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    An entrepreneurial couple combined their personal and professional passions to launch a nautical housewares and apparel line to inspire others to Live Uncharted. Keep reading for more on this new business and their affordable drinkware and apparel that encourages you to go off the grid and be inspired by the world around you.

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    Live Uncharted focuses on nautical housewares and apparel at an affordable price.

    A love for travel and sailing inspired husband and wife duo Joe Busam and Krista Neher to launch lifestyle brand Live Uncharted. Focusing on nautical housewares and apparel, Live Uncharted just launched in April 2016.

    Busam has been an avid sailor since he was 13 years old and purchased his first boat when he was still in high school. “I’ve since cruised and raced sailboats around the country, including the first inaugural Pilar Regatta from Key West to Cuba,” he says.

    Busam and Neher, who owns Boot Camp Digital, a digital marketing training company, met in 2011 and found that they were both passionate about the nautical lifestyle.

    The couple then purchased a sailboat together on Lake Erie and find that it’s the freedom of the water that helps them reset their minds and invigorate their souls. “Our goal is to bring that love of the water home and to encourage others to let go and embrace the lifestyle,” he says.

    The two were living busy lifestyles, Busam is an animator and video production guru, but discovered when their son Riley was born that they wanted to establish a business that matched their values and passion for the water, while also combining the talents they had from their professional careers.

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    Joe Busam and Krista Neher with their son Riley.

    “We came up with the idea [for Live Uncharted] on a car ride to our boat in Sandusky, Ohio,” says Busam.

    The name Live Uncharted came from the couple’s desire to own a business that was about more than selling clothes with anchors. “We wanted to create a brand that embodied the spirit of boating and sailing, and to us that was freedom and creating your own path on the open water,” he adds.

    It was a lot of brainstorming that helped Busam and Neher settle on Live Uncharted. “We felt that it really embodied the spirit of what we wanted to create – to inspire people to live off the map and create their own plan,” says Busam.

    Currently, Busam says that Live Uncharted sells clothes such as t-shirts and performance shirts, hats, sunglasses, plastic cups and shot glasses. You can see all available products on the Live Uncharted website.

    Because they know the struggle of always losing sunglasses and hats, especially when you’ve paid a lot of money for it, Live Uncharted’s items are sturdy enough to last and inexpensive enough to lose.

    Products are reasonably priced. Sunglasses are $10-$12, cups are $5 (or 4 or $15) and shirts are $18. “We want to create products that you can love without stressing out about losing,” explains Busam. “We create products for you to live in, not worry about.”

    While they are currently just offering a few products since just launching this month, Busam says they’ll soon be offering women’s clothing including fitted t-shirts, tank tops and a lightweight hoodie. “We are also looking at expanding our line of drink wear with a ‘Nauti Girl’ and ‘Bad Buoy’ tumbler set,” he adds.

    “We are looking at creating new designs as we grow and discover the products and designs that people really love,” says Busam. “We plan to launch new products regularly, and are always looking for feedback and ideas. We welcome everyone to share their feedback with us on our website as well as our social media outlets.”

    To learn more about Live Uncharted, visit their website at www.liveuncharted.com. Busam says they’re having a launch special with 10% off with coupon code LAUNCH at checkout. You can also learn more about Live Uncharted and keep up with their new business venture on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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    Melissa McCarthy is back in theaters as the mogul of three companies who gets busted for insider trading. Does it have enough laughs to be worth the investment? See what our movie critic has to say!

     

    “You think I look crazy? You should have seen what happened the last time I had a taco salad!” Orphan-turned-entrepreneur Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) gets some help with her teeth whitening ritual from her assistant Claire (Kristen Bell) in a scene from co-writer/director/McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone’s comedy THE BOSS. Credit: Hopper Stone. © 2015 Universal Pictures. All rights reserved.

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    KEY CAST MEMBERS: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kathy Bates, Tyler Labine, Ella Anderson, Cecily Strong, Annie Mumolo, Kristen Schaal, Timothy Simons and Eva Peterson

    WRITER(S): Ben Falcone, Steve Mallory and Melissa McCarthy

    DIRECTOR(S): Ben Falcone 

    WEB SITE: http://www.thebossfilm.com/
    60 SECOND PLOT SUMMARY (OR AS CLOSE TO THAT TIME AS ONE CAN MAKE IT): Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) had it rough growing up in Illinois. Abandoned/orphaned by her parents in her youth, Michelle has overcome her rough upbringing to become the 47th wealthiest woman in America. Now a powerhouse  as the CEO of three various companies, Michelle is on top of the world. Her success hasn’t made life an easier for Claire (Kristen Bell), Michelle’s top assistant, the Smithers to her Mr. Burns who is also a single mother to Rachel (Ella Anderson), a nice young girl who spends most of her free time with her Dandelions youth troop.

    Then her former lover and top rival Renault – a.k.a. Ron (Peter Dinklage) – gets her busted for insider trading, which lands her in federal prison for 5 months and her empire in shambles.

    Now with nowhere else to go, Michelle comes looking for refuge at the home of her former assistant, who reluctantly agrees to take her in until she can get back on her feet. But as one might expect, going from the penthouse to the proverbial outhouse of Claire’s tiny two-bedroom apartment. But Michelle is a woman with grit, determination and a never take “no” for an answer attitude, so once she sees an opportunity to re-establish herself, she is ready to seize it – even if that means shaking up Claire and Rachel’s world to no end.

    And that’s because she’s the boss – and a boss does what a boss has to do to stay on top.

    WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST? Melissa McCarthy fans; people who enjoy watching children – and to lesser extent, adults – behave inappropriately for their age; people who enjoy movies where the nice guy gets a break; people who like movies with characters that, while they may not be well-developed, are fun

    WHO WON’T (OR SHOULDN’T) LIKE THIS MOVIE? People that will find Peter Dinklage and/or his character creepy; Anyone who doesn’t find likable characters enough to carry the film’s rather ludicrous third act; people who believe that McCarthy (whether fairly or unfairly) tends to play the same type of characters, anyone who hates when Saturday Night Live sketches seem to run on too long. 
    SO, IS IT GOOD, BAD OR ABSOLUTELY AWFUL? A movie with some really likable characters that aren’t exactly placed into a great movie all the time, The Boss is entertaining enough to be forgiven for its shortcomings … Which is why at times it feels like an overly long SNL sketch.

    McCarthy is very good at playing characters who appear to be one thing but have a little more going on underneath the surface than one might think at first glance. The Boss continues that streak by adding layers to her character, who is all bluster at first before a more sensitive side is eventually revealed. However, given how Dinklage was either asked or chose to play his character in ridiculously creepy fashion, you might find yourself unsettled or at the very least a little freaked out at times and not so much comedically as McCarthy’s husband/co-writer/director Ben Falcone intended. I’m sure the creative team of the McCarthy. Falcone and Steven Mallory were thinking of a Zoolander– or Anchorman-like level comedic foil for McCarthy, but … Nah, it just doesn’t always come off that way. 

    Likewise, Bell is capable at playing the straight woman to McCarthy’s antics as her character is supposed to be a dull single mom … And MAN does she nail it almost to the point where you care about everyone around her more than her. She’s too much of the straightwoman at times, which in turn makes you feel her pain way too much. She’s not bad; it’s just that her character has no value on her own and is only best when paired with McCarthy’s or Tyler Labine as her co-worker/potential would be love interest. While we know everyone around Claire is having fun, it gets to a point where EVERYONE but Claire is having fun.

    Fortunately, McCarthy has enough to gumption to keep things moving along and both the supporting and younger cast really shine in the lunatic situations in which they are placed. The aforementioned Labine is terrific in representing the everyman who works in a boring job and is a nice guy who deserves better while never coming off as a lovable loser and McCarthy’s female co-stars – Kristen Schaal, Cecily Strong and Annie Mumolo bring a lot of the party as zany/over-the-top sparring partners for McCarthy, Mumolo especially as a would be power mom of an ambitious girl scout-type. (Eva Peterson plays a scary, foul-mouthed teenage girl about as well as you can comedically, so The Boss could be a start of a nice career for her.)

    In short, The Boss is entertaining at its best – there’s a rumble sequence that’s phenomenal – but it’s far fro a perfect film by any means. Dinklage’s character is supposed to be over-the-top, but whether or not you find it funny or just dumb remains to be seen. Likewise, there are a lot of lulls between the funny moments and some are much funnier than others, so depending on your attention level you may find the boss somewhere between “good” to “just okay” on your entertainment scale. 

    If nothing else, The Boss will serve as a nice palate cleanser to anyone who has found spring’s early offerings at the theaters to be a bit … Well, not suitable for full-time employment. 

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    From high-end art shows and wowing weddings to summer camps for kids and jewelry workshops, keep reading about the local art center that’s hosting all these events and more.

    The Kennedy Heights Arts Center is host
    The Kennedy Heights Arts Center offers a variety of events and showcase a number of artists.

    The Kennedy Heights Arts Center (KHAC) prides itself on the variety of events they offer and the array artists that help make it all happen. Dominque A. Springs, Events and Marketing Manager at KHAC, says the galleries speak for themselves in how truly different they are and how closely it ties in with their overall mission. “As an organization we are truly living up to what we believe in,” says Springs. So what is that? And how are they achieving it?

    According to Springs, the KHAC aims to add to their community, which they are doing by holding new events and new artists each week. Springs tells us that neighbors of the community are so impressed by what was a former empty parking lot partnered with an abandoned building.

    The KHAC offers gallery show openings, summer camps for children, knitting classes, jewelry workshops, drawing classes and more. Their main focus right now, Springs tells us, is a new program called Celebrations with heART that is being made possible through a grant from Artswave. This program will focus on one-of-a-kind, hand-on activities created and led by artists that will vary from signature arts experiences in visual art, dance, theatre or music. More information on their new program can be found at www.kennedyarts.org.

    While Springs is still getting her feet wet at KHAC (she’s been with the organization since October 2015), that hasn’t stopped her from diving in. Spring says she loves coordinating all events, from corporate to kid-focused, that come through the doors at KHAC, but gallery show openings have been her favorite to produce thus far. “When we have a new exhibit opening we invite the artist or artists whose work is being showcased along with their friends, family, and we also invite the public,” says Springs.

    The next exhibit Springs is looking forward to helping open is the Annual Student Art Show: Visions of Creativity which will open March 12 from 2-4 p.m.

    KHAC plans to grow even further than the large amount of artistic responsibilities they have already undertaken. Springs says they owe a large amount of their ability to do so to the generosity of donors, their artists and instructors, along with anyone else who makes what they do possible. “We are very structured in what we offer and create and I believe this is why we are also so great. Being the anchor of a diverse, creative community is not easy but we make it possible,” says Springs.

    KHAC is located at 6620 Montgomery Road in Cincinnati. To learn more, visit www.kennedyarts.org. You can also get a sneak peek of the venue when Cincy Chic hosts its annual Night in White event at KHAC on April 8.

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    A local breast cancer survivor is helping to support those who just received a breast cancer diagnosis. Learn more about the organization and how you can help it soar.

    Janet Chambers, Founder and Executive Director of the I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation.
    Janet Chambers, Founder and Executive Director of the I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation.

    Being a breast cancer survivor, Janet Chambers knows all too well the financial and emotional toll of the disease. That’s why she wanted to find a way to help support others in the community who had also been recently diagnosed.

    Chambers was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer on her 40th birthday, and today she’s not only proactive about her health but teaches others to be the same way, even penning a book called “Thrive in Five -N- 5,” a five-week healing devotional.

    “After my cancer journey, I felt there were holes in our community to emotionally and financially support women during this challenging time,” she explains. “I immediately joined a local volunteer effort.”

    Then in 2001, Chambers was chosen as a Hero by Lifetime Network and was flown to Los Angeles with her husband to celebrate her continued involvement in the community and her survival.

    “The next year, I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation took flight,” she says. I Have Wings is a charitable 501 (c)3 organization that’s dedicated to enriching the lives of families during a breast cancer diagnosis.

    Chambers knows first hand that a family’s focus changes when a woman is diagnosed with cancer. “In these critical moments, some women have unpredicted needs,” she says. “I Have Wings breast cancer foundation supports women of all denominations, ages and income. We have released the financial burden on already struggling families by supplying much needed prostheses, lymphedema compression sleeves, wigs, food, gas and more.”

    I Have Wings knows that there’s a lot of stress put on a family when one of its members is fighting cancer. “I Have Wings understands how individual needs and circumstances can change during this time,” says Chambers. “Based on that, our ‘No One Goes Solo’ program provides individual emotional support and emergency financial assistance on a one-to-one basis. For more information, click on the request assistance link.”

    I Have Wings also has the Wings Scholarship Fund, in which it donates $5,000 a year to local students to help them continue their education. Recipients of the scholarship have included Dixie Heights High School, Notre Dame Academy, St. Henry District High School, Georgetown College and Northern Kentucky University.

    To continue doing what it does to help families, I Have Wings is hosting the Spring Bling Luncheon on Saturday, April 16 at Receptions in Erlanger, Kentucky. WKRC-TV anchor for Good Morning Cincinnati and Medical Edge Reporter for Local 12 News Liz Bonus will be emcee for the third year in a row.

    Guests at the event will enjoy a silent auction, Chinese auction, raffle prizes and an exclusive Bling Bling Jewelry Exchange. Additionally, winners of the 2015 WINGS awards will be announced.

    Individual tickets for the Spring Bling Luncheon are $50 and a table for 8 can be purchased for $375. To purchase your tickets for the Razzle Dazzle Luncheon, click here.

    From now through Feb. 24, I Have Wings is accepting nominations for its WINGS Award, which recognizes breast cancer patients and survivors of exceptional strength. You can submit an nomination by clicking here.

    To learn more about I Have Wings, visit www.ihavewings.org.

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    After a tough year battling breast cancer and emergency surgeries, this local lady is now cancer-free on a mission to spread awareness and begin her new job anchoring at Cincinnati’s No. 1 news station.

    Meghan Mongillo was diagnosed with breast cancer last March, she is now cancer-free. Photo: Sherri Barber Photography
    Meghan Mongillo (Photo: Sherri Barber Photography)

    “It’s been seven months since I found out I had cancer. I am proud to say I’m cancer-free.” Those are the words Meghan Mongillo can now say with a sigh of relief.

    Mongillo’s story goes back to March, when she felt a small lump in her breast. She went to the doctor, who told her it was likely just a clogged milk duct. Following an annual visit a few months later the lump wasn’t anywhere to be found.

    After going about her life, Mongillo’s now-fiancé Adam found the lump again and said something to her. “That lump was small (1.3 cm), and in a difficult spot,” she explains. “In fact, it didn’t even show up on the mammogram. It was under my armpit, on the underside of my breast toward the back. It was also deep inside the tissue. I couldn’t feel it unless I was laying on my side with my arm lifted above my head.”

    Because Mongillo is young and her cancer is 100 percent estrogen-driven, her health care providers recommended that she undergo a bi-lateral mastectomy, which she agreed upon without hesitations.

    Mongillo had the surgery in March. She says the double mastectomy and reconstruction was a difficult process for her and she ended up having a problem that required emergency surgery. “My final surgery was in October,” says Mongillo. “It’s been seven months since I found out I had cancer. I am proud to say I am cancer-free.”

    Since the battle against breast cancer has hit so close to home for Mongillo, she’s now making it her mission to get involved in raising awareness to fight the disease. She will now serve on the board for Susan G. Komen. “I took part in the Race for the Cure and have met with the leaders of the organization,” she says. “I’m excited to be a part of that group in 2016.”

    Another organization that Mongillo has an affinity for is The Pink Ribbon Girls, as they provided her with meals and house cleaning during her recovery.

    Throughout her journey, Mongillo says that she’s learned to never take life for granted. “Cherish every moment,” she says. “Embrace your relationships with family and friends. Listen to your own body and those around you. If you feel a lump, get it checked out.” When she says get it checked out, Mongillo means to get it thoroughly checked out, because she didn’t at first.

    Mongillo also wants those at home to do self-breast exams. “When you do, make sure you lay on your side with your arm up,” she says. “That’s what I want you to remember: On your side, arm up.”

    As a tumultuous year comes to an end, Mongillo says she’s looking forward to 2016. “I have a new job as an anchor and reporter at Local 12 WKRC,” she says. “I love Cincinnati and can’t wait to be back in town delivering the news at the No. 1 station.”

    Mongillo previously worked at Fox19 in Cincinnati and is currently on ABC22 and FOX45 in Dayton. She will begin at WKRC in March 2016 as weekend anchor. In addition to the professional success and progress in her health, Mongillo is also now beginning the wedding planning process, as she got engaged on Dec. 20.

    To learn more about Mongillo, visit her Facebook page.

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    Read on to learn more about a local pizzeria that’s changing the game with its first female General Manager.

    Alaina Mueller, the general manager of the new Dewey's Pizza opening in Anderson.
    Alaina Mueller, the general manager of the new Dewey’s Pizza opening in Anderson.

    Cincy Chic: What is Dewey’s Pizza?
    Alaina Mueller, General Manager of Dewey’s Pizza: Dewey’s Pizza is a restaurant with a reputation built on excellent service, hand-tossed artisan pizzas and quality, fresh ingredients. Dewey’s only uses the freshest ingredients to make every order—there are no freezers in the restaurant. There’s also a strong focus on seasonal wines and local beers from Rhinegeist, Madtree, Fifty West and, of course, our DewBrew by Mt. Carmel Brewing. At Dewey’s we aren’t just striving to be the best pizza place in town, we are striving to be the best restaurant in town. We value the relationship we have with both our customers and employees. We love having regulars that come in every week, and we love the fact that our employees are achieving goals outside of work. That’s why we all love coming into work everyday, and the best place to work.

    Cincy Chic: How many Dewey’s Pizza location are there in Cincinnati?
    Mueller: There are a total of nine Greater Cincinnati locations—22 overall in the Cincinnati, Dayton, Cleveland, Columbus and St. Louis markets.

    Cincy Chic: Can you tell us about the newest store in Anderson and what makes its opening so special?
    Mueller: Dewey’s Pizza is expanding east, with the ninth Greater Cincinnati location set to open in Anderson. The 3,400 square foot store seats around 95 people. The residents in Anderson Township have been asking for a Dewey’s Pizza for well over a year now, and the community is very excited. The standalone restaurant is located in the two-acre stie alogn Beechmont Avenue and Witt Road. With booming residential areas, Dewey’s will be the anchor restaurant in the new development for Anderson families. Until this year, Dewey’s Pizza hadn’t opened a new store in Cincinnati in seven years. So it’s awesome to finally have this experience in Cincinnati again, opening two different stores this year. We bring in employees from other stores to help us train, and it really creates this unique experience for everyone involved. You get to see the store transform during construction, and you get to see the trainers and trainees transform as well. Openings are so special because of the camaraderie between the trainers and trainees.

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    Cincy Chic: When is the grand opening of the new restaurant and where is it located?
    Mueller: The grand opening is August 31. The new store is located at 7933 Beechmont Avenue in Anderson Township, near the Anderson Towne Center.

    Cincy Chic: So you’re going to be the first female General Manager of a Dewey’s Pizza restaurant! Tell us more about yourself and your background in restaurant management!
    Mueller: I started working when I was 15-years-old, in an ice cream shop; so that’s ultimately why I studied hospitality business at Michigan State University. I worked at that ice cream shop in Michigan for six years and developed a great relationship with my boss there. I still keep in touch with her. She’s been a significant role model for me. Dewey’s is my first career job. I love the fact that I’m challenged everyday, and I’m surrounded by so many great people who support me. I get to see people achieve their goals not only inside of work but outside of work as well.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about Dewey’s?
    Mueller: More information about Dewey’s Pizza can be found at www.deweyspizza.com and fans can find the company on Facebook and Twitter.

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    See how ArtReach is inspiring imaginations through programming and education across the Tri-State, and even going on tour throughout the U.S.

    From the 2014-2015 "Hansel & Gretel" Tour
    From the 2014-2015 “Hansel & Gretel” Tour

    The Children’s Theatre has been bringing entertainment and education in the fine arts to the youth of the Cincinnati area since 1947, through programs such as the ArtReach Program. The ArtReach program provides programming and education to children in the area, and Cincy Chic spoke with the producing artistic director, Angela Powell Walker, to learn how the ArtReach Program has made a difference in the community.

    Cincy Chic: How long has the Children’s Theatre ArtReach Program been around?
    Angela Powell Walker: The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati acquired the ArtReach program and made it a part of our institution in 2005.

    Cincy Chic: What was the story and inspiration behind the ArtReach Program?
    Powell Walker: We have always looked for ways to inspire the region youth and beyond with Educational Arts Programming and Entertaining, inspiring imaginations.

    Cincy Chic: What is the ArtReach Program, for someone who has never heard of it? What does the ArtReach Program do?
    Powell Walker: ArtReach is, in essence, theatre on the go! There are four actors that travel all throughout the United States, with a complete set, costumes, sound equipment and props to put on an entertaining and educational show to help with the curriculum of the classroom. At the end of each performance is a question answer period for the kids to learn about theatre as well as the topic matter being presented in the production.

    Part Two of ArtReach are workshops designed to have a more one on one, hands on approach, learning opportunity through the arts. Topic matters range from Healthy Eating to Bullying. Instead of a show, the kids interact with our Arts Integration specialist, making the topic more relevant to them personally, thus learning the concepts faster and retaining the information longer.

    Cincy Chic: What inspired you to become involved with the Children’s Theatre and ArtReach Program?
    Powell Walker: As the incoming Artistic Director of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, I inherited all divisions of the company with all the rest. The ArtReach division goes hand in hand with the Mission of our organization and it is inspirational to work with all the staff, actors, and teachers to make that mission a constant reality in our region.

    Cincy Chic: How has the ArtReach Program made a difference to the community?
    Powell Walker: By providing programming that can come to the student, we can service many underserved school programs, that would not be able to come to our Main Stage shows at the Taft Theatre, supplementing their curriculum in an affordable manner.

    Cincy Chic: What has been your proudest moment working with the Children’s Theatre and ArtReach Program?
    Powell Walker: My proudest moment working with the ArtReach division was when I directed my first show with them. The actors were engaging and eager to learn. They really enjoyed their craft and the opportunity to use their talents to bring to all youth. The more they shine, the more lives they affect and the prouder I become.

    Cincy Chic: What’s up next for the ArtReach Program and Children’s Theatre?
    Powell Walker: In our 2015-16 season we will expand our tour in two ways. First we are offering six shows instead of the usual five, and we have started a complete second tour of actors to provide programming locally (Tri-State region), expanding our audience reach significantly!

    We open with Treasure Island, Little Red Riding Hood, The Elves and the Shoemaker, George Washington Carver, Henny Penny and Mozart’s Sister.

    Our local tour will be doing The Elves and the Shoemaker and anchor performances of Coretta Scott King.

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    The Junior League of Cincinnati is hosting its annual CinSation gala, themed “Jewels of the Queen City.” See why this year’s event is one both your inner fashionista and foodie will love.

    CinSation 2014 attendees
    CinSation 2014 attendees and Junior League members

    Good food, fab fashion, and mingling with Cincinnati’s movers and shakers? If this has you saying “yes, yes, yes!” you’ll want to mark your calendar for the Junior League of Cincinnati’s CinSation gala.

    The Junior League of Cincinnati has been serving the Greater Cincinnati community for nearly a century. There are nearly 1,000 members who are committed to its mission of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The service-based, non-profit organization takes the time to educate its members as well as the surrounding community about what’s going on in the area in order to make an even greater impact on the lives of those whom the Junior League of Cincinnati benefits.

    One of the ways that the Junior League of Cincinnati continues to help the community is through its annual CinSation gala. This year’s event theme is “Jewels of the Queen City,” and it will be held at the Cincinnati Masonic Center on Saturday, February 28.

    Emily Ryan of the Junior League of Cincinnati says that the 2015 CinSation gala celebrates the Junior League of Cincinnati’s 95th anniversary as well as the impact the organization has had on the people and neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati.

    “The Junior League of Cincinnati’s footprint on the community has been evident throughout the past 95 years incubating or accelerating organizations such as The Children’s Theatre, The Cincinnati Art Museum Docent Program, ProKids, MindPeace, Fernside and The Cincinnati Children’s Museum,” explains Susan Shelton, president of the Junior League of Cincinnati. “The Junior League of Cincinnati’s current signature projects include GrinUp! (formerly Pediatric Oral Health) and RefugeeConnect.”

    The gala is black tie optional and features an open bar, live auction, silent auction and plenty of entertainment. Guests attending the event also enjoy light bites from Cincinnati’s best restaurants who are competing in the 5th Annual “Best Bite of the Night.”

    Ryan says that, to date, there are several eateries already confirmed for the competition including Alfio’s, Eli’s BBQ, Keystone Bar & Grill and many more. She adds that new to this year’s event is that desserts will be included in the Best Bite competition, and thus far include Macaron Bar and GiGi’s Cupcakes.

    Conductor John Morris Russell of the Cincinnati Pops and morning news anchor Kara Sewell of FOX19 will serve as the masters of ceremonies for the event.

    Tickets for the dinner and gala are $125 or $85 for the gala only. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

    For more information on the Junior League of Cincinnati, visit www.jlcincinnati.org. You can also click here www.jlcincinnati.org/cinsation to purchase your CinSation 2015 ticket.

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    CinSation 2014
    CinSation 2014

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    “You think getting this group together was tough? We all had to have exact change for this bus!” Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck), Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Larry Daley (Ben Stiller, Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) and Atilla the Hun (Patrick Gallager) take a break while trotting the globe in a scene from NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB. Credit: Kerry Brown © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.



    KEY CAST MEMBERS: Ben Stiller, Dan Stevens, Rami Malek, Skyler Gisondo, Ben Kinglsey, Mizuo Peck, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, the late Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Patrick Gallagher, Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke and Rebel Wilson

    WRITER(S): David Guion, Michael Handelman (screenplay); Mark Friedman, David Guion and Michael Handelman (story); Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (characters)

    DIRECTOR(S): Shawn Levy

    WEB SITE: http://www.nightatthemuseummovie.com/

    60 SECOND PLOT SYNOPSIS (OR AS CLOSE TO IT AS ONE CAN TRY TO MAKE): Now in charge of “special effects” for the New York Museum of Natural History re-launch of its planetarium, security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is enjoying life as best he can. His English boss (Ricky Gervais) does not truly understand what the secret to the effects are … And his high school senior soon son (Skyler Gisondo) is growing up faster than he’d like. Be that as it may, Larry spends his nights handing out with his “rejuvenated” friends like Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck), mini cowboy Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and Roman soldier Octavius (Steve Coogan) and mischievous monkey Dexter (Crystal the Monkey – I know; who knew the monkey had a full proper name?).

    Then comes the night of the big premier – and all heck breaks loose. Larry’s animated friends are off their game, acting all sorts of weird. This leads Larry to the discovery of a mysterious tablet in the museum’s Egypt section. The tablet has started turning green and the greener it gets, the crazier and weaker his friends become. After doing some research and conferring with Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek), Larry realizes the tablet may be the secret to the museum’s artifacts ability to come to life at night and stay alive. But he needs to talk to Ahkmenrah’s father (Sir Ben Kingsley) to figure out the tablet’s true power.

    That’s going to require a trip to England, which is where our story really takes off …

    WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST?: People who loved the first two films; Ben Stiller and Rebel Wilson fans; people who enjoy the special effects

    WHO WON’T – OR SHOULDN’T – LIKE THIS FILM?: People paying attention to the rather lackluster and predictable story; people who find Ricky Gervais annoying; anyone who did not enjoy the first two films and/or find them all that memorable.

    FINAL VERDICT – IS IT GOOD, GREAT, BAD OR DOWNRIGHT AWFUL? Secret of the Tomb is that kind of sequel where you literally can judge it by its trailer. For there is no magic to Secret of the Tomb … Just a bunch of familiar parlor tricks you’ve seen before repackaged for your potential – and easy – enjoyment.

    While he looks as if he’s sleepwalking through most of the film, one would have to give Stiller credit for holding Secret of the Tomb together, save for the silly yet salvaged performance as his caveman “son.” At least he able to muster some chemistry with his alter ego … For most of his scenes with Gisondo feel even more awkward than their relationship is supposed to be.

    Meanwhile, Wilson (Owen) and Coogan ham it up to the point of they are too much for even a movie aimed squarely at families while Malek with his constant wide-eyed gaze seems to be mystified by the whole experience until the very end of the film. Rebel Wilson toes the line between corny and comedic somewhat better while the late Robin Williams turns in the only even, sincere performance as President Roosevelt, which is misfortunate since it comes in such an retread of a picture.

    Other than that, there’s really not much else to say about Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. For unless you are the type of person who sings “It’s a Small World After All” when thinking of happy things or hums Christmas carols to yourself weeks before the holiday is here, you’ll likely wish this Secret had stayed one. 

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


     

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    “Every rose has its … Deceitful, hate mongering president behind it trying to kill me!” Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) looks at President Snow’s (Donald Sutherland) signature flower left behind in the aftermath of an attack in a scene from THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART I. Credit: Murray Close © 2014 Lionsgate Publicity. All Rights Reserved.


    WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:


    KEY CAST MEMBERS: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright, Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willow Shields and Sam Clafin

    WRITER(S): Peter Craig and Danny Strong (screenplay) Suzanne Collins (adaptation and original novel on which the film is based)


    DIRECTOR(S):
     Francis Lawrence

    WEB SITE: http://www.thehungergamesexplorer.com/us/epk/hunger-games/

    60 SECOND PLOT SYNOPSIS (OR AS CLOSE TO IT AS ONE CAN TRY TO MAKE): Picking up where The Hunger Games: Catching Fire left off, Mockingjay – Part I finds heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) waking up in the safety of the long-thought overrun District 13. And once she’s awake, President Coin (Julianne Moore), games designer/District 13 double agent in disguise Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) give Katniss a quick rundown of what’s going on: She, along with Finnick (Sam Clafin) and BeeTee (Jeffrey Wright), were pulled from the Quarter Quell as part of a larger plan to overthrow the evil President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and the rest of those who run the Capitol. Additionally, while her mother (Paula Malcomson), sister Prim (Willow Shields) and (former?) love interest Gale (Liam Hemsworth) have all been rescued, their District 12 has been decimated and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) has been captured by the Capitol and President Snow.

    To save Peeta, stop the games forever and overthrow President Snow, Coin, Plutarch and Haymitch need Katniss to be their “mockingjay” as they lead a revolution … The question, however, is whether or not Katniss is up to the task …

    WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST?: Jennifer Lawrence fans; people who enjoyed The Hunger Games books; Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks fans; all those who like watching films with strong female leads

    WHO WON’T – OR SHOULDN’T – LIKE THIS FILM?: People who have not read the books; fans of non-predictable action movies; those who don’t “get” the Jennifer Lawrence-is-the-greatest-thing-since-sliced-bread phenomenon; those for whom the dystopian future presented in Part I feels like too many other movies of a similar nature before it.

    FINAL VERDICT – IS IT GOOD, GREAT, BAD OR DOWNRIGHT AWFUL?  If you are already a fan of The Hunger Games, there is nothing for you to see here: You’re already sold on the franchise, the characters and basically are ready to hand Lionsgate whatever you must when Mockingjay – Part II is released in 2015. If you enjoyed the first two films but are a more discerning moviegoer, however, you’ll likely noticed all the flaws that resulted in the mediocre, all-too-familiar second rate action movie I is.

    What’s not-so-good about the picture? Besides dialogue that has not been upgraded beyond its original intended-for-young-adults dialogue, Part I is predictable (even if you haven’t read the books) and features performances that are second rate at best. Save for a very Zero Dark Thirty sequence, the film overall lacks any of the emotional depth that made the first two films surprisingly impressive. This is the biggest flaw Part I has, but is far from its only one.

    While the first two films introduced the character of Katniss Everdeen to the masses, Mockingjay – Part I shows that as the film series wraps up, the odds may not be as much in the favor of the audience as they once were.

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


     

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