Come See the Cliftonfest Mural In Progress!

Mural 014It’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 there for two more weeks; hopefully they’ll have more days like today – sunny and just the right temperature. Come check them out! This year Gaslight Property is a proud sponsor of Cliftonfest, whose Facebook page you can check out and like: cliftonfestfacebookpage.

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Clifton Natural Foods Is Open!

011A 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 was complaining (and that includes some very happy customers.

The store hours are Mon – Sat: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sun: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. The phone number is 513.961.6111, and the email address is And here’s a link to their facebook page: cliftonnatural foods. Here’s some info from their facebook page:

“A part of the Clifton community since 1985, Clifton Natural Foods is a local, family-owned natural food store offering organic produce, bulk grains, coffee and herbs as well as vitamins, dairy alternatives, body care, chemical-free & cruelty-free cleaning products and so much more.

“At CNF you can find a rich and diverse selection of vegan, gluten free and locally made products that aren’t stocked at many chain stores, as well as organic meats, milk and cheeses. 

“Local brands that we stock include Don Popp’s Honey, Hartzler Dairy Farm, Snowville Creamery, Fishback Farms, Local Folks Foods, The Kitchen Factory, Blue Oven Bakery, Fab Ferments, Sixteen Bricks, Five Star Foodies, Seven Hills Coffee and Loveforce Raw Bars, just to name a few. 

“The shop also carries over 250 bulk herbs which are sold by the ounce and thousands of tablet, powder and capsule supplements by well esteemed name brands like Solgar, Soloray, Barleans and Nature’s Plus.”

Below are some photos I snapped in the store today, but before you look be aware that the reason you won’t see any produce is that there was such a clamor for it today that the store needs to restock – and will do so by tomorrow morning.





































































Zappa Plays Zappa Comes to Bogart’s Saturday

ZappaDweezil 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 kind of music did Frank Zappa play, really? Were the Mothers pschedelic? A jam band? A strange mutation of classical music or jazz or rock or Dada what? Maybe all of the above. There’s gonna be a big crowd for this one, and you might want to buy your ticket now, as it could definitely sell out. Earlier this year Dweezil was playing the entire Roxy & Elsewhere in concert,  but for this leg of the tour it looks like he’s branching out and performing cuts from different stages of his father’s career. Here’s some footage from a show just a few days ago:

Return of the Northside Rock N’ Roll Carnival!

Northside Rock Roll FestivalGaslight 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 and a bed of nails. The Rock ‘N Roll Carnival is an extension of the festival that has been presented by the Northside Business Association since the early 80’s.  The carnival takes place Thursday through Saturday, July 3, 4, and 5. It’s free, and open to all ages. Here’s a schedule of the performers:

Thursday, July 3rd
6:00 – 6:40 – Frontier Folk Nebraska
7:10 – 7:50 – Al Scorch and the Lost Boys
8:15 – 9:00 – Cincinnati Suds
9:25 – 10:05 – Bummers Eve
10:20 – 10:55 – Idiot Glee
11:10 – 11:50 – Bad Sports
12:10 – 1:00 – Radioactivity

Friday, July 4th
6:00 – 6:40 – Leggy
7:10 – 7:50 – Pretty Pretty
(8:00 – 8:30) – Anaya Belly Dancing
8:15 – 9:00 – Perfect Children
(8:50 – 9:25) – PICKLED BROS
9:25 – 10:05 -All Dogs
(9:45 – 10:30) – Dante’s Gypsy Circus
10:30 – 11:00 – Karl Spaeth and Chris Weir (Comedy)
11:10 – 11:50 – Tweens
12:10 – 1:00 – Twin Peaks

Saturday, July 5th
6:00 – 6:40 – Pearl De Vere
7:10 – 7:50 – Fists of Love
8:15 – 9:00 – The Hiders
9:25 – 10:05 -Mardou
10:20 – 11:00 – The Sidekicks
11:15 – 11:55 – Jaill
12:10 – 1:00 – Protomartyr

Also, don’t forget the Northide Parade, which takes place once again at noon on July 4. Here’s some footage I shot of the parade last year when the perennial favorites, the lawnchair ladies, once again did their thing: