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Skate!

Final Friday OTR – April 2012

This Friday (tomorrow) is yet another Final Friday in Over-the-Rhine, and its set to be a great one. In addition to the standard Final Friday happenings, there are some unique offerings.

Skate!

First up is another edition of OTR Skate featuring You, You’re Awesome and Automagik. This takes place at the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center from 8:00-11:00 pm. Also in attendance with be the Cincinnati Rollergirls, Cincinnati’s Roller Derby Team.  There will also be free Wii, fooseball, air hockey, pool and bumper pool available courtesy of the OTR Recreation Center. Participants will be able to enter a raffle to win gift certificates and goods from OTR businesses, including Pho Lang Thang, Atomic Number Ten, Daisy Mae’s Market, Iris Book Cafe, Smartfish Supply and more. All raffle proceeds will benefit the OTR Recreation Center. Admission for the event is $5, which includes the cost of skate rental. Skates are first-come, first-served and skaters are welcome to bring their own skates. OTR Skate is an 18 and older event. April’s OTR Skate is sponsored by The Counter Rhythm Group, Cincy Blues Society, and the Cincinnati Roller Girls. Last year, OTR Skate events drew 500 people and raised more than $1,000 to help the Recreation Center provide scholarships and staffing for youth programming.

Final Friday OTR @ The Emery

A new addition to the Final Friday scene this month is Final Friday OTR @ The Emery. The Requiem Project, which manages the long-shuttered Emery Theatre in OTR, will be opening the doors to The Emery and welcoming attendees to wander the halls to experience the visual exhibits of photographers and artists Brian BruemmerDarrin BallmanCedric Cox, Chris Hoeting, Jonathan Robert WillisKatherine DurackMike FleschMargot Gotoff, Mark Krotchin, Michael Wilson, and Ron Rack. There will also be performances by Exhale Dance Tribe, Origami, and Lauren Edward. Ric Hordinski and Daniel Martin Moore will be giving a concert and premiering their new records. To top it all off, Christian Moerlein, event sponsor, will be tapping their spring seasonal beer, Saengerfest Maibock. Doors to The Emery open at 6:00 PM with the keg-tapping at 7 and concert beginning at 8.

Other features:

Old Spice Art Show @ 1423 Vine St, 5 pm

BikeArt Poster Party @ Coffee Emporium on Central Parkway, 6:30 -8 pm

Flowers In The Recycle Bin @ Park+Vine,  6 – 10 pm

The Natives perform live @  ORIGINAL THOUGHT REQUIRED 7 – 10 pm

Bootleg: The Musical Influences of Ghost Empire @ MOTR, 8 pm – 1 am

 

YPCC Happy Hour Choral Concert @ Below Zero Lounge!

Happy Hour Choral Concert: Young Professionals’ Choral Collective presents Sin & Tonic on Valentine’s Day

 The Young Professionals’ Choral Collective of Cincinnati (YPCC), based in Over-the-Rhine, is made up of over 60 motivated young professionals (ages 21-40), who are excited to make great choral music, support local businesses, meet new people, and reach new audiences.

The directors, KellyAnn Nelson (Managing Artistic Director) & Christopher Eanes (Associate Director), are choral musicians & real-life partners who live in OTR.  The 60+ singers live and work throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.  For their first concert, 46 singers will perform at Below Zero Lounge (1122 Walnut Street in Over-the-Rhine) where the choir has been rehearsing and socializing for the last two months.

Sin & Tonic will be presented on Valentine’s Day.  Audience members will listen with martinis in hand to quality choral music that explores all aspects of love.  The doors (and the bar) will be open from 6-10pm, and the performance will take place from 6:45 – 7:30pm.  Audience members are invited to start their Valentine’s Day evening with bawdy English madrigals, sassy French chansons, gorgeous vocal jazz arrangements and soaring American spirituals…or to make a whole night of it!

Space is limited.  Free reservations (donations accepted) can be made at www.sinandtonic.eventbrite.com

 

The Choir:       

YPCC rehearses on Tuesday nights in unique venues in OTR.  For this concert cycle, they have had the pleasure of singing at Below Zero Lounge.  After each rehearsal, YPCC singers socialize at various OTR locations such as A Tavola Pizza, Senate Pub, Lavomatic Bistro, Below Zero Lounge, Japp’s Cocktails, and Know Theatre.  YPCC strives to connect motivated young professionals to this great city through great music, great food, great friends, and great relationships with local businesses.  The OTR Gateway Merchants Group and YPCC have formed a great connection.

YPCC will continue to engage performers and audiences who live, work, and socialize downtown and are looking for connections to this great city, as well connecting young, hip audiences to Cincinnati’s great history of choral music performance, by presenting quality choral music in unique, informative, and fun ways.  Their next concert will feature world choral music paired with wine tastings…In Vino Veritas. In July 2012, YPCC will compete in the World Choir Games as a showcase of the young professional talent in the city of Cincinnati.

For More Information:

KellyAnn Nelson: connect@choralcollective.com
Phone: (616) 405 – 5742
www.choralcollective.com
Facebook.com/choralcollective

Sin & Tonic Free Reservations:  www.sinandtonic.eventbrite.com

Final Friday OTR Skate

Final Friday OTR Skate – Halloween Edition

Final Friday OTR SkateJoin Far-I-Rome Productions in collaboration with the Cincinnati Film Festival and the Cincinnati Rollergirls for the Halloween edition of the Final Friday OTR Skate! The fourth and final OTR Skate of 2011 takes place October 28, 2011 at the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center, 1715 Republic St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

In the spirit of Halloween, costumes are encouraged (tip: avoid costumes that could get caught under someone’s skates!). The OTR Rec Center will also be taking new and gently used Halloween costumes and bagged candy for kids at the Rec Center.

The Cincinnati Rollergirls will be on site to offer 5-minute skate lessons and demos, and the Cincinnati Film Festival will be screening scary short films by local filmmakers. The OTR Skate will feature DJ sets by DJs Apryl Reign and Diamonn Gurr, free Wii, ping pong, pool and foosball and an after party at the Drinkery starting at 11 pm.

Cover for the OTR Skate is $3, which includes skate rentals. Proceeds benefit the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center to fund youth programming. The OTR Skate is an 18 and up event.

Final Friday OTR Skate
October 28
8:00pm -11:00pm
Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center
1715 Republic Street

DJ Sets by Apryl Reign and Diamonn Gurr

Admission $3 (includes skate rental)

FREE Wii, foosball, pool and bumper pool, courtesy of the OTR Rec Center

AFTER PARTY at the Drinkery starting at 11 pm

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FINAL FRIDAY OTR SKATE is a bi-monthly adult skate held on Final Friday at the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center.  The event is highlighted by live DJs and interactive art installations, as well as support from local food and goods vendors. The OTR Skate is designed as both a unique Final Friday experience and community outreach effort – a portion of the proceeds benefit the OTR Rec Center, and many of the artists and musicians involved have offered their services in support of the effort.

FAR-I-ROME PRODUCTIONS is an independent special events production company that focuses on unifying the music & arts community under one roof through innovative events.  Founded in 2010, Far-I-Rome Productions has spanned genres and brought together the corners of the cities with events like the Clifton Heights Music Festival, Turntables ‘n’ Snares, Tune-In Park and the Final Friday OTR Skate.  Far-I-Rome Productions is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For more information on Far-I-Rome Productions, visit: http://www.fariromeproductions.com
For more information on the Over-The-Rhine Recreation Center, visit http://www.cincyrec.org

 

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Final Friday OTR Skate – Part III

It’s time again for Final Friday on Friday August 26. That means its time again also for the Final Friday OTR Skate at the Over-the-Rhine Rec Center. Below is the press release from Far-I-Rome Productions, who is presenting the event. It’s definitely a good time, and every should try to make it out!

New features include games and some new DJs. Read below for more information:

OTR Skate Offers Roller Games and Fresh Beats

CINCINNATI, OH – Far-I-Rome Productions is proud to present the third installment of the Final Friday OTR Skate, Cincinnati’s only Final Friday roller disco.  The event returns August 26 at the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center. This time around, OTR Skate will feature DJs Ken Wright (The Project Mill) and Sabastooge and quesadillas by Turophillia Quesadillas.

Skaters can expect to hear a mixture of mashups and indie dance pop by DJ Ken Wright and old school rollerskating songs by DJ Sabastooge.

While the OTR Skate’s tried-and-true formula of innovative DJs and food trucks never fails to bring people in, the OTR Skate is pushing the nostalgia with roller games like limbo, races and “DJ Says.” Prizes include passes to Clifton Heights Music Festival in October and a prize pack courtesy of WVQC’s (95.7 FM) Queen City Awesome. Those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground can still enjoy free Wii, foosball, pool, ping pong and bumper pool courtesy of the OTR Rec Center.

Cover for the OTR Skate is $3, which includes skate rentals. Proceeds benefit the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center. Though the admission covers skate rental, people who own their own skates or rollerblades are encouraged to “bring ‘em if they got ‘em”, since the Rec Center has 120 skates, first come first serve. The OTR Skate is an 18 and up event.

Final Friday OTR Skate
August 26
8:00pm -11:00pm
Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center
1715 Republic Street

DJ Sets by DJ Ken Wright and DJ Sabastooge

Admission $3 (includes skate rental)

Food by Turophilia Quesadillas

FREE Wii, foosball, pool and bumper pool, courtesy of the OTR Rec Center

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FINAL FRIDAY OTR SKATE is a bi-monthly adult skate held on Final Friday at the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center.  The event is highlighted by live DJs and interactive art installations, as well as support from local food and goods vendors. The OTR Skate is designed as both a unique Final Friday experience and community outreach effort – a portion of the proceeds benefit the OTR Rec Center, and many of the artists and musicians involved have offered their services in support of the effort.

FAR-I-ROME PRODUCTIONS is an independent special events production company that focuses on unifying the music & arts community under one roof through innovative events.  Founded in 2010, Far-I-Rome Productions has spanned genres and brought together the corners of the cities with events like the Clifton Heights Music Festival, Turntables ‘n’ Snares, Tune-In Park and the Final Friday OTR Skate.  Far-I-Rome Productions is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For more information on Far-I-Rome Productions, visit: http://www.fariromeproductions.com
For more information on the Over-The-Rhine Recreation Center, visit http://www.cincyrec.org/

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Final Friday OTR Skate is BACK for Round 2!!

June OTR Skate

Returning to OTR is the Final Friday OTR Skate presented by Far-I-Rome Productions. On Friday June 24, the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center will be transformed in to a combination roller disco and art gallery. Two new DJs will be featured, Cincinnati’s very own DJ Mowgli and DJ Pillo. The art installation will include art from the local art collective Bunk News.

“Skaters can expect to hear a mixture of late 70’s and early 80’s skate party cuts by DJ Mowgli and hip-hop mixed with early 90’s west coast hits by DJ Pillo,” explains Caitlin Behle of Far-I-Rome Productions. At the same times, skaters will be able to view video productions from the art collective Bunk News inspired by 60’s and 70’s album and cartoon art. For non-skaters, free Wii, foosball, pool, and bumper pool will be available courtesy of the OTR Rec Center. After working up an appetite skating or playing pool, you can enjoy some delicious burgers and fries from food truck Café de Wheels!

The first OTR Skate in April was hugely successful with nearly 300 people in attendance. Thanks to those who came out, a substantial sum was raised to benefit the OTR Rec Center. Many of the April OTR Skate’s participants came out sporting vintage clothes to match the roller disco theme. This month, Atomic Number Ten has joined in supporting the event so skaters know where to go to get their vintage digs.

Cover for the OTR Skate is $3 and includes skate rentals, with all proceeds benefitting the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center. While the admission covers you skate rental, if you own your own skates or rollerblades, you are encouraged to bring them. Since the OTR Rec Center has only 120 skates available, they are first come, first served. Admission is also limited to those 18 and older.

To sum it up:

Who: YOU!

What: Final Friday OTR Skate

When: Friday, June 24, 2011 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Where: The Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center at 1715 Republic Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Why: To benefit the OTR Recreation Center and get people more involved with the community

Music by: DJ Mowgli & DJ Pillo

Art Installation by: Bunk News

Food by: Café de Wheels

Free Wii, Foosball, pool, and bumper pool courtesy of the OTR Rec Center

Presented by: Far-I-Rome Productions

Supported by: Atomic Number Ten

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FINAL FRIDAY OTR SKATE is a bi-monthly adult skate held on Final Friday at the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center. The event is highlighted by live DJs and interactive art installations, as well as support from local food and goods vendors. The OTR Skate is designed as both a unique Final Friday experience and community outreach effort – a portion of the proceeds benefit the OTR Rec Center, and many of the artists and musicians involved have offered their services in support of the effort.

FAR-I-ROME PRODUCTIONS is an independent special events production company that focuses on unifying the music & arts community under one roof through innovative events. Founded in 2010, Far-I-Rome Productions has spanned genres and brought together the corners of the cities with events like the Clifton Heights Music Festival, Turntables ‘n’ Snares, Tune-In Park and the Final Friday OTR Skate. Far-I-Rome Productions is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For more information on Far-I-Rome Productions, visit: http://www.fariromeproductions.com

For more information on the Over-The-Rhine Recreation Center, visit http://www.cincyrec.org/

Old St. Mary's Garden off Main Street

Courtyards of Over-the-Rhine

When a gap appears between two buildings in OTR, a number of things could happen to it. It could become a barren parcel, a parking lot, a garden or it could be replaced with a new building. Plenty of such “opportunity lots” already exist in OTR and many have been put to good use, be it as sites for reflection or reverie.

This gem comes by way of the Over-the-Rhine Foundation:

“A quiet respite from urban life, Old St. Mary’s garden -pictured here from its entrance off Main St. – is a beautiful example of what can be created in the “missing teeth” in the OTR landscape. Let’s think outside the box, or rather the empty boxes, of barren urban lots and create a spaces for nature to express.”

Old St. Mary's Garden off Main Street, via OTR Foundation

The courtyard of The Famous Neon's Unplugged, via Margy Waller

Iris Book Cafe's courtyard

Nighttime at MOTR's courtyard

Urban Eden's courtyard (Main Street, OTR)

Urban Eden's courtyard (Main Street, OTR),via flickr user bousinka

Park + Vine's new patio on Main Street

For more courtyards in OTR, check out this gallery on Flickr.

OTR neighborhood children's lemonade stand at the OTR 5K and Summer Celebration, photo via Nick Thomas at photo-cincy.com

Then and Now: Summer in the City

Two photos of OTR children playing in the neighborhood. The first was taken by Nick Thomas during this year’s Go OTR 5K and Summer Celebration. His thoughts on covering OTR and the event are worth a read and can be found at his photo website photo-cincy.com

5chw4r7z’s post on the event informs us that some of the children in the photo are of part of the Citykin family. Citykin is one of my favorite OTR-based blogs. Its goal “is to generate friendships and share information regarding the promotion and retention of families in the urban center of Cincinnati.”

OTR neighborhood children's lemonade stand at the OTR 5K and Summer Celebration, photo via Nick Thomas at photo-cincy.com

The second picture comes via the US National Archives photostream on flickr and photographer Tom Hubbard:

Youngsters in "Over the Rhine" Residential Neighborhood North of the Business District. They Want the Photographer to Take "Just One More" Picture 09/1973

Original caption: Youngsters in "Over the Rhine" Residential Neighborhood North of the Business District. They Want the Photographer to Take "Just One More" Picture 09/1973

And to top it all off, check out this compilation of US National Archives photos of Fountain Square from the 1970s. The song is “Summer in the City.” Video created by Fountain Square’s youtube user account: Genius of Water

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