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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Favorite Vapors Is The New Store on the Block

Located at 368 Ludlow, Favorite Vapors (www.favoritevapors.biz) 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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Check Out the Bogart’s Memories Facebook Group

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

New Movies at The Esquire Theatre

When the Esquire Theatre reopened a couple decades ago, many of us hoped it would show a healthy percentage of experimental or “art” movies from around the world, and fortunately it has. Because of the historic Clifton theatre, we have a place to see movies by directors like Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, whose Women on […]

Book Signing at Japp’s Tonight

I certainly hope that the event taking place at Japp’s tonight will start a trend. Too often book signings take place at boring old bookstores, whereas the preferred location would be a bar, and especially one that serves a vast array of cocktails. Molly Wellmann, the owner of Japp’s (i.e., cocktail central) has just published […]

MJ’S Play Old-School Soul + Funk at Arlin’s Saturday

Have you heard the MJ’S? They play old-school soul and funk, and they’ll be playing a free gig in the patio behind Arlin’s Saturday from 10pm to 2am. Every time the MJ’S play Arlin’s they draw an enthusiastic crowd of old fans and new converts, and it makes it all the sweeter that the show […]

Video of Northside 4th of July Parade!

Here’s some footage of the Northside 4th of July Parade. On reflection, the rain made it feel like a Dionysian rebirth, and visually I liked how everything seemed shiny due to the rain. The rain threw a wild card into things, I suspect, and when folks did start moseying down that hill the first round […]

Northside 4th of July Parade: Sights and Sounds

No one has experienced previous Northside 4th of July Parades complained about the rain that fell throughout the event, not even when it intensified near the beginning. (It let up shortly thereafter.) This time the sauna-like conditions created by high temperatures with high humidity were not part of the equation, and the large and festive […]

Farmers’ Market in the Clifton Plaza Every Monday

It was clear when I visited the Gaslight Market in the Clifton Plaza this week that even though Clifton’s own farmers’ market has only been around a few weeks it’s is already made an impact, with a variety of vendors as well as customers who were happy to buy fresh, locally grown and organic food […]

Annunciation School’s Summerfest This Weekend

Annunciation School’s first-ever Summerfest takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Festivals are nothing new for Annunciation School (located at 3545 Clifton Avenue), but this one falls at the perfect time weather-wise, when everyone wants to be outside. Co-chair of the event Alice Derrick filled me on the details.

Todd Rundgren + Bogart’s = Nostalgia

If you walked into the recent Todd Rundgren show at Bogart’s, you could feel the nostalgia in the air. The audience primarily consisted of baby boomers, and many of them came as couples. Todd has long enjoyed what marketing pros would refer to as “brand loyalty;” an old buddy I ran into exclaimed that was […]

Incline Ridge Apartments Are Ready to Rent!

The Incline Ridge Apartments, located at 2361 – 2377 Maryland Avenue, are now ready to rent. Located in the Incline District in East Price Hill, these freshly-renovated apartments feel brand new at the same time that they’re located in a classic Cincinnati neighborhood – in other words, they offer the best of both worlds. “The best of […]

East Price Hill: A Classic Cincinnati Neighborhood

Gaslight Property is excited to announce some freshly renovated apartments that have very recently became available in East Price Hill. Much of our enthusiasm for the Incline Ridge Apartments, located at 2361 – 2379 Maryland Avenue, has to do with the neighborhood itself, which, in the accurate words of eastpricehill.org, “is experiencing a renaissance of […]

Hair Salon in the Gaslight, + Northside Farmers Market Moves Outside

Here’s a figure to throw at your next cocktail party: 12,618 people live in Clifton. That’s a lot of folks, but I’ll bet dollars to donuts that there are people living in Clifton who think they have to go elsewhere to get a haircut. That’s because the two salons that do exist in Clifton are […]

Special Events Every Night on Ludlow Avenue!

Did you know that there are special events and special prices seven nights a week on Ludlow Avenue? Here’s something to stick on your fridge: once-a-week special events and specials that take place every week on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton. Sundays Sitwell’s serves Belgian waffles from 8am to 4pm. Mondays Habenero’s serves $5 burritos + […]

Listen to This! at the Downtown Library

There are lots of events at Cincinnati’s downtown library these days that you wouldn’t expect to take place a library—and one of them is a listening party. (The series is called “Listen to This!”) When I think of the phrase “listening party,” I think of all those great album covers from the 1950s and 1960s […]

Small Businesses Breathe New Life Into Short Vine in Corryville

On the beautiful day that was yesterday I took a walk up to Short Vine and snapped some photos and chatted with some folks. It’s exciting to see the new small businesses popping up up and down the street, and I encourage anyone reading this to do what I done: head over to Short Vine […]

Clifton Plaza Live Music Series Every Friday & Saturday

How do we know it’s spring? Because the Clifton Plaza live music series is back in action. Hosted by the adjoining Aquarius Star’s Om Cafe, the series kicked off Friday, April 26, with the band Vinylraptor. The series takes place every Friday and Saturday, and runs from April 26 to September 21.  For right now the […]

Footage From Bernie Worrell In-Store; He’s at the Blue Wisp Tonight

Bernie Worrell’s hour-long set at Shake-It yesterday did not let up; constant non-stop highly-danceable funk was delivered. Good songs, and a good band composed of young musicians who were clearly enjoying themselves immensely, as you might imagine considering that they were playing with a major funk legend. Tonight (4/16) the band will be performing at […]

Bogart’s, Daniels Pub, Nelson Slater, Short Vine, Wish You Were Here, & Gaslight Night at Clifton Performance Theatre

The theme of this particular blog entry is goings on around Short Vine, and I encourage any readers brave enough to follow what might like seem a circuitous verbal trail to remember that. My adventures began the night I handed out umpteen beer cozies at a table for Gaslight Property at Bogart’s while Wish You […]

Free Tickets to Wish You Were Here at Bogart’s

Gaslight Property is happy to announce that we have 200 free tickets to give away for the Pink Floyd tribute band Wish You Were Here on Saturday, April 6 at Bogart’s. To get a free ticket, all you have to do is:

Chris Comer Trio at CCAC This Thursday

It’s going to be a very musical evening this Thursday at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, with Cincinnati jazz artists the Chris Comer Trio performing from 7 to 8:30 pm. For this special engagement the trio will be adding saxophonist and flautist Dan Barger. Dan plays all over the place in Cincinnati and is in […]

400 Years of What

Had some fun this weekend, starting with a visit to Aquarius Star’s Om Cafe Friday night, where the free menu party was packed.                     For a quick update to some of the new things happening at Aqaurius Star Om Cafe, here’s a link to a recent […]

Jazz at Schwartz’s Point (Plus Some Greenwich Tavern Footage)

So much time had passed since I’d visited Schwartz’s Point that the last time I was there it wasn’t completely…well, legitimate, to state thing euphemistically. During its previous incarnation, I felt kind of like I was at a speak-easy, which is a rare feeling since they don’t exist anymore. (Why did they have to do […]

The University of Cincinnati: A Photographic Tour

(NOTE: THIS IS ONLY PART 1 OF THE TOUR; I’LL SHOW YOU THE REST IN THE NEXT ROUND) Because the weather was sunny and warm, I grabbed the camera and went for a walk a couple days ago. Roaming around the University of Cincinnati sparked memories that included, in some cases, the actual construction of […]

Free Menu Party at Aquarius Star & Om Cafe on Friday

This Friday, March 1, from 7 pm to 10 pm, there will be a menu party with free wine and food at Aquarius Star & Om Cafe at 329 Ludlow Avenue in Clifton. The party will be celebrate their new chef, Gary Garitson, and it’s also a way to shed light on some of changes […]

Makin Heads Turn Salon in the Gaslight District

For the past few weeks this blog has focused a lot on new businesses popping up in the Gaslight District, some of which are slightly off the beaten path – and that also describes the new Makin Heads Turn Salon. Its address is 3307 Clifton Avenue, but if you’re walking down Clifton you won’t see […]

Last Day to Vote for Tudor Court; Jazz at Sitwell’s Monday; My Funny Valentine

  Today is your final chance to show vote for Tudor Court Apartments in City Beat’s new Best of Cincinnati Readers Poll. The ballot is organized into six major sections, and one of them is Urban Life. At the top of Urban Life is the category of Apartment Community. That’s where you have an opportunity […]

Celebrate Fat Tuesday Today at J. Gumbo’s Clifton

Considering their cuisine, it seems fitting that J. Gumbo’s Clifton (the address is 286 Ludlow Avenue, near Skyline) would be celebrating Fat Tuesday today, February 12. The festivities include live music: the dixieland band Queen City Dixie Cats will be playing from noon to 1 pm, and the blues group Them Bones will perform from 6:30 pm […]

Vote for Tudor Court Apartments

City Beat’s new Best of 2013 Poll gives you to a chance for Tudor Apartment as best apartment community. The category is Urban Life, and at the top of that list is Apartment Community. Tudor Court deserves top rating because: It’s old, and it has character. Tudor Court was built in 1930, when buildings had […]

The Kissing Club to Play Sitwell’s Coffee House Monday

Monday at 9 pm a New York band called The Kissing Club will be performing at Sitwell’s Coffee House. Their music has been described as “two people making music with guitar, cello, electronics, and voice. Quiet, intimate, and explosive. Like Philip Glass, Nick Cave, and CocoRosie sharing a French cruller while reviewing divorce papers.” Word […]

Mediterranean King on Clifton Avenue: Great Food, Great Atmosphere

Mediterranean King is located at 3307 Clifton Ave., which is very near the corner of Clifton and Dixmyth, on the same side of Clifton Avenue as Bruegger’s Bagels. Because the storefront is small and inconspicuous, I was surprised to discover that on the inside the Middle Eastern restaurant was both spacious and attractive, with exotic […]

Aquarius Star & Om Cafe

It’s been three years since Aquarius Star & Om Café opened at 329 Ludlow Avenue, which is long enough to make its presence felt. From the beginning the cafe has stood out as a “green” café that featured direct trade coffee, authentic European espresso and healthy food with fresh, locally grown and organic ingredients. It […]

Beer Tapping at Olive’s on Wednesday, January 23

A quick note to beer drinkers and food-lovers: at 6 pm on Wednesday, January 23 a beer tapping will take place at Olive’s on Ludlow. “Two Brothers Beer Tapping” said the sign I saw when I walked into Olive’s last night. When I asked the waitress, she said that this was a first for the […]

Annunciation School Open House To Be Held on Sunday, January 27

Open house will take place Sunday, January 27 from 12:30 to 2:30 at Annunciation School in Clifton. This is an exciting time for the school—it’s approaching its 100-year anniversary—and principal Cindy Hardesty encourages families to visit so they can find out what’s special about Annunciation School. “Faculty will be on hand to give guided tours,” […]

CCAC Celebrates By Making You an Artist

Spirits are high at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center after exceeding their 2012 campaign goal, and they want to celebrate by projecting your artwork on a three-story high building. The celebration will take place over two nights. Artifact: Art Altogether kicks off this Sunday, January 6, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm with the Opening celebration. […]

Want to Learn an Instrument? Try The Music Salon

PLEASE NOTE: Sean McGary, owner of the Music Salon, recently announced that The Music Salon recently moved to Silverton, next door to the DrumCenter of Cincinnati.  I’ll have more details soon, but in the interim I recommend calling the same number as before – 859.444.6231 – to look into music lessons. The Music Salon / 859.444.6231 […]

Ed Kluska’s New Book

Remember New World Bookshop? A small, privately-owned bookstore in the heart of the Gaslight District, that was an integral part of the neighborhood for thirty-three years? New World was owned by Ed Kluska, who along with running a bookstore offered astrological readings, taught meditation, and helped develop the local New Age community. The bookstore is […]

Gotta Groove Records

My theme this week is records, which are coming back with a vengeance, as the 1st Annual Northside Record Fair indicates.  In 2007 sales of new LPs dipped to below a million, but by 2009 sales jumped to 2.5 million, and the number climbed to 3.9 million in 2011—and that’s just for LPs that have […]

Ready to Take a Vacation? Give Suzanne Sanchez a Call

Call me old-fashioned, but when I make travel plans my first choice would be meeting with a travel agent in person. That may sound pie-in-the-sky in this era when so much is done digitally, but as it turns out there’s a travel office located in the heart of the gaslight district, on Ormond Avenue between […]

Esquire Theatre’s Art House Jamboree: A Chance to Show Some Love

  What were you doing in 1911? Not much, you say? Yeah, me too. But I know something about what other people were doing, and that happened to be the year the Esquire Theatre on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton opened its doors. To celebrate the fact that The Esquire not only survived 101 years but […]

Northside Farmers Market Has Moved Indoors

Voted the best year-round farmers market by City Beat, the Northside Farmers Market has moved indoors to the North Presbyterian Church Auditorium at 4222 Hamilton Avenue in Northside. NFM is open every Wednesday from 4-7 pm, and they’re taking advantage of the fact that this particular Wednesday is Halloween. Both kids and parents should drop […]

University of Cincinnati Ranked Top College Destination

Recently the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) compiled a list of data in order to determine the top college destinations in the US. The criteria involved academic environment, quality of life, and professional opportunity. The University of Cincinnati ranked 17th in the 2013-2014 Top Mid-Size Metros Rankings. The AIER CDI ranks destinations based on  Academic […]

Vertigo on the Big Screen This Friday, October 19

It has reached the point where we can see almost any movie we want in the comfort of our own home. At the same time, because we have the history of cinema at our fingertips opportunities to watch classic films on the big screen are increasingly rare—and you’d be hard-pressed to find a film more […]

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Loft Society

  When I started this blog eight months, along with writing about big events I hoped to shed some light on some of the well-kept secrets in Cincinnati, and today’s blog entry is an opportunity to do just that. This Saturday, October 20 at 8:00 pm the drummer William Hooker will perform duets with Ed […]

A Conversation with Bill Frisell

Last night was one of those kismet nights where things fall into place at the last minute. Everything went right, except for that point in the evening that mattered most, which was a brief conversation I had with one of the best guitarists in the world. Oh well. I was downtown on business yesterday afternoon/early […]

Annunciation Oktoberfest: Fun For Both Kids and Adults!

The 6th Annual Annunciation Oktoberfest begins Friday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. and will continue through the weekend. The Annunciation Oktoberfest,  of which Gaslight Property is a co-sponsor, has been a hit from the beginning, and although the focus is on having fun, it’s also helped Annunciation School stay in the black financially, which is no […]

A Weekend in Clifton Kicks Off This Friday, September 28

A Weekend in Clifton (of which Gaslight Property is a proud co-sponsor) kicks off this Friday, September 28, and by all indications this will be the biggest and best celebration of Clifton in a long time. One hint that folks are upping the ante: a few blocks in the heart of the Gaslight District (Ludlow […]

The Art Cars Are Coming

During Weekend in Clifton taking place September 28 to 30 local artists will be painting cars the way they should be painted: as works of art. The artists doing the work are all connected with ArtWorks, whose murals you’ve seen around town; in all, ArtWorks has created more than 300 public works of art in Greater Cincinnati. ArtWorks […]

New to America, and Living in Cincinnati?

Many of Gaslight Property’s tenants (and prospective tenants) are international, and some are new to America, with Cincinnati being the first city they live in. One of the things that people from overseas quickly learn is that the image of America they receive from thousands of miles away isn’t necessarily reality. Here I’m reminded of […]

Purity Ring at Mayday This Saturday

When I was growing up my mother always told me if you can plug two things in a blog entry that’s better than one, and three’s even better, and today I get a chance to do that. The dream pop duo Purity Ring is coming to Mayday at 4227 Spring Grove Avenue in Northside this Saturday, […]

Another Part of the Forest, A Record Store in Cincinnati

Another Part of the Forest is a record store located at 1333 Main Street in Over the Rhine. It’s hard to tell, with all the artwork in the windows – and with the very un-record store like name – that it is what it is, but upon entering the front door you will realize that […]

Did You Know About This Recording Studio?

I dropped by to see my friend Lou Lausche the other day. Along with being a bass player who’s been involved in countless jazz sessions in Cincinnati and elsewhere, Lou also, it turns out, has a recording studio names Lausche Recording Studios on Winton Road. It’s interesting just how much much memorable music has been […]

Cello Prog Pop at Sitwell’s Tonight

At 9 pm tonight (Monday, August 6) cellist, vocalist and songwriter Ian Cooke will be performing what has been billed as cello prog pop at Sitwell’s Coffeehouse on Ludlow Avenue. Based in Denver, Ian is gigging around the country, and here we have yet another itinerant musician who somehow discovered that because it’s centrally located […]

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band In-Store at Shake-It Monday

Although Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has released several albums, they seem to be getting more attention lately. I’ve been hearing them on WNKU, and they recently performed at Cincinnati’s first-ever Bunbury Festival.  This Monday, August 6, they’ll be performing an in-store at Shake-It Records in Northside at 7 pm.  This “big damn band” is […]

Ponderosa Playing an In-Store At Shake-It at 7 Tonight (July 30)

At seven pm tonight (July 30) at Shake-It Records in Northside a Georgia-based band called Ponderosa will be performing an in-house. Interestingly, Ponderosa isn’t playing in Cincinnati later that same night; they’re simply excited about their new album, Pool Party, and they’re eager to spread the word about it.

A Busy Day at the Blue Wisp

It’ll be a busy day today at the Blue Wisp, with Carmon DeLeone’s New Studio Big Band performing at 3 pm and Andrea Cefalo at 7:30. I’m a fan of both, and I interviewed both. Recently I embarked upon an article focusing on a musician named David Matthews, who lived in Cincinnati for about ten […]

Maria de Buenos Aires Comes to Over the Rhine

(A quick reminder before I launch into this blog entry: Carmon DeLeone will be playing at the Blue Wisp at 3 pm tomorrow, July 29,  and Andrea Cefalo will begin her first set at 7:30 pm. ) At the last minute yesterday I ended up with a ticket to Maria de Buenas Aires, a tango […]

uKanDanZ was great; More Music to Come

I’m about to discuss the concert that I saw last night and the music coming up later this week, but first I wanted to share with the world some very important new about cuisine here in the city of Cincinnati: Shanghai Mama’s, my favorite restaurant in the city for the food and the atmosphere, is […]

Music at The Incline, The Avenue, and MOTR Pub

Last Saturday the urge hit me to revisit The Incline Lounge at the Celestial in Mt Adams, and I’m glad I did. You would be hard pressed to find a place in town more suitable for a cocktail, and true to form cocktail glasses were in abundance that evening. The Lou Lausche Trio (consisting of […]

Looking for an Apartment? Talk to These Folks

Often when you rent an apartment the landlord is a remote figure, appearing long enough to hand you a set of keys before wandering back to a far-off neighborhood or even another city; someone was telling me the other day that her landlord lives in Florida. With Gaslight Property the renting experience is much more […]

Northside Farmers Market Wednesdays from 4 to 7

We turn this week to the theme of food, including some long-awaited news of our much-missed grocery store. Right now, though, a reminder of a great opportunity to buy fresh produce at a convenient location. Located in Hoffner Park in Northside, Northside Farmers Market is a weekly event that, along with food, offers latin music this […]

Favorite Bogart’s Concert: Ramones, 1978

Returning once again to the theme of favorite concerts, we have here a piece penned by David Hintz, who used to live in the area (Dayton and Oxford) who is now writing a blog in the DC area, DC Rock Live. Here Dave writes about seeing the Ramones at Bogart’s in 1978, when Bogart’s and punk […]

Why I Love Clifton

  I can explain to you why Clifton is a magic place inspiring a deep sense of awe, but in order for you to get the full picture we need to go back several years and travel to the basement of the house where my aunt and uncle live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. One week […]

Time Traveling at the Esquire Theatre: Safety Not Guaranteed

That tells you what I know – on July 4 I entered the Esquire Theatre thinking that when I sat in a dark room to watch Safety Not Guaranteed I’d pretty much have the place to myself, being as July 4 is all about picnics and parades…or so I thought. Apparently the large matinee crowd […]

Searching for an Apartment? Talk to These Guys

If you’re searching for an apartment to rent, a phone call to this number – 513.861.600 – can lead to an appointment to view apartments all around greater Cincinnati. And because Gaslight Property has apartments all over Clifton, that’s particularly useful knowledge to students getting ready to go back to college.

The Northside Rock ‘N Roll Carnival is On…Now!

The Northside Rock ‘N Roll Carnival started at 2:30 pm today at Hoffner Park, but worry not if you missed the opening act, because the final band won’t take the stage until after midnight. Due to July 4th falling in the middle of the week, the music only lasts one day this year, which means […]

Higher End Apartments at a Reasonable Cost: 550 Lowell Ave. in Clifton

Some nice apartments just opened up in Clifton, and lots of them: currently there are 11 units available at 550 Lowell Avenue, which is within walking distance of the University of Cincinnati.

Breathing New Life Into Short Vine

I’m sure there are people who drive or walk through Short Vine who have no idea how vital it was in the not-too-distant past.

What’s In Store for Bogart’s

In a recent blog entry the general manager of Bogart’s, Karen Foley, told me some of the changes she made shortly after taking that role, and later in that same interview I asked her what she had in store in the future. It turns out a lot is changing soon. “In the next couple weeks […]

Seeing Santigold Live at Bogart’s

Last night was very nostalgic for me and my friends. Several of us had arranged to meet at Bogart’s for the Santigold concert, but no one had nailed what time they planned to arrive, so when I showed up a few minutes before Santigold was supposed to take the stage (I had missed the opening […]

What’s New at Bogart’s

  Sometimes it takes a person who lives thousands of miles away to make it clear how special something is that’s right in your hometown—and that’s true even if it some of the luster was temporarily lost. When I talked tonight to Karen Foley, the new general manager of Bogart’s (she assumed the position in […]

Why College Hill Coffee Company is So Popular

When I dropped by the College Hill Coffee Company on Saturday morning it was already hopping, with many tables occupied and people in line for carry-out. I have a theory why the coffee house is so popular, and it’s a simple theory. Sure, the coffee is good and the service is nice and it’s a […]

Channing & Quinn at Sitwell’s Tonight

Here’s my vote for the best kept musical secret in Cincinnati: Sitwell’s Coffee House on Ludlow Avenue. Time was when Sitwell’s played occasional host to live musical performances with a slim roster, and there were sound and visibility issues: often the band seemed to labor away in the corner, ignored by the crowd.

Grand Opening of the New Ludlow Wines

When I dropped in Ludlow Wines at 343 Ludlow Ave. in Clifton a couple days ago to stock up on inebriants I was reminded that the Grand Opening was taking place on Saturday, June 2, starting at noon.

Surviving Summer at Sitwell’s

You’ve always been able to count on Sitwell’s Coffee House on Ludlow Avenue for one-of-a-kind concoctions, and when I dropped by today I learned of a couple cold drinks that could help us survive the recent balmy weather. One of the servers, Nicole, recommended the new mint chocolate chip cappuccino shake, which isn’t on the menu, but […]

The Faux Frenchmen Every Wednesday

Every Wednesday at 8 pm at Sitwell’s Coffee House four very talented musicians perform a style of music that you seldom have a chance to hear live. The Faux Frenchmen consist of four musicians with diverse musical backgrounds who all share an affinity for the gypsy jazz Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France […]

The Listing Loon in Northside: Craft Beer and (Soon to Be) More

Quite often the challenge for a new business is staying afloat until people start walking in the door. That seems to be a non-issue, however, at the Listing Loon, a new craft beer and more store on the main drag (4124 Hamilton Ave.) in Northside. When I dropped in the first time to ask how […]

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