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Happen, Inc. Brings High Tech to Toy Lab

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8 MUSIC MAKERS Interview: Mark Utley of Bulletville




Off the Beaten Path: Northside’s Hidden Gems

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Cincy Summer Streets Northside



Greg Torres

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Greg Torres is originally from western New York, and has spent the last decade in southwest Florida working in parks and recreation. He received a B.A. in history from the State University of New York and is also a Florida Master Naturalist with the University of Florida. He has only recently moved to Cincinnati and has enjoyed living here, especially learning the new wildlife and hiking hills regularly. While not formally educated in any form of art, he states that he has always had a strong creative drive. Most of his work draws inspiration from natural patterns and designs but he also finds subject matter in historical events or world mythology. Oil pastel, chalk, pencils, and watercolor are his primary media, but he enjoys experimenting in different mediums as well. About the Cover: Title: “Nik on the Fire Prairie Trail, Big Cypress National Preserve” Background is chalk pastel, Foreground is colored pencil.

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Mary Kroner, Kristen Barker, Tommy Reuff, Alisa Balestra, Kelly Walsh, Lora Jost, Andyman Hopkins, Steve Sunderland, Brandon E. Niehau, Bryan Shupe, Cynthia Allen, Ginger Dawson.

artwork: Greg Torres, Cincinnati Union Cooperative, Happen Inc., Kelly Walsh, Michael Wilson, Sid Hatfield, Jon Hughes/Photopresse, Peter Stevens, Dave Cunningham, Ginger Dawson, WordPlay, Tina Gutierrez.

volunteer advisory committee: Jeni Jenkins, James Kinsman, James Heller-Jackson, Barry Scwartz, Karen Andrew, Mark Christol

Publisher, layout, Design and editorial management Jeni Jenkins of Uncaged Bird Design Studio


Social Media Coordinators Kevin Cain, Nick Mitchell



Carolyn Banfield, Brendan Faux, Steph Bernard

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Happen Inc. Volunteers led by Tommy Reuff

delivery team Riccardo Taylor, Sue Wilke, Stephen Davis, SaraLynne Thoresen, ThoraLynne McKinney, Mati Senerchia, Noeli Senerchia, Jacob Walker, Jared Walker, Isaac Hunter, Evan Hunter, Owen Hunter, Kirah Hickman, Wilamena Roe, Margaret Roe, Tina Myers.



Grant Funding Available for Northside! Grant funds are available to homeowners in Northside through the Cincinnati Lead Education and Remediation Program (CLEAR). The CLEAR Program is designed to protect Cincinnati’s young children from exposure to lead-based paint in their homes. Paint in homes built before 1978 might contain lead. Lead is poisonous. Deteriorating lead-based paint can create a toxic dust. It is especially harmful to children. Lead poisoning is the number one environmental health hazard to children under the age of six and is 100% preventable! Assistance from this program often includes window replacement or treatment, as original wood windows in poor condition can be a major source of lead hazards in homes built before 1978. FOR MORE INFO: To apply for the grant, or to receive more information, please contact People Working Cooperatively at (513) 366-4699.

Needed: one on one tutors for students at Chase Elementary Research shows that students who can’t read by 4th grade are 4 times more likely to drop out. Once you learn to read, you read to learn. It is not a lack of intelligence that holds students back, but rather a lack of support systems and role models. Will you change a child’s life by simply sharing your valuable skill of reading with them, and by becoming that support system and role model they need to succeed? North Church and the community, for our fifth year, are providing one on one tutors for students at Chase Elementary. We meet at the school on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:45-4:00pm. You only have to commit to one of the days. All you have to do is show up, turn your cell phone off, and spend an hour helping a child learn to read and do simple math. All the training and supplies are provided. FOR MORE INFO: Please contact Joann Ashley, joann.ashley75@gmail. com or Gary Loomans, to sign up or for more

Needed: northsider management We are looking for a few good people to help take over managing the Northsider Monthly each month. Duties Include: Managing Writers and Photographers, Managing Advertising Sales, Publication Layout and Design, Managing website content, Managing Newspaper Delivery. More details provided Thursday October 9th 6-7PM at Happen’s Toy Lab, 4201 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223. FOR MORE INFO: Please contact Jeni Jenkins, 513-885-0504 or by email:

CALL TO ARTISTS | MONTHLY COVER ART Monthly Cover Art submissions:

Mission statement: As an independent monthly communication, The Northsider’s mission is to engage and inform about life and culture in the Northside Neighborhood. As such, The Northsider is committed to providing timely, quality and informative community news and opinions while embracing the diversity of the neighborhood.

organizational structure: Northsider, LLC. is a Nonprofit Limited Liability Company overseen by the Northside Community Council. The Northside Community Council is a volunteer, community-based organization that provides an opportunity for all individuals and groups in the community to participate in Northside’s present and to chart Northside’s future. As such, it is committed to bringing people of diverse backgrounds and opinions together in an atmosphere that fosters cooperation and communication.

The Northsider Monthly newspaper is published on the first Friday of the month and is distributed to businesses and residents in the 45223 zip code. life & culture 45223

The Northsider is seeking monthly cover art submissions from local artists. Artists will be paid $40 for published covers. All 2 dimensional pieces will be considered. One stipulation of publication is that the piece or a print be donated to The Northsider Annual Art Auction Fundraiser. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be reinvested in a fund to support art projects in Northside. The remainder will help support the paper. If you are interested in having your artwork considered:

email: Subject line: Cover Art Submission

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ruth’s parkside to host fundraiser feast

THE NORTHSIDE COMMUNITY FUND of the GREATER CINCINNATI FOUNDATION Since 2004, NCF/GCF has invested over $50,000 in promoting the following Northside projects.


Ludlow Ave. Viaduct Banners


CAIN Kids Corner Project Blockwatch 45223’s painted window panels CAIN Pay-a-Kid Program Gardners Row on Witler, water meter NCC Porch Tour Event Sponsorship Farmers Market Paid Manager Support Northside Business District Banners


CAIN Earn and Learn Program NBA 4th of July Rock-n-Roll Concert NCC Safety & Livability Committee Farmers Market Paid Manager Support


any of you have received a letter in the mail recently describing the work of the Northside Community Fund. This letter is well worth a second look if you haven’t already taken the time to digest it. Since 2005 the NCF has made grants in the amount of $49,665 dollars to projects and groups that are a vital part of the neighborhood. In the spirit of the work of the NCF, Ruth’s Parkside Café is hosting a Fundraiser Feast to help the Fund reach its endowment goal, thereby ensuring that it may more easily continue to fuel important activities in Northside. Ruth’s will be using the occasion of its first anniversary for this event, and

plans each year to use its anniversary to benefit a Northside non-profit. FOR MORE INFO: The Feast will take place Sunday, October 12, from 5-8:00. The $30 ticket includes a fabulous Ruth’s Parkside Café Buffet and music by the Faux Frenchmen. It’s a cash bar. Reservations require payment in advance, which you can do by visiting or calling Ruth’s at 542-RUTH(7884).You can also visit their website to view more details;

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Farmers Market Paid Manager Support Northside 4th/July Rock-n-Roll Support


CAIN Summer Earn & Learn Program Happen Inc. Art during the Farmers Market Farmer’s Market Hoffner Park rental fee NCC Porch Tour Event Sponsorship NCC 4th of July Parade Sponsorship Visionaries and Voices--banner design Ludlow Ave. Viaduct Banners


Farmer’s Market Hoffner Park rental fee NCC 4th of July Parade Sponsorship NCC Soccer Committee Scholarships Happen Inc. Holiday Wreath Project


Farmer’s Market Hoffner Park rental fee Dramakinetics Summer Stars Program MOBO Summer Bicycle Program North Presbyterian Community Block Party


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Apple Street Market on a Roll!

Photos from the Apple Street Spaghetti Dinner at North Presbyterian Church on September 20th. Photos: CUCI.


hanks to exceptional volunteers, Apple Street Market, the full service neighborhood grocery owned by its workers and the community, is getting closer to becoming a reality. In the last months . . . • Neighborhood architects have designed a store layout • A general contractor has been identified • We began working with AWG, an amazing distributor known for their quality, service, and affordability. They are a cooperative that is owned by their customers, the grocery stores they retail to. • 365 people have become com-

munity owners, and more than 400 people have pledged to become community owners • Our letter of intent for a Food Distribution grant to Interact for Health for $100K for store equipment was accepted and we have been invited to submit the full proposal. • We have had some awesome community events including a Spaghetti Dinner that was a tasty success this past Saturday. Over 75 neighbors participated in the delicious meal and informative presentation. 23 new people became community owners in the process. Additionally, $850 was raised for general Apple Street expenses as well as $150 for subsidized ownership shares. So, what do we need? We need 1500 community owners to begin construction on Apple Street. 1500 is the magic number that unlocks the escrow funds that Cincinnati Development Fund is holding. It also releases a low interest loan for construction and equipment. Are you ready to have a full service grocer in the neighborhood with exceptional service and high quality products at affordable prices?

Then help us out! Become a community owner today! Go to www. Community ownership shares cost $100 (or $10 for people that qualify for Medicaid expansion). Buying a share brings a variety of benefits including selected discounts, small patronage refunds in profitable years, a vote on the direction of the store, as well as the satisfaction of helping to bring a full-service neighborhood grocery store to life! Learn more at

BY Kristen Barker Kristen is the President of the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative. As a community organizer for the past 12 years, she fosters faith, labor & community partnerships. She is the mother of a resilient daughter with special needs. She is a lifelong Cincinnati resident (except 2 years in El Salvador) and lives in Northside.

Want to do more? Join us at the weekly volunteer meeting Wednesdays at 7pm at Happen/Toylab or the event planning team which meets Mondays at 7pm at Happen/Toylab. Together we will bring this grocery to life! For questions, or to get involved: • Casey Whitten-Amadon (Project Manager); (513) 368-9694 • Kristen Barker (CUCI President);

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Happen, Inc. Brings high tech to Toy Lab

(Left) A 3D bust of Happen participant Oscar. (Right) Happen Staff Justin holds a 3D print of himself. Photos: Happen Inc.


appen’s Toy Lab has long been a place where kids (and adults) can let their imaginations run wild and now, with the introduction of technology centered programs and projects the possibilities for new creative avenues continue to grow. Two years ago Happen, Inc. secured funding to purchase their own

3D printer to get in on the ground floor and be among the first local organizations to connect the community with this exciting new technology. Since that time they have been developing programming to bring 3D to Northside. The first of Happen’s 3D programs is called ‘BE3D’ and was debuted at the Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire at Cincinnati Museum Center in early September. BE3D is a truly

unique opportunity to have your likeness immortalized in 3D printed plastic. Using a hand-held 3D camera, Toy Lab professors scan a 3D copy of your likeness to be turned into one of a number of 3D creations. The scanning takes only 10 minutes and for just $36.00 you can choose which of our custom 3D products you’d like; a keychain, a refrigerator magnet, or a bust for your mantlepiece. You can even have just your head printed and then use that as part of Toy Lab’s classic toy building experience. Happen staff will print your design and it will be available for pick up in one

week. Happen is expanding their 3D printed offerings as the holidays draw near. As always, all proceeds from Happen’s Toy Lab help to pay for the free art activities offered at Happen’s Open Studio four days a week. If you’d like to make a reservation to be scanned call Happen’s Toy Lab at 513.751.2345. Happen is also announcing their first introductory coding classes for teens ages 13-17. Participants in the program will have the opportunity learn about how computer code is written and organized and will be able to write their own code using new Raspberry Pi computers at Happen. Future advanced classes will include designing and writing code for computer games and robotics. Sessions begin soon and will take place every other Thursday evening from 5:30pm 7:30pm. Teens must preregister and take part in Happen’s Teen Hall to participate in the coding classes. Contact Happen, Inc. at info@ for more information about their new high tech offerings. Art activities for parents & children 4201 Hamilton Ave (& Chase) HOURS: 3:30 - 7:30PM (Tue.-Thu.) 10am - 5PM (Sat.) (513)751-2345

BY TOMMY RUEFF Happen, Inc.’s founder and Executive Director

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music makers|INTERVIEW

Mark Utley of Bulletville


ou might remember a band called Magnolia Mountain from playing oh... just about everywhere in Cincinnati since around 2008. The man behind “Magmo” is/was Mark Utley, who recently put this band on ice and released a solo album, entitled Four Chords and a Lie in July of 2013. Although many of the musicians who appeared on this album were vets from his old band, a new name

the details WHO: Mark Utley and Bulletville WHAT: They play honky-tonk country WHEN: Every first Sunday of the month from 8:30-11pm WHERE: Northside Tavern 4163 Hamilton Ave Cincinnati, OH 45223 513-542-3603 8 vol. 1 | Issue 13 OCT 14’

has been established: Bulletville. This new faction promises to deliver a honky-tonk country sound. Studio time has been booked at Ultrasuede Studio in November 2014 to record a full-length Bulletville album with The Afghan Whigs’ John Curley producing, to be released in early 2015. **Bulletville will perform at Northside Tavern every first Sunday of the month from 8:30-11pm.** Here is the current line up of the band: Mark Utley - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar Renee Frye - Vocals Jeff Vanover - Electric Guitar John Lang - Pedal Steel Ricky Nye - Piano, Organ Kenneth Kimbrell - Bass Todd Drake - Drums, Percussion We took the opportunity to ask Mark Utley some questions so we could get to know him a little bit better:

I was outside a lot as a kid. Played pick-up sports all year round with the neighborhood kids. Rode my bike all over town. But I did spend a lot of time sitting on the pool table in our basement singing along to records, too. Did your parents play music? My mom played clarinet growing up. Her dad played tuba in a ragtime band around the time of World War I. I still have it on display at my house. My dad didn’t play, but he sang around the house all the time. A lot of Hank Williams, Eddy Arnold, Ray Price, that sort of stuff. One of the covers that Bulletville plays (“Make the World Go Away”) is always dedicated to him. Name or describe your dream musical instrument. Money is no object. A 50’s Gretsch Silver Jet. You get to jam with anyone in the world. Ever. Who is it? Hank Williams. Complete this sentence: “I’m so Northside, because…” I’m so Northside because trying to define what “I’m so Northside” even means kind of annoys me. I just like the openness, the diversity, and Photo: Michael Wilson the accepting vibe I feel there. I’m always attracted to places where people are just allowed to be who What was the last song you were listenthey are and not get shit for it. ing to? Describe the weirdest gig of your ca“You Haven’t Done Nothin’” by Stevie reer (up to this point.) Wonder A river camp gig I did back in my What were you listening to that song hometown in Indiana. As I’m singing, I on? (car stereo, elevator speakers, etc) see this guy seated at a table, staring Spinning it on vinyl as we speak.

I’m so Northside because trying to define what “I’m so Northside” even means kind of annoys me. I just like the openness, the diversity, and the accepting vibe I feel there. ” What was the first musical instrument you ever played? Tonette in the 4th grade. Were you allowed to go outside much when you were a kid?

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style and my facial hair in some way, large or small. There’s probably some psychological explanation in there somewhere, but I’ve never really cared enough to explore it. What is your favorite song you’ve written, and what inspired you to write it? Probably “The Southbound Lane”. Just a song about a girl. You’ve had quite an impressive number of musicians play with you over the years. What qualities do you look for in a band mate? Musicians who listen to what the other musicians in the band are doing. Musicians who understand that what you don’t play Mark Utley performs at Northside Tavern with Bulletville band members Ricky Nye (Piano), is as important as what you do. Kenneth Kimbrell (Bass), Jeff Vanover (Guitar) and singer Renee Frye. Photo: Sid Hatfield. Tasteful players who play in service to the song, not just to What do you usually eat for breakexperimenting with arrangements. show off their chops. And singers fast? When you dream at night, do you who love to sing harmony as much hear music? Coffee and cigarettes. as I do. What are your top 5 favorite alYes, I do. I often wake up with a What is the culture like at bums? melody in my head and rush to get Northside Tavern on a Sunday night? Who has been coming to it down before I lose it. I have a couple thousand albums your shows? What’s shaking in the next year or in my collection, so that’s a tough It’s really turned into something two for ya? one and would probably change fun, especially since we switched depending on the day you asked We’re recording a Bulletville reit from a smaller Magnolia me. Off the top of my head: Hank cord in November and releasing it Williams “40 Greatest Hits”, X in the spring. I’m going to do some Mountain Quartet format into a full-band Bulletville gig. The “Under the Big Black Sun”, Bob solo touring next spring and sumDylan “Blood on the Tracks”, Whis- mer. Working on routing something crowds have been great and we’re getting a lot of regulars keytown “Stranger’s Almanac”, The to and from Colorado right now, Cure “Pornography”. God, that and also wanting to get up around who keep coming back every month, some Northsiders, some leaves out so much. Next time ask the Chicago area again, plus me my Top 50 or something so I something down south with some of not. People dance and drink and can go into full-on geek mode. the other artists on our label, which hoot and holler. This style of music is great for playing in bars (hell, Name a movie title that describes is based down there. If I can get how you feel about the music indus- some Bulletville folks to go with me, it was born and raised in bars), so we have a really great time at try: I will. If not, I’ll just do it alone. the Tavern every month. “Dumb and Dumber”. How is Bulletville different from Magnolia Mountain? Who first told you that they liked your music? The biggest difference is that it’s BY ANDY HOPKINS more stylistically focused. BulletThe girl I wrote my first song about. Andyman Hopkins ville is just straight-up Country in Which is your favorite- live shows or is a local musician the old Honky Tonk style. Magnostudio recording? and/or an audio lia Mountain, even though it’s a lot engineer. He is a They’re such different things. I love of the same people, has always husband, a father, them both, but probably studio been all over the map musically. and a proud recording. I think of myself as more What prompted your recent hairNorthsider since 1992. He likes guitars, of a songwriter than a musician, cut? BB guns, Asian food, and hiking. Feel anyway, and I have so much fun free to drop him a line! AMSQmail@ Just felt like a change. I’m pretty putting songs together and much always changing my hairing instruments and harmonies, and life & culture 45223


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My Garlic harvest and a couple of Butternut squash. Photo: Ginger Dawson


he cooler temperatures and earlier sunsets are leading my thoughts to inside. That’s the way of Autumn. After five months of beautiful outdoor weather with engaging and gratifying garden projects, I am contemplating how to transition this pleasure to the interior sphere. It is the natural cycle of my life. I am a true Mid-Westerner. I love the change of seasons. I love it when, in the Spring, the asparagus pokes up its first few spears; I love the dead heat of Summer and how the tomatoes love it, too (actually, I like how the tomatoes love it more). I love the first cooler temperatures and the first sign of the leaves turning. My neighbor’s Locust tree leads the way and provides me with an excellent mulch which I just rake into the garden and turn into the dirt. It can’t be much easier than that. I love Winter. The wilder and deeper the snow, the more I like it. Bring it on

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Mother Nature! Show me what you’ve got! I find extreme weather a little scary and exhilarating. Thank God the adrenaline thrills of youth have morphed into something a little safer(?). I guess that’s why I am a gardener. I like nature up close and personal. With the seasonal turn and an effort to bring the garden into the house, I am considering some new, better methods of preserving some of my produce. Now, of course, I have canned tomatoes, made pesto, and frozen Swiss chard and peppers, etc…. But what I am focusing on now is how to store certain crops in cold storage. If you have a cooler spot in your house that will maintain a temperature of under sixty-five degrees, you can store some vegetables by just keeping them well-ventilated and in the dark. This is a storage method that, many times, utilizes a structure referred to as a root cellar. In past more agrarian times,

current organic farming catalogues and survivalist publications this was, and is, a typical tool. Gardening provides common ground for all! This method can be as simple or as complicated as you choose to make it. I choose simple. Plus, I don’t have a root cellar, I just have a basement. In the past, I’ve had reasonably good success storing garlic and butternut squash. I hadn’t been as particular about the conditions that I had for these successes, and I was lucky to have had them. They were stored in one layer in a couple of large baskets and covered with a towel. I didn’t monitor temperature and, upon further observation, it would have been better to have had it a little cooler. This is generally how I do everything with gardening. Get an idea, slap it out there, and see what happens! I do diligent preparation and reading to be as informed as I can, but my particular gardening setup probably will not match any one reference book, so I read all of them and try to discern which is the best plan, or combination of plans, to take. But, in the end, it is the simple DOING that teaches you. Every dumb decision or lucky accident teaches you. Currently, I am moving a thermometer around in my basement to find the coolest spot. I am hoping to find a good place to position a storage unit with pull out shelves to put all of my cold storage vegetables in. Garlic, butternut squash, and dried cayennes are marked for this. I am putting wheels on this piece, just in case I end up having to put it in front of the basement door. That may well be the optimum spot. I also have high hopes for the possibility of keeping green tomatoes here. I have heard that if you wrap them in newspaper, they will keep and and continue to ripen well into early Winter. It is worth the experiment. I hope it works. I don’t want to discover a whole shelf of rotten tomatoes. I have had enough of those in my life. I will also try storing apples. One of the very best things about Autumn is going to your favorite orchard and loading up

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on apples! Pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, bittersweet (if you’re lucky) are generally available too. I have been a customer of McGlasson’s on Route 8 in Hebron for many years. It’s always a pleasure to take that scenic ride along the river past Anderson Ferry dodging cyclists encased like sausages in gaudy spandex. I am 0 for 0. No casualties. OK, I was kidding about leaving adrenaline thrills behind. I am a hard case, I guess. In addition to food storage projects, it is time to slowly clean up the garden. Plant by plant, I go through and prune out and pull up plants as they end their run. It is easier to do it in stages, and this also gives you the opportunity to look at each plant and learn from it. How well did it do? Was it prolific? Did it suffer from any diseases? Or insects? How did it perform compared to its neighbors? There is a lot to be learned from this observation. Don’t let it escape! You will also need these observations to decide what to compost. Do not compost any plants that suffered from serious blight or insect infestation. Put those plants out with the trash, properly bagged. I have mentioned this before. It is that important. Give yourself a fighting chance. Soon, it will be time to plant garlic (which I have stored from this past season) and start the cycle all over again. I love the change of seasons. What thrills will the new season bring?

By ginger dawson Ginger Dawson has been a resident and urban gardener in the Mutter Gottes/Old Town Neighborhood and historic district in Covington, Kentucky for 26 years. She maintains a close affiliation with the Northside community as well. Contact:


(Left) Parker Woods. (Bottom Center) Bonomini Bakery. Photos: Peter Stevens. (Top Center) Donald Ross Mural. (Right) Children’s Park Mosaic. Photos: Kelly Walsh.


orthside’s business district has undergone slow but considerable development, as has much of the neighborhood itself. Yet, nestled in between new shops or on streets away from Hamilton Avenue are artifacts of the neighborhood – at once older or easily overlooked. Parker Woods, Bonomini Bakery, and Northside’s many urban art pieces offer a different way to experience Northside, and all are spaces worth (re)claiming. Off Haight Street sits Parker Woods – the northern limit of which was a 266-acre farm owned by the Langlands and sold to the Park Board in 1911. Visitors to and residents of Northside can enjoy hiking the trails at Parker Woods (where many of the original trees still stand) or using its playground equipment. For residents, Parker Woods can offer a reprieve from the bustle of Hamilton Avenue and the noise of the city. Test your endurance on the Buttercup trail, and be sure to look out for the wildflowers that grow throughout the woods.

Interested visitors or residents can also participate in efforts to beautify Parker Woods through Honeysuckle Pulls on October 4 and October 18, 2014 (both 10 AM-12 PM) or can take a winter walk through nearby Buttercup Valley on January 18, 2015 from 2-3 PM. Bonomini Bakery, like Parker Woods, is away from Hamilton Avenue but central to the neighborhood and its history. Operating in its Blue Rock location in Northside since 1976, Bonomini Bakery has provided the neighborhood with donuts, custards, breads, and a German dessert called paczki – evidently the best in the city. In 2014, Bonomini Bakery was even rated the 52nd best place to get a donut with “street cred” according to New York Magazine. Try a paczki or other sweet treat by stopping by Bonomini at 1677 Blue Rock St. Parker Woods and Bonomini Bakery are easy to spot, once you know where to look. Urban art pieces in the neighborhood, however, often go unnoticed; many are on street signs, in

alleys, and around the corner – literally. The mural on the side of the Wizard’s Computer Building on Hamilton Avenue is one of the best in the neighborhood. Created by Kansas City graffiti artist Donald Ross, the mural showcases the artist’s quintessential dreamlike style and fantasy characters. Ross also illustrated and co-wrote a children’s book, There’s an Octopus Under My Bed, which was published by Shake It in 2007. Another hidden gem in the neighborhood is the “Raymond Thunder-Sky Legacy Mural” on the side of Visionaries + Voices on Spring Grove Avenue. Antonio Adams, the current artist-in-resident at Thunder-Sky, Inc., whose show goes until October 10, created the mural as a tribute to Raymond Thunder-Sky; Thunder-Sky, a “construction clown” and self-taught artist, walked the streets of Cincinnati with his toolbox of art supplies and is celebrated as an outsider artist. The mosaic stone pieces at the Children’s Park at the corner of Fergus

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Street and Chase Avenue are perhaps the most easily overlooked art pieces in Northside; while Adam’s tribute to Thunder-Sky stands tall (literally – Thunder-Sky is almost giant-like in the Adam’s mural), the mosaic stone pieces are small and adorn the side entrance to the playground. The same pieces can be found throughout the playground as well. All of these hidden gems in Northside are at once found and hidden, visible and invisible. Take a walk around the neighborhood to see these gems – perhaps you’ll even discover new ones.

BY Alisa Balestra and Kelly Walsh Alisa Balestra is a Northside resident and is a Specialist-Project Management and Clinical Research Professional at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. You can find Balestra running the streets of Northside, hiking in Parker Woods, biking in the Spring Grove Cemetery, or eating delicious vegan eats around the neighborhood. Kelly Walsh is a Northside resident and communications specialist who organizes the Great American Cleanup each year. vol. 1 | Issue 13 OCT 14’



Emily Buddendeck

Artist/Curator/Retail Shop Owner


NVISION is divine. Every wall, dismily Buddendeck has many play-case, corner and window in her skills. I recently popped into store is beautiful and imaginative. I her shop, NVISION, 4577 joked that her mannequins could stop Hamilton Avenue, to ask traffic, and she mentioned hearing about her business, her connection that before. You are in your car, to Northside, and most importantly, about her role in the history of the Cincinnati art scene from the late ‘90’s until now. I have heard her name and seen her face since I moved back to Cincinnati in 2001, and one thing is clear: Emily is humble. She is soft-spoken and modest about her accomplishments, yet she is aware of her talents, which I find refreshing. She is not one to name drop, or list her awards or achievements, so writing about her successes was challenging. Although Emily is on the quiet side, she is very easy to talk to about the interesting life she has led. Six+ years ago, during the rise of the local D.I.Y. movement, Emily quit her job and opened a business in the vacant rental space next door to the Comet. Photo: Peter Stephens Although she had never run a retail store before, she wanted to provide a showcase that incorcoming around the Hamilton Aveporated her love of art, fashion and nue bend, you have the light, and design with her passion for vintage, boom… That Dress! I must have that hand-made items and sewing as dress. The most perfect shade of well as her experience as a curator. yellow, or purple, or lime green, or Her love is clear. Everything about 12 vol. 1 | Issue 13 OCT 14’

on the brand-new item, and her price was less than half! Pretty sure he won a Grammy or two, right? I think he can afford Northside. Emily moved to town from the Dayton area to attend DAAP at the University of Cincinnati, but decided the program was not for her. After winning a highly competitive City of Cincinnati Individual Artist Grant in 1998, Emily began to curate quarterly one-night-only’ art events at her Over the Rhine apartment, on 12th and Vine, calling the gallery Sanctum Sanctorum. A couple years and apartment galleries later, she was approached to become founding director of a Photo: Dave Cunningham much larger venue, the Mockbee Building, turning it into a gigantic three-story performance and cobalt blue. exhibition space on Central Parkway Emily knows her stuff. Her in Brighton, near Over the Rhine. In dedication to history is evident, and August 2001, she opened SSNOshe takes the time to learn and do VA (Sanctum Sanctorum Nonprofit research on the age, the designOrganization & Venue for the Arts) er, the era, and the worth of all of and began as the building’s first curator/director. During her two years there, she did amazing work, all volunteer, and produced programming that included countless exhibits, performances, and events. It was a golden age for the arts in Cincinnati, including large-scale works of art, fashion, puppetry, poetry, music and more. Plus, the parties were stellar. The venue hosted several shows a week, and partnered with the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati Film Society, UC’s DAAP and Art Academy programs, the International Sculpture Conference, and many other collaborators. Emily did it all, but after two years, she left to pursue work on a few other projects with other local arts non-profits, including coordinating a fascinating spoken word CD for InkTank, a (now defunct) writing and literacy center. Then she decidher products. The prices reflect it. ed to combine all of her skills and Just ask Bruno Mars, as he recently passions, and sewing. This lady is a shopped at NVISION. He questioned whiz with a needle. a price tag, and Emily pointed out that the original price tag was still

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Emily Buddendeck’s retail shop and exhibition space NVISION, located in Northside is filled wall to wall with handmade and vintage clothing, fashion accessories, art and furniture. Photos: Peter Stevens

Signs posted at NVISION remind us of her talents. She can alter almost anything, whether it is stuff you find at her shop, or clothes you bring for her to fix. According to Emily, the name NVISION was intended to endure growth. “I thought of names that begin with ‘re’ — refurbish, re-purpose, revision,” this led me to ‘envision’, which means imagine. Dropping the “e” leaves pronunciation the same,

and NVISION came into being.” NVISION revolves around the notion that one can imagine infinite possibilities with each item from the shop. NVISION is open Wednesday-Friday 2pm-9pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm- 9pm. NVISION has an exciting show opening in October, as part of the regional FOTOFOCUS series. Starting October 1, local photographer and Northsider Andrea

Millette will show her work: Girl Detective, photography and photo composites. Opening night is Saturday, October 11th 6-10PM. Any fan of Nancy Drew will need to investigate. For More Info: Stop In: 4577 Hamilton Ave. Northside Call: 513.542.4577 Email: Visit and shop online:

BY lora jost Lora Jost lives close by, works around the corner, and loves baseball.

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We are a progressive faith community where all are welcome at God’s table. We invite you to join us for Sunday worship at 10:30 AM, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest. Located behind Skyline at the corner of Clifton Ave and Ludlow, Clifton UMC has been a witness for social justice since its founding in 1892. In 1998, we became a Reconciling Congregation, joining a network of LGBTQ-friendly Methodist churches emphasizing diversity and inclusion. life & culture 45223

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health & Wellness|SOME SERIOUS PLAY


f you attended Cincy Summer Streets in Northside, you witnessed—and maybe participated in—all kinds of activity, from walking, bike riding, and dancing all the way to BMX biking and skateboarding. What do all these activities have in common? You start where you start, then through trial and error you gradually master the skill at a level at which you are satisfied. If you are lucky, you move because it is enjoyable. While there may be teachers to help you hone the craft, the best teacher is playing with the process. Playing with movement Somatic education is the process of living through the learning body. This field values efficiency, pleasure, function, respect, play, mistakes, and curiosity, all in the name of developing better movement. Better movement equals better health. You may want to move better to perform better. Or you may want to find a way to make movement possible and pleasurable again. Somatic education is a tool for accomplishing either. Future Life Now hosted somatic

Your Holistic Health Center

movement opportunities throughout the day at Cincy Summer Streets. Specifically, we introduced people to Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, Bones for Life, and Walk for Life. The extra lively environment may not have been ideal for self awareness, but the activities did give a sense of the process and the pleasure of learning. How? By capitalizing on these known facts about the brain. Your brain loves to help you: Solve puzzles. Feel the power of alignment. Engage in rhythm and connection. Navigate from here to there. In the photos you can see the fun we had. We invited people to experience one particularly big mega movement puzzle to solve which you will see with the books on the hands. Can you imagine this? Step 1: Find four books. Step 2: Lie on your back. Step 3: Place a book on each hand and each foot. Step 4: Turn over onto your front without dropping any of the books. Okay, so there are few more steps than those four, but you get the idea. Typically this will take many hours of play, and in that process books will be dropped, flexion and extension capabilities developed, hip and shoulder rotation honed, ankle flexion required, attention to sensation, along with the ability to track multiple events at one time, deep-

ened, timing refined and the ability to use ground force emerge. All the while you are also learning about your own sensation and how to move safely and without pain. The emotional bonus Besides these physical goodies, somatic education helps develop emotional intelligence. In the movement lessons, you may discover a tendency to whine, become competitive, push through pain, despair and quit, laugh or whatever. Unhelpful habits in physical and emotional movement patterns become self-evident with the right puzzle and environment. Once awareness dawns, doing something new becomes a real option instead of traveling down the same old wore down path to injury or frustration. In a nonjudgmental setting, each person is able to unravel compulsions in motor coordination and create new possibilities. Want to recreate your life from the inside out? Give a somatic education a try.

BY Cynthia M. Allen Cynthia Allen is a partner in Future Life Now which specializes in wellbeing and growth. She is an expert in walking, joint health and just about anything related to movement as a Feldenkrais Practitioner and Senior Trainer in Movement Intelligence. Reach her at 513.541.5720, www.futurelifenow. com, or email her at CynthiaAllen@





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EPISODE NO.2 A Canopy of Stone

Mossy bone pile Found in the forest Railway cars Sit in valleys Of red desert Asking where They came from again

Sitting By the phone With nothing else To wonder about They await calls From inside fissures Paint flakes down On shoulders Dust settles lightly On everything

The wonder Of eternal tombs

Record grooves Like depthless wells A needle Dragged across veins Cliffs and stones Hold keys To where the missing are And where the future Will hold the uncertain

Crimson Scribbles

The shadow creeps Its way into The never-ending dawn A sunrise Of mercy Upon the waiting

Beings transform This into their own And enlighten The ones below Foretold of In the past He emerges To give strength Of ocean And height Of mountains To weak And to broken

Vines soak in the rain And climb up The walled city Hearing whispers Below hoods Above hands

Open envelopes Spill letters unread Pouring words Dyed red with wine Blood and tears Ink mingles in

Words wrap Like arms Around the only comfort These pages Floodgates of skin Open and release All held within These bars of flesh Cold to touch Cold to be The blood In the inkwell Of all

BY brandon E. Niehaus Brandon E. Niehaus has a shoebox full of ideas and occasionally picks one out to focus on. He also enjoys dogs, pocket knives, and reading.

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WordPlay Introduces Writer-in-Residence Program


he local non-profit organization WordPlay has recently added another dynamic to its ranks that will help further its creative writing curriculum. With the help of a grant from the Andrew Jergens Foundation, a foundation that focuses on the health, education and social welfare of children in the Greater Cincinnati area, WordPlay is able to form a writer-in-residence program for the 2014-15 academic year. The program is the first of its kind in the area, as writing residencies are typically housed at universities or colleges. Essentially, two writers will be added to WordPlay’s roster, one of which will be a professional, and the other will be a graduate student in the creative writing field. “The idea is that our professional writer will not only work directly with our kids and contribute to our creative writing curriculum, but will serve as a pedagogical guide for our graduate student resident, as well as our volunteer writing instructors” said Libby Hunter, co-founder and Executive Director of WordPlay. “Now that we have our main after-school programs firmly established, we are ready to bring a deeper level of impact to the children we serve.”

Hunter said the Writers will not only benefit the students, but will also be able to assist the tutors and help them better understand the basics of teaching creative writing. Serving as WordPlay’s professional-level Writer is Pauletta Hansel, author of numerous collections of poetry and long-time teacher of poetry and creative writing to all ages. In this capacity, Hansel will perform duties that will range from creating writing prompts and projects for students to leading a monthly writing circle for tutors and editing WordPlay’s first collection of student writing, slated for spring 2015. “I am excited to be selected to be WordPlay’s first Writer in Residence,” Hansel said. “WordPlay is a courageous and energetic literary organization, and I had the privilege of working with the Enter Stage Right Group earlier this year. One focus now will be on writing with the young people who come to WordPlay for its daily offerings of homework help and creative activity.” The role of the graduate student-level Writer will be split between two people; Woody Skinner, a PhD candidate at UC, and Theresa Kulbaga, a long-time WordPlay writing instructor and English professor

education: YOUTH

at Miami University. Hunter said that the division of the graduate-level (Left) WordPlay Writer-in-Residence, Theresa Kulbaga, works with a young student on a creative writing project. (Right) Writer-in-Residence Pauletta Hansel role between two and Lauren Lovette working with Aiken teens during WordPlay’s 10-week pagepeople is to-stage workshop, Enter Stage Write in Spring, 2014 Photos: WordPlay temporary and 3-5 pm. For more information on will be assigned to only one graduate enrolling your student for WordPlay’s student in 2015. They will issue a rewriting programs, contact 513-541quest for proposals to area creative 0930, or email info@wordplaycincy. writing programs in November 2014 org. to fill that role. Now in its third year, WordPlay “Having this level of writing is taking on multiple projects and instruction available to students as an programs around Cincinnati, including enhancement of our after-school and their management of 6 high school Saturday programs is very exciting,” teams for the Louder Than Bombs Hunter said. “This way, not only are poetry competition, due to take place the children who come for our crein 2015. ative writing workshops receiving FOR MORE INFO: Visit us online at top-notch writing instruction, but the and www. students attending tutoring sessions facebook/wordplaycincy email us at have a chance to work with the, or call 513er-in-Residence, too.” 260-8129. WordPlay Writers-in-Residence oversee young writers circles on ThursBY Bryan Shupe day evenings at 5 pm, Saturdays at noon and 2 pm and are available in Bryan Shupe is WordPlay’s journalism intern the writing center Monday afternoons for the fall semester 2014.

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Introduction: Cancer affects the whole life of a person. There is a need for support at every key stage of learning about your cancer, choosing treatments, having the cancer interventions, and the healing process. At any time, the person/ patient may be confused about what is the best step. Some of this confusion may grow out of the lack of clear communication between healthcare staff, family members, and the difficulty of the kind of cancer. Facing the unknown about being diagnosed with cancer is rarely positive without ongoing, trusted, truthful, and strong support. We know that a patient facing cancer with support has a better chance of successful treatment than a person left alone and without support. (H. Freeman, MD and R. Rodrieguez, MPH, History and Principles of Patient Navigation, Cancer, 8/1/11). We want to introduce a kind of cancer support we call, “radical.” What do we mean by “radical?” It is radical to have patient support for every step of the cancer process. It is radical for the patient to develop an outside system of support to question medical and social conditions facing the patient and to tie this knowledge into future practice. It is radical to have a support team that appears in the doctor’s office prepared to assist in the questioning of ambiguous terms as well as to appear in the hospitals as a group committed to excellent cancer treatment. Being treated in a doctor’s office, or a hospital, or a treatment center, is often overwhelming for the patient and may result in a confusion about what is excellent cancer treatment. A support team or a small group of people, committed to following every key aspect of treatment, can make a world of difference, perhaps even life over death. Support for the cancer patient needs to happen irrespective of economic class. The poor face a set of barriers that discourage participation by making entry into the health systems so difficult and, often times, too costly. Suspicion about having cancer is no different for poor people. Doctors and hospitals can be thought to be out of the question due to expense. The priorities of health clinics 18 vol. 1 | Issue 13 OCT 14’

may not be aligned with cancer patients. The opportunity for screening and testing may be limited and the follow up may be haphazard. Poor people may feel that cancer just has to be lived with no matter what their feelings are about survival. It is not surprising that poor people have a greater mortality from cancer than non-poor; it is unsurprising but an outrage (A. Gawande, The Hot Spotters: Can we lower medical costs by giving the neediest patients better care? New Yorker, 2011.) Health professionals have historically minimized any serious systematic treatment of the poor and the result has been devastating for poor communities in Cincinnati and across the United States.(A. Natale-Perra, K. Enand, L. Nevarez, and L. Jones, The role of Patient Navigation in eliminating health disparities, Cancer, 2011, 117: 3541-3350. Cancer facts and figures for African Americans: 2013-2014, American Cancer Society, 2014.) A support system for every patient: Every cancer patient needs the option of a supportive system that fosters learning about the realities of their cancer throughout their entire experience of living with cancer. The psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis can upset anyone who has to plan their life around fighting cancer and living out their personal responsibilities. Even those patients familiar with hospitals, doctors, and superficial information about cancer, can be totally baffled at every major point in constructing a plan that is realistic, helpful, and optimistic. The communication between patient and doctor may suffer due to cultural barriers. Patients are unaware of the nuances of cancer as a disease and the potential strategies that could be tried. Patients may have a desire for clarity, for understanding the chances for a limited or full life, and for the steps required for survival. The doctor’s culture may not include the patient’s worries or ignorance of what is facing the patient. Too often the doctor may resort to suggesting that “everything is alright” without even defining just what this statement really means. The patient’s culture may be suggesting suspicion about what the doctor is suggesting, especially when the patient has heard of “experimental treatments” or “tests” that have little meaning except to benefit the doctor or the hospital. Poor patients may feel so frightened by what the doctor is saying or not saying that the courage and necessity for treatment may be undercut.


In order to help the patient overcome the barriers to diagnosis and treatment, a support system needs to be in place within the hospital and, where possible, for each patient through some form of patient navigation. The hospital’s support system may include a volunteer at the “Welcome Desk” that gives materials about cancer to the patient, and a navigator that can connect the patient to some medical/nursing part of the hospital. This support system might include a commitment to help the patient with pressing and critical social needs, i.e., transportation costs, day care, costs for medical treatment. The navigator might also suggest a person that could be a mentor for the patient, a cancer survivor, and the navigator might also suggest that the patient needs her/his own support team. Everyone needs a roadmap on the first trip to the hospital or clinic and poor patients may need a guide for their experience. Without support at the hospital or the clinic, the chance of the patient making the necessary choices for good health are vastly limited. With support, both from the hospital and personal resources, the patient can enter the cancer journey with the knowledge that a caring process is at work for and with them. (J. Lunstead-Holt, T. Smith,and J.Layton, Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-Analysis Review, PLoS Med 7[7]: e1000316, 2010.) The group support system: Groups of friends, family, and mentors can make a powerful difference in the life of the cancer patient. Both of the authors of this article have participated in the cancer support process and one of us has survived colon cancer. Creating a group of friends to watch every major step, reflect with the cancer patient on options, keep a medical journal, document progress, and provide vital support, has made a powerful difference in cancer survival. Here is part of a journal by one of us on the starting of a cancer support group. The name of the patient has been changed. “Barbara called us together for lunch at her house for a conversation about what she hoped and needed from us during the bone marrow transplant. We talked about how the support circle would work. Our conversation ended with agreement to cover much of Barbara’s stay in shifts, and we mapped out a schedule for the first month of her stay. We would not be there during the late evening hours but the rest of the day was covered. We wanted our eyes and ears there for Barbara... How would


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we keep Barbara aware of what was happening knowing that there would be times when she mighty not be conscious was a major question. We decided to to create a large board where we could post our weekly schedule so that she would always know who would be with her... We also know it was important to schedule time for us to meet as a group to talk about how things were going and how we were feeling personally... We wanted to understand more about what to expect, what we could and not do. We also wanted the nursing staff to understand how we hoped to support their care of Barbara and watch over our friend... Barbara experienced a remarkable recovery during two of her transplants, leaving the staff somewhat surprised and us very grateful. We were told many times by the medical staff how important our presence had been to Barbara’s recovery...” (S. Wilke, personal journal.) This kind of group provides a model of what is possible for any patient who can either facilitate a group and/or seek assistance in putting together such a group. Clearly, the group provided support to the patient and may even have had positive affect on the treatment process. At minimum, a group of compassionate people had joined in making sure that the cancer process was carefully understood and supported. Conclusion: Taking steps toward support. All cancer hospitals have accreditation requirements coming up next year. One important standard focuses on patient navigation. Just what processes will arise in each of Cincinnati’s hospitals is still being worked on. The administrative obstacles facing each hospital are large and the more the more cancer patients come into the systems, the more resources for support may be stretched to levels that underserve the whole cancer population. Yet cancer hospitals have a commitment to outstanding quality healthcare for every patient. Will hospitals do more than a bare minimum? Or, will every patient enter into a compassionate culture of support?


BY Steve Sunderland and Sue Wilke Steve Sunderland, Northsider, is director of the Peace Village and a former professor of peace at the University of Cincinnati. Sue Wilke, Northsider, colon cancer survivor, is a retired P&G and non-profit executive.


Happen Northside: Happen’s Kid Film Critics

Reviews of Iron Man: Armored Adventures (Vol. 1) “I felt like it didn’t keep you entertained as much as the live action one. I didn’t think about a teenager being Iron Man. I would give this movie 2 out of 5 stars” -Henry “It was ok. I thought it was lot different than the live action movie. I would give it 3 out 5 stars.” -Oscar


Iron Man: Armored Adventures (Vol. 1) he comic book craze has swept the box office with live action films dominating ticket sales to such an extent that it no longer feels like a genre devoted to a younger fan base. Marvel Comics (and Disney’s Marvel films) are at the forefront of this trend, but on the animated side, the comic book maker hasn’t forgotten about young audiences. Iron Man: Armored Adventures (Vol. 1) boldly re-imagines Tony Stark, the creator of the technology and the man living inside the Iron Man armor, as a teenager, with a brandnew origin story that plays out in the two-part introduction to the series (“Iron, Forged in Fire”). Happen’s Kids Critics screened the first two episodes along with a third (“Secrets and Lies”) in order to let you know whether or not the teenage Tony Stark/Iron Man has what it takes to make them forget about Robert Downey, Jr. as the live action hero.

Each month, Happen’s Kid Film Critics received their own official Happen film critic packet and a press badge. TT Stern-Enzi, Cincinnati film critic, provided insight about the film and guided the children as they wrote this month’s film reviews. Read the reviews, and be sure to watch Armored Adventures (Vol. 1).

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events calendar – october

FIND OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND NORTHSIDE THIS MONTH. ONGOING EVENTS: First Monday – Northside Business Association Monthly Meeting @ Happen, Inc. 4201 Hamilton Ave. (6PM) The Northside Business Association is a resource for all Northside Businesses and works to continually improve the neighborhood. More info: call 513-5414745 or email: bdemske@el`

Third Monday (Fourth Monday January and

February) – Northside Community Council Monthly Meeting @ McKie Rec Center 1655 Chase Ave. (7PM) Get involved with issues that directly affect our community! The NCC is a volunteer, community-based organization that provides an opportunity for all individuals in the community to participate in Northside’s present and to chart Northside’s future.

Every other Monday – The Qtet @ Northside

Tavern 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9PM) Influences range from Miles Davis to Van Halen. Jazz. Front room. Cost: Free

Every other Monday – Northside Jazz

Ensemble @ Northside Tavern 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9PM) From Funk, Reggae and Soul to Rock, Free Jazz, Blues and straight-ahead Jazz and back again, this tight four-piece puts familiar tunes in a brand new bag. Jazz. Front room. Cost: Free.

Every Tuesday – Movies & Games @

Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library 4219 Hamilton Ave. (3PM) For information, call 513-369-4449

Every Tuesday – Teen Movie Madness @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library 4219 Hamilton Ave. (3PM) For information, call 513-369-4449 Every Tuesday – Zumba @ McKie Center (6PM) 1655 Chase Avenue. ”If you are perfect don’t come”- you’ll ruin our demographic. Every Tuesday – Bike Night @ The Comet 4579 Hamilton Ave. (7pm) Motorcycle enthusiasts gathering. Free. Bikes, Burritos and Brews. Every Tuesday – Artist In Residency: Aaron Collins (Comprador/SHADOWRAPTR) @ The Comet 4579 Hamilton Ave. (10pm) Free. Indie/Folk. Every Tuesday – Cinthesizer @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (7pm) Free. Electronic. Every Tuesday – Rap Karaoke w/ Immortal

Meteor @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (10pm) Free. Hip Hop. www.thechameleonclub. com

Every Monday – Crawlers & Climbers @

Every Tuesday – Trivia Tuesday @ Mayday (8PM) Trivia every Tuesday, with prizes and specials. Cost: Free. 4227 Spring Grove Ave.

Every Monday – The Marburg Collective @

Third Tuesday– Square Dance @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (8-10:30 pm) All dances taught. Live music by the Northside Volunteers. Beer on tap. Suggested donation $5-10 to caller. It’s hip, it’s what’s happening. Each month features a different caller and live old-time music and dance. Historic tavern, resonate wooden floor for dancers, small stage for all-volunteer band. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center (10:3011:15am) $10 per class. Children are offered an array of fun motor activities in an encouraging, safe, soft environment. www. The Comet 4579 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Indie/Jazz.

Every Monday – Adult Pictionary & Prank

Calls w/ Steven Walls (Vampire Weekend at Bernie’s) @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (11pm) Free. Game Show/Comedy.

Every Monday – Trivia @ Northside Tavern

4163 Hamilton Ave. (8PM) Cost: Free. www.

Every Monday – Bomb’s Away Comedy Open

Mic @ Mayday (8PM) Cost: Free. 4227 Spring Grove Ave.

Every tuesday– JitterBugs @ Cincinnati

Family Enrichment Center (10:30-11:15) Ages 18 months to 3 years. $10 per class. This unique movement class for beginners introduces basic terminology and the fundamental movements of ballet, modern, African and creative dance! www. 20 vol. 1 | Issue 13 OCT 14’

Oct 14 Gabe Popkin (Washington DC) Nov 11 Tamara Loewenthal (Bloomington IN) Dec 16

T Claw & Fiddle Pie (Boulder CO)

First wednesday– The Chris Comer Trio @ The Listing Loon 4124 Hamilton Ave. (8PM) A piano based jazz trio. Cost: Free. More info: Every Wednesday – Open Shop @ Mobo Bicycle CoOp 1415 Knowlton Ave. (69PM) Come work on your bike. For info: or mobobicyclecoop@ Every Wednesday – Kreative Kids @

Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library 4219 Hamilton Ave. (3PM) Ages

5-12. For info call 513-369-4449


Every Wednesday – Northside Farmers Market @ Hoffner Park 4104 Hamilton Ave. (4-7PM) This twelve-month market brings tri-state farmers to the city of Cincinnati to sell their produce, meat, eggs, crafts and fruit. NFM prides itself on bringing fresh and locally produced food to the vibrant community of Northside. More info:

Every first & third Thursday – Comedy

Every Wednesday – Live Acoustic Wednesdays @ Bistro Grace 4034 Hamilton Ave (6:309pm) we support local events, breweries and musicians. We are centrally located in thre Northside. We have quality food at reasonable prices and a full bar. We offer happy hour prices, drink specials and half off wines. Come join our friendly staff and enjoy our beautiful patio. Free.

Night w/ Andrew Rudick @Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. www.

LAST Thursday – Folk & Fiction @ The Listing Loon 4124 Hamilton Ave. (6-11PM) Reading and musical performances. Cost: Free. More info: final friday – cartRAGE (Chip-tunes) @

The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9PM) Free. Electronic / Chiptunes. www.

Every Saturday – Signing Safari @ Cincinnati

Family Enrichment Center (11:30-12:15) Ages 6 to 35 months. $10 per class. Join your child in singing, signing, playing, & rhyming!

Every Wednesday – Karaoke @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (8pm) Free. Karaoke.

Every SATURDAY – Zumba @ McKie

Every Wednesday – Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke @ Northside Tavern 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9PM) Live band karaoke. Back room. Cost: Free.

Every Saturday – International Folk Dancing

Third Wednesday – Learning Lab Gathering

hosted by Starfire @ McKie Center (6PM) 1655 Chase Avenue. Citizens are gathering every month to meet-up over community building and inclusion. The gatherings are a springboard for people’s ideas around community related projects, as well as opportunities to learn from local citizens. Hosted by Starfire, free, and open to all. Each gathering begins with a potluck. For information

Every Thursday – Zumba Class @ Northside Presbyterian Church Thurday (7PM) 4222 Hamilton Ave. ”If you are perfect don’t come”you’ll ruin our demographic. Every Thursday – International Folk Dancing @ Clifton Community Arts Center, 7-9 PM. Line/circle dances from Eastern Europe/ Middle East. No partners necessary, no experience necessary. Teaching available. For information, call 541-6306 or e-mail Cost $3.

Center (12PM) 1655 Chase Avenue. ”If you are perfect don’t come”- you’ll ruin our demographic. @ Twin Towers’ Hader Room (8-10:30 PM). Line and circle dances from Eastern Europe/ Middle East. No partners necessary, no experience necessary. Teaching available 8-9 PM. For information, call 541-6306 or e-mail Cost: $5. 5343 Hamilton Ave.

Every Second Saturday – Northside Second Saturdays (6-10PM) Come see art, shop, imbibe and eat in one of Cincinnati’s most creative and diverse neighborhoods. Featuring new art openings, later hours, bar drink specials, interactive events and promotions that vary monthly with participating businesses. Every Second Saturday – Hook & Ladder (Vinyl Night) w/ Margaret Darling (The Seedy Seeds, Devout Wax) @ Chameleon 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Vinyl / Variety. Every Second Saturday – Galaxie Art Show & Skate Park Fundraiser @ Galaxie Skate Shop, 4202 Hamilton Ave. (6pm) Free. Art.

Every Thursday – Slow and Steady Bike Ride @ Leaves from Hoffner Park 4104 Hamilton Avenue (7PM) Cost: Free. Join this welcoming and easy bike ride.

Every Second Saturday – Basement Reggae w/ Abiyah & Grover @ The Comet, 4579 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Reggae. www.

Every Thursday – Karaoke with Bree @ Boswell’s, 1686 Blue Rock. (8pm) Free. Great food, great drinks, great karaoke!

first sundays– Bulletville @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Live music. Front room. Free.

third sundays– DJ Harv @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Front room. Free.

Every Thursday –The D.B. Jazz Duet @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (7pm) Free.

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NORTHSIDE SCENE Final sundays– The Tillers @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Live music. Front room. Free. every sunday–SUNIGHT w/ Josiah Wolf (of

Why?) @ The Comet 4579 Hamilton Ave., Free. Indie/Improvisational. www.cometbar. com

Every Sunday– Comet Bluegrass Allstars @

The Comet. (7:30PM & 9PM) The Comet house band plays two sets every Sunday. Cost: Free. 4579 Hamilton Ave.

Weekdays –– OPEN STUDIO @ Happen, Inc.

4201 Hamilton Avenue. 3:30 - 7:30PM (Tue.Thu.) & 10am - 5PM (Sat.)

UPCOMING EVENTS: Thursday, October 2– Royal Holland @

Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free.

Frday October 3 – The Healing Effects of Low

Intensity Vibration @ Future Life Now, 4138 Hamilton Avenue., Suite B (10-11:30am). With Cynthia Allen. Learn about this exciting intervention that has been found to help reverse osteoporosis, obesity and musculo-skeletal pain, and preserve muscle mass. Each will have opportunity to experience low intensity vibration. Refreshments, handouts, all free. Call 513-541-5720.

Friday, October 3 – Valley of the Sun & The

Killtones @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Hard Rock.

Saturday, October 4 – Toilet Training without

Tears @ Bethesda North Hospital (10am) There are three things you cannot make a child do: eat, sleep or poop! Tired of negative comments from family members about your child still being in diapers? Frustrated by your child’s resistance to use the potty? Don’t even know where to begin? With toilet teaching “programs” claiming your child can be “trained” in as quickly as a day, how do you know what the right “toilet teaching” philosophy is for you? During this two-hour workshop we’ll discuss physical, intellectual and psychological readiness signs, strategies

to prevent resistance and reduce fears, dealing with accidents, regression, and relapses, common mistakes, and whether establishing a reward system is right for your family. $30/single or couple. mycfec@

Saturday, October 4 – Comprador w/

Cliffs, Emily & The Complexes, and more @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave., Free. Rock.

Thursday, October 9 – Craft Night @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave., (7pm) Free. Friday, October 10 – Majestic Man @ Northside

Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Rock.

Saturday, October 11 – Art Show Opening

Night: Special Effects with Brayer by Nikki Orlemann @ Future Life Now, 4138 Hamilton Avenue., Suite B (6:30 to 8:30 pm) Show Runs: October 11 - December 31. FREE. 513-5415720.

Monday, October 13 – Reversing Aging With

Movement Intelligence @ Future Life Now, 4138 Hamilton Avenue., Suite B (6 to 7:45 pm) FREE. Experience for yourself how classes with Cynthia can help you look and feel younger.Bring a mat or blanket to lie on and a towel for support. “Through these approaches, I have found freedom from life-long challenges.” Cynthia Allen. Call 513-541-5720

friday October 17–The Civic Garden Center

presents the Queen City Tree Revival @ on the patio and CGC grounds 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206. This event is a call to action for tri-state area residents to take advantage of fall’s favorable planting conditions, but also to recognize and celebrate the many benefits that trees offer. Friday night will kick off the event with Brews & Blues – a casual social evening of beer tastings from several local brewers, live music and light bites from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For more info visit www.civicgardencenter. org. Phone: 513-300-6090

Saturday, October 18 – Baby-led Weaning

& First Foods @ Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave (12:30pm) Breastfeeding provides all of baby’s nutrition for the first six months of life, but what next? Learn all of your baby’s signs of readiness for starting solids, some of the best first foods, how to let your baby be a participant in the process, and how to make the process a smooth and easy transition for the whole family. We’ll also discuss when’s, why,’s and how’s of weaning your baby from the breast. $10/single or couple. www.

Saturday, October 18 – The Civic Garden

Center presents the Queen City Tree Revival @ on the patio and CGC grounds 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206. This event is a call to action for tri-state area residents to take advantage of fall’s favorable planting conditions, but also to recognize and celebrate the many benefits that trees offer. Saturday’s Extreevaganza! will be a full day of fun for both adults and children. From 9am5pm, visitors can enjoy many attractions on the beautifully landscaped CGC grounds: uniquely selected trees for sale, a children’s puppet show, vendors, food and drinks and several interactive learning stations - most notably, information and representatives from Taking Root. The cost for Saturday’s event is free. For more info visit www. Phone: 513-300-6090

Saturday, October 18 – ROE w/ Counterfeit

Money Machine, Head in the Louds, & Varquis @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave., Free. Rock.

Sunday, October 19 – Dark Colour w/ Near

Death Objects @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave., Free. Indie.

Monday, October 20 – Infant Massage @

Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave (7pm) Touch is a primal need, and the first important mode of communication between a parent and their new baby. Nurturing touch communicates love, the main ingredient for physical and emotional growth and wellbeing. “Infant massage” improves sleep patterns,

strengthens immunity, enhances neurological development, encourages weight gain, improves muscle tone, and stimulates digestion, relieving gas and constipation. $30/single or couple. mycfec@gmail. com

Saturday, October 25 – Easing In Fitness @

Future Life Now, 4138 Hamilton Avenue., Suite B (9am-12pm). You know you need to exercise consistently, but you are having a hard time getting started, or a hard time sticking with it. You are not alone—the problem is universal. Easing In Fitness is a behavior-change process that removes obstacles to consistent exercise so that you can enjoy all the amazing benefits of being fit and healthy. All you need to bring is something to write with (no fitness activities required in this session), and we will transform how you think about, relate to, and experience exercise. $75. Register at 513-541-5720.

Saturday, October 25 – Mr. The Kid w/ Shiny

Old Soul @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave., Free. Progressive Funk. www.thechameleonclub. com

Friday, October 31 – Halloween Party with The Hiders & The Perfect Children @ The Littlefield/ Pallet 23, 3934 Spring Grove Ave. (10pm) We will catch you in our ...death bag! Friday, October 31– Counterfeit Money Machine, Meiosis, Eugenius, & MVLAMBA @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave., Free. Electronic/Dance. Friday, October 31 – LOOKUP @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Indie/ Dance. saturday November 1 – HorrorHound Halloween Bash @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Halloween ain’t over until WE say it’s over! Come celebrate one final night of fright with a slew of amazing horrorinfluenced rock – coinciding with FOUER stellar new HorrorHound Records’ musical releases. Live, on stage: Silent Horror, The Big Bad, Harley Poe and The Loveless. Costumes encouraged, prizes awarded.

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Photos: Tina Gutierrez On Sunday, August 24th, the Northside neighborhood was the host when the Cincy Summer Streets festival closed large sections of both Hamilton Avenue and Blue Rock Road. Cincy Summer Streets opened up the city’s largest public space - our streets - to create a car-free space for everyone to play, run, walk, bike, skate, dance, create art, connect with their neighbors, and support local businesses. Over forty different events occurred over a five-hour period within the one mile-plus open street area, and attendance was estimated at 5000-plus. Interact for Health and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation graciously sponsored the event. Let’s do it again next year! By: James Heller-Jackson. 22 vol. 1 | Issue 13 OCT 14’

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