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Buy Tickets Now for the Clifton House Tour on May 10

  Every third year on Mother’s Day the Clifton House Tour pays homage to the beautiful historic homes that are part of the reason Clifton has so much character. This year on Sunday, May 10 there will be homes from the 1800s to 1970 highlighting several different styles, including mid-20th century modern, Italianate, and early Shingle […]

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Northside Record Fair on April 25

On April 25 the Northside Record Fair will host another record show in Northside. The address is 4222 Hamilton Avenue (the Northside Presbyterian Church). Admission is five dollars from 11am to 4pm while the early birds (10am) pay ten bucks. Before the Northside Record Fair started hosting record shows, it always seemed like the other […]

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A Thousand Foot Slide on Jefferson Avenue!

THIS EVENT WAS POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS – NOW WORD YET ON THE NEW DATE There will be a 1000 foot slip and slide on Jefferson Ave in Clifton  on Saturday June 20, 2015. That may sound a long ways off, but tickets are already on sale, and “early bird registration” – code words for […]

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Lentz and Company on Ludlow Avenue

Now that spring is here, everyone’s getting out more. That means more people will be dropping into some of the small shops in the Gaslight District, so it’s time to highlight some of them. When Lentz and Company opened on Ludlow Avenue a year and a half ago, its “carefully curated collection of kitsch” added […]

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Construction Begins on Gaslight Manor

Construction began last week on Gaslight Manor, a new upscale apartment community that Gaslight Property is building on Whitfield Avenue in Clifton. This 17 million dollar project will contain 117 luxury apartments with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. Ideal for empty nesters, Gaslight Manor will be close to hospitals, the University of Cincinnati, I-75, and […]

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The Church is Coming to The Woodward

  You’ve probably heard by now that the Woodward Theater has opened, but did you know that the Church was going to play there? The Australian-based neo-psychedelic band will take the stage Sunday, March 8; the show begins at 8pm. Tickets are only fifteen bucks. For this tour the Church is playing two sets that […]

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Leviathan is a New Movie at The Esquire

During the bitter cold winter weather seeing a good movie in a theater is one of the few recreational activities we all can enjoy, and there’s a great one at the Esquire. Leviathan is a Russian movie that won the 2014 Golden Globe Award for best foreign language film. The Russian have a flair for […]

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Sitwells Reopens; Come to the Open Mic!

This Thursday, February 19, Sitwells Coffee House will host an open mic. Of course such news begs the question, Did Sitwells reopen – and the answer is, they return to normal business hours (8am to 1am) tomorrow (Wednesday, February 18). The open mic, which starts at 9pm, will include music, spoken word (poetry, fiction, non-fiction), and stand-up comedy. Anyone […]

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Sally’s Treats & Treasures in Spring Grove Village

There’s a new shop in Spring Grove Village (aka Winton Place) that you might want to check out. Calling themselves a “center for the home cook,” Sally’s Treats & Treasures is part cookware shop, part carryout food, part meeting place for anyone wanting to learn more about how to cook or how to adjust to […]

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Umphrey’s McGee Bring a Unique Concert Experience to the Taft

Umphrey’s McGee will be performing at the Taft Theatre on Friday, January 30, at 8pm. Just at the band has broken new ground musically, merging extended improvisation with progressive rock, they’re offering a new concert experience during this tour. Upon entering the Taft, everyone attending the show will be handed a Sennheiser in-ear monitor wireless pack and a […]

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Fries Cafe Is Back!

There was joy and jubilation Wednesday night in Clifton due to the reopening of Fries Cafe. People who went without a beer for the nine months that the long-established watering hole was closed suddenly were able to drink beer again. (My fact checker just informed me that’s a bit far-fetched – but still, it felt that […]

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Patrick Battstone at the Listing Loon

The Listing Loon (at 4124 Hamilton Avenue in Northside) is one of the few places around Cincinnati with an acoustic piano, and it has a nice, intimate atmosphere to go with it. For two nights—Friday, January 16 and Saturday, January 17—Patrick Battstone will be performing there for free from 8:30 to midnight. These performance are a […]

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Natural Disasters

One day a friend of mine was playing a record by Keith Jarrett called The Mourning of a Star. While the LP was playing I flipped the cover over to the back side, where I encountered a poem by a writer who I didn’t recognize. This was truly one of those times where a poem reached out […]

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Myrtle’s Punch House in Walnut Hills

Have you ever been to a punch bar? Me neither—or not until last weekend, that is, when I visited the recently opened Myrtle’s Punch House at 2733 Woodburn in Walnut Hills. Already the bar is drawing a crowd, as both floors were well-populated without feeling crowded. Wonderfully, there were no big-screen television screens (no TVs at all, actually), […]

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Meditteranean King Celebrates Its Two-Year Anniversary

Mediterranean King recently celebrated its second anniversary, and I suspect that this Middle Eastern restaurant located at 3307 Clifton Avenue will be with us for many years to come. Two years is long enough to become part of the neighborhood, and the friendly service of this business “where everybody knows your name” is one reason […]

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Holiday on Ludlow Returns Friday, December 5

Holidays on Ludlow returns this Friday, December 5. The event kicks off at 6pm when the Clifton Fairview German Choir performs at Clifton Plaza. Free events include the pop-up window event and parade, horse carriage rides, kid cookie decorating, kids art activities with CCAC, a food drive, and photos with Santa.  The event takes place from […]

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Woodward Theater Is Now Open

The Woodward Theater is officially open. While watching the Tiger Lilies/Hiders/Culture Queer triple bill last week, I snapped a few photos. It’s good to know that the Woodward is now part of the local woodwork; it definitely will help fill a gap for interesting bands that would draw a crowd too big for a bar. Here’s […]

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Short Vine Springs Back to Life

On a sunny day last week I strolled over to Vine Street in Corryville and snapped some photos and talked to some business owners, all of whom were happy to see construction wrapping up, revealing an attractive streetscape and a neighborhood that has a nice mix of spiffy new storefronts and long-established businesses. Finally you […]

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Northside Record Fair on November 22

The Northside Record Fair is back! On November 22 you’ll be able to paw through thousands and thousands of albums and 45s; they’ll have classic rock, punk, soul, country, classical, electronic, and every other genre that has been put on wax. From common titles to the rarest of records, the record fair always delivers. Along […]

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Bob Huggins For Mayor

From 1989 to 2005 the University of Cincinnati had the most dynamic, charismatic, and intense basketball coach in the NCAA. The memory of watching Bob Huggins and his posse walk out out onto the court every game is imprinted permanently in the minds of sports fans everywhere. Brimming with attitude, Hugss & Co. lumbered out there […]

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China Kitchen Returns!

Lots of good things have been happening in the Gaslight District lately, especially in the eats department, with Clifton  Natural Foods, Marrakech Moroccan Cafe & Grill, and Los Potrillos recently opening. Now there’s more good news: China Kitchen is back. Located at 323 Ludlow Avenue, China Kitchen has been a fixture in Clifton since forever. It […]

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Live Jazz Every Monday at Om Eco Cafe

It’s getting to be that time of the year when everyone sits at home and gets cabin fever. Here’s a close, convenient, and cheap alternative: on Monday nights from 7 to 10pm the Ron Enyard Quartet performs at Om Eco Cafe, located at 329 Ludlow Ave. There’s no cover charge, and the intimate setting is […]

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Myra’s is Still Going – Order Food Today!

      Myra’s is still going—one day a week for now—as a “community-supported restaurant” (CSR). If you are used to belonging to a CSR, and getting your box of produce every week, this is similar; think of Myra’s as part of your weekly shopping. Look at Myra’s Facebook page Monday night for that week’s […]

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Joan Shelley Plays a Shake It Instore This Week

Joan Shelley is a roots musician I first saw singing duets with Daniel Martin Moore at an Emery Theatre benefit. Their voices blended together beautifully and were strong enough individually that I was eager to hear what these musicians, both from Kentucky, sounded like on their own. This week the Joan Shelley album Electric Ursa […]

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Steelism Play the MidPoint Music Festival Thursday

With dozens of bands performing at the MidPoint Music Festival this weekend, even the musical cognoscenti have to be scratching their head as they look over the list and saying, “Who are all these bands?” I don’t know them all either, but one group that I have heard and that sticks out out for me is […]

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Cliftonfest Starts Friday!

Gaslight Property is a proud sponsor of Cliftonfest this year. The event starts this Friday, September 26, kicking off with “Jazz and Wine” from 6pm to 10m (Wade Baker will be performing at the Clifton Plaza, and wine will be provided by Ludlow Wines). Overlapping that event will be, from 7pm to 9pm, an artists […]

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Taste of Ludlow This Thursday

Taste of Ludlow takes place this Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5pm to 8pm. Basically it’s an opportunity for the business district to show off a little, with people wandering in and out of stores and restaurants offering free wine, food samples, and a chance to fraternize and get know the neighborhood – and your neighbors […]

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Let’s Save Myra’s, and Myra’s Is Open This Week!

Did you really think Myra’s Dionysus was going to go gently into that good night? Well, it ain’t, and for starters it’s going to be open Tuesday thru Sunday this week from 5pm to 10pm. They’ve been packed the past few weeks and they’ll be continue to be packed this week IF you pass the […]

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Did You Know There’s a Bang & Olufsen Store Downtown?

Back in the days when I was first falling in love with stereo equipment (this was when you could walk in a store and choose between Marantz, Pioneer, Sansui, Harmon-Kardon, and dozens of other brands at affordable prices – we didn’t know how good we had it), one of the elite brands, and one that […]

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Paul Weller Plays Bogart’s September 12

If you’ve heard the Jam or Style Council, then you’ve heard Paul Weller. He was the leader of both bands, singing, writing songs, and playing guitar for these two groups that, while quite different, enjoyed success from what I’m guessing were two widely different audiences. By now he’s put out more albums as a solo […]

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Marrakech Moroccan Cafe & Grill Opens On Ludlow

It’s all a roving reporter can do keep up with all the news stores and restaurants popping up on Ludlow Avenue in the Gaslight District lately. Just this week Marrakech Moroccan Cafe & Grill opened at 341 Ludlow Avenue, and when I walked past it during lunch and dinner hours it was packed. The phone number […]

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Boyhood Is Showing at The Esquire

The new Richard Linklater movie is now at the Esquire Theatre. Boyhood has been getting press for a long time because Linklater used the same actors through a 12-year period for this story of a boy growing up. That strategy is more than a gimmick, and the movie is more than an interesting experiment; quite […]

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Shop at Clifton Natural Foods & Win a Prize from Ludlow Wines!

Clifton Natural Foods has been a hit since the day it opened on Ludlow Avenue, but just to add an extra incentive, Ludlow Wines is offering prizes to people who shop at the new store across the street. All you have to do is bring a Clifton Natural Foods sales receipt dated through September 30, […]

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JD Allen Quartet Live on Saturday

Did you know that a jazz musician who has built a reputation around the world as one of the most talented and innovative players on the scene happens to live in Cincinnati? Saxophonist JD Allen is young enough to still be considered a rising star and old enough to have already built an impressive resume. […]

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Come See the Cliftonfest Mural In Progress!

It’s a beautiful day outside, and if you’re paining a mural in anticipation of Cliftonfest it’s even better. These folks were hard at workplay today, and seeing them inspired me to take a few snapshots of the colorful work of art that’s gracing the building where Om Cafe resides. They predict that they’ll be out […]

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Clifton Natural Foods Is Open!

A collective hallelujah was heard today across Clifton as Clifton Natural Foods opened at 336 Ludlow Avenue, the location where New World Bookshop used to be. The store looks great: it’s fully stocked, and everything’s nice and neat and clean and bright. The store got slammed today, much more than they expected, but no one […]

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Zappa Plays Zappa Comes to Bogart’s Saturday

Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank Zappa, is bringing his tribute band Zappa Plays Zappa to Bogart’s this Saturday, July 12. It should be wild and crazy, just like his father’s concerts were back when he was playing the Fillmore and Winterland and the Beacon Theatre and a thousand other venues around the world. So what […]

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Return of the Northside Rock N’ Roll Carnival!

Gaslight Property is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Northside Rock N’ Roll Carnival, which promises to rock out more than ever this year. The music takes place at Hoffner Park, and due to potentially hot weather there’s going to be a beer garden, not to mention fire breathers, a carnival slide show, sword swallowers […]

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Panegyri Greek Festival This Weekend

Gaslight Property is a proud sponsor of the 40th annual Panegyri Festival taking place this weekend at Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at 7000 Winton Rd. in Finneytown. Hours are Friday 5pm to 11pm, Saturday 3pm to 11pm, and Sunday 1pm to 8pm. Admission is $2 per person, with children 12 and under free. […]

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Jake Speed & the Freddies at CCAC Wednesday

As part of the free “Wednesdays on the Green” series taking place at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Jake Speed & the Freddies will be performing this Wednesday, June 25, starting at 7pm. One of the most popular Cincinnati bands, Jake Speed & the Freddies combine clever songwriting, strong musical chops, and a sense of […]

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Where Will the Blue Wisp Go?

There’s a lot of talk these days about the closing of the Blue Wisp downtown, and there’s also plenty of talk about reopening the wandering jazz club in a new location. Matter of fact, lots of people would like to see it end up in Clifton, as you’d know if you’ve signed up with Nextdoor […]

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From Deep Inside the Forest

In early 2011 a business called Classical Glass moved from Main Street in Over-the Rhine to a new location. Shortly thereafter Mike Markiewicz showed me the space they’d left. Classical Glass was a studio as opposed to a storefront, and the room looked dirty, dark and dingy. I had a hard time imagining it being […]

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Miles Davis in Cincinnati

Here’s something to be excited about: a movie about one of the greatest jazz musicians ever is about to be filmed in Cincinnati. That musician is Miles Davis, and the filming is set to take place in July. As with ‘Carol,’ ‘A Rage in Harlem,’ ‘The Public Eye’ and ‘Lost in Yonkers,’ modern-day Cincinnati will […]

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Favorite Vapors Is The New Store on the Block

Located at 368 Ludlow, Favorite Vapors ( is a new store in the Gaslight District. It’s the first store in the neighborhood to specialize in e-juices plus hardware and accessories. As stated on the Facebook page for Favorite Vapors, the store has “all your vaping needs in one spot.” When I visited the owners of the […]

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University of Cincinnati Has Largest Graduating Class Ever

This weekend the University of Cincinnati conducted ceremonies for its largest graduating class ever, handing out 6,381 degrees to 6,272 students, The enrollment numbers are also breaking records: 43.000 breaks the previous record of 42,421. Add to that a record number of incoming freshmen (6,450) and incoming international undergraduates (over 1,000 slated), and you can […]

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Northside Record Fair Returns

The hugely successful Northside Record Fair returns on Saturday, May 10. The event takes place at the Northside Presbyterian Church at 4222 Hamilton Avenue. Hours are 11am to 4pm, and it costs $5 to get in the door. Those people who’d like to get first pick can pay $10 and start shopping at 10am.  According […]

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Clifton Plaza Farmer’s Market Returns

Clifton Plaza Farmer’s Market (located in the courtyard next to Om Eco Cafe on Ludlow Avenue) is back, offering a chance to show some support for local farmers and shop for fresh produce that takes place EVERY MONDAY from 5:30pm to 8pm. The Market blossomed into a fun and popular event last year,  making it one […]

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The Hold Steady Are Coming to Bogart’s

Touring in support of their new album, Teeth Dreams, The Hold Steady is playing Bogart’s on Tuesday, April 22. People like to compare The Hold Steady to Bruce Springsteen, but at times I hear a much stronger resemblance to Husker Du (who performed at Bogart’s at least once, on their Warehouse tour). Of the new Hold […]

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Tunes & Blooms Kicks Off With Jake Speed & The Freddies

Cincinnati Zoo’s Tunes & Blooms free concert series kicks off this Thursday April 10 with a concert by Cincinnati’s Americana favorites Jake Speed & The Freddies. Opening the show is Shiny & The Spoon, another Cinci band with a rootsy sound. Make sure you catch the opening act, as it features the talented Pete Brown […]

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A New CD by The Tigerlilies

The Tigerlilies are a Cincinnati power-pop band that’s been together almost 25 years. During that time they’ve countless shows and recorded several full-length releases. When I first saw them they were playing Sudsey Malone’s during a period when short Vine was hopping. Already they showed evidence of tight songcraft, good live energy, and an ability […]

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Come Meet The National at The Esquire Theatre!

In the next few days the Esquire Theatre will be hosting two special events in connection with the premier of Mistaken for Strangers, the new rockumentary about Cincinnati’s own The National. Subtitled “A year on tour with my brother’s band,” the movie had been referred to as a comedic documentary for reasons that – judging by the trailer […]

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The Grand Budapest Hotel is at the Esquire

The new Wes Anderson film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is now showing at the Esquire Theatre. This highly anticipated film was packed on its first weekend, and it was clear from Friday night’s show that this new work by a unique director lived up to its expectations. There was plenty of laughter as well as […]

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Arrietty Is a New Store on Ludlow

A couple new stores have popped up on Ludlow Avenue recently. One was the vintage store Lentz and Company, and last week saw the opening of Arrietty, a children’s shop located directly across the street from the Esquire Theatre (as my highly-reflective photograph makes clear)  at 325 Ludlow Avenue. The owner of the store, Etsuko Adachi, […]

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Rare King Records Gem Reissued on Vinyl

Lula Reed is a rhythm and blues singer who recorded for King Records during the same period when James Brown, Little Willie John and Hank Ballard were active. She never became as well-known as these artists, nor was she as prolific. In fact, along with some singles on King and Federal (and, later, a couple other […]

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Ten Favorite Bogart’s Concerts: The Honorable Mentions

A month ago (or was it longer?) I promised a list of my ten favorite Bogart’s shows. A long processions of phone calls from people who wanted me to help promote upcoming events—which I’m always happy to do—delayed the process, but now I’m finally ready to share my top ten. Or almost, anyway. Before I […]

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Classical Revolution at the Northside Tavern Sunday

Classical Revolution Cincinnati is a free music series that takes place every second Sunday at the Northside Tavern. The series is part of a global movement that offers chamber music performances in places other than concert halls. At 8 pm on Sunday, March 9 a concert will take place that will include the world premier of Mark […]

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Annunciation School’s 100th Birthday Celebration on Saturday!

This Saturday, March 1 Annunciation School will host its 100th Birthday Dinner/Silent Auction. The event will take place at the Clovernook Country Club from 6:30 – 11:00 pm and will include cocktails, a sit down dinner and a silent auction. Musically the evening will be a treat as well, with the Steve Schmidt Jazz Ensemble performing. […]

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Josh Ritter and Gregory Alan Isakov on Tuesday

On Tuesday, February 25 the Taft Theater will present a double-header of seasoned Americana artists with headliner Josh Ritter and opening act Gregory Alan Isakov.  Singer-songwriter Ritter, whose new album The Beast In Its Tracks will be released March 5 on Pytheas Recordings, will be doing a spare, stripped-down all acoustic set, and you can expect the […]

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Film Premiere of Global Water Dances – Cincinnati

The film premiere of Global Water Dances-Cincinnati will take place this Sunday, February 23, at 5:30pm at Mayerson Hall at Hebrew Union College. Remember how steamy it was in June 2013? A vibrant group of Cincinnati area dancers, musicians, and artists presented Global Water Dances–Cincinnati to an audience of 100s on Serpentine Wall and 1000s […]

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Great Beauty at The Esquire

Playing now at the Esquire Theatre, The Great Beauty (La Grande Belleza) features 2 hours and 17 minutes of beautiful camera work and quite often stunning scenery. Appropriately enough it focuses on “the beautiful people” in the social and artistic circles in contemporary Rome. The camera work, symbolism, decadence, grotesques, bold juxtapositions between the ancient […]

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Matt Wilson Quartet Plays CCM Sunday

One of the most in-demand jazz musicians in America is coming to CCM this Sunday, February 9 at 4pm. Matt Wilson is a drummer who’s played with all the Who’s Whos but also loves to lead; in fact, he’s headed a quartet since 1996. Released a couple weeks ago on the Palmetto label, Gathering Call […]

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Last Night at the Taft

Often at concerts the venue is mostly empty when the opening act begins and what crowd there is seems disinterested. At the Taft Theatre last night, however, most everyone who was coming had taken their seats by the time Holly Williams walked out on stage—and the opening chords of her first song, “Drinkin’,” brought cheers […]

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My Favorite Bogart’s Concerts

How do you know you’re a music nerd? One hint is that you have a vast collection of memorabilia devoted to concerts you attended over the years. That could include posters, handbills, ads and reviews from the paper, tickets…I’ve got all those things and more. Today I scanned all the Bogart’s tickets that I’ve kept […]

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New Coen Brothers Film at the Esquire

The new Coen Brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis is showing now at The Esquire Theatre. The film takes us into the world of the 1960s folk music revival during the period where the corporations are starting to infiltrate a scene that originally stood out for its idealism. In the film Oscar Isaac plays Llewyn Davis, […]

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Gaslight Property Wins The “Best of UC” Poll

Last week we were excited to learn that Gaslight Property won the 2014 UC News Record’s “Best of UC” poll for Best Rental Property. Thanks to everyone who voted for us! There’s a reason we deserved to win – or several reasons, actually: Classic Spaces: Like most cities, Cincinnati has its share of prefab apartment complexes, […]

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Check Out the Bogart’s Memories Facebook Group

Bogart’s Memories (Cincinnati, OH) is a Facebook page where hundreds of people write and read about concerts they attended at the iconic music venue since it opened in 1975. There’s lots of memorabilia—ticket stubs, posters, fliers, pictures, videos, etc.—and people discussing memorable shows in every conceivable genre. Everyone who lives in Cincinnati has been to […]

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Visit Us at the UC-Rutgers Game Saturday!

Along with thousands of UC fans, Gaslight Property will attend the UC-Rutgers division game Saturday. The game starts at 6pm. Come visit our booth, where, along with grabbing free basketball schedule magnets and koozies, you can enter a contest to win two free floor tickets to the UC – UConn game on Thursday, Feb. 6 at […]

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Vote for Gaslight Property!

The News Record is running their annual “Best of UC” poll as we speak, and guess what? One of the categories is Best Rental Property, and the best one on the list is Gaslight Property. All you have to do to vote for Gaslight Property is go to and then scroll down until you see Best […]

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A Pinball Parlor on Main Street

Did you know there’s a pinball parlor on Main Street? The other day I was walking down the 1300 block of Main when I saw, from across the street, a sign for Porter’s Pinball Parlor, and. inside. a line  of pinball machines. That was a surprise, and a good one at that, a welcome addition […]

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“All You Need is Love” Music Benefit at Mecklenburg Gardens

This Friday, December 27 from 7pm to 11pm a benefit to celebrate the life of a good friend and support The Lindner Center of Hope will take place at Mecklenburg Gardens. All You Need is Love III promises a night of music, fun, and friendship. According to one of the organizers of the event, Jim […]

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The Best Beer I Have Ever Had

Like everyone else I’ve been running around more than normal this month, it being the holiday season and all. Whenever I’m the designated driver I drink one beer at most. That was again the case last night—but boy, I chose well. When I noticed at Neon’s a Three Floyds beer on the board, I asked […]

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Tatsuya Nakatani Performs this Saturday

This Saturday, December 21 at 7pm sound artist, percussionist and drummer Tatsuya Nakatani will perform at Bromwell’s downtown. Yes, you read that right: the store at 117 W. 4th Street, which sells luxury fireplaces and home décor, will host this intriguing event. According to his website, Nakatani “creates sound via both traditional and extended percussion techniques, […]

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Holidays on Ludlow on Friday

Holidays on Ludlow takes place this Friday, December 13 from 6pm to 9pm, with free parking after 5pm in the Merchant Lot on Howell Avenue. Bring your kids–and bring your pets! Here are just a few of the activities for one of Clifton’s most popular annual events: Free pictures with Santa Free pet pictures with […]

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Laurel and Hardly Come to Clifton

Some great Laurel and Hardy movies will be showing this Saturday, December 14 at 6:45pm at the Masonic Lodge at 215 Ludlow Avenue in Clifton. You seldom get a chance to see such films on the big screen—except in Clifton, that is, as “The Chimp Tent” (a Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society) has hosted films […]

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Pop-Up Ludlow Rescheduled to 6pm Today

Today’s “Pop-Up Ludlow” offers a chance to see the redecorated merchant windows in the Ludlow Avenue Business District. Festivities begin at 6:00pm on the plaza with the  lighting of the tree and reindeer. Then follow the artists, who will be in illuminated costumes, down Ludlow Avenue as the magical windows are unveiled. Then at 7:15pm […]

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Mandela by Santana

In 1987 Santana released an album that contained the song “Mandela.” At that time Nelson Mandela was still in prison, but people around the world were drawing attention to the injustice he was experiencing. Along with being a call to action, the song was a tribute to Nelson Mandela, who passed away yesterday. Time hasn’t […]

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Go Bearcats!!!

Is it any surprise that the UC-Louisville football game taking place at Nippert Stadium Thursday is sold out? Along with a long-standing rivalry, this game is a make-or-break game for Cincinnati to stand any chances of reaching the BCS Bowl. This is Nippert Stadium’s last game before remodeling begins, and at stake is the Keg […]

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Live Music at the Listing Loon

The Listing Loon is a craft beer and wine bottle shop located at 4124 Hamilton Avenue in Northside; its phone number is 513.542.5666. It’s been around for almost two years, and during that time it’s kept adding events, some musical and others that tie in directly with alcohol (wine tastings, etc.). Their schedule includes Piano […]

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A Thanksgiving Tale

Please note that Sitwell’s is having a Hobbit trivia night this Wednesday (December 11) at 8pm, with lots of great Hobbit-related giveways – should be a great time! This story took place back when Sitwell’s was in a different location. Back then the coffee house was in the basement of Tudor Court Apartments. At that […]

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Northside Record Fair on Saturday

The second annual Northside Record Fair takes place this Saturday, November 23rd. The first record fair was a huge success, with a full house from beginning to end. (I know; I was there.) This record fair will take place at the Northside Presbyterian Church, 4222 Hamilton Ave from 11am to 4pm. Admission is $5, but […]

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Lentz and Company on Ludlow Avenue

  A new vintage shop has opened in the Gaslight District. Located at 339 Ludlow Avenue, Lentz and Company adds a splash of color to the neighborhood, with an emphasis on cool-looking mid-Century home goods as well as local art. In its own words, “You’ll find retro kitchenware and bar accessories, chic to cheap vintage […]

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Shiny and the Spoon Live at the Esquire

The roots and Americana band Shiny and the Spoon will perform at the Esquire Theatre this Saturday, November 16.  The show starts at 11 pm that evening, and the cover is $3.00. The concert will include vintage photos of Cincinnati appearing on the big screen while the band plays. Since forming in 2008, Shiny and the […]

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Wadjda Tells a Great Story; It’s at The Esquire

Currently at The Esquire, Wadjda is the story of a 10-year-old girl living in Saudia Arabia. The bare bones of the plot involve her attempts to obtain a bicycle. That may sound undramatic, but the trials she undergoes in her quest end up exposing much of what’s wrong with fundamentalist Muslim society, not just for […]

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Don’t Forget to Vote YES for the Library

  We may disagree on the Bengals, but most people in Cincinnati strongly support their library. Therefore, it’s important that we go out and show our support by voting YES for Issue 1 on November 5. Here’s more information on the library levy:      

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Have You Heard of Nextdoor Clifton?

A couple months ago someone suggested I join Nextdoor Clifton, the Clifton version of Nextdoor, which describes itself as a “free private social network for your neighborhood community.” I did so not knowing if it would be worth my time. Now that I’m a veteran, though, I can say that Nextdoor Clifton is a highly […]

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Free Opening at the CCAC Nov. 14

  From 6pm to 8pm on Friday, Nov. 14 the Clifton Cultural Arts Center will host a free opening. This event will usher in the new exhibition CURRENTS, a sound and light collaboration between sound artist Justin West and installation artist Sean Mullaney. The exhibition will run until Wednesday, December 4th, 2013. Collaborations between sound and image […]

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Cincinnati’s New All-Vinyl Record Label

I met Melvin Dillon at one of the record shows that take place once a month at MadTree Brewing. It quickly became clearly that his recently-launched label, Soul Step Records, was a direct outgrowth of his love for vinyl. He loves listening to records, but it’s also clear that, as the owner/founder of Soul Step […]

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Footage of King Reeves & Charlie Wilson at the Blue Wisp

Charlie Wilson and King Reeves performed duets at the Blue Wisp on October 4. Here’s some footage from those performances:        

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Support the Library Levy

The time has come to show some love for the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. This year the levy is up for renewal, and voting yes for Issue 1 means giving your stamp of approval to a system of libraries that keeps coming up with new ways to be useful to the community. […]

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Record Show After The Bengals-Browns Game

After the Bengals-Browns Game tomorrow (Sunday, September 29) a record show will take place at MadTree Brewing Company at 5164 Kennedy Avenue. From 5pm to 8pm people will be buying and selling records. There’s no charge for buyers; for people setting up a table, the charge is going to be five or ten bucks; and […]

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At MidPoint Tonight

  As fate has it, the two best MidPoint artists are playing back-to-back tonight at Washington Park – Main Stage. At 7:15 a neo-soul artist named Cody ChesnuTT will take the stage. Last year’s Landing on a Hundred was a brilliant album, with great hooks, funky beats, and a touch of reggae. I transferred the […]

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Coming to the Blue Wisp on Friday, October 4

On Friday, October 4 at The Blue Wisp a free concert will take place that’s been a long time coming. If you’ve seen vibraphonist King Reeves and pianist Charlie Wilson perform live, you know they’re world-class jazz musicians. Yet they’ve never played together at the Blue Wisp, which due to its high profile and central […]

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New at Cliftonfest This Year

For the second annual Cliftonfest taking place Sept. 27 – 29, many of the highlights from last year – including nonstop live music on three stages, artisan booths, and art carpets – will return. There are some new things happening, however, that you should know about now so you can plan ahead: Mural Painting at […]

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A Today-Only Special at Olives (Hint: It Involves Hamburgers)

If you woke up feeling like there was something special about today, now you know why: today Olives on Ludlow is offering a one-time special – not every Monday, just this Monday — that involves hamburgers. In their own words, on their own Facebook page, “Just for you, today, we are gonna offer a sweet […]

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Bogart’s September Ticket Discount Ends Wednesday

The Bogart’s “welcome-back” discount, timed for returning students but available to anyone, continues until Wednesday of this week. With this discount, any tickets for September shows with a value over twenty dollars are now available for twenty, no matter how much they originally cost. Here’s  the lineup for the month of September (if you click, […]

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Fundraiser to Benefit Abused Children Saturday at Japp’s

On Saturday, August 31, Taylor Jameson Hair Design will be the exclusive sponsor of the the inaugural “White Out Child Abuse – The Cincinnati White Party”. This event will benefit ChildHelp, a non-profit organization dedicated to the needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. Tickets are $15 at the door, and along with helping a good […]

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Bogart’s Welcomes Back Students with Ticket Discount

Bogart’s is welcoming back students with a discount for concerts taking place in September. Every ticket that originally cost over twenty dollars is now having its price dropped to twenty. Please note, however, that this special is only available from today, August 28, through September 4, so buy your tickets now! Technically the deal is […]

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A Hilarious New Movie Comes to The Esquire

There was good-sized crowd at The Esquire Theatre Saturday for the 10pm showing of Edgar Wright’s new film The World’s End, and people laughed out loud from the beginning to end. The premise is simple enough: five guys who failed to finish a pub crawl twenty years earlier give it another try. This time, however, […]

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Clifton Plaza Music Series Tonight

Due in part to some wonderful weather, The Clifton Plaza Live Music Series has been a hit this summer, with big crowds and a warm neighborhood vibe. Tonight’s show should be the best yet, with the folksy, rootsy, down-home Four Bit Fancy Band playing from 6pm to 9pm. This band features not one but two […]

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Record Show at MadTree Brewing

Although the blog entry below was published in August 2013, MadTree Brewing will be hosting another record show on Sunday, October 27 from noon to 4pm.  There’s no admission fee for the event. People are also welcome to sell records. If you’re only bringing a box, there’s no charge, to sell and if you want […]

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