U CityBeatIn our latest edition, we explore the top ten most underreported stories of 2022 — including American businesses stealing millions from workers and the rise of members of the US Congress investing in the fossil fuel industry — in a report compiled by Project Censored. Read it CityBeatlatest issue already on newsstandsto learn more about the work of Project Censored and other stories.
Project Censored: The Top Underrated Stories of 2022
Written by Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor at Project Censored
Since 1976, Project Censored has identified each year’s top stories based on exposure that was denied by forces outside of the First Amendment. Its purpose is to convey to students and the public the importance of a truly free press for democratic self-government. This list covers the most underrated stories of 2022 compiled by the project. Read it CityBeatin the article to see which unreported stories made the list.
Cincinnati author Holly Bryans Ragusa’s memoir retells the story of her father, a victim of serial killer John Powell
Published in November 2022. Met the end is a vulnerable text that weaves together personal, local, and national history through the story of Cincinnati native Holly Bryans Ragusa’s father, John Powell, who was murdered on March 7, 1987, by serial killer Donald Harvey. Read it CityBeatstory to learn more about Bryans Ragusa’s emotional new book.
In January, the Know Theatre, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will open a very different show
Pa CityBeat Theater critic Rick Pender
It’s typically a slow start to the year for theater in Cincinnati, but things will explode on January 27 when both the Now Theater and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company open productions that adhere to their current missions while also offering exciting new directions. Both productions are local premieres of very different stories, and both are set in England. Read it CityBeatstory to learn more Without a member and The rewards of being Frank.
The Wave Pool exhibit provides the greatest gift of art and human connection
Art is the gift that keeps on giving. It gives us a chance to connect, remember and reflect, and the current Wave Pool exhibition, A giftoffers viewers a beautifully wrapped gift filled with care and thought about the works on display. Read it CityBeatstory , to learn more about the exhibit — including art inspired by the current protests in Iran by local Iranian-American artist Lunaz.
Northwood Cider Company offers a unique take on cider in Norwood
The Cincinnati area’s first hard cider-only brewery and taproom opened in Norwood in November. Northwood Cider Company is the brainchild of a former brewery owner and finance and real estate development professional brought together by their shared passion for community development and hard cider. Read it CityBeathistory to find out what cider is served at the establishment.
Covington’s Secret Bar is the ultimate drag
There’s more than just a name behind Creative House of Art and Design (CHAD), an arts and crafts store that offers art instruction on Mainstrasse in Covington. The abbreviated Creative House of Art and Design shows the name of the owner, Chad Turner. And if you walk a little further into the colorful shop – past coloring books, markers, handmade jewelry and other goods – you’ll find a hidden bar. Read it CityBeatto learn more about the incredible history of Covington’s Secret Bar.
Commentary: David Rhodes Brown is a lasting legacy to the Cincinnati music scene
Written by Nick Graver
The legend of David Rhodes Brown is a small story in the Cincinnati music scene. Standing at a natural height of 6’5″ before adding his signature cowboy boots and hat, Brown literally and figuratively towered over his constituency with his impeccable musicianship, booming voice, more than 60 years of experience and unmatched friendliness and kindness . Sadly, Brown died on December 8 at the age of 72. Read it CityBeatstory to learn more about Rhodes Brown’s impact on the Cincinnati music scene.
Sound advice: In January, Memorial Hall will welcome the emotionally resonant tunes of Neko Case
Posted by Greg Gaston
After an illustrious 25-year solo career, Neko Case finally decided it was time to stop, take a breath and look back with satisfaction with an in-depth retrospective titled Wild creatures in 2022. It’s a stark reminder of how strong and powerful her voice has always been, whether she’s singing solo, with her band The Boyfriends or with her part-time band The New Pornographers. Read it CityBeatstory to learn more about the music ahead of her upcoming performance at Memorial Hall.
Sure Tip: Award-winning Christian artist Anne Wilson to perform at Winter Jam in Cincinnati
When it comes to Christian music, it can be hard to break into the scene, much less break the mold. If you’ve ever listened to Christian music, you know that it’s been carried by the same voices and the same sounds for decades. In 2021, Anne Wilson decided to change all that, and so far so good. Read it CityBeatto learn more about Wilson’s breakthrough.
Trusted Tip: Musical Alchemy Rhiannon Giddens Heads to Cincinnati Memorial Hall
Posted by Greg Gaston
The North Carolina musician began her career co-founding the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a popular old-time string trio in which she flourished as a song writer and fiddle and banjo player. She has also released several solo records, moved to Ireland and since 2019 has collaborated with Italian musician Francesco Turizzi to release two collaborative gems. Read it CityBeatto learn more about the artist before her concert at Memorial Hall.
Sound Tip: Dream Pop Band Plastic Picnic Create Catchy Tunes With Heart-On-Sleeve Lyrics
With a sound slightly reminiscent of contemporaries like The War on Drugs and Alvvays, but with their own unique style, Plastic Picnic are a band to look out for. Plastic Picnic creates tight, catchy tunes with heartfelt lyrics that deal with the everyday pain and uncertainty of relationships, romantic or otherwise. Read it CityBeatstory , to learn more about the Brooklyn band ahead of their free set at MOTR Pub.
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