Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Art & Music blog posts among audience favorites

Shepard Fairey video and slide show dominate cincydwellers.blogspot.com fan favorites.
As support for cincydwellers.blogspot.com continues to grow, I think it's time to revisit the two most viewed posts: Shepard Fairey slide show and Dubstep music genre. So for those who seemingly can't get enough of Fairey's art or bass- and grime-heavy tunes, here's to you:

Shepard Fairey Slide Show:
Works in Process:

Dubstep music
- Graffiti City dubstep remix of Brittney Spears' TOXIC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4wE2xJnr9o&feature=BF&list=UL0cK4ghV9Mec&index=2
- Cincy music and more via DJ Psyfer's FB page @ http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=814290503

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Crazy Lazy Cookbook: Cincy cafe takes the cake

Northside cafe's decadent confections and trendy lunch menu is among my Cincy favorites.
Sweet idea brings steady stream of customers.
At first glance, it is easy to miss "take the cake". But once inside, the unassuming exterior gives way to a quaint cafe that easily lives up to its name. Next to a decadent display of cupcakes and other yummy desserts, on which I focused most of my attention, is a wall of design and fashion magazines. I'm enchanted by the lunch menu cleverly displayed on a floor-to-ceiling chalkboard mounted across from the cash register. Local artwork that lines the walls is a real pleasure. Simple seating fills the cafe, with mix-matched chairs and wooden tables that provide a homey yet chic feel. "take the cake" is a great place for a quick pickup of quality, unique, and delicious food. The only thing that might take awhile is deciding which item to order! But with affordable prices, you won't feel guilty enjoying a spot of tea with a cupcake or two (or three)!

take the cake: http://www.takethecakecincinnati.com/

Lend Me Your Ears: Cincy's claim to P-Funk fame

UPDATE: click http://funkmusicnews.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/bootsy-releases-incrediboots-line-with-old-navy/ to view Bootsy's "Old Navy" TV advertisement.

Cincy's music scene is a plethora of genres; however, I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge our music legend and cincy dweller Mr. Bootsy Collins. In the mid 1970s, I attended a P-Funk concert at Hara Arena (Dayton, Ohio), in which Bootsy handed long-stem red roses off the stage into the excited hands of a few lucky girls: I was among those recipients. Fast forward: after traveling the world, performing for Funkateers everywhere, Bootsy opened a fabulous restaurant produced by famed chef Jeff Ruby. Although Ruby recently acquired the restaurant space, Cincy's beloved Bootsy continues his philanthropy and local public appearances. For my P-Funk fans, take a journey back to these old-school Bootsy hits: 

I'd rather be with you

What's a telephone bill?

Days Go By (w/ Dirty Vegas)

Web site:

Monday, January 3, 2011

A Healthy Dose of Realism: Self-service society

Some years back, when gasoline stations installed self-service pumps, I was miffed. After a full day's work, didn't I deserve to have an attendant pump my gas, check my oil, and clean my windshield? Then to my dismay grocery stores installed "U-scan" do-it-yourself checkouts. Wasn't it enough that I was trading my hard-earned cash for the grocer’s products, but now I have to cashier for myself? Always one to support library levies, I'm no longer feeling the love for them since my dear library has become another self-service entity. So where does it stop? Profitable self-service has replaced customer service, takes more of my valued time, and increases my stress level. So it's up to me and you to go old school if there is a chance of reinstating that valued commodity known as customer service. I’m doing my part by grocery shopping at Whole Foods and IGA where I'm guaranteed a cashier at checkout. Also, I utilize the Internet for audio and video and Kindle my books. I hope we remember that even though these "U-Scans" are technically savvy, the personal experiences are what make simple tasks like pumping gas and buying groceries special. In the lyrics of the Jessie J. song Price Tag, "...wanna make the world change? Forget about the price tag!" Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBYOl-HpPRM