MusicNOW is a great musical tradition that comes to Cincinnati every year. Housed out of the historic Memorial Hall in Over The Rhine, music lovers of all sorts can come out to a three day musical experience to hear the amazingly awesome sounds of various musicians. I have had the pleasure of volunteering with the event for the past three years, and here are some photos I captured from the Saturday night show.
Show some hometown pride with our new felt pennants! These things have a cool vintage style and are hand made in OTR! They come in eight different colors and are available in store and online.
Circa 1909. “Cincinnati from Mount Adams.” Bridges over the Ohio River to Kentucky and, foreground, a section of the Mount Adams Incline Railway. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
Woodward and Main.
View down Main from Woodward
Bockfest kicks of Friday, March 1! It’s a big, fun, authentic, affordable, raucous, community-inspired, quirky and authentically Cincinnati celebration all weekend long. Parade starts at the city’s oldest bar, Arnold’s, heads up through OTR on Main Street and ends in Bockfest Hall in the OTR Brewery District. New additions to the revelry include the Bockfest 5K and a fish fry at historic Old St. Mary’s Church. More info: bockfest.com
The walk in this morning: Alleyways and double skywalks #cincinnati #downtowncincy
after many months of trying, we made it to a Please dinner last friday. we got the first of two covers, at 5:45pm, at the streetpops shop in over-the-rhine, and let me say we walked away awed and inspired. chef ryan santos was careful not to toss around his skills on making foams, and uncommon cooking techniques. his intro for each dish was brief, which gave us time to focus on the plates set before us, and to taste the unique flavor and texture combinations.
this was the (pescetarian) menu:
- first of the year green onion fried in ash tempura, with pine nut emulsion
- smoked potato, clam emulsion, turnip milk, lemon, honey and sea lettuce
- arctic char, uni, carrot, egg yolk, saffron
- squid ink bread
- skate, meyer lemon, celery root, broccoli stem, pickle kohlrabi, salted cultured butter
- grilled milk with black cardamom, euchalyptus, hazelnut and salted meringue
- “my girlfriend’s cookies”
we left with full bellies around 7:30, and walked right to … second dinner!
quan hapa is an asian gastropub brought by the same owners of super good (and super popular), pho lang thang. even after a 7-course meal, none of us could resist trying out a couple of their sliders (pork belly and duck), an order of squid ink soba, and the okonomiyaki.
(in case you were wondering, we’re working on living the hobbit life and trying to get to “elevensies”).
OTR felt new to me that night. side streets that we would never have passed through before were now well-lit, and took us from main to vine without having to go down 12th street. we discovered the real OTR, which was inaccessible to us prior to the revitalization.
this city of ours continue to surprise me.
“we discovered the real OTR, which was inaccessible to us prior to the revitalization”