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Vampires in Covington, Should We Be Scared?

Kaos Studios
June 27-30
Leapin Lizard [Mainstrasse]

(Covington, KY – June 10, 2019)

Hello Mortal. Do you want to meet a vampire?

My name is Count Christian Drago Smackula and you have found our event information. Bravo! My family Troupe and I invite you to a private evening of theatrical entertainment, drinks and candor. Together, we will share and perform century old tales from our immortal lives. This is our form, our craft and our medicine.

This particular performance is the revival of our 1919 production of Count Smackula and his Three Scares with the full original cast.  It began as a revenge piece of sorts, now the show has been adapted for today’s audience as an introduction to real vampires in the mortal public.  We will be revealing three of my most precious memories, or scares, for your entertainment.

The performances will be held at Leapin Lizard at 724 Main St. Covington, KY

  • Thursday June 27th at 8pm
  • Friday June 28th at 8pm
  • Saturday June 29th at 8pm
  • Sunday June 30th at 2pm

The Troupe includes Zadie Nageir, Durina Kovac and Lawrence Hemming. The play is written and performed by the ensemble. We unearth where Bram Stoker got some of his ideas for Dracula and bust myths about real vampires and sanguinarians. It will be a night of laughter, drama and kinship.

Leapin Lizard has graciously offered us their space to share our story with you all.  Unfortunately, the building is not handicap accessible as there is a flight of stairs to traverse to access the performance space – we apologize for this inconvenience.

Doors open an hour before the show and there will be a full-bar (vampire friendly) open before and after the show. Tickets are $20 and available at

Please follow our Instagram and Facebook pages for updates leading to the performance.

If you want a SNEAK PEEK, Count Smackula and the Troupe will be performing a free vampire MEET & GREET improvised show at SECOND SIGHT SPIRITS (301 Elm St. Ludlow, KY) on FRIDAY JUNE 21st, 8pm. We will be taking suggestions from the audience to perform memories from our mortal or vampire past. This is a vampire and mortal friendly event.

We can’t wait to see you there.


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Second Weekend Bigger and Fringier!

CF19_logoCINCINNATI, June 7 – The Cincinnati Fringe Festival roars into its second weekend! The performing arts festival that’s Kinda Weird, Like You features a jam-packed schedule of performances and events, with options for all ages and tastes.

Primary Lineup performances continue all weekend, with staggered start times from 2:30 to 9 pm. Each show is an hour or less, giving audiences plenty of choice in how they schedule their days at Fringe. And there’s so much to choose from, with 26 performances on Saturday alone! Productions run the gamut from solo storytelling to dance pieces to conventional plays (although “conventional” is a relative word at Fringe).

Many performances so far this festival have been sold-out or very close to capacity, so patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance at or by calling the box office at 513-300-5669; the box office is open from 11 am to 9:30 pm, Tuesdays through Sundays.

Fringe is all about doing more, so the Fringe doesn’t stop when the Primary Lineup does! There are several options for younger audiences in the Family Friendly Fringe selection. This weekend, they include Storytime with Sparkle, in which one of Cincinnati’s most popular child-friendly drag clowns will read picture books about diversity and acceptance, Show Up, Kids!, a one-man improvised show that incorporates suggestions from young audience members to craft its narrative, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from Madcap Puppets. Showtimes are at 11 am and 1 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, and tickets may be reserved for free at

We’d never forget to mention our late-night lineup of irreverent, unpredictable, but always entertaining Bar Series programming. Every night, we hear from Channel Fringe Hard-Hitting Action News for all the news that’s fit to Fringe, and then launch into special events! This weekend, Friday night is Fringe-oke (that’s karaoke with a Fringy twist!), Saturday night is Fringe Prom: Sweet 16, and Sunday night we honor the artistic community with Everyone’s an Artist Night, where artist discounts at the bar are extended to all patrons.

After all of that, we’re dark on Monday (because Fringe staff will all need the chance to sit in a dim room with a cool beverage for a moment) but then we’ll be back on Tuesday for Fringe’s final week!

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KSO’s 25th Summer in Devou Park

KSO_Purple logoThe Kentucky Symphony Orchestra offers its 25th Summer Series of free, family-friendly concerts at the historic amphitheater in Covington’s Devou Park. A tradition since WPA structure was built in 1939, musicians and entertainers have brought communities together at the concert bowl for shared and memorable experiences. More than 325,000 residents from across the region have attended the KSO’s varied, thematic summer concerts since 1995.

This summer the KSO and its subsidiary groups continue to offer universally appealing and nostalgic programming to the region on the following Saturdays beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”
(She Bop Live)
7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019

The KSO’s studio orchestra celebrates 5 decades of popular female artists and girl bands — Patsy Cline, Whitney Houston, Adele, En Vogue, Taylor Swift, Patti LaBelle and many more. Whether you are a “Redneck Woman” or like to “Walk Like an Egyptian,” call your
gal pals and meet at the band shell to “Express Yourself,” and for a litte R-E-S-P-E-C-T! (Full playlist attached)

45s Without Words
(All about that tune)
7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 3, 2019

Back when writing a melody or catchy tune was celebrated, AM radio blasted the airwaves with instrumental hits into the 1990s. Then the age of electronica dawned and pop instrumental singles went the way of the floppy disk. The K-so Combo (together a small string section) authentically channel the jazz-fusion, blues, rock and funk songs without words of Santana, Booker T & the MGs, Edgar Winter, Herbie Hancock, Rush,
Herb Alpert… to mention but a few.

Russian Allusion
(Enchanted Slavic Classics)
7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 31, 2019

A sizeable portion of the world’s most frequently performed orchestral repertoire hails from Russia. The KSO surveyed the dossiers of several Russian composers to cherry-pick these popular classics: Khachaturian’s enchanting Masquerade Suite, Borodin’s rollicking Polovtsian Dances and Rimsky-Korsakov’s seductive Scheherazade.

“The KSO’s Summer Series in this beautiful, tree-lined park is really about the community coming together. Few events today allow families, neighbors and friends to simply come out and share a relaxed and unique cultural moment together. Continuing a truly memorable tradition is what the KSO provides in part with the support of local corporate sponsors Toyota, DBL Law, Fischer Homes, and Schneller & Knochelmann” commented KSO Music Director and Founder, James Cassidy.

Join the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. — July 13, August 3 & 31.

Concessions are available on-site. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. For more information and directions, visit the KSO at or call (859) 431-6216. $5 (per person) suggested donation. The TANK Shuttle from Covington Catholic to the band shell runs from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. and after the concert for $1 each way. Free parking in the park (though limited).

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Celebrate the Accomplishments of 10 Historic Women on June 12

MISC_10__Women logo(Cincinnati, OH) On June 12, the 10 ___ Women project will celebrate 10 historic women in Cincinnati at a public event hosted by the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, 2950 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206. The visitors are invited to experience the lives of 10 women who had an impact on Cincinnati through informational displays, storytelling, and art.

The first “class” of 10 women was selected through input from the community to represent a wide breadth of women and their accomplishments. 10 ___ Women is produced by Kristin and Jeff Suess as recipients of a 2019 People’s Liberty Project Grant. The blank in the name 10 ___ Women is a space for a descriptive identifier, such as “persistent,” “inspiring, “innovative,” and “fierce.”

“Women have often been overlooked or overshadowed in history,” said Kristin Suess. “We want to shine a light on some incredible women who have had an impact on Cincinnati but have been forgotten or mostly unrecognized. And we want to show their relevance to women today.”

10 ___ Women Event
June 12, 2019

Harriet Beecher Stowe House
2950 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206

Doors open 6 PM
Program starts 7 PM

Free and open to the public

The first class includes:
Theda Bara, the first sex symbol of the silent film era; Virginia Coffey, a civil rights advocate who helped desegregate Coney Island; Dorothy Dolbey, the first woman to serve as mayor of Cincinnati; Cora Dow, the entrepreneur of the Dow’s Drugs chain of drugstores; Sarah Fossett, an operative in the Underground Railroad who desegregated the city’s streetcars; Dottie Kamenshek, a champion baseball player of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League; Edna Murphey, the founder of Odorono anti-perspirant who changed advertising; Sister Anthony O’Connell, a nun who worked as a field nurse during the Civil War; Jessie M. Partlon, a pioneering journalist and women’s rights activist; and Venus Ramey, the former Miss America who turned to politics.

Featured visual artists: Marreya Bailey, Jennifer Baldwin, Jo Ann Berger, Laura Darpel, Arielle Goldberg, Brenda Grannan, Natalie Grilli, Cheyenne Hamberg, Ellis McCarthy, Sara Leah Miller, Christine Ochs-Naderer, Hannah Parker, Anissa Pulcheon, Deborah Ridgley, Kate Rowekamp, Nadia Saraiva, and Jamie Schorsch.

Original portrait art will be displayed and available for purchase at the discretion of the artist.

Character interpreters/video actors: Nicole Cornelius, Jacqueline Daaleman, Julie Locker, Dava Lynn, Mary O’Connell, and Rachel Scardina.

Video actors (future release): Burgess Byrd, Blair Godshall, Patty Grasty, and Karen Laven.

Guest speakers currently include (subject to change):
Sherry Coolidge, Kathryne Gardette, Lisa Hill, D. Lynn Meyers, Jackie Reau, Mandy Smith, Molly Wellmann, Vanessa White, and Rolanda Wilkerson.

Project also includes the talents of Sydney Cresap, videographer; Alma Flores, makeup artist; and Steph Landry, graphic designer. Logo and brand design by Julia Lipovsky.

Once completed, the digital archives of the project will be available to the public. The information displays will be made available on loan to other area venues.

About 10 ___ Women:
10 ___ Women will be a multi-disciplinary experience that will connect the accomplishments of female trailblazers with our modern Cincinnati identity using the lives and legacies of 10 Cincinnati women. The team behind the 10 ___ Women project is Kristin and Jeff Suess. Kristin Suess is an arts administrator who works to support and encourage artists so that they can thrive creatively and sustainably. Jeff Suess is the librarian for The Cincinnati Enquirer where he writes about Cincinnati history.

For more information on 10 ___ Women, visit and follow @10_women on Instagram.

About People’s Liberty:
People’s Liberty is a philanthropic lab that brings together civic­-minded talent to address challenges and uncover opportunities to accelerate the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati. People’s Liberty invests directly in individuals through funding and mentorship, creating a new, replicable model for grantmakers in other cities. People’s Liberty is powered by the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation.

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AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen | Fri., Oct. 4 | Aronoff Center


Aronoff Center – Procter & Gamble Hall
Friday, October 4, 2019
8:00 PM

Join Cohen and Cooper for an unscripted, uncensored, and unforgettable night of conversation. The late night talk show host and the journalist, longtime friends, interview each other and take questions from the audience. It’s a live, interactive look behind the scenes of pop culture and world events.

Anderson Cooper is the multiple Emmy award-winning CNN anchor and correspondent for CBS’ 60 Minutes.  He has covered most major news events in the US and around the world for the past 23 years, and his memoir, Dispatches from the Edge, topped the New York Times‘ Bestseller list.

Andy Cohen is an Emmy award-winning host and Executive Producer of Watch What Happens:  Live, Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show.  Cohen is also the Executive Producer of the wildly popular Real Housewives series. Cohen has written two New York Times’ Bestsellers: Most Talkative: Stories from the Frontlines of Pop Culture, and The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year.

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