Cincinnatians love their meat. There seems to be a Skyline Chili on nearly every street corner, there’s an entire festival dedicated to goetta, and residents celebrate Wing Week and Burger Week every year. But more than just carnivores roam the concrete jungle. In CityBeat's latest issue, writer Meg Bolte digs in to the local move to make veganism and plant-based eating more accessible for everyone. Read CityBeat's latest issue, out on newsstands now, to learn more about this plant-based initiative and other stories.Vegan Revolution: How Plant-Based Living has Become a Movement of Resistance and Reclamation in Cincinnati
By Meg Bolte
Nestled among the barbecue joints and fried-chicken dives, there’s a strongly-rooted community of plant-based eateries that’s thriving. From Essen Kitchen to Melt Revival to Allyn’s Café, more and more restaurants are whipping up meals suitable for vegans, vegetarians and omnivores. And it’s nothing new. For decades,Cincinnati’s plant-based food scene has been nurtured into its current popularity, thanks to a cross-cultural focus on plant-based living. But veganism or even basic healthy foods aren’t necessarily accessible to everyone in the Queen City, especially when entire neighborhoods are without grocery stores. And for many people who have been marginalized systemically, leaning into veganism has become a movement of resistance and reclamation. Read CityBeat's story to learn more about the restaurants, businesses and community initiatives making veganism accessible for everyone in Cincinnati.
'White Christmas' Exhibit at Behringer-Crawford Museum Cements CityBeat Writer’s Embrace of the Musical
By Maija Zummo
Movie memorabilia and costumes from the 1954 holiday classic White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen and Northern Kentucky's own Rosemary Clooney, is now on display at Covington's Behringer-Crawford Museum — and one CityBeat staffer more than happy to see these artifacts displayed. Read CityBeat's story to learn more about the exhibit and how it impacted CityBeat staffer Maija Zummo's affection for the famed holiday classic.
Irreverent 'Every Christmas Story Ever Told' Is Back for Year 16 at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
By CityBeat Theater Critic Rick Pender
It’s a bit of an irony that the biggest long-term hit for the city’s classic stage, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, is a show that pokes fun at “beloved holiday classics” (aka “BHCs”) — Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez. It begins as another iteration of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol but quickly goes off the rails when two actors rebel against a colleague intent on staging yet another iteration of the holiday staple that’s been produced by countless theater companies across America. Read CityBeat's story to find out more about the Cincinnati holiday theater staple.
Newly Opened Luca Bistro Showcases French Cuisine in a New Light
By Kelsey Graham
Simple and French cuisine make up the unlikely duo at the newly opened Luca Bistro in Mt. Adams. Many times in the United States, French cuisine is considered a fancy option, but chef Frédéric Maniet is on a mission to change that in Cincinnati. Read CityBeat's story to learn more about the inspiration behind the new Mt. Adams restaurant, and what treasures await on Luca Bistro's menu.
25 Greater Cincinnati Bars and Breweries With Immaculate Holiday Vibes
By CityBeat Staff
Bars and breweries across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are breaking out the tinsel and holly for some festive fun. Whether you're in the mood to have a drink or two underneath a mistletoe, try a Yuletide-themed cocktail or check out some holiday events and activities — or maybe you're just trying to get away from your family to have a drink in peace — these 25 Tri-State drinking establishments have the vibes to get you in the holiday spirit. Read CityBeat's story to see which Cincinnati bars and breweries made the list.
Ring in the New Year with Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at Newport's Southgate House Revival
By Alan Sculley
Reverend Peyton of Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band claims that the band's latest album, Dance Songs For Hard Times, was the easiest recording in the band's history. Despite the difficult times in which the songs were created, Dance Songs For Hard Times is a lively and decidedly upbeat album. Yes, there are some serious lyrics, like those in “Ways and Means” (about financial struggles) and “No Tellin’ When” (about the uncertainty and isolation of the pandemic), but much of the album provides an emotional lift. Read CityBeat's story to learn more about the inspiration behind the band's latest album and more.
Sound Advice: Cincinnati's Fairmount Girls Have Been Integral to the Queen City's Music Scene for Over Two Decades
By Eric Bates
If you’re searching for the ultimate punk-rock experience, look no further than the Fairmount Girls. This Cincinnati-based, all-girl band shines with quirky, melodic, noise guitar hooks, trade-off vocal harmonies and signature Farfisa organ drones. Accompanied by eye-catching props, dress themes and even cupcakes, it all guarantees an epic show. Read CityBeat's story to learn more about Fairmount Girls' unique place within Cincinnati's music scene.
Sound Advice: Country Star Pam Tillis to Bring Holiday Special to Cincinnati This Weekend
By Katrina Eresman
If at first you don’t succeed, try again. That’s what “Maybe It Was Memphis” singer Pam Tillis did back in the late 1980s, and country fans everywhere thank her for it. With legendary outlaw country artist Mel Tillis as her father, country music may have been Pam Tillis’s destiny. But Tillis claims it wasn’t her father’s career that inspired her to give country music her all. In a 2014 interview with Anchorage Daily News she names three female country icons: Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn. These country queens wrote their own music and played their own instruments; that sounded like the kind of country career Tillis could get behind. Read CityBeat's story to learn more about her legacy and upcoming holiday special.
Sound Advice: 'Indie Groove' Band Goose to Play Special Set of New Year's Shows in Cincinnati
By Derek Kalback
Fresh off an eight-date tour with jam band pioneer and Phish’s lead guitarist Trey Anastasio, Connecticut natives Goose will be playing a special New Year’s Eve show at the Andrew J Brady Center. A self-described “indie groove” band, Goose gently eschews the jam band label while acknowledging a penchant for improvisation – particularly at their live shows – and the influence of bands such as Umphrey’s McGee and Phish. Read CityBeat's story to learn more about to expect at Goose's upcoming shows.
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