5 Reasons to Discover the New Curb’d Parklets in Covington

5 Reasons to Discover the New Curb'd Parklets in Covington

My son and I were happy to discover the new Curb’d parklets while on an adventure in Covington. These mini parks temporarily take up one parking space and redefine what could exist in the dimensions of a single parking space with an incredible range of creativity.

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A visit to the Garden of Hope

 

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Tucked away across the river from Cincinnati, on top of a hill that is cut by interstate 75 in Northern Kentucky, is a hidden gem of hope.

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Why I now crave brussels sprouts all the time and I don’t like vegetables

Why I now crave brussels sprouts all the time and I don't like vegetables

I’ve never been great at eating my vegetables. Honestly, I’m pretty bad at it. One of the first times that I received a big punishment as a little kid was for lying about eating my green beans so that I could eat dessert. I might have thrown them away in the trash can instead and got caught. Not much has changed. Dessert over veggies any day! That’s where Wunderbar comes in.

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I’ve found a solution to my lack of veggie love that now has me craving them…..at least craving Brussels Sprouts. During a night out with a friend, I tried the Brussels Sprouts at Wunderbar. Game Changer!

Brussels sprouts at Wunderbar in Covington

Wunderbar meal

I don’t even care if they aren’t technically considered healthy because whatever they do to the Brussels Sprouts, makes me crave vegetables.

Bacon and Brie

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During my visit I tried my Brussels Sprouts with a bacon and brie sandwich on pretzel bread. Amazing!

Bacon and brie and Wunderbar

To give you an idea of how much I loved my meal, I brought my family back to Wunderbar the next day. That’s right, I ate the same exact meal from Wunderbar twice in 24 hours because I enjoyed it that much! I’m also considering ordering the Brussels Sprouts to go as an alternative to fast food. A side of Brussel Sprouts from Wunderbar is just as inexpensive as fast food but WAY better!

Brussels Sprouts at Wunderbar

Wunderbar also offers lots of other German foods including giant pretzels and a great variety of sausages. I once again ordered the Bacon and Brie sandwich and my family members ordered a Giant Pretzel with cheese, Pork Schnitzel Sandwich and a Bacon and Cheese Wunderbuger. The burgers here are HUGE!

Wunderbar bacon and brie

Giant pretzel Wunderbar

Park Schnitzel Meal at Wunderbar

Pork schnitzel

Wunderburger

You order your food at the bar and depending on when you visit, you might catch some live music.The bar isn’t large but it’s big on taste.

Inside Wunderbar

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You can find out more about Wunderbar from their website and facebook page.

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Wunderbar is located at 1132 Lee St, Covington, KY 41011

 

Why you need to go inside the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington

Why you need to go inside the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington

The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, Kentucky is one of only 35 minor basilicas in the United States. We used to drive by this church to pick up sandwiches for my grandparents from the White Castle located across the street when I was growing up. They lived a few blocks down the street and I don’t think I ever appreciated the beauty of this church or how special those times of eating sandwiches with my grandparents were until I was an adult.

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The cathedral started construction in 1894 and ended in 1915 incomplete. The exterior of the cathedral is modeled after the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and the interior was modeled after the Abby Church of St. Denis in France. The Cathedral is constructed in a Gothic Revival Style Architecture with incredible arches and 26 gargoyles that were carved in Italy that help divert rainwater away from the cathedral. The 82 hand poured stained glass windows in the cathedral are absolutely stunning!

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I remember going to a wedding inside the cathedral as a child, but it was incredible to experience the beauty of the cathedral as an adult.

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Visitors to the cathedral can take a self guided tour. There are free brochures available in multiple languages with more information located by the North side entrance. If you have a larger group, you can arrange for a Docent led tour for a small fee. The one hour tour requires at least two weeks notice and can be arranged by calling the Parish Office 859-431-2060. 

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During your visit, be on the lookout for the pipe organs and the mosiac tiles on the wall. The views inside the church are really worth stopping to visit for. I can’t believe I spent so many years driving by such an incredible work of architectural art!

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I’m not Catholic but my husband and I attended a midnight mass this past Christmas Eve that was so beautiful. I enjoyed experiencing the midnight mass tradition that I was previously unfamiliar with.

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You can find out more about the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption from their website. 

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The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption is located at 1101 Madison Ave. Covington, KY 41011

KungFood Chu’s AmerAsia in Covington

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AmerAsia was added to my food bucket list after a few suggestions from several of my foodie friends who are bloggers. Cincy Whimsy told me that it was one of her favs and she has a great track record for recommendations.

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“The Sound of Music” at The Carnegie

Are you a Sound of Music fan?

The Sound of Music was one of my favorite musicals as a child and it still holds a special place in my heart today. I still know all of the songs and might be known to sing them off key from time to time.

 

Nestled in the majestic hills of Austria, under the looming shadow of Nazi Germany, free-spirited Maria leaves the abbey to serve as nanny to the motherless children of the austere Captain von Trapp. With music and boundless love, Maria restores joy to the children’s home and finds unexpected feelings for their father, whose heart has rekindled with “the sound of music.”

 

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The audience gets to enjoy the beautiful music played by The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra accompanied by the incredible voices of the cast. A few days after the show, my 11 year old son was still talking about how great their voices were.

 

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We really enjoyed the play and you still have time to enjoy it too!

 

 

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Rodgers & Hammertstein musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC,

playing weekends January 17 – 26, 2014

at The Carnegie in Covington, KY

 

 

 

SOUND OF MUSIC at The Carnegie_Photo Credit Matt Steffen

 

THE SOUND OF MUSIC will include eight performances over two weekends:

Friday, January 17, 7:30pm

Saturday, January 18, 2pm

Saturday, January 18, 7:30pm

Sunday, January 19, 3pm

Friday, January 24, 7:30pm

Saturday, January 25, 2pm

Saturday, January 25, 7:30pm

Sunday, January 26, 3pm

 

Single Ticket Pricing

 

$28 Adults

$25 Carnegie and Enjoy The Arts Members

$23 Groups of 8 or More

$19 Students

$16 Family Tickets (Groups of four or more with at least two children)

 

 

Ticketing

Tickets to The Carnegie and Kentucky Symphony Orchestra production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC are $19 – $28 and may be purchased online at or by calling The Carnegie Box Office at (859) 957-1940 (open Tu – Fr, noon – 5pm).

 

**Photo credit – Matt Steffen

 

Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

The Carnegie is located at 1028 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY 41011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art of Hair at The Carnegie

I’m really excited to share a few images from the Art of Hair event at the Carnegie. Last year, I attended the Art of Food event and LOVED it so I knew that this event would be great too! (You can read more and see the incredible dresses from Art of Food here.)

 

Art of Hair at The Carnegie

 

Here is a a description of the event from the organizers.

The Art of Hair, presented by Wella Professionals, is an exciting one-day event celebrating the high-profile world of hair. Enjoy a high-energy runway show in The Carnegie’s Otto M. Budig Theatre featuring unique, avant-garde hairstyles created by stylists from top salons from across the Tri-State.

The show began with an incredible display of balance and flexibility with a cirque style routine.

 

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The Runway Show was a diverse display of creative hair and costumes.

 

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Art of Hair at The Carnegie

 

Art of Hair at The Carnegie

 

Art of Hair at The Carnegie

 

 

Art of Hair at The Carnegie

 

 

Art of Hair at The Carnegie

 

 

 

The over the top hairstyles were my favorite because they were so unique.  Check out this top hat made of HAIR!

 

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Art of Hair at The Carnegie

 

These crowns of hair were so creative!

 

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Art of Hair at The Carnegie

 

 

Art of Hair at The Carnegie

 

The hairstyles of the three women below in simple dresses were really pretty and I would actually try those in real life.

 

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The show also displayed several different looks for men. Here is a sample of a few of them.

 

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Art of Hair at The Carnegie

 

Look closely for his handle bar belt.

 

Art of Hair at The Carnegie

 

Make sure you’re on the lookout for this event next year!

 

Art of Hair at The Carnegie

 

Art of Hair at The Carnegie

 

Art of Hair at The Carnegie

 

Art of Hair at The Carnegie

 

Art of Hair at The Carnegie

 

Art of Hair at The Carnegie

 

The Carnegie is located at 1028 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY 41011

 

Art of Hair at The Carnegie

 

 

Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

Boeing Boeing at The Carnegie

Do you need a night out? Has it been a while since you laughed out loud?

I joined my friend Gina for a fun girls night out to see the play BOEING BOEING and it was the perfect play to see after a stressful week.

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I’ve been to the Carnegie for a few events in the past ( one of my favs was “The Art of Food”) and I love checking out the art on display in the galleries. My friend and I took a few minutes prior to the show to look at a few of the latest exhibits.

Did you know that you can visit the gallery for FREE???? You can the gallery is open from Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturdays during exhibitions from Noon – 3pm.

 

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The Carnegie Covington Kentucky

 

 

The Carnegie building is also a work of art. It was originally constructed as a library in 1902 and there is incredible architecture at every angle.

 

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The Carnegie Covington Kentucky

 

So back to the play…

 

I honestly didn’t know what to expect because I was not familiar with the play. I was told that it was a lot of fun and it really exceeded my expectations! It was so much fun to watch!

 

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The play is set in the 60’s and follows the chaos that is created with faster flights from a new type of airplane. These faster flights directly impact a man engaged to three different flight attendants, who each work for different airlines.

 

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Bernard is engaged to Gloria. And to Gabriella. And to Gretchen. Three beautiful flight attendants kept secret from each other only by Bernard’s precise timetables of flights in and out of Paris. But when Boeing invents a faster engine, Bernard’s three foxy fiancées converge on his flat at the same time, igniting a mad dash of hidden women and nick-of-time maneuvers as Bernard tries desperately to save his perfect bachelor fantasy. Throw in a surprise visit by Bernard’s amorous old school chum, Robert, and Berthe, the reluctant housekeeper, and the New York Times writes that BOEING BOEING “soars right out of its time zone and into some unpolluted stratosphere of classic physical comedy.”

 

 

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Each of the cast members did a great job showing the unique personalities of each character. The accents used by each of the fiances really helped the audience understand the clashing of cultures and the qualities that Bernard admired in each of his fiances. All of them being really pretty didn’t hurt either.

 

 

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My two favorite characters were Robert (Bernard’s old friend from high school) played by Shaun Sutton and Bertha ( the housekeeper) played by Hannah Halvorson. In my opinion, they stole the show.

 

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They had great comedic timing and really livened up each scene they were in.

 

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The scenes kept on getting funnier as the coverups got more complicated.

 

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You still have time to catch a performance of BOEING BOEING!

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Friday, November 22, 7:30pm

Saturday, November 23, 7:30pm

Sunday, November 24, 3pm

 

 

Single Ticket Pricing

 

$24 Adults

$22 Carnegie and Enjoy The Arts Members

$19 Groups of 8 or More

$17 Students

 

 

Ticketing

 

Tickets to The Carnegie’s production of BOEING BOEING are $17 – $24 and may be purchased online at www.thecarnegie.com or by calling The Carnegie Box Office at (859) 957-1940 (open Tu – Fr, noon – 5pm).

 

 

The Carnegie is located at 1028 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY 41011.

** All photo credit for images of cast members goes to Mikki Schaffner

Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Buster Keaton’s “The General” at The Carnegie

I’ve never been to a silent film before. Have you?

 Are you looking for a unique experience?

Here it is!

Buster Keaton’s “The General”

A SILENT FILM WITH LIVE MUSIC

Ranked among the greatest films of all time, silent film
screened with live modern underscoring

 

(Covington, KY) A train engineer, a stolen locomotive (“The General”) AND the woman he loves – put these three characters together and you have what has been hailed as one of the greatest films ever made – Buster Keaton’s “The General.”

 

Coming to The Carnegie’s Otto M. Budig Theatre on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30pm, renowned New England silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis provides a live modern underscoring to Buster Keaton’s 1926 classic “The General.” Showcasing the storytelling and comic mastery of the man whom Roger Ebert called “arguably, the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies,” “The General” features Keaton as a lovelorn train engineer trying to foil a devious hijacking plot during the Civil War. The evening includes a post-show meet-n-greet with the accompanist in the Ohio National Financial Services Gallery.

 

Jeff Rapsis’ Original Score

In accompanying silent films, Jeff Rapsis’ technique is to make use of the full range of film scoring vocabulary to help bring the silent movie to life for contemporary audiences. Rapsis improvises his scores in real time, often drawing from original ideas or material he’s created earlier in previewing a film.
“It’s kind of a high-wire act, but a score that’s at least partly improvised lends a freshness and spontaneity to a screening that’s not present when everything’s prepared in advance,” Rapsis says. “If I’m buried in sheet music, it’s hard to respond to the emotional line of a film in real time as it unfolds on the screen. I think it is all part of what makes silent film a unique art unto itself.”

 

One of the Greatest American Movies Of All Time

Directed by, and starring, Buster Keaton, “The General follows Western & Atlantic train engineer, Johnnie Gray (Buster Keaton) at the start of the Civil War. When plans to hijack his train by Union soldiers are revealed, Keaton embarks on a journey to not only save “The General,” but to save and win back his true love, Annabelle Lee. While “The General” was not initially well received by critics when it premiered in 1926, the American Film Institute places “The General“ 18th on its list of the 100 greatest movies of all time.

About Jeff Rapsis

Accompanist Jeff Rapsis developed a fascination with silent film during his teenage years. But it took until middle age for the New Hampshire newspaper publisher to combine his interest in vintage cinema with a lifelong passion for music and begin accompanying silent films in live performance.
Today, Rapsis accompanies about 70 silent film screenings a year in venues ranging from small theaters in his home base of northern New England to prestigious events such as the Kansas Silent Film Festival, where he contributes live music each year. Rapsis, who often speaks and writes about silent film and accompaniment, maintains a Web site about his work at www.jeffrapsis.com.

 

Ticketing

Tickets for Buster Keaton’s “The General” – A Silent Film with Live Music are $19; $16 for Carnegie Members, WVXU Perks and Enjoy the Arts Members and students.

Tickets can be purchased through The Carnegie Box Office, open Tuesday through Friday noon – 5pm, in person or by phone at (859) 957-1940. Tickets are also available online at www.thecarnegie.com.

 

********I’ve been given (2) pairs of tickets to giveaway for the film on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30.

To Enter

Comment on this post by sharing why you want to see “The General”  (required to enter) by noon on Sunday, April 28th.

 

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