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DAAP Works Dance Party at Baba Budan’s

On Thursday, May 28th you can come out and support the graduating DAAP students at the DAAP Works Dance Party (9:30pm to 2:30am) being held at Baba Budan’s in Clifton Heights.

DAAP Works is the annual, end-of-year exhibition from graduating students at the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. The exhibition regularly draws attendees from around the country and illustrates the final works of that year’s graduating class.

Works from the fields of Architecture, Art Education, Community Planning, Digital Design, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design and Urban Planning are all on display. Many of the programs are highly ranked nationally and internationally acclaimed.

The DAAP Works Dance Party will raise money for the graduating Urban Planning students’ (including me!) DAAP Works displays.

The Sleeping Sea will be performing, at the party, at 10pm with DJ music the rest of the night. Drink specials include $3 Long Islands, $3 Coronas, $1 PBR, $2.25 Dos Equis and $3.25 Rome’s Homemade Sangria plus the regular assortment of drinks available at Baba Budan’s (GoogleMap).

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A beginner’s guide to local music

If you’ve been down to this year’s Taste of Cincinnati, or plan to do so on this Memorial Day, you’ll notice that alongside the food are five stages of live music. And many of the bands performing hail from right here in Cincinnati.

With events like the Taste, Fountain Square’s Indie Summer, and the Midpoint Music Festival – not to mention the many live shows happening at venues across the city on any given night – it’s clear that Cincinnati has a thriving local music scene.

Similar to the diversity of cuisines you’ll find at the Taste, Cincinnati’s music venues feature a diversity of genres and plenty of unique atmospheres. Around UC, you’ll find Rohs Street Café featuring acoustic acts, while the neighboring Baba Budan’s adds some hip hop and punk shows to the mix. Mad Frog usually features jam bands or metal, and occasionally brings in a touring national act. Heading up to Northside, you’ll find more punk at Blue Rock Tavern, and everything from jazz to indie at the neighborhood hangout Northside Tavern. Across the river, you’ll find both local and national acts at the Mad Hatter in Covington, and the biggest national acts at the Southgate House in Newport. And that’s just a small sampling of our venues.

But what’s most important about Cincinnati’s music scene are the bands themselves. Some are made up of college students or young professionals who play music as a hobby after their 9-5 job, and others feature dedicated musicians who do everything they can to take their band to the next level. Many have even broken through and made a name for themselves nationally. Heartless Bastards have been featured on The Late Show with David Letterman; Bad Veins have played festivals like South by Southwest; Buffalo Killers have toured with The Black Crowes and The Black Keys; and two members of The Greenhornes are also in Jack White’s side project The Raconteurs.

You can always open up the events section of CityBeat or CinWeekly, or visit CincinnatiShows.com, to find out about local shows. But if you want to try a more structured approach to discovering local music, there are plenty of resources. For example, if you’re saddened by the loss of Cincinnati’s alternative rock station “The Sound”, now’s the perfect time to check out Cincinnati’s own independent station WOXY.com, which often features local bands in their “Lounge Acts” sessions. And the “Line Level” television series, developed by UC students, features live performances from some of our city’s best bands.

When you support the many arts that Cincinnati has to offer, don’t forget about the original music being created by our talented bands and musicians. Spend an evening checking out Indie Summer on the Square or another local music show.


Peter Adams and the Nocturnal Collective perform on “Line Level”
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Five Guys, Donatos joining the Clifton Heights restaurant mix

If you’re one of those people with an insatiable appetite for more dining option in Clifton Heights then this will be exciting news for you – Cincinnati’s first Five Guys Burgers and Fries location will be opening up along Calhoun Street at the base of the University Park apartment building.

Donatos will also be opening up a location in the same building which will make this their first location in the Uptown area.

Both are going to be great additions since 1) college students can never have enough pizza and Donatos offers some good subs to boot and 2) Five Guys is amazing and will be the first real burger joint for the university area and like I said…great stuff.

With these two new additions it will nearly fill up the street-level retail space along Calhoun Street created by University Park. The majority is filled by restaurant tenants (Panera Bread, Currito, BW3, Potbelly) although there is also a 5/3 Banking Center, FedEx Office, T-Mobile and GameStop. A Ben & Jerry’s closed down last year.

Still lacking in that general area in terms of retail would be an affordable, yet attractive clothing store. I have always said that I think a Aeropostale would do tremendous business there. They used to advertise a lot at university events and their key demographic seems to be college students and that age group. Just throwing it out there.

Also noteworthy is that the Wendy’s inside UC’s Tangeman University Center will be replaced by a Burger King, Jump (asian food) will be replaced by “sushi concept” run by UC’s food services and Freshens will be leaving with a Chic-fil-A taking its spot.