The Insider

Arts + Culture Newsletter May 2011

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Cinco de Mayo Latin Night at The Blue Wisp!

Orquesta Kandela and El Fuego Lento will play hot Salsa and fiery Latin Jazz from 8 pm to midnight on Thursday, May 5! $15.

The NKU Latin Jazz Ensemble will warm the stage from 5:30-7:30 pm. Free.

The Blue Wisp, 318 E. 8th Street, 513-241-WISP

The Blind Cafe May 6-7

Come dine and enjoy a concert in the pitch dark with your friends!

The Cincinnati Blind Cafe is a mind bending/heart opening aural and taste experience. You will enjoy delicious vegan delicacies by Chef Brandon Shlunt while listening to live music by Rosh & One Eye Glass Broken.

All your waitstaff will be blind, and you will have the opportunity to engage in a Q & A session with them.

Engage in a moment of connection to food, music and the community without the distraction of visual conditioning, social etiquette and cell phones. With the love and laughter of those at your table, you will share a family-style meal, building friendship and community on a night you will never forget.

A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit local organizations for the visually impaired.

To RSVP, call 1-800-838-3006 or click this link.

5:45 pm check in, 6 pm seating, Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7. North Presbyterian Church, 4222 Hamilton Ave. Tickets $35 students, $45 general admission, sliding scale tickets available.

For more info, click here.

Essex Studios Art Walk May 6-7

Essex Studios will host an open house featuring dozens of resident artists from 6-11 pm on Friday and Saturday May 6-7. Works of many different genres and media will be represented.

Of special note, artist Dick Waller will be hosting a party in his space from 6-9 both evenings, and is offering 40 % off all artwork purchased that night.

Essex Studios, 2511 Essex Place, Cincinnati 45206. For more information, visit

Orquesta Kandela at Cincy Cinco Festival Saturday, May 7 

Orquesta KandelaCincinnati's All-Female Salsa Band will perform at the annual Cincy-Cinco Festival starting at 9:30 pm on Saturday, May 7 on Fountain Square! All ages, and FREE!

For more information on Cincy-Cinco, click here.

Live Music @ Poco a Poco on Wednesdays 

Poco a Poco presents live music on Wednesdays! Featuring a mix of Gypsy Jazz, Bossa Nova, Flamenco, Standards and Originals with The Three Casseroles: Sasha Strunjas, Sylvain Acher & 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 in the mood for a full entree, they have that too!

8-11 pm Wednesday May 3, 10, 17 and 24. No cover. For more info, click here!

More info on the restaurant at

Tribal Night @ Leapin Lizard May 19


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!

Featuring Al-Yanna in their annual spring hafla. Workshops, raffles and open belly dance/drum jam. Bring a drum or just yourself! 

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

Yoga Takeover of Fountain Square Sunday May 22

World Peace Yoga & Motion Studio invites all to join in a celebration with yoga, satsang and music! Free and open to all ages. Connect with the greater community, practice peace in action and learn about what can be done to honor the earth and all living creatures. Interpreted in American Sign Language! Click here for more information.

1:00-1:30 pm: Kids & Family Yoga
1:30-2:00 pm: DJ & Live Music + Symbiosis Yoga
2:00-3:00 pm: Yoga ~ All Levels!
3:00-3:30 pm: Live Drumming & Belly Dance
3:30-4:15 pm: Laughter Yoga
4:15-5:00 pm: DJ & Live Music

During the event: Park + Vine Eco-Boutique, Sweet Peace Bakery Treats and More!

This event is sponsored by:

Elemental OM:
Grace Tree Growth & Motion Studio:
Loveland Yoga Loft:
Lululemon Cincinnati:
Main Street Yoga:
Park + Vine:
Shine Yoga Center:
Sri Yoga Center:
The Yoga Bar:
World Peace Yoga:

Acarya at Taza with Mike Cody, Zella Whelms and Mack West on Fri May 27

Acarya is an original acoustic rock project combining earthy, driving rhythms, thick harmonic textures and powerful vocals for a high-energy performance. 

They will be performing at Taza Coffeeshop on Friday May 27, with special guests Zella Whelms, Mack West and comedian Mike Cody.

All ages show! 8-11:30 pm Taza, 2900 Jefferson Ave. $5 cover.

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Featured Business

Triple L Acres

Triple L Acres is currently accepting members for their CSA program! This offer will end soon!

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a program where members of the community support a local farmer. CSA members pay an annual fee for a share of the farmer's produce, which is then delivered weekly throughout the growing season. CSA members share in the bounty of the harvest, as well as accept some of the risks that certain items may not grow or the weather conditions may cause a smaller crop yield than expected.

Triple L Acres expects their CSA to provide 15-20 deliveries between June and September, offering members the best of the summer garden all season long, featuring produce grown with organic practices on a farm where you can visit and interact with the farmer. Shares will be delivered at various venues throughout the city; you can choose one that is convenient to you. Some of the pickup venues include: Shine Yoga, The Breathing Room, Yoga Home, Elemental Om and Beechmont Racquet Club - more locations may be added.

Produce items you can expect throughout the growing season include: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Spinach, Bibb Lettuce, Iceberg Lettuce, Peas, Onions, Radishes, Irish Potatoes, Corn, Pole Beans, Cucumbers, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Zucchini, Peppers, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Winter Squash, Sweet Potatoes and Pumpkin.

You will be able to fill a large grocery bag with the produce items of your choice (a recommended quantity from that week's harvest) at your pickup location. $325 for the season will cost an average of $20 or less per large bag of produce, all fresh picked! If you have ever shopped for organic produce at the grocery store, you will know what a bargain this is!

If you would like to sign up, supporting a local farmer and fresh local food, a deposit of $125 will be due up front, with the remaining $200 due at first pickup in June.

For more information, please visit or call Dan Lillback at 513-295-6451.

To sign up, click here! 

Artist Opportunities!

Perform at Clifton Plaza

Lydia Stec of Aquarius Star is booking music for Friday and Saturday nights May-October for the new Clifton Plaza on Ludlow. Pay is based on tips - you can also sell CDs.

If interested, please call 513-381-3436. For more information, click here.

Findlay Market

Findlay Market is looking for professional musicians and bands to play during the spring and summer. If interested, please contact

Cincy Entertainment

Cincy Entertainment is the only locally produced entertainment variety show of its kind in Cincinnati. They give local talent the forum to showcase their projects and their works. They are in over 32 cities in the area and have a huge syndication on the web. They 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 them at or visit their 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 at Plum Court Wine Room. 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 tips/info on healthy living options in the area, check out 

For local news on nightlife, entertainment and current events, visit 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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