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Thousands of Santas expected in downtown Cincinnati this weekend

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 6:31 PM

You could spend an ordinary December afternoon in downtown Cincinnati, drifting from restaurant to restaurant, eating and drinking, all in the name of the Christmas spirit and a good cause.

Or you could don the costume of the Jolly Old Elf and join an estimated 5,000 Santas for some holiday revelry.

Cincinnati Santacon, on Dec. 9 this year, is an annual event that raises money for the Cure Starts Now Foundation, an organization devoted to fighting pediatric brain cancer.

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One of 60 Santacons across the U.S., the Cincinnati event has grown exponentially, according to an organizer who wanted to be identified only as “Kris Kringle.”

“We had 27 Santas the first year,” he said. “Then 85, then 250. Last year, we had 2,000 Santas. This year, we’re expecting 5,000. For the participating bars downtown, it will be their second-biggest night of the year.”

“Kringle” said many of the Santas arrive with groups of similarly attired friends.

“The average group is about seven Santas,” he said.

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To participate, prospective Santas simply have to register at the Cincinnati Santacon website. You will pay $10, which goes to the Cure Starts Now, for your wristband.

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Once you register, you will receive an email that includes a list of participating bars and a road map. The initial meeting place is Jack Cincinnati Casino at noon. From there, you will take one of two official routes — the North Pole, which runs through Over-the-Rhine, or the South Pole, which runs through the Banks.

The website also includes a tip sheet for being Santa, which includes hints on how to keep your beard clean, how to interact with the kiddos (don’t put parents in a bind by promising little Johnny that he’ll definitely get that new Xbox this year), and generally how to behave.

“Respect the suit,” Kringle said. “We’ve had a few people overindulge (on the beer) more than they should, but we’ve had no real problems. Ordinarily, there’s nothing going on downtown at noon on a December Saturday. Then all of a sudden, you’re at the Holy Grail and there’s a 1,000 Santas hanging around. It’s crazy when you see it.”

HOW TO GO

WHAT: Cincinnati Santacon

WHERE: Begins at Jack Cincinnati Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Cincinnati

WHEN: Noon Dec. 9

COST: $10

MORE INFO: www.cincinnatisantacon.com

Jane Fonda recovering after cancer removed from lip

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:27 PM

What You Need To Know About Jane Fonda

While promoting her show “Grace and Frankie” with co-star Lily Tomlin, actress and activist Jane Fonda revealed she underwent surgery to have cancer removed.

Fonda was doing an interview for Build, a live interview series, Monday and mentioned the surgery as why she had a bandage on her lower lip.

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“I just want to explain the bandage. I just had a cancer taken from my lip,” she said. “I thought it was going to heal in time before I came (for the interview). It’s fine. I just wanted to explain it. I don’t normally go around like this.”

“The world is falling apart. What’s a lip?” Fonda joked when praised by the interviewer for still showing up to face the press.

Fonda and Tomlin went on to discuss their Netflix show, how they do and don’t resemble their characters, the importance of social activism and other topics during the lively interview, which can be watched in full on the Build Series website.

On Tuesday, Fonda quickly made mention of the procedure during a “Today” show appearance with Tomlin.

“I had a little cancer,” she said, waving her hand.

While posing for pictures during press rounds, Fonda covered her mouth, saying on Instagram, “I’ve found a clever way to disguise my lip bandages from removal of cancer.”

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West welcome third child via surrogate

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Welcome Third Child, ‘Healthy, Beautiful Baby Girl’

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West are parents of three. The TV personality and rapper welcomed a baby girl Monday via surrogate. The couple, married in 2014, are already parents to daughter North, 4, and son Saint, 2.

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Kardashian West confirmed the news on her official website.

“Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl. We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care. North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister.”

The baby was born Jan. 15 at 12:47 a.m. PT and weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, Kardashian West said.

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Reports emerged in July that the celebrity pair hired a surrogate to carry their third child. By September, Kardashian West confirmed the news and later revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that they were having a baby girl.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West welcomed their third child via surrogate Jan. 15.(Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar)
The newest addition joins an ever-growing Kardashian-Jenner family. Kardashian’s sister, Khloe Kardashian, confirmed she is six months pregnant with her first child with boyfriend Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Reports say Kardashian West’s youngest half sister, Kylie Jenner, is also pregnant with her first child with her boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott.

Dave Matthews Band returns with new album, summer tour

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 5:06 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 04:  Musician Dave Matthews performs onstage during the DirecTV and Pepsi Super Thursday Night featuring Dave Matthews Band at Pier 70 on February 4, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for DirecTV)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 04: Musician Dave Matthews performs onstage during the DirecTV and Pepsi Super Thursday Night featuring Dave Matthews Band at Pier 70 on February 4, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for DirecTV)(Mike Coppola/Getty Images for DirecTV)

Last year, the Dave Matthews Band took a rare hiatus from the road.

This summer, the band will embark on an extensive North American tour May through September, according to a Monday announcement on the band’s official website.

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Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 2 on livenation.com.

The band is also prepping the release of a new studio album, its first since 2012’s “Away From the World.” Every online ticket order for the, tour purchased by May 17 will include a choice of CD or digital download of the new album, the name of which has not been announced, upon its release.

Members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association can participate in a ticket pre-sale now at warehouse.davematthewsband.com. As well, Citi cardholders can purchase pre-sale tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 30 through 10 p.m. Feb. 1 through the Citi Private Pass program.

Dates for the tour are below. More information can be found on the DMB website.

5/18 in The Woodlands, Texas, at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

5/19 in Dallas, at Starplex Pavilion

5/22 in Austin, Texas, at Austin360 Amphitheater

5/26 in Atlanta at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

5/27 Orange Beach, Alabama, at The Wharf Amphitheater

5/29 Brandon, Mississippi, Brandon Amphitheater

5/30 Rogers, Arkansas, Walmart AMP – Arkansas Music Pavilion

6/1 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, KeyBank Pavilion

6/2 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Blossom Music Center

6/5 Syracuse, New York, Lakeview Amphitheater

6/6 Clarkston, Michigan, DTE Energy Music Theatre

6/7 Cincinnati, Riverbend Music Center

6/9 Bristow, Virginia, Jiffy Lube Live

6/12 Gilford, New Hamphire, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

6/13 Gilford, New Hamphire, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

6/15 Camden, New Jersey, BB&T Pavilion

6/16 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion

6/22 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center

6/23 Hartford, Connecticut, Xfinity Theatre

6/27 Darien Center, New York, Darien Lake Amphitheater

6/29 Chicago, Huntington Bank Pavilion

6/30 Chicago, Huntington Bank Pavilion

7/1 Milwaukee, Wisconsin American Family Insurance Amphitheater

7/6 Noblesville, Indiana, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

7/7 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

7/10 Toronto, Budweiser Stage

7/11 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Bluesfest

7/13 Saratoga Springs, New York, Saratoga Performing Arts Center

7/14 Saratoga Springs, New York, Saratoga Performing Arts Center

7/17 Wantagh, New York, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

7/18 Holmdel, New Jersey, PNC Bank Arts Center

7/20 Raleigh, North Carolina, Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek

7/21 Virginia Beach, Virginia, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

7/24 Charlotte, North Carolina, PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte

7/25 Tampa, Florida, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

7/27 West Palm Beach, Florida, Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds

7/28 West Palm Beach, Florida, Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds

8/24 Englewood, Colorado, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

8/25 Englewood, Colorado, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

8/28 Bend, Oregon, Les Schwab Amphitheater

8/31 George, Washington, Gorge Amphitheatre

9/1 George, Washington, Gorge Amphitheatre

9/2 George, Washington, Gorge Amphitheatre

9/7 Stateline, Nevada, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys

9/8 Mountain View, Califonia, Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View

9/10 Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl

Enrique Iglesias, Anna Kournikova share photos of newborn twins

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 5:01 PM

Enrique Iglesias And Anna Kournikova Are Proud Parents Of Twins

Enrique Iglesias is taking a break from his ulta-private life to share the first photo of one of his twins with the world, and so is his rumored wife, retired tennis star Anna Kournikova.

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E! News reported that the singer, who welcomed twins with Kournikova in December, shared the first photo of himself snuggling one of the babies on social media on Instagram with the caption, “My Sunshine.”

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Kournivoca posted a similar photo an hour later on her Instagram page with the same caption. In the image, she cradles one of her babies in her hands and gives a kiss.

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The couple kept Kournikova’s pregnancy a secret from the public for the duration until they welcomed the babies, a boy and a girl, late last year. According to TMZ, the twins were reportedly named Nicholas and Lucy.

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Iglesias and Kournikova started dating in 2001 when the retired tennis star appeared as his love interest in the music video for his hit single “Escape.”

KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 02: Enrique Iglesias and girlfriend Anna Kournikova watch as Venus Williams plays her semifinal match against Serena Williams at the Sony Ericsson Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2009 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)(Al Bello/Getty Images)