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Arts + Culture Newsletter December 2010

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Live Gypsy Jazz at Poco a Poco on Wednesdays

Poco a Poco presents live music on Wednesdays!

Featuring live Gypsy Jazz and Jazz standards with Sasha Strunjas, Sylvain Acher and Liz Wu.

Poco a Poco is a beautiful, casual tapas restaurant on Hyde Park Square, where patrons are encouraged to hang out with friends, and taste a little of everything. If you're more in the mood for a full entree, they have that too.

8-11 pm Wednesday December 15, 22 and 29. No cover.

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Tribal Night @ Leapin Lizard Dec 16 - Holiday Hafla!


Join us for one of the hottest events in town - Tribal Night at Leapin Lizard - a monthly evening of dance, drums, drink, food and more!

There will be an open belly dance and drum jam all night, interspersed with short dance performances. Bring a drum or just yourself! All levels welcome, and if you would like to give a short performance during the evening (maybe to try out some killer new choreography) there will be a sign-up list. Local dancer and teacher Zahara will kick off the night with a short performance and mini-workshop!

December features a Holiday theme - bring a canned/boxed food item to donate to charity and receive $1 off the door.

The event goes from 7-10 pm every third Thursday at Leapin Lizard, 726 Main Street, Covington. $5 cover. All ages. Open potluck, please feel free to bring an item to share (no drinks please).

Oakley Holiday Celebration Dec 18!

Get into the holiday spirit while supporting local 

businesses at the Oakley Holiday Celebration!

Participating vendors and restaurants will offer special
discounts, and donate a percentage of proceeds to

charity. 12-6 pm on Madison Avenue between Oakley
Square and Essencha Tea House.

Also featuring family-friendly fun including:

Free holiday movies all day at the 20th Century!

Strolling carolers!

Hot cider and popcorn up and down Madison Avenue!

Free horse carriage ride all day long!

Luminary light at 6 pm!

Illustrator of Obama's children book "Of Thee I Sing"
signing at The Blue Manatee!

New Year's Eve Gala at the 20th Century

Kick off the New Year in Style at The Ball On The Square! 

Three Bands will light up the outside stage on Oakley Square throughout the evening with headliners "The Sly Band". The Cincinnati Circus will perform throughout the grounds, featuring fire performers, stilt walkers, magicians and more. The evening will be crowned with a ball drop off the newly renovated 20th Century Tower and a Rozie fireworks finale. Don't fear the cold - Tostie Toes and Hot hand warmers are included with each ticket. Food and Alcoholic beverages will be available.

8 pm - 1 am Friday, December 31. $20. Ages 21 + Tickets and information: 513-520-9500 / 513-731-8000

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Featured Business

Siam Orchid Restaurant

Siam Orchid serves delicious traditional Thai food in a cute, intimate venue in Bellevue, KY.

Phad Thai is their speciality!

Visit during lunch for a free spring roll with your entree.

Lunch hours are 11-3 daily and Dinner is 4-9 Mon-Sat.

Address is 511 Fairfield Ave, Bellevue, KY 41073

More info:


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

AEQAI 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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