Record Store Day!

The fifth annual Record Store Day will be taking place this Saturday at independent record stores in Cincinnati. More than 200 vinyl records, including LPs, 10-inches, and 45s, will be on sale that day. Every year Record Store grows larger, with more to choose from and a broader selection as well. By itself, Record Store Day is something worth celebrating, as it pays homage to what’s pretty much the coolest thing Western civilization ever invented, but its impact goes way beyond a single day – it helps stoke interest in vinyl in general, which is a lot hotter than anyone dreamed it would be five years ago. In a society where Generic rules here’s something that actually has personality…I think of it as the craft beer of the music world. Continue reading “Record Store Day!”

Sharon Van Etten at Mayday April 27

I’m not sure if there’s anything more frustrating than discovering after the fact that a musician came to town who you would have seen if only you’d known…Often the surprise element comes because you hadn’t dialed in some venues that bring in names that you wouldn’t expect in such a small venue – and as you know, those are often the best concerts. There are two clubs you especially have to watch out for that are close to Clifton – one neighborhood away, basically, although in different directions. Continue reading “Sharon Van Etten at Mayday April 27”

Where to Be on April 28: The 5th Annual Annunciation Gaslight Gala

Rarely in this blog do we announce events more than a month in advance, but there’s one event that readers need to mark on their calendars now. Located in the heart of the Gaslight District, Annunciation Church has been a centerpiece in Clifton since it was built in 1910. Right next to the church, at 3545 Clifton Avenue, is the Annunciation School, which is nearing its 100-year anniversary (it opened in 1914). All the proceeds from the 5thAnnual Annunciation Gaslight Gala benefits this preschool and K-8 school. The Gala gets bigger every year, and although I rarely make predictions, I’m just going to come out and say that this one will break all previous records. You’ll be hearing more about this event, but for right now here’s some information so you can mark your calendar:

5TH ANNUAL ANNUNCIATION GASLIGHT GALA: A Clifton Celebration
Saturday April 28, 2012
6 p.m. – Midnight Father Klug Center, 221-1230
Clifton Attire: “T-shirts to Tails”
$50.00/person or $350.00/table of 8
Includes gourmet dinner, open bar, & music
Large Silent Auction that includes tickets, art, & more
For Ticket Sales call 706-3149 or 221-1230
ALL proceeds benefit Annunciation School

An Art Show in Clifton

Even if you’ve seen the signs out front, you may wonder what goes on at the downstairs space behind the canopy at Tudor Court Apartments near the corner of Ludlow and Middleton. When I lived in the Tudor Court the basement dwelling was a bar where grumpy old men complained about life and drank, not necessarily in that order. Then it was a coffeehouse that went by the name The Cove Cafe, which then moved and changed names to Sitwells. Now it’s home to Clifton Performance Theatre, a performance space that’s been around since 2010 and by now is on the radar in both Clifton and the theater scene for Cincinnati in general. More on that later, as it also has other functions when plays aren’t being performed, and there’s an event coming up on Monday April 2 to Monday April 9 that’s worth checking out. Tom Lohre is an artist who lives in Clifton and has a long history as a portrait artist. His abstract reality show combines a level of abstraction with identifiable and sometimes even iconic images. For example, take a look at the image to the right. Do you recognize it? If you can’t make it out right away, here’s a hint: it appeared during the opening credits for WKRP in Cincinnati.

Here’s the when and where for Tom Lohre’s show:  Continue reading “An Art Show in Clifton”

The “Boss Cox Booksale” at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center

Clifton Cultural Arts Center booksale(2012) Every day hundreds of people walk past this building, but few of them know its history. They don’t know who built it and they don’t know who lived there. That will change, though, now that the space is being converted to a library that will replace the charming but much smaller space on Ludlow Avenue.

Located on Jefferson Avenue across from Burnet Woods, the Parkside Manor was designed by Samuel Hannaford, a famous architect who also built Music Hall, City Hall and over 300 other buildings in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The person who originally lived there was no slouch, either: historically George “Boss” Cox has earned his place at the Mount Rushmore of crooked Ohio politicians, a place that also includes, of more recent vintage, James Traficant (who got in a lot more trouble, by the way, for his actions; maybe it was his hair).    Continue reading “The “Boss Cox Booksale” at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center”