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A new local market is showcasing community creatives. Read on for all the decorative details.

Local makers make the world a prettier place and The Arts Alliance is helping them make an even bigger impact through The Deerfield Handmade Markets.

According to Meredith Raffel, Founder and Executive Director at The Arts Alliance, The Deerfield Handmade Markets are designed to showcase local and regional fine arts, creatives, and makers by celebrating those who are creating unique items, and those who work in a more traditional medium, too.

“The idea is to create a more organic and earthy event that welcomes all kinds of creativity,” she explains. “We will welcome artists in the categories of painting, drawing, sculpture, and those who are working to create soaps, floras, repurposing items, reuse materials, furniture makers, candles, cottage food, pop-up shop vendors, and more.”

Raffel says the inspiration behind The Arts Alliance is change.

“The Arts Alliance has always welcomed new ideas and tries to be a fluid organization,” she explains. “Change can be intimidating, but we are game to mix things up.”

The festival events offered through The Arts Alliance have always been traditional – but there was a desire to switch it up a bit.

“It just felt like it was time to welcome a broader set of creatives into the fold,” says Raffel. “Art and the creation of the arts shouldn’t be a stuffy experience and we aren’t a stuffy organization. We are open to new ideas and want to try new things. We have failed plenty of times, but we’ve succeeded even more. We are excited to introduce to the community new artists, new event elements, and enjoyment.”

The welcomed change from The Arts Alliance resulted in The Deerfield Handmade Markets, which was launched in partnership with Deerfield Township.

“We are bringing an urban idea to this rural community,” says Raffel. “We have seen these events downtown and in the breweries. We want to bring ‘cool’ to the ‘burbs.”

Raffel says the Deerfield Handmade Markets are unlike anything else out there in Warren County. “The community will enjoy a lot of games, art making opportunities for their families, and social media opportunities, too.”

The Deerfield Handmade Markets will give those doing good work in the community the chance to have a space at these events.

“Through our Take Part Initiative, we welcome nonprofits to engage with the community and let people know what good work they are doing.”

Those interested in the Take Part Initiative can tell The Arts Alliance about the good work they are doing in the community and they will be given a space. Raffel says approximately 10 spaces will be given to local non-profits.

This year, markets will be held June 8 at Cottell Park from 11am to 5 pm, September 15 at Cottell Park from 11am to 5pm, and December 8 at Sonder Brewing from 11am to 5pm.

There will be around 100 vendors at each of the three events, according to Raffel. The cost for vendors is $50 per event. Artists can apply for the juried events and find more information here.

Raffel says the team comprised of The Arts Alliance and Deerfield Township is excited to bring the Deerfield Handmade Markets to the area this year, following 14 years of presenting festivals to the community.

To learn more about The Arts Alliance, visit here. You can also follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. To contact The Arts Alliance directly, send them an email or call 513-309-8585.

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It’s an entertaining animated adventure but are there still missing links? Read on as our movie critic offers his review.

 

“Hi … We don’t know the crew from Smallfoot; why do you ask?” Susan a.k.a. Mr. Link (center, voiced by Zach Galifanakis) introduces himself along with his newfound friends Lionel Frost (left, voiced by Hugh Jackman) and Adelina Fortnight (right, voiced by Zoe Saldana) in a scene from Annapurna Pictures’ animated adventure MISSING LINK. Credit: © 2019 Laika Studios/Annapurna Pictures. All rights reserved. 

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KEY CAST MEMBERS: Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis, Zoe Saldana, Emma Thompson, Timothy Olyphant, Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, Amrita Acharia and David Walliams 

DIRECTOR(S): Chris Butler

THE BACK STORY: Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) is an adventurer and explorer constantly in search of mythical creatures like the Loch Ness Monster … Even if his fellow explorers don’t see him as one of their contemporaries. That’s why when he gets a letter calling him to Washington state with a tip to find the elusive “missing link,” he couldn’t be more excited, even if Lord Piggot-Duncep (Stephen Fry) – the head of the explorer club to which Lionel wishes he belonged – not only vows he will fail in his quest, but hires the equally villainous Stenk (Timothy Olyphant) to make sure he does.  

Then again, Lionel is going to have bigger problems once he meets Susan (voiced by Zach Galifianakis), the male – yes male – sasquatch who wants him to take him to the land of Shangri-La where his “cousins,” the yetis, may exist. Now, if Lionel can just get a map from Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana) the widow of his former partner Aldis, he might have a shot at helping Susan and finding the acceptance and legacy he wishes he had.  

THE REVIEW: A kids movie that isn’t exactly a kids movie given the brief moments of gunplay, the jokes which definitely skew a bit more towards teenagers and adults than younger children, Missing Link is a familiar yet solid film families of all ages will enjoy as it hits all the necessary notes well enough to make each age group smile.

While Galifianakis’ brings a nice, innocent charm to this happy-go-lucky sasquatch, the film really leans more heavily on Jackman’s character to drive its story forward, both in terms of the action and each characters’ arc. Starting off as a purely pompous, self-indulgent man who thinks he is better than he is, only to evolve into what you would expect him to become by the story’s rather intense ending. Emma Thompson adds a nice injection of dark humor to her role as the Yeti queen, bringing out the film’s best original comedic moments. Throw in some animation reminiscent of Aardman favorites Wallace & Gromit rather than Laika Studios’ most recent release Kubo & the Two Strings and Missing Link is visually pleasing to watch as well.  And that’s the good and the bad of Missing Link – the film doesn’t necessarily do anything wrong, but it also doesn’t do ANYTHING that you don’t expect or haven’t seen before.

A tight 95 minutes in length, Missing Link hits all the beats (characters meet, adventure begins, evil characters come into play and our heroes come together to face their challenge). But the film lacks anything about it that feels special to make it seem, well, exceptionally memorable. Short and sweet, the film is tight and concise but feels more like the matinee to a second feature (or, at the very least, a more dynamic one of a double bill). To use an example I’m sure I’ve written before, Missing Link is like going to your favorite chain restaurant and ordering your usual meal. Maybe there’s a newer version of it for a limited time only – this one’s got ghost pepper cheese! – but it’s still a safe choice as you know what you’re getting with no surprises.

For a film about a missing link, though, you’d hope the only thing missing wouldn’t be something that felt so familiar.

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

 

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Dress in your Derby best at the upcoming Bourbon Women Association event. Read on for the details!

Bourbon isn’t just a drink, it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle that the Bourbon Women Association aims to raise awareness about through its events around the country – and more specifically through its Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati chapter that launched in May 2016.

 

“The Bourbon Women Association is the organization for women who are passionate about exploring bourbon and the culture that surrounds it,” explains local chapter ambassador Kay Bross, who launched the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati chapter alongside Amy Bloomhuff and new managing director Sara Barnes. “Events provide educational and networking opportunities, bringing together bourbon consumers and the industry professionals.”

 

Bourbon Women prides itself on creating opportunities for local women through events, including the upcoming Hates & Haute, a Kentucky Derby Event with Woodford Reserve, for members to network, experience premium bourbon, and participate in tasting and education.

 

“Plus we love spreading the Derby love,” adds Bross.

 

Hats & Haute is scheduled for April 16 from 6-8 pm at the Hotel Covington. Attendees are encouraged to dress their Derby best – with hats, of course.

 

“Woodford Reserve Bourbon Ambassador Cat Platz will be on-hand for how-to cocktail demonstrations, serving up two trackside favorites, the Woodford Reserve Mint Julep and the Finlandia Vodka Oaks Lilly,” says Bross. “Southern-inspired appetizers including country ham biscuits, mini hot browns, Benedictine tea sandwiches and shrimp and grits will be served.”

 

Those who attend the event will also receive a limited-edition poster featuring artwork from the 2019 Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle and a chance to win a “Win, Place, Show” gift basket.

 

Louisville kicks off its Kentucky Derby Festival in April and the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Bourbon Women decided to bring the pre-party to the Queen City to stretch out the celebrations as long as possible.

 

With the party getting started in April guests will have the opportunity to learn how to make a Woodford Reserve Mint Julep or Finlandia Oaks Lily for their own Derby celebrations. “Plus, it’s an opportunity to wear that perfect outfit twice – or get a second,” adds Bross.

 

Tickets for the event include admission, appetizers, three drink tickets, and a Woodford Reserve posted. They can be purchased for $45 for Bourbon Women members and $60 for non-members. The event is for guests who are aged 21 or older – and both men and women are encouraged to attend.

 

You can purchase tickets here. To learn more about Bourbon Women, visit them on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to use the hashtags #bourbonwomen #BWdoesDerby at the event.

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Get a look inside one of Cincinnati's largest accounting firms and its focus on attracting, retaining, developing, and advancing women.

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Barnes Dennig!
Melissa Hornsby, Marketing Director at Barnes Dennig: Since 1965, Barnes Dennig has grown into one of the 200 largest accounting firms in the country according to Inside Public Accounting. Headquartered in Cincinnati, our growth has stemmed from a focus on providing exceptional client service, depth of knowledge in select industries and strategic expansion. We increased our geographic footprint by adding an office in Northern Kentucky in 2013 and one in Indianapolis in 2016. Today we are more than 150 employees strong serving clients in three states and across the U.S. with operations spanning the globe.

Melissa Brogan, Marketing Director at Barnes Dennig

Cincy Chic: What is the Women’s Growth & Development Initiative at Barnes Dennig?
Hornsby: The Women’s Growth & Development Initiative is a program that focuses on attracting, retaining, developing, and advancing women.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the initiative?
Hornsby: Half of all accounting graduates today are women, yet, there is a much smaller percentage that advances to partner and other leadership positions in accounting firms. It doesn’t have to be that way, and we’re working to change that. Through our Women’s Growth & Development Initiative, we continually strive to be a leader among accounting firms in attracting, retaining, developing and advancing women.

Cincy Chic: What does the initiative aim to do?
Hornsby: By developing programs and opportunities that benefit both women and men, we are dedicated to providing an environment that attracts and retains talented women; spotlighting the growing presence of women decision-makers in business; developing exceptional women leaders; creating and facilitating internal and external opportunities for women to network; promoting the skills and experience of our women professionals; and partnering with local, regional and national organizations with similar missions.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Hornsby: To learn more about our Women’s Growth & Development Initiative and how we link flexible work arrangements to career paths, contact us at 513.241.8313 or send an email.

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It’s a World War II-romantic drama, unexpectedly best-suited for a girls night out. Read on as our movie critic shares his review.

 

“Hello … I’ll be attempting to seduce you later.” Stephen Lubert (Alexander Skarsgård) extends a hand to Rachel Morgan (Keira Knightley) as her British soldier husband Lewis (Jason Clarke) looks on in a scene from THE AFTERMATH. Credit: David Appleby. © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All rights reserved.

 

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KEY CAST MEMBERS: Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke, Kate Phillips and Flora Thiemann

DIRECTOR(S): James Kent

THE BACK STORY: Based on the novel of the same name by Rhidian Brook, The Aftermath stars Keira Knightley as Rachel Morgan, a woman married to her British colonel husband Lewis (Jason Clarke). Lewis is charged with helping to rebuild Hamburg, Germany following the official end of World War II, even if several Hitler supporters lurking in the city long to do damage to anything British. 

Rachel, however, has her own German issue to confront in the form of Stephen Lubert (Alexander Skarsgård). You see, it’s his home that Rachel will be staying in as Lewis works to rebuild Hamburg. In addition to his daughter’s apprehension to having unwanted guests in her late mother’s home, Stephen’s subtle charm – seemingly against her own wishes – is bringing out an attraction to him that Rachel isn’t sure how to handle given her own disdain for being in Hamburg.

But in the aftermath of the tragic death of her son, this new uncomfortable living situation might become a little too comfortable for her own good. 

THE REVIEW: As cliché as it is to call a movie a “chick flick” or a Lifetime movie, sometimes the cliché – as in the case is in life – it fits. In the case of The Aftermath, it is easy to call it a chick flick/Lifetime movie, but given its mix of over-the-top drama and heavy-handed foreshadowing filled with tropes … That is also just passable enough to entertain its target audience of women (let’s say ages 28-65, middle to upper class and very much into old world romance/affairs).

Knightley’s performance in The Aftermath is uneven at best, with certain moments coming off well, feeling like they are missing from a Lifetime movie with others feeling more genuinely consistent with the story. Clarke is likewise the owner of one of the worst moments of laughing crying possibly seen on film and the backstories for the characters is pretty flimsy with the side stories feeling exactly like that: a side item. What will work for many, however, is the inherent drama of the story, the backdrop of 1940s Germany and the leading man appeal of Skarsgård carries enough weight to steer the film when it starts to lose its sea legs (so to speak).

That all being said, The Aftermath is a film that is geared to those who believe in love, to those who love a good love triangle, those who have experienced loss and/or love a romantic movie and are more than willing to overlook flaws when they get a film that is intended to be an audience pleaser. The story is watchable once it gets going … Even if it never really gets going to anywhere you haven’t been before and better.

Just make sure that any male that gets drug to the movie knows what he’s in for or the aftermath of that decision might lead to quite a royal argument. 

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Give a thoughtful personalized gift (and give yourself the gift of saved time!) with this local lady’s new business! Read on for more!

Love giving thoughtful, personalized gifts, but are usually pressed for time so you opt for something quick and easy? Sound familiar? 

 

“But what if you could have something thoughtful and personalized as well as quick and easy?” wondered Cincinnati-based Sherrie Hale. That thought later led her to launch Unique Boutique Baskets, a business inspired by her love of making gift baskets.

 

“I always made gift baskets for family and friends growing up, and loved seeing everyone’s expressions when they got them,” she says. “They loved getting the unique items I put in them and appreciated the thought that was put into them.”

 

Hale took her love and idea and transformed it into a business. Because anyone can purchase and give cookie cutter gifts, Hale wanted to offer the public something that was from the heart and unique. Plus, with so many busy schedules, she wanted to take the pressure off of others when it comes to creating a unique gift .

 

“I give the purchaser their time back and handle it all for them,” she says.

 

Unique Boutique baskets is nearly a year old and in that time has expanded its gift basket offerings to include spa baskets, college student boxes, coffee/tea lover baskets, wine baskets, fur baby baskets, bridesmaids baskets, and birthday and special occasion baskets.

 

“I can custom make baskets and boxes for any occasion,” adds Hale.

 

When you purchase a basket from Unique Boutique Baskets Hale does the shopping for you. “I do all the work and spend all the time looking for the most unique items and arrange them in such a way that is pleasing to the eye,” she explains. “I also can hand deliver locally and include a special, personalized note for the receiver from you.”

 

Hale also strives to include items in baskets that are from other small businesses.

 

Baskets from Unique Boutique Baskets range from $40 to $100.

 

Although Hale’s Unique Boutique Baskets are currently not in any local stores, she does work to donate baskets for several charity events for clients in the Cincinnati area, including baskets for events at Brow Envy Ohio.

 

Hale says that in the coming months she plans to add homemade organic body and sugar scrubs to her baskets as well as the option to purchase them separately.

 

To learn more about Unique Boutique Baskets, visit them on Facebook. Hale says she is currently working on a website that should be done soon.

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A local synth-pop band is bringing a new lifestyle event to the Queen City. Keep reading to keep the beat.

Moonbeau is hosting Synthcinnati on April 26 at Woodward Theater.

Cincy Chic: Who is Moonbeau?
Claire Muenchen, Vocals and Keys for Moonbeau: Moonbeau is a Cincinnati-based synth-pop band.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the band?
Muenchen: Moonbeau was created by Christian Gough as a way to produce electronic-based music. After years of honing his craft, he started playing solo-sets until late 2016 when Claire Muenchen (me!) and Alex Murphy-White joined the band. Shortly after we signed to Old Flame Records to record our first album which was released in September of 2018 and were joined by our bassist Kyle Kubiak. Most of the music is inspired by love and relationships – Christian and I are actually getting married at The Woodward Theater this fall!

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Moonbeau?
Muenchen: Christian Gough – Vocals/Guitar; Claire Muenchen – Vocals/Keys; Kyle Kubiak – Bass; Alex Murphy-White – Drums

Moonbeau is a synth-pop band in Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about your upcoming Synthcinnati event?
Muenchen: We’re really excited to launch Synthcinnati this year! It’s basically all of our favorite things in one room – synth-pop music, vintage fashion, and fresh local art.

Cincy Chic: What inspired Synthcinnati?
Muenchen: Putting together a “festival” type of event has always been a dream of ours. We’re just getting our feet wet through incorporating a five synth-pop band line-up, and showcasing a few of our favorite Cincinnati-based art and fashion vendors. The ultimate goal is to make Synthcinnati known for showcasing up and coming as well as national recognized synth-pop acts. We believe this is possible with the support our city has already shown for the type of music we’re making!

Cincy Chic: When and where is the event being held?
Muenchen: Synthcinnati will be on April 26th at Woodward Theater on Main Street in OTR. The doors open at 7:00 pm.

Cincy Chic: What can attendees expect at the event?
Muenchen: Attendees can expect to hear music from local bands Flocks, Skeleton Hands, and of course – Moonbeau! We’re also bringing in Bliss Nova from Toledo and Summer School from Cleveland and can’t wait for them to experience the enthusiasm our city has for all things local. We’ll also have some of the best fashion vendors for 80’s and 90’s clothing and accessories – which is a huge inspiration behind our sound/look.

For this event, we’ll also be curating vintage pieces to mix in with our regular Moonbeau merchandise!

Cincy Chic: What makes Synthcinnati unique?
Muenchen: Synthcinnati isn’t just a concert, we’re calling it a lifestyle event. We want to give people a multi-faceted experience with art, fashion, and music which is something we’ve never done before!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Muenchen: RSVP on the Synthcinnati Facebook Event Page to receive updates!

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A local, family-owned business since 1963 recently revamped and rebranded. See what’s new at this Northern Kentucky classic.

Fessler’s is a local pizzeria that offers pizza, sandwiches, and more.

Cincy Chic: What is Fessler’s Pizza?
Connie Fessler, Owner of Fessler’s Pizza: Fessler’s Legendary Pizza and Hoagies has been a family owned and operated business since 1963 in Bellevue, Kentucky, making pizza, hoagies, and more. We offer casual family dining, carry-out and delivery.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Fessler’s Pizza?
Fessler: The restaurant business is in Paul’s DNA. He attended the Culinary Institute of America and then worked as a chef at some high end restaurants. So he knows his stuff. He wanted to work for himself so when the opportunity arose to take over the restaurant from his parents, he took it, and he has certainly improved on it ever since. Connie, on the other hand, came from a different background. My background is motion graphics and design. My role in the restaurant has evolved from solely producing graphics for the restaurant to being hands on operator over time as needed as I am the “mom” in the “mom and pop shop” that we are.

Cincy Chic: What can readers find on the menu at Fessler’s?
Fessler: We offer pizza, hoagies, salads, stromboli, pasta, soups, burgers, kids meals, and even specialty dinners.

Cincy Chic: What makes Fessler’s unique?
Fessler: The family business has been around for more than 50 years. Originally the business was associated with Pasquale’s but underwent a rebranding in 2016 when we re-emerged at Fessler’s Legendary Pizza and Hoagies. Since the rebrand we have added to the menu and continued to support the local community.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Fessler: Visit our website at http://www.fesslerspizza.com/ or “like” us on Facebook.

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After Jordan Peele’s box-office sensation two years ago, this sophomore release just had the largest debut for an original horror film. See what our movie critic has to say about it.

 

“Now … Say it: Nakia was the real MVP of Black Panther!” Adelaide comes face-to-face with her doppelgänger Red (both played by Lupita Nyong’o) in a scene from writer/director/producer Jordan Peele’s Get Out follow-up US. Photo credit: Industrial Light & Magic/Universal Pictures © 2019 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

 

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KEY CAST MEMBERS: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Anna Diop, Evan Alex, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Madison Curry, Cali and Noelle Sheldon

DIRECTOR(S): Jordan Peele

THE BACK STORY: Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) has a loving (if not somewhat cheesy) husband in Gabe (Winston Duke) and two loving, if not distracted by their cell phone and own devices children in Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and Jason (Evan Alex). Headed to a beach home for the summer, Gabe and her two children are looking forward to a relaxing time with their friends the Kitty (Elisabeth Moss) and Josh Tyler (Tim Heidecker) and their two daughters (Cali and Noelle Sheldon). 

What nobody knows, however, is that while everyone else seems to be ready to have a good time, the Santa Cruz beach holds a horrible memory for Adelaide: For this is where, in 1986, she got lost from her parents one night, wandered into a house of mirrors and got a terrible scare in the form of the one person she wouldn’t have expected to cause it: herself. 

Traumatized by seeing her dopplegänger, Adelaide’s PTSD has laid dormant until she returns to the beach and Jason goes missing for 5 minutes. The real horror, however, awaits when the Wilsons return to their beach home that night and Jason – who got a glimpse of a man with bloody fingers standing at the beach with his back turned to him – says six words:

“There’s a family in our driveway.”

There goes the neighborhood … And possibly a few more, too …

THE REVIEW: The type of film people could – and likely will – end up writing college dissertations about in both film and social studies classes, Us is an entertaining, engaging and – pardon the language – mind**** of a horror movie. And while his first work may have had more direct, easily digestible social commentary, Us proves that Jordan Peele has a lot to offer in terms of getting us to think about life in many aspects – even if that means leaving us in awe of what it is we exactly should be pondering about both his films and ourselves.

First things first, Us shows that while horror is a genre that gets about as much respect from award season voters as does say, oh, superhero movies, you need a really talented lead to make them work in any capacity; in Nyong’o’s case, I dare you to find a better performance – let alone in a dual capacity as the traumatized Adelaide and her deliciously devilish dopplegänger Red – that the one she brings here. Playing two opposite ends of a very difficult to showcase spectrum, Nyong’o makes every scene an intense, can’t-turn-your-eyes-away moment once the film’s second act gets going. Throw in the Black Swan-like climax and while she likely won’t get nominated for anything outside of a MTV award, Nyong’o will likely make voters think long and hard about how they are going to justify not giving her at least a Best Actress nod. 

That’s not to suggest that Nyong’o is the only one who shines in their respective role, however. Duke is phenomenal as the completely out of his element, book smart but NOT street smart Gabe, which is only enhanced by his gruff, lumbering, Incredible Hulk (or should that be M’Baku-like?) performance as his uneducated, only-existing-to-kill-opposite Abraham. Then again, keeping with a longstanding horror movie tradition, Alex pulls off both his roles as the mask wearing Jason and his fire-obsessed opposite Pluto and Joseph is downright frightening as her character Zora’s smiling devil opposite Umbrae. (Seriously, if you ever see a grown woman, let alone a child, look at you the way Umbrae does, run for your life and when you can’t run anymore, run some more.) Fans of his old Adult Swim shows like Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! will be happy to see Heidecker will be happy to see him up to his old zany tricks in Us while Moss shows that her ability to play innocent in The Handmaid’s Tale shouldn’t overshadow her ability to be a bit, how would you say, malevolent when necessary. 

Now, while the film’s cast does a phenomenal job at bringing Peele’s vision to life, the meaning of – and deciphering what exactly that meaning is – Us is one that will rouse great debates well past the time audiences leave the theater. Given the twisty (and not in a M. Night Shyamalan way) nature of the plot, there is so much to unpack that one could see the film two or three times and not process everything in it. While the film contains homages to many celebrated horror films of the past – as well as being inspired somewhat by a Twilight Zone episode (which, given that Peele will now be the Rod Serling for the upcoming CBS reboot of the show makes perfect sense) – Us can be viewed from many aspects: (1) Is Peele trying to say something about how class has almost become as important in modern America after bubbling up since the 1980s; (2) Is this an exploration of how one can truly be one’s own worst enemy or, on a deeper level; (3) how the suppressing one’s violent side can lead to that side being one day to overtake us all; (4) Is there an even deeper meaning that we’re all missing, like say the film is possibly tied to the world of Get Out where we see a loving African American family trying to distance itself from the trappings of many others with their affluence only to potentially succumb to the same perils of others? or (5) Just a really crazy, well done (albeit not perfect) horror film that makes sure you’ll never think of the Beach Boyz, the Lunizclassic hip-hop work or Hands Across America the same way again? Throw in the film’s ending, which, if you don’t follow all the clues, may serve to help – or further confuse – and you’ve got all you need for a “See, what I think it meant was THIS!” debate among your inner circle. 

Well, in the case of Us, the answer will obviously be “yes” – even if we’re not sure if we’re asking the right question. Because whatever the meaning is, the movie is near two hours of insane entertainment that’s sure to make you think about us – and yourself – at large. 

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A local restaurant is bringing Southern comfort to the Queen City. Read on for all the delicious details.

LouVino is a new bar and restaurant serving southern-style dishes and wine.

Lauren Coulter and her husband Chad haven’t always been restaurateurs. In a past career life, the two were practicing pharmacists before they decided to think outside the pill box in 2014.

It was then that they went for a more entrepreneurial way of living and opened the first LouVino in The Highlands of Louisville on Bardstown Road. Since then, Coulter says the opportunities to expand their business northbound, with new locations in Louisville, the Indianapolis area, and Cincinnati – in Over-the-Rhine to be exact.

LouVino is a small plates and wine bar that specializes in Southern-inspired small plates (that are usually rather generous portions, hence southern). But they don’t just serve up Southern food at LouVino, they also offer wine.

“We have 60 wines by the glass, we are a wine bar that wants to make learning about and trying wine approachable to anyone who wants to learn,” explains Coulter. LouVino also serves up bourbon, cocktails, and beer to satisfy the palettes of its customers.

Coulter says she knows that a Southern-inspired eatery is different than the norm you find in Cincinnati, giving the Queen City a unique new offering.

“Our extremely creative kitchen that comes up with the food that changes seasonally definitely adds to the restaurant’s uniqueness as well,” she says. “We also know that each location is so specific to the area it’s been placed in. We spent a lot of time making sure we listened to what people who dine in OTR wanted and needed, and have tried to deliver that the best we can. We love our neighborhood, and want to be a stop for everyone to enjoy.”

As the year moves forward for LouVino Coulter says that they are hoping to establish a Wine Education and dinner program in OTR this year. “We have a few really cool things coming up include a rose wine class and maybe even a Harry Potter dinner,” she says.

To learn more about LouVino, visit https://louvino.com/otr/. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook.