Dear Friends, Downtown has been “star-studded” the past few weeks with sightings of George Clooney. Thank you to our partners Kristen Erwin of the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission, the City of Cincinnati and all the downtown businesses who have worked hard to welcome and host the crew of the Ides of March. This is really great for the image and economy of downtown. Sal Aracri, owner of Trattoria Roma, is officially open in his new location at Restaurant Row in the 580 Building, just around the corner from the former location where his business had been for more than twenty years. The new restaurant looks terrific! We suggest you tie in a visit this Friday before heading to the CAC‟s free opening night party of the Keith Haring exhibit. While my eyes are on warmer weather, I will be visiting Hunt Club Clothiers, Jos. A. Bank and Brooks Brothers to take advantage of their winter clearance sales. Hunt Club has a „buy one get one free‟ on sale prices! Best regards, David David Ginsburg President & CEO Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (513) 562-8727 email@example.com http://www.downtowncincinnati.com Trattoria Roma has moved to Restaurant Row! Trattoria Roma has moved to Restaurant Row at 580 Walnut Street, still across from the Aronoff Center. Trattoria Roma has been downtown for twenty years and opened last week in its new location. They offer a full bar as well as lunch, dinner and late night menus. For more information, please call 513-723-0220 or visit http://www.trattoriaroma.net/ Opening Celebration at CAC - Feb 25 The Contemporary Arts Center, located at 44 E. Sixth Street, celebrates two new exhibits on February 25 with their FREE opening night event beginning at 8:00 p.m. The new exhibits are "Jimmy Baker: Remote Viewing" and "Keith Haring: 1978-1982". It‟s open to the public (you don‟t have to be a CAC member) and there will be a cash bar and music by DJ Greg Poneris. An Artist Talk with street artist and 2011 TED Prize winner, JR, begins at 7:00 p.m. and is exclusively for CAC members. For more information, please call 513-345-8400 or visit http://contemporaryartscenter.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=77 Johnny Cash Birthday Tribute & Jack Daniel's Tasting - Feb 26 On February 26, celebrate Johnny Cash's birthday at Arnold's Bar & Grill starting at 9:00 p.m. Jack Daniel's will be sending their top Whiskey aficionado to offer samples of their entire stable of regular and single barrel fine whiskeys, for free. There will be Jack Daniel's drinks on special all night, live Rockabilly music from The Makeshifts, and all of the Man in Black's favorite foods. Located at 210 East Eights. More at 513-421-6234 or http://arnoldsbarandgrill.com/ Keith Haring: 1978-1982 & Jimmy Baker: Remote Viewing at CAC - Opens Feb 26 The Contemporary Arts Center, located at 44 East Sixth Street, will host the only U.S. stop for the groundbreaking show, "Keith Haring: 1978-1982", which opens on February 26. This exhibition explores the vibrant and experimental years of Haring‟s early career that helped shape him into one of the most iconic, influential and popular artists in the world. It will also be the opening of Jimmy Baker: Remote Viewing, which is the Cincinnati artist's first solo museum show. More information at 513-345-8400 or http://contemporaryartscenter.org/node/254 The American Impressionists in the Garden at Taft Museum of Art - Now to May 15 The Taft Museum of Art is now showing "The American Impressionists in the Garden" and the exhibit will be on display through May 15. It brings together brilliantly colored paintings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, featuring 40 pictures of European and American gardens created by American Impressionists. Sundays are free! Located at 316 Pike. More information at 513-241-0343 or http://www.taftmuseum.org/pages/cur_exhib.php St. John Event and Vince Collection at Saks Fifth Avenue – Feb 23 to 26 Come to Saks Fifth Avenue, located at 101 West Fifth Street, through February 26 to discover the latest styles from St. John and receive an exclusive St. John candle with your $1,000 St. John purchase. There will be informal modeling on February 24 and 26 as well. Also through February 26, stop by the Contemporary department and receive a Vince belt with any Vince purchase of $300 or more. For more information, call 513-421-6800 ext. 333 or visit http://www.saks.com/cincinnati. Hunt Club Buy One Get One Clothing Sale – Still On! There is still time to take advantage of a great opportunity to fill out your fall and winter wardrobes at Hunt Club Clothiers. If you buy one sale item, you‟ll get another sale item free. The second item must be of equal or lesser value. Hunt Club is located at 441 Vine Street in the Carew Tower Arcade. For more information, call 513-721-2004 or visit http://www.huntclubclothiers.com Brooks Brothers Winter Clearance Sale – In Progress Stop in Brooks Brothers, located at 505 Vine at Fountain Place, to take advantage of their winter clearance sale. You can receive up to 50% off on select items including non-iron dress shirts, suits, sweaters and more. Shop early because limited colors and sizes are available. Ready for Spring? Spring merchandise is already arriving. For more information, please visit http://www.brooksbrothers.com Registration Now Open for Cinciditarod – Race on March 5 Registration is now open through February 25 for the 4th Annual New Horizons Cinciditarod race. Teams consisting of five people push a shopping cart on a five mile course throughout downtown. It's fun, it's crazy, and it's only $35 per team with all donated grocery items going to the Freestore Foodbank. For more information, visit http://www.myfountainsquare.com/ Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Presents Pride and Prejudice - Now to March 13 The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents Pride and Prejudice, now open and running through March 13. This romantic comedy, adapted by Jon Jory from the novel by Jane Austen, encounters romantic misunderstandings, rejected proposals and requisite happy endings. Due to popular demand, additional shows have been added on February 27, March 6 and March 9. Tickets range from $22-28. Located at 719 Race. For more information or tickets, visit http://www.cincyshakes.com/. CSO presents Bronfman Returns - Feb 24 & 26 The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra dedicates an entire program to the heartfelt music of Tchaikovsky on February 24 and 26 at Music Hall, featuring Grammy-winning soloist Yefim Bronfman, who will also perform Liszt‟s Piano Concerto #2. The performances will be conducted by Peter Oundjian. There will also be a free Thursday night light dinner buffet before the performance with the purchase of your concert ticket on February 24. Located at 1241 Elm. For more information, call 513-621-1919 or visit http://cincinnatisymphony.org/Content.php?id=223. Aliens with Extraordinary Skills at Know Theatre - Now to Feb 26 The Know Theatre, located at 1120 Jackson, presents Aliens with Extraordinary Skills now through February 26. The show follows Nadia and Borat who have immigrated to the United States and learn that they have fake visas, and the circus they were meant to work for doesn't exist. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 513-300-KNOW or visiting http://www.knowtheatre.com/shows/alienswithextraordinaryskills.html Another Part of the Forest – selling LP’s on Main Street Vinyl is alive and well in OTR. Another Part of the Forest offers a deep selection of used LP‟s. Their eclectic collection includes multiple bins of classical, as well as jazz, old timey, music for students, spoken word, international, old radio shows, rock, noise and punk. There are even special bins for Dean Martin fans and our very own King Records. The average cost of a LP is $3.00. If your basement is filled with LP‟s that need a new home, haul them over to Another Part of the Forest at 1333 Main, since they are always anxious to buy more stock. In addition to used LP‟s, the store sells comic books, Eight Tracks, Beta and Laser Disks, plus they rent DVD‟s. There‟s so much to look at, it‟s easy to get lost inside this forest. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 10:00 p.m. For more, call 513-371-2455. Fiddler on the Roof at Aronoff Center – Through Feb 27 The Tony Award winning musical, Fiddler on the Roof, is now at the Aronoff Center through February 27. The show has been praised by critics again and again and won the hearts of people all around the world featuring such songs as "Matchmaker, Matchmaker", "If I Were a Rich Man", and "Sunrise, Sunset". To reserve seats for a group of ten or more, e-mail Peggy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-369-4363. More information at http://cincinnatiarts.org/index.jsp?eventDetail=1&event_id=1097 Architecture as Art Drawing Competition & Gallery – Opening Reception Feb 23 The Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati presents its second exhibit, "Architecture as Art", in its new gallery space at 811 Race Street. The exhibit is a juried competition of architectural drawings by architecture community professionals and students. The opening reception will be held February 23. Admission is $10 and is open to the public. The exhibit runs from February 24 to April 30 and admission is free. More information at http://www.architecturecincy.org Cincinnati Opera presents This Little Light of Mine - Feb 26 Cincinnati Opera will present "This Little Light of Mine" at the Freedom Center on February 26 at 6:00 p.m. This show focuses on the stories of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price, two African-American opera icons and is recommended for students in grades 6 to 12, as well as families and adults. Admission is $5. Located at 50 East Freedom Way. More information at http://www.cincinnatiopera.org or 513-768-5562. Great Music in a Great Space Concert - Feb 27 The Choir of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral will perform with their orchestra as part of the Great Music in a Great Space concert series on February 27 at 3:00 p.m. Soloists are soprano Melissa Harvey, baritone Mark Diamond, and Blake Callahan, the cathedral associate organist. Tickets are $20, $10 for students with student ID. Located at 325 West Eighth. More information at 513- 421-2222 or http://www.stpeterinchainscathedral.org Concordia Choir at Christ Church Cathedral - Feb 27 The renowned Concordia Choir of Moorhead, Minnesota, will perform at Christ Church Cathedral on February 27 at 5:00 p.m. The 72-voice choir is considered one of the premier undergraduate a capella ensembles and has performed in nearly every major concert hall in the U.S. as well as touring extensively throughout Europe. Admission is free. Located at 318 East Fourth. More information at 513-621-1817 or http://www.christchurchcincinnati.org/ Smart Talk with Soledad O'Brien at Aronoff Center - Feb 28 Soledad O'Brien, one of the shining stars of television news, will be at the Aronoff Center on February 28 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Smart Talk series. She is the special correspondent and anchor for CNN's special investigations unit and a Harvard graduate who has covered Hurricane Katrina, the South Asian tsunami, and breaking news in the Iraq War. Tickets start at $29. Located at 650 Walnut. More information at 513-621-2787 or http://cincinnatiarts.org/index.jsp?eventDetail=1&event_id=1141 ArtsWave Surprise Party - March 4 The ArtsWave Surprise Party will be held on March 4 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Contemporary Arts Center located at 44 East Sixth Street. The night will include food, music, fun surprises and pop up art experiences from art groups around town. Tickets are $26 in advance, $30 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.theartswave.org/arts/surprise-party Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at US Bank Arena – March 11 to 20 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be in town at the US Bank Arena from March 11 to 20. Don‟t miss your opportunity to see “the greatest show on earth” that‟s fun for the whole family! Tickets start at just $14.50. Located at 100 Broadway. More information at 800-745- 3000 or by visiting http://www.cincinnatiusa.com/DTCalendar2/event.asp?ProdID=8339 Vanishing Cincinnati Exhibit at the Betts House – Now to April 23 The Betts House, located at 416 Clark Street, has opened their new "Vanishing Cincinnati" exhibit. This exhibit features over twenty pen and ink drawings of Cincinnati's urban landscape from 1850 to 1950 and will be on display until April 23. For more information, call 513-651- 0734 or visit http://www.bettshouse.org BagPipes Irish Pub Now Open BagPipes Irish Pub is now open at 700 Race. Hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. and Sundays from noon to 2:00 a.m. Daily specials include: Monday - all you can eat "fish and chips" for $12.95, Sam Adams Seasonal, Bag Pipes House Ale, or Guinness Drafts $3.00; Tuesday - Reuben $ 6.95, Warsteiner, Anchor Seasonal, or Morelein OTR Drafts $3.00; Wednesday - Burger and Bud Light Draft $6.50, Burger and Any Draft Beer $8.50, Konig Ludwig, Goose Island 312, Blue Moon Drafts $3.00; Thursday - Domestic Beer Buckets $10.00, Corona Buckets $12.00, Bel Amber Ale, New Castle, or Boddington Drafts $3.00, Martinis (4 - 7pm)$5.00; Friday - Fish Sandwich and any Draft $8.00, Smithwicks, Harp, or Killians Drafts $3.00, Saturday - repeat all the great specials from Thursday; Sunday - Irish Fair (select one: fish and chips, Irish stew, bangers and mash, or Shepherd‟s pie) $9.95. For more, call 513-421-7468 or http://www.bagpipesirishpub.com Fridays Live! at Washington Platform Live music is back at Washington Platform, located at 1000 Elm, every Friday evening from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Stop by to wind down or ramp up with great jazz and great happy hour prices. For more information, 513-421-0110 or http://www.washingtonplatform.com/ YWCA Fitness Center Discounts – Now to Feb 28 The YWCA, located at 898 Walnut, is now offering $10 discounts on their Shared Personal Training packages. The YWCA Fitness Center is a coed, downtown facility with a variety of membership types to meet anyone‟s needs and no contract memberships. Please visit http://www.ywca.org/cincinnati/fitnesscenter for a listing of personal training package rates or call 513.361.2116. Metromix Idol Karaoke Auditions – Now to March 3 The Metromix Idol Karaoke competition will kick off with auditions until March 3 at the brand new BagPipes Irish Pub, located at 700 Race Street. The winner will receive a $1,000 grand prize and there will be door prizes every night of the competition. The finals will be held on March 10, with the top 12 finalists performing. For more details, visit http://cincinnati.metromix.com/idol Market on the Square Now Accepting Vendor Applications Vendor applications are now being accepted for the 4th annual Strauss & Troy Market on the Square, which attracts thousands of visitors to Fountain Square to shop for fresh produce, baked goods, prepared lunch foods, fresh flowers and other handmade items. The market runs 21 weeks on Tuesdays between May 3 and September 27 and includes three vendor types: non-food or pre- packaged items, basic market items, and ready-to-eat items. Any interested vendors must apply by March 25 and application information can be found at http://www.myfountainsqaure.com. Washington Park Renovation Update The Park Board and 3CDC are providing weekly construction updates on the Washington Park renovation and expansion project. To follow these updates, please email email@example.com to be added to the weekly distribution list or follow the project on the 3CDC webpage by visiting http://www.3cdc.org/follow-our-projects/washingtonpark/weekly-update Terri Kern's Pottery Exhibit at 5th Street Gallery – Now to March 5 The 5th Street Gallery, located at 55 West Fifth Street, presents the exhibit, Terri Kern: "Bridge". Kern will be showing her new fine art ceramic vessels and panels, drawings and letterpress prints. She has won several international awards and more than 25 awards across the United States for excellence in ceramics. The exhibit will run through March 5. More information can be found at 513-579-9333 or http://www.5thstreetgallery.com 3CDC's Ecosculpt 2011 - Submission Deadline March 11 In celebration of Earth Day, 3CDC is bringing back EcoSculpt, which is presented by the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance. This unique event is a three-week installation of original sculptures made of recycled and recyclable materials. Artists can submit their sculpture proposals through March 11 and the selected sculptures will be on display from April 8 to 28. Full details about submission criteria and the application form can be found at http://myfountainsquare.wordpress.com/events/ecosculpt Who’s in Town This Week The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Inc. will be in town February 23 to 27. This conference will have more than 700 attendees staying at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. This information is provided by the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. http://www.cincyusa.com. This Week on Fountain Square The fourth New Horizons Cinciditarod will take place on March 5, starting on Fountain Square with teams pushing a shopping cart through a 5-mile course around downtown! The submission deadline for the event is February 25 and all donated grocery items will benefit the Freestore Foodbank. For registration information, visit http://myfountainsquare.com/ YWCA Luncheon Save the Date – May 19 The YWCA will be holding the Salute to Career Women of Achievement Luncheon on May 19 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The luncheon will begin at noon and Jeannette Walls, the best-selling author of “The Glass Castle”, will be the Keynote Speaker. For more information about this event, please call 513-361-2126 or visit http://www.ywcacincinnati.org. ONGOING... Mynt Martini – Wild on Wednesdays! $5 Martinis every Wednesday with a free manicure! Ladies Nights on Thursdays, ladies pay no cover! Located 28 Fountain Sqaure. http://www.myntcincinnati.com The Righteous Room - enjoy half priced drinks from 4 to 8 p.m. every Monday to Saturday at Happy Hour. Located at 641 Walnut Street. http://www.therighteousroom.com/. (513) 381 4408. J. Gumbo’s: Cajun and Creole cuisine, offers specials weekly. 425 Walnut Street. http://www.jgumbos.com. McCormick & Schmick's hosts Half Priced Bottle Wine Night every Sunday from 4 to 10 p.m. Located at Fifth & Vine. And don't forget $1 oysters on Thursdays. Call (513) 721-9339. Jazzercise Downtown is held weekly at Christ Church Cathedral. http://www.jazzercincinnati.com. Cricket Lounge Happier Hour - enjoy daily drink and menu specials from 4 to 7 p.m. every day. Located inside the historic Cincinnatian Hotel at 601 Vine Street. http://www.cincinnatianhotel.com. The Palace Two Course Dinner for Two and Bottle of Wine – Every third Thursday of the month enjoy a two course dinner for two and a bottle of wine for $60. Located at 601 Vine Street. http://www.palacecincinnati.com/menus_dinner.aspx. Lavomatic has a great Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy drinks and small plates priced $4 to $7. Located at 1211 Vine Street. http://www.lavomaticcafe.com Aternoon Tea at Orchid's at Palm Court hosts Saturday afternoon tea from 2 to 4 p.m. For reservations email Sean Garner, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (513) 421-9100. T.G.I.T. Wine Tastings at City Cellars for $8 every Tuesday. http://www.citycellars.biz. FB’s – “Sly Thursdays” – There’s nothing they won’t play! 126 W Sixth St. http://www.fb-cincy.com/ The Blue Wisp hosts Happy Hour from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday with drink specials, jazz music videos and jazz karaoke, plus BBQ and pizza. (513) 241-WISP or http://www.thebluewisp.com. Tune in to City Talk with 55 KRC on Sundays from 7 to 8 p.m. with Michael Sweeney and Tom Hodges discussing issues and happenings throughout Cincinnati. (513) 749-5500. http://citytalk550.com. Fountain Square and Soapbox: Sign up today for the Fountain Square newsletter (http://www.myfountainsquare.com) and for Soapbox Media's online weekly newsletter (http://www.soapboxmedia.com). Put your junk in your trunk: The Cincinnati Police Department and DCI urge you to protect yourself from auto break-ins. Items left in plain view are the top contributing factor to theft from auto. Get in the habit of securing your vehicle by leaving valuable items at home or putting them in your trunk before you arrive at your destination. Report any unusual activity to the Cincinnati Police at (513) 765- 1212.