Go see actual Star Wars costumes at this breathtaking Cincy exhibit

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

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Whether you’re a hardcore Star Wars fan or not, there’s no denying that the costumes from the films are absolutely incredible works of art. Now, you can see them for yourself at the Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati. 

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Queen Amidala, Throne Room Gown, "Star Wars™: The Phantom Menace." Photo credit: 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume is on display from May 25-Oct. 1, 2017. The exhibit features over 70 of the finest handcrafted costumes from the Star Wars galaxy, uncovering the challenges, the intricate processes and the remarkable artistry of George Lucas, the concept artists and costume designers.

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The costumes reflect an eclectic mix of cultural, historical and mythical sources that add rich texture to the story. Guests will explore the creative process from Lucas’s vision through concept drawings by artists such as Ralph McQuarrie and Iain McCaig to the final costume designs of John Mollo and Trisha Biggar, among others. 

Mas Amedda, Senate Robes, "Star Wars™: Revenge of the Sith." Photo credit: 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.(2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.)

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Featured costumes include: 

  • Monk-like robes of Jedi masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker
  • Intimidating suit and complex breathing apparatus of Darth Vader
  • Military-influenced uniforms of the Imperial Stormtrooper, Senate Guard and TIE Fighter Pilot
  • Yak hair and mohair costume of Chewbacca
  • Intergalactic outfits of Senators Bail Organa, Mon Mothma and Mas Amedda
  • Fierce armor of mercenary bounty hunters Jango Fett, Boba Fett and Zam Wesell
  • Elaborately detailed gowns of Queen Amidala, Queen Jamillia and their handmaidens

Concept Art, Chewbacca, "Star Wars™: A New Hope." Photo credit: 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

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Short films in Star Wars and the Power of Costume provide a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process and include interviews with artists, designers and actors. The visitor experience will be enhanced by digital interactives featuring sketches, photographs and notes that capture the creative team’s inspiration and vision. 

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Tickets are $24/adult, $16/child (ages 3-12), $21/senior (ages 60+), $17/adult member, $12/child member (ages 3-17). For more information, visit cincymuseum.org or call 512-.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume is a partnership of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and Lucasfilm Ltd.

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FREE CONCERT TICKETS: If you live in Huber Heights, the Rose is offering a special deal

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:22 PM

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox will perform Sunday on the Tire Kingdom stage at SunFest.
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox will perform Sunday on the Tire Kingdom stage at SunFest.

As part of their appreciation week, Rose Music Center will be giving away two tickets for two concerts this summer. 

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Beginning Tuesday, May 29, at 11 a.m. through Saturday, June 2 at 2 p.m. residents will have access to two free tickets to each of these shows: 

JUNE 7 — Postmodern Jukebox

JUNE 28  Kenny G and The Tenors.

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May 5, 2017 Atlanta - Kenny G performs during the 8th annual Jet Drag on Friday, May 5, 2017. Teams, of no more than 20 people are timed as they compete for prizes as they pull a 167,000-pound pound Boeing 757 aircraft for about 20 feet. When the Delta Jet Drag began eight years ago, Robert Cisneros signed up to pull that 167,000 pound plane. At first, participating in the fundraiser was just a way to support friends, coworkers and loved ones battling cancer. Then, when his mother was diagnosed, that passion turned into something more. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM(HYOSUB SHIN / AJC)

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Complimentary tickets can be obtained by bringing a driver’s license with a valid Huber Heights address to the venue box office (Box Office Hours: Mon – Fri, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m.  – 2 p.m.) or by going to Ticketmaster.com and entering offer code: HUBER (not case sensitive). 

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This offer limits two tickets per show, per person. Offer is valid in select seat locations only and while supplies last. Free tickets have no cash value. All events rain or shine. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice.

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The 4 best parts of the 40th annual Taste of Cincinnati — and some have nothing to do with the food

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

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As the Taste of Cincinnati enters its 40th year, organizers work per usual to keep the event new while also retaining those popular elements that keep hungry Cincinnatians returning.

See below for what’s new at the Taste along with reassurances that your favorite parts aren’t going anywhere.

1. Music Bash

Apparently, 45 live musical acts on five stages is not enough. To ensure Taste-goers have more live music than they know what to do with, organizers are inaugurating a special, separate “Music Bash.” The lineup is The B-52s (“Love Shack”), Rick Springfield (“Jesse’s Girl”), and Loverboy (“Working for the Weekend,” “Lovin’ Every Minute of It.”) The Bash will take place on May 27 at 5 p.m. at the Sentinel Street entrance onto 5th St. Tickets are $29.99.

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The B-52s, best known for their party song, “Love Shack,” will perform at the Taste of Cincinnati’s inaugural Music Bash, along with Rick Springfield and Loverboy. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

2. New to the Taste

While food vendors at the Taste can fluctuate wildly from year to year, organizers say it’s slowed down a bit for 2018, allowing for a bit of continuity. That being said, there will be seven brand-new vendors offering their delicacies at the Taste this year. They are: Bridges (Nepalese), Dewey’s Pizza (craft pizzas, calzones, and salads), Quite Frankly (homemade beef franks and specialty sandwiches), Rovey’s Turkey (turkey burgers, sandwiches, dogs, and tacos), S.E.A. Cuisine Food Truck (Southeast Asian tacos, steak, sandwiches, rice, and salads), Sis’s on Monmouth (American comfort food), and Slice, Slice Baby (pizzas, calzones, and Italian subs).

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3. Best of Taste

About a month before the Taste, mystery judges visited the upcoming vendors and handed out awards for best dishes in various categories. Alfio’s Buon Cibo, an Italian eatery, did particularly well, winning first place both for Best Restaurant Dessert (chocolate raspberry tiramisu), and Best Restaurant Entrée (veal short rib ravioli). Other first-place winners include Island Frydays for their jerk chicken pasta (Best Appetizer), Tickle Pickle for their mac and cheese with crushed BBQ grippos (Best Soup-Salad Side), and the Silver Ladle for their Silver Ladle Salad (Restaurant Best GoVibrant!). GoVibrant! items are those who meet the American Heart Association’s standards for low fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Food trucks also got into the Best of Taste action. Adena’s Beefstroll cleaned up with their Ma’s meatball sub (Food Truck Best Entrée) and The Stroll (Best Food Truck Appetizer). Other winners include Packhouse for their jalapeno mac and cheese (Best Food Truck Soup-Salad Side), streetpops for their pineapple passionfruit streetpop (Best Food Truck GoVibrant!), and SugarSnap! for their “Make It A Sundae” Brownie (Best Food Truck Dessert).

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As if there wasn’t enough food, courtesy of Findlay Market, there will actually be a “Taste within the Taste.” KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF(Kara Driscoll)

4. Other Highlights

As if there wasn’t enough food, courtesy of Findlay Market, there will actually be a “Taste within the Taste.” Over 20 vendors – some from Findlay Market, others “foodpreneurs” from Findlay Kitchen, will provide the Taste of Findlay Market, a diverse grouping of “bites” that will be available all weekend.

Students from the Art of the Piano Festival, otherwise known as the classical “rock stars” of today and tomorrow, will perform on the main stage on May 26 at noon.

The Cincinnati Pops Poptet, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s rhythm ensemble, will perform a series of standards and showtunes on the main stage on May 27 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Last but certainly not least, local media celebrities will compete in the annual soapbox GoVibrant! Veggie Races on May 25 from noon-1 p.m.


What: Taste of Cincinnati

When: May 26-28

Where: Fifth St., downtown Cincinnati

Cost: No admission cost

More Info: www.tasteofcincinnati.com

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This year’s Furry Skurry to include goat yoga, dog bone bar and kitten nursery

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

Calling all Superheroes! The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is fighting animal homelessness and needs your help to find forever homes to all animals.

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Lace up your sneakers. Tie on your cape. Grab your super pooch and sign up today for the 27th annual Furry Skurry 5K walk/run to benefit the pets at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, the area’s largest no-kill animal welfare agency. This is one of the LARGEST animal events in the Miami Valley!!

This family-friendly and pet-friendly event will take place on Saturday, May 26 at the Eastwood MetroPark, 1385 Harshman Road. Come as an individual, family or a team and celebrate pets during this exciting and fun-filled event.

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Not able to attend? Don’t worry! They also have Virtual Walker/Runner options so that you can experience all the goodies without being at the event!

Jessica and Jeff Singleton attend Furry Skurry with their two dogs Wrigley (left) and Daisy (right). Both dogs were adopted from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. Photo by Jessica Garringer(www.activedayton.com)

What better way to ring in the unofficial start of summer than with a run around the park with your super sidekick dog?! Registration starts at 8 a.m. with the 5K run/walk starting at 9:30 a.m. A more casual 1-mile walk will follow at the 5K race.

All 5K participants will receive a free pancake breakfast, T-shirt, swag bag and finisher medal. Want a truly super experience? Upgrade your registration to our V.I.P.P. (Very Important People and Pets) ticket and receive access to the V.I.P.P. tent, open bar, premium parking, giveaways, pet massages, paw-dicures and more!

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If you want to attend Furry Fest without participating in the race then you will just $5 at the door (for anyone 16 or older). If you are younger than 16 you can enter for free. 

Peggy Lindsey came up from Georgia to run in this year's Furry Skurry with her dog Gordie. Gordie was adopted at Furry Skurry 11 years ago and they are still a perfect match! CONTRIBUTED BY JESSICA GARRINGER(www.activedayton.com)

Fun at Furry Fest includes: 

  • Goat Yoga (you must register online ahead of time atwww.hsdayton.org/FS - you will also need to bring your own mat)
  • Shopping at 40+ vendors
  • Appearance by Atlas the Wonderdog, the 2017 Service Dog of the Year
  • Food Truck Rally
  • Trivia in our Ales and Tails Tent
  • Dog Bone Bar
  • VIPP (Very Important People & Pets) Amenities including premium parking, an open bar, checked baggage area, special food
  • Ales & Tails Drink Tent serving up Beer, Wine, Mimosas and Bloody Marys
  • Selfie Station 
  • Caricature Sketch Artist
  • Demonstrations by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit
  • High-flying Pancakes with Chris Cakes Ohio
  • Live music from Funky G & The Groove Machine
  • Kitten Nursery
  • Kids Play Zone
  • Caricature Sketch Artisit
  • Pet Costume Contest
  • Pet Look-a-Like Contest
  • Henna and Air Brushed Tattoos
  • Live Demonstrations
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • Giant Jenga Yard Games
  • 50/50 Raffle Drawing
  • Snag a Subaru Raffle Tickets
  • And So Much More!

Children, dogs and superhero costumes are welcomed and highly encouraged.


There will be lots of shopping and activities during the event and some are cash-only, so please be prepared. There’s no guarantee that every vendor will be able to process credit cards. 

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This year’s Furry Skurry 5K & Furry Fest is sponsored by Petco Foundation, Subaru of Dayton, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Dayton City Paper, LexisNexis, MedVet, McAfee Heating & Air, Meijer, MiracleCorp, Friends of the Humane Society, Secret Eden, Voss Auto Network, Dayton Magazine, MikeSell’s and Fore Acres Photography. 

 All proceeds raised from this event help care for the homeless pets at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton receives no government funding and relies solely on the donations of individuals, companies and grants to run the programs and services it offers to the community.

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They are dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 116 years ago, it is the largest and most-established no-kill animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call (937) 268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org


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See the story of how Carole King rose to stardom in Dayton this week

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

9 shows at the Schuster Center

After interviewing Carole King for days, playwright Douglas McGrath was faced with a tough decision. Which parts of the legendary singer/songwriter’s personal journey should be included in a musical about her life?

You’ll see the results when the Tony and Grammy award-winning Broadway hit “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” makes its Dayton premiere at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center May 22-27. The show’s songs include “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,”“You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” “Up on the Roof” and “Take Good Care of My Baby.”

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Singer/songwriter Carole King’s early life is captured in the musical, “Beautiful.” CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

McGrath believes for a Broadway show to succeed, the audience has to care about and connect with the people in it — whether it’s the King in “The King and I” or Alexander Hamilton in “Hamilton.” In this case, McGrath decided to focus on a period in King’s life that began in 1959, just before Brooklyn native Carol Klein composed her first hit song. She is 17, pregnant and newly married to 20-year-old lyricist Gerry Goffin.

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The decade that follows includes her early songwriting years, the break-up of her marriage and the 1971 release of “Tapestry,” one of the best-selling albums of all time. “Tapestry” not only represented Carole King’s artistic peak as a performer and writer but also sums up everything that had gone on in her life up to that point, McGrath notes. “All of those things inform these songs. Because ‘Tapestry’ was such a triumph, it supports the play’s message of victory over heartbreak.”

The playwright didn’t know a lot about the famous singer before becoming involved with the Broadway show. “She is a keep-to-herself kind of person and my standard joke is that — like most people — I thought she was born, learned to walk and then recorded ‘Tapestry!’ ” he says. “What I didn’t realize was that 12 years before ‘Tapestry’ came out she was writing hit songs for all of the big groups in the ’50s and ’60s —Aretha Franklin, The Drifters, the Shirrells, the Beatles, the Monkees.”

Douglas McGrath, who wrote the script for “Beautiful,” is pictured with Carole King. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

Crafting a show

The other main characters in “Beautiful” are another married songwriting couple — Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

“We were lucky in this case because ‘Beautiful’ is about four real people,” says McGrath, who interviewed all four songwriters at length. “All four were intelligent, inspiring, interesting and flawed people — meaning they are human, not perfect — which helps an audience relate and connect.”

McGrath was obviously impressed with King when he interviewed her. “You don’t necessarily think of rock musicians as intellectual, but Carole is really brainy and could speak articulately about everything,” he says. “She skipped two grades in school and was in college by age 16. She has a perfect memory and never struggled for specific dates or names. Later, when I interviewed Gerry, her ex-husband, he confirmed everything she had told me.”

McGrath says his hours with King weren’t always easy for her. “Her life has been filled with joy as well as heartbreak and I don’t think she had talked about some of it for a long, long time,” he says. “A lot of Kleenex kept coming out of her purse. Gerry was her first love.”

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Douglas McGrath, who wrote the script for “Beautiful” spent days interviewing Carole King about her life. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

Whenever he worked on the script, McGrath played their music in the background. “It helped me see the connections between events in their lives and the music itself, what they created, ” he explains. “You could hear something in their lyrics and stories that would make sense with certain parts of their lives. I wanted the songs to feel connected to their lives.”

That goal was apparently achieved. King walked out halfway through the first read-through she attended. It turned out, says McGrath, it wasn’t that she didn’t like it. She did. It was simply too painful.

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“Beautiful” tells the true story of Carole King s remarkable rise to stardom as part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

Becoming Carole

Since that time, King has returned to see the entire show. Sarah Bockel, who will portray the famous singer in Dayton, remembers a night in Boston when the cast was asked to gather on stage after the performance for an important announcement.

“We thought we were getting fired!” recalls the Chicago native who worked as an understudy for the leading role before playing it. “Then, Carole King walked out! We didn’t know she was there, it would have made us too nervous. She was extremely gracious and kind, gave us her blessing. Everyone was crying and clapping because she’s not only changed our lives but has changed millions of other people’s lives. We all got to take a selfie with her.”

Sarah Bockel will portray Carole King in the Broadway musical, “Beautiful.” CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

Bockel says there’s a lot she loves about this part and this show. “I love singing the music every night, and love the other 22 people in the show,” she begins. “I love the fact that theater allows people to communicate a message to a group of strangers sitting in the dark who are bought together because they want to be told a story. I love telling stories. I like communicating with people, making them feel joy, sad. I love being a different person and I love the work you have to do within yourself to produce genuine emotion in yourself so that others can feel something cathartic. I love that it’s never the same and you’re always learning.”

Bockel believes audiences relate to “Beautiful” because they have a major connection to the music and to memories attached to it. “Her music is so personal and so applicable to everyone’s lives,” she believes. “For example, what does it mean to be a natural woman? It can mean something different to everyone but the idea is really simple.”

“Beautiful” features the life story and music of Carole King. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

The take-away

McGrath hopes Carole King fans who come to the show will be surprised to discover new things about the singer’s life. He’s also hoping those fans bring their kids and grand-kids.

“Her story is very inspiring for young people,” he says. “It’s about a girl who — at 16 — broke into a business where there were no females. And when her marriage came apart and she thought everything was lost, there were even better things ahead. It’s a great message for those who have experienced losses — a first heartbreak or a job that doesn’t work out. You think you’re the only one who has had your heart broken and that’s not the case. It’s great to see someone who’s had difficult things happen and fully recovers without becoming bitter.”


What: “Beautiful-The Carole King Musical”

When: May 22-27. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton

Tickets: $26 and up plus service fees. Get tickets online at TicketCenterStage.com, at the Box Office, or by phone at (937) 228-3630 or (888) 228-3630.

NOTE: Saturday matinee performances of Broadway Series presentations are sign interpreted. Audio description is available by request.

BACKGROUND ON BROADWAY At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, you can learn about the development, history, and artistry of the show. This free event is held in the Schuster Center’s fourth-floor lobby. You must have a ticket to that day’s performance.

“Beautiful” comes to the Schuster. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

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