On Newsstands Now: Here's Everything You'll Find in CityBeat's Winter Guide

From ways to enjoy the holiday season in Cincinnati to how to deep fry a turkey from a local expert, here are the stories you'll find in CityBeat's latest print edition.

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CityBeat's Winter Guide is out on newsstands now.

Despite the cold temperatures, in the coming weeks, Cincinnatians will be fighting their cabin fever to head to a number of holiday and snow-related activities all over the Tri-State. Whether you're more content to view holiday lights displays from the comfort of your warm car, or you'd like to lace up your skates at the nearby ice skating rink, CityBeat has compiled a list of 76 things to do in Cincinnati when it's cold outside in our annual Winter Guide. Read CityBeat's latest issue, out on newsstands now, to read the Winter Guide and other stories.

The Winter Guide: 76 Things to Do in Cincinnati When it’s Cold Outside
By CityBeat Staff
Winter is set to descend upon Cincinnati, and with it come a flurry of seasonal attractions. Many arrive with the trappings of the holidays — Santa suits, vague Christian imagery, dancing nutcrackers — while others offer an enticing alternative to sitting on your couch under a weighted blanket. So if you’re looking to make merry this December, here’s a list of things to do, from ice skating and checking out light displays to drinking in igloos and catching a live reading of the Die Hard script. Read CityBeat's story for all of the ways to enjoy all the Queen City has to offer during the coldest months of the year.

Review: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's 'Little Women' Still Possesses Meaningful Magic
By CityBeat Theater Critic Rick Pender
The irony of Louisa May Alcott’s title — and to this play — is that there’s really nothing “little” about the four March sisters. We meet them as spirited girls in extravagant play-acting, but life’s circumstances soon push them into adulthood quickly. Read CityBeat's story to learn more about how Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's version of the story differs from the original.

Review: Losanti in Over-the-Rhine Serves up Tantalizing Meat-Based Dishes
By CityBeat Dining Critic Pama Mitchell
The first year of the COVID-19 pandemic devastated many of the businesses in what had become the city’s hub for nightlife and, to a lesser extent, shopping. But the neighborhood now seems to be back close to its 2019 vibrancy, and it’s a little surprising while also encouraging that most of the places I used to patronize on and near Vine Street made it through okay. It’s also remarkable that the steakhouse Losanti has emerged as one of the hottest destinations in OTR. Read CityBeat's story to find out what makes Losanti a standout dining destination in Over-the-Rhine.

TableTalk: Chef Jesse Peters of Fort Mitchell Country Club Explains How to Deep Fry a Turkey Without Committing Arson
By Sean M. Peters
Deep frying a turkey is a dangerous pursuit if proper precautions are not taken. Beginners would certainly benefit from some solid advice, so CityBeat sees it as a civic duty to allow a professional to explain how to do it safely and deliciously. Of course, if you'd rather go vegan this year at the holiday table, a PETA activist would thank you for it. Jesse Peters is currently executive chef for the Fort Mitchell Country Club after running the kitchen at Belterra Park Cincinnati, among others. Throughout his 22-year career, Peters prepared Thanksgiving dinner for thousands of guests and, while it's not the first way he'd make it, he's no stranger to a crispy deep-fried turkey. Read CityBeat's story to find out how to make a perfect deep-fried turkey this holiday season.

Indie Rock Band Foxing Discusses Finding Positivity in Turbulent Times Ahead of Covington Show
By Jason Gargano
Foxing is an interesting case. The St. Louis-based band — which currently consists of drummer Jon Hellwig, guitarist Eric Hudson and singer Conor Murphy — has been around more than a decade, building a strong following without quite breaking through to a wider audience. The sound of their four albums has evolved over the years, moving from Sigur Ros-influenced emo atmospherics to something close to pop, an indie rock outfit with uncommon dexterity and elasticity. Read CityBeat's story to find out how Foxing's latest albums are confronting the turbulent times.

Ohio-Based Royal Crescent Mob to Break Nearly Three-Decade Hiatus for Covington Reunion Show
By Katrina Eresman
It’s been almost 30 years since Royal Crescent Mob played together. The Columbus-based funk rock four-piece — also known as The R.C. Mob — was active between 1985 and 1994. Now, for the first time in decades, Royal Crescent Mob has two live shows on the horizon. Until recently, Royal Crescent Mob had zero plans for a reunion show. But in the last year, the four friends and bandmates have been confronted with some heavy life circumstances. In May, guitarist Brian Emch — known affectionately as “Mr. B” — lost his wife to pancreatic cancer. Then drummer Carlton Smith was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a type of cancer. Just weeks ago, singer David Ellison received treatment for prostate cancer. Read CityBeat's story to learn more about the significance behind the band's upcoming reunion show.

Sound Advice: Al Jardine of The Beach Boys to Bring His Endless Summer Band to Cincinnati
By Brent Stroud
Music legend and founding member of The Beach Boys Al Jardine will perform as a part of his “Celebrating the music of The Beach Boys” tour with his Endless Summer Band and special guests. As a founding member, guitar player and part of the vocal power of one of the most influential and significant groups in the history of popular music, Jardine sings lead on the anthemic number-one hit “Help Me Rhonda.” A folk music fan, Jardine brought the would-be hit “Sloop John B” to Brian Wilson with an updated arrangement he worked out after hearing a version of the song, and he shares lead vocal on the stunning track “I Know There's an Answer,” both from the masterpiece Pet Sounds, which often is regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time. Read CityBeat's story to learn more about this special tour — including special appearances from other music legends.

Sound Advice: Nikki Lane's Signature Countrified Twang is Headed to Cincinnati
By Jason Gargano
If Nikki Lane’s recent performance on CBS Saturday Morning is any indication, a live setting only adds a more raw dimension to songs already intimate and to the point. Sure, it was odd to see such grit-encrusted tunes presented via CBS’ glossy soundstage, but Lane and her backing dudes made like it was the dive bar at the end of the street as she belted the defiant lines of the album’s title cut, Denim & Diamonds: “’Cause I can do whatever I wanna all by my lonesome/If that’s a problem, well, you can’t say shit/’Cause I’m going my own way.” Read CityBeat's story to learn more about the evolution of Lane's latest album, Denim & Diamonds.

Sound Advice: British Invasion leader Peter Noone is Bringing Classic Hits and Holiday Cheer to Ludlow Garage
By Brent Stroud
Herman’s Hermits helped lead the British Invasion in America in the 1960s. The band had eleven songs in the top ten like “I’m Into Something Good,” “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat,” “Silhouettes,” “No Milk Today,” “There’s a Kind of Hush.” The group also released novelty songs that became massive sellers, like “Mrs. Brown You Have a Lovely Daughter” and “I’m Henry VIII I Am,” along with a handful of others, even outselling The Beatles in America in 1965. Their list of beloved hits all still play on oldies radio daily and have become part of the fabric of pop culture. Now, Herman's Hermits member Peter Noone is headed to Cincinnati for a special performance at Ludlow Garage. Read CityBeat's story to find out what exactly to expect at Noone's upcoming performance.

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