick has been met with an overwhelming sea of angry reactions deeming him “un-American,” traitorous and ungrateful. Many of those offended by his action view his protest as a direct slight to America’s military. The current public sentiment appears contrary to the idea that participating in these customs, which are extensions of nationalism, are supposed to be voluntary. The pushback also exposes a much larger issue: the deeply unquestioning attitude many in our country have when it comes to our country’s militarization, which has seeped into our domestic lives via law enforcement and continues taking innocent lives around the globe. Some supporters have rallied around Kaepernick, including fellow players, some of whom during the first week of the NFL regular season kneeled during the national anthem as well. John Legend noted the anthem was a “weak song,” and numerous other people expressed their own disinterest in crooning a tune about freedom authored by a slave owner. Kaepernick has explicitly stated that his resistance is not directed at those in the military on active duty or veterans. In his words: “I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That’s not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody. That’s something that’s not happening.” The persisting, ill-advised notion that Kaepernick and others who have joined in protest are “anti-military” displays hypersensitivity associated with any theoretical criticism of American militarization. In the meantime, American soldiers are being tokenized to silence urgent analysis of

structural oppression domestically and internationally. This is great cause for concern — on the 15th anniversary of September 11, America is overdue to confront its obsessions with imperialism, war and violence. Interrogating the unconditional praise of armed forces in America is akin to questioning God’s existence to my black southern Baptist Grandmother —implicitly and explicitly forbidden. The consequences of merely appearing anti-military can be personally and professionally disastrous. The misinterpretation of Kaepernick’s protest isn’t the only recent illustration of this. One month ago, Olympian Gabby Douglas was bombarded with insults and harsh criticism for failing to place her hand over her heart during the national anthem during the Olympic games medal ceremony. She apologized for the oversight shortly afterward, which is understandable. But it is also questionable. Why should she have to apologize? The “outrage” which has greeted public figures like Kaepernick and Douglass, which is often attributed to defending veterans, is a subconscious extension of America’s idealization of the military industrial complex. The term “military industrial complex” is not a phrase that derives from some social justice warrior on Tumblr. The concept emerged during President Dwight Eisenhower’s closing address, during which he stated, “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.” This warning issued more than 50 years ago showcases the complexities of militarization and the role of armed forces in global society. What Eisenhower forecast was the danger of profiting from the continued production of militarized materials and ideologies in the name of national security. The manner in which this complex operates domestically was largely invisible to the civilian eye until Michael Brown was killed in August 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. This Midwestern suburb became the poster child for police militarization as tanks and teargas were aimed at American citizens protesting Brown’s killing. The sight caused spectators

on the ground locally and nationwide to inquire about the source of the weaponry — the National Defense Authorization Act. The legislation authorized the transfer of excess military equipment to law enforcement. According to Forbes, as of May 2016, that transfer has included “$2.2 billion worth of military gear, including helicopters and airplanes, armored trucks and cars, tens of thousands of M16 and M14 rifles, thousands of bayonets, mine detectors and many other types of weaponry.” The explanation for the mass production of these materials is often attributed to ensuring national security. Regardless of the program’s intent, however, profit-

“American soldiers are being tokenized to silence analysis of structural oppression domestically and internationally.” ing from the gross production of tools of destruction is indefensible. In the event the armament wasn’t used to suppress protests at home and made it to the international combat zones they were intended for, I pose the question: To what end will we continue to invest in that cycle? The allure of shallow patriotism tends to distance us from the international suffering resulting from the alleged spread of democracy and the war on terror. In this never-ending cycle of the military industrial complex, those killed in American uniform are heralded unequivocally as heroes, while civilians killed in the footnotes of war are reduced to mere casualties. The social, political, cultural, economic and, most importantly, human costs of our love affair with militarization are enormous but necessary to estimate. If veterans and active service members are as valuable as “we” insist they are, we should focus less on the rituals of saluting and reciting and more on waging the kind of creative peace for which Kaepernick and so many others are currently protesting when they refuse to stand for the national anthem. CHRISTINA D. BROWN serves on the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission and organizes for various social justice causes and racial equity. Contact Christina: letters@

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An expansion could help St. Vincent dePaul clients, but concerns linger about more social services in the West End BY NICK SWARTSELL

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“When you think about the population we’re serving, some of them are living in absolute, abject poverty,” Dunn told residents at the meeting. “On some level, on the way we currently offer our services, we’re almost part of the problem. Folks have to wonder if today is the day I go over to Saint Vincent dePaul, can I get those services? Sometimes folks end up waiting in a line in the heat, the rain, the cold, the snow. We’re trying to do away with all of that.” Bob Latham is one of SVDP’s clients. He’s retired, and his wife is on disability. A few times a month, they make the 40-minute trip from Lawrenceburg, Ind. to get vital prescriptions from SVDP’s pharmacy. Latham gets diabetes medication and inhalers for his asthma, as well as a host of other services. “They’re fantastic,” he says. “My wife is on eight different medications. If we didn’t have them, we’d have to choose which ones we buy. If they were open more, it would help a lot of people.” Despite West End Community Council’s vote against the expansion, some residents were vocally in favor and blamed opposition to the move on an unfair phobia of the poor.

St. Vincent dePaul wants to expand its West End location by building a new service facility on the site of the former Young and Bertke building, but the plan has sparked controversy. “People at St. Vincent dePaul don’t bother anyone when they come for food or whatever,” says D. Ann Williams, who has lived nearby for decades. “They come and get their food, and pick up their trash, and they move right on. They walk with their children down there.” But some wondered why the former industrial site couldn’t be turned into another business, something that will generate tax revenue for the city and provide more jobs. And others like Lewis expressed concerns that the project could dampen investment interest and lower property values in a neighborhood that is just now starting to see interest and development after decades of neglect. The proposed expansion comes as West End leaders put the finishing touches on a neighborhood comprehensive plan called “West End Speaks,” which they presented to the city planning commission last month. That plan, which came after a number of resident engagement sessions, includes a land use map and goals for increased jobs, safety and more residential and commercial space that leaders

hope will attract new residents and spark economic activity in the neighborhood, long one of the city’s poorest. Median household income in the West End is just $12,808 a year and even lower in the Census tract SVDP occupies at just $10,000 a year. About a third of the structures in that tract are vacant, Census data shows. Already, some private investment seems likely for the neighborhood. New York-based Zada Development purchased two former Cincinnati Public School buildings near SVDP in 2014 and has talked about a multi-million-dollar plan to fill them with apartments and commercial space. However, progress on those plans has been slow to materialize. On the other side of the neighborhood, local company Messer Construction has made more concrete plans to build its new $12.5 million, 50,000-square-foot headquarters on Cutter Street. Resident apprehensions over the expansion plan echo past controversies around CONTINUES ON PAGE 13

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lans to expand a major facility operated by one of Cincinnati’s oldest and largest social service agencies in the West End could mean better care for some of the city’s lowest-income residents. But they’ve also awakened old controversies in a neighborhood with a long history of hosting such services as it plans for its future. Saint Vincent dePaul has been at its current location at 1125 Bank St. since 1962. The organization, which has been active in Cincinnati for almost a century and a half, provides myriad resources for low-income residents out of the building. It runs a food pantry and pharmacy, provides assistance with clothing and furniture, hosts dental and health clinics, assists citizens returning from incarceration and other vital services. Damin Lewis lives on Bank Street in the West End, near SVDP, where he says he’s also he’s been working on renovating a few houses. He’s eager to see investment here in one of Cincinnati’s most historic and also most neglected corners. Lewis is worried, however, that the new facility could attract crime, lower property values and dry up potential investment in the neighborhood. “I understand that they need to increase access to the services,” he says. “But is there any thought as to how the increase in traffic will affect private investment on nearby blocks? Some of us have projects nearby, and our finances are limited. How will it affect the area? Little guys like me… we have problems with our areas already.” Lewis isn’t the only person in the neighborhood who has reservations about the new facility. Last month, West End residents crammed into a contentious meeting of the neighborhood’s community council and narrowly voted against supporting the project, despite a presentation by SVDP Executive Director Mike Dunn. Dunn has assured community members that the new building isn’t an attempt to expand the number of people it serves and is only a way to better help the roughly 4,000 clients who come to the Bank Street location each year. SVDP estimates that the new service center would represent between five and seven new full-time jobs. Currently, SVDP provides many of its services in the West End on staggered days of the week because of space constraints, limiting when clients can access services. The agency would like to address this problem by building the new, 25,000-square-foot service center on the north side of Bank Street near I-75.

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Accompanied by a brass band and singing “The Battle of Jericho,” a group of Cincinnati nuns gathered outside the Hamilton County Board of Elections Sept. 13 to protest Ohio policies that have purged hundreds of thousands of voters from its voter registration rolls. Members of Cincinnati’s Nuns on the Bus chapter attended the board’s meeting to ask for a moratorium on voter purges in Hamilton County, which they say adversely affect minorities and other marginalized people. The fight over voter registration purges is the latest in a line of high-profile battles over voting in Ohio. “This is a serious, serious issue,” said Sister Monica McGloin, part of the Dominican Sisters of Hope. “We believe it is morally unacceptable that the Hamilton County has failed to do anything in its power to prevent the unwarranted purging of voters in the county.” The demonstration comes as a legal battle rages over Ohio’s practice of voter purging. Last year, more than 144,000 were purged from the voting rolls in Ohio’s three largest counties, including more than 14,000 in Hamilton County. Ohio’s policy is to revoke registration for voters who have not voted in four years and who have not responded to an address verification mailing. In April, the A. Philip Randolph Institute and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless filed a lawsuit against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted over the practice. The groups are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and Demos, a liberal-leaning New York-based public policy group. A U.S. District Court judge upheld the state’s practices in June, but the ACLU and Demos appealed the case to the U.S. Sixth District Court of Appeals. The U.S. Justice Department joined the suit in July, saying Ohio’s policies violate multiple pieces of voting rights legislation. The nuns’ presence at the board of elections meeting did not sway the board, but they’ve pledged to keep fighting. “We did not get an answer that is going to end the purge anytime soon, but we’ve registered our disapproval, and we’re looking forward to some action in this issue,” said David Little, a spokesperson for the nuns. “We believe it’s a moral issue, given the fact that marginalized people are disproportionately disenfranchised.” Following the board meeting and a brief news conference, the nuns and supporters marched back and forth in front of the board of elections headquarters on Broadway Street seven times, symbolizing the seven times Joshua’s army marched around the walls of Jericho in the biblical story.

After the march, the nuns drove their bus to nearby Over-the-Rhine, where they conducted a voter reregistration drive outside local restaurant Venice on Vine. (Nick Swartsell)

Dem Chairman Calls for End to Deters’ Part-Time Status Tim Burke, chairman of the Hamilton County Democratic Party, is calling for the end of Joe Deters’ reign as a part-time prosecutor who has boosted his compensation immensely as a private attorney since 2009. Burke issued the statement in response to a CityBeat article (“Hamilton County’s Part-Time Prosecutor,” issue of Sept. 7) that detailed how Deters earned almost $2 million while working for the defunct law firm of the disbarred Stan Chesley and is now working for the suspended lawyer Eric Deters. Moreover, the article offered examples of how Deters’ forays into private practice have led to awkward, if not ethically conflicting, situations in court. In one case, Deters — in one of his roles as prosecutor — represented a judge, Robert Ruehlman, who was taken to task by the Ohio Supreme Court for improperly protecting Chesley from a $42 million collection effort. Chesley paid Deters $200,000 a year for five years and let him live in his condo rent-free. Ruehlman was also overturned by a state appeals court for issuing an undue ruling in favor of Deters’ private clients in the high-profile Durrani malpractice affair. Both opinions were handed down this summer. Burke says Deters has “carried those ethical issues over the edge.” “It is time for that to end,” he says. “It is time to elect a full-time prosecutor who won’t have those ethical problems.” A spokeswoman for Deters did not respond to three email and telephone requests for comment. A Republican, Deters has served two stints as prosecutor, the last beginning in 2005. His Democratic opponent, former assistant city prosecutor and municipal magistrate Alan Triggs, says he would work full-time if elected Nov. 8. Of Ohio’s 10 biggest counties by population, Hamilton is the only one with a part-time prosecutor. By law, Deters earns $37,000 a year less than he would if he were full-time. He has more than made up that sacrifice through his sideline ventures. The Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association does not maintain a list of full-time and part-time prosecutors in the state’s 88 counties. “All I can do is give you a guess,” says John Murphy, the association’s executive director. “I’d say 10 or 12 or 15, maybe. We have a large county and several medium and small counties. A lot of it depends on how much help they have.” (James McNair)


the nearby CityLink Center, which opened in 2012 after legal challenges and protests from some neighbors. The 80,000-squarefoot facility serves those looking to transition out of poverty with job training and financial and health services. Real estate experts say social service providers in a neighborhood don’t necessarily lower property values there. And despite worries about crime cited by opponents of CityLink and the SVDP expansion, neither agency seems to be a magnet for illegal activity in the neighborhood. In the past year, both facilities saw fewer crimes in the areas immediately surrounding them than very active spots to the south in the West End and in northern Over-the-Rhine, according to maps of police data. A few vehicles have been broken into, and at least one serious shooting incident happened nearby. SVDP says it has the support of many in the area, including neighboring businesses the Fern Company, Sun Janitorial and Decal Impressions. The majority of the West End Community Council’s board also supports the plan, though the council’s general body rejected it. A few other nearby business owners oppose the plan, however. There are also concerns about preservation of historic Curry and Porter alleys, which are on the site of the proposed expansion. Those

alleys, part of the neighborhood’s historic district, might need to be removed, depending on how planning for the new building proceeds. Dunn says SVDP is “100 percent open” to preserving the alleys, but that will depend on how planning goes. Cincinnati Preservation Association hopes to work with SVDP on plans to preserve the alleys, Director Margo Warminksi said at the council meeting. The association has a big presence in the West End. There’s also another bit of Cincinnati history tied up in the property. SVDP would build the new facility on the site of the former Young and Bertke building, which was home to the iconic tin man sign drivers saw until recently when they cruised past the West End on I-75. Young and Bertke opened at the location in 1920 and sold the building to SVDP in 2014. The company recently took back the tin man, named You-Bert II, after a roof collapse at the building in June. SVDP says the entire structure needs to come down. Pending city approval of a zoning change request, SVDP would construct the new service center on the site of the Young and Bertke building, which is currently zoned for manufacturing. The organization’s administrative functions would remain in SVDP’s current building, while most of the service functions would move to the new building. ©

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ONSTAGE: THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE is an amusingly presented parable about keeping an open mind and delighting in drag. See Curtain Call on page 19. MUSIC: ANDREW BIRD brings a whimsical mix of Folk and Pop to the Madison Theater. See Sound Advice on page 30.

EVENT: NIGHT OF NOSTALGIA The second of three “Nights of Nostalgia” events is happening Wednesday at Krohn Conservatory as local mixologist Molly Wellmann explores the history of George Remus, a Cincinnati lawyer and the “King of Bootleggers,” during the prohibition era. After your history lesson, sample a few different types of bourbon and rye before learning a cocktail recipe or two in which to use them. It’s been said that Remus inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic character, Jay Gatsby, so this might be your best way to learn how to party 1920s style. 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $10. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, — MAGGIE FULMER


MUSIC: PATTY LARKIN plays at Live! at the Ludlow Garage. See Sound Advice on page 30.

COMEDY: GEOFF TATE “I realized what my problem is,” says stand-up comic and Cincinnati native Geoff Tate. “I love doing stand-up, but I really hate being a comedian. Being a comedian involves a lot of shit, a lot of glad-handing, a lot of politics and a lot of ass-kissing. You have to worry about all that stuff while sitting around waiting for someone else to tell you if you’re


DANCE: The Cincinnati Ballet opens its season with DIRECTOR’S CUT: A CELEBRATION, a collection of works curated by Artistic Director and CEO Victoria Morgan. See feature on page 18. ONSTAGE: NATURE — a mythic retelling of Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual love of the natural world — is a an outdoor walking play at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum. See feature on page 21. MUSIC: HALEY BONAR blends Pop classicism with New Wave exuberance at MOTR Pub. See Sound Advice on page 31. MUSIC: HOLLYWOOD ACTION & ADVENTURE WITH THE POPS The music in the movie you’re watching turns from neutral to sinister and your stomach sinks — you know something big is about to happen. Experience that suspense in concert during the Cincinnati Pops’ Hollywood Action & Adventure concert series. This electrifying weekend of movie music includes soundtracks from films like Star Trek, Mission Impossible and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Bonus: Academy Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos (of Battlestar Galactica, for frak’s sake) narrates viewers through this riveting escapade. 8 p.m. Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $25. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, — MADISON ASHLEY EVENT: USS NIGHTMARE Around the end of September and into October, tons of people voluntarily pay money to enter haunted houses to have the living shit scared out of them. If you’re brave enough to handle it, the USS Nightmare is one of the best local spots for those who thrill at the thought of being frightened. Unlike most haunted attractions, the USS Nightmare has a real-life story attached to it: the story of Captain William S. Mitchell, his beloved daughter Anna, the “clowns” he hired to amuse her and the dreadful Ohio River dredge ship


ART: THE MAGIC OF THE POLAROID Local photographer Scott Beseler’s multidisciplinary artists’ studio, The Lodge, a former Masonic Lodge that is currently in competition for ArtWorks’ $20,000 Big Pitch business grant, will host its first official art show: The Magic of the Polaroid. The exhibit features six artists displaying a variety of work using old and new Polaroid film. Engaging with a sense of nostalgia for the now-discontinued medium (Polaroid stopped making the film in 2012), artists include Beseler, Amanda Bowman, Sara Ann Hutslar, Jeremy Zang, Dana Rogers and artist and exhibition organizer Nikita Gross. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Free. The Lodge, 231 Sixth Ave., Dayton, Ky., — MARIA SEDA-REEDER

that endured a strange happening known as “The Mitchell Massacre.” (Yeah, they all died — the whole freaking crew.) Get ready to pee yourself. Through Nov. 5. $17-$30. 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., — KYLER DAVIS

EVENT: BOTANICAL PRESERVATION WORKSHOP With winter just around the corner, this DIY workshop might help you keep the beauty of your favorite flowers alive a little longer. CONTINUES ON PAGE 16

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ONSTAGE: A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY Owen is the smallest person John Wheelwright ever knew, a tiny boyhood friend with a “wrecked voice.” As a selfproclaimed “instrument of God,” Owen inspired John, the story’s narrator, to a life of faith and belief. A visually arresting stage adaptation of John Irving’s popular 1989 novel, set in the upheaval of America during the Vietnam War, has opened the Playhouse’s 2016-17 mainstage season. It has a big versatile cast — 16 actors playing a multitude of colorful roles — and it uses flying technology for some remarkable scenes. It’s both philosophical and funny, a show that will challenge and intrigue audiences. Through Oct. 1. $40-$85. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, 513-4213888, — RICK PENDER

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good enough to work.” Since returning home from L.A., Tate has been busier than ever — he’s been able to parlay his appearances on Doug Benson’s popular Doug Loves Movies podcast into a string of East Coast and Midwest dates. Tate will be recording a new album this week, tentatively titled Losing My Religion, featuring material born of his attempts to reconcile his religious upbringing with his life today. Thursday-Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, — P.F. WILSON

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EVENT: OKTOBERFEST ZINZINNATI The nation’s largest feier of authentic German food, music and beer descends on Zinzinnati this weekend along with an estimated 500,000 festgoers. Festivities begin Friday with the majestic Running of the Wieners, during which 100 hot dog bun-swathed dachshunds compete in a series of races down Race Street. Official opening ceremonies begin 11:30 a.m. Saturday, with a keg tapping by Sam Adams founder Jim Koch. Then, dig into thousands of pounds of authentic German eats, ranging from pig tails and sauerkraut balls to strudel and potato pancakes. Test the limits of your stomach 3 p.m. Saturday at the World Brat Eating Championship; show off enviable moves 4:30 p.m. Sunday during the World’s Largest Chicken Dance; and listen to live music in five different beer gardens all weekend long. 5 p.m.-midnight Friday; 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Second and Third streets between Walnut and Elm, Downtown, — EMILY BEGLEY

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Flower preservation is pretty scientific, but the instructions in this class will be easy to follow. Learn about which flowers are best to preserve, the techniques it takes to preserve them and how to display them once the process is finished so that even when winter is hitting hard, you’ll have a reminder that spring is always on its way. 6-8:30 p.m. Friday. $18 kids; $45 adults. Lloyd Library and Museum, 917 Plum St., Downtown,, — MAGGIE FULMER


EVENT: MARZEN OKTOBERFEST TOURS Be regaled with stories of local beer barons, brewery workers and beer drinkers during the Marzen Oktoberfest Cincinnati Brewery tour. The 90-minute walking tour begins at Moerlein Lager House’s Überdrome, a Munich-style festival tent in Smale Riverfront Park (with 1 liter das boot Oktoberfest beers, live entertainment and games), next to the site of the first recorded commercial brewery. Participants will then hop aboard the streetcar and ride to Over-the-Rhine’s

historic Brewery District, where tourgoers will venture into lagering cellars beneath the Moerlein Malthouse Tap Room. Stick around for an optional tour of the operating brewery before taking the streetcar back to Oktoberfest. Tours Saturday and Sunday. $20. Smale Riverfront Park, 100 Ted Berry Way, Downtown, — EMILY BEGLEY MUSIC: BLUEGRASS FOR BABIES The Healthy Roots Foundation is bringing three of the top Bluegrass bands in the area together for the annual Bluegrass for Babies benefit concert. This year, Hocking River String Band, Comet Bluegrass All-Stars and Hickory Robot will be performing at the festival, with a special children’s performance by Jennifer Ellis Music. Bluegrass for Babies has raised more than $150,000 to support children’s health research and educational programs since the first concert in 2009. With pizza from Dewey’s and craft beer from MadTree, why not have a drink and hear some good tunes to help out some babies? 3-9 p.m. Saturday. $12-$20. Seasongood Pavillion, 1600 Art Museum Drive, Mount Adams, — KYLER DAVIS

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EVENT: FIFTY FEST Join Fifty West Brewing Company for a night of local eats and great beer during the annual end-of-summer Fifty Fest. More than 25 breweries — local and regional — will be on hand to serve specialty brews and rarities while 10 bands play on three stages, including Leggy, Whiskey Shambles and MULTIMAGIC. With food from Fifty West’s chefs, chili hut, E+O Kitchen, Graeter’s, Maribelle’s eat+drink and more, no one would fault you for wearing your yoga pants instead of anything with a zipper. Noon-midnight Saturday. $10. Fifty West Brewing Company, 7668 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township, — MADISON ASHLEY


MUSIC: Garage Rock duo THE KILLS plays Bogart’s in support of its latest, Ash & Ice. See interview on page 28.

MUSIC: HIP HOP HATES HEROIN With his recently released sophomore album, Instinctive Drowning, Detroitbased MC Red Pill takes the recent trend of confessional/vulnerable lyricists to the extreme, with often painfully honest introspection about battles with depression

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EVENT: VENT HAVEN OPEN HOUSE Vent Haven, the only museum in the world dedicated to the art of ventriloquism, is hosting its final open house of the season. If you’ve ever wanted to check out their collection of figures, puppets and dummies, here’s your excuse. See hundreds of vent figures, learn about the history of ventriloquism and see exhibits on famous ventriloquists, from classics like Edgar Bergen to modern-day comics like Jeff Dunham. 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Free; RSVP recommended. Vent Haven Museum, 33 W. Maple Ave., Fort Mitchell, Ky., 859-341-0461, — MAIJA ZUMMO

and alcoholism. Backed by the dazzling, psychedelic beatscape of former Cincinnati Hip Hop artist Ill Poetic (the album’s producer), Instinctive Drowning is one of this year’s more compelling Hip Hop full-lengths, drawing praise from Pitchfork and other outlets. Red Pill’s local tour stop is the latest in the series of locally based Hip Hop Hates Heroin Tour events, which strive to raise awareness about addiction. The Sunday event — which also serves as a benefit for local spinner, DJ HaRviNaTiOn, who has ALS — features performances by local artists Raised x Wolves, Devin Burgess featuring Lunar Thought, J-phunq featuring Miss Diamond Star Russell, Agonee and many others. 5 p.m. Sunday. $10; $12 day of show. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, — MIKE BREEN

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Director’s Cut highlights Morgan’s two decades as the artistic director of the Cincinnati Ballet BY MCKENZIE GRAHAM

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feel like it’s the strongest season ever in my tenure,” says Victoria Morgan about this year’s Cincinnati Ballet lineup. The season — her 20th as artistic director and ninth as CEO — opens Friday at the Aronoff Center for the Arts with Director’s Cut, which the Ballet proudly hails as an “all star” collection of works handpicked by Morgan. Twenty years as an artistic director of a major ballet company means Cincinnati has one determined boss at its ballet’s helm. In a position often occupied by men (Morgan is one of only five female ballet company artistic directors in the U.S.), she’s had to muster up the kind of creativity and innovation she once used as a ballerina and apply them to the dog-eat-dog world of business. “There’s been an evolution of what’s valuable and what’s important, what we should be highlighting and how we make it happen,” Morgan says. “When I first came to Cincinnati, I had most recently been performing at the San Francisco Ballet, and I had this definition of what I thought ballet should be with these high-end choreographers.” But after she arrived, she saw the blossoming renaissance of Cincinnati’s arts and culture scene and had the realization that the ballet needed to be a part of that excitement and energy. “The Cincinnati Ballet was never supposed to be the San Francisco Ballet,” she says. “I get to go and explore young choreographers who have really great ideas and super ambition, and they’re not on the radar screen yet. I can bring them in and give them an opportunity to develop their craft. In the process of that, we get to redefine our art form. In my opinion, it’s easier to be small and feisty and open to ideas than it is to be a longtime staid institution.” What she means by ‘feisty’ will be on display this weekend during Director’s Cut. The artistic collaboration involved is innovative and in tune with the global sharing culture in which our creative world now partakes. The show features a selection of seven of Morgan’s favorite works, including pieces by world-renowned choreographers and two world premieres. “Director’s Cut is a bit of a nod to the past, so we have really classical work and really knock-your-socks off pyrotechnic ballet technique,” she says. One of Director’s Cut’s works is a world premiere of the Morgan-choreographed Patriotic Pas, a duet set to the music of Morton Gould’s “American Salute.” Another duet, this one an iconic pas de deux from Swan Lake, will be performed by two new

Victoria Morgan says dance gives a person “admiration and respect” for the human body. Cincinnati Ballet dancers — Chisako Oga and Jose Losada — and two longtime dancers — Daniel Wagner and Sirui Liu. The show’s second world premiere is an unnamed piece from choreographer Ma Cong, who last year completed an entire ballet for the National Ballet of China, set to the music of Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds. “It’s like he doesn’t have a bone in his body,” says Morgan of Cong’s dance style. Another of the featured ballets is Capricious Maneuvers, choreographed by Justin Peck, soloist and resident choreographer for the New York City Ballet, set to Lukas Foss’ “Capriccio” for cello and piano. Cincinnati Ballet principal dancer Sarah Hairston and senior soloist Zack Grubbs will make the final performances of their careers dancing Selections from Raymonda, a classical ballet first choreographed by Marius Petipa — they will be retiring after Director’s Cut. Morgan also brought in two principal dancers from the San Francisco Ballet, Sarah Van Patten and Luke Ingham, to perform excerpts from Yuri Possokhov’s contemporary ballet Fusion, set to music by British composer Graham Fitkin.

“For me, it’s an interesting link because so much of my background and my ideas about aesthetics came from my time (in San Francisco),” Morgan says. “So I love having this link to the San Francisco Ballet, and I also love that (Van Patten) is married to a young man from Cincinnati. I love this idea of linking and connecting. It’s something that’s of international quality, and yet it’s absolutely connected to our community.” Morgan’s tenure seems encapsulated by the word “community.” It’s in the ballet’s mission, but it’s also apparent in all of Morgan’s efforts as she tries to make dance a vibrant joie de vivre that all Cincinnatians can find within themselves. “The human body moving is so important in life,” she says. “Dance is connected, especially with the youth, to finding a certain confidence and taking your mind and putting it into your body. It gives you a different sense of admiration and respect for your body.” She refers to the body as “this one vehicle.” “Dance, for me, is really connected to those basic, primary human emotions and being able to convey them in ways that words cannot,” she says. “Maybe you watch

it as an adult and you see this incredible physicality, and you realize (that) we human beings are capable of amazing things. I feel like dance really could be much more a part of the life here in Cincinnati.” After Director’s Cut comes the rest of Morgan’s lineup. She always includes a family ballet each season, and this year it’s Coppélia, at the Aronoff Center for the Arts Oct. 21-23. Morgan calls it “charming and somewhat hysterical.” With music by Léo Delibes and choreography by Kirk Peterson, its premise is that a talented doll maker creates a doll so lifelike that one of the boys in his town is smitten with it. His girlfriend? Not so much. “It’s really funny and totally charming, and I’m excited about it,” Morgan says. “We’re really committed to the youth seeing it, seeing dance and doing dance in those formative years,” she says. “It’s just so good for you.” DIRECTOR’S CUT takes place at the Aronoff Center for the Arts 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. More info:

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As the days begin to shorten and the fall season looms, Cincinnati’s coordinates have an advantage, providing the perfect opportunity to embrace and explore a vivid natural color palette over the next couple of months — fiery reds, golden yellows and warm oranges. Whether by foot, bike, golf cart or car, there are myriad ways to see leaves change and the colors of autumn take hold during what could arguably be the most beautiful time of the year for our region. Check out the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ fall foliage report ( for weekly fall color updates at state parks and nature preserves starting the final week in

September, along with a changing fall color report map. W alk : S pr i n g G r o v e C e m e te r y & A r b o r e tu m

Spring Grove spans 773 acres, 450 of which are impeccably landscaped green space, rivaling New York’s Central Park or Paris’ Père Lachaise. By 1850, the cemetery’s horticulturists — yes, it has its own horticulturalists — listed 4,300 ornamental plant varieties and a stock of 11,300 nursery plants, and by the 1860s, Spring Grove had a more diverse collection of trees than any other landscape in the nation, apart from the aforementioned Central Park. Today, it’s recognized as a level III accredited site by the Morton

Arboretum, one of only 10 cemeteries to achieve the distinction in the United States. Spend an afternoon walking the grounds and you’ll recognize many notable burials, along with an almost unparalleled collection of woodsy plants and gardens of both native and non-indigenous Midwestern species. Spring Grove holds several events year-round to admire its changing foliage, including a Fall Plant Identification event (1 p.m. Sept. 24) and the Autumn Color Walking Tour (1 p.m. Oct. 16). 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village, W al k (o r A rt C a rt): Pyrami d H i l l S c u l ptu r e Par k & Mu seu m

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country, Pyramid Hill features a colorful array of more than 60 outdoor monumental contemporary sculptures on its 265 acres of gardens, woodlands and lakes. If you don’t feel like exploring the grounds on foot, simply rent an “Art Cart” — basically a golf cart — which is available at the visitors center ($20 per hour for nonmembers). In juxtaposition to the modern artwork, the park also features an impressive 10,000-square-foot Ancient Sculpture Museum featuring Greek, Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian works dating as far back as 1550 B.C. Outside groups like the Tri-State Hiking Club host fall colors walking tours, and Pyramid Hill hosts events throughout the season, including the upcoming 14th-annual open-air

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Pyramid Hill Art Fair (Sept. 24 and 25), highlighting a juried show of over 60 artists, as well as a Zombie Ball costume party (7 p.m. Oct. 15). 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, Walk or B ike: Eden P a r k

Eden Park, originally owned by Nicholas Longworth and designed by Spring Grove’s renowned landscape architect Adolph Strauch, spans 186 acres between Walnut Hills and Mount Adams. Among an array of unique architecture and sculptures — the whimsical Spring House Gazebo, Mirror Lake, Elsinore Tower, a bronze Capitolene Wolf statue (a gift from Rome in 1932) — Eden Park is perhaps most well known for its sweeping views of the city, Ohio River and rolling hills of Northern Kentucky. Bike or walk around former quarry Twin Lakes, home to one of Cincinnati’s 50-plus scenic overlooks, then stop by Krohn Conservatory for its Victorian-inspired fall floral show Fall Back in Time (through Oct. 23). 950 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, Walk or B ike: Devou P a r k

With more than 700 acres and perhaps one of the best views of the Cincinnati skyline in the area, Devou Park sits on a forested hill high atop Covington. If you decide to skip the 18­-hole golf course, instead enjoy eight miles of mountain bike trails as well as miles of paved trails and backcountry trails through some pretty amazing foliage (visit for trail forecasts). 790 Park Lane, Covington, Ky., D r ive (B ike or Hike): Ho cki n g Hills Sta te P ark

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This scenic byway weaves through 46 miles of Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest and Red River Gorge. Red River Gorge offers trails to bike or hike, as well as infamous arches such as Natural Bridge to take in the stunning view of changing treetop canopies. The region is marked as a National Natural Landmark, a National Wild and Scenic River and a National Geological Area and is a relaxing must­see during the fall. For an immersive experience, book one of the gorge’s popular secluded treehouses, like the offthe-grid Sylvan Float, minutes from Gray’s Arch scenic trailhead (thecanopycrew. com). Robbie Ridge Road, Stanton, Ky., D r i v e : Ke n tu c k y R o u te 8

Kentucky Route 8 makes for a nice and easy afternoon drive, running 114 miles east to west along the Ohio River. Consistently surrounded by tunnels of trees, it weaves through several small river towns and beautiful countrysides. Be sure to stop by McGlasson Farms (5832 River Road, Hebron, Ky., mcglassonfarms. com) for some apple cider on the way. Kenton and Campbell County. Drive: Ohio River Scenic Byway

If you’ve ever wanted to say you’ve traveled the entire Ohio River and contemplated your existence, here’s your opportunity to do so. The Ohio River Scenic Byway runs along the coast of the entire 943 miles of the Ohio River. Stop along its many scenic viewpoints for lush views of the changing foliage or into a number of small river towns dotting your trek. D r i v e : B l u e R i d g e M o u n tai n P a r kwa y

Choose your own adventure among the winding 469 miles that connect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the Shenandoah National Park. There are plenty of biking and hiking trails along the way as well as many unique stops, including historic sites, museums, orchards, outdoor tours, wineries and vineyards. Since leaves begin changing color at the highest peak of elevation, it’s suggested to travel anywhere from mid to late October.


If you’re looking to enhance your fall foliage experience and are color-deficient, don’t worry — Frameri x EnChroma has an antidote. The Cincinnati-based eyewear company and online retailer Frameri officially partnered with EnChroma, a California-based colorenchancing lens manufacturer, last September. Color blindness affects approximately one in 12 men and one in 200 women, and there are three known types: red­-green color blindness, blue-­yellow color blindness and complete color blindness. EnChroma lenses — which come as both sunglasses and indoor lenses — use high-tech optics to enhance color before it reaches the eye. They work best for those with red-green color blindness. Red-green color blindness results from a genetic condition in which the light-sensing function of the red and green cones in the eye overlap more than usual. By filtering a narrow region of the spectrum where overlap is present, normal separation can be restored, improving vision for about 80 percent of wearers. During your Frameri appointment, you’ll spend 20 to 30 minutes walking through Washington Park wearing EnChroma sunglasses and then move to the storefront to test the indoor lenses. Frameri optician and shop director Halie Schottelkotte also notes, “These lenses are great for everyone — not just those with color deficiency. Anyone looking for a high-definition experience would benefit.” The Frameri x EnChroma collection starts at $349, and the lenses, like all Frameri lenses, are interchangeable with Frameri frames. Learn more at or

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A short road trip to southeast Ohio will bring you to this magical destination where you can camp, hike, canoe, zipline or go horseback riding. Cliffs, gorges and waterfalls make up some of the stunning landscapes of this state park. Visit the Hocking Hills website for suggested fall foliage driving routes or book a ride on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway. During Fridays in October, the trains run twice a day for colorful two-hour foliage trips. For full fall spirit, stock up on allthings apple during the Jackson Apple Festival (Sept. 20-24), which features three parades (including the largest lighted parade in Ohio), rides, games, bobbing for apples and apple-peeling contests, and plenty of fried fair food, along with apple cider, apple butter, apple pies, candied apples and more. 19852 Ohio 664, Logan, Ohio,

take you to 84 miles of backcountry and frontcountry trails, nearly all of which are bike, horse and pedestrian friendly. Other options for optimum foliage viewing here include canoeing down the Green River and camping underneath the stars. Mammoth Cave National Park also offers a variety of beginner to expert fall cave tours as well as free surface walks and programs, like a bi-weekly fall nature hike led by a local naturalist. Fall events held through Oct. 29. Mammoth Cave, Ky., nps. com/maca.


FotoFocus Biennial Program: October 6–9 ABOUT THE BIENNIAL The FotoFocus Biennial is a month-long celebration of lens-based art held throughout the greater Cincinnati region. The 2016 Biennial is anchored by eight major exhibitions curated by FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator Kevin Moore exploring the documentary nature of photography, including solo exhibitions of Roe Ethridge, Zanele Muholi and Jackie Nickerson. With 60 exhibitions and four days of events, lectures and screenings, FotoFocus brings together the community to celebrate October as the Month of Photography. Roe Ethridge, Durango in the Canal, Belle Glade, FL, 2011. C-print, 51 x 76 inches. Courtesy of the artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, and Greengrassi, London

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Did you miss out on summer because you were busy staying inside, trying to understand the Upside Down? Don’t worry! Stay in there and check out these addictive series. It’s going to get cold soon anyway because, like a second season of Stranger Things, winter is coming. On Now:

Chef’s Table (Netflix) – There’s certainly no shortage of cooking and dining shows these days, but Chef’s Table offers a rare, cinematic look into some of the world’s finest restaurants, profiling a different chef in each episode. From classic French fine dining to ethically minded farm-to-table fare, Chef’s Table has something for every appetite. Three seasons are now available for streaming.

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Westworld (Series Premiere, 9 p.m. Oct. 2, HBO) – Based on the 1973 sci-fi Western thriller film, Westworld centers on an amusement park where the rollercoaster and restroom lines are the least of your problems. In a dystopic but not too distant future, fun-seekers can experience a Wild West populated by hyper-realistic androids. Guests can pay to engage in a good, oldfashioned shootout or spend the night with

the finest girl in the brothel. That is, until the artificial intelligence gets a little too smart. Think Jurassic Park (also from O.G. Westworld creator Michael Crichton) meets Ex Machina. Black Mirror (Season Premiere, Oct. 21, Netflix) – When we power down our screens — cellphones, computers, tablets, TVs, laptops, smart watches — what are we left with? Some expensive-ass black mirrors. That’s the idea behind this cult-favorite U.K. anthology that’s been scooped up by Netflix. The common pitch: Twilight Zone with technology. And as lazy as “X meets Y” descriptions of shows are (sorry, Westworld), it’s pretty accurate. Each episode feels like a mini film, with different directors (Joe Wright and Dan Trachtenberg), writers (creator Charles Booker and, surprisingly, Parks and Recreation’s Mike Schur and Rashida Jones) and actors (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Kelly MacDonald, Mackenzie Davis) exploring some disturbing facet of contemporary life, from social media and video games to A.I. and smart houses. It’s not necessary to watch all previous episodes for continuity, but as addictive and limited a series as it is, you physically won’t be capable of watching just one. Go ahead and plan on binging on the first two seasons and Christmas special in addition to these six new episodes.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Season Premiere, Nov. 25, Netflix) – The quaint, comforting corner of Connecticut that is Stars Hollow, the endless cups of coffee, the love interests, the mile-a-minute dialogue sprinkled with pop culture references — Lorelai and Rory are back! There’s plenty of time to recap on the original seven seasons before this four-part special that catches up with the ladies Gilmore 10 years later. L ook i ng A head:

Making a Murderer (Netflix) – During a time when America seems more divided than ever, it’s kind of comforting to know that we can all agree on one thing — that Making a Murderer was a pretty good show. Whether you’re certain Steven Avery is an innocent victim of a corrupt judicial system or you believe he’s guilty of killing Teresa Halbach, nearly everyone with a Netflix login was bitten by the true-crime bug after it premiered last December. No word on when we can expect another season, but Netflix has confirmed it’s in the works, as events continue to unfurl in real time. Stranger Things (Netflix) – Season 2 is a go! Creators recently granted fans a teaser ambiguous enough to keep us speculating through 2017, when the next season will premiere. In the meantime, keep your Barb prayer circle in tact.

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American Horror Story (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX) – The popular horror anthology series is switching things up this fall, keeping fans in the dark about the details of the upcoming sixth season. In past years, seasonal themes like Asylum, Freak Show and Hotel were revealed in advance, along with information about new and returning stars and the characters they’d be portraying (AHS boasts a bevy of actors that have played varied roles in many different seasons of the show). There have been zero trailers featuring actual footage

or characters, only teasers that allude to various tropes in the horror genre — everything from evil children to aliens to swamp creatures and creepy-crawlies — with an emphasis on the number six, which refers to the numeric season but is also tied to the occult. AHS lends itself to fantastical fan theories — creator Ryan Murphy frequently plants Easter eggs as clues about the next season’s theme, sparking lots of speculation — and one running idea is that all the seasons, whose storylines have spanned from the 1700s to present day, are actually connected and are not just separate anthological installments. We’ve seen some minor character crossover, but this could be the nail in the coffin, so to speak. And considering the show’s self-referential nature, could the theme/setting actually be the set of a horror production? We’re calling it now: American Horror Story: Meta.

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Ah, the Demogorgon. The powerful, two-headed demon prince is largely regarded as one of the greatest villains in Dungeons & Dragons. The Stranger Things kids refer to the show’s slime-dripping beast by the same name — one of many D&D references they use to try and make sense of the events unfolding around them. Storytelling is the meat and bones of the hugely expansive role-playing game, originally published in 1974; rounds last hours at a time as players assume the role of wizards, orcs, clerics and more, narrating their characters’ actions through quests for treasure, daring rescues and battles with deadly foes. Take on the monster yourself or go on a boozy gaming binge and embody a mythical character at these eclectic local gaming hubs. 16-BIT BAR+ARC A DE

It’s on like Donkey Kong at this boozy retro hangout, where the 1981 Nintendo classic is one of 50 vintage arcade games on the floor. The best part? Gameplay is free with the purchase of a drink. Boot up Q*bert, Pac-Man, Centipede, Mario Bros., Space Invaders and many others while imbibing a variety of old-school and game-themed cocktails like Game Over, a magical mix

of eight liquors, Hawaiian fruit punch, lemonade and Sprite. Also on the menu: the Bill Nye, the Macho Man and the Kevin Bacon, with Jim Beam maple bourbon, ginger ale and real bacon jerky. The bar also serves more than 20 craft beers on tap, plus specialty cans, bourbon, whiskey, rye and scotch. If you’re looking for a more nostalgic option, opt for a boozy Slush Puppie. Go online for a calendar of tournaments and special events; this week kicks off with Wayback Wednesday, with screenings of ’80s flicks like Mortal Kombat and $2 off craft drafts until 8 p.m. Free to play with drink purchase. 1331 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-381-1616, A R CA D E L E G AC Y

Don’t be fooled by this arcade’s unassuming location in the Cincinnati Mall: inside is 7,600 square feet of more than 70 arcade and pinball cabinets and 20 different game stations. Play classic arcade games like Millipede, Tetris, Galaga and Arkanoid; side-scrollers and puzzle games like Battletoads; fighting games like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat II; and sports and lightgun games like Silent Scope, NBA Jam Tournament Edition and Point Blank 2. Try your hand at three

different pinball machines (and be on the lookout for a new Fire Pinball machine coming soon). A console area has 20 different stations, ranging from Atari 2600, NES and Sega Genesis to the PS4 and WiiU. The arcade also buys and sells all types of video games, board games, manga and action figures and hosts frequent tournaments (Magic the Gathering, anyone?) Daily rates: $10 ages 12 and up; $6 kids 4-11; free children under 4. Hourly rates: $5 one hour; $8 two hours. Cincinnati Mall, 662 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Fairfield, 513-874-8766, AR C AD E L E G AC Y : B A R EDI T I ON

This boozy take on Arcade Legacy “combines three of your favorite things: video games, alcohol and food.” And honestly, what could be better? The Northside location opened its doors in August 2015 and features many of the same elements as the original Fairfield location: about 50 arcade games, pinball machines and a lounge with current and classic consoles. The big difference here is Bar Edition’s creative and extensive menu, on which hot dog concoctions are the stars. Begin with an all-beef or veggie dog and choose

from 12 themed creations like the AntiHero, with fried egg, bacon and mayo; the Sweet Tooth, with goetta and maple syrup; and the vegan Jessica Rabbit, with hummus, carrot, leafy greens and Dijon balsamic (a custom dog menu is also available). Although the bar is typically 21+, all ages are welcome 4-8 p.m. Sundays. Free with purchase of food or drink. 3929 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, 513429-3180, A RK HA M HOU S E GA MES

Dungeons masters, prepare thyselves: Beginning Oct. 7, Arkham House Games hosts D&D Encounters every Wednesday night. But newbies, fear not: starting on Sept. 15, the store will hold a D&D 5thedition Dungeon Master mentorship program for players of all experience levels. Learn about the game from some serious experts; participating Dungeon Masters — the D&D player who organizes the game, creating details and challenges for other players — have decades of experience and have run tournaments at major conventions like Columbus, Ohio’s Origins Game Fair and Indianapolis’ GenCon. But that’s not all the store has to offer: weekly onsite tournaments feature games like Magic:

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The Gathering, and a large lending library beckons customers to try their hands at something new. You can even bring in your own food and drink — including alcohol — to fortify you while you game. 1609 Madison Road Suite B, East Walnut Hills, 513-818-9936, GAME SWA P

This mecca of vintage games and trading cards is difficult to miss: Keep an eye out for a life-size window painting of Super Mario hurling a fireball. Inside, an entire wall is dedicated to video games and consoles of yore: Gameboy Color, Nintendo 64, NES, you name it. But the real passion here is for Magic: The Gathering: players nearly always fill the lengthy in-store tables, and the store stocks too many Magic trading cards to count — many of them rare. Game Swap frequently hosts tournaments onsite, and a friendly and knowledgeable staff is always willing to discuss game mechanics, address questions and introduce players to new games. Customers can also grab unique board games from the lending library before purchasing one (or three) to take home. 1065 Reading Road, Mason, 513-770-0170, T H E ROOK OTR

With nearly 600 games to choose from in-house, boredom is banished at Cincinnati’s first-ever board game parlor. Get your hands on nearly any title imaginable: Catan, Battleship, Cards Against Humanity, Trouble, Connect Four, Yahtzee, Sorry, Bingo — the list goes on and on. If that seems a little overwhelming, head online before arriving at the bar. An online library allows users to search for specific titles or by categories like genre, difficulty and number of players. Tournaments take place every Tuesday; a King of Tokyo competition takes place Sept. 20, and a Dominion faceoff follows on Sept. 27. Euchre Nights are also held every Sunday. Although Dungeons & Dragons isn’t currently on the roster, the bar plans to implement a user-friendly version in the near future. 1115 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-954-8191, SC I- FI CITY

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In the heyday of video stores, driving to a brick-and-mortar to rent a movie from a limited selection of titles didn’t prompt guffaws — instead, business was booming. Netflix didn’t exist, computers and tablets hadn’t made their appearance and “streaming” held no meaning. Fast-forward to the present: Blockbuster cards are obsolete and news of an imminent video store is pretty much unheard of — until now. Gorilla Cinema, the group behind The Shiningthemed bar Overlook Lodge in Pleasant Ridge, is putting the finishing touches on The Video Archive, a rental store inspired by Quentin Tarantino. “We’ve all loved having movies in our life so long that we can’t remember a time when we didn’t,” says Gorilla Cinema co-founder Jacob Treviño. Scheduled to open in October, the shop will offer everything from mainstream hits to cult classics and indie darlings on DVD and VHS in the hope that it will appeal to and be explored by a new generation of viewers. The Video Archive is an homage to the video store where Tarantino got his start and wrote modern classics like Reservoir Dogs, True Romance and Pulp Fiction. And like the best Tarantino films, much of the project is shrouded in mystery. The Archive will open i at 965 E. McMillan St. in Walnut Hills, and according to the Cincinnati Business Courier a liquor license is attached to the address. “For us, it’s always been about projecting wonder and hiding secrets within all of our concepts,” Treviño says. “This one is no different. As with all of our concepts, there’s more than meets the eye.” More info at

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Wander into the secret labs at Sci-Fi City, “the highly classified Cincinnati research facility” that makes no attempt to conceal its love of gaming. Play Xbox games on the store’s four large TVs — up to eight players can join in — while reclining in a plush theater chair complete with individual sound and vibration. Bring your own games to play or select from the wide variety available in store. Sci-Fi City also features six tables for in-store gaming, complete with stocked miniature terrain. Every Wednesday, the store hosts new-player-friendly D&D Encounters from 6-9 p.m. — perfect for getting your feet wet as a wizard or a cleric. Northgate Mall, 9501 Colerain Ave., Colerain, 513-245-9105,

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Turn on your # SweaterWeather playlist and sew your cut-off jean shorts back into pants: Fall is here, and that means it’s time to eat your weight in comfort food before hibernating for the winter. For the next few months, use this handy-dandy dining list to explore Cincinnati’s seasonal goodies. Ha p p y Chicks B a ke r y ’ s fall Cup ca kes

Happy Chicks Bakery opened with a mission greater than just providing delicious food and sweets, including 100-percent vegan options. “Our thing is creative flavors,” says co-owner Jana Douglass. “We’re way more than just a vegan bakery.” Creative flavoring abounds in their Caramel Apple Cider cupcake. With Angry Orchard hard apple cider baked into the cake and a dollop of apple butter hiding under the generous I-can’t-believe-it’snot-buttercream icing, this cupcake will delight even diehard dairy fans. The caramel drizzle on top kicks up the sweetness without being overpowering. The Fall Dream cupcake, also featuring the aforementioned apple butter, is surprisingly spiced with orange and topped with pumpkin-butter icing. Orange might not be a standard fall flavor, but the citrus ties the mix of pumpkin and spice together in a new way, cutting through some of the heavier autumn flavors. Pro tip: Take the time to let one of the Happy Chicks bakers warm up your cupcake. On a cold day, nothing beats a warm cupcake. 4035 Hamilton Ave., Northside,

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C offee Emp o ri u m ’ s P um p ki n Pie La tte

Move over pumpkin spice latte: The pumpkin pie latte from Coffee Emporium is the new sheriff in espresso town. Snowville Creamery’s whole milk, sourced solely from grassgrazing cows, gives the latte a silky smooth texture. Topped with housemade whipped cream, the latte’s espresso comes from beans sourced directly from South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. Coffee Emporium will also be securing a new round of coffee beans from Papa New Guinea, so in theory you could warm up this fall with a Papa New Guinea pumpkin pie latte.

Looking to try something totally new? While it’s not on the menu, customers frequently ask for a pumpkin chai latte, blending Coffee Emporium’s signature chai tea with the pumpkin pie latte ingredients. 110 E. Central Parkway, Downtown, Sch n e i d e r ’ s S w e e t Sho p’ s Ca r am e l C an d y

If you haven’t felt the urge to sit down on a kitchen floor and pile drive through a pound of sugar since you came home from trick-or-treating as a kid, try Schneider’s Sweet Shop’s homemade caramel candy. Each individually wrapped piece tastes like warm autumn sunshine. The sweet shop was founded in 1939 and still uses the same recipes for its candy today. They sell their caramels by weight — one usually costs all of 34 cents. To shake things up a bit, the sweet shop offers cherry-, vanilla-nut- and licorice-flavored caramels along with traditional vanilla. (They also use the same caramel in their version of turtle candy, known as pecan carmelettes.) The unique cherry caramel has a vanilla base, which lets the natural cherry flavor shine. And it’s no wonder that nothing tastes artificial: Schneider’s makes almost every type of candy and ice cream on the menu in-house themselves with fresh ingredients and old-fashioned recipes. 420 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, Ky., The E ag l e ’ s S w e e t P o tato Cr o c k

While everyone else is swapping out their menus for seasonal delights, Over-theRhine’s Eagle isn’t making a single change to its soul food selection. And it’s easy to see why — the menu already reads like Thanksgiving at Grandma’s (minus the turkey, plus chicken). With the winds getting a bit colder, stop in for their sweet potato crock. The dish’s use of toasted mini marshmallows mimics my Southern mother’s recipe so closely it wouldn’t be a surprise if they were hiding her somewhere in the back of the kitchen. All the normal notes of sweet potato are there — the sweet, the potato — but with one special ingredient: ginger. While it might sound strange, the mix of the ginger with black pepper in the mash

pairs perfectly with the sentimentally sweet marshmallows to create a dish sophisticated enough for OTR and instantly nostalgic to anyone who grew up eating soul food. 1342 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, as s o r te d S e as o n al Si p s

Rumor suggests that looking for fall-themed brews at midnight on Sept. 1 while trying to finish an article for a local alternative weekly is “strange.” If donning a pumpkin hat and dancing to the Ghostbusters theme song while drinking spiced ale is wrong, who wants to be right? Forget those haters and head to Northside if you need your seasonal sips when it’s still 80 degrees outside. The Northside Tavern is #blessed with Rhinegeist’s Oktoberfest Franz and Cidergeist Dry Hopped Hard Cider, along with Rivertown’s Pumpkin Ale. Franz embodies the soul of the ideal Oktoberfest beer, meaning that at 5.4 percent ABV, it is devilishly easy to drink. It’s lighter on the hops with a rich aftertaste and something uniquely “fall” about it. While there isn’t necessarily a signature flavor, there are notes of caramel and cider woven throughout each sip. If you want a true cider experience, order Rhinegeist’s Dry Hopped Hard Cider.

Weighing in at a sturdy 6.2 percent ABV, the cider is as crisp and juicy as the first bite of a handpicked apple. Rhinegeist sources its cider apples from Washington state and brews the drink here in Cincinnati. The first sip of Rivertown’s Pumpkin Ale tastes like warm pumpkin cookies. The addition of molasses adds a deeper body than run-of-the-mill seasonal pumpkin beers — nothing new for Rivertown, which consistently explores old flavors in new ways. Also coming soon to Northside: Urban Artifact will be revealing a seasonal beer at the end of September named Orgone. “The name came from our interest in historic pseudo-sciences — we have other beers named Palmistry and Phrenology,” the brewery’s Scott Hand says. Orgone will be an apricot crumble ale, flavored to taste like pie using bready yeasts and malts. Also returning is the Northside Yacht Club’s droolworthy hot apple cider. The bar sources the cider from family-owned McGlasson Farms in Northern Kentucky. Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave.,; Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St.,; Northside Yacht Club, 4231 Spring Grove Ave.,


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Director’s Cut: A Celebration! Cincinnati Ballet CEO and artistic director Victoria Morgan has selected a group of all-star performers to celebrate her 20th season with the company to showcase some of her favorite works and choreographers, plus two world premieres. 8 p.m. Sept. 16; 2 and 8 p.m. Sept. 17. Tickets start at $32. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Oktoberfest is Zinzinnati’s giant, weekendlong German street party with Bavarian food, wiener dog and beer stein races, the world’s largest chicken dance, a brat-eating competition, a “larger-than-life” Glockenspiel, German dancing and more. 5 p.m.midnight Sept. 16; 11 a.m.-midnight Sept. 17; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 18. Free admission. Second and Third streets between Walnut and Elm streets, Downtown, The City Flea This curated urban flea market hosts one of its final outdoor markets of the season. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 17. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, Fifty Fest 2016 Fifty West hosts three stages of live music, featuring 10 bands, and more than 20 breweries. Enjoy meals from all over the city, including food from Fifty West’s scratch kitchen. Noon-midnight Sept. 17. $10. Fifty West Brewing Company, 7668 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township,

The S o u n d o f M u s i c Na t i o n al To u r The hills are alive! Broadway in Cincinnati presents the spirited musical tale of the Von Trapps, Maria and Nazi-occupied Austria. Sept 27-Oct. 9. Tickets start at $30. The Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown,

Music in the Woods The Imago Earth Center hosts the 15thannual Music in the Woods festival, featuring live music, food and a silent auction. Imago is committed to the preservation of urban nature, and this fest provides a perfect opportunity to support the center’s environmental programs. 4-11 p.m. Sept.

Cincinnati Beer Run Celebrate craft beer with a 2.5-mile run from Newport through downtown Cincinnati. Enjoy samples of craft beer along the course. Walkers welcome. 7:30 a.m. Sept. 23. $30$60. Newport, Ky., Cincinnati Zombie Walk Dress like a zombie, go on a walk, bring a canned food item to donate to the Freestore Foodbank. The walk ends at Duke Energy Convention Center, where an after party will be sponsored and decorated by the Dent Schoolhouse. 7:15 p.m. Sept. 23. Free to walk; $10 after party. Walk starts across from the Freestore Foodbank, 1141 Central Parkway, Downtown, cincinnatizombiewalk. Cincinnati Comic Expo A comic expo featuring famous sci-fi and fantasy film and TV stars like Dr. Who’s John Barrowman, legends like Stan Lee, panels, costume contests, zombie walks and more. Sept 23-25. Tickets start at $25. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, MidPoint Music Festival This Indie music festival features local, national and international acts, including Band of Horses, Wolf Parade, Future Islands, Reggie Watts and Lucero. Sept. 23-25. $50 per day. Various venues, Newport Oktoberfest A Munich-style Oktoberfest featuring authentic German food and drinks, live continuous German entertainment and a giant festival tent. Sept. 23-25. Free admission. Festival Park, Riverboat Row, Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., Fire Up the Night Watch the Philippines, South Africa and Greece take on America in a global fireworks competition over Lake Como. The winner will be determined by a judging panel and audience text vote. Sunlite pool will be empty so that there is plenty of seating to view the light show. Tickets include parking, classic rides and admission. Gates open at 4

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Hudepohl 14k Brewery Run “The race that thinks it’s a party.” This 8.7-mile course takes participants past the city’s old breweries. 8 a.m. Sept. 17. $45$55. Mehring Way, next to the Moerlein Lager House,

17. $25; free children 12 and under. Imago Earth Center, 700 Enright, East Price Hill,

p.m.; fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 24. $25 per carload. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California, OFFF Cincinnati 2016 Engage with artists and designers from around the world through inspirational talks and workshops. Héctor Ayuso returns to Cincinnati to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the OFFF design conference. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sept. 24. $25-$50. School for Creative and Performing Arts, 108 W. Central Parkway, Downtown,, The Rocky Horror Picture Show The Denton Affair hosts an every-otherSaturday interactive screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a live cast. Viewers are encouraged to come in costume and to bring flashlights, noisemakers and bells. 11:55 p.m. Sept. 24 and every other Saturday. $9.75. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, Romeo and Juliet at CCM University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music musical theater students take on this Shakespeare classic. Witness the deadly feud between the Montagues and the Capulets in a subversive retelling of the Bard’s iconic story. Sept. 29-Oct. 2. $15-$31. Patricia Corbett Theatre, University of Cincinnati, Clifton, Weekend of Fire This steamy Jungle Jim’s event celebrates spicy foods by filling the Oscar Event Center with the hottest sauces, marinades, rubs and everything in between. Feeling brave? Enter the Arena of Fire to truly challenge your taste buds. 6-10 p.m. Sept. 30; 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Oct. 1; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 2. $10 two-day pass; $6 general admission. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, Cincinnati Remodel & Design Show Discover the latest trends, products and companies for your next remodeling projects. Noon-7 p.m. Sept. 30; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 1; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 2. $8. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown,

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Porkopolis Pig & Whiskey Festival The second-annual Porkopolis Pig & Whiskey Festival Cincinnati will descend upon downtown for two days of pork, whiskey and craft beer. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, Donauschwaben Oktoberfest Featuring live music, authentic German dancing, and over 25 beers, this fest welcomes fall with a wunderbar time. 6 p.m.12:30 a.m. Sept. 30; 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Oct. 1; noon-8 p.m. Oct. 2. $3. Donauschwaben Park, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Colerain, A Prayer For Owen Meany at the Playhouse in the Park Based on the novel by John Irving, this tale of friendship and faith set in the 1960s

follows Owen and childhood friend John. Linked through tragedy, John and Owen walk different routes of discovering their faith and losing it. Through Oct. 1. $35$68. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams,

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Da Vinci - The Genius at the Museum Center An in-depth look at the work of Leonardo da Vinci, comprised of more than 17 themed galleries with more than 200 pieces and life-size reproductions of 70 inventions. Through Oct. 9. $19.50 adults; $17.50 seniors; $12.50 kids. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, Old West Fest Step back in time and mosey into an authentic Wild West town dating back to 1878. Come in your best period attire (there’s a costume contest each day) for cold sarsaparilla, a covered wagon ride, can-can dancers and (fake) gun fights. The final weekend, Oct. 15-16, is a Halloween Ghost Townthemed event. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 16. $12.00$24.99. 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg, Ohio, Ohio Renaissance Festival Prepare thyself for adventure. The Ohio Renaissance Festival’s recreated 30-acre, 16th-century village crams 400 years of fun into one day, with human-powered rides, hearty food and drink (turkey legs, beef stew in a bread bowl, mead), games of skill and unique arts and crafts. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 23. $21.95; $9.95 children. 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville, Covington is Haunted Tour A bit of history and horror in a 90-minute walking tour. Learn about neighborhood feuds and haunted mansions. Through Oct. 29. $20. Tour starts at Molly Malone’s, 112 E. Fourth St., Covington, Ky., Newport is Haunted Tour Led by a cloaked guide, tour the streets of Newport by night to learn about tales of murder, suicide and even a decapitation or two. Through Oct. 29. $20. Tour begins at 18 E. Fifth St., Newport, Ky., Queen City is Haunted Tour On this guided walking tour of downtown and OTR, hear stories of grisly murders, ghastly deaths and other disturbing tales buried deep within Cincinnati’s storied past. Through Oct. 29. $20. Tours begin at 1332 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride and Farmers Revenge Ride a wagon into haunted horrors of cinemas past and present. Through Oct. 29. $20 combo tickets. Sandyland Acres, 4172 Belleview Road, Petersburg, Ky.,

Foto Foc u s bi enni a l 2 0 1 6 This month-long arts biennial features the finest in contemporary photography and lens-based art. FotoFocus features exhibitions, film screenings, lectures and performances by artists, curators, critics and art world professionals, all based on one theme: “Photography, the Undocument,” which explores the boundaries between facts and fabrications. Oct. 1-31. Various venues,

Country Pumpkins Fall Festival A fall fest on a 25-acre dairy farm with hayrides, a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, straw-bale maze and more. Leashed pets are welcome. Through Oct. 31. Free admission. 1835 Sherman Mount Zion Road, Dry Ridge, Ky., Jack-O-Lantern Junction A Halloween exhibit at EnterTRAINment Junction with a trick-or-treat maze, kid-friendly ghosts, a mini Halloween train display, an indoor pumpkin patch and more. Through Oct 31. $13.95 adult; $11.95 senior; $9.95 kids. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester, Kinman Farms Fall Fest Adventure Hay rides, a corn maze, pony rides, a bonfire, fall décor and more. Weekends through Oct. 31. Prices vary. Kinman

Farms, 4175 Burlington Pike, Burlington, Ky., Dent Schoolhouse A haunted house in a haunted school (the janitor did it). Lights-out tour on Nov. 4 and 5. Through Nov. 5. $20-$35. 5963 Harrison Ave., Dent, Glenn Brown at the Contemporary Arts Center The first solo museum exhibit to display the work of London artist Glenn Brown, who creates abstracted representational paintings. Through Jan. 15. Free admission. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown,


DevouGrass Festival Features live Bluegrass music, artisan vendors, hands-on creative stations for kids and food trucks. Benefits the Children’s Home of

Northern Kentucky. Noon-dusk Oct. 1. Free. Devou Park Bandshell, 1700 Montague Road, Covington, Ky., Mermaids Return to Newport Aquarium For a limited time, see mystical mermaids swim through the aquarium and get to know them during daily meet-and-greets. Oct. 1-16. Free with admission. Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, Ky., Mercantile Library’s Niehoff Lecture Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prizewinning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will deliver the 29th Niehoff Lecture, a series that features prominent authors, in the Westin Hotel’s Presidential Ballroom. 7-10p.m. Oct. 1. $175 Mercantile members; $200 general admission. The Westin Hotel, 21 E. Fifth St., Downtown, Hyde Park Art Show Celebrate the 50th-annual art show by purusing more than 200 booths of local art at the largest one-day art show in the Greater Cincinnati area. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 2. Free. Hyde Park Square, Hyde Park, Kentucky Wool Festival A festival that promotes sheep and wool products complete with homemade craft vendors, live Bluegrass and Americana music, cloggers, county festival food, sheep-shearing and border collie-herding demonstrations, plus a tent full of wool. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 7-9; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 9. $5. 48 Concord Caddo Roaf, Falmouth, Ky.,

Pulp at Know Theatre A “genre-bending literary noir comedy” about a washed-up private investigator whose life soon begins to imitate literature after taking on a case of suspects who all write for different pulp magazines. Oct. 7-Oct. 29. $25. Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, Oak, Toast & Two Aging Barrels A celebration of Kentucky’s bourbon heritage with tastings, dinners, education and more. Oct. 7-9. Sixth and Main streets, Covington, Ky.,


Amy Schumer Live Stand-up comedian, actress, writer, producer and director Amy Schumer kicks off her first live tour at the BB&T Arena. 6:30 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. Oct. 8. $42-$102. Bank of Kentucky Center, 500 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, Ky., Fall-O-Ween Coney Island’s annual family-friendly fall festival. Enjoy trick-or-treat trails for kids, a Fright Lights musical show, barnyard friends and more. Weekends Oct. 8-23. $11. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California, Ohio Sauerkraut Festival Since 1970, the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival has celebrated sauerkraut with a full festival featuring everything from sauerkraut pizzas, fudge, donuts, cookies and pies. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 8; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 9. Free admission. 10 B N. Main St., Waynesville, Ohio,

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Customer Appreciation Day at Stricker’s Grove Stricker’s Grove is a family-owned and -operated private amusement park (only open to the public four times a year), featuring classic amusement park rides with free popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy (and booze available for purchase). Noon-8 p.m. Oct. 9. $12.50. Stricker’s Grove, 11490 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, Iron Fork CityBeat hosts this food competition in which local chefs battle it out to win a Golden Fork award. 5-8:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State 3520 Central Parkway, Clifton, Vanessa Williams with the Cincinnati Pops Classical meets contemporary during this one-night-only, sure-to-sell-out performance by multi-talented artist Vanessa Williams and the Cincinnati Pops. Known for her roles on Desperate Housewives and The Good Wife, Williams has also released chart-topping R&B hits. 7 p.m. Oct. 9. $25-$125. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown,

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Cincinnati Chocolate Festival A festival for chocolate-lovers of all ages, featuring samples from local sweeteries, celebrity chef demos, contests and more to indulge your chocolate cravings. Admission includes five tasting tickets, and proceeds benefit the Isaac M. Wise Temple

Sisterhood. Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 11. $10. Xavier University’s Cintas Center, 1624 Herald Ave., Evanston, Cincinnati Craft Brewers Oktoberfest Listermann Brewing Company has teamed up with Cincideutsch, a group of local German-speakers, to host this craft beer event. Kids and dogs welcome. 5 p.m.midnight Oct. 14; noon-11 p.m. Oct. 15. Free admission. Listermann Brewing Company, 1621 Dana Ave., Evanston, Dada Rafiki: I See You Sister Join international respected and award-winning poet Annie Ruth as she presents one of the most inspirational multi-cultural celebrations of music, dance, spoken word,and song in Cincinnati. 7 p.m. Oct. 14. $22.25$32.25. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, The Elephant Man at Cincy Shakes The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents Bernard Pomerance’s Tony award-winning play about the life of Joseph Marrick, whose physical deformities lead him to see a life of beauty, as well as harsh cruelty. Oct. 14-Nov. 5. $38-$42. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., Downtown, Heritage Village Haunted Village The headless horseman rides at the historic Heritage Village. Oct. 14-29. $8. Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville,

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Ha l l Z OOw een Trick-or-treat around the zoo and participate in themed activities like special animal encounters and Hogwarts Express train rides. Select weekends in October. $18; $13 kids; $10 parking. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale,

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Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth at the Cincinnati Art Museum Centered on the Cincinnati Art Museum’s “Undergrowth with Two Figures,” the exhibition explores the significance of the forest interior to the art of Vincent van Gogh. Oct. 15-Jan. 8. $10; $5 children; free for members. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams,

Zombie Ball Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite undead characters — zombies, vampires and mummies — or creatively interpret the theme. Open bar from 7-10 p.m. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 15. $75 couple: $40 single. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, Coppelia A story of how a toy-maker’s latest creation comes to life, as told in this comedic ballet that is returning back to the Cincinnati Ballet for the first time since 2001. Paired with the melodic music of Leo Delibes played by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Oct. 21-23. $32-$103. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, Ubahn Fest A literal underground music festival — located in a Metro Transit center underneath Second Street — featuring an eclectic lineup of EDM and Hip Hop performances

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Books by the Banks For all the bookworms looking to get cozy — and educated — this fall, the 10th-annual Books by the Banks festival celebrates reading and literacy with a variety of book talks, panels and discussions by local, regional and national authors and illustrators. Meet more than 100 local writers and national bestselling authors while celebrating the tenth anniversary of the festival. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15. Free. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown,

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Cincinnati Halloween Masquerade The Pandora Society invites you to party with the most elegant ghouls, goblins, witches and wizards (or whatever else you’d like to dress as). Caberet, belly dancing, live music, vendors and a costume contests. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 15. $15-$20. Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport, Ky.,


Johnny Mathis The longest-running artist on Columbia Records is celebrating his 60th year in the music industry. 8 p.m. Oct. 14. $52.50$132.50. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown,

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across two stages. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 21 and Oct. 22. $49-$89. 220 Central Ave. between Pete Rose Way and Third Street, Downtown, Picturing the West: Masterworks of 19th-Century Landscape Photography at the Taft Museum of Art The 41 photographs in Picturing the West capture the scenery and spirit of America’s western frontier during the second half of the 19th century. This exhibit is presented in part with FotoFocus. Oct. 22-Jan. 15. $20 adults; $15 children. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown, Guided Ghost Tour of Music Hall The Cincinnati Research & Paranormal Studies team leads guided paranormal tours to explore, investigate and document the otherworldly. Bring your own equipment. 7 p.m. Oct. 23. $25. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, MainStrasse Dog Costume Pawrade Costumed dogs parade around MainStrasse Village. Oct. 23. Free. Sixth Street, Covington, Ky., CPI New Voices The Cincinnati Playwright Initiative, a grassroots art organization of local playwrights, directors, actors, and theater supporters interested in bringing new plays to the Cincinnati stage, presents two new shorts written by Robert Cooperman. 7:30 p.m. Oct 25. $8. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, John Witherspoon at Funny Bone Known as one of America’s funniest onscreen dads, John Witherspoon is known

for his roles as “Pops” on The Wayan’s Brothers, or as Craig’s father from the Friday trilogy. 7:30 p.m. Oct 28. $25. Liberty Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township., Halloween Gala Music by Naked Karate Girls. Benefits the Children’s Dyslexia Centers of Cincinnati. 6 p.m. Oct. 29. $50; Cincinnati Masonic Center, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, Fall Fest Brought to you by 3CDC, Washington Park is kicking off the beginning of autumn with a weekend full of family fun and attractions. Oct. 29-30. Free Admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-theRhine, Halloween Skate Party A costume party at Fountain Square’s ice rink. Noon-11 p.m. Oct. 29. Free. Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, The Malice Ball An Over-the-Rhine masquerade party. Proceeds benefit the Over-the-Rhine Chamber’s Business First Grant Program. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29. $30; $25 advance. Christian Moerlein Brewery, 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine, Burger Farm Pumpkin Festival A family-friendly fall festival with pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival rides, pickyour-own pumpkins and more. Weekends in October. $3 admission. Free parking. Burger Farm and Garden Center, 7849 Main St., Newtown,

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Altius Quartet Chamber Music Cincinnati presents a rising-star quartet every two years in honor of LaSalle Quartet violinist Henry Meyer, this year’s choice being the Altius Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15. $30. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, The Phantom of the Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new Broadway production of the hit musical comes to Cincinnati as part of its North American tour. Nov. 15-27. $44-$135. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, Forgotten Cincinnati: Photographs from the 1880s at the Taft Museum of Art A time capsule of late-19th-century Cincinnati, captured on film by an unknown photographer. Nov. 18-Feb. 26. $20 adults; $15 children. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown, Holiday Lights on the Hill This drive-through experience features more than a million lights and lasers in their holiday displays. Nov. 18-Jan 1. $20-$25 per car. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, Crafty Supermarket Holiday Show This handmade holiday market features more than 100 craft vendors and makers. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 19. Free admission. University of Cincinnati Recreation Center, 2820 Bearcat Way, Clifton,

N or t hern L ig ht s Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali makes his CSO debut with violinist Jennifer Koh as the orchestra captures the beauty of the Northern Lights via music. Nov. 18-19. $22-$87. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St.,


Octonauts Live and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure The Disney Jr. series brings their live stage show to the U.S. for the first time. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2. $29.50-$39.50. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown,

Billy Elliot: The Musical by Cincinnati Music Theatre The show named by TIME Magazine as the “Best Musical of the Decade”’ comes to the Aronoff and tells the story of a young boy’s struggle to make his dreams come true. Nov. 4-12. $20-$24. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine,

Best of Baroque: Handel & Bach Experience the music of the Baroque period, led by Ton Koopman and featuring soloists from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Nov. 11-13. $23-$107. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market More than 100 different vendors sell gifts, apparel, home décor, gourmet food and more. Nov. 11-13. $9; free for kids. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown,

Joe Bonamassa Recognized as one of the greatest guitarists of his generation, Bonamassa brings his Blues-Rock style to Cincinnati in support of his solo album, Blues of Desperation. 8 p.m. Nov. 30. $82.50-128.50. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown,


Holiday Pops with Melinda Doolittle Cincinnati’s holiday tradition is back with John Morris Russell’s Home for the Holidays program — a blend of holiday favorites featuring American Idol contestant Melinda Doolittle. Dec. 2-4. $25-$95. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, Eamonn McCrystal & Chloë Agnew in Concert Emmy award winning Irish tenor Eamonn McCrystal and Celtic Woman Chloë Agnew, join forces for an evening to celebrate Irish culture, great music and Christmas. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. $35-$55. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, Christmas Town The Creation Museum’s annual event presents a look at the story behind Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ. The event features a live nativity scene and a garden of festive light displays. Dec. 16-30. Creation Museum. 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Petersburg, Ky.,

Christkindlmarkt Sip hot mulled wine and browse vendors with handmade nutcrackers, ornaments, toys and more. Nov. 20-22. $3. Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Colerain,

Christmas with Over The Rhine Folk duo Over The Rhine bring their unique voice and musical style to holiday favorite songs with the Cincinnati Pops. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. $25-$99. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown.,

Victorian Christmas Visit Christmas past at the Hillforest Historical Foundation. Nov. 20-Dec. 30. $6; $3 kids. 213 Fifth St., Aurora, Ind.,

Straight No Chaser The 10-piece, male acappella group brings its tour to Cincinnati to celebrate 20 years as a group. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. $39.50$69.50. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown,

A Christmas Carol at the Playhouse in the Park The classic Dickens tale returns to charm holiday audiences. Nov. 23-Dec. 31, $30$85, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, One City, One Symphony Saxophonist Branford Marsalis is center stage for this year’s One City, One Symphony performance. Featuring all-American music the show is tied together with the theme of home. 8 p.m. Nov. 25-26. $23$107. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown,

Shen Yun 2017 With a goal of reviving 5,000 years of lost Chinese culture, Shen Yun brings the spirit of this lost civilization to life through celebration, music and dance. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22-23. $67-$147. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, The Snowman with the Pops The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra performs Howard Blake’s score live as the movie The Snowman plays over the stage. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23. $15-$20. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown,

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American Voice featuring Sara Evans Sara Evans brings her hit songs to life with the help of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. 8 p.m. Nov. 4; 8 p.m. Nov. 5; 2 p.m. Nov. 6. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown,

Holidazed & Confused Revue by The Second City The Second City offers a holiday experience full of seasonal sketches to prepare you for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and everything in between. Nov. 5-Dec. 31. $30-$68. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams,

PNC Festival of Lights The Cincinnati Zoo continues one of the Tri-state’s favorite holiday tradition: the 34thannual PNC Festival of Lights. Check out more than two million LED lights that illuminate the zoo all winter long. Nov. 19-Jan. 1. Free with zoo admission. $18 adults; $13 children. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St,

Darkest Night at the Gnarly Stump at Know Theatre Residents of a secluded Appalachian town gather on the darkest night of the year at the local pub, The Gnarly Stump, to share songs and ghost stories. This year, an outsider arrives and reports the disappearance of her sister, blurring the lines between story and reality. Nov. 26-Dec. 17. $25. Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine,

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Call them what you will — misfits, any traditional religion, but stated with oddballs, even freaks and geeks — but philosophical and intellectual conviction — characters who operate beyond the norms leads to an extraordinary and inspiring life, of everyday society make for compelling especially for John, who narrates Owen’s stories. Amusing or thought-provoking, such story as it affected John’s own trajectory tales are opportunities to explore alternafrom disbelief to unexpected acceptance. tive visions of how life could (and perhaps The production, staged by Artistic should) be lived. Two examples, both of Director Blake Robison, employs a cast which are Critic’s Picks, are the season-openof 16 actors playing multiple roles. As ing productions at Ensemble Theatre CincinJohn’s mother Tabitha, Gardner Reed is nati and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. a charismatic presence. Naomi Jacobson The Legend of Georgia McBride by and Lawrence Redmond play Owen’s Matthew Lopez is an amusingly presented parable about being open-minded, told with humor and highly entertainH ing performances, as staged CRITIC’S by Ensemble’s Artistic DirecPICKS tor D. Lynn Meyers. Casey H (Michael Gerard Carr) loses his job as an Elvis impersonator at a seedy Florida Panhandle bar; he’s replaced by a pair of drag queens, Tracy (Bruce Cromer) and Rexy (Darnell Pierre Benjamin). When Rexy’s excesses necessitate a sudden onstage replacement, Casey Bruce Cromer (left) and Michael Gerard Carr in Georgia McBride — straight as can be and P H O T O : R ya n Ku rt z desperate to make ends meet (there’s a baby on the way) — extremely strange parents, Laura Gordon is a recalcitrant and hopelessly incompetent recruit. His awkward performance as tragic is John’s opinionated grandmother and chanteuse Édith Piaf, lip-syncing French John Lescault plays Rev. Merrill, a minister lyrics, is hilarious. whose beliefs are haltingly conveyed and But something in him clicks, and it turns challenged by Owen. out Casey has an aptitude for this avenue of Irving’s dense novel has been distilled performing, especially once he adds a whiff with clarity by adapter Simon Bent, and of Elvis to his act. Suddenly he and Tracy Robison brings added fluidity to the narare packing the house, and we’re treated rative with inventive stagecraft — scenic to a cavalcade of seasonal shows with elements rise from the floor and disappear. astonishing costume changes as audiences It’s a visually captivating show. (in Florida and at ETC) warm to a series of Near the play’s end, Owen — now a young bizarre but sweet performances. Advised by adult enrolled in the military, is verbally “dragologist” Ray “Raven” Payne, drag acts attacked by the ignorant family of a soldier by Carr, Benjamin and Cromer are delightkilled in action in Vietnam. After their spitefully authentic. ful departure, Owen momentarily steps out Up in Mount Adams at the Playhouse, in of his character and into the persona of the an adaptation of John Irving’s 1989 novel A caustic comedian Lenny Bruce to deliver (in Prayer for Owen Meany, the focus is on a more normal voice) a scorching, obscentwo disparate but inextricably connected ity-laced monologue that has the haunting characters — John (Jeremy Webb), who ring of an assessment of the 2016 presidenlike Casey needs stable ground to undertial election. That’s another aspect of this stand his life, and his boyhood friend Owen intriguing, if not easy, production: Owen (Sean Mellott), a strange tiny being with a Meany’s story from the past has remarkable “wrecked voice.” relevance and pertinence to life, faith and A string of strange events, including belief in today’s America. John’s mother’s tragic death, augmented It seems we need the freaks and geeks to by surreal visions have left Owen with the keep us pointed in the right direction. unshakeable belief that he’s an instrument THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE continues at of God. Riddled with oddness but unapoloEnsemble Theatre Cincinnati through Sept. 25. getic, Owen goes through life as the object A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY continues at the of bullying, doubt and misunderstanding. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park through Oct. 1. Nonetheless, his faith — not dictated by

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‘Stillpass Collection’ Revels in the Experimental BY MARIA SEDA-REEDER

Depending on its host site, exhibiting artofficially six items on display in the three work owned by one collector can be fraught rooms that make up the Pearlman Gallery, with both financial and ethical implications. and the space looks nearly empty. A win-win for the owner as well as the instiKeith Benjamin, longtime sculpture tution itself, exhibiting the work at a site professor at the Art Academy, installed the with cultural cachet — such as a museum Minimalist and conceptually driven work or another collecting institution — can preand then thoughtfully added a few of his ternaturally boost the work’s market value, own touches to the space — a kind of riff while private collector-centered exhibitions on the vagueness of authorship imbued in are often coupled with expectations of much of the Stillpass collection. future donations or bequests. For example, Rob Pruitt’s 1999 “Idea No. However, when the work is conceptually 22 ‘Fill a desk drawer with gravel and make radical and shown in a center for education — such as the current show, Selections from the Karen & Andy Stillpass Collection, on view at the Art Academy of Cincinnati’s Pearlman Gallery — it is a fitting location for just such a kind of experimental, avantgarde work. (Full disclosure: the author of this article is currently an adjunct professor at the Art Academy.) Son and nephew of the founders of the former Stillpass car dealerships, Andy Stillpass — with his wife, Jeremy Deller’s “I ❤ Melancholy” from Stillpass Collection Karen — has been collecting PHOTO : jimmy baker cutting-edge Contemporary art since 1984. More than a decade ago, Christopher Bollen of The New a secret Zen garden’ ” is displayed in much York Times Magazine called him “one of the same way as it usually is installed in the America’s most radical and eclectic ContemStillpass home. Viewing it in a gallery setporary-art collectors.” He has commissioned ting, however, emphasizes the fact that the work from superstars in the art world. From work is dematerialized — in other words, his home in Indian Hill, Stillpass said in a it is the concept, not the thingness, of the phone interview that he has always been piece which qualifies it as art. interested in art and once wanted to teach. To this piece, Benjamin added a Zen And the kind of art that appeals to Stillgarden rake that he crafted out of broken pass (and what much of the art currently on pencils, and its existence plays off of Pruitt’s view at the Art Academy demonstrates) fits initial idea as well as Benjamin’s own prachis penchant for writer John Dewey’s “Art as tice of repurposing everyday materials. Experience” approach. The object itself isn’t Martin Creed’s “Work No. 190 (A crumpled the point of the work, but rather the process ball of paper in every room of a house)” is and development of an experience. also on view. To the three balls of paper Stillpass often collaborates with artists, placed within each room of the gallery space, commissioning and helping inform the Benjamin left a stack of plain letter-size work based around his family’s home life sheets of copy paper, encouraging visitors to and relationships. While much of the work partake in the making of an additional piece. he’s collected over the past three decades is Jeremy Deller’s 1993-94 “I ❤ Melancholy” site-specific, Stillpass says he also has many is another piece that is infinitely reproducpieces “bought off the shelf.” ible. The stencil-painted black gloss words But for this show he decided on a more on black matte background will eventually experimental kind of work — not just be painted over, allowing a new piece to go because it was easier than packing up large in its place. crates, but also because, as Stillpass says, For an institute of higher learning that “It’s a school, so it’s going to be nice for already focuses on technique and craft, such incoming students who maybe don’t have a radical approach to concept can only help a whole lot of experience with that kind of inspire up-and-coming Contemporary artists. work to maybe make them aware.” SELECTIONS FROM THE KAREN & ANDY Then he adds thoughtfully, “To challenge STILLPASS COLLECTION is on view through Sept. them to think about what is art?” 25. More info: And the work does just that. There are

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The Outdoors Is a Featured Player in ‘Nature’ BY ERICA REID

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You may have experienced outdoor theater We try to interact with the serendipitous before, be it Chillicothe, Ohio’s Tecumseh! events that happen around us.” or Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s sumKiefer and Forbes founded TigerLion to mer tours of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. celebrate the very spirit of nature. Forbes is But there is a difference between staging a a direct descendant of Emerson. “I’m a sixthproduction in the park and casting the great generation Emerson, my boys are seventh outdoors as a main character in the play. generation,” Forbes says. “I grew up in that This weekend will provide a clear family, and I always knew I was a descenexample. Minneapolis-based theater dent. But I never read him until high school, company TigerLion Arts will give audiences and it went completely over my head.” an opportunity to experience Nature, a Forbes sees Nature as a way to showcase “mythic retelling of Emerson and Thoreau’s the human side of these literary giants. mutual love of the natural world.” Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, two of the more famous New England — and American — writers of the 19th century, shone a light on the allure of the natural world with works such as Walden, Thoreau’s reflection on his spiritual quest through a lifestyle rooted in nature. Nature’s stage is one that the Transcendentalist writers might have appreciated. It occurs amid the meadows and gardens of Pyramid Hill Tyson Forbes (left) plays Ralph Waldo Emerson in Nature. Sculpture Park & Museum, PHOTO : Eric Mel zer just south of Hamilton, Ohio on Hamilton-Cleves Road. The walking play is based on a few key Nature is staged as an outdoor walking play, a format that its producer/director/writer events from Thoreau’s and Emerson’s lives, Markell Kiefer has long been fascinated with. from the first time they met through their “Since we’ve been together, we’ve done tumultuous friendship, with the majority of five or six walking plays,” says Nature cothe script drawn directly from their letters, writer and actor Tyson Forbes, also Kiefer’s essays and poems. husband. “We’ve done the play in Central Asked what the two writers might have Park; we’ve done it out in Los Angeles. It thought of TigerLion’s Nature, Forbes just sings outdoors.” quickly exclaims, “I think they would love it! Forbes plays Emerson in Nature, while It refreshes their ideas and their words and Bear Brummel is Thoreau. They are brings them to life. I don’t know when the assisted by an ensemble of 11 actors, who last time is you tried to read ‘Nature’ or one play pipes, flutes and drums. The producof Emerson’s essays, but you really have to tion additionally calls for a volunteer comlock in. They are beautiful ideas, but it’s not munity choir. accessible to a lot of people.” Kiefer and Forbes enjoy discovering a Forbes and his collaborators have new venue and custom-tailoring their show infused the show with humor and humanfor unique spaces. Some of Nature’s scenes ity, making the subject more approachable. call for intimate nooks in the woods; other “Growing up in the Emerson family, Emerscenes require a larger scale. “Everywhere son was always kind of on a throne, always we go, the play feels like it was made for untouchable,” he says. “I think it’s nice to the space,” Forbes says. “We spend an remember they were also mortals.” enormous amount of time trying to get that Forbes calls Nature a “dream ride.” Chilelement right. That’s at least half of the play: dren are highly encouraged to attend the how (it) interacts with the environment.” production, as the show was designed with The performers are accustomed to wrestheir attention spans in mind. Portable lawn tling with weather, noise and unplanned chairs or blankets are suggested for this interruptions. “The play is about our 90-minute production. experience in nature,” Forbes says. “So if NATURE runs Friday-Sunday at Pyramid Hill your attention gets drawn away by a flock of Sculpture Park & Museum. Tickets are $35; birds, or geese walking through the play — $25 Pyramid Hill members; $10 children 12 and which has happened on many occasions — under. More info: then that’s great, too. There’s space for that.

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‘The Birth of a Nation’ Bears Strange Fruit BY T T STERN-ENZI

TORONTO – Here at the Toronto this story, as it is portrayed, carrying arms, International Film Festival, the screening what they were doing — his mother, his of The Birth of a Nation attracted much grandmother (and) his wife — (was) they attention. With daring and defiance, actor held him and they compelled him. They and first-time feature-film writer-director were a crucial part of that revolution. And Nate Parker chose that as the title for his that’s what it was, a revolution.” take on Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion In this light, the film could be seen as an in Southampton County, Va. Parker sought apology, an honest and artistic attempt to to seize the title of D. W. Griffith’s 1915 film express regret. But Parker has not explicitly of the same name, famous for its technical gone this route, so how do we move forward? innovations as well as its controversial porLeading up to the festival, I read as much trayals of African-Americans. In doing so, as I could about Parker’s case and engaged he sought to also usurp its position as a cultural marker. It requires a herculean effort to make that title shift from examining the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and its white-dominance perspective, as Griffith’s film did, to showing a violent slave uprising spearheaded by a staunch Christian man who realized that turning the other cheek only offered more flesh for the flaying whips and other scourges of plantation owners and their ilk. Increasing the difficulty of Nate Parker and Naomi King in The Birth of a Nation this challenge, audiences now P H O T O : c o u r t e s y o f F O X SE A RC H L I G H T have to incorporate another thorny issue — the sexual in a series of conversations with a host of assault of women — into this recontextualization, due to recent revelations about a people — male and female, black and white. 1999 incident involving Parker while he was A surprising number of women opened up a student and athlete at Pennsylvania State about their own experiences with sexual University. Within the last two months, he assault. I found myself wondering about the has been forced to re-examine the strange woman from that 1999 incident. fruit of his own uncomfortable past. Many in The seeming mission statement of The the media, including social media, have chasBirth of a Nation emboldens us to reject all tised him for his unwillingness to address forms of blindness. So what should people of and accept responsibility for his actions, conscience do, as the release date nears? beyond referencing his acquittal at the time. Stick to the mission and take a bite of The issue hung low and overly ripe during this strange fruit, says Gabrielle Union, an the Toronto festival’s press conference for outspoken survivor of sexual assault. Her the film. While Parker deflected questions character in the film, Esther, is a voiceless about his past — citing his desire to focus victim of rape by a white slave owner. on Nat Turner’s story and the film — his “This is a movement,” Union said at the co-stars on the panel, especially the women, press conference, speaking truths Esther peeled away the tough skin of this bitter crop. was unable to articulate. “And this moveAunjanue Ellis, who plays Turner’s mother, ment is not single-focused. Yes, we are took the first bite, speaking with rising fervor addressing racial inequity. But (this) moveabout the role of women in the film and the ment is inclusive. (It) includes people who world. “As a woman,” she began (and then fight back against sexual violence. It includes took a long pause before continuing), “and as the people wondering why our military someone who believes strongly in social juspersonnel come back to our country without tice for everybody, it is very frustrating and proper services. This movie also addresses upsetting to me that we have narratives that people with mental health issues or early are so myopic and that exclude the voices of childhood education issues, or any issue that women. If you look at the canon of American is addressing an oppressive system.” heroism portrayed in American cinema, you I certainly agree with this. But I am still would think that women did not exist. waiting for Parker to address the personal “What makes Birth of a Nation unique is complexities of his Nation. that it rejects that fallacy,” she continued. CONTACT tt stern-enzi: letters@ “So even though there were no women in

IN THEATERS THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – THE TOURING YEARS – At 137 minutes, this documentary from Ron Howard could have been twice as long and still just skimmed the surface, so monumental is the history of The Beatles and their impact on popular music and culture. But director Howard, working with music producer Giles Martin (son of Beatles producer George Martin) and editor Paul Crowder, has found and assembled some excellent footage, such as a Beatles concert in Manchester, England on Nov. 20, 1963 or a 1966 press conference in Hamburg, Germany where The Beatles give an impassioned reply to a questioner who accuses them of turning “horrid snobby” with success. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the surviving Beatles, have provided new interviews for this film; Howard uses old interviews with John Lennon, George Harrison and others very well. From the title of the film, you would think it is just about The Beatles’ history of live performance. But there’s more. It has material about their early years in Liverpool, England and Hamburg, Germany before finding worldwide fame in 1963-1964, as well as showing their tours of the U.S., Japan and other places once Beatlemania struck. It’s amazing how good The Beatles could be live given the obstacles, especially their harmonies. But there were limits. For instance, regarding the 1966 tour of the U.S., a frustrated Lennon says, “The Beatles were the show; the music had nothing to do with it.” And the film provides audio from the band’s famous Shea Stadium show of that year to illustrate the point — we hear the music the way the fans (and The Beatles) heard it, through the ballpark’s tinny P.A. system barely above the crowd roar. The film then explains how this frustrating experience led to them seek an alternate identity in the studio, to remove themselves from the baggage of being The Beatles in order to reprioritize the music. The result was 1967’s musically ambitious Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an album that stands among their most enduring accomplishments. The way Eight Days a Week makes connections like that are what makes it such an illuminating film. (Opens Thursday at Esquire Theatre) — Steven Rosen (Not rated) Grade: AALSO OPENING THIS WEEK: Blair Witch // Bridget Jones’s Baby // Kicks // Les Cowboys // Snowden

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Fans of the 1999 film Fight Club refer to hacker/tech culture (even acknowledging to “the Tyler Durden Effect” when a hidden the references to Fight Club last season with detail about a character is revealed in such the song “Where Is My Mind”). a way that it changes not only the course of Mr. Robot is a perfect example of a show action that follows but also everything that that is referential, alluding to other works came before it. It’s a psychological pulling without being overly derivative or the least back of the curtain — the ultimate hack of bit stale. It messes with our minds, regains a narrative. our trust and then tricks us again. In Mr. Robot (Season Finale, Part 1, 10 The two-part finale’s conclusion airs 10 p.m. Wednesday, USA), Elliot addresses p.m. Sept. 21. Until next season, friend. the viewer directly and calls us “friend,” but really he’s conning us. We saw it all unfold in Season 1, when we — the audience and Elliot himself — were led to believe that the mysterious hacktivist leader Mr. Robot was terrorizing Elliot. Then, we discovered Mr. Robot is Elliot’s dad … and that Elliot’s dad died years ago. In a very Fight Club-like scene, the narrative came crashing down as we collectively realized that there was no Mr. Robot. It was Rami Malek stars in Mr. Robot, nearing its season finale. just Elliot’s dissociative PHOTO : courtesy of usa net work identity disorder manifesting itself in the image of his father. (Even more surprising: We learned Darlene was Elliot’s sister.) Whatever we South Park (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. thought was Mr. Robot’s doing turned out Wednesday, Comedy Central) – Kyle, Stan, to be Elliot’s actions all along. Cartman and Kenny return to prove that Surely he can’t trick us again, right? even 20 seasons in, Matt Stone and Trey Wrong. Parker still manage to perfectly skewer Season 2 opened in June with Elliot fightcurrent events via animated children unlike ing Mr. Robot for control of his mind and anyone else. Case in point: This week’s prethe world around him. He might still see Mr. miere centers on the National Anthem. Robot, but Elliot knows it’s not just a figment

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ended up being almost double the size of my doner kebab with almost all of the same toppings. I think that means I messed up. With both, the vegetables were fresh and crisp. Nothing seemed soggy or wilted. The falafel was warm and flavorful and a nice delicate balance for the cold, crisp toppings. Knowing the size of the lunch we were already getting ourselves into, we opted not to go for any of the sides. Sides include hummus ($4.50), which is classic and garlicky and smooth — if the hummus in my wrap is to be trusted. They also offer grape leaves ($4), carrot salad ($5), falafel ($4) and chop chicken salad ($7.50). Knowing the size of my sweet tooth, tacking on an order of baklava ($2-$2.50) wasn’t an issue. The sweet and sticky treats come in two flavors: pistachio and walnut. They were both fantastic and

At Durum Grill, you can fill and top your own wrap — like this veggie shawurma sandwich with falafel and tahini. consisted of layers of filo dough and a sugary nut mix. The pistachio baklava was a dryer, cylindrical shape, while the walnut flavor was a stickier, decadent triangle. I pretended to take half of the dessert to go, but all of it was gone and my fingers were licked clean before I finished parking my car back at work. Durum Grill was an excellent fast lunch. There was a crowd that moved through

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the line quickly and thoroughly filled the small group of tables. The price was right. The staff was friendly. The food was fresh and something different. Next time you’re in the area, pick up a wrap to go and visit Blue Ash’s beautiful new Summit Park just up the street to relax and enjoy some of the last warm days of summer.

Go: 4764 Cornell Road, Blue Ash; Call: 513-489-4777; Internet: durumgrill; Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

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s long as you haven’t been living under a falafel for the past few years, you’ve probably noticed a trend in the way Americans have been ordering fast food: We still need it quickly, but we also want it to be fresh and exactly how we like it. You’ve heard of Chipotle, obviously, the most prolific purveyor of the madeto-order quickie meal. But in recent years, other spoon jockeys have followed suit with made-to-order burritos, sushi and even pizza. Durum Grill, a Turkish grill conveniently located near a handful of other Blue Ash eateries, is serving just what the customer ordered in a similar style. It’s the kind of place that lies somewhere between a food truck and a restaurant. It’s small and unassuming, located in a strip mall, and there are not a whole lot of menu options. There is no table service. Drinks only come in bottles and cans. And despite of — or maybe even because of — all these things, you know that what you’re getting will be delicious, inexpensive and authentic. On a recent weekday lunch break with a friend, I decided to take my first stab at making my own Mediterranean creation. There are essentially four options to chose from: a doner kebab ($7-$7.50), gyro ($7.50-$8), shawurma sandwich ($7.50-$8) and platter ($10-$12). Each sandwich or wrap comes filled with vegetables, gyro meat or chicken, and the customer is able to choose the other toppings. The doner kebab is the smallest option — a pita pocket sandwich — followed by the gyro, wrapped in a little larger pita. The shawurma sandwich is the largest wrap. The platter has all of the guts of the wrap spread out on a plate. I watched as one of the line workers shaved off heaping handfuls of gyro meat, packing the slices into huge wraps. Admittedly a bit intimidated by the size of the larger wraps on the spectrum, I chose the vegetable doner kebab ($7). The pita came stuffed with three or four hot falafel balls. The soft-spoken woman working the line looked at me expectantly as I gazed over the rather sizable array of toppings. I chose just about all of them, as one should, which included most of the standards: hummus, lettuce, onion, tomato, feta cheese and tahini. My dining companion chose what was essentially the manlier version, a vegetable shawurma sandwich ($7.50). It

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OTR Cider Co. Unveils First Two Brews BY MCKENZIE GRAHAM

The six-pack cans are red and green, founded in 1853 by Christian Moerlein, a like your choice of apples at the grocery Bavarian immigrant who foresaw the store. Pop the tab and you have access to now-modern craft beer movement. He was OTR Cider Co.’s Original Hard Cider (red) a blacksmith and then a master brewer, and Crisp Hard Cider (green), both of known for his beer far beyond the reaches which debuted at Taste of Cincinnati this of his home in Over-the-Rhine, and in 1981, past spring as part of the popular trend of the company even proclaimed their beer as breweries adding ciders to their repertoires “better beer” after reopening post-Prohibition. — OTR Cider Co. is owned by Christian The taproom on Moore Street, a veritable city Moerlein Brewing Company. Listermann cave, has both ciders on tap and a welcoming and Rhinegeist have also joined the ranks. ambiance in a renovated industrial space — “Hard cider is a traditional beverage that’s the kind Cincinnatians love to love. widely popular in Europe,” says Eric Baumann, vice president of brewing at Christian Moerlein. “It’s trending more and more in the U.S. If you like sparkling wines and light beers, try cider.” Of course, some may be tempted to say that the majority of mainstream ciders are heavy — they’re often cloyingly sweet and thick, like microwaved honey — but lately the industry has been moving away from these flavor profiles. Around the country, the key words are Just in time for fall: more local cider now “dry,” “effervescent” and PHOTO : PROVIDED “dry-hopped” (see Rhinegeist) with “sweet” occupying a Steve McGlone, Moerlein’s vice president spot between a no-no word and a curse word. OTR Cider Co.’s contributions certainly of sales and marketing, explained the brand’s fit the sophisticated new mold — neither decision to create OTR Cider Co. like this: ciders could be called particularly sweet, “We’re the only craft brewery to ever save a and in fact, the Crisp Hard Cider is quite city’s retro-historic beer brands (Hudepohl, the opposite. It’s a classic green apple flavor Burger and Little Kings). We took this a step but tempered so that it’s not overwhelming. further in 2016 when we expanded into the Slightly sour, a little acidic and just barely craft cider realm. With the craft beer indussweet enough to remember you’re drinking try growing like it is, we wanted to expand alcoholic apple juice, the green was my favorour portfolio and broaden our horizons. ite. Truth be told, the difference between the Cider is a growing market that provides contwo isn’t drastic, and the Original Hard Cider sumers with an alternative beverage choice. is similar in flavor saturation: It’s subtle, but Once the exciting idea popped in our head, you can taste the alcohol at six percent — a we just couldn’t turn it down.” boost from what seems like the national McGlone also mentions that the company average of five in ciders. But this one doesn’t is experimenting with new varieties and have the same punch the green delivers, seasonal flavors. “October is national apple although the effervescence is there for both. month, so stay tuned for some fun events The bubbles in the ciders are built by this fall,” he says. Apples are great, they champagne yeast, which also lends a slightly keep the doctor away (does it still count aromatic quality unique to that variety. “We if it’s in alcohol?) and their juice ferments receive our cider base from the Northwest, into the perfect fall beverage, but I’m stuck which is made from a variety of apples wondering about those seasonal flavors. specific to our cider,” Baumann says. “It’s Should I dare to hope for that panacea of blended in our tanks and mixed with chamall first-world problems, that ubiquitous pagne yeast for that fizzy-like finish. Once it’s word whispered on the autumnal winds fermented for one month, it’s filtered, packgrazing our warmest pair of ironically clean aged and sent off to consumers. We take a L.L. Bean duck boots: pumpkin? I guess the more refined approach to the delicate apples taproom will tell. and try to best accentuate the flavors and The CHRISTIAN MOERLEIN MALTHOUSE intricacies of each variety that we use.” TAPROOM is located at 1621 Moore St., Over-theThat sounds like classic Moerlein Rhine. More info: approach. The company was originally

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In for the Kills

Despite pitfalls, Alison Mosshart says she’s grateful The Kills exist in this “weird time in music” BY JASON GARGANO

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amie Hince and Alison Mosshart, the long-running creative duo behind The Kills, remain as committed as ever to their version of classic Rock & Roll. The band’s latest album, Ash & Ice, again hinges on Mosshart’s impassioned, upfront vocals and Hince’s elemental guitar lines, a melding that’s as recognizable as it is timeless. Yet in an age of cross-genre pollination and polyglot sonic concoctions, the idea of a straight-up Rock band — with a few electronic textures thrown in for extra flavoring — is almost a novelty. The new record’s gauntlet-throwing opening trio of “Doing it to Death,” “Heart of a Dog” and “Hard Habit to Break” offer up swagger to spare, each bringing to mind PJ Harvey backed by an irony-free Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. CityBeat recently connected with Mosshart via a fuzzy cell phone connection to discuss the creation of Ash & Ice and a hand injury that not only impacted Hince’s ability to play guitar but also possibly the band’s very existence. CityBeat: It’s been five years since the last record. That’s an eternity in today’s fast-paced cultural landscape. How does it feel to finally have the new record out there? Alison Mosshart: We haven’t stopped working this whole time. We were playing shows in 2015, and this record came out this year. But, yes, the climate is different. How do people afford to record music? You have to go out and play. It’s a weird time where you can’t really make much money playing shows, even if you’re selling shows out. And you can’t really make any money selling music, because nobody’s buying music. It’s all a bit wacky right now. I even see a major difference between the new record and the one before it — it’s doing better, and yet it’s harder to make any money off it. But the crowds feel incredible. The shows feel great. And from that place, from that venue, when you’re sharing that moment with audiences, it feels incredible. I’m so glad that we’re still able to do this — that we’re still making music and still performing it. I’m thankful about it every day. But it’s definitely a weird time in music. There’s no doubt about it. There’s an overabundance of things and everybody’s attention span is short. CB: How has your creative process changed or evolved from the first record (2003’s Keep on Your Mean Side) to the new one? AM: There are a lot of things that are very similar, and there are a lot of things that are different. Over time, you’re always hoping

The Kills’ Ash & Ice is the duo’s first album of new material since 2011’s Blood Pressures. that you’re a better songwriter and that with the next record you will push yourself. That stuff evolves. Jamie’s skills with production and sounds and frequencies, stuff with the computer, which I don’t really have my head around, that of course changes the process. We both bring each other the songs we write. We listen to them together. We talk about them. Jamie picks the ones he likes that I’ve written, the ones he’s excited about, and I do the same for him. We work on them; we fill in each other’s gaps. There’s a long process before we record them. We write and rewrite. We’re trying to find something different, something that might be uncomfortable or exciting that way — that we don’t quite know what we’re doing. That’s always a nice place to start. It would be pretty easy to write in the way that comes completely naturally to us, and there a lot of bands that do that that I love, but being a two-piece I think there’s more pressure to try to change as much as possible.

CB: You’re at the point where you now have a pretty significant discography from which to draw for the live shows. How do you go about crafting a cogent set list these days? AM: You just do what feels right. We’re on tour for this record right now, so it makes sense for us to play these songs, and they’re exciting and new and fresh. It’s funny — you record a record and work on it for so long and then you take it on the road and it starts to live a completely different life. We’re just constantly discovering where the songs should go and what they should do.

CB: Was there anything specific that you tried to do differently when writing or recording this one?

CB: It seems like Jamie’s hand injury was pretty serious. His playing is an elemental part of what you guys do. What

AM: One of the things we talked about was the lyrics, trying to find a sort of lyrical style or voice that felt honest and wasn’t hiding behind Rock & Roll clichés, which can be fun and easy to write. But we’re a little bit older and we’re constantly trying to rediscover our voice.

would have happened to the band if he wasn’t able to play guitar anymore? AM: I love everything about Jamie’s guitar playing. His style is so quirky, so different, it’s so weird. Who knows what he would do if he couldn’t play guitar. He would probably produce more, use the studio as an instrument. When he hurt his hand, we were both really positive and hopeful. As gnarly as it was — the fact that he had multiple operations and that it took a really long time recover — it never seemed like it just wasn’t going to work. It seemed like we’re just going to have to be patient and work on this. He’s going to have to go through this. People injure themselves and have surgery. It happens all the time. It’s not the end of the world. But it was totally stressful, and I’m sure he had some sort of internal fear that pushed him to cover different sides to the music and do some other things. He kind of really can’t be stopped. THE KILLS perform Sunday at Bogart’s. Tickets/ more info:

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R.I.P. Ed Moss 1940-2016 BY MIKE BREEN

Cincinnati Jazz icon Ed Moss passed away on Sept. 9. He was 75. The pianist was a West Virginia native who began playing in Cincinnati while commuting between Huntington and Indiana University, where, at 20, he was serving a fellowship. Moss eventually settled in Cincinnati and opened several clubs and restaurants (he also had a passion for good food). Moss’ most recent endeavor was the Schwartz Point Jazz Club, located on Vine Street, between Over-the-Rhine and Corryville, where he performed weekly with his Society Jazz Orchestra (a regional staple for more than three decades). The club was small and intimate, and beloved by in-theknow local musicians and Jazz fans. Moss’ dedication to Jazz led him to host workshops at the club, where he’d try to bring together club players and students from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. In Michael Kearns’ 2013 CityBeat profile of Moss and Schwartz Point, the musician said, “Some things you can’t learn in a classroom. You can learn theory and get help learning your instrument, but you have to learn on the bandstand.” Although unable to play the final few months of his life due to illness, Moss had remained busy not only with performances, but also with album releases. He and the Society Jazz Orchestra released the album Further Extensions earlier this year (it’s available for purchase as a download or CD at, which was the follow-up to 2015’s Back To Be-Bop, an album that featured the unique pointed façade of Schwartz Point on its cover. A crowd-funding page has been created to help Moss’ family with funeral, medical and other expenses. Visit ed-moss to lend a hand. His family also created a tribute page at ed.moss.muchloved. com where fans have been posting photos and sharing memories.

• Fifty West Brewing Company (7668 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township, presents its fourth annual Fifty Fest this Saturday. Along with food from several local restaurants and beers from numerous area breweries, the all-day event (running noon-midnight) will showcase local music on three stages. The array of artists scheduled to appear include some of the best Rock, Roots and Blues acts in the city: Leggy, Multimagic, Krystal Peterson and the Queen City Band, The Whiskey Shambles, Common Center, Strange Mechanics, Todd Hepburn, Noah Wotherspoon, The Part-Time Gentlemen and Bam

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• The Bluegrass for Babies benefit concert for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Perinatal Institute returns for its eighth year to Seasongood Pavilion (1600 Art Museum Drive, Eden Park), site of the first Bluegrass for Babies event. The concert was founded by Anne and Matt Schneider as a way to give back — the couple’s newborn son received life-saving surgery from Cincinnati Children’s. The event evolved into the Healthy Roots Foundation, which is active year-round and provides tools and information to families for raising healthy children. The Foundation has donated more than $150,000 to Children’s since it began. Performing at this year’s Bluegrass for Babies — which runs 3-9 p.m. Saturday — are local favorites the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars and Hickory Robot, plus Lancaster, Ohio’s Hocking River String Band. Jennifer Ellis will also perform a special set for kids at the family-friendly event. Tickets are $15 in advance at or $20 the day of the concert. CONTACT MIKE BREEN:

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Soccer Monsters A Lady Gaga fan site devised a curious tactic to help their favorite singer’s new single get radio play. To give the appearance that the song “Perfect Illusion” was thrilling more than just Gaga die-hards, the site told fans to create fake Twitter accounts with “soccer mom selfie” avatars and bios that talk about “three kids and a husband,” then promote the tune. Many fans did just that, finding stock “mom” photos online and tweeting Gaga love alongside tweets about parenting, cooking and wine. One user reportedly tweeted, “My husband is dead. I don’t want to remarry. Buy Perfect Illusion on iTunes,” while another showed a woman in a neck brace with a tweet saying she crashed her minivan when she first heard the song. Streams for Nelly Another fan base is also rallying to have people spin a popular artist’s song, although for altogether different reasons. When reports surfaced that rapper Nelly reportedly owes nearly $2.5 million in back taxes, a social media campaign was started to get people to stream the MC’s “Hot in Herre” on endless repeat on Spotify to raise the money. But with Spotify’s payouts per stream maxing out at around $.0084, Spin estimated the song would have to be streamed 287,176,547 times to earn enough to pay the debt, which adds up to nearly 1.5 billion minutes of “Hot in Herre.” Repurposed Merch Rapper Travis Scott topped the Billboard album charts this week with his Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. Fans and the press also caught the rapper trying to pull a fast one with at least one item in his new merchandise line. Playing off the winged image on the album’s cover, a few items in Scott’s merch line look like they could be bought at a truck stop — bald eagle T-shirts galore — but one item was found to definitely not be a Scott original. Fans discovered Scott’s “Birds Plush Toy” was the exact same stuffed eagle toy being sold on another site for $12.99. Scott’s “eagle” will cost you $50.

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Andrew Bird with Gabriel Kahane Wednesday • Madison Theater It seems like Andrew Bird has been around forever. Sure, he’s been on the cultural radar for 20 years now — first as a contributor to the Squirrel Nut Zippers, then through his current run as a prolific solo artist — but it probably has more to do with the timeless nature of his music, a crafty, often whimsical mix of Folk and Pop that seems as if it could have been released at any point over the last 50 years. The Chicago native’s latest full-length, Are You Serious, again melds Bird’s interest in Classical music — he studied violin performance at Northwestern University — with more conventional Pop structures. But this time there’s a more nakedly personal aspect to his lyrics, an evolution that shouldn’t come as a surprise — Are You Serious is his first effort since getting married Andrew Bird and becoming a father. PHOTO : ADDIE JUELL Bird wrote most the new album in a brief burst while holed up in rural Illinois (between moving from New York City to Los Angeles with his wife and child), and the result is one of his most thematically cohesive sets of songs to date. “Left Handed Kisses,” a duet with Fiona Apple, finds Bird seemingly addressing his new bride directly: “For it begs the question/How Patty Larkin did I ever find you?” P H O T O : J A N A L EO N And moments later: “Now you got me writing love songs/With a common refrain like this one here.” Apple seems to have gotten Bird’s blood flowing as well — his singing is as passionate and fullbodied as ever, often rising to meet Apple’s more unguarded approach. Perhaps most penetrating of all is “Puma,” a song about his wife’s brief illness: “She was radioactive for seven days/How I wanted to be holding her anyways/But the doctors, they told me to stay away/Due to flying neutrinos and gamma rays.” (Jason Gargano) Patty Larkin with Iain Matthews Thursday • Live! at the Ludlow Garage It’s been an incomprehensible 31 years since Patty Larkin’s debut album, 1985’s Step Into the Light, but the real focus should be

placed on everything she has accomplished in the interim and not merely on the first step of her incredible adventure. Larkin’s musical path began with Classical piano lessons at age 7, followed by the revelations that came with her discovery of Folk and Pop a few years later. After teaching herself guitar, the Milwaukee-raised Larkin dabbled in songwriting in high school, which led to coffeehouse gigs on the West Coast as a University of Oregon student. Upon graduation, Larkin relocated to Boston and busked for change while studying Jazz guitar at the Berklee School of Music; she was subsequently awarded an honorary doctorate from the school. Larkin came to the attention of Rounder Records, which released 1987’s I’m Fine, and her first concert album, 1990’s Live in the Square. Her profile rose dramatically after she signed with Windham Hill’s High Street imprint for her next four acclaimed, if cultishly received, albums, including 1997’s Perishable Fruit. Throughout this period, Larkin continually challenged herself to find new and fascinating ways to appoint her Folk/Pop foundation with freshly considered modes of musical execution and studio translation. That experimental mindset blossomed with her shift to Vanguard Records in 1999. After the live à Gogo set, Larkin cranked out her masterwork triptych, 2000’s Regrooving the Dream, 2003’s Red=Luck and 2008’s wonderful and completely solo Watch the Sky. In 2010, Larkin celebrated her 25th recording year with 25, a retrospective containing 25 tracks, each performed with accompaniment from 25 friends, including Martin Sexton, Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin, Rosanne Cash and Suzanne Vega. Larkin’s last album, Still Green, released almost exactly three years ago, was written in much the same fashion as her landmark album Red=Luck — alone in a Cape Cod shack with just an acoustic guitar. By the time she hit the studio, she had 40 possible tracks to consider, but she and Red=Luck producer Mike Deneen whittled the set list down to a dozen of the most emotionally

wrought and performed songs of Larkin’s long and illustrious career. With the threeyear gap since Still Green, Larkin may have some new material in hand, as well as some new takes on one of the most beautiful and durable catalogs of the last three decades. (Brian Baker)


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Haley Bonar with The Hiders Friday • MOTR Pub Haley Bonar isn’t exactly a household name, but it’s not from lack of effort on her part. Since 2001, Bonar has compiled a catalog of 12 full-lengths/EPs/singles as a solo act, plus two more with her band, Gramma’s Boyfriend. The connecting threads in Bonar’s work are drawn from an incredible breadth of musical history, including ’60s Baroque Pop, ’70s New Wave and ’80s Power Pop, woven into a vibrant contemporary tapestry that deftly combines simplicity and complexity. Bonar, a Canadian native, was subsequently raised in South Dakota, relocating to St. Paul, Minn. for college. Just after beginning her academic pursuits, Low’s Alan Sparhawk spotted her at a local talent showcase and asked her to open his band’s imminent tour. Bonar dropped out of school and hit the studio with Sparhawk and Haley Bonar producer Eric SwanPHOTO : GRAHAM TOLBERT son to create her first official album, 2003’s The Size of Planets. Her next album, 2006’s Lure the Fox, made a big splash locally, garnering Bonar two Minnesota Music Awards. The album received national distribution when she signed with Afternoon Records. Bonar’s first album specifically for Afternoon, 2008’s Big Star, achieved some nextlevel success when Showtime tapped “Arms of Harm” for inclusion on an episode of The United States of Tara, and she toured and collaborated with Andrew Bird and Gary Louris, among others. In 2009, she played in Vancouver and found out during her stay that her apartment house was being sold; inspired by the West Coast environs, she moved to Portland and began writing her next album. The following year, Bonar returned to St. Paul to record her newly written material, which became 2011’s critically acclaimed Golder, and began her New Wave/Punk side project, Gramma’s Boyfriend. In between the band’s two releases, Bonar dropped the stunningly brilliant Last War, which was lauded by Spin, Village Voice and Consequence of Sound, among many others, and her recently

released Impossible Dream could easily surpass her previous benchmarks. Bonar’s sound is an irresistible blend of golden-era Pop classicism, New Wave exuberance and Gothic Rock melancholy, layered with a sonic atmosphere reminiscent of Brian Eno’s productions. Bonar exhibits glints of Aimee Mann, The Tourists, Sam Phillips, Amy Rigby and Alex Chilton (her Big Star album was aptly titled), but don’t mistake her reference points for retro copycatting. Haley Bonar has used her influences, whatever they may be, to create an infectiously unique body of work. (BB)


music listings Wednesday 14 Arnold’s Bar and Grill - Todd Hepburn. 7 p.m. Blues/Jazz/ Various. Free. Bella Luna - RMS Band. 7 p.m. Soft Rock/Jazz. Free. Blind Lemon - Brian Goins. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Bogart’s - GWAR with Crowbar and Mutoid Man. 8 p.m. Rock/Metal. $20.


Century Inn Restaurant - Paul Lake. 7 p.m. Pop/Rock/Jazz/ Oldies/Various. Free. Jag’s Steak and Seafood Steve Thomas. 6 p.m. Sax/ Piano/Vocals. Free.

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Madison Theater - Andrew Bird with Gabriel Kahane. H 8 p.m. Indie/Pop/Folk/Various.

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Pit to Plate - Bluegrass Night with Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. 7 p.m. Bluegrass. $2. Silverton Cafe - Bob Cushing. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

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Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Ric Hickey and Bam Powell. 9:30 p.m. Various. Free.

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Plain Folk Cafe - Atlas River. 7:30 p.m. Country Blues. Free.

Woodward Theater - Nick D’ and The Believers with New Moons. 9 p.m. Indie Pop/ Rock. $7, $10 day of show.


Friday 16 Bella Luna - Blue Birds Trio. 7 p.m. Classic Rock/Jazz. Free. Blind Lemon - Charlie Millikin. 9 p.m. Singer/Songwriter. Free. Bogart’s - JSPH. 8 p.m. $10. HIndie/Pop/Soul.

Southgate House Revival - NRBQ and H(Sanctuary)

Los Straitjackets. 8 p.m. Rock/ Roots/R&B/Surf/Various. $22, $25 day of show.

Urban Artifact - Electric Orange Peel, Ample Parking and SolEcho. 8 p.m. Rock/ Jam/Various. Free.

Crow’s Nest - Sam Hadfield. 10 p.m. Acoustic/Roots. Free. The Greenwich - William Menefield. 9 p.m. Jazz. $10. Jag’s Steak and Seafood - The Company. 9:30 p.m. Pop/ Dance/Various. Cover.

The Mad Frog - Rubix Wheel, Kris B’s Midnight Railroad and Kai McKenna. 9 p.m. Rock/ Reggae/Jam/Roots/Various. $5.

MOTR Pub - Joesph with Dinge. 10 p.m. Indie Pop. H Free.

Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Sam Morrow. 9:30 p.m. Americana. Free.

Century Inn Restaurant - Jim Teepen. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

The Greenwich - Phil DeGreg & Brasilia. 8:30 p.m. Latin Jazz. $5.

The Mockbee - Speak featuring sounds by Planet Venus. 8:30 p.m. Hip Hop/Spoken word. $8-$10.

Silverton Cafe - String Theory. 8:30 p.m. Alternative. Free.

Thompson House - KNOXX and Alla Xul Elu with Bipolar, Spaz, CRS and EZ SixoSix. 8 p.m. Rap. Cover.

Knotty Pine - The Amy Sailor Band. 10 p.m. Country/Rock. Cover.

Madison Theater - William Michael Morgan, Brandy Clark and Brooke Eden. 7:30 p.m. Country. $20, $25 day of show.

Rick’s Tavern - Pandora Effect. 10 p.m. Rock. $5.

Boone County Public Library, Main Branch - Herald Bluegrass Tradition. 7 p.m. Bluegrass. Free.

Fountain Square - Salsa on the Square with Grupo Tumbao. 7 p.m. Salsa/Dance. Free.


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Plain Folk Cafe - Open Mic with Josiah Whitley. 7 p.m. Various. Free.

Blind Lemon - Jamonn Zeiler. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

Live! at the Ludlow Garage - Patty Larkin with Iain Matthews. 8 p.m. Acoustic/Folk. $25-$40.

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Washburn. 7:30 p.m. Bluegrass/Roots/Various. $40.25.

Jim and Jack’s on the River - Throw It Down. 9:30 p.m. Country/Rock. Free.

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


Newport on the Levee - Live at the Levee with Shut Up and Drive. 7 p.m. Rock/Blues. Free.

Mansion Hill Tavern - Noah Wotherspoon Band. 9 p.m. Blues. $4. MOTR Pub - Haley Bonar with The Hiders. 10 p.m. H Indie/Rock/Various. Free. Northside Yacht Club Gypsy Fest featuring Ricky H James, HR, Gotti, Oski, MO, Young Drapa, Buggs tha Rocka, Fly Guy Timmy, Aprina, YNO, Monty Burnz, Paydro, Eugenius, Turich and more. 6 p.m. Hip Hop. $5.


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

Saturday 17 Brewing Co. Fest 2016 with Leggy, H50FiftyWest Multimagic, Krystal Peterson and the Queen City Band, The Whiskey Shambles, Part-Time Gentlemen, Todd Hepburn, Strange Mechanics, Common Center, Noah Wotherspoon and Bam Powell and the Trouble Makers. Noon. Rock/Blues/ Roots/R&B/Various. $10.

Arnold’s Bar and Grill - My Brother’s Keeper. 9 p.m. Folk/ Americana. Free. Bella Luna - Blue Birds Trio. 7 p.m. Classic Rock/Jazz. Free. Blind Lemon - Mike and Melissa. 9 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Blue Note Harrison - Excalibur and Visual Kaos. 9:30 p.m. Rock Clifton Plaza - Simple Swing. 7 p.m. Swing. Free. The Cricket Lounge at The Cincinnatian Hotel - Phillip Paul Trio. 6 p.m. Jazz. Free.

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Crow’s Nest - Wild Mountain Berries. 10 p.m. Americana/ Various. Free. Jag’s Steak and Seafood - My Sister Sarah. 9:30 p.m. Rock/ Pop/Dance/Various. Cover. Jim and Jack’s on the River Jamison Road. 9 p.m. Country. Free. Knotty Pine - Pandora Effect. 10 p.m. Rock. Cover. Legends Nightclub - Smoooth and Cincy Rockers. 8:30 p.m. Oldies/Classic Rock. $12. Live! at the Ludlow Garage Don McLean. 8 p.m. Acoustic. $65-$150. Macadu’s - Basic Truth. 8 p.m. Funk/R&B/Soul. Free. The Mockbee - Jayal, Chris Crooks, June, Marisa Moore and PeRez. 9 p.m. Hip Hop/R&B. $10-$15. MOTR Pub - Ages and Ages with Chris Pureka. 10 p.m. Indie/Pop/Rock/Various. Free. Mynt Martini - Borgeous with Davey C. 9 p.m. DJ/ H EDM. Cover. Northside Tavern Comprador, Lazy Heart and Sylmar. 10 p.m. Indie Rock. Free.


Northside Yacht Club Gypsy Fest featuring Ricky James, HR, Gotti, Oski, MO, Young Drapa, Buggs tha Rocka, Fly Guy Timmy, Aprina, YNO, Monty Burnz, Paydro, Eugenius, Turich and more. 6 p.m. Hip Hop. $5.


Rick’s Tavern - Black Bone Cat. 10 p.m. Rock. $5.

Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - “Noir.” 10 p.m. Dance night/Various/ DJ. $5. Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary) - Jon McLaughlin with Marc Scibilia and Brad Ray. 7:45 p.m. Pop/Rock. $17-$25. Symphony Hotel & Restaurant - April Aloisio. 8 p.m. Jazz/ Bossa Nova. Free. The Tropics - Pirate’s Ball with the Trailer Park Floosies. 8 p.m. Dance/Rock/Pop/Rap/ Country/Various. $10. The Underground - Battle of the Bands with The Key Concepts, Kyla Mainous, Micah Mootispaw, Izzy Olaore and The StopGo Movement. 7 p.m. Various. Cover. U.S. Bank Arena - Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour H with Puff Daddy, Lil’ Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Total, Carl Thomas, The Lox and French Montana. 8 p.m. Hip Hop/R&B. $24.50-$125. Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - Dan Drees and Brian Cashwell. 9 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).

Sunday 18 20th Century Theater School of Rock Mason Led Zeppelin Xtravaganza. 6 p.m. Classic Rock. $10, $15 day of show.


Blind Lemon - Jeff Henry. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Bogart’s - The Kills with L.A. Witch. 8 p.m. Indie Rock. $22.50.


The Comet - Comet Bluegrass All-Stars. 7:30 p.m. Bluegrass. Free.

Seasongood Pavilion Bluegrass for Babies featuring Hocking River String Band, Comet Bluegrass AllStars and Hickory Robot. 3 p.m. Bluegrass/Various. $15, $20 day of show (benefit for the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital).

Knotty Pine - Randy Peak. 10 p.m. Acoustic. Free.


Silverton Cafe - Night Owls. 8:30 p.m. Blues/Soul/Rock/ Various. Free.

Mansion Hill Tavern - Open Blues Jam with Uncle Woody & the Blue Bandits. 7 p.m. Blues. Free. MOTR Pub - Whitfield Crocker. 10 p.m. Indie/Folk/Rock/ Various. Free. Sonny’s All Blues Lounge - Sonny’s All Blues Band

Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Ese. 9:30 p.m. Punk/Rock. Free. Thompson House - Juggernaut with Denihilist, Under Everything, Underestimate, Homebound, Dress in Disaster, Grave Friends and 7 Years Dead. 7 p.m. Metal/Hard Rock. $10.


Urban Artifact - Abby Vice, Nathan Singer, Andrew Would, Graham Lang, Jerry Fels and Brooklyn Hansley. 7 p.m. Singer/Songwriter. Free.

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Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant - New Orleans Jazz Brunch with Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band. 11:30 a.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).

Monday 19 Blind Lemon - Dave Hawkins. 8 p.m. Acoustic. Free. The Celestial - Tom Schneider. 6 p.m. Piano. Free. Knotty Pine - Open Mic. 8 p.m. Various. Free.


McCauly’s Pub - Sonny Moorman. 7 p.m. Blues. Free.


MOTR Pub - Jude Shuma. 10 p.m. Indie Rock. Free. Northside Tavern - The Qtet. 10 p.m. Jazz/Rock/Funk/ Fusion/Various. Free.

Tuesday 20 Christ Church Cathedral Music Live @ Lunch with Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band. 12:10 p.m. Jazz. Free. Jag’s Steak and Seafood Zack Shelly and Chon Buckley. 6 p.m. Piano/Vocals. Free. The Listing Loon - DJ Chilly Willy. 4 p.m. DJ. Free. MOTR Pub - Writer’s Night. 10 p.m. Open mic/Various. Free. Stanley’s Pub - Trashgrass Night with members of Rumpke Mountain Boys. 9 p.m. Jamgrass/Bluegrass/ Jamgrass/Various. Cover.


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