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Arts + Culture Newsletter October 2010

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Full Spectrum 2010!

In October, the City of Covington celebrates a wide platform of artists and media every weekend - featuring a gallery hop, street art festival, international music festival, cinema screening and zombie crawl. Please read below for more info on Art Off Pike, Full Spectrum Cinema, World Music Fest and more!

Acarya Competes in Battle of the Bands, Friday Oct. 8 at Shimmers

Acarya is an original Rock project with an earthy, percussive sound combined with powerful vocals. Acoustic guitar and strings bring out depth and warmth in the melodies while the driving rhythm section creates irresistible grooves. The result is a sound comparable to a cross between Led Zeppelin and Rusted Root, or a harder-edged Dave Matthews band.

Acarya is competing in a battle of the bands Friday Oct. 9 at Shimmers Entertainment Complex in Ft. Wright KY. The event opens at 9 pm with performances from 10 pm - 1 am. $5 cover. 

More info can be found here - please come out and vote!

Javier Mendoza performs at Leapin Lizard, Friday Oct. 8

Javier Mendoza  returns with his special blend of rock and roll, beautiful ballads and original compositions in both English and Spanish. Javier has been recognized as the Best Male Vocalist of 2009 in St. Louis, "One of the Hottest Acts of 2009 by "Campus Events Magazine", and has been named Best Rock, World, Latin and Pop artist in 2000-2004 by St. Louis' Riverfront Times Magazine. 

8 pm (doors at 7:30) Friday Oct. 8, Leapin Lizard, 726 Main St. Covington. $10. Info:

Art Off Pike, Saturday Oct. 9 in Covington

Now in its Sixth year, the Art Off Pike Annual Street Arts Festival is Covington's oldest public Arts event and has brought together a wide variety of 80+ artists whose works will be on display and for sale in the heart of the Arts District. As people browse artist booths lining the streets, children are invited to take part in Picasso's Playground, a kids cornucopia of art activities. Musicians will be playing live throughout the day at three separate stations. Westside Action Coalition will be on site with their yummy food offerings and inside the Artists Enterprise Center, Beanhaus will be there with their treats. This year, there will be a People's Choice Award, so be sure to cast your vote for the best Artists on Display!

10 am - 4 pm Saturday Oct. 9 on Pike and Seventh Streets between Madison and Russell. For more information:

Full Spectrum Cinema Saturday Oct. 16 in Covington

Spend a day at the Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center and see what the local film community is working on. With partners Cincinnati Film Fest and Cincy World Cinema, the day's schedule is packed with both great content produced right here in town as well as abroad. Cincy Film Fest brings the Best of its 2010 festival to the screen while Cincy World Cinema offers a double bill of international film. Sit back, enjoy the show and let the magic of film inspire you.

Noon-11 pm Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd


**Full Spectrum Cinema is preceded by a week long film festival, the Cincy Film Fest, that is a week long event with a huge offering not to miss. Find out more information on their website:

Tribal Night @ Leapin Lizard Oct. 21, featuring the
Al-Yanna and Dakari Haunted Halloween Hafla


Ghouls and goblins

Ghosts galore

Witches cackle

Such allure

Haunted fun is right inside

Cross the threshold

Do not hide!

7-11 pm Thursday Oct. 21

Open Jam/Drum Circle, open dance performances on request, games, door prizes, costume contest, refreshments and shopping!

$5 cover

Carnival Noir, Friday Oct. 22 at Leapin Lizard

The third annual Carnival Noir rolls back into the Cincinnati area with another dark and whimsical tale of woe! Draconia and Loren the Black return as your on-screen devilish guides for a night of voodoo and vice, complete with tarot readers (Lady Vannesa & Rev. Bonnie), make-up artists, vendors and more. Featuring another original story, this year's show blends filmed and live performances to shine an artistic light on humanity's dark side and bad behavior.  

Carnival Noir 2010 showcases regional artists and their interpretations of concepts such as deception, mischief and judgement. This year's acts include spinners, hoopers, belly dancers, musicians, contortionists and more. Performances by Asrar al Badra, Bollywood Babes, Chimera, Christiane Nicoulin, Dante's Gypsy Circus, Karma Geddon, Mayan Ruins, Mellie & Robyn, Loren the Black, Navitas Tribal, Rhiannon and Zahara... and maybe another surprise! Local favorites Mayan Ruins will be providing pre-show and intermission music in the Voodoo Lounge.

Guests are encouraged to wear costumes. This year's Silent Auction proceeds benefit the Women's Crisis Center (


8 pm Friday Oct. 22 (doors at 7 pm), Leapin Lizard, 726 Main St. Covington, KY. Tickets $15 on sale at or by calling (513) 515-9695. ($20 at the door) 

World Music Fest, Saturday Oct. 23 in Covington

The fourth annual World Music Fest features art, music and dance from around the world - everything from Tango to origami to Japanese koto and more! Four Covington venues (Step-N-Out Studio, Europa Cafe, Artisans Enterprise Center and Baker Hunt Cultural Center) will host a full day of electic offerings in a great celebration of diverse cultures and art forms. Discover a new world through the language of music - and travel around the globe right here on the streets of Covington. This year's World Music Fest will save you money on airfare and transport you within moments to another culture!

Noon-11 pm, Saturday Oct. 23, at various venues in Covington. $5 suggested donation.

Schedule coming soon at

To join the World Music Fest mailing list for updates, click here!

Covington Zombie Crawl, Friday Oct. 30

Calling all Zombies!! Covington offers its historic downtown as a setting for a night on the town for the living dead. Do something different this Halloween, bring the family and join in on the fun!

The Zombie Crawl is a costume-themed tour of some of Covington's galleries, bars, and other nightlife hot spots. Participants are invited to dress to kill! BeConcerned is hosting a Zombification Room for those who need a little help putting the wardrobe and make-up together. Start at Molly Malone's Irish Pub and visit five other venues, all welcoming Zombies in their own special way!

6 pm - midnight. Kickoff at 6 pm at Molly Malone's.

More info:

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Harmony 2010 presents Funkadesi Oct. 30

Harmony 2010 features Funkadesi, a dynamic ensemble that creatively mixes East Indian music (Folk, Bollywood, Bhangra) with Reggae, Funk and Afro-Caribbean music.  

Funkadesi is widely acclaimed and has won the MOST OUTSTANDING GROUP Award in Chicago for 2006 and 2007. Harmony 2010 is presented by the Cincinnati chapter of AID (Association for India's Development).

6 PM, Saturday, October 30 at Kresge Auditorium, University of Cincinnati

Tickets: $15, $25, $50; free for UC students

Information about the concert:

Information about Funkadesi:



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Bamboo Room Recording Studio

In celebration of our seventh anniversary, The Bamboo Room will be hosting a studio special for musicians/bands who have not yet recorded with us. Simply book a tour of the studio and receive a voucher for $100 of free studio time! 

Come and visit our world class recording facilities and meet owner/engineer Erwin Musper, who has worked with artists such as Van Halen, David Bowie, Def Leppard, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Jeff Beck and Metallica, to name a few. While most of Musper's clients fly in from Europe to record, his expertise is available to local bands right here!

To schedule an appointment, please email

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Artist Opportunities!

Cincy Entertainment

Cincy Entertainment is the only locally produced entertainment variety show of its kind in Cincinnati. We give local talent the forum to showcase their projects and their works. We are in over 32 cities in the area and have a huge syndication on the web. We continually look for the area's best in film, music, comedy and anything else uniquely different in the area. If you're interested in showcasing your talent or project contact us at or visit our web site at


Full Art Spectrum

Are you an artist? Full Arts Spectrum is a group of Greater Cincy artists of all disciplines & neighborhoods, gathering together to share ideas, critiques, inspiration, in a way that builds the artistic community in the region. All artists welcome to join & membership is free!

The gathering is every 3rd Saturday at 7:30 pm. For more information, click here

QAI is a Cincinnati-based e-journal for critical thinking, review and reflective prose on contemporary visual art.

Read the journal at

Join the Aeqai Facebook group! 


Cool Links!


For local news on nightlife, entertainment and current events, check out the Cincinnati Defender


For info on local bands and the music scene, visit Cincy Groove Magazine


For reviews on local musicians and bands of note, check out Each Note Secure

For all things Jazz in town, go to The Jazz Half - Jazz fans can also sign up to the Jazz Meetup Group


For weekly updates on concerts and other cultural events of note, sign up for Tri-State Treasures by sending the message "subscribe" to


If you are a professional woman who enjoys networking and socializing, the Women's Professional Meetup Group is for you!


If you like supporting local businesses, try consulting Buy Cincy


If you live or hang on the East side of town, hit up the East Side Vibe


Arts afficionados and critics should subscribe to Aeqai, a local electronic journal on contemporary art.


For the ladies - Cincinnati's free online women's magazine is CincyChic.


For local business and development news, check out SoapBox.


A great source for the quirks and perks in town is Make Cincinnati Weird.


For general info on all things Cincinnati, visit






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