AUGUST 28 - SEPTEMBER 4 | 2012
Managing Editor Keith BieryGolick previews upcoming fall movies.
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY 3
HAPPY MALADIES: SPOTLIGHT 5
LIFE & ARTS: CITY FLEA 6
SPORTS: ASK THE EDITORS 7
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THIS WEEK IN LIFE & ARTS City Flea HISTORY
FALL MOVIE PREVIEW
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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY Hong Kong is liberated from Japan by British Armed Forces.
Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1957. Sen. Strom Thurmond (D-S.C.) ends 24-hour filibuster against civil rights. Thurmond talked nonstop for 24 hours, 18 minutes to filibuster a civil rights bill.
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US-French expedition locates wreckage of Titanic off Newfoundland.
The U.S. Senate confirms Thurgood Marshall as the first black U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,836 and causing over $115 billion in damage.
Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in Paris.
Japan surrenders ending WW II (US date, 9/2 in Japan).
Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnam independence from France.
Alabama Governor George Wallace prevents integration of Tuskegee HS.
Geronimo is captured, ending last major USIndian war.
The first showing of high definition color TV
2010 A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Christchurch, New Zealand, sending people into the streets as windows exploded, water mains broke and buildings crumbled.
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The Happy Maladies, an entirely string and vocalbased band formed at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, have recently gained popularity in Cincinnati’s music scene. The Maladies compose very detail-oriented pieces, often shifting from simple chords to more expansive harmonies. “Everything — I think — has a point,” said Stephen Patota, both a guitarist and mandolin player for the band. “There’s a justification behind every choice. We end up talking about a 10 second span of music for about 45 minutes, and really ripping it apart.” The Happy Maladies’ upcoming record, “New Again,” exemplifies exactly that. The band meticulously arranges separate movements within each track, exhibiting clear insight to musical formality — which is no surprise, considering all four members studied at CCM.
The music stopped and The Heavy walked off Bogart’s stage with one question reverberating through the venue: “How You Like Me Now?” By the time the English band played its hit single — a song featured in movies (“The Fighter,” “Horrible Bosses), television (“Entourage,” “Community”) and Super Bowl commercials — the answer couldn’t have been more clear. Cincinnati didn’t like The Heavy. They loved them. But love for The Heavy extends beyond the Queen City. Just ask David Letterman, who booked the band to appear on his show in 2010. The Heavy played “How You Like Me Now?” and left Letterman so impressed he did something he’s never done before
“We all met freshman year, and then slowly we’re hanging out,” said Ben Thomas, the band’s guitarist and banjo player. “And then, by like spring of freshman year, it was us playing some music occasionally. And then that kinda turned into ‘Oh, I have this song I just wrote — you should check it out.’” The group recently underwent a lineup change when vocalist Abby Cox decided to part ways with the band. “[After Cox’s departure], it was just the four of us, and we still decided that we loved the group and we wanted to keep writing and pushing it,”Thomas said. “So we scrapped everything before that and started writing all new material.” The transitional period has undoubtedly impacted the group’s sound, as Cox was one of the primary vocalists. “I feel like a lot of the inspiration, which is this new energy within the group, to not reinvent anything, but almost like a second wind,” Thomas said. “It changed the sound dramatically to not have Abby in the group, a female singer.” Following Cox’s leave, the other members began to focus more on singing. “We really had to step up our vocals,” Patota said. “I didn’t really think about how much she carried the group, vocally, because she is an incredible singer.” The band rose to the occasion. The outro harmonies in “Top of the Muffin to You!” — the final track of “New Again” — are gorgeously executed. While other members have begun singing more, Eddy Kwon remains the lead vocalist. The lyrics can be easy to overlook due to the magnitude and complexity of the Maladies’ string section; however, each song is as lyrically rewarding as it is instrumentally. “We meet close to four or five times a week, where
or since — asked them to play it again. Roaring through the commercial break the band performed an encore while Letterman yelled, “There’s your American Idol, ladies and gentlemen.” Unfortunately for Cincinnati, the band already played the encore and this audience didn’t have quite the same pull Letterman had. Celebrating the recent release of its third album, “The Glorious Dead,” frontman Kevin Swaby incorporated numerous call and response chants into his performance, and the crowd couldn’t resist them, despite their general unfamiliarity with the band’s material. Miller Lite sponsored the concert, offering tickets for CityBeat and 96 Rock to give away. The unique sponsorship led to a crowd that didn’t necessarily know what to expect, something Swaby
it’s almost like a part-time job,”Thomas said. “It’s almost like being in a committed relationship with a very good looking individual.” Unlike its previous record, the band recorded “New Again” live. “We decided that instead of trying to have a bunch of other musicians come in, like percussion and wind instruments or whatever, that we would just do the four of us — live takes, vocals overdubbed,” Patota said. “Simple and to the point, exactly what you would hear at a live show.” Despite toying with the idea of moving out of Cincinnati, The Maladies have found comfort in its home scene. “I feel like we’ve found a community, and it’s been fantastic — or just other artists with different mediums,” Thomas said. “And there are so many other sweet bands that are happening in Cincinnati. I really feel like this scene is on an upswing right now.” The band is preparing to play throughout the Midwest this fall, with the possibility of a December tour across both the Midwest and East coast. In addition to touring, The Happy Maladies are currently composing the soundtrack for a documentary about fracking in central Pennsylvania. According to Thomas, the soundtrack will be done within the next calendar year. “[The director’s] around the same age as us, and just a really big supporter and loves the music, and hears it accompanying his documentary,”Thomas said. “So we’re going to be composing all new music for that, which is a huge thing. We’re really excited by it.” Rohs Street Café will host The Happy Maladies’ album release party for “New Again” Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8:30 p.m.
acknowledged when he walked on stage: “I want to thank Miller Lite for putting this together, but Cincinnati, you don’t know what you’re in for tonight.” They didn’t, because three songs into the show The Heavy tore through “Big Bad Wolf,” a guttural stomp across wild British territories that appears on their new album. At Swaby’s insistence, the crowd howled like Denzel Washington’s character from “Training Day.” The band stayed out in the wilderness for much of the night, churning out raspy rock ‘n’ roll with more than a hint of soul, begging the crowd to “let us slow it down” before launching into songs only slightly slower than the last up-tempo rocker. Backed by a six-piece band dressed in matching suit jackets, Swaby introduced another new song entitled “Don’t Say
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Nothing” by telling the audience the band wrote it after friends started talking too much junk when they spent far too much time in their small hometown of Noid, England. Eventually the music stopped and The Heavy walked off stage. The band left the crowd with nothing to say, just one thing to do — clap.
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KILLING THEM SOFTLY
Brad Pitt is arguably the biggest movie star on the face of the planet. But what makes him so fascinating is his method acting — it’s among the best. It’s amazing to watch someone of Pitt’s renown slip in and out of roles with such ease. For every “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Mr. and Mrs.
Daniel Craig is back as James Bond. That should be enough reason to check out the 23rd installment of the famous spy series. But aside from Craig, there’s two even better reasons to head out to theaters. “Skyfall” will be the first 007 movie shown in Imax. Anyone that’s ever seen a film in Imax knows it’s worth the couple extra bucks. If not, then “Skyfall” would be an optimum cherry-popper. Just check out the trailer. Director Sam Mendes provides lush visuals at nearly every turn and with his pedigree (“American Beauty,” “Road to Perdition”) the film is more than just good looking. In fact, that might be why Mendes brought in the villainous psychopath with an atrocious haircut from “No Country for Old Men” (Javier Bardem) to go up against Bond. Bardem vs. Craig with Mendes shooting it? I’m in.
Smith,” where he glides on charisma alone, there’s a “Twelve Monkeys” or “Burn After Reading” — films that he plays a mental patient or goofy health nut. That goes without mentioning his brilliant 2011, which included an Oscar nomination for “Moneyball” and the obscure art film, “The Tree of Life.” In “Killing Them Softly” Pitt reteams with his “Assasination of Jesse James” director Andrew Dominik for what will surely be another intriguing performance.
In the future the mob doesn’t kill people, they hire a hitman to do it for them. Sounds familiar, but the catch is the unlucky target traveling back in time where a man waits to kill him. The twist comes when the hit man’s future self is sent back in time to be killed because the mob wants time travel stopped. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“The Dark Knight Rises”) plays the hitman and Bruce Willis stars as Gordon-Levitt’s future self. Willis showed he could still act in this year’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” where he gave a subtle performance as a lonely police officer. It will be fun to watch Willis show off his action chops in a science fiction film with enough twist to separate it from the usual fare.
Maybe “The Master” is coming out a few years too late. After all, Tom Cruise moved back into audiences’ grace with “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and scientology not quite as hot a button topic as it once was. But that doesn’t mean I’m any less interested in seeing director Paul Thomas Anderson’s (“There Will Be Blood,” “Boogie Nights”) interpretation of a controversial religion. While Ben Affleck looks to solidify his return to respect in “Argo,” Anderson’s film promises to be fascinating for what appears to be the rebirth of Joaquin Phoenix. A couple years ago Phoenix appeared on David Letterman completely spaced out and disheveled. He showed up sporting a lumberjack beard and apparently on drugs. He stuttered, stammered and mumbled his way through the interview — pissing Letterman off in the process. It eventually came out Phoenix was just acting, perhaps turning in one of the best performances of his life in the faux-documentary, “I’m Stiller Here.” “The Master” will feature Phoenix’s first real performance since that whole debacle. Based on the trailer, Phoenix looks every bit as crazy as he did during his fake downward spiral out of acting, but somehow even more exciting. Anderson screened the film for Tom Cruise before anyone else. Word is that Cruise had several objections with it, which means it’s probably pretty good.
Remember “Gigli,” the terrible romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez almost single-handedly ruined Ben Affleck’s acting career? At the very least, it dropped him from the A-list. Affleck followed “Gigli” with more forgettable roles in films like “Paycheck,” “Surviving Christmas” and “He’s Just Not That Into You. The once promising talent behind “Good Will Hunting” looked forever destined to star in movie after movie just to collect paychecks — ala Nicolas Cage. Then a funny thing happened: he reinvented
himself as a director. 2007’s hard-broiled thriller, “Gone Baby Gone,” drew rave reviews for its strong performances and good direction.Then, when“The Town”was released, anyone that attributed Affleck’s first directorial effort to beginner’s luck was silenced. The film earned Jeremy Renner an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor and continued Affleck’s streak of eliciting powerful performances from his actors. With “Argo,” Affleck has another top-notch cast at his disposal. I can’t wait to see what the ultratalented Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) can think of under Affleck’s direction.
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The City Flea in Over the Rhine is not your typical Flea market, creators Nick and Lindsay Dewald expertly curated booths reminiscent of the flea markets they went to while living in Brooklyn. The Dewalds returned to the Queen City last year Vendors must apply online to be considered for the Flea, and are chosen by the Dewalds. The City Flea, which began as a hopeful experiment last year has become a popular event in only two years.
From 11-to-4 p.m. on Saturday, shoppers from all over the tri-state area flock to this market and its only getting bigger and better with each event. The summer market is held at the newly revived Washington Park, where kids can splash in the fountain and adults can browse the booths, even the dog is welcome to visit the new dog park. A DJ playing though out the day creates an upscale and urban atmosphere, which perfectly complements the trendy vendors. Every booth has a tasteful artistic vibe that makes this flea market stand out. Among the chosen vendors are handmade jewelry booths, vintage shops, and delicious portable food. A crowd favorite is Fireside Pizza, the only traveling brick oven style pizza in Cincinnati. If Vintage is what you crave, make a stop at Atomic Number 10, a local
vintage shop, and a City Flea veteran. The owners of this shop specialize in vintage clothing that is on trend and quirky housewares. The City Flea takes place one Saturday each month during summer but if you didn’t get a chance to stop by this year there will be two more Oct. 20 and Dec. 8. Make sure to grab and iced coffee from Coffee Emporium’s stand before you browse through the 65 different vendors. The City Flea is also a great way to get acquainted with Over the Rhine and shops you may have not know about. This type of event brings in Suburbanites to downtown and business to the independent shops in the area. Almost all the shops are local to Cincinnati and most are only a few blocks away from Washington Park. If you find something you love but want to wait, it’s a great excuse to come back to Over The Rhine for an afternoon of shopping. Nick and Lindsay Dewald are Cincinnati natives who’ve lived in the urban centers of Chicago, L.A., and New York City. They loved living in bigger cities, but always had a place in their hearts for the Queen City. Last summer they returned to Cincinnati when Lindsay left a teaching job in New York. After being away for several years, they found a more vibrant downtown than the one they’d left behind. “We were pleasantly surprised to see what was going on. There were a lot of new small businesses and restaurants,” said, Nick, a DAAP architecture grad who lives with his wife in Prospect Hill. Their surprise has turned into action, and the couple is working to create a place where talented entrepreneurs can come together once a month to sell and create in a fun, outdoor environment. They’re calling the endeavor The City Flea, inspired by a giant weekly market in New York called the Brooklyn Flea that started in 2008.
“Coming from the Midwest experience, flea markets were far different from what Brooklyn flea is about,” Nick said. The Brooklyn Flea has more than a hundred vendors who sell vintage and handmade jewelry, vintage T’s, ethnic fabrics and cuisine, bicycles, fine chocolates, ceramics, specialty coffee drinks and more. There are also local musical acts on hand to set the mood for the day. Cincinnati is ready for its own version, Nick believes. “There is a whole community that is slowly building downtown and in Over-the-Rhine. We are trying to create a hub for those residents, entrepreneurs and one and two-person organizations who are making jewelry or making waffles,” he said. They also see it as a way to draw in people who don’t spend a lot of time in the city on the weekends. Nick and Lindsay are working to secure an outdoor spot for The City Flea, but are hoping it will be somewhere along Central Parkway, near downtown and Over-The-Rhine. There are four markets scheduled, June 4, July 9, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3. They envision the market hosting food trucks and vendors, vintage goods, clothing, antiques and arts and crafts. If The City Flea goes well, the couple will soon hunt for an indoor spot for a winter market. McCarley Ladwig contributed to this article.
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Do you have questions you’d like to see in next week’s “Ask The Editors?” Tweet them to @NewsRecord_UC What is your prediction for UC’s 2012 football season?
What sporting event are you most looking forward to this fall?
Cloudy, with a strong chance of the Munchies.
My flag football I said it back in team, The East Suite may, I’ll say it again: Wampus Cats, “Come on baby, owning the men’s we’re going to intramural B-Leauge. the ship.”
I hate myself for this: Roll Tide.
Big East champs baby. Leaguex!
Football game against Pitt. I’m not saying I’m going to be drunk, wait, yes I am.
Yes. How far will they go in the playoffs? That’s the real question Mr. Sports Editor.
As lame as it is to pick Alabama, I’m going to pick Alabama.
You mean he’s not already injured?
UH-OH IT’S HAMMERTIME!! Looking at you, Lady Cats.
Looking at you, Cuban Missile Crisis.
Looking at you, Cyclones.
First half of the first game.
I’m just really disappointed UC doesn’t have a beach volleyball team.
I’d have to ask my mom. She was around for the Big Red Machine days.
Ohio State, oh wait ...
Well, I just hope no one gets hurt.
Sunday Night Football.
Not sure they can drop it at this point.
The Great American Past-time: Whiffle-ball.
It’s impossible to know for certain.
When does he play the Saints?
Rooting for my Cubbies to make the comeback of the century!
I hate Nick Saban, for this. Alabama.
Two Weeks tops.
Pain. I’m looking at you, Virginia Tech!!
Life & Arts Editor Holly Rouse I just hope no one @hollyaletha gets hurt. Guest Contributor Scott Winfield @ScottJWinfield
My ticket price will increase exponentially.
Life & Arts Editor Kyle Stone It’ll give me plenty @kyletstone of time to work on my golf game. Contributor Annie Moore @anymore12
Rough, but as long as we beat Louisville it will be a success, right?
Bengals football! WHO DEY!
Are the Red’s going to hold onto first place in the NL Central?
The National Cham- How long before pionship is only Michael Vick goes four months away. down with an Who wins? injury this season? “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
According to Ron Mexico’s health Appalachian State. records, he’s been going down with an injury for years.
ON CAMPUS Supporters of President Barack Obama’s re-election were on campus Tuesday reaching out to college students, a key group in the 2008 campaign. University of Cincinnati students gathered on McMicken Commons at 12:15 to hear from student speakers supporting Obama’s re-election. Organized by Obama’s Ohio campaign team, the event pushed for students to register and vote in the Nov. 6 election. “I’m out here today because the president stood up for students over the last four years,” said Dan Traicoff, a fourth-year political science student. “From what he gave me, I’m here to give back to give to him.” The requirement in the Affordable Health Care Act that allows students to stay on their parent’s health insurance until the age of 26 was a major accomplishment of the presidents anna bentley | chief photographer
FOUR MORE YEARS University of Cincinnati students speak to local news cameras to express support of Obama during an Ohio for Obama campus kickoff event.
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ROCK THE VOTE University of Cincinnati Democrats provide voter registration forms to students during the Ohio for Obama campus kickoff event at McMicken Commons Tuesday. first term, Traicoff said. Student volunteers admit it is harder to gain college student enthusiasm for the president when he is the incumbent and not the “new guy,” bringing change. Christie Cardenas, a fifthyear economics student who volunteered for Obama in 2008, said there are challenges in
trying to generate enthusiasm among college students compared to 2008, but the volunteers’ enthusiasm is just as high as it was in 2008. The re-election team registered 111 people to vote in the hour that they spent on campus, 12 of those volunteering for the Obama campaign team, Traicoff said.
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