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Local movie-themed bar makes list of top pop culture phenoms of the year


A number of food crazes hit cult-classic status in 2017: unicorn Frappuccinos, sushi burritos and the Whole30 diet. These food trends kept our minds off what was really happening in the world, if only for a moment. Food & Wine rounded up its top 50 food-related trends to go viral on Instagram and make a dent in our wallets last year — and get this, one of them is a bar in Walnut Hills.  

The Video Archive is the secret behind the unassuming wall of DVDs in the storefront's small video rental store. The Quentin Tarantino-themed bar features a cocktail menu inspired by cult-classic films — the Jackie Brown is made with bourbon, elderflower liqueur, blackberry-cucumber puree and salted honey, and the Royale with Cheese is a mix of yellow chartreuse with lemon juice and simple syrup. Owner Jacob Trevino is known for his pop-up bars, and closed out 2017 with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme at The Video Archive.

Check out the other food phenomenons of the year here.
 

Mystic Timbers coaster named Top 10 amusement park attraction


Kings Island's newest ride, Mystic Timbers, was recently named one of the top 10 new amusement park attractions by USA Today.

The rollercoaster opened in the spring, and features 16 "airtime" hills, an extreme S-turn and a tunnel. The ride reaches speeds of up to 53 mph.

USA Today readers were able to vote for their favorites, and the winners were officially chosen by a panel of amusement park experts.

See the country's other nine top new attractions here.
 

Two Cincinnati groups get GRAMMY nods


Tune into the 60th annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 28th to see if two Cincinnati groups receive a coveted award in their category.
 

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Louis Langrée, received a nomination for Best Orchestral Performance for the album "Concertos for Orchestra."  

Composer Zhou Tian (pronounced Jo-Tyen) also earned a spot in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category for that same album.
 
The CSO has been here before — it was previously nominated in the Best Orchestral Performance category but has not taken home that trophy. But they have won Grammys related to production and engineering, most recently for a 2008 release.

The National, a Brooklyn-based, Cincinnati-bred group, also received a nod for its latest release, "Sleep Well Beast" in the Best Alternative Music Album and Best Recording Package categories.

The National also received a nomination in the Best Alternative Music Album category for 2013's "Trouble Will Find Me."

See if your favorite artist is up for a GRAMMY here.
 


Local anchor gets shoutout on "Live with Kelly and Ryan"


A few weeks ago, Ryan Seacrest talked about his recent visit to Cincinnati on his show, "Live with Kelly and Ryan." Seacrest came to town to meet with advertisers, likely for his radio station, Seacrest Studios, at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. 

While talking about his trip, Seacrest says that he was mistaken for local celebrity Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees. He and Kelly Ripa go on to talk about "Cincinnati royalty," which includes WCPO anchor Ryan Houston and Lachey.

Watch the whole clip.
 

Fiona: A social media superstar


Fiona the hippo is now a household name, thanks in part to the communications team at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, which kept followers up-to-date on the premature baby hippo's progress through social media.

Her story is everywhere, and fans the world over come to Cincinnati just to catch a glimpse of her bobbing in the water at Hippo Cove.

Fiona's story has inspired a local brewery and T-shirt company; a seven-episode Facebook series; a limted-edition ice cream flavor; countless mentions in national news; and an entire nation. Next year, Thane Maynard, the zoo's director, is releasing a children's book called "Saving Fiona: The Story of the World's Most Famous Baby Hippo," which will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 

“People tell us all the time that Fiona is something everyone can agree on,” says Amy LaBarbara, the zoo’s coordinator for marketing and events. “We have heard from countless people online that Fiona has been uniting the United States. We hear from people going through chemo that tell us she is the only bright spot in their day.”

Read more about our local superstar here.


 

Carabello Coffee voted best local coffee shop in Kentucky


Buying local is becoming an ever more regular part of daily life. Citizens are looking to buy locally grown produce and locally made goods, and eat and drink at locally owned establishments. Mic.com, with the help of Yelp, rounded up the best local coffee shop in each state, and Newport's own Carabello Coffee came out on top in Kentucky.

The philanthropic craft coffee roaster serves responsibly sourced coffee from the world's leading coffee-producing countries. Justin and Emily Carabello have personal relationships with each farmer, and they donate proceeds directly back to those farmers, and to organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area.

The pair recently expanded their venture, and now have a craft analog coffee bar for true coffee geeks, as well as a cute little cafe where you can sip a hot drink and have a conversation, work or people watch.

Discover the other 49 top local coffee shops in the country here.
 

BLINK not the only draw in Cincinnati


This October brought BLINK to the Queen City, a free, walkable, light and art festival that spanned from The Banks to Findlay Market and included 60 large-scale installations and projections. Over one million people attended, putting it on the radar of people all over the region, and the country.

While in town for BLINK, travel blog Cool Hunting uncovered a myriad of other can't-miss options in town, including the 21c, Findlay Market, the Contemporary Arts Center, the Cincinnati Arts Museum, the Lucky Cat Museum, Taft's Ale House, brewery tours in Over-the-Rhine, the American Sign Museum, Rhinegeist's new restaurant, Music Hall and drinks at Sundry and Vice.

Click here to read more about Cool Hunting's four days of Cincinnati discovery.


 


Five local favorites recognized by Food & Wine


Five local spots on both sides of the river were featured in Food & Wine's Cincinnati City Guide.
 
  • The menu at Carabello Coffee's Analog Coffee Bar has eight different brewing methods on it, and is the place for coffee geeks.
  • Artichoke, located across the street from Findlay Market, is stocked with every cooking gadget you'll ever need.
  • Longfellow is known for its cocktail menu, but there's also a small bites menu that leaves customers wanting more. 
  • Chef Ryan Santos' new restaurant Please is known for its ambitious and tasty dishes.
  • Downtown's 21c is more than just a hotel — it's an art gallery too. 
Read more about Food & Wine's top Cincy stops here.
 

Cincinnati named the most hipster city in the country


Hipster trends are popping up all over the place: craft coffee, craft beer, local art galleries, etc. Cincinnati has a plethora of all of these, and was recently recognized by Jetsetter.com as the most hipster city in America.

Cincinnati has 19th-century and Art Deco architecture, historic breweries and European-style neighborhoods. But we're also experiencing a cultural revival, with buzzy storefronts, boutique hotels, standout restaurants and hip bars cropping up all over the city. Jetsetter highlighted Over-the-Rhine, which is in the midst of an $80 million revitalization, has cool shops like MiCA 12/V, local art galleries and cafes.

Holtman’s Donuts has taken the city by storm, topping its donuts with maple bacon, cereal or coconut. The Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center is the first freestanding American museum designed by a woman (none other than Zaha Hadid), and it's full of cutting-edge photography, film and performance art; and downtown's 21c Museum Hotel features a free contemporary art gallery, rooftop bar and restaurant.

Read about the other six hipster cities here.
 

21c Cincinnati named top hotel in Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler


Condé Nast Traveler recently announced its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, recognizing 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati as one of the best in the world. Each of 21c Museum Hotels’ seven properties received high honors, with 21c Cincinnati landing at the no. 5 spot on the Top Hotels in the Midwest list.

Five other 21c Museum Hotels were named as Top Hotels in the South, including 21c Lexington (No. 6), 21c Nashville (No. 15), 21c Louisville (No. 17), 21c Durham (No. 22) and 21c Bentonville (No. 37). The rankings are based on the quality of rooms, service, food and dining, location and overall design.

More than 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record-breaking 7,320 hotels and resorts, 610 cities, 225 islands, 468 cruise ships, 158 airlines and 195 airports.

For more information about the awards, click here.
 


Music Hall renovations set the stage for NYC's Geffen Hall


The New York Philharmonic's performance space, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, is in desperate need of renovations. But it just scrapped a $500 million gut renovation, unlike Cincinnati's Music Hall, which just underwent a $135 million renovation.

On Oct. 6, Music Hall reopened with much pomp and circumstance. The two-year renovation paid off — patrons are now "closer to the music," as the CSO's Louis Langrée put it.

Read the New York Times' article about how Cincy is leading the way for Geffen Hall's proposed transformation.

You can read our full Cincy Sets the Stage series about Music Hall's renovation here
 

Dent Schoolhouse lands on Buzzfeed's scariest list


It's almost Halloween, and in honor of that spookiest of holidays, Buzzfeed has rounded up its top 13 scariest haunted houses in the country, and Cincinnati's own Dent Schoolhouse made the list. 

Housed in an old school (opened in 1894), the Dent Schoolhouse plays on that by leading you through the school's dark history, which centers around the tale of Charlie the janitor who killed students. (It's rumored that even without the haunted house, the Dent Schoolhouse is actually haunted.)

If you want to get the pants scared off of you this month, purchase tickets for the Dent Schoolhouse.

 

BLINK: by the numbers


This past weekend, nearly one million people descended on Over-the-Rhine and downtown for the first ever BLINK Cincinnati. The four-day art and light festival covered 20 city blocks and incorporated local and international talent. 

Here are some of the big numbers:
 
  • More than 2,500 people participated in Thursday's BLINK Future City Spectacular light parade; about 100,000 people attended the parade
  • Twenty-two projection mappings and 35 light-based art installations were strategically placed from Findlay Market to The Banks
  • Eight new murals were painted by international artists
  • Thirty entertainers performed throughout the weekend on six stages
  • 500 volunteers worked to make BLINK possible
  • More than 100 artists participated in the festival, with 60 from the region
  • About 27,000 rides were taken on the Cincinnati Bell Connector
To see photos from BLINK, search #blinkcincinnati on Instagram.
 

 


DAAP connection pays off for UCLA professor


Casey Reas, professor of design media arts at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, has roots in Cincinnati: he's a graduate of UC's DAAP. His DAAP connections have landed him work with The National, an alt-rock band. 

Reas met The National's bassist, Scott Devendorf, and singer Matt Berninger when they were all graphic design students at DAAP — he even played drums for them, once upon a time.

The National just released its seventh album, "Sleep Well Beast," and Reas helped create four music videos for songs on the album. He used an open-source programming language called Processing, which he helped co-create, to make the videos.

Along with music videos, Reas' work has been exhibited in art galleries and projected onto buildings all over the globe.

To read more about Reas' process for creating The National's music videos, click here.
 

OTR named one of five Great Neighborhoods by the APA


Last week, the American Planning Association named Over-the-Rhine one of five Great Neighborhoods on its annual Great Places in America list. The list marks the kick-off for the APA’s National Community Planning Month celebration.

Like much of the city, OTR has undergone huge changes in the past 15 years, and it's now considered one of Cincinnati’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Planning efforts showcase the historic nature of OTR and will help preserve the neighborhood’s legacy.

As part of the distinction, Mayor John Cranley declared Oct. 4 “Over-the-Rhine ‘Great Neighborhood’ Day” in Cincinnati.

Through continued public-private partnerships and the ongoing support of the community’s residents, developers have been able to restore historic buildings like Memorial Hall, Music Hall and the former St. Paul's Evangelical Church (now home to Taft's Ale House); create community gathering spaces like Washington Park and Ziegler Park; and create new housing options all over OTR.

Along with OTR, APA also recognized Seward in Minneapolis; the Heart of Missoula; Uptown Greenwood, SC; and Pearl in San Antonio.

Click here to read more about APA's Great Places in America. 
 

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