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Center for Great Neighborhoods announces third round of Covington creative grants

The Center for Great Neighborhoods recently announced its third round of Creative Community Grant recipients. A total of $30,000 was awarded to seven Covington projects designed to engage and impact the city through art.
The focus this round is on inclusion, highlighting the uniqueness of Covington’s residents and working to make all feel welcome in the community.
Braille-ing a New Trail (Northern Kentucky Council of the Blind)
NKCB is partnering with Covington chefs to encourage a more inclusive restaurant experience in the city. A number of restaurants are offering group cooking classes for the blind and visually impaired; in exchange, NKCB will give the restaurants large print and Braille menus. The Braille printer will be purchased with funds from the grant and housed at CGN for use by any Covington restaurant or service provider who’s interested in the feature. Wunderbar, the program’s first participant, will be teaching NKCB members how to make its famous pretzels.
Collective Mosaic Mural (Ximena Flores, Anne Marie Herrera, Luis Laya)
The mosaic will depict flowers blossoming into birds and flying as a flock, reflecting the Westside’s diversity, growth, community and transformation. The community is invited to help assemble the mosaic as well as bring items to incorporate into the design.
Little Free Art Studio (Annie Brown)
The free-standing weatherproof art studio will be much like the Little Free Library, but for art. The studio will have a variety of art supplies and invite passersby to create something unique.
The Mini Microcinema Exhibition at The Carnegie (The Mini Microcinema, C. Jacqueline Wood)
During March and April, The Carnegie will host a small pop-up movie theater in its gallery space. Seven weeks of programming will include film screenings, performances and moving image installations by a variety of national, regional and Northern Kentucky artists with diverse backgrounds and POVs. The Mini Microcinema installation is free and open to the public.
Raymond Thunder-Sky Spirit Tower (Thunder-Sky Inc.)
Thunder-Sky plans to erect an outdoor sculpture to commemorate the life and legacy of Raymond Thunder-Sky, a Native American artist who had a developmental disability. He traveled the region dressed as a construction worker and clown, drawing construction and demolition sites in Greater Cincinnati. Tom Tsuchiya, a Cincinnati sculptor whose work is on display all over the world, will create the sculpture.
Westside Makers: A Community Event (Calcagno Cullen)
The project aims to illuminate makers by hosting a “meet the makers field day,” which will produce the DIY Westside Makers Book. Any Westside maker is invited for an afternoon to set up shop outside, welcoming the community to join in. It will serve as a release for the book, which will feature DIY recipes, designs and instructions as well as stories and portraits of Covington makers.
What Makes a Street Pleasant? (Anissa Lewis)
Starting with one conversation, Lewis hopes to engage those who live on and around Pleasant Street in the Eastside neighborhood and find out what Covington means to them. The event will culminate in a large community-based conversation and will conclude in a face-to-face community meal.
Creative Community Grants are funded through a multi-year grant from The Kresge Foundation to help implement creative placemaking actitives in Covington, particularly the Westside neighborhood. CGN will continue awarding up to $5,000 per grant to a variety of projects over the next two years, addressing a different issue and theme each round.

Local homebrewers launch product to make brewing easier

Friends Anthony Stoeber and Eric Tanner started homebrewing two years ago, and as they got into it they constantly looked for ways to make the brewing process easier.

A typical homebrewer sets up in the kitchen, using all of the burners on the stove. The process is messy, pots tend to boil over and it can take a long time. That’s how their Brewers Buddy concept was born.
“Brewers Buddy isn’t meant to help you brew better beer, because there is still room for human error,” Tanner says. “But through our own trial and error, it definitely makes it easier.”
Tanner, who has an entrepreneurial degree, and Stoeber, who is in marketing, developed Brewers Buddy through their own R&D and feedback from local homebrewing friends as well as help from a few local breweries.
Brewers Buddy is a patent-pending gravity-fed homebrew system. The three-tier brewing stand has two burners — one on top and one on bottom — and a mash turn in the middle. The two burners allows for the liquor tank at the top and the brew kettle at the bottom to be heated at the same time, so liquid can flow throughout the brewing process without stopping.
Production of the Brewers Buddy is done in China, Tanner says, because the units are ordered one at a time and it’s expensive to do that in the U.S. He hopes to move production to the U.S. in the future.
There are similar products on the market, but Tanner says Brewers Buddy is more versatile and a fraction of the price of similar systems. Although Brewers Buddy is gravity-fed, you can also convert it to a pump-fed system.
For now, Stoeber and Tanner want to focus on homebrew retail sales for Brewers Buddy. But in the near future they plan to market their system to nanobreweries and larger breweries to produce experimental batches.
“We want to keep it scalable and build our brand around the Brewers Buddy product,” Tanner says.
Stoeber and Tanner are hosting a launch party for their Kickstarter campaign at 1-5 p.m. March 5 at Braxton Brewing in Covington. The pair hopes to raise $55,000 through Kickstarter to offset the personal funds they’ve already invested into Brewers Buddy. If you’re interested in attending the event, tickets are $30 and are available here.

Five designs chosen for Curb'd parklets in Covington this spring

Five ideas from local businesses and design teams were chosen last week for Curb’d, which will turn ordinary parking spaces in Covington into parklets, or miniature parks. The activation project is a collaboration between Renaissance Covington and MainStrasse Village Association and is funded by the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation.
Forty-two designs were submitted from 11 local businesses that wanted to host a parklet. A review board of leaders in the local design committee judged designs based on the durability, safety and design connectivity to the businesses. Designs were then cut down to 11, one for each business, and five businesses and design teams were chosen from that lot.
The final decision was based on concept, context and construction feasibility of the parklet ideas. Winners of $15,000 grants through the Haile Foundation are:

Braxton Brewing
Design team: A+D; parklet: Hopscotch Garden, combining a hops garden and hopscotch game boards 

Cutman Barbershop
Design team: MSA Architects; parklet: The Boxing Ring, a seating area that resembles a boxing ring

Inspirado at Madison Gallery
Design team: Hub + Weber Architects; parklet: Ride, which allows people to jump on a stationary bike and power a projector that takes them to faraway places

Left Bank Coffeehouse
Design team: Seth Trance & Harry Ross; parklet: Wish-Igloo, a seating area that allows for different forms of interaction

Stoney’s Village Toy Shoppe
Design team: John Noble/SHP Leading Design; parklet: mountain/tunnel/xylophone, an interactive playground for kids
Parklets will be installed around Covington in early May and remain on display through October. See the 11 design finalists here.

Second NKY incubator kitchen focuses on helping small food companies get started

Two years ago, Rachel DesRochers of Grateful Grahams opened the Northern Kentucky Incubator Kitchen to help local food producers get their products off the ground. She is continuing that goal with a second, smaller incubator kitchen located in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newport.
The Hatchery is a micro incubator — a place where new businesses can start to “hatch” their ideas. It’s much smaller than the 5,000-square-foot NKYIK, making it the perfect space for small business owners to get their feet wet.

Across the river, Findlay Market’s larger kitchen incubator (8,000 square feet with 10 kitchen areas) is about a month away from opening its doors.
“We’re seeing companies that have an idea and have worked out of a lot of the kinks in their home kitchens but now they’re ready to take a step into a commercial kitchen,” DesRochers says.
Her goal is to have about six tenants in the kitchen, each for 40-60 hours per week. Three have signed leases and are scheduled to move in this month: Firecracker Bakery, Grass Fed Gourmet and Passion in my Pans. Three other businesses have shown interest in The Hatchery.
“I hope that The Hatchery brings a new launch pad to the region,” DesRochers says. “The more launch pads we can create, the more companies that are willing to put their dreams into action. If we can help create sustainable growth plans one-on-one with these companies, we can create long-term sustainable companies.”
DesRochers spends a lot of time meeting, sharing and helping new companies come up with a game plan. She guides them through the process so they’re not stressed about paying rent or getting insurance.
Between The Hatchery and NKYIK, DesRochers is starting to look at how she can further build out community programs and help serve more “foodpreneurs.” In February, she’s starting Kitchen Convos, an intimate conversation about the food industry. Tickets are $5 and are available here. (If you can’t make the event, stay tuned for the Kitchen Convos podcast to be produced by Unravel Productions.)

Creative types to gather for PechaKucha Night

Local creative types will gather at Rhinegeist Jan. 14 for PechaKucha Night, which started in Tokyo in 2003 as an event where young designers meet to network and show their work to the public; by last year, it had grown to more than 800 cities. The Cincinnati version launched in October 2009, and this week’s event is a reboot of sort, since there hasn’t been one held since then.
“Pecha kucha” means “chit chat” in Japanese and is based on a presentation format showcasing 20 images in 20 seconds. This makes each presentation concise and keeps things moving.
“The key to a great presentation is to present something you love,” says Ryan Newman, organizer for PechaKucha in Cincinnati. “Most people use PechaKucha Night to present their latest creative projects or work. Some people share their passion and might show their prized collection of records, while others share photos of their latest visit to a construction site or their recent holiday snaps.”
There will be eight presenters on Jan. 14, starting at 8:20 p.m.:

• Joi Sears, Free People International, “Social Change xChange”
• Brian Monahan, Prestige AV & Creative Services, TBD
• Steve Stidham, MSP, “Waste=Capital”
• Darrin Scott Hunter, Dish Design, “You’re Probably a Font Whore (or Typographic Slut Shaming)”
• John Stoughton, TBD
• Lightborne Studios, TBD
• Ryan Newman, Kolar Design, “The Secure Illusion/Psychology of Security Design”

PechaKucha is open to the public and requires a $3 donation from attendees in order to cover the cost of the venue and set-up.
“Cincinnati has an amazing and dynamic group of people doing exciting things in all aspects of creativity, beyond traditional design,” Newman says. “My hope is that PechaKucha helps connect, inspire and showcase the diverse communities in Cincinnati.”
There will be three other events in 2016, with the next scheduled for mid-April. If you’re interested in presenting at the next PechaKucha Night, send an email to cincypk@gmail.com.

City opens new permit center to make development chain easier to navigate

With so many development projects taking off all around the city, it’s become increasingly important to streamline the permit process. The city decided to relocate the Permit Center from 3300 Central Parkway to 805 Central Ave., across the street from City Hall.
Now homeowners, developers, architects, small business owners, construction workers and others involved in the development and building permit process have a one-stop-shop for all things development-related. Last year, the city issued more than 9,000 building permits, and that number is expected to continue to grow.
The recently renovated 14,000-square-foot space in the Centennial II Building has modern building facilities and technological upgrades with more than 100 employees. The Permit Center now houses seven city departments: Cincinnati Fire Department, Cincinnati Water Works, City Planning, Department of Buildings & Inspections, Division of Transportation & Engineering, Health Department and Metropolitan Sewer District.
The Permit Center’s services include:

• A simplified and streamlined permitting process,
• One location to serve building construction needs,
• Pre-development consultation and
• Facilitation of development projects from approval decisions through final completion.

Cincinnati officials says the city will be able to provide plan review and building permit issuance on the same day for more than 50 percent of applying development projects.

Neighborhood Enhancement Program targets Roselawn blight, improves community engagement

Earlier this month, Roselawn wrapped up the Neighborhood Enhancement Program, a 90-day collaborative effort among city departments, neighborhood residents and community organizations focusing on developing neighborhood assets. The program started the momentum, and now it’s up to the neighborhood and its residents to continue it.
The goal in Roselawn was to develop neighborhood assets and improve the quality of life for residents as well as improve community engagement, educate residents on fire and police safety, train landlords, recycle and improve the neighborhood’s overall health and wellness.
Roselawn is home to Cincinnati’s first year-round outdoor gym, YEP Fitness. The project was funded in just two months, as volunteers raised over $150,000 for new weather-proof equipment and a new track.
In October, 200 volunteers from the University of Cincinnati, local businesses and the Roselawn community helped clean up the neighborhood. They spent the weekend mowing lawns, cleaning up vacant lots, painting parking meters and fire hydrants and removing litter, debris and overgrowth from targeted areas.
During the NEP, parks and vacant lots were cleaned, bus stops were removed and consolidated, loitering was discouraged, flooding issues were resolved, blight was decreased and recycling was encouraged for residents and businesses. Roselawn now holds the record for the most completed building orders for homes of any of the previous NEP neighborhoods.
NEP partners included the Roselawn Community Council, the Roselawn Business Alliance, the City of Cincinnati, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, the American Red Cross, Operation DRIVEN Mercy Health Foundation and Deaconess Associations Foundation, among others.
Roselawn is the 20th Cincinnati neighborhood to participate in the NEP. Other neighborhoods included Avondale, Clifton Heights/University Heights/Fairview, College Hill, Corryville, Evanston, Madisonville, Mt. Washington, Northside, Over-the-Rhine, Price Hill and Westwood.

Holiday events for beer drinkers, outdoors types and kids at heart

The holidays are upon us, and in typical Cincinnati fashion there are scores of events happening around town. Check out this roundup of our favorites....

For the beer lover:
Polar Bear Express Route on the Pedal Wagon, now through Feb. 29
Two-hour pub crawl with seasonal drink specials along the way. 15-seat private tours are $250 Sunday-Thursday and $295 Friday-Saturday; public tours are $20/seat Sunday-Thursday and $25/seat Friday-Saturday.

Cincinnati SantaCon, 12 noon-12 midnight Dec. 12
Register online for your chance to dress up like Santa and stop at some of Cincinnati’s favorite bars.

For the outdoors type:
Weekend carriage rides at Macy’s Celebration Station across from Fountain Square, 12-5 p.m. Dec. 12-13

Krohn by Candlelight, 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 16 & 23

Krohn Conservatory’s Holiday Show, now through Jan. 3

Light Up OTR at Washington Park, 6 p.m. Dec. 12

Holly Jolly Downtown Trolley, 12-5 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 19
Trolley service will run every five minutes, with stops along Fourth and Fifth streets. Free.

Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt at Fountain Square, 4-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 20
Market vendors offer a variety of traditional holiday sweets and European baked goods, Glühwein (hot spiced wine) and other hot beverages, Christian Moerlein beer and handcrafted gifts and seasonal decorations. USA Today named it one of the top 10 German-themed holiday markets in the U.S.

Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, now through Jan. 2
Tickets are $16 adults online, $11 kids and seniors online; $18 adults at zoo, $12 kids and seniors at zoo

Fountain Square Ice Rink, now through Feb. 15
$6 admission, $4 skate rental.

For the arts enthusiast:
The City Flea at Washington Park, 5-10 p.m. Dec. 12

Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum of Art, now through Jan. 3
Tickets are $10 adults, $5 kids; kids 5 and under are free.

Holiday Toy Trains at the Behringer-Crawford Museum, now through Jan. 17
Tickets are $9 adults, $5 kids.

For the historian:
Luminaria at Mt. Lookout Square and Cincinnati Observatory, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 13

Holiday Junction at the Cincinnati Museum Center, now through Jan. 3
Tickets are free for members; prices vary depending on which museum package purchased.

For the kid at heart:
Macy’s Downtown Dazzle on Fountain Square, 6 p.m. Dec. 12
Watch Santa rappel down the 525 Vine building to Macy’s rooftop, and catch fireworks afterward as well as much from local choirs. John Morris Russell will conduct the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and May Festival singers. 

Holiday Mystery Theater at Cincinnati Museum Center, 5 p.m. Dec. 13
The Whodunit Players will perform Santa’s Slay…Oops, Sleigh. Tickets are $55 for members and $65 for non-members.

BRICKmas Holiday Display at Newport on the Levee, now through Jan. 1
Tickets are $10.

For the dog lover:
Reindog Parade in Mt. Adams, 2 p.m. Dec. 12
26th annual parade of dog owners and their best friends, with Marty Brennaman as Grand Marshal. Prizes awarded for best costumes for dogs under 25 lbs. and over 25 lbs., best group and best master/dog lookalike.

Noble Denim founders open Victor Athletics storefront, partner for Brush Factory launch

Noble Denim clothing has been sold online and exclusively at Article in Over-the-Rhine since 2012, but on Nov. 21 its founders will open a nearby storefront for their denim as well as for their new brand, Victor Athletics. This next step was made possible due to a Kickstarter campaign that launched in the spring and raised over $120,000.
Like Noble, Victor will offer American-made, organic clothing — specifically athletic-based items like sweatshirts, jogger pants and T-shirts. The Noble team focuses on organic clothing because, just like food, cotton is grown using a number of pesticides that can damage clothing in the long run.
Although the average consumer’s buying habits haven’t changed as much when it comes to purchasing organic clothing, Noble and Victor hope to shine a light on the benefits of organic clothing. They’re interested in sourcing cotton that lessens the impact on workers and is grown without pesticides and other chemicals.
Noble and Victor are also committed to American-made products.
“Victor really came to be because our factory in Tennessee wanted more work and wanted to grow their workforce and Noble Denim customers were looking for items at a lower price point than our jeans,” says co-founder Abby Sutton, who started Noble with her husband, Chris.
The 987-square-foot Victor Athletics Club is on the ground floor of Beasley Place, a mixed-income apartment project at Republic and 14th Streets developed by Over-the-Rhine Community Housing. The majority of Victor’s clothing is under $100, including a crewneck sweatshirt for $30 and a hoodie for $70. The storefront will also have a sewing area where workers will make totes in-store from American-made canvas.
Although Noble and Victor will both be available at the new store, the team’s primary goal is to grow Victor online.
“Our generation goes online first,” Sutton says. “But that in-person experience is so important, especially for a brand that wants to grow online.”

Noble/Victor is partnering with another successful startup, Brush Factory, to sell that company’s first collection of solid hardwood furniture, BFF. A soft launch of the furniture line is scheduled for 4-10 p.m. on Black Friday (Nov. 27) at Victor Athletics Club.

Brush Factory won the 2015 ArtWorks Big Pitch competition in August, while Noble Denim won the same competition in 2014.
Once open, Victor Athletics Club hours will be 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company sets the stage for new OTR theater

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has started a $17 million capital campaign to construct a new theater/rehearsal/office complex at the site of the former Drop Inn Center at 12th and Elm Streets in Over-the-Rhine, increasing programming from 272 days and nights per year to 360 days and nights per year. CSC has been renting theater and office space at 719 Race St.
The theater — which is being named for Otto M. Budig, a longtime CSC patron — will add one more piece to OTR’s arts corridor around Washington Park, joining Music Hall, Memorial Hall and the School for the Creative and Performing Arts.

A large portion of the necessary capital funds were raised during the private portion of the campaign, with only about $4 million still needed to move the project forward.

Plans for the 27,855-square-foot-theater have been about two years in the making and include adding about 100 seats, increasing current capacity from 150 to 244. The thrust stage will jut out into the audience, and the aisles between seats will allow actors to move among the audience during shows. A balcony is planned, but no seat will be further than 20 feet from the stage.
On the outside, the building will resemble the National Theater in London with glass walls facing the street, allowing passersby a look inside. The actors’ rehearsal space will also serve as a second theater for smaller performances or special events.
The inside will be modeled after the Globe Theater, which was designed by Shakespeare himself. Indoor lighting will mimic starlight, and there will be 38 steps connecting the two floors to represent each of the Bard’s plays.
The theater ceiling will be tall enough to allow for multi-level seats and scenery. Currently, sets are constructed outside of the Race Street theater, disassembled and reassembled once they’re inside. There will be an on-site scene shop in the historic Teamsters building that adjoins the Drop Inn site, and the theater will include an actual backstage area, trap space under the stage and wing space with lighting as well as a classroom for educational programming.

For patrons, the Otto M. Budig Theatre will feature a more spacious lobby than CSC’s current location, additional restrooms, a separate box office and a bar. All patron amenities will be in full ADA compliance.
Three buildings stand at the site of the Drop Inn Center, which will be demolished at the beginning of the year to make way for Cincinnati Shakespeare’s new home. Construction is projected to begin in April, and the troupe should be able to take possession in July 2017, just in time for the start of its 24th season.

ArtWorks hosts Ink Your Love fundraiser to close year-long celebration

ArtWorks is hosting a fundraiser Nov. 20 for the Ink Your Love campaign, the year-long celebration of why Cincinnatians love Cincinnati. Part of the project was penning a poem, “Seven Hills and a Queen to Name Them,” and tattooing it on 263 people.
The poem was written by Chase Public from more than 1,000 submissions from residents who answered the question: “Why do you love Cincinnati?” It was then broken into 263 words and phrases, and project artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova designed tattoos that were then inked by One Shot Tattoo.
The poem also inspired 54 larger-than-life murals and mini art installations around the city. This part of the project was launched just in time for the MLB All-Star Game in July; installations can be found on buildings, skyways, bars and restaurants around town.
The Nov. 20 event is being held at the Renaissance Hotel downtown and will feature a custom cocktail by Molly Wellmann as well as dishes from a number of Cincinnati chefs and music from the March Madness Marching Band and Fresh Funk. It will also be the first time that the full Cincinnati Tattoo Project video is shown.
Fundraiser attendees will be able to take a one-of-a-kind piece of art home with them. A group of Cincinnati graphic design artists created 36 different prints inspired by the poem, and local artist Pam Kravetz teamed up with Rookwood Pottery to create six plate designs featuring a line from the CincyInk poem.  
Tickets start at $150 and are available here.  
Ink Your Love was made possible through the work of 75 artists and creative partners from ArtWorks, eight ArtWorks youth apprentices and 45 community partners and sponsors.

Duke Energy Holiday Trains return to Cincinnati for 70th year

Now in its 70th year, the Holiday Junction exhibit featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains just opened at the Cincinnati Museum Center with working model trains on display throughout the holiday season. 
The exhibit has been a Cincinnati staple since 1946. It’s one of the largest portable models in the world and features authentic “O” gauge trains, which means that a quarter inch of the model is equivalent to one foot on a real train. All of the rail cars, tracks and buildings are 1/48 actual size, and while on display the trains will travel more than 100,000 scale miles.
A few changes have been made to Holiday Junction this year, including adding a raised platform around the exhibit so everyone can view the trains. There is also more family-friendly programming than ever before.
Members of the Ohio Kentucky Indiana LEGO Users Group have built a 12-by-24-Ft. LEGO train and landscape, which includes Cincinnati landmarks and 100 mini figures with characters like Spiderman, Batman, Ghostbusters and the Scooby-Doo gang.
Also new this year is a rare Carlisle & Finch Company train set that dates to 1904. The model includes the train and the trolley as well as overhead wires. Carlisle & Finch was headquartered in Cincinnati and invented the first electric toy train in 1896 — it featured metal cars and a train that ran on metal rails set two inches apart. At the start of WWI, the company was ordered to stop toy train production and focus on making searchlights for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, and although Carlisle & Finch never returned to building toy trains its legacy lives on.
Returning this year is Pogie and Patter Super Spectacular Holiday Fun Hour, a train ride, the observation deck that overlooks the trains and an expanded gift shop with trains and other toys. Santa will arrive just in time to light the Union Terminal Christmas Tree at 11 a.m. on Nov. 27.
Rocky Mountain Express is showing at the OMNIMAX Theater, celebrating the age of the steam engine and construction of the railroad through the Canadian Rockies.
Admission to Holiday Junction is included in the All Museums Pass ($14.50 for adults, $10.50 for children) or to the Cincinnati History Museum ($10.50 for adults, $8.50 for children). Duke Energy customers can go online and print off a special code for free admission to the Holiday Junction.
Holiday Junction is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, with some extended Saturday hours. Museum Center is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day but is open New Year’s Day. The display continues through Jan. 3.
Check out the Cincinnati Museum Center’s website for a list of other holiday-themed events. There’s sure to be something for everyone!

Price Hill Will introduces film festival to start conversations on social justice

Price Hill will showcase a number of regional and national films Nov. 21 at the inaugural Warsaw Ave. Film Festival. The free event will feature a selection of documentaries on social justice as well as films made in or about Price Hill.
Kevin Burke, professor of electronic media at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, and Dr. Lisa Wagner Crews, assistant professor of communication and new media studies at Mount St. Joseph University, will kick off the evening at 5 p.m. with a discussion about films and social justice.
Film screenings will begin at 6 p.m., with showings on both the first and second floors of the historic Warsaw Firehouse, 3120 Warsaw Ave.
The film lineup includes 16 shorts and webisodes, as well as two 45-minute films and three feature-length films from Dayton, L.A., Montreal, San Diego and Austin, Tex.:

Roots in Concrete sheds light on the unspoken lives of African-American women killed by senseless violence due to society’s misconception; created by Allison A. Waite, winner of the 2015 Princess Grace HBO Film Award

• Young Urban Perspectives depicts the civil unrest that occurred in Cincinnati, spearheaded by the murder of Timothy Thomas in 2001; created by Lamonte Young and the Teen Arts Council, winner of the 2002 Blue Chip Award for Best Documentary

Stop the Violence explores causes and effects of recent violence in Cincinnati; directed by Ken Powell and Adam Steele

Business As (un)Usual highlights the challenges that people with developmental disabilities face; created by Katie Bachmeyer and the Starfire Council

Women Who Yell offers women’s responses to the negative representation of women in the media; created by Megan Hague

Tap & Screw Brewery will provide beer and light appetizers, and the Guatemalan Chefs Collective will serve homemade tamales.
The festival will also serve as the debut of Price Hill Will’s Story Share project, which will feature films by young videographers from Cincinnati mentored by PHW’s Young. Movies focus on the life stories of Price Hill residents and business owners and City of Cincinnati leaders.

"Price Hill Story Share is a two-year project that was created with the intent to engage more residents and show the diversity of the community and to capture their personal experiences, visions for the future and the sharing of diverse cultures to become better inclusive as a community through media and storytelling," Young says. 

The project consists of two components, Community Storytelling and Block Swap, which involved capturing residents on video with the purpose of having public screenings of the finished works. Young assisted with place-based moments and activities surrounding Block Swap, a community clean-up with residents from Lower, East and West Price Hill picking up trash on the streets and vacant lots of each neighborhood.

New Riff to host festival celebrating Kentucky beer and spirits

The first Holler Festival will be held at New Riff Distillery Nov. 7 to feature craft breweries and distilleries that call the state of Kentucky home. Hosted by Ei8ht Ball Brewing and New Riff, the event not only celebrates Kentucky-made products but also demonstrates what it means to be a Kentucky brewery or distillery.
Kentucky bourbon is celebrated around the world for its flavor, say event organizers, due to the region's water, grains, air and people.
Featured breweries will include Against the Grain, Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company, Blue Stallion Brewing, Braxton Brewing, Country Boy Brewing, Ei8ht Ball, Good Wood Beer, Monnik Beer Co., Rooster Brewing and West Sixth Brewing. Distilleries will include Barrel House Distilling, Copper & Kings American Brandy, Corsair Distillery, The Gentleman Distillery, Limestone Branch Distillery, MB Roland Distillery, New Riff, Old Pogue Distillery, Second Sight Spirits, Wilderness Trail Distillery and Willett Distillery.
New Riff opened adjacent to The Party Source in 2014 and is part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour. Many Holler organizers are members of the Kentucky Distillers' Association and the Kentucky Guild of Brewers — both groups work to support, enhance and grow the craft communities of spirits and beer in Kentucky.
Tickets are $50, which includes beer and spirits samples, appetizers and a special edition glass. The festival is for ages 21 and up; you can pre-order tickets here.
All Holler Festival proceeds will benefit Renaissance Covington.

DesignBuildCincy event expands, makes improvements for second year

In its second year, DesignBuildCincy has made some changes to add to the event’s overall experience. The biggest change is that the design showcase will now be held over three days instead of just two, which gives more people a chance to come see what it’s all about, says organizer Doug Hart.
“We still want the show to be manageable for vendors, but we also want to give people a chance to step outside of the event and really enjoy Over-the-Rhine, which has some beautiful architecture and design elements itself,” he says.
DesignBuild will be held at Music Hall over Halloween weekend. Music Hall’s ballroom is a more intimate venue when compared to large convention centers where trade shows are traditionally held.
“The most important aspect is the content of the show and how diverse it is,” Hart says. “It’s very rare to see a show in this small of a space with so many vendors.”
There will be about 130 vendors this year, with 25 percent of them new to the event as well as more than a dozen companies that call OTR and downtown home, showcasing everything from masonry and metalwork to cabinetry and restoration. But DesignBuild isn’t just about Cincinnati — there are also companies from Dayton and central Ohio.
DesignBuild helps to showcase the rebirth happening in OTR, and Music Hall is right in the middle of it. More and more companies are coming to the neighborhood because they want to be part of that rebirth, so those working on restoration projects no longer have to look to cities like Chicago and New York for talent because it’s already here.
There also won’t be featured speakers this year, but instead two exhibits from the show’s sponsors, Rookwood Pottery and Keidel Supply. Hart says he hopes to add to the experience of DesignBuild in the future with pop-up presentations and talks at other locations throughout the neighborhood.
“For those who are interested in architecture and design, all you have to do is take a walk around the neighborhood,” he says. “It will provide as much content and enjoyment as any presentation.”
DesignBuild will be held 5-8 p.m. Oct. 30 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Tickets are $8 for everyone 13 & up and are available online.
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