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Kiss Me,

I’m Irish Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

Joshua Radin Plays the East Side Spring Style Revamp for Under $20 Old is the New New: Revisiting Vintage 19th Annual Wine Festival Gets Better with Age

Plus: Events happening in and around Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout, & Oakley

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singer/songwriter performs at the 20th century theatre Joshua Radin will once again visit the east side with Meiko and Jesse Harris.

spring style revamp for under $20

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what’s cheap, easy, and can transform your space in no time? Paint. It’s a cheap solution with major impact.

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annual event gets better with age One of the Midwest’s biggest and best wine events celebrates 19 years.

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everyone’s irish on st. patrick’s day Cincinnati may be thought of as a German town, but everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

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singer/songwriter performs at the 20th century theatre Joshua Radin will once again visit the east side, performing at The 20th Century Theatre in Oakley on March 4. Opening acts for the Cleveland native will be Meiko and Jesse Harris. While reminiscent of artists like Elliot Smith and Nick Drake, Radin has a sound that is uniquely his own – both cerebral and soulful. Some may recognize his music from television shows and movies like Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, and The Last Kiss. But the singer/songwriter has built a substantial and loyal following through a steady stream of touring and the release of two full-length albums: We Were Here (2006) and Simple Times (2008).

Eastsider recently spoke with Joshua Radin and learned how he got his start and where he, and the music industry, may be heading in the future. Eastsider Magazine: You have a background in painting and writing. How and when did you make the switch over to music? Joshua Radin: Well, I sort of fell into it about five years ago. I picked up the guitar and started writing – well no, I picked up the guitar and started learning. I learned some covers like Dylan songs, Beatles songs, stuff like that just as a hobby. Then I was going through a breakup and decided about four years ago to write a song. And then, I don’t know, I just liked it. So I

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decided to keep doing it. You were a screenwriter in New York. Do you approach writing songs the same way you would write a screenplay? I think it’s completely different for me, and that’s why I like it. I was writing comedies when I was screen writing, and I wasn’t being honest. I was making up things. I wasn’t writing about what I was going through in my life. And I think that is where the song writing came in and really helped me out. I did it like journal entries. Every song I write is something that’s happened to me or something I’ve gone through. They are all honest accounts of my life. It’s a lot more cathartic for me.

Do you have any plans on getting back into painting or writing? I don’t have any plans to, but you never know. I get bored pretty easily. I don’t know if I’m going to make records my whole life, you know. I may move on from one medium to the next. As long as I’m waking up in the morning and staying creative and trying to express what I’m going through in my life, it doesn’t really matter whether I’m using a paint brush, a typewriter, or a guitar. What bands did you listen to while you were growing up? Growing up I listened to a lot of Beatles, Paul Simon, Dylan, and Cat Stevens. My parents played all that kind of music. They also played a lot of Motown, too. A lot of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, some Wilson Picket... Marvin Gaye. I listened to a lot of stuff with good melodies. I love great melodies. And, as I got older, I was a lot more into stuff like Dylan because of the lyrical content. What are a few of your favorite artists or bands today? Well, I love Elliot Smith, even though he’s passed. And I also like Ray LaMontagne and Damien Rice. Do you listen to a lot of music while you are on tour? I listen to a fair amount. Not a ton though. I think people would be surprised that we don’t even listen to music on the tour bus. We make so much music all the time that we just want silence on the bus. So what do you do to entertain yourself while on tour? I watch a lot of movies. I love old movies. Well, not just old movies, but all films. I’m a cinefile, for sure. We always try to get good movies playing on the bus. I was watching Chinatown right before you called. Tell us about the experience recording and releasing your first album, and how that differed with the second. Yeah, there were major differences. The first one… those were all the first songs I had ever written. I didn’t have any money or a record deal or anything like that. So my friend and I made the album

in his bedroom. We called in a couple of favors from some people every now and again to play something on it. But it was a real sparse record. Really just vocals, guitar, and some cello. The second album I actually made with Columbia Records. It obviously has a lot more production on it. I picked all the players and producers and did it in a real studio, Sunset Sound. So I was in the same room where the first Prince records where made, and where Zeppelin and the Stones recorded. It was a major change. Another difference was that instead of doing it every now and again in pieces like the first record, this one we did in seven weeks in one continuous block.

You’ve talked about how you would prefer to release little bundles of three or four songs every few months, rather than waiting two or three years to record and release a full length album in order to be truer to your sound at a particular time. Nowadays it’s so much easier to release music right when you record it. It’s an instant thing and you don’t have to print anything with digital releases. Seventy percent of my last record was purchased digitally – which is insane. It doesn’t make any sense to waste the money and resources making physical copies when eventually everyone is just going to be listening to MP3’s.

Do you plan on releasing your music in these smaller bundles? Yeah. Little EP’s – little digital bundles. And then I can kind of experiment. There’s not a lot of pressure of one record every two years. So I can do a few songs with a symphony, then a few songs that are electronic, and then a few that are really rock-inspired, and then maybe a little bundle that’s totally acoustic. And just really try to stay true to myself. I think it’s much more interesting that way. And I think that’s where we’re going, instead of staying a record-buying culture. What’s the toughest part about being on tour for you? Not being able to sleep in my own bed. Everything else is great. I like waking up in a new city everyday. It gets a little tiring, but this is the only way I get to do what I love every day, which is play live in front of people. Do you feel like you’ve “made it?” I do feel like I’ve made it, for sure. I feel like I’m the luckiest person ever. Like I said, I wrote my first song four-and-a-half years ago, and now I’m touring around on a bus. I’m not in my mom’s station wagon, sleeping on futons all across the country. It’s crazy. I think about it every day. Last night I played in Gainesville, FL. I’ve never been to Gainesville in my life and I look out and it’s a packed audience. And, on top of that, they know all the lyrics to the songs. It’s just crazy. I never had to work the markets and pay my dues for years and years on the music scene like so many other artists. I was a starving artist, totally broke in New York for years. I feel like I paid my dues as a screenwriter. So, I don’t feel too guilty about it. I do know that I’ve been extremely lucky. ___________________________________ Story by Jason Jones. Share your thoughts and comments with the author and other readers at | march 2009 | 7

spring style revamp for under $20 what’s cheap, easy, and can transform your space in no time? In these uncertain financial times, doing any type of decorating makeover on your home might seem unlikely due to monetary restrictions. Your home should be an oasis, a shelter from all the chaos going on in the world, a place to decompress and recharge. So how do I suggest enlivening your sanctuary? Paint. It’s a cheap solution with major impact. Everyone knows that by simply painting a room a different color you completely transform the space. But do you understand how the colors work? Warm colors (red, terra cotta, golden yellow, chocolate) are inviting and encourage you or your guest to linger. Cooler colors

(blue, green, pale gray, lavender) are soothing and calming. Your wall color takes up a lot of real estate, so pay attention to how it works and relates with your color story and other large items in the room. Are your walls “Plain Jane” with plain white? Liven them up with vertical stripes. You can use the white as the base and paint stripes using any color for a bold, lengthening look. Some dramatic choices to consider are apple green, grey taupe, or even black. If bold isn’t your style but you like the idea of stripes, opt for a more subtle sophisticated take on this classic pattern. Make the stripes tonal, with one stripe a few shades darker

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than the other. If you love the color currently on your walls, but you are looking for a little bit of drama; why not paint an accent wall? Paint the wall behind your bed in the bedroom, the buffet in the dining room, or the fireplace in your living room and it will change the whole feel of the space. To polish it of, make sure you bring more of that color into the room with a few decorative items. Deciding what width to make the stripes is a matter of personal preference, but a good rule of thumb is if your ceilings are eight feet high or less, the stripe should be no wider than ten inches. You can go up to 12 inches if they are higher.

Few people think about painting their ceiling. Use your wall color on the ceiling, but knock the intensity down by half with white. It creates quite the uplifting experience. Or, why not paint stripes on your ceiling? Leave the base white and paint stripes in a color already present in the room. To optically lengthen and stretch the room, make sure the stripes are running parallel to the longest wall in the room. Just think how much fun and energy it would add to a nursery or kid’s room. Ever consider painting the architectural details of a room, like molding or doors, in a color other than white? For a subtle approach you can paint your molding the same color as your walls, or a few shades lighter. For a bit more emphasis, try painting them a few shades darker than your wall color. Or, if you are feeling really brave, use a contrasting color. If you are looking for an easier project, leave your molding white and just paint the flat part of your baseboards. If you use a dark, contrasting color such as brown, dark grey, or black it will be an underlining accent in the room and really make the walls stand out. Plus it will hide scuffmarks. Lets not forget the importance of transforming a space with doors. Freshen up your home’s exterior in an afternoon by simply painting your front door a new color. You would be surprised how such a small amount of paint does wonders for your home’s curb appeal. Instead of painting an accent wall in your home, you could just paint the doors in a room. I’m thinking Chinese red. Just be sure to tie the accent color into the room with a few accessories. Painting furniture is another cheap way to breathe new life into your home. Whether you choose an old console table, nightstand, or side table, by painting casegoods that are past their prime, their look is reinvented.

You can take mismatched dining room chairs acquired through flea markets, hand me downs, and yard sales and unite them by painting them all black. If they need to be recovered, any fabric you choose will pop against the black. Are your bookcases looking a little dreary? Just paint the back wall an accent color. Notice how all of your books and collected treasures are now prominent and more interesting. One of the most expensive rooms in a house to remodel is the kitchen. You can save thousands of dollars by keeping your cabinets and simply painting them. It will have a huge impact, your kitchen gets an instant facelift on the cheap, and you can do it over a weekend. On a smaller scale, a simple coat of paint can make your lighting and accessories look more modern and current. Do you like the lines of your brass chandelier or one you spotted at a yard sale, but it looks dated? Why not spray-paint it white or choose a bolder color for maximum wow? You can even paint the inside of your lampshades with an accent color found in your room. If you have a lot of small mirrors or frames of different sizes, you can unite them by painting them all the same color and hanging them together as a collection. You can even create a collection out of old ceramic vases picked up at a rummy sale. Look beyond the mismatched colors and focus on their different sizes and shapes. After a coat of white spray-paint, group them together in a tray and place on a tabletop. Paint can be a powerful tool to transform your nest into your own personal work of art. ___________________________________ Story by Renee Garner. Share your thoughts and comments with the author and other readers at

cincinnati international wine festival 19th annual event gets better with age Now in it’s 19th year, the Cincinnati International Wine Festival attracts attendees from all over the Midwest, and wineries from all over the globe – while donating its proceeds to dozens of local charities. The impetus behind the first festival in 1991 was simply to promote the wine industry. The event was the idea of Russ Wiles, who worked for Heidelberg Distributing Company, a beer and wine wholesaler in Ohio and Kentucky. “He wasn’t in the festival business to make money. He just wanted to promote wine in the area. So he wanted to give the proceeds to charities and non-profits,” says the festival’s Development Director, Kelly

Collins. “In order to promote it in the early years, he approached WGUC, and told them that if they would be the vehicle in which we get the word out about this event, then we would give them whatever money we raised.” Over the last two decades, the Cincinnati International Wine Festival has steadily grown, earning recognition as one of the biggest and best wine festivals in the Midwest. Through this growth, the festival has gone from helping just one beneficiary to 26. The three-day event now

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boasts a variety of activities for not only connoisseurs, but those simply looking to taste some great wines. Honorary Co-Chairs for this years event are Charles and Molly Meeker of Meeker Vineyard in Sonoma County, California. Meeker’s signature wine is their Handprint Merlot. Each bottle is touched by the painted hand of one of the wine makers in order to insure that it is a work of art on the inside and outside. The festival kicks off on Thursday, March 12 with ten

Winery Dinners held at some of Cincinnati’s best restaurants. Head Chefs team up with visiting winemakers and create multi-course meals that perfectly pair the food and wine. Attendees also have the chance to mingle with the wine makers and learn the history of their wines. The Grand Tastings are the centerpiece of the festival, taking place on Friday and Saturday, March 13 & 14. There are 130 wineries represented, making over 600 new, rare, and exciting wines available to attendees. “Originally it was local, but had some national pull,” explains Collins. “Because the primary goal was to promote the wine industry in general, Russ would take whatever wineries he could convince to come to the festival. Whether they were from Ohio or California.” Local and regional wineries are still strongly represented. But as the years have passed and the event has grown, the festival has gone International. Wineries are represented from not only expected nations, such as France, but from other countries like Mexico and Macedonia. “I think that reflects well on the success of the festival from past years,” Collins continues. A testament to the success of the festival is the steady increase in attendance over the nearly two decades that the event has taken place. Roughly 800 people attended the inaugural festival, and organizers expect over 6,000 people to attend this year. While all the attendees enjoy the Grand Tastings, those that are slightly more inquisitive may want to visit the special tasting room. The festival committee added a special tasting room at last year’s event, and due to its success has brought it back again this year. Kelly Collins goes over the particulars, citing that “there is an additional cost to get into the room, and it is only open for one hour prior to each Grand Tasting. Once you’re

inside, you get to sample seven truly great, high-end wines. They retail at $60 and above for red wines and $35 and above for white wines.” Another special event is the Live Auction & Luncheon. Limited-release bottlings, winemaker-signed grand format bottles, rare wines coaxed from the cellars of notable Cincinnatians, chef’s table dining opportunities at exclusive Cincinnati homes, exotic trips, and wine cellar tours will be available to bid on at the theatre style auction. Following the auction, there will be a luncheon featuring wine from all over the country, and food from the Chef’s of the Hilton Netherland. “With our proceeds going to so many great charities and non-profits, this is not only a great way to have fun and enjoy some great wine, but to really help out organizations that better the community. We hope everyone will kick off their cabin fever and join us at the festival.” Tickets are available in advance or at the door. However, special events like the Winery Dinners and the Silent Auction &

Luncheon typically sell out in advance. You can learn more about all that’s happening at the 19th Annual Cincinnati International Wine Festival by visiting ___________________________________ Story by Katherine Barger. Share your thoughts and comments with the author and other readers at | march 2009 | 11


Cincinnati may be thought of as a German town, but everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. There is plenty of green beer and Danny Boy to go around, but there are also St. Patrick’s Day events for every age and interest.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade b In 1967, several members of Cincinnati’s Ancient Order of Hibernians first thought of the idea of a St. Patrick’s Day parade here in the Queen City.

Celtic music and an array of art and folklore from the British Isles. Visitors can also shop for variety of authentic items in the marketplace, and enjoy a variety of activities.

After acquiring a permit for a religious procession, members of the AOH, along with family members and friends, began the procession on March 17. Along the way, many observers joined in; augmenting the event into a full-scale parade and stopping traffic for hours.

In addition to face painting and Celtic crafts for kids, there will be cultural demonstrations featuring re-enactments of ancient Iron Age Celtic peoples and warriors. There will also be performances by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Highland Dancers, Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes and Drums Band, among others.

Due to the chaos caused by the original parade, the event has been held on the weekend ever since. It now includes floats, music, dancers, marching bands, and much more. Since its inception over four decades ago, the parade has never been canceled. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 8th & Broadway on Saturday, March 14 at 11:00 am.

Celtic Lands Culture Fest will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 14 & 15 from noon to 5:00 p.m. A full schedule, as well as information on this and all the events in the Passport to the World series, is available at

Celtic Lands Culture Fest b The Cincinnati Museum Center will once again be putting on their annual Celtic Lands Culture Fest. This is the 11th year the event has taken place at Union Terminal. The event is part one in the series of five Passport to the World culture fests, which give visitors a chance to experience cultures from around the globe. This free event allowss children and adults to explore the diverse heritage, dance, music, crafts and culture of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Celtic Lands Culture Fest features fancy footwork, traditional

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Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes and Drums Band

I’M IRISH The Origins of St. Patrick’s Day While St. Patrick is one of the most well-known saints around the world, much is not known about his life. The major story attributed to him contends that he drove all of the snakes out of Ireland. While this is held to be a false (or at the very least exaggerated) claim, some information is more widely accepted.

For Kids and Families b St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just for the over-21 crowd. Kids of all ages, as well as their paraents, can join in the fun at the Cincinnati Public Library, which hosts a wide variety of family-friendly events and activities on and around the holiday. The McGing Irish Dancers are a perennial favorite, performng at branches across the city. This year, you can catch performances by the Erickson Academy of Irish Dance, as well as enjoy stories, songs, crafts, and more. Check the schedule for the Hyde Park and Oakley branches, as well as nearby villages. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore and Joseph Beth Booksellers will also be hosting St. Patrick’s Day events for families.

Though he is the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick was born in Scotland. He was taken prisoner by Irish pirates, and spent six years in captivity working as a shepherd. This was a solitary task that made him more introspective and lean more heavily on his Christian faith. He escaped and returned to Britain, saying that he was inspired to escape by a dream in which God told him it was his time for him to leave. Almost 15 years later, St. Patrick was ordained as a priest and returned to Ireland to minister to Christians and convert non-believers. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the day of his death in 460 A.D.

McGing Irish Dancers perform at the Cincinnati Library

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Pub Crawl b A good spot to kick off the fun is at O’Nati’s Irish Pub on Fountain Square. You can watch the parade, then spend the rest of the day partying on the Square or at other downtown hotspots, which will be featuring beer, whiskey, food, and live music - not to mention dancing.

Going Native b Our area is home to a lot of great pubs that are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Here are just a few for you and your friends to check out: Hap’s Irish Pub • 3510 Erie Ave., Hyde Park (513) 871-6477

“Being an Irish Saloon, St. Patrick’s Day is a big one for us,” says Lyndsee Ballinger of BlackFinn Restaurant & Saloon, O’Bryon’s Irish Pub • 1998 Madison Rd., O’Bryonville downtown. “Even if people aren’t Irish, they like to pretend they (513) 321-5525 • are for one day!” The Pub at Rookwood Mews • 2692 Madison Rd., Rookwood (513) 841-2748 •

R.P. McMurphy’s • 2910 Wasson Rd., Oakley (513) 531-3300 • ______________________________________________________ Story by Patrick Bennington. Share your comments with the author and other readers at And while you’re there, check out the staff picks for our favorite people, places, and things from all over the British Isles, including: Shepherd’s Pie, Daniel Day Lewis, Snow Patrol, Druids, Sean Connery, 3-leaf Clovers, 4-leaf Clovers, Catherine Zeta Jones...

Partygoers enjoy the festivities downtown To get people in the right frame of mnd, the pub will have Irish music and the correct color ale on hand. “The popular drinks on St. Patty’s Day are Guinness, Jameson, Smithwick’s, and of course green beer. And when the green beer is flowing, anything is possible,” adds Ballinger.

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Mt. Lookout native Aaron Campbell explains the mysterious illness and miraculous recovery that strikes his workplace each and every March.

No matter what St. Patrick’s Day events you partake in, be sure to snap a few pics of you and your friends.

“My wife and I both work downtown, so we head to work for an hour or two. The entire office usually comes down with something around 10:30, and we all head out. By the time we get to our cars, most of us feel much better. It must be the fresh air,” he shrugs. Aaron and a group of friends hit a few of the downtown pubs, then work their way back to the east side. Along the way, the pack usually grows from a handful at the start, to dozens by the end of the affair. A true pub crawl, they try to hit at least ten bars before the day is through. “We aren’t rookies though,” Aaron says emphatically. “We do everything responsibly. There are a few designated drivers, and most of us use cabs. And we pace ourselves. We really try to hit as many places as we can and make it an all-day event. But we want to have fun and remember it the next day.”

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| events in and around hyde park, mt. lookout, and oakley

adult studio: glitter and glam

musketeers basketball

march 1 • 1:00 – 4:00 pm (513) 241-0343 Transform a plain vest with your own unique ideas. Create a piece of jewelry to match and you’ve got an ensemble. All supplies included.

march 5 • 9:00 pm The Xavier Men’s Basketball team will take on Dayton.

frost/nixon march 3 - 8 (513) 621-ARTS Legendary stage and screen actor Stacy Keach stars as Richard Nixon, in this fast-paced Tony Award nominated play.

cincinnati home & garden show march 4 – 8 (513) 419-7300 Talk to professionals and contractors to learn about the latest in products and services and for any home or garden project.

joshua radin march 4 • 8:00 pm (513) 731-8000 Joshua Radin performs with Meiko and Jesse Harris.

kevin brennan march 5 – 8 (513) 984-9288 Voted “Best Comedian” at the 2005 Aspen Comedy Festival.

chelsea handler march 6• 8:00 pm (513) 731-8883 The author and star of Chelsea Lately will perform at the Taft Theatre.

bearcats basketball march 7 • 12:00 noon The UC Men’s Basketball team takes on Seton Hall at Fifth Third Arena.

cinciditarod march 7 • 11:00 am The Cinciditarod is a wacky race through the city. It’s named in tribute to the Alaskan Iditarod - a brutal 1,100-mile dog-sledding race - but instead of dogs, it’s people; and instead of sleds, it’s shopping carts.

brunch, art, music march 8 • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (513) 721-ARTS Enjoy Impressionism in music and art with performances by the Lee String Duo and gallery strolls. Special guest speaker Richard Brettell shares new research on the painter Gauguin. Reservations required.

chamber music series march 8 • 2:30 pm (513) 241-0343 Sonata Recital for Violin and Piano, with Rebecca and Daniel Culnan. This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are taken.

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foreigner march 10 – april 10 (513) 421-3888 When Charlie, a desperately shy Englishman, comes to a rural lodge in Georgia, he pretends to be a foreigner from an exotic country who doesn’t know English so he won’t have to talk to the locals. Hilarious intrigue ensues.

tea leaf green march 10 • 8:00 pm (513) 731-8000 Tea Leaf Green will perform with opening act Outformation.

artist file march 11 • 7:00 pm (513) 721-ARTS Get up close and personal with a different artist on the second Wednesday of the month - this month Joan Miro.

cincinnati international wine festival march 12 - 14 (513) 723-9463 Cincinnati’s own wine festival is one of the best in the Midwest. The Festival is made up of four prominent events: the Winery Dinners, the Charity Auction & Luncheon, the Grand Tastings and the Russ Wiles Memorial Golf Tournament.

visit for our full list of events taft with a twist: movie magic

culture kids

march 12 • 6:00 – 9:00 pm (513) 241-0343 Put your movie knowledge to the test with this trivia contest. Teams will copete to see who makes the A-list, and who is relegated to the C-list. And as always, enjoy cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, and mingling with other art-minded young professionals.

march 13 • 10:00–11:30 am, 2:00–3:30 pm (513) 721-ARTS Preschoolers and their parents enjoy story time, tours, snack, and hands-on art activities related to a new theme each month. This month, we’ll look at music in art before creating our own musical instruments. Reservations.

bo bice

march 14 • 11:00 am The 43rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will start at 8th & Broadway.

march 12 • 8:00 pm (513) 731-8000 Bo Bice performs with Kelleigh Bannen.

auggie smtih march 12 - 15 (513) 984-9288 The 14-year stand-up veteran performs.

st. patrick’s day parade

studio sunday march 15 • 1:00 – 5:00 pm (513) 721-ARTS Sketch a work in the collection on the third Sunday of each month. Drawing materials and instructor provided, just

drop in and look for the Studio Sunday Cart in a different gallery each month.

mauritius march 18 – april 5 (513) 421-3555 Who knew stamp collecting could be so dangerous? When a young woman unknowingly discovers the rarest of stamps that she inherited from her mother, a suspenseful caper ensues.

film: elizabeth march 19 • 6:00 pm (513) 241-0343 Englandís Queen Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett) sacrifices happiness with Lord Robert Dudley (Joseph Fiennes) and places her trust in Sir Francis Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush) amid assassination threats. | march 2009 | 17


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playhouse disney live

wee wednesdays

march 20 • 6:30 pm (513) 421-4111 You’re invited to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse as Mickey plans a spectacular music party for all his friends.

march 25 • 10:00 – 11:30 am (513) 721-ARTS Give preschoolers a chance to get up and move as they learn about art and music during Marching to Music. Includes story times and fun art stops in selected galleries.

cincinnati rollergirls

barrows lecture series

March 21 • 7:00 pm (513) 631-7793 The Cincinnati Rollergirls battle the Hard Knox Rollergirls of Knoxville, TN.

art in the making March 21 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm (513) 721-ARTS Interactive classes that include a gallery tour and hands-on art activity. For kids ages 6 to 12 accompanied by an adult.

madcap puppets march 21 - 22 • 11:30 am , 1:30 pm (513) 721-ARTS With puppets as awesome as Marco Polo’s adventures, and your help, Madcap invites you to relive some of these stories, meet the “Silk People,” and learn how the secrets of making silk came to the West many centuries ago.

timon of athens march 1 - 22 (513) 381-BARD In Shakespeareís savage satire, Timon of Athens, moments of absurd comedy and poignant tragedy intersect for a fascinating examination of selfishness and sacrifice.

afro-cuban all stars march 22 • 7:00 pm (513) 621-ARTS Led by the legendary Juan de Marcos

Gonzalez (of the Buena Vista Social Club), this powerhouse Afro-Cuban band will have you dancing in the aisles.

parties of note march 22 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm (513) 621-1919 Do you like to party? If you are looking for something fun to do while also benefiting a good cause – your Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra – Parties of Note are for you. Reservations.

march 25 • 7:00 pm (513) 281-4700 Dr. Birute Galdikas , the world’s foremost authority on orangutans, will be presenting, “Preserving Orangutans and Forests: A Lifetime to Go Green.”

zootini march 26 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm (513) 281-4700 Enjoy sampling five fun martinis with live music, animal encounters, light

family artventures march 22 • 3:00 pm (513) 721-ARTS Bring your family to take an interactive tour of the galleries. These 45-minute tours include hands-on elements for you and your children to touch and see up close.

smucker’s stars on ice march 24 • 7:00 pm (513) 421-4111 The World’s best skaters are put to the ultimate test, showcasing their elite athletic skills within an Emmy Award-winning production.

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appetizers, and movie showings in the 4-D Theater. Benefit’s the Zoo’s Lindner Center for the Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife. Purchase tickets in advance.

visit for our full list of events cincinnati cyclones march 26 • 7:30 pm The Cyclones take on the Trenton Devils.

sinatra suite & more march 27 – 28 (513) 621-5282 Celebrated Broadway Choreographer Twyla Tharp’s sensual, humorous and tipsy Sinatra Suite draws on the moods and moves of Frank’s enormously popular songs in their original recorded versions.

everything pets march 27 - 29 (513) 419-7300 This highly interactive show is all about the world of responsible pet ownership and care through a combination of

entertainment, education, demonstrations, seminars and hands on fun.

madcap puppets march 28 - 29 • 11:30 am, 1:30 pm (513) 721-ARTS With puppets as awesome as Marco Polo’s adventures, and your help, Madcap invites you to relive some of these stories, meet the “Silk People,” and learn how the secrets of making silk came to the West many centuries ago.

canstruction march 28 • 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (513) 241-0343 Whimsical structures created from canned goods for the annual art and architecture design firm competition not only recall Andy Warhol’s soup cans, but inspire young artists.

cinderella tea party march 29 • 2:00 - 4:00 pm (513) 241-0343 Activities include a tour of Fashion in Film, with guests then creating their own accessories - hats, fairy wings, brooches, and more - to wear in a parade at the Museum.

fashion in film through april 26 • 1:30 pm (513) 241-0343 Films set require the creation of historically accurate, often lavish costumes. Such costumes play a critical role in the aesthetics and power of the character by suggesting not only the historical setting but also the personality, age, class and status of their wearers. | march 2009 | 19

old is the new new revisiting vintage... posters We live in a “new” era. Forty is the new 30, green is the new black, geek is the new cool... you get the picture. So when it comes to decorating your home or office, old is the new new. From kitschy to classic, vintage posters can transform a space into fun and vibrant or rich and sophisticated. If you aren’t familiar, throw out all of your preconceived notions about posters. Vintage posters are works of art that come in all sizes, styles, and price ranges. And like artwork, they are not only a decorative addition but an investment, as they appreciate in value. Posters became an effective and affordable method of advertising in the mid- to late1800’s. Though Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

is perhaps the most well-known artist of the genre, mainly because of his Moulin Rouge posters, it was Jules Cheret who perfected the multi-color lithograph medium and made it into an advertising venture. Radio was still decades away from being invented, and literacy had not yet reached the masses in full. So posters were a great way for European companies to reach the burgeoning post-industrial middle class. Primarily used to promote the entertainment of the day (circuses, magic shows, and theatre) the medium has evolved over time, and is still used for both movies and music today. Two very popular categories from the

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poster’s hayday are still favorites of casual and avid collectors today. “Travel posters have proven to be the most popular. And bicycle posters have a very devoted audience, as well,” says Jack Wood, owner of the gallery that bears his name. Wood first ventured into the vintage poster world as a hobby while in London in the mid-1990’s. He tells the story of how he fell in love with a bicycle poster. “I saw the large version of the Peugeot Lion bicycle poster in a London antique mall and had to have it.” Soon, he branched out from bicycle posters and began building a network of contacts across Europe. After returning to the states, he set up shop in O’Bryonville in 1998.

Vintage items from Jack Wood Gallery in O’Bryonville & Vintage Poster Bank in Mt. Loookout.

“Oh no, they are all originals,” Wood explains when asked where he acquires his collection. “Most of my posters are from Europe, and primarily from France. Nothing is a reproduction.” He keeps a fully stocked store, and can track down items for those interested in a particular poster. Michael Hodesh is the owner of Vintage Poster Bank in Mt. Lookout Square. His shop is home to vintage posters, statuettes, clocks, lamps, and industrial art. He is a recent transplant to the east side, though he has a quarter-century of experience in the industry. “I had four different locations downtown on Main St. over the last 15 years. And then I moved into this spot last fall.” He is quick to point out that his collection, which leans toward mid-century modern, also

contains no reproductions. “In the beginning I started with antique American advertising,” he explains. “And then branched out from there. I actually bought the archived collection of a calendar company that used to be here in Cincinnati. That was one of my firsts.” It’s easy to tell that both men love what they do and take great pride in it. Both also admit to having a fairly large collection at home. Their knowledge of the industry is quite impressive… names, dates, artists,

movements, styles. And with thousands of pieces to choose from in each of their shops, both can easily locate any item in a matter of moments. Wood says “I have a pretty good idea of where everything is. If a collector comes in looking for a certain artist, or someone walks in off the street and seems to like a particular style, it won’t take me long to get together a group of things for them to look at.” Casuals and Collectors. Steve from Mt. Lookout stopped into the Vintage Poster Bank on his way home from work. “I just saw the posters in the window and thought I’d check it out. My dad collects vintage concert posters, album covers, stuff like that,” he says, holding an authentic Rolling Stones concert poster from 1969. A more serious collector is Ron Molatto of Hyde Park. After driving by the store and seeing some things in the window before the store was even open, he found Hodesh’s number on the door and gave him a call. “I saw some things that piqued my attention. Michael wasn’t really open yet, but was nice enough to call me. We spent a few hour-long sessions together just looking at things I was interested in.” Molatto has already bought four pieces from the shop, including a European advertising piece for his daughter and Le Thermogene for himself. Cincinnati’s Vintage History. Though Europe dominated the medium, the Queen City built quite a printing reputation. Our area was considered one of - if not the - top

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places for lithography in America. Two major players were The Strobridge Lithography Co. and Donaldson Litho Co. Hodesh explains that “Strobridge printed for Houdini and Ringling Brothers. Donaldson was another great one, they –“ he pauses and heads over to one of the many drawers. After a few minutes, a large horseracing poster is produced and laid flat to reveal the Donaldson logo. One of his more special items, the poster was created in the late 1800’s and is in phenomenal shape. Sizes and Prices. Vintage posters come in all sizes, with smaller offerings at 3 inches by 4 inches, moving up towards the more standard three feet by four feet range. “I’ve even got some billboards, which are really just a collection of smaller poster. But I don’t get a lot of people looking for those,” Wood jokes. “People come in looking for all sizes and prices. Most of my posters are priced in the low hundreds, but we have a good selection that starts as low as $30.” For the serious collector, or someone looking to make a statement with a large or rare piece, you are in luck. Both Wood and Hodesh havae several pieces on hand that can quench your appetitie, or they offer their services to track down anything you may be looking for. Style and Substance. Many of these posters were made in limited quantities. This, coupled with their age, and the everdiminishing chances of finding them in good or great condition, helps them retain and even increase their value. So, whether your interest is in collecting or decorating, vintage posters are not only a way to spruce up your space, but they may also prove to be a good investment. ___________________________________ Story by Jason Jones. Share your thoughts and comments with the author and other readers at visit for web-only articles, our full calendar of events, and sign up for the free weekly e-newsletter

Eastsider Magazine March 2009  
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