Black Art Speaks

By: Christen Collins

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Black Art Speaks

Black Art Speaks Cincinnati Artist Collective is a group of innovators working together to create positive changes that influence the course of the future and are making big differences in the community. They’re a non-profit membership that promotes and celebrates the beauty and history of black culture. These incredible artists have stepped into their roles as leaders to share their voices through the power of creativity that is collaboratively offering more opportunities to engage in expression that is meaningful and impactful.

Photo by: Austin Neal

BAS supports, fosters, and convenes Black Artists and arts and cultural organizations by creating and connecting direct funding opportunities to employ Black Artists, coordinating and seeking exhibition opportunities, providing professional development to expand business acumen, providing mentoring, educational and programming services.” – Black Art Speaks

Photos by: Black Art Speaks

The collective orchestrated and created the profound mural that interprets and proclaims with pride the words BLACK LIVES MATTER. Inspiration sparked from the visionary and creator, Alandes Powell’s poem, “We Want What You Want” “Finding Voice Through Art”. The project was organized by 17 managers that included 70 artists and designers to bring the words to life by painting different significant depictions in each letter. This impressive and prolific mural in Downtown Cincinnati, right in front of City Hall on Plum Street.

Photos by: Christen Collins

There are a variety of ways to join their team, by becoming a member, volunteering, and applying for different call to artist projects to participate in. They recently partnered up with Ziegler Park to bring more art to the area with several murals in the expansion of the park that are interactive, informative, and fun. Showing the influence that art and education has on the community by including people in taking action to create a better environment for everyone to enjoy and thrive in.

Art by: Adoria Maxberry

Photos by: Christen Collins

Black Art Speaks Artist Collective has and continues to make huge contributions to social practice in Cincinnati that is truly inspiring and admirable. Focusing on raising awareness and acceptance by supporting others through solidarity and providing hope for equality and peace. For more information on how to get involved, donate to the cause, and show gratitude for this amazing group of creatives visit their online platforms and their paintings in person!

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Covington, KY Part 3 with Molly Wellman

📜HISTORY & HIDDEN GEMS TOUR💎 featuring Molly Wellmann

Brought to you by Richter & Phillips Jewelers and The BMW Store Cincinnati

Bill and Morgan Witlow are two of my favorite people in the Service Industry. I met Bill years ago when I was opening  “Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar” and Bill was helping to open Wiseguy’s on Mainstrasse. Since then Bill has gone on to build some of my favorite establishments in Covington. 

Henry Wenzel was a prominent and well-respected business man in Covington, Ky during the mid 1800’s. He manufactured and bottled mineral water. His Business was called “The Covington Bottling Works” and was located in his building called “Wenzel Hall” located down Tobacco Alley right off Madison Ave. Besides his mineral water, he also contracted bottled soft drinks, lager beer, and wine. Henry was German born. He was married to Bertha (Wagner) Wenzel. Together they had five children, Wilhelmina (Minnie) Hugo, Bertha, Julia and Carl. Wilhelmina was a music teacher and Bertha was a sales girl at Coppins (now Hotel Covington) They lived on 4th Street between Russel and Washington.

Henry Wenzel died on April 10,1876. He was standing on the corner of 4th and Scott streets in front of Hermance’s Drug store at about 8pm when he suffered a stroke and collapsed. Bystanders carried him in to the drug store and summoned the doctor. However, he died before the Doctor arrived.

After Henry Wenzel died, the building was sold and used as a pickle factory. On the 3rd floor of Wenzel Hall were the meeting rooms for “the Colored international order and Odd Fellows”. In the early 1900’s, the first floor of the building was a steam dye company.

Today, Wenzel Hall has been transformed in to a hotel called “The Pickle Factory” and also to “Wenzel Whiskey”. Wenzel Whiskey is one of my favorite places in Cincinnati. It is a Whisky Blending experience and a must if you love whiskey. Bill and Griffin are the masterminds in guiding you through the process of blending your own personal bottle of whiskey. We visit another of Bill and Morgan Witlow’s restaurants and their newest one called “Opal” that opened the beginning of October. Opal is on the rooftop of the six story Republic Bank Building at Sixth and Madison . There is an indoor dinning room with windows all around and an outdoor lounge with panoramic views. It is so beautiful and the food and cocktails are spectacular! The Republic Bank Building that Opal tops was built in 1904. It was designed by Henry Hake. It was one of Covington’s tallest buildings at the time. The building was built for the Farmers and Traders Bank, and then was the First National Bank once they merged with Farmers and Traders Bank.

After Opal we make our way down Madison to 7th street to visit Rich’s Proper Food and Drink, another amazing establishment of Bill and Morgan Witlow. Rich’s has one of the best whiskey and bourbon selections in the area- and the food is a fusion of American pub meets Southern Cajun, it’s so good! You can’t miss Rich’s because of the huge neon sign that can be seen blocks away, Rich’s was once a jewelry store owned by master jeweler H. Rich Shullman. He opened his store on November 17, 1944. Rich’s was one of our 100 jewelry stores in the metro area that carried Cincinnati-based Gruen Watches. Greun sponsored the making of Rich’s Ionic Neon Sign. Rich’s slogan Was “Honest dealing with keeping the faith of the public.”

Make a point to visit all of these exciting places that makes Covington so vibrant ! 

Molly Wellman

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Spooky Halloween Art in Cincinnati

By Christen Collins

Photo by: Christen Collins

Location: OTR

Cincinnati is the best place to experience the holidays all around the year, but Halloween is especially spooky here with the haunted stories that come from the historic past of the city.  But have no fear!  It’s all about celebrating life, having fun, and being creative!  

From galleries to local shops, events, parties, craft fairs, markets, workshops, shows and more, Cincinnati has everything you can think of that incorporates a theme of the holiday.   

We also have some of the best designed haunted houses and decorated homes throughout each neighborhood. There’s something for everyone and you can see the art that goes into transforming Cincinnati into a thrilling Halloween city of wonders! 

Photo Credit: Cappel’s 

Don’t know what you want your Halloween costume to be or need decorations for a party? Don’t freak out! Family owned Costume and Party Supply Store Cappiel’s has everything you need with hundreds of selections!

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Photo Credit: Contemporary Arts Center

Get into the spirit of the holiday with your kids by going to places that offer arts and crafts like the Art Play: Halloween Party at the Contemporary Arts Center on Thursday, October 26th from 10:30am – 11:30am. Dress up, create your own “scary” artwork, and eat all the candy you can!

Photo Credit: Cincinnati Zoo

HallZooween is back again at the Cincinnati Zoo and “BOO”-tanical Gardens and is always a spectacular time!  The Zoo gets in the Halloween spirit by giving the animals pumpkin treats and candy treats to the kiddos!  

Image Credit: Cincinnati Museum Center

On Weekends at the Cincinnati Museum Center “scare  up some fun” by dressing up in costumes and party at the “BOO!seum.  There’s a Monster Mash, Costume Parade, Science Experiments and more!

Photo Credit: Christen Collins

Location: Westside

Going out trick-or-treating isn’t just exciting for all the candy you get but also for the awesome decorations that people go all out with on their homes and in their yards. They’re quirky and scary but great entertainment for the whole family!

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Covington, KY Part 2 with Molly Wellmann

📜HISTORY & HIDDEN GEMS TOUR💎 featuring Molly Wellmann

Brought to you by Richter & Phillips Jewelers and The BMW Store Cincinnati

For Part 2 of our Hidden Gems & History Tour in Covington, KY, we visit the River Front and Main Strasse Village. Our day begins at the Gruff which is this amazing cafe and bottle shop. They feature an awesome bar, brick oven pizzas, deli sandwiches and wonderful salads. Their bottle shop carries local beer, wine and liquor. The name “the Gruff” comes from the fairytale “the Three Billy Goats Gruff” and lines of the tale are painted on the walls inside. This is such a perfect spot to grab lunch or sit outside with a glass of wine!

We next make our way just a block south of the Gruff along the river to the Covington River Walk. We walked under the stunning Robling Bridge to Covington’s flood wall murals. Artist Robert Dafford painted 18 Murals on the Flood Wall depicting Covington and Northern Kentucky History. From prehistoric times when the buffalo crossed the Ohio river to get to the salt licks in Kentucky, to the early pioneers, the ferry, Civil War, & the building of the Roebling Bridge. You can also find famous artists, Covington’s German Heritage, horse racing, Covington’s baseball team, and many others along the River Walk. My favorite mural is the crossing of the Garner family.

After the murals we drove over to Main Strasse Village. The Village is centered on the corner of 6th and Main streets in Covington and encompasses 5 city Blocks. The Village is made up of restaurants, bars, and specialty shops. Most of the buildings in Main Strasse date back to the 1840 and 1860’s, you might be surprised to learn Main Strasse Village was developed into a 19th Century Village the 1970’s.

Work started on the Village in 1977. In 1979, they built the Carillon (the big German clock Tower) in Goebel Park. This 100-foot tower is a recreation of a European Style Glockenspiel Clock Tower. Funded by the state of Kentucky, it was built as the anchor attraction for our German storybook inspired neighborhood redevelopment project named…Main Strasse Village.

The Goose Girl Fountain at the intersection of Main and 6th was built in 1980. The fountain was designed by Greek Sculptor Eleftherios Karkadoulias. The fountain is based on the Grimms Brothers Fairytale “Goose Girl”.

Main Strasse is definitely a place you should check out in the near future. There is always something fun going on with the great dining, bars, shops & more. They also host lots of festivals and events during the year. It really is a wonderful place.

Click Here to take the tour with us as we cruise around town in a fabulous BMW from The BMW Store Cincinnati!


Molly Wellmann

Where to Catch Live Music 2023

Live Music Sponsored by Lori’s Roadhouse

LRHLive is a full-service restaurant and live music venue located in the heart of Greater Cincinnati. This 24,000 square foot facility features two stages that will showcase live country music from local, regional, and national artists.

Come out and enjoy delicious food, live music, and amazing nightlife as we bring Music City to the Queen City for a one-of-a-kind intimate and memorable experience. Click Here to view their upcoming shows!

Looking for a place to catch live music? We have a list of great venues, bars and restaurants, and establishments to catch live music! Some of these are weekly, daily, or biweekly, so check out their site for more information!

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  1. Lori’s Roadhouse
    • 12/8: Sawyer Brown
    • 12/9: Gracie Carrol
    • 12/9: Brittany Bishop
    • 12/15: Dave Campbell II
    • 12/15: Straight from Nashville; Jesse Cain
    • 12/16: Chris Linton
    • 12/16: Michelle Robinson Band
    • 12/22: Huntergirl
    • 12/23: Colin Stough
    • 12/29: 4 Low
    • 12/29: Alexis Gomez
    • 12/30: Parmalee
    • 12/31: New Years Eve Party- Blake Tyler & Marshull
  2. 16 Lots Southern Outpost
    • 12/7: Karaoke
    • 12/14: Karaoke
  3. Bircus Brewing Co.
  4. The Acres Cincinnati
    • 12/16:  The Wolfedelics
  5. Cincinnati Parks
  6. Cock and Bull Public House
    • Live Music Saturdays 6-10pm
  7. Element Eatery
    • 11/3: Linus Tate Unplugged
    • 11/4: Outta Order
    • 11/10: Jeanne Philips
    • 11/11: Positive Vibe Band
    • 11/17 : Amy Newhart Duo
    • 11/18: Gray Dogs
    • 11/25: The Remains
    • 12/1: John Ford
    • 12/2: Nick Kelly
  8. Fountain Square
    • Jazz Music: Tuesday’s 6-9pm
    • Salsa Music: Thursday’s 6-10pm
    • Indie Music: Friday’s 7-10pm
    • Fifth and Vine Live: Saturday’s 7-10pm
  9. Frankie’s Sips & Savories
  10. Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar
  11. Hofbrauhaus Newport
    • 11/4: BASS-ic Instinct
    • 11/4: Polka Cola
    • 11/5: Matt Tolentino
    • 11/5: Nermin Begovic Trio
    • 11/11: Nermin Begovic Trio
    • 11/12: Matt Tolentino
  12. Honey Uninhibited
    • Thursdays 6pm-9pm 1-3 person performance group
    • Saturday & Sunday 12pm -4pm Dj’s
  13. Juniper’s
    • Estrada do Sol
  14. Just Brew Coffee House
  15. LouVino OTR
    • Live Music Every Tuesday
  16. Madtree Alcove
    • Live Music Friday’s from 5-9pm
  17. Madtree Taproom
    • Friday’s from 7-11pm
  18. MegaCorp Pavilion
    • 11/4: Wish You Were Here
    • 11/17: Tech N9ne & Hollywood Undead
  19. Memorial Hall OTR
    • 11/2: Mat Kearney The Acoustic Trio Tour with Jon McLaughlin
  20. Moerlein Lager House
  21. Montgomery Inn The Boathouse
    • Live Music Every Friday and Saturday 5:30-8:30PM
  22. Northern Row Brewery & Distillery
  23. Shiners on the Levee
    • Live Music every Friday and Saturday 10:30-2:30 am
  24. The Pub Rookwood
    • Live Music Saturdays 7-10pm
  25. Tin Roof
    • 10/28: Nightmare at the Banks, DJ Kombat and Super Nash Bros
  26. The Bark Park and Patio
  27. Washington Park
    • Autumn Acoustics:
      • 10/13: Hillary Hahn
    • Jazz in the Park
      • 10/30: Five Little Bears
  28. 11/12: Northern Kentucky University Jazz Showcase at Bircus Brewing Company
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MegaCorp Pavilion
Fountain Square

Additional Places to Catch Live Music

  1. Barleycorns
  2. Blind Lemon
  3. Brothers Bar and Grill
  4. Findlay Market
  5. Fretboard Brewing
  6. Ghost Baby
  7. Grassroots and Vine
  8. Keystone
  9. Longnecks Sports Grill
  10. Molly Malones
  11. MOTR Pub
  12. Newport on the Levee
  13. Queen City Radio
  14. Sis’s on Monmouth
  15. Southgate House Revival
  16. Streetside Brewery

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