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Acoustic lunch downtown

Eric Leyton, formerly a traffic reporter on WLW, sings at Potbelly Sandwich Works (ground floor of the Fifth Third Center at Fountain Square) every Monday and Wednesday. He’s really good! I usually don’t like live music where food is served, but Eric is an exception to my rule. Check him out if you’re downtown for lunch.


Meet 5: Thank Grapes It’s Tuesday

This week’s chance to meet five new people just by showing up is, as luck would have it, an opportunity that arises every week: City Cellars’ TGIT wine tasting every Tuesday evening.

City Cellars, a wine aficonado’s haven, is the first port of call for chefs and home cooks who are serious about what they serve with dinner. But it’s also an open and friendly place for those who just enjoy a fine glass of wine to discover what the world has to offer.

Every Tuesday, wine lovers also have the chance to meet one another at City Cellars. The shop hosts a tasting of a different wine every week, and also brings the winemaker in to discuss his creation with those who are interested. Light food is served, and it’s a great atmosphere for groups of friends and for making new friends.

WHAT: City Cellars TGIT wine tasting
WHEN: Every Tuesday starting at 5.30PM
WHERE: 908 Race Street, downtown – map
WHO: Hosted by City Cellars and the week’s selected winemaker
: $6 per person for wine and light food
HOW: Reservations are suggested: Call Brian on 513-621-9463 or e-mail  Brian@citycellars.biz to let them know you’re coming.

Wine photo copyright Jackie Danicki 

Meet 5: Cincinnati Salon

Cincinnati Salon: The Second

Originally uploaded by dynamist

Want to meet five new people just by showing up to an event? Here’s a good one for this week – and yes, this is blatant self-pimpage on my part.

I started the Cincinnati Salon in March 2007, and since then our monthly ideas forum has hosted many stimulating discussions amongst some of the city’s brightest, most engaged residents. This month, City Beat columnist Stephanie Dunlap, who is also now a program director at Literacy Center West, will be talking with us about adult literacy in the Greater Cincinnati area.

WHAT: Cincinnati Salon
WHEN: Thursday, January 31, 6-8PM (talk starts at 7PM SHARP)
WHERE: The Waldo, 204 W. 8th Street (corner of 8th & Elm) – map
WHO: Hosted by Jackie Danicki (me!)
COST: Free
HOW: Just show up!

Meet 5: Joseph Williams Home Preview Party

copyright Jackie DanickiHere’s this week’s golden chance to meet five new people just by showing up:

Brian Neumann and Fred Arrowood are hosting the opening of Joseph Williams Home, a new urban lifestyle furniture store in Cincinnati’s Pendelton arts district. Free drinks and food will be provided in style, and everyone has a chance to win a $500 shopping spree at the store. An afterparty at Over-the-Rhine hotspot Below Zero will follow.

Gatherings like this always attract some of the city’s most outgoing, connected residents – indeed, it was just such a party at the nearby High Street (also on Reading Road) that first introduced me to many wonderful Cincinnatians when I first moved to town.

WHAT: Joseph Williams Home Preview Party
WHEN: Friday, January 25, 6PM – 10PM
: Joseph Williams Home, 550 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (map & directions)
WHO: Hosted by Brian Neumann and Fred Arrowood
COST: Free
HOW: Leave a comment on this post or email me at dynamist AT gmail DOT com and I will email you an invitation; please RSVP online by Wednesday, January 23

Cincinnati means Northern Kentucky, too

If you live north of the Ohio River, it can be easy to forget all of the fantastic things happening on the other side of it. Covington is especially vibrant these days, with an arts scene that is the envy of many other, larger cities.

For a taste of what’s going on down yonder, check out Cincinnati blogger 5chw4r7z’s photos from The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center‘s latest exhibition, A Woman’s View II. Like so many events in this area, the show is free to the public.

Meet 5 – and meet Sara Paretsky

Here’s this week’s golden chance to meet five new people just by showing up:

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is hosting a special talk by famed mystery writer Sara Paretsky. She’ll be talking about her most recognized character, private detective V.I. Warshawski (as played by Kathleen Turner on film), and taking questions from the audience. Paretsky is a very popular speaker on the library circuit, and Cincinnati is fortunate to host her this week.

This is set to be an intimate chat with one of America’s most successful authors, and is sure to attract a great mix of bright Cincinnati residents. Bonus: If you’re a member of the Downtown Residents’ Council, you can snap up a limited number of free tickets (for you and a friend) to attend.

WHAT: Talk with Sara Paretsky
WHEN: Thursday, January 17 at 7.00PM
WHERE: Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine (map & directions)
WHO: Sponsored by the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
COST: $10 (limited number of free tickets available for DRC members and their plus-ones)
HOW: Send your seat requests, including name and number of tickets, to programs@cincinnatilibrary.org or call (513) 369-6945.

Sara Paretsky photo courtesy Fairfax County Public Library

I’m still here!

Wherever here is. Updates have been hampered by the fact that I have been on the road almost constantly since before Christmas.  I’m heading off again right now, but will try to update while abroad.

I’ve received some simply wonderful emails lately from Cincinnati natives who were dubious about moving back, but now feel more hopeful after reading this blog and the others I link to. As if I needed it, that’s encouragement enough to keep going. Thanks for your patience!