Archive for October 2006

Drunk Bastards?

October 31, 2006

We’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like Cincinnati’s hometown Rock & Roll heroes The Heartless Bastards. Even snarky music critics have been universal in their praise of the band’s two albums and cross-country live performances. So … what the heck happened in Oregon? In better news, the band’s song “All This Time” (the title track from their most recent album) was featured in the opening of the NBC show, Friday Night Lights. If you missed it, you can watch the full episode here (click on Episode 5, “Git ‘er Done”). Or instead you could, you know, just play the actual album without the teeny soap opera distractions.

— Mike Breen

Biking Ohio

October 30, 2006

This is a brief description of the bicycle ride I took with my buddy Sam a couple of weeks back. I didn’t find a lot online describing this leg of the Ohio to Erie bike trail, so I wanted to make some notes for my future use and that of other riders.

Equipment: We rode mountain bikes with chromoly frames and aluminum rims. Mine is a 5-year-old Diamondback with front shocks. Sam’s was a 20-year-old Ross, stiff frame.

The first thing you should know is that the Ohio to Erie Trail, which stretches from the Ohio River to Lake Erie, is a 325-mile, limited access, paved trail for bikes, skaters, equestrians and peds that is supposed to be about 70 percent complete.

Much of the trail is built on train tracks. Other parts run the path of the old Erie Canal. I believe this is called the Towpath trail, stretching north of Columbus, though I haven’t ridden this section yet. You may recall that donkeys and horses towed boats along the canal, hence this name.

As I understand it, there are trails like this webbing the whole United States. I would like very much to ride cross-country with my son, Ulysses, one day.


Oinker of the Day

October 30, 2006

How important are newspaper endorsements in political campaigns?

— Gregory Flannery

Friday’s Flicks

October 27, 2006

Eight new films open this week, and all are worth checking out. Yes, I’m even willing to grant that the mind-fucking twists and brutal turns of Saw III might be a nice Halloween diversion.

Speaking of F-bombs, a new documentary (see interview here and review below) that traces the origins/evolution of the word “fuck” opens for a brief run at UC’s Main Street Cinema (6 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1, 6 p.m. Nov. 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 3). In addition to its second-run mainstream offerings (Talladega Nights and World Trade Center this week), the space has been home to some intriguing titles over the past several months, including Park Chanwook’s Lady Vengeance and Steven Soderbergh’s Bubble. And there’s more on the horizon: Zatoichi, Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano’s 19th-century sword-fighting adventure, opens in mid-November. (more…)

Oinker of the Day 10.27

October 27, 2006

Are protest banners pointless exercises in trying to get attention for a hopeless cause, an important part of our First Amendment right to free speech — or something else?

— Margo Pierce

The Bong Show

October 26, 2006

When (or, to avoid a CityBeat piss test and/or a DEA raid, I’d better say, “If, hypothetically”) I smoke pot, I usually end up crashed out on the couch watching random things on TV that suddenly seem mesmerizing — Home Shopping Network, Pink Panther re-runs, Fox News or a recent favorite, Midnight Money Madness, a live, FIVE-HOUR “game show” on TBS. MMM is an absolute glorious trainwreck, perhaps the worst thing ever put on television, but the best part is when stoners stuck on the channel call in from around the country and try to win $100 by answering equally mind-numbing questions. (Sadly, it appears the show has been cancelled — back to the A-Team reruns!) Like Little Debbies and the Grateful Dead, TV is something greatly enhanced by a little puff of the dinky dank. Leave it to the pot-smokers’ Bible, High Times, to create a whole awards program just for THC-friendly television shows (and movies … ’cause film-going is another great stoner adventure, thanks largely to the immediate access to an endless supply of Junior Mints and Milk Duds).


Dale Mallory Still M.I.A.

October 26, 2006

Where’s Dale?

When Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory served as emcee Tuesday at a crowded downtown fundraiser that featured former President Bill Clinton as the keynote speaker, Mallory made sure to mention the Democratic state lawmakers seated in the audience and introduced non-incumbent Connie Pillich, who gave a stirring speech about her military service and her campaign to win the 28th District seat in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Noticeably absent from the introductions and podium, however, was the mayor’s own brother, Dale Mallory, a non-incumbent who is running for Mark’s old 32nd District seat.

Dale Mallory’s disappearing act is par for the course so far this campaign season. Impeached as president of the West End Community Council and facing a criminal investigation about allegedly emptying that group’s bank account three months after he was removed from office, Dale Mallory has avoided any public campaigning and refused to answer reporters’ questions about his secret lobbying on behalf of the proposed City Link Center, a project opposed by many West End residents. Also, he declined to fill out the League of Women Voters questionnaire that is routine for most campaigns.