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'No movement too small' is the primary focus for IDEALAB 2017

Leaders from three Midwest organizations will showcase their “movements” at the second annual IDEALAB on Dec. 4. This year’s event will focus on movements — big or small — that serve as springboards for significant, widespread, positive change. 

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Behind the curtain, 'invisible' Music Hall upgrades make a noticeable difference

Post-renovation reviews thus far have focused on highly visible changes to iconic Music Hall. This week, four Cincinnati arts leaders discuss "invisible systems" and behind-the-scenes changes that will do as much (or more) to positively impact production and patron experience.

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From King Records to Shake-It, meet the pros promoting Cincy's musical heritage

Cincinnati has contributed much to modern rock 'n roll as the world knows it, and beloved institutions like Herzog Studios and King Records are in the midst of a revival. Meanwhile, Shake-It Records and a bevy of offbeat venues underpin a current scene that rocks like only the Midwest can.

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Video: Building a better Covington, but first, coffee

Soapbox caps off its 12-story embedded journalism project, On the Ground: Covington, with a community engagement event and screening of a new original short film called "Covington On the Rise."

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Five local gems that rock the Queen City's crown

Yes, it's kind of subjective, but a few things are so quintessentially Cincinnati that, left un-shouted, they tend to blend into our beautiful landscape. Here are a few Soapbox favorites. Spoiler: there will be (some) chili.

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Cincy Sets the Stage: Restored Corbett Tower, historic gem of Cincinnati Music Hall

Take a step back in time with this detailed look at the refurbished Corbett Tower, a historic gem in iconic Cincinnati Music Hall, which reopened this past weekend to much fanfare and excitement.

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Big-budget movies enjoy tax relief, local charm in Cincy's growing film economy

Soapbox sits down with Kristen Schlotman, executive director of the nonprofit Film Cincinnati. Schlotman's team helped bring 10 major motion pictures to the region last year, and she expects that number to keep growing.

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DesignBuildCincy speaker series to feature 'game-changing' ideas from experts and city planners

Join Soapbox editors at DesignBuildCincy on Oct. 28 as we host a fast-paced, immersive, two-hour speaker series featuring presentations from some of Cincinnati's foremost experts in design and city planning.

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Soapdish: 100 columns and a look back at Cincy's diminishing self-esteem problem

In this 100th installment, Soapdish columnist Casey Coston reflects on what’s changed — and what remains “same ol’ Cincinnati” — in our fair city throughout his nine-year tenure.


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Soapbox recommends: A guide to this fall's jam-packed events schedule

Brandemonium. DesignBuildCincy. Startup Week. And, of course, the highly anticipated unveiling of iconic Music Hall post-$135M restoration. These are just a few of the exciting things Greater Cincy has in store in the coming weeks. Check out a roundup of Soapbox's favorite forthcoming events.

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Locally created MeSseD Comics takes readers underground with tough, feminist characters

Jay Kalagayan has been reading comics since he was 8 years old. His latest project, MeSseD, undertaken with illustrator Dylan Speeg, takes an inside look at the underground world of the sewers through the eyes of a female Filipino protagonist.

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Cincy Sets the Stage: Get ready to experience the "new and improved" Music Hall

Iconic Music Hall will reopen to sold-out crowds the first week of October, and visitors are in for a pleasant surprise, with strategic efforts to optimize intimacy, comfort and audio-visual experience.

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DesignBuildCincy is back to shine a light on our best design and architectural talent

The annual DesignBuildCincy architectural and design fair returns Oct. 28 and 29, with events across OTR and an expo connecting more than 100 architects, contractors, fabricators, artisans and everyday design lovers in the dazzlingly renovated Music Hall.

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Cincy Sets the Stage: Amid $135 million renovation, volunteer tours keep Music Hall in view

When Music Hall re-opens this October, following an 18-month, $135 million renovation, visitors will experience a noticeable step up in programming and the icon's public-facing persona. Meet the docents and tour guides putting its best face forward.

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It takes a village: Westwood's fun-focused redevelopment

In Westwood, people of every background are working together for positive redevelopment that blends new and old, with plenty of space for community gathering and fun.
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