Your Thursday To Do List

Before blogs and screens and sites made information-sharing almost instantaneous, the Linotype type casting machine was crucial to printing newspapers. In fact, before this “Eighth Wonder of the World” (Thomas Edison’s description) was invented in 1884 by Ottmar Mergenthaler, not a single newspaper in the world surpassed eight pages. Of course, the topic is particularly interesting to those in the journalism field, but the Linotype truly changed the world for everyone. Being obsolete today, nearly every Linotype in existence has been scrapped and melted down.

Learn about this incredible machine of the past and how it impacts us today as the Contemporary Arts Center screens Linotype: The Film at 6:30 p.m. Admission is just $5; free for CAC and AIGA Cincinnati members.

If you’re considering playing hooky tomorrow, why not take a mini roadtrip to Vevay, Ind. for the Swiss Wine Festival. The four-day fest kicks off tonight, 5-10 p.m., with Little Swiss Polka and Edelweiss Dancers, the Kent Family Magic Circus, a parade and plenty more activities to distract the kids while you booze it up in the beer and wine tents. The fun continues all weekend with grape stomping competitions, live music, a 5K, fireworks and a flea market. Admission and parking are free tonight; tickets to the tasting pavilion are $13, two for $25.

If that’s too long of a drive for drinks, we’re hosting a happy hour at Newport’s Star Lanes tonight. Hassle staff writers Hang out with us CityBeaters, enjoy $1 well drinks and $2 beer specials, munch on apps and sign up to win prizes, all from 5:30-8 p.m. We’ll be giving away two wristbands to next month’s MidPoint Music Festival and a Star Lanes bowling party. Standard bowling rates apply, but, hey, one dollar drinks.

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