CityBeat's Burger Issue is finally here. This time around, we uncover the craziest, most over-the-top burgers — piled high with unusual toppings like macaroni and cheese, lobster and peanut butter — from Greater Cincinnati restaurants. For some, the more chaotic the burger, the better. Keep reading to discover all of the stories you can find in our latest print issue, out on newsstands now.
The Burger Issue: 15 Over-the-Top Burgers to Satisfy All Your Chaotic Cravings
By CityBeat Staff
This list of over-the-top burgers features 15 local favorites, all smothered in indulgent ingredients ranging from peanut butter to macaroni & cheese and fried egg to lobster. Use this as a starting point to satisfy your most chaotic cravings. Read CityBeat's story to discover which out-of-this-world burgers made the cut.
Manga Manga Is Cincinnati’s New One-Stop Shop for Fans of Japanese Comics
By Mackenzie Manley
Located in College Hill, Manga Manga, which shelves manga, or Japanese comics, opened in April. According to owner C. Jacqueline Wood, it is the first brick-and-mortar space in Cincinnati dedicated solely to manga and fills what she saw as a void in the city. The shop carries nearly 5,000 books from an array of genres targeted toward specific age groups, including shōnen (teen boys), seinen (men), shōjo (teen girls), josei (women), and kodomomuke (young children) series. In slice-of-life, science-fiction, LGBTQ+ issues, horror, non-fiction and more, readers of all preferences can find titles. Read CityBeat's story to learn more about the bookshop.
'The Band’s Visit' at Cincinnati's Aronoff Center Is a Musical Salve to Today’s Traumas
By CityBeat Theatre Critic, Rick Pender
How does a small indie film from 2007 evolve into an award-winning Broadway musical hit a decade later? Itamar Moses, who wrote the book for The Band’s Visit, tells CityBeat how this musical came to be. The musical’s tour will be performed at the Aronoff Center for the Arts for a one-week engagement beginning July 19. Read CityBeat's story to find out more about the interesting story behind the musical.
The Carnegie's Summer Theatre Series Boasts Heartfelt Adaptations and a Thrilling Tale About Legendary Cincinnati Bootlegger
By CityBeat Theatre Critic Rick Pender
Producing musicals in July and August is a longtime theater tradition called “summer stock” – using a core company of actors to present a brief season of shows on a rotating basis. The Carnegie in Covington is taking this approach this year with a set of shows to entertain audiences in its Otto M. Budig Theater. It kicked off the season in mid-June with an energetic staging of Stephen Sondheim’s fairytale musical, Into the Woods. Added into the mix as of July 16 is Jonathan Larson’s rock musical, Rent. A third show, George Remus: A New Musical, about the legendary bootlegger, will begin in August. Concluding performances of the shows happen August 26-28. Read CityBeat's story to learn more about the musical inspired by Cincinnati's most notorious bootlegger.
Newly-Renovated Bromwell’s Härth Lounge in Downtown to Reopen Later This Month
By Brian Cross
Being the oldest business in Cincinnati, Bromwell’s should be a familiar name to most locals – after all, it’s been around since 1819. But a recent addition could delight even old-school residents. Bromwell’s impressive retail space on Fourth Street in Downtown serves as a grand showroom for its primary offerings of fireplaces and accessories. The 10,000-square-foot, two-story space features gas fireplaces, wood stoves, mantels and related products experienced in room-sized displays complete with furniture and decor. The relatively new Bromwell’s Härth Lounge, located next door, serves as an extension of that showroom and an avenue to bring the Bromwell’s brand to life even more. Read CityBeat's story to find out what to expect from the rebranding and redesign of Bromwell's Härth Lounge.
The Hottest New Restaurants and Bars in Greater Cincinnati
By CityBeat Staff
Cincinnati's dining scene has been heating up, and, judging from the number of new restaurants set to debut later this year, it shows no signs of cooling down any time soon. Dozens of restaurants have opened so far this year, from Mexican joints to a ramen spot, a new Findlay Market booth and a new Italian restaurant in Covington. Even some new nightlife locations are popping up, including the city’s first gin bar and a new LGBTQ+ nightclub in place of Below Zero Lounge. Read CityBeat's story to get a taste of what folks are buzzing over this season.
Mary Chapin Carpenter Discusses Latest Album, Pandemic-Era Projects Ahead of Upcoming Cincinnati Performance
By Alan Sculley
Mary Chapin Carpenter's extensive summer tour – which includes a stop at Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall on July 19 – will give Carpenter her first opportunity to showcase songs from The Dirt and the Stars in a full-band setting. She was set to tour in 2021 with Shawn Colvin before a shoulder injury forced her to drop out. Read CityBeat's story to learn more Carpenter's recent projects and how they will be part of her upcoming Cincinnati show.
A Cincinnatian Plays a Big Role in Furthering the Fame of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’
By Steven Rosen
Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” — by turns sacred and profane, mournful and determined — has become such a familiar and admired song that it has achieved classic status. Its remarkably long journey to get there was well documented in the 2012 book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah” by Alan Light, a Cincinnati native. Because of the book’s success, it has become a significant landmark along the “Hallelujah” trail. Now, there’s a new documentary inspired by the book — Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song, which opens August 5 at the Mariemont Theatre. Read CityBeat's story to find out more about Light's unique "Hallelujah" journey.
Sound Advice: The Psychedelic Furs to Bring Plenty of 1980s Nostalgia to Upcoming Cincinnati Performance
By Jason Gargano
Those looking to hear the Furs’ beloved ’80s output during the Cincinnati tour stop will no doubt be satiated — the aforementioned movie-boasting hits, plus “India,” “Heartbreak Beat,” “Heaven” and the ever-timely “President Gas” are setlist staples — but expect a heavy dose of Made of Rain, too. Read CityBeat's story to learn more about what The Psychedelic Furs will showcase at the July 20 show.
Sound Advice: Robert Glasper to Bring Infectious Creativity to Cincinnati Show
By Jason Gargano
A who’s who of contemporary musical artists have mingled with Robert Glasper, a classically trained pianist whose infectious creativity has propelled numerous projects. While Glasper’s contributions to various projects in recent years — including providing some sweet piano licks on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and serving as musical producer for Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead — remained fruitful, the pandemic inspired him to return to familiar territory with the recently released Black Radio III, which features appearances from Killer Mike, Esperanza Spalding, H.E.R., Posdnuos, Jennifer Hudson, Q-Tip and more. Read CityBeat's story for what to expect at Glasper's Ludlow Garage show on July 23.
Sound Advice: Backstreet Boys to Give 'Larger Than Life' Performance at Upcoming Cincinnati Show
By Maija Zummo
Strap on your going-out top, feed your Tamagotchi and swipe on some Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers because Backstreet’s back — at least at Riverbend Music Center. Cincinnati may be able to claim one of the great boy bands of the late-’90s/early-2000s as our own — hi, 98 Degrees — but the fame of Nick Lachey and Co. is no match for five harmonizing heartthrobs from Orlando. Read CityBeat's story to learn more about the boy band's welcome comeback.
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