Downtown

This area is generally South of Central Parkway down to the River, in between 71 and Central Avenue.

Taft Theater

Nov
11
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Location

317 East Fifth Street
45202 Cincinnati , OH
Phone Number: 
513.232.6220
Number of Stages: 
2
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Street, Garage
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The CAC Experiment

Jan
26


The CAC Staff went on a little adventure. Here's what they had to say:

"Change Your Perspective! Art isn't only found in museums, it is all around us. Is that a strange thing for us, a museum, to say out loud? Maybe, but it's still true. And so--having a mission primarily focused on providing access to art--the Contemporary Arts Center staff decided it was time to take things into our own hands and spread that message in our community. In order to encourage people to notice their surroundings in a different way, we set out to cause a tiny change in their daily routine. For this, the first installment of The CAC Experiment, we surprised our neighbors waiting at the bus station with a free ride. Where will we do it next? Stay tuned."
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Midpoint Locals - Best of the Best

Sep
22
For those looking for the best of Local Cincinnati Music at this year's Midpoint festival, here are my recommendations:

Straw Boss: Thursday 9:00 PM at Southgate House Lounge
The Seedy Seeds: Thursday 10:30 PM at Contemporary Arts Center
The Tillers: Thursday 11:30 PM at Madonna's Bar & Grill‎
The Lions Rampant: Friday 6:30 PM at Grammer's
Heartless Bastards: Friday 9:30 PM at Grammer's
The Chocolate Horse: Friday 11:00 PM at Havana Martini Club
The Kentucky Struts: Friday 12:00 AM at Arnold’s Bar and Grill
The Sundresses: Friday 12:00 AM at Blue Wisp Jazz Club
Pomegranates: Friday 12:00 AM at Know Theatre Upstairs
Eat Sugar: Saturday 6:30 PM at Grammer's
Jake Speed and the Freddies: Friday 8:30 PM at Washington Platform
You, You’re Awesome: Saturday 10:30 PM at Contemporary Arts Center
Wussy: Saturday 11:00 PM at Know Theatre Upstairs
Buffalo Killers: Saturday 12:00 AM at Southgate House Ballroom
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If You Are Going to Midpoint

Sep
21

Midpoint is a tremendously fun event. That being said, you might want to plan out your weekend before jumping into it, unless you want to play musical roulette with your ear drums.

For the hardcore music fan, nothing will surpass your own judgment. You need to log onto www.mpmf.com and listen to all of the group’s MySpace pages yourself. Yes, this will take about two days, but nothing is too good for you.

Ok, so if you are not that much of a fanatic about your music and would like some help, well I’ve got some ideas for you. Before I get into some band names, you need to first identify how you want to attend the festival. There are several ways, but lets focus on the most affective methods. When thinking about this I’m going to assume you are getting a three day pass. There are no single day passes this year, so if you plan on going more than one day to more than one venue, you should cough up the $29 bucks for the three day pass. The three main types of fan are the following cleverly named categories:

1. The Floater

2. The Traveler

3. The Focused Planner

The Floater is out to see as much music as possible, and will float around and take chances on bands. The best preparation for a Floater is to plan out your time. Know what bands are playing when, and then catch half a set here, and half a set there. It is nice to have the freedom to hear a few songs of a band you’ve never heard of and if they suck or aren’t of your taste (to put it more pleasantly), then you can hit another band playing near by that you do know and can support. This is great way to see local bands you like and want to support, but weren’t your first option, since you’ll have more chances to see them.

The Traveler has set destinations and a schedule to keep. They have planned to see bands they know or like and worked out a firm plan on who they can see and where. This requires going hour by hour and using something akin to a sextant to map out a route from venue to venue, all while keeping to a time table. If you are smart you will maybe become friends with the Scion Taxis running around town, or maybe hire your own chauffeur if you plan on some trips over to Newport and back. This method is good when you are going to see local bands and only local bands.

The Focused Planner is a person who wants to go one place and stay there. A little boring, but if you are drinking or have a favorite bar, then can work best. This year’s festival is uniquely able to make this type of fan’s experience even better. With special events like the Lite Bright Film Test at the CAC, a fan can spend each night in one place and see a great variety of local and out of town acts, as well as see cool film. The same could be had at various venues where local promotions teams have cooked up cool ways to program certain venues each night. The All Night Party hosts a big night at the Blue Wisp on Friday, and Grammer’s hosts a big tent each night with some of the best known groups, like the Heartless Bastards. Some of these events even work to complement each other, where venues like

Fountain Square
, end early on Thursday night, allowing you to hit up a second location.

Other concerns: Food! No matter where you are, there are tons of late night food options: Arnold’s will have the full menu available until at least 2:30AM per the owner (Rhonda for those who know her). Other options are Cold Turkey & Shanghai Mama’s on 6th, Lucy Blue on 12th and 7th Streets, and Gilpin’s also on

7th Street
.

OK, so now on to the good stuff, who to see….well, you are going to have to wait for my picks just a little while longer. Yeah, I suckered you in, but tough cookies, sweetheart!

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Midpoint Music Festival

Jul
29

For more information about the Midpoint Music Festival, check out www.mpmf.com

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Midpoint Music Festival

Jul
29

For more information about the Midpoint Music Festival, check out www.mpmf.com

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ETA = FAF

Mar
24

Enjoy the Arts is becoming part of the Fine Arts Fund. Details to follow but it will be exciting to see how they will combine the strengths of both organizations.

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Here's something you don't see every day

Mar
21

This morning the new PNC bank sign was flown in by helicopter.

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Packaging is important...

Feb
07

Akash India has new carry out containers. They look like the kind that Chinese restaurants use for hot & sour soup.

I couldn't be happier. The old containers would weaken if the food was too hot. The plastic would buckle or melt entirely and you'd have a hot mess of curry on your hands (literally).

I recommend the Mater Paneer, level 4.

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It's hard to see in this picture...

Jan
16

but the evaporation rolling off the Ohio this morning is amazing. It's like the best witch's brew special effect you can imagine. Beyond this visual delight, I'm still anti-temperatures in the negative.

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How I Spent My Christmas Vacation

Jan
03

Every year, my office generously gives us the week between Christmas & New Year's off. This year included a couple bonus days like today. In anticipation of these fantastic stretches of non-work time I create a list of things to do. Last year, I watched a movie every day of the break. This year's list was more productive:

  • pack up all of this year's bills/receipts
  • get tax paperwork ready
  • have & significantly recover from the Asian eyelid surgery
  • walk around the city (to the gym, from the gym, etc.) facilitated by the recent unseasonably warm weather
  • prowl the downtown area for post-Christmas deals
  • watch movies (Quantum of Solace, Little Children, Man on Wire, The Big Sleep, Black Snake Moan, etc.)

This is in addition of course, to the holiday madness of present wrapping, cooking, cleaning, baking, parties, family, etc. Hmm, seeing it all written out like this makes it seem less than impressive.  Oh well, there's always next year.  

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Black Friday

Nov
30

5:30PM - Gateway Quarter for Holidays in the Bag.  Finally found something to fill that shotgun wall at Joseph Williams. (20% off sale price!)

6:30 - Arrive at Ft. Square to see Nick Lachey, Mayor Mallory, the Cincinnati Choir and tree lighting.

7:15 -  KoSho for sushi dinner.  mmmmm.

8:30 - Final Friday.  Special holiday window contest and snowflake making at Enjoy the Arts.

9:15 - Grammer's.  Not too busy but definitely more people toward the end of the night.

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WTF?

Nov
24

I just spoke w/Jen at the Fountain Square Chipotle. They are opening Friday, December 5th at 11AM and they will NOT HAVE WEEKEND HOURS. She said they will be open for "special events" but doesn't know when those will be yet.

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It's Just Crepes

Nov
20

It's Just Crepes could also be named It's Just Cheese b/c the one I had yesterday was 90% cheese and about 5% crepe. Located on Court Street next to Avril's, it was toasty warm inside during the lunch rush. Not much available seating but most people got theirs to go in the traditional French street cart fashion. I can't wait to go back for one of their dessert versions.

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CAC Historical Horror Series

Nov
12

Monday's installment of the Historical Horror film series was very intimate. Held in the basement performance area, the screen dwarfs the seating arrangement giving most a premium view in spite of the flat floor. Not many people attended, 20-25 at most.

The films were interesting, especially the first Haxan. It makes me wish I hadn't missed the first night of the series but ensures that I will make greater effort to see the next.

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Love it!

Nov
06

Next week is the kind of week I either love or hate, depending on energy level. Right now, I'm loving all the fun things on the agenda, CAC's Historical Horror Film Series, Secret Artworks Exhibit, Cincinnati Art Museum's showing of In the Mood for Love, birthdays,  Enjoy the Arts Brunch & Tour of Taft Museum.  There's a little white space on the calendar on Wednesday...

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Get Cloned...

Oct
27

I'm guessing "Get Cloned" was the alternative not chosen when picking this season's tagline, "Get Cyc'd" for the Cincinnati Cyclones.

The home opener was lost to Dayton but I did select a player to root for as the season progresses... Olivier Latendresse, #42, for the following reasons:

  • He was pretty good last season
  • Who knows where to put the accent when pronouncing Latendresse?
  • He's relatively short for a hockey player
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    Cincy Couture

    Sep
    28

    Saturday, 9/27: Fountain Square hosted Cincy Couture, part of the 20 Days & 20 Nights Arts Festival. Designs were from Mustard Seed boutique and DAAP student originals.

    The catwalk circled the Fountain while music rocked from the Square's sound system.  The models seemed to be having a great time in spite of a breeze that sent a light spray from the fountain directly on them and the audience.  A good size crowd was gathered even though it seemed like rain might also be a factor.  

    Congratulations to Sarah Niblack on organizing the event.

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    Cincy Couture Fashion Show Music List

    Sep
    28

    Song

    Artist

    Pattern Skies

    The Greenhornes

    I'm A Carrier

    Eat Sugar

    We All Get Off

    Pearlene

    Changes Less The Moon

    The Seedy Seeds

    New Resolution

    Heartless Bastards

    Domingo

    The Newbees

    The Little Patton

    The Seedy Seeds

    Rigor Mortis

    Wussy

    These Days

    The High And Low

    Sixteen

    Eat Sugar

    I Stole Your Wallet (The Hummer Song)

    The Newbees

    Travelin Shoes

    Pearlene

    Swamp Song

    Heartless Bastards

    Mayflies

    Wussy

    Fake It

    Viva La Foxx

    70 30

    The Lions Rampant

    Lies

    The Greenhornes

    Hosannah!

    Pearlene

    Brown Boots

    Eat Sugar

    The Children's Progress

    Pomegranates

    Blue Day

    Heartless Bastards

    Intro : The Da-Da Song

    The Seedy Seeds

    Black Eye

    Eat Sugar

    Doomed

    Buckra

    Searching For The Ghost

    Heartless Bastards

    Alberta

    The Seedy Seeds

    It's Not Real

    The Greenhornes

    Dickity Doo

    Star Devils

    Fanfare for the Common Man

    Aaron Copland/London Symphony

    Queen City Rag

    Jake Speed & the Freddies

    Shadow Of Grief

    The Greenhornes

    Gray

    Heartless Bastards

    My Love

    Ann Driscoll

    Wake Up Terrible Motion

    The Stapletons

    Nothings Forever

    The Staggering Statistics

    1993

    Pomegranates

    Shot Gun Shells

    The Lions Rampant

    Christian Moerline Saved the Day

    Jake Speed

    Black And Blue

    The High And Low

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    10th Annual Downtown Tour of Living

    Sep
    27

    There's just under 1 hour to go until this year's Tour of Living is over. As usual it was well run and fun to check out the new condos/apartments available in the city.

    I especially like Good Fellows Hall Lofts on Main & Trideca Lofts on Vine. The Glass House Lofts on Pendelton had potential but a lot was left to the imagination since it was just roughed in.

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