Pothole Season Sucks, and 7 Other Cincinnati Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Catch up on news, music, food and where to find the best Mardi Gras debauchery.

click to enlarge People are getting desperate for pothole solutions. - Photo: DDohler, Flickr Creative Commons
Photo: DDohler, Flickr Creative Commons
People are getting desperate for pothole solutions.

It's been a wet, dreary February punctuated with 55-degree days here and there, and the constant revolving weather has been just as awful for Cincinnati's streets as it has been for our seasonal affective disorder. But the city's going to take care of at least one of those things (maybe?). Below, catch up on the big pothole plan and other things that happened this week.

Cincinnati Shares 'Pothole Season' Repair Plans as Service Requests Mount
 You're not imagining things — potholes are making Swiss cheese out of local streets, and the city's crews haven't been able to fill them due to the constant wet weather. In February so far, citizens already have called in complaints about nearly 1,500 potholes — the highest monthly total in recent years! Read CityBeat's story about the city plans to do about the vehicle manglers.

Keturah Herron Is the First Openly LGBTQ Member Elected To Kentucky’s State House
Herron, a Democrat and former policy strategist at the ACLU of Kentucky, beat out Republican Judy Martin Stallard 1,950 votes to 119 in this week's special election for District 42. She also is the first openly LGBTQ+ member of the General Assembly in almost 15 years. Read CityBeat's story about Herron's historic win.

Two Cincinnati Chefs Named Semifinalists in 2022 James Beard Awards
In the prestigious Restaurant and Chef Awards, Chef Elaine Townsend of Cafe Mochiko is listed as one of America's "Outstanding Bakers," and Chef Jose Salazar of Mita's, Goose & Elder and Salazar is once again nominated for "Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)." Read CityBeat's story about the chefs and the competition.

Five Greater Cincinnati Mardi Gras Parties for Beads and Debauchery
Fat Tuesday is March 1. Are you ready to earn some beads? The Queen City is channeling the Big Easy with plenty of Mardi Gras-themed events leading up to the big day. Read CityBeat's story about where you can "laissez les bons temps rouler."

CityBeat's Pet Issue Is Purrrrrfect for Animal Lovers
No matter the species, our pets can be a companion, brandable social media income stream or surrogate for any number of relationships, from “fur baby” to therapist. To celebrate these companions, our special pet issue of CityBeat explores bars where you can drink with your dog, Covington's newest cat cafe, local gifts for animal appreciators and more. Read stories from CityBeat's pet issue.

Netflix’s New 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Doesn’t Make the Cut
They say everything’s bigger in Texas, which is accurate when it comes to the body count in Netflix’s recently released The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But honestly? Leatherface is too old for this shit. Read CityBeat's review of the latest installment of the bloody franchise.

Arnold’s Bar and Grill Chef to Appear on Food Network’s Chopped
Set your DVRs, because chef Kayla Robison’s episode of Chopped will air Tuesday, March 1 at 9 p.m. On the long-running, wildly popular TV show, four contestants typically compete for a $10,000 prize using unusual combinations of ingredients to create dishes that are evaluated by a panel of judges. Read CityBeat's story about Robison's reaction plus her appearances on other cooking shows.

17 Upcoming Greater Cincinnati Concerts
Artists continue to add Cincinnati to their tours, and the upcoming weeks and months are starting to fill up. Read CityBeat's list of who will visit the Queen City soon, and grab tickets for the newly announced Smashing Pumpkins show.

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