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We got a sneak peak of a Broadway show coming to Cincinnati soon. See why it's a message that'll hit home for everyone, from history buffs and music lovers, to busy mamas trying to balance it all.

Our Editor-in-Chic got a sneak peek of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” before it hits the stage in Broadway in Cincinnati.

I have to be honest. I didn’t know much about Carole King when I heard that a Broadway musical about her was coming to town. I had heard the name, knew she was a singer, but didn’t know much more than that.

Turns out, yes, she’s a singer but she’s a songwriter first and foremost. And not just any songwriter, either. She’s the hugely successful wordsmith behind some of the most famous songs and singers of the 60s and 70s. (Actually, Buzzfeed did this story about some of the chart-topping songs you never knew were written by Carole King)

So, when I was asked with some local media folks to go to New York City to see the show before it comes to Cincinnati, I jumped at the opportunity, but I had NO idea how much I’d truly enjoy it.

I really loved how it was based on a true story, and it told the real history of what was happening in Carole’s personal life, paralleled with what was going on with her professionally, and how that inspired all these huge hits I’ve heard for years. It was like uncovering a treasure trove inside each song, realizing what they were REALLY about.

What I loved about it is that Carole’s life is so relatable. Even though she ended up being a famous singer in the limelight of fame and fortune, the majority of this show focuses on when she was very much behind the scenes, struggling to balance personal and professional demands… being a loving mom and doting wife while pursuing a career that she felt was her calling. Who can’t relate to some or ALL of that?!

It was also really interesting to learn about the music business in those days. I always envisioned the groups and singers writing those songs themselves, but through this show, I learned the real story. The science, competition, and drama behind how those lyrics truly came to be, and then matched up with the singers who created the songs we know and love.

So, as you can imagine, the music was out of this world. Hearing all these songs you know every word to, but now knowing the story behind them, you FEEL them so much more. When you hear those songs, it changes everything now because you’re so connected to the real happiness, heartbreak, and resilience that Carole King was truly experiencing at that time.

Oh, and the fashion was fabulous too. I loved how just through the wardrobe, you could tell what era you were in, and how much fashion played a role in history, and creating “a look” in the music industry.

So, no matter if you’re a fashion, music, or history lover, or if you’re like me, a mama just trying to balance it all, hungry for some inspiration and a fun night out… GO SEE THIS SHOW!

Click here to learn more about it and get your tickets!

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Learn about a local boutique that specializes in high-quality wares and showcasing local artists while donating to local charities.

 

The Gifted Shop sells home decor and accessories that are unique to Cincinnati.

Inspired by charity, the benefits of face-to-face interactions with customers, and the uniqueness of local artists, The Gifted shop describes itself as “the Heart of Giving.” Gretchen Meyer, the owner of the small boutique in Hyde Park, says that the slogan refers to “the care and attention that a truly wonderful gift can convey. It also speaks directly to the fact that while we talk much about gifts and giving. Our charitable gifting is always something we want to keep in the forefront of people’s minds.”

“I believe that gifts, the truly special ones, communicate to someone that you ‘see them,’” Meyer explains. “That you notice what they love or want to do something for them they might not do for themselves.  We love helping people find those gifts for others, or perhaps something for themselves.”

The Gifted, which opened in November 2016, sells home décor such as clocks, pillows, and serving pieces, as well as accessories such as jewelry, handbags, and scarves. All items are “carefully selected for high quality craftsmanship,” Meyer says, and The Gifted focuses on items that are “unique to the Cincinnati shopping scene,” featuring local artists and artisans. “I also have such incredible respect for artists and artisans,” Meyer says. “The shop is a way of acknowledging their gifts and helping showcase their work.”

The Gifted also focuses on charity. In addition to looking for vendors that are philanthropic themselves, The Gifted pairs with a different local charity every quarter, and during that period, a portion of the sales is “gifted” to that charity. Meyer explains that “having a charitable component to the shop was part of the founding inspiration.”

The final important component of The Gifted is the emphasis on face-to-face interactions. Meyer says, “I believe that even though so much of our lives are based electronically, there is still a place for incredible customer service and attention.  People still respond to that type of care. I also believe that some things, especially those that are unique or higher quality, truly need to be experienced in person.”

The Gifted will be involved in two upcoming trunk shows. The first one, on the 27 and 28, will be with Heet, a brand of statement-making jewelry. All pieces in The Gifted’s collection will be made by highly-trained artisans with only the finest materials, such as genuine Swarovski crystal elements and premium natural leathers, suede, and other textiles. On May 3, The Gifted will be featured in a trunk show with ExVoto Vintage, a collection of one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry created from antique and vintage elements. A portion of sales from this trunk show will go toward The Cure Starts Now Foundation for pediatric brain cancer research.

The Gifted Shop is located at 3443 Edwards Road in Hyde Park. To learn more, visit their website, give them a call (513) 918-5304 or like them on Facebook.

 

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A local fitness studio has given itself a new image to help clients reach their health goals through one-on-one training, personal training, and a specialty bootcamp. Read on for more!

 

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about FitZone!
Chris Witbrodt, Owner of FitZone: FitZone is a private personal training studio in Cincinnati Ohio. We specialize in creating efficient, individualized programming for 1 person, in a small group setting. Our sessions have between 1 and 4 clients per session and each person has their own program, and 1 coach.

Cincy Chic: What inspired you to open FitZone?
Witbrodt: FitZone’s inspiration is based on the poor direction the fitness industry has taken. People need real help with what to do, how often to do it and how to do it, with the intensity required to actually make a change. Large group fitness provides little direction and only way to workout, 1 on 1 personal training can be very expensive and large gyms with $10 a month dues only care about the transaction, not the client.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the studio?
Witbrodt: I’m the trainer behind FitZone. I have 15 years experience, 20,000 hours logged worth of transformations, methodology for adherence, and programming for busy men and women looking to go back 10 years.

Cincy Chic: When did you launch FitZone?
Witbrodt: FitZone has been here for one year but with little direction or culture. The change is now though. May 8th FitZone will host its first 21-day challenge. FitZone now has a leader, a direction, and a culture that is here to stay.

Cincy Chic: What types of classes do you offer clients?
Witbrodt: FitZone offers personal training, 1-on-1 training, and a specialty bootcamp that only last 45 minutes. FitZone’s bootcamp is created by an NFL strength coach and has not only a great metabolic conditioning component but an efficient workout for busy professionals looking to burn max calories.

Cincy Chic: What makes FitZone unique?
Witbrodt: FitZone uses MyZone technology with their bootcamps and training. MyZone is a heart rate monitor based training made popular by OrangeTheory Fitness, but not exclusive to them. The FitZone leader board is very unique. Every client has a defined goal and that goal is recognized publicly. The client’s percentage to goal is monitored and given a number, and is annotated on the client leader board for other clients to see who is in the lead each week.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for FitZone in 2017?
Witbrodt: Everything from the paint, the energy, and the unparalleled interaction with your trainer. May 8th starts our 21-Day Belly Buster Challenge and we’re also hosting an upcoming Charity Bootcamp that will benefit veterans.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along with FitZone?
Witbrodt: Check out our Facebook page, follow along with our blog, or visit www.fitzonecinci.com.

 

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See how one local lady merged her love for art and home décor with getting gal pals together for a fun night of creativity.

 

Brushed Up offers fun and easy decor painting classes.

This isn’t your typical wine and paint party.

Brushed Up Painting Parties, the business formerly known as Hoosier Paint Girl, helps customers create something “amazing” through their fun and easy décor painting classes. Classes are both public and private. Co-owned by Kelly Bridewell and her husband Todd, Brushed Up offers sign painting, barrel head, and tray painting classes as well as furniture painting classes. Unlike many painting companies that offer classes such as canvas painting, Brushed Up uses real wood as well as stencils. “This way the participants can focus having fun while creating something amazing,” says owner and president Kelly Bridewell.

Brushed Up started life as Hoosier Paint Girl, a business in which Bridewell painted furniture and then began creating rustic wood wall décor. In 2014 she held a painting class for a friend; the class went “locally viral” on Facebook, and business took off. “I created this company to give people a fun and easy way to get together AND to create something that they are proud of. Something that they can’t wait to hang on the wall!” Bridewell explains. “Not only is the experience fun and laid back, but they leave with a sense of accomplishment and a high end product.”

Create your own art projects at a Brushed Up class.

In the painting classes, the participant picks out a product from Brushed Up’s extensive collection. The item is then cut into a stencil. “This takes any ‘free-handing’ out of the equation, making the design look more polished,” Bridewell says. “The process of painting is extremely easy and the class lasts approximately two hours. Our staff of trained ‘party leaders’ give a tutorial at the beginning of the class and then stays for duration of the class to help with things like color choices, etc.” Brushed Up only uses quality paints such as Junk Gypsy Chalk Type Paint, which Bridewell also acts as a retailer of.

Brushed Up also helps local businesses. “Venues such as restaurants, wineries, coffee shops, pubs and much more reach out to us to bring patrons in to their facility on an otherwise ‘slow’ night,” Bridewell says. Patrons buy food and drinks at the locations, and Facebook ads bring the businesses attention, so both Brushed Up and partnering businesses benefit. “Knowing that we are helping other local businesses build a following by building partnerships is an amazing added benefit” of running Brushed Up, Bridewell says.

Several events are coming up, including Mother’s Day event at the Tri-County Mall on May 13, where moms and kids can come paint together, and a partnership with Cincy Wine Wagon for a seven hour ‘party bus’ ride that includes three wineries. All public events are listed on Facebook and Brushed Up’s website.

 

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A local charity is prepping for its biggest fundraiser of the year. See how you can mix and mingle with the “who’s who” of Cincinnati while supporting a “super” cause!

 

JDRF will host its annual Cincinnatian of the Year Gala on May 13.

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about JDRF!
Melissa Newman, Executive Director at JDRF: JDRF is a nonprofit organization with the mission to cure, treat, and prevent Type 1 diabetes (T1D), which is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks part of its own pancreas. JDRF Southwest Ohio is a local chapter that serves 43 counties and an estimated 30,800 individuals who live with T1D.

Cincy Chic: Can you share more information about the upcoming JDRF gala?
Newman: The annual JDRF Cincinnatian of the Year event is a black-tie gala that each year attracts 825-900 attendees and raises approximately $1.1 million. The event this year will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center on Saturday, May 13, 2017 and will honor Dan Schimberg, CERO OF Uptown Rental Properties, as the Cincinnatian of the Year. Our gala chair is Petra Vester and our Volunteer of the Year award recipient for 2017 is Laura Cramer. The Cincinnatian of the Year gala has built a reputation as not only one of the top nonprofit fundraising galas in the region, but is also one of the most fun and exciting.

Cincy Chic: What inspired this year’s Super Hero theme?
Newman: Part of what makes JDRF Cincinnatian of the Year Gala so exciting is its theme. Our gala committee really goes all out every year to develop a fun theme and make the gala experience full immersion of that theme – from the moment you receive your event invitation to the evening of the event when you pull your car up to the valet to when you leave at the end of the night. The theme this year was inspired by all of our JDRF superheroes who commit so tirelessly to supporting our cause and doing what it takes to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. We have so many volunteers and donors who have been steadfastly dedicated for so many years that they really are our superheroes by making a difference and changing the world in a positive way.

Cincy Chic: Why is the Cincinnatian of the Year Gala THE event of the year?
Newman: The gala is THE event of the year because it’s not only a fundraising powerhouse, but it’s truly a night of fun, hope, and inspiration. Our volunteers and staff not only make a tremendous effort to incorporate the theme throughout the entire event, but we take pains to ensure that the evening program isn’t just people endlessly talking, but that we weave into the program the message of our organizational mission in an entertaining and inspiring way. In planning the night’s program, we often describe it as a “rollercoaster of emotion.” We want guests to experience the high energy and excitement of our live opening act and then the live auction, but also the poignant moments where we remind attendees of why we’re here by sharing the stories of people whose lives are impacted by T1D.

Cincy Chic: What makes the Cincinnatian of the Year Gala a great place to network with other locals?
Newman: We are fortunate that the Cincinnatian of the Year Gala attracts a “who’s who” of Cincinnati. At the event, attendees will find a diverse crowd of our city’s leaders and decision-makers across all spectrums. We also build into the event program, through pre-function, part of the dinner program, and of course the after party, ample opportunity to socialize with fellow guests.

Cincy Chic: How much do you expect to raise for JDRF at the Cincinnatian of the Year Gala?
Newman: Our fundraising goal this year is $1.1 million, with a stretch goal of $1.25 million, which would be yet again another record year for our chapter. With the strength of our honoree Dan Schimberg, and of course our amazing volunteers and donors, I think we might be able to achieve that target.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about JDRF, the Cincinnatian of the Year Gala, or purchase tickets?
Newman: Readers can visit www.jdrfcincinnatian.org for more information or to purchase a table or tickets.

 

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Husband and wife team David and Liz Cook combine their businesses in one location to provide a deliciously fashionable experience. Read on to learn more.

 

Daveed’s Kitchen and Elizabeth’s Closet will soon open in a new location.

Daveed’s Kitchen and Elizabeth’s Closet, owned by husband and wife David and Liz Cook, respectively, will be moving to a new location soon, providing customers an easy and fun experience where customers can eat and shop all in one building.

Liz paints a picture of a fun night of eating, drinking, shopping, and being merry at the joint establishment: “You are sitting in Daveed’s Kitchen, waiting for the wonderful food Chef David has been creating for 18 years. While you wait, easy shopping in Elizabeth’s Closet and tasting our great sauces.”

In addition to Daveed’s Kitchen, a restaurant, and Elizabeth’s Closet, a women’s boutique that sells outerwear, handbags, gifts, and jewelry, the shop will also feature the Cooks’ sauce venture, Fatty & Skinny Brand Sauces.

For the past 12 years, Daveed’s Kitchen performed about 75 percent as a catering company, Liz says, so the time had come for David and the restaurant to reinvent themselves. The Cooks sold the Mt. Adams location in 2016. The new location in Madeira, which is slated to open at the end of April 2017, will offer pop-up dinners, cooking classes, Field to Fork meals to go, and catering.

Field to Fork meals to go are unique, locally-inspired lunch and dinner options for pick-up for busy people on the run. Similar to the Field to Fork meals but more closely geared toward corporate luncheons are the Boxed Lunches, and Daveed’s offers Platters to Go for special occasions such as Easter and the Super Bowl.

The pop-up dinners and cooking classes will both be pre-sold events, with a $25 deposit to reserve a space, since seating is limited. The pop-up dinners are an offshoot of the Tapas communal dinner, started 12 years ago in Mt. Adams. “Our Tapas got started due to the turn of the economy and Daveed’s at the time was considered fine dining,” Cook explains. “Chef David and I had to offer an affordable menu to bring in new guests.” The Tapas dinner featured one communal table of 36, 10 small tastes served platter style, and two glasses of wine included for prix-fix price per person.

Fatty & Skinny Brand Sauces and Salsa is David’s other brain-child, created with friends in 2009. All of the fresh, all-natural ingredients are either grown in David’s own garden or selected from local farms and contain no preservatives. They are entirely gluten-free and vegetarian. The wares of this line range from salsa to marinara sauce to barbecue sauce to hot sauce; the newest creation,  Secret Red Gravy, is a marinara sauce made with quality red wine, parmigiano-reggiano cheese, fresh tomatoes, olive oil from Spicy Olive, and herbs.

Elizabeth’s Closet is Liz’s brain-child, opened over seven years ago. Open to the public only by appointment, Elizabeth’s Closet is a boutique love unique fashion jewelry and accessories at affordable prices. Liz travels to New York throughout the year to bring back jewelry, clothing, and accessories that she knows will appeal to her clientele.

To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/lizscloset/ or https://www.facebook.com/daveedsculinarykitchen/.

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After 25 years in the business, a local gallery owner honors the artists and industry she loves with a new book that offers an insider’s perspective. Read on for more.

 

Litsa Spanos, Owner of ADC Fine Art and author of Secrets of the Art World.

Cincy Chic: We heard you’re launching a book! What’s it called?
Litsa Spanos, Owner of ADC Fine Art and Author of Secrets of the Art World: My book is called Secrets of the Art World: Getting Real About the Process, Business, and Selling of Your Work.

Cincy Chic: What inspired you to write a book?
Spanos: For over 25 years I’ve built my business Art Design Consultants, Inc. selling artwork to corporate and residential clients. Without artists, I would not have a business. My success is my artists’ successes. When I realized I was celebrating 25 years of business, I knew exactly what I wanted to do: I wanted to give back to the artists that make my business possible. So I thought of all the things artists need to be successful in the current and ever-changing art world, and I put them all in a book just for them.

Cincy Chic: When will your book be available for purchase?
Spanos: You can pre-order the book now on my website right here.  And on June 9th, the book will be available on Amazon.com in both hardback and e-Book formats.

Cincy Chic: What was the most enjoyable part about writing Secrets of the Art World?
Spanos: I loved going down memory lane. I couldn’t have shared what I know about what it takes to be successful in the art world, if I didn’t share my own challenges as a business owner. I also know I couldn’t have made it without the support and encouragement of my parents, my husband, and my team here at ADC. Looking through old photos and writing our history—the highs and the lows—was definitely a profound experience for me. And it confirmed why I needed to write this book. So many people played a role in my success, and I not only wanted to give back, but pay it forward as well.

Cincy Chic: What makes your book unique?
Spanos: There are a lot of books out there that will tell you they have the “secrets” to making of the art world—and they’re usually written by one person with one point of view. As much as I know about the industry, I know there are countless “experts” in all aspects of the industry who have a lot to share. So I included a number of interviews and profiles with gallerists, designers, trade show owners, and artists who each have unique perspectives, tips, and advice to help artists make the most of their art career. I don’t want people just to take my word for it. There is no other place where artists can find everything they need to know to supercharge their career—no matter where they are at in their career—than my book.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything else new on the horizon for you or ADC Fine Art in 2017?
Spanos: Oh gosh, yes! For starters, we just launched a new website and redesigned it to include a new Art Resource Center—so artists can find everything they need to be successful in one area of the site. We still have all the same offerings for our clients, but we made it easier for them to shop our gallery and get the service they deserve with easy to navigate site. We will also be launching a Success Summit for Artists. This 2-day Summit (June 9th-10th) is just for artists. We’re offering free portfolio reviews (to the first 9 registrants) and a two-day packed schedule of sessions designed to inspire, teach, and empower artists. We’ve gathered some of the top names in the art industry in the nation and we’re bringing them here to Cincinnati. (For more information or to register, click here.) We’ll also be hosting an amazing party to celebrate 25 years of business. And that’s just the beginning. We’re also in the middle of launching our annual Blink Resource Guide and a new catalog and website that will target individual art collectors online.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about you, the book, or the gallery?
Spanos: To learn more about Art Design Consultants, Inc. (ADC) visit us at adcfineart.com, where you’ll find out all about us and how you can purchase Secrets of the Art World: Getting Real About the Process, Business, and Selling of Your Work.

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Our life coach columnist shares the four questions you should ask yourself when pondering whether to speak up about an issue.

 

Should I say something or should I just keep quiet? (How many times have you considered this while at work?)

Well, I remember working for a boss that loved to boast about the companies’ “open culture” where everyone could share their ideas and thoughts. I took him at his word. Once in a meeting, I diplomatically shared an issue that every employee was struggling to accept. I did this because behind the scenes, everyone was complaining, whining and basically wasting time expounding on this issue. However, no one had the courage to bring up the issue and discuss it with the boss.

When I began the conversation that day, everyone sighed with relief. Finally, it would be brought out into the daylight and dealt with in a productive manner.  When shared, the boss handled the discussion well and treated me with respect for bringing it to the table.

However, a couple days later, things began to fall apart. I was called into a meeting and aggressively attacked. He made it clear that the issue with me was not the information that I had shared that day.  The issue with me was the many weaknesses that I possessed (although I had received glowing accolades up until that point).

I look back on that day and wonder about my choice to speak up.  Did I make the wrong decision?  Well, that depends.

According to the book Crucial Conversations by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan and Switzler, you should ask yourself these four questions when pondering whether to speak up:

  1. Am I attempting to communicate the message passive-aggressively?
  2. Is my conscience nagging me?
  3. Am I telling myself that I am helpless?
  4. Am I choosing the safety of silence over the risk of speaking up?

If you answer yes to any of these, then you seriously have to consider whether staying quiet is the best solution for your situation.  

So, here’s what you have to lose if you decide to keep your mouth shut. Staying quiet means you give approval to your current situation. Staying quiet means that your workplace frustration over the situation could come through in passive-aggressive behavior. Lastly, staying quiet means that the frustration can hit a tipping point for you and your emotions will boil over.

You could explode and say things that you will really, really regret.

Now here’s the most important point to consider:

Choosing to stay mum automatically means that the current situation is not going to change.  Giving up control in the situation can lead to feelings of apathy, which then can lead to disengagement at work.

So let’s revisit my story about the boss that touted the open culture. Would I have made the same decision today?

Absolutely.

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See why our movie critic says this Zach Braff-helmed remake of 1979 senior citizen bank robbery comedy proves fresh for 2017.

 

“C’mon fellas – if we’re gonna go on tour, you all gotta be able to twerk! Now bend those hips!” Annie (Anne-Margret) helps adjust Albert Garner (Alan Arkin) as Joe Harding (Michael Caine, far left) and Willie Davis (Morgan Freeman) attempt to stretch in a scene from Zach Braff’s take on GOING IN STYLE. Credit: Atsushi Nishijima © 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment, LLC. 

WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:



KEY VOICE CAST MEMBERS: Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, Anne-Margret, John Ortiz, Keenan Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Joey King, Josh Pais, Peter Serafinowicz and Matt Dillon

WRITER(S): Theodore Melfi (screenplay); Edward Cannon (1979 original story on which the film is based)

DIRECTOR(S): Zack Braff

WEB SITE: http://goinginstylemovie.com/HERE’S THE STORY: Joe Harding (Michael Caine) is by all accounts a good man. He let his daughter (Maria Dizzia) and her young precocious 14 year-old Brooklyn (Joey King) move in with him, he’s been a loyal employee at the steel factory he’s worked at for 30 some years and he’s always gotten along with his two best friends there, Willie (Morgan Freeman) and Albert (Alan Arkin). Thus, once he gets a letter from his bank saying his house payment has tripled and has a meeting with the equally uncaring manager at his local branch, he’s understandable upset. Knowing that, it should likewise come at no surprise that he’s especially ticked once he discovers that his employer has been bought in a corporate merger, is moving all manufacturing operations to Vietnam and won’t be paying out his, Wilile’s or Alan’s pensions.

Then, he gets caught in the middle of a robbery at his bank and gets an idea: To get revenge on the people robbing them, why now rob the bank with his two best friends in tow for the ride? 

While it takes some convincing at first, Joe is eventually able to convince Willie and Alan to come along for the ride after getting some intel from his ex son-in-law (Peter Serafinowicz), who hooks him up with Jesus (John Ortiz), their bank robbing 101 master. So, what happens when three senior citizens – one of whom is making Annie (Anne-Margret) very hot to trot – get together and decide to pull off a million dollar robbery?
The answer awaits you at the local cineplex. 

WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST? Fans of the lead cast members; people who enjoy self-aware comedies; anyone who’s never seen the 1979 original and thus won’t be comparing the two films nonstop; anyone who likes a film that has a bit of bounce and energy in playing to its strengths

WHO WON’T (OR SHOULDN’T) LIKE THIS MOVIE? People who wear weary of Alzheimer’s-related jokes; those who have senior family members they don’t communicate with; those who feel the film is restricted by its PG-13 rating

SO, IS IT GOOD, BAD OR ABSOLUTELY AWFUL? A film that one could essentially describe as Grumpy Old Men meets Ocean’s 11 (minus about 7 key players in the mix), Going in Style is a solid comedy that delivers what you expect in effective and entertaining fashion.

Whereas Caine is great is the solid straight man who is trying to do the wrong thing for all the right reasons, Freeman and Arkin shine by taking all the best comedic lines throughout the film. Save for Keenan Thompson throwing out some admirable zingers as a grocery store manager, Arkin and Freeman land all their comedic punches with self-effacing humor that not only is fitting, but genuinely funny. 

In many circumstances, the octogenarian-fueled humor could wear extremely thin in the wrong hands (Christopher Lloyd’s character has both humorous highs and lows in terms of enjoyment), but Caine and co. excel quite well under the direction of Zach Braff, who likely did the best thing a director can do with them: Stay out of their capable hands, offer a few notes where necessary and waste no on-screen time with needless exposition of a fairly simple story. He lets things unfold with a snappy yet smart efficiency and the end result proves itself to be a success. 

A testament to the idea of there being no small parts in a film, the supporting players like Siobhan Fallon Hogan as an amorous waitress, Matt Dillon as a not-so-astute FBI agent and the aforementioned Thompson add comedic style to Going in Style. There’s something to be said, however, for the great rapport the three lead actors share, which makes their on-screen friendship and roles and the way everything fits together in terms of making the cast’s actions make plausible sense. You you understand these characters, you know these characters and most importantly, you like these characters. Those three factors help Going in Style enjoyable no matter how old you are.

OVERALL RATING (OUT OF FOUR POSSIBLE BUCKETS OF POPCORN):

 

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Learn about an upcoming event that mixes the city’s best drinks with fun fundraising activities to raise funds to support local families.

 

April 23 through 29 is National Infertility Awareness Week, and Parental Hope is celebrating in style with their biggest fundraiser, Journey to Parenthood: A Cocktail Expedition to Battle Infertility, on April 29.

As the title suggests, guests will be treated to five tastings of designer cocktails from around the world (designed by Molly Wellmann of Wellmann Brands), two drink tickets, tasty food, a souvenir cocktail glass, and the opportunity to bid on and win great raffle prizes. There will also be beer from 50 West Brewery and wine, as well as mocktails and other nonalcoholic beverages.

“The highlight of the event will be the IVF Raffle, where one couple battling infertility will win a full round of IVF plus medication that has been generously donated by the Institute for Reproductive Health,” says Jennifer Bross, cofounder and board member of Parental Hope. Only 200 tickets will be sold, for $100 per ticket; prices will be raised to $125 starting April 15.

Parental Hope is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about infertility and providing emotional and financial support to couples undergoing treatment. Parental Hope helps couples by educating the community through events, social media, and traditional media to erase the stigma around infertility, organizing support groups for couples undergoing infertility, and awarding couples one of two types of grants – the IVF Grant, which covers one full round of IVF, and the FET Grant, which covers one frozen embryo transfer.

Parental Hope was founded by Bross and her husband David after they reflected on the trials and triumphs of their struggle to conceive, which took upward turns when they found out that their health insurance covered infertility treatments and later when they discovered that they were expecting twins. “We could not help but feel fortunate and blessed that we were not only pregnant, but also that we did not have to bear the financial burden of infertility due to my employer providing health insurance the covered the entire cost our IVF and other infertility treatments,” Bross says. “During that conversation, we decided we wanted to give back… by volunteering with an existing nonprofit that helps those battling infertility.” They realized that there was a limited number of such groups, and none fulfilled the Brosses’ needs, so in January 2016, Parental Hope was born.

According to the most recent National Survey of Family Growth conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, one in eight couples struggles with some form of infertility, approximately 6.1% of all women under the age of 44 and 13.5% of all married and childless women under the age of 44 are infertile, and approximately 6.9 million (or 11.9%) of all women receive some form of infertility treatment in their lifetime. Despite this, only eight states require an employer to cover the cost of infertility treatment in their health insurance plans. As a result, for the vast majority of all infertility sufferers, this adds a heavy financial burden to the emotional toll. Parental Hope is here to help.

“We want those currently battling infertility to know they are not alone and that there is a community of people who have either overcome infertility or are battling the same issue they are facing,” Bross says. “However, in order to meet our mission, we have to fundraise and Journey to Parenthood is our biggest fundraiser.  All proceeds from the event will be used to support our mission of raising infertility awareness and providing emotional and financial support to couples batting infertility.”

The event will take place from 7 to 11 pm at the Centennial Barn in Cincinnati. General admission tickets cost $50, but will increase to $60 after April 15. Tickets may be purchased at www.parentalhope.org.