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Cincinnati makes list of trend destinations for 2018

Cincinnati is once again featured as a top travel destination for travelers looking for must-visit vacation spots. This time American Express Essentials picked Cincinnati as part of the 2018 Trend Destination Hotlist.

AmEx's trusted network of travel bloggers selected the Queen City for its mixture of historic Art Deco architecture mixed with modern structures and a vibrant revitalisation of the downtown area – most notably at The Banks, Smale Riverfront Park, Fountain Square and Over-the-Rhine (OTR).

Read more about Cincinnati's travel-friendly charm here.

Cincy ranks in top 100 best places to live

According to a new ranking from Livability, Cincinnati is one of the top 100 places in which to live in the United States.

Known for its historic architecture and a cost of living nearly 10 percent below the national average, Cincy is home to a number of major companies, including Kroger, Macy’s and Procter & Gamble. It ranks high in the education sector due to the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University, and the Reds and Bengals are huge draws as well.

Locally-owned restaurants all over the city, and festivals like Taste of Cincinnati keep the foodies coming back for more.

Read more about Cincinnati and the other 99 cities on the list here.


Jungle Jim's recognized by Food & Wine as top destination for foodies

In Fairfield and Eastgate, tourism meets grocery shopping at Jungle Jim's International Market. Both locations cover multiple acres and feature everything from fresh produce and seafood to a plethora of spicy salsas and fare from all over the world.

The original location in Eastgate is about 300,000 square feet — you'll find what feels like at least that many different products. Whatever you're looking for, Jungle Jim's has it. If they don't, it probably doesn't exist.

To read more about what Jungle Jim's the place to visit and take the foodie in your life, click here.

What's so attractive about visiting or living in Cincinnati?

Cincinnati's charm is once again getting national attention. The Dallas News highlighted some of the Queen City's most attractive qualities, including the swings at Smale Riverfront Park, Over-the-Rhine's resurrgence, Music Hall's renovation, street murals, art museums and food.

And the best way to get around to see all that Cincinnati has to offer? A Cincy Red Bike or day-long streetcar pass. Both are under $10.

Read more about Cincinnati here.

Lonely Planet and INTO know the Queen City is a hot travel destination

In case you haven't noticed, Cincinnati is getting a lot of love lately. Travel magazines all over the country are starting to realize that the Queen City is a top travel destination, both for domestic and international visitors. This time, Lonely Planet and INTO are giving our beloved city a shoutout.
  • Lonely Planet’s travel experts scoured the country for the 10 underrated, rejuvenated and out-of-this-world spots to visit in 2018. The list includes natural wonders, captivating coastlines and up-and-coming cities — Cincinnati landed at no. 5.

From Lonely Planet's roundup: "Set among steep hills with the bridge-strewn Ohio River swashing its edge, Cincinnati has always been a looker. Now beer, arts and savvy neighborhood development are giving it some swagger."

  • After hours and hours of research, INTO’s world travelers came up with their must-go travel destinations for 2018. Some unexpected places made the list, as well as some popular, well-known destinations worth revisiting this year, including Cincinnati.

"America’s most talked about city in the throes of a beautiful renaissance. Not only can you sip craft and draught cocktails, and taste awarding-winning (and inventive) food in the trending Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, you can see world-class art at the Contemporary Art Center. The most wonderful part, of course, is the out-of-their-way friendly locals who are thrilled to recommend their favorite haunts." — INTO's website

Follow the links to see the full list of destinations from Lonely Planet and INTO.


Cincy lands on NYT's best worldwide bargain destinations list

When travelers are planning out their next destination, Cincinnati might not come to mind, but according to the New York Times, the Queen City is one of the top 10 best bargain cities to visit in the world

We locals already know what makes Cincinnati a desireable place to visit, but the NYT highlights Over-the-Rhine and the Brewing Heritage Trail as some of the must-see and must-do attractions. In 2018, average airfare to Cincinnati is predicted to be about $350, which is down 13 percent from last year.

Bargain destinations abroad include La Paz, Bolivia; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Bergen and Oslo, Norway; Barcelona, Spain; and Melbourne, Australia.

Back in the states, the domestic cities worth visiting and saving a buck: Atlanta, San Antonio, Key West and New Orleans. 

To read more about the best bargain travel destinations, click here.

Local movie-themed bar makes list of top pop culture phenoms of the year

A number of food crazes hit cult-classic status in 2017: unicorn Frappuccinos, sushi burritos and the Whole30 diet. These food trends kept our minds off what was really happening in the world, if only for a moment. Food & Wine rounded up its top 50 food-related trends to go viral on Instagram and make a dent in our wallets last year — and get this, one of them is a bar in Walnut Hills.  

The Video Archive is the secret behind the unassuming wall of DVDs in the storefront's small video rental store. The Quentin Tarantino-themed bar features a cocktail menu inspired by cult-classic films — the Jackie Brown is made with bourbon, elderflower liqueur, blackberry-cucumber puree and salted honey, and the Royale with Cheese is a mix of yellow chartreuse with lemon juice and simple syrup. Owner Jacob Trevino is known for his pop-up bars, and closed out 2017 with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme at The Video Archive.

Check out the other food phenomenons of the year here.

Mystic Timbers coaster named Top 10 amusement park attraction

Kings Island's newest ride, Mystic Timbers, was recently named one of the top 10 new amusement park attractions by USA Today.

The rollercoaster opened in the spring, and features 16 "airtime" hills, an extreme S-turn and a tunnel. The ride reaches speeds of up to 53 mph.

USA Today readers were able to vote for their favorites, and the winners were officially chosen by a panel of amusement park experts.

See the country's other nine top new attractions here.

Two Cincinnati groups get GRAMMY nods

Tune into the 60th annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 28th to see if two Cincinnati groups receive a coveted award in their category.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Louis Langrée, received a nomination for Best Orchestral Performance for the album "Concertos for Orchestra."  

Composer Zhou Tian (pronounced Jo-Tyen) also earned a spot in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category for that same album.
The CSO has been here before — it was previously nominated in the Best Orchestral Performance category but has not taken home that trophy. But they have won Grammys related to production and engineering, most recently for a 2008 release.

The National, a Brooklyn-based, Cincinnati-bred group, also received a nod for its latest release, "Sleep Well Beast" in the Best Alternative Music Album and Best Recording Package categories.

The National also received a nomination in the Best Alternative Music Album category for 2013's "Trouble Will Find Me."

See if your favorite artist is up for a GRAMMY here.

Local anchor gets shoutout on "Live with Kelly and Ryan"

A few weeks ago, Ryan Seacrest talked about his recent visit to Cincinnati on his show, "Live with Kelly and Ryan." Seacrest came to town to meet with advertisers, likely for his radio station, Seacrest Studios, at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. 

While talking about his trip, Seacrest says that he was mistaken for local celebrity Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees. He and Kelly Ripa go on to talk about "Cincinnati royalty," which includes WCPO anchor Ryan Houston and Lachey.

Watch the whole clip.

Fiona: A social media superstar

Fiona the hippo is now a household name, thanks in part to the communications team at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, which kept followers up-to-date on the premature baby hippo's progress through social media.

Her story is everywhere, and fans the world over come to Cincinnati just to catch a glimpse of her bobbing in the water at Hippo Cove.

Fiona's story has inspired a local brewery and T-shirt company; a seven-episode Facebook series; a limted-edition ice cream flavor; countless mentions in national news; and an entire nation. Next year, Thane Maynard, the zoo's director, is releasing a children's book called "Saving Fiona: The Story of the World's Most Famous Baby Hippo," which will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 

“People tell us all the time that Fiona is something everyone can agree on,” says Amy LaBarbara, the zoo’s coordinator for marketing and events. “We have heard from countless people online that Fiona has been uniting the United States. We hear from people going through chemo that tell us she is the only bright spot in their day.”

Read more about our local superstar here.


Carabello Coffee voted best local coffee shop in Kentucky

Buying local is becoming an ever more regular part of daily life. Citizens are looking to buy locally grown produce and locally made goods, and eat and drink at locally owned establishments. Mic.com, with the help of Yelp, rounded up the best local coffee shop in each state, and Newport's own Carabello Coffee came out on top in Kentucky.

The philanthropic craft coffee roaster serves responsibly sourced coffee from the world's leading coffee-producing countries. Justin and Emily Carabello have personal relationships with each farmer, and they donate proceeds directly back to those farmers, and to organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area.

The pair recently expanded their venture, and now have a craft analog coffee bar for true coffee geeks, as well as a cute little cafe where you can sip a hot drink and have a conversation, work or people watch.

Discover the other 49 top local coffee shops in the country here.

BLINK not the only draw in Cincinnati

This October brought BLINK to the Queen City, a free, walkable, light and art festival that spanned from The Banks to Findlay Market and included 60 large-scale installations and projections. Over one million people attended, putting it on the radar of people all over the region, and the country.

While in town for BLINK, travel blog Cool Hunting uncovered a myriad of other can't-miss options in town, including the 21c, Findlay Market, the Contemporary Arts Center, the Cincinnati Arts Museum, the Lucky Cat Museum, Taft's Ale House, brewery tours in Over-the-Rhine, the American Sign Museum, Rhinegeist's new restaurant, Music Hall and drinks at Sundry and Vice.

Click here to read more about Cool Hunting's four days of Cincinnati discovery.


Five local favorites recognized by Food & Wine

Five local spots on both sides of the river were featured in Food & Wine's Cincinnati City Guide.
  • The menu at Carabello Coffee's Analog Coffee Bar has eight different brewing methods on it, and is the place for coffee geeks.
  • Artichoke, located across the street from Findlay Market, is stocked with every cooking gadget you'll ever need.
  • Longfellow is known for its cocktail menu, but there's also a small bites menu that leaves customers wanting more. 
  • Chef Ryan Santos' new restaurant Please is known for its ambitious and tasty dishes.
  • Downtown's 21c is more than just a hotel — it's an art gallery too. 
Read more about Food & Wine's top Cincy stops here.

Cincinnati named the most hipster city in the country

Hipster trends are popping up all over the place: craft coffee, craft beer, local art galleries, etc. Cincinnati has a plethora of all of these, and was recently recognized by Jetsetter.com as the most hipster city in America.

Cincinnati has 19th-century and Art Deco architecture, historic breweries and European-style neighborhoods. But we're also experiencing a cultural revival, with buzzy storefronts, boutique hotels, standout restaurants and hip bars cropping up all over the city. Jetsetter highlighted Over-the-Rhine, which is in the midst of an $80 million revitalization, has cool shops like MiCA 12/V, local art galleries and cafes.

Holtman’s Donuts has taken the city by storm, topping its donuts with maple bacon, cereal or coconut. The Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center is the first freestanding American museum designed by a woman (none other than Zaha Hadid), and it's full of cutting-edge photography, film and performance art; and downtown's 21c Museum Hotel features a free contemporary art gallery, rooftop bar and restaurant.

Read about the other six hipster cities here.

21c Cincinnati named top hotel in Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler

Condé Nast Traveler recently announced its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, recognizing 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati as one of the best in the world. Each of 21c Museum Hotels’ seven properties received high honors, with 21c Cincinnati landing at the no. 5 spot on the Top Hotels in the Midwest list.

Five other 21c Museum Hotels were named as Top Hotels in the South, including 21c Lexington (No. 6), 21c Nashville (No. 15), 21c Louisville (No. 17), 21c Durham (No. 22) and 21c Bentonville (No. 37). The rankings are based on the quality of rooms, service, food and dining, location and overall design.

More than 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record-breaking 7,320 hotels and resorts, 610 cities, 225 islands, 468 cruise ships, 158 airlines and 195 airports.

For more information about the awards, click here.

Music Hall renovations set the stage for NYC's Geffen Hall

The New York Philharmonic's performance space, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, is in desperate need of renovations. But it just scrapped a $500 million gut renovation, unlike Cincinnati's Music Hall, which just underwent a $135 million renovation.

On Oct. 6, Music Hall reopened with much pomp and circumstance. The two-year renovation paid off — patrons are now "closer to the music," as the CSO's Louis Langrée put it.

Read the New York Times' article about how Cincy is leading the way for Geffen Hall's proposed transformation.

You can read our full Cincy Sets the Stage series about Music Hall's renovation here

Dent Schoolhouse lands on Buzzfeed's scariest list

It's almost Halloween, and in honor of that spookiest of holidays, Buzzfeed has rounded up its top 13 scariest haunted houses in the country, and Cincinnati's own Dent Schoolhouse made the list. 

Housed in an old school (opened in 1894), the Dent Schoolhouse plays on that by leading you through the school's dark history, which centers around the tale of Charlie the janitor who killed students. (It's rumored that even without the haunted house, the Dent Schoolhouse is actually haunted.)

If you want to get the pants scared off of you this month, purchase tickets for the Dent Schoolhouse.


BLINK: by the numbers

This past weekend, nearly one million people descended on Over-the-Rhine and downtown for the first ever BLINK Cincinnati. The four-day art and light festival covered 20 city blocks and incorporated local and international talent. 

Here are some of the big numbers:
  • More than 2,500 people participated in Thursday's BLINK Future City Spectacular light parade; about 100,000 people attended the parade
  • Twenty-two projection mappings and 35 light-based art installations were strategically placed from Findlay Market to The Banks
  • Eight new murals were painted by international artists
  • Thirty entertainers performed throughout the weekend on six stages
  • 500 volunteers worked to make BLINK possible
  • More than 100 artists participated in the festival, with 60 from the region
  • About 27,000 rides were taken on the Cincinnati Bell Connector
To see photos from BLINK, search #blinkcincinnati on Instagram.


DAAP connection pays off for UCLA professor

Casey Reas, professor of design media arts at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, has roots in Cincinnati: he's a graduate of UC's DAAP. His DAAP connections have landed him work with The National, an alt-rock band. 

Reas met The National's bassist, Scott Devendorf, and singer Matt Berninger when they were all graphic design students at DAAP — he even played drums for them, once upon a time.

The National just released its seventh album, "Sleep Well Beast," and Reas helped create four music videos for songs on the album. He used an open-source programming language called Processing, which he helped co-create, to make the videos.

Along with music videos, Reas' work has been exhibited in art galleries and projected onto buildings all over the globe.

To read more about Reas' process for creating The National's music videos, click here.

OTR named one of five Great Neighborhoods by the APA

Last week, the American Planning Association named Over-the-Rhine one of five Great Neighborhoods on its annual Great Places in America list. The list marks the kick-off for the APA’s National Community Planning Month celebration.

Like much of the city, OTR has undergone huge changes in the past 15 years, and it's now considered one of Cincinnati’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Planning efforts showcase the historic nature of OTR and will help preserve the neighborhood’s legacy.

As part of the distinction, Mayor John Cranley declared Oct. 4 “Over-the-Rhine ‘Great Neighborhood’ Day” in Cincinnati.

Through continued public-private partnerships and the ongoing support of the community’s residents, developers have been able to restore historic buildings like Memorial Hall, Music Hall and the former St. Paul's Evangelical Church (now home to Taft's Ale House); create community gathering spaces like Washington Park and Ziegler Park; and create new housing options all over OTR.

Along with OTR, APA also recognized Seward in Minneapolis; the Heart of Missoula; Uptown Greenwood, SC; and Pearl in San Antonio.

Click here to read more about APA's Great Places in America. 

Cincinnati is the coolest in the Midwest

We don't need to be told that Cincinnati is a cool place to live, but the website Only in Your State recently rounded up all of the reasons why.

Things that make the Queen City so cool are:

  • The growth in Over-the-Rhine
  • Its growing food scene
  • How it celebrates the arts
  • The craft beer
  • Its efforts to preserve historic landmarks
  • The riverfront views
  • The parks
  • Fiona
  • Its celebrations

To read more, click here.

The numbers don't lie: Cincinnatians know how to have a good time

According to a recent study from WalletHub, Cincinnati is the 13th most fun of the top 150 largest U.S. cities. The study examined 58 key metrics, including the number of fitness centers per capita to movie costs to the average open hours of breweries.

Here's how Cincinnati ranked in a few of these categories:
  • No. 9: Park playgrounds per capita
  • No. 15: Bar accessibility (have you been to Over-the-Rhine lately?)
  • No. 20: Festivals per capita (Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Taste of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic, etc.)
  • No. 22: Restaurants per capita
  • No. 24: Average beer price (about $5 a pint)
  • No. 26: Fitness centers per capita
  • No 33: Number of attractions (Findlay Market, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Reds, Bengals, etc.)
  • No. 40: Parkland acres per capita
  • No. 61: Dance clubs per capita
  • No. 75: Movie costs
The full report is available here

Cincinnati Art Museum to showcase collection of work by Iris van Herpen

In October, Dutch fasion designer Iris van Herpen will bring a touring exhibition of her work to the Cincinnati Art Museum. The show, Transforming Fashion, originated at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands in 2012.

Van Herpen is known for her unique designs and interest in the natural sciences. She uses unexpected materials and 3D printing to create her rare, "strangely gorgeous garments."

Examples of van Herpen's work include a minidress that resembles a stylized skeleton that was 3D-printed with a white synthetic polymer and the “moon dress” of 2013-14: a doughnut-shaped garment whose iridescent black resin surface is textured and cratered.

You can read more about van Herpen here; keep tabs on her upcoming exhibition at the CAM.


Covington named the best small town in Kentucky

Covington was recently named the best small town in the state of Kentucky by Thrillist. 

With a population of just over 40,000, Covington is often referred to as Cincinnati's little sister, but it has a charm and a claim to fame all its own. It has a multitude of local restaurants, whiskey bars and small businesses. It's home to 12 historic districts and more redeveloped buildings than you can count. To top it off, Covington hosts a number of yearly festivals, including the Mainstrasse Oktoberfest.

Click here to read more about the best small towns in the U.S.


NYT spends 36 hours in the Queen City

The New York Times recently spent 36 hours in Cincinnati, and boy, were they impressed.

Highligts include the Contemporary Arts Center, 21C's bar, dinner at Sotto, Cincy Red Bike, the views from the Purple People Bridge, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Findlay Market, the streetcar, beer from Rhinegeist and Taft's Ale House, Salazar, Music Hall, Ensemble Theater, the new Cincinnati Shakespeare Company theater, Sundry and Vice, Revel OTR, Maplewood Kitchen and Bar and the Queen City Underground Tour.

Check out your hometown from the NYT's perspective, and you just might discover something new!

Vote for your favorite Cincinnati attraction for USA Today's top 10

Five Cincinnati attractions are on the short list for USA Today's 10 Best Reader's Choice. The top 10 spots will be chosen by readers via online vote.

The Cincinnati attractions that are up for the award are the Cincinnati Museum Center (which is open during construction), Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Smale Riverfront Park and Spring Grove Cemetery

Cedar Point is currently in the no. 1 spot.

You can vote once per day until noon on Aug. 28. The 10 winning attractions, chosen by your vote, will be announced on Sept. 1.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati lands on September's must-do list

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is undoubtedly the largest Oktoberfest celebration outside of Germany, which earned it a spot on Travel + Leisure's must-do list for September.

The three-day celebration showcases an abundance of German heritage, beer and food. Lederhosen and polka music arrest the senses, and thousands descend on downtown to experience a culture that's still going strong in the area.

Oktoberfest features over 200 different German dishes and steins filled to the brim with traditional German beer. There are also a few can't-miss events over the weekend, including the Running of the Winers, the Beer Stein Race, the Beer Barrel Roll and the World's Largest Chicken Dance.

Check out other September events around the country here

Say goodbye to Cincinnati being just a "fly-over" city

Our beloved Queen City just landed itself among the pages of Southwest Airlines' in-flight monthly, Southwest: The Magazine.

The feature spread shows off everything that we know and love about our city, including its rich beer heritage; locally owned and nationally acclaimed restaurants; the Star Wars costume exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center; its many attractions, including the Reds, the Bengals, Findlay Market, King's Island and the zoo; its rich arts history (P.S. Did you see the first story in our series about Cincinnati's arts heritage?); and the much-anticipated, new design festival, BLINK.

If you're taking a Southwest flight this month, make sure to check out, or access it here.

Travel + Leisure discovers the key places to visit in Cincinnati

Cincinnati is undergoing a renaissance, and it's been named one of the hottest places to visit in the country. Residents know why, but visits are just starting to learn about its history, top-notch bars and restaurants, museums, sports teams and great views.

Travel + Leisure thinks these are the top nine places to visit while in the Queen City: Click here to read more. 

These are the hottest startups in town

Cincinnati is one of the oldest cities in the United States, which means that the foundation of the city, its architecture and many businesses have been around a while. On top of that, the startup scene is booming, with investors, accelerators and incubators that are willing to cultivate these new businesses.

Geektime rounded up the top 10 hottest startups in the city. Some have been around a while — others are brand new or have evolved far beyond the original idea. Click here to read more about these 10 startups.


Cincinnati a shining example for Erie biz group

In December, a group of representatives from the Erie Downtown Development Corp. in Erie, Ohio, visited Cincinnati. The group, dubbed the Cincinnati 8, were impressed with the strides that groups like 3CDC has made in its development efforts in Over-the-Rhine.

Since 2003, 3CDC has used investments of about $220 million to leverage more than $1 billion worth of development in previously blighted areas of downtown and OTR.

The EDDC wants to use the same model that has worked in Cincinnati — new market tax credits and money from the business community to develop and leverage outside investment — in Erie. The EDDC also plans to start in a small, targeted section of the city and work its way outward.

Read more about the EDDC's plans here and here.

People's Liberty continues to make waves

People's Liberty is at the halfway point of its five-year mission. To date, it's funded 50 Cincinnatians to bring innovative ideas to the city — and it still has 50 more projects to fund.

PL has two rounds of applications a year; once projects are chosen, grants are given in three categories: $10,000 art installation grants, $15,000 storefront grants (the grantee sets up shop for six weeks in the Dept. of Doing, PL's first-floor retail space) and two $100,000 Haile Fellowships.

The philanthropic foundation's goal is to fund creative projects that lead to social engagement or change.

Read more about PL in this article from Forbes.

The Video Archive gets visits from two entertainment powerhouses

The Video Archive is getting lots of press lately, including from Bon Appetit and Bravo! The Quentin Tarantino-themed bar is hidden behind a secret door in a small movie store.

Once you enter the bar, you enter the world of Pulp Fiction, where clips from the film play on TVs around the bar, and a wall of Uma Thurmans hang out over the jukebox. The $5 milkshake is a must-have, and just like at the video store, you can order your favorite movie snacks.

The Video Archive also hosts movie nights on its outdoor patio, and the staff of talented bartenders create themed cocktails for the events. 

Read more about The Video Archive here and here.

Star Wars costume exhibit considered must-see of the summer

There's been a ton of local hype around Star Wars and the Power of Costume — and now it's drawing some national attention from Cheapism.com's blog. It was recently included in the site's list of 20 must-see exhibits of the summer.

Visitors to the Cincinnati Museum Center (yes, parts of Union Terminal are open during renovations) get an up-close-and-personal look at over 60 costumes that were used in Star Wars movies. Exhibit highlights include robes worn by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader's suit and breathing mask and Stormtrooper uniforms. 

The exhibit is on display now through Oct. 1; tickets are $24 for adults, $21 for seniors and $16 for kids ages 3-12. Click here for more information.


Queen City tops list of 25 best cities for people under the age of 35

There are many reasons why Cincinnati attracts young professionals: locally owned and operated restaurants, great beer, rich history, affordable housing and a strong job market. According to CNBC, these are just a few of the reasons why the city made it on Growella's list of top 25 cities for people under the age of 35.

Cincinnati came in at no. 16, just ahead of St. Louis.

Cincinnati received an A-, and is considered a great place for millenials because it has the ninth strongest paycheck 17 percent more job openings than the average city.

To decide the top 25 cities, Growella, which is based right here in Cincinnati, looked at these criteria: 
  1. How many entry-level jobs are available in the city? (7.5 percent of score)
  2. How much time is spent commuting in the city? (7.5 percent of score)
  3. What's the public transportation situation like in the city? (10 percent of score)
  4. How many other young people live there? (15 percent of score)
  5. What's the after-work and weekend scene like in the city? (10 percent of score)
  6. How far does a paycheck get you in the city? (50 percent of score)
Cities that scored 90+ received an A.

Check out the other 24 cities.


International movie filmed locally at center stage at Cannes Film Festival

"The Killing of a Sacred Deer," which was filmed in Cincinnati last year and stars Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, is being screened at the Cannes Film Festival this week.

The film is in the running for the festival's most prestigious award, the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm), along with 19 other films.

Cannes began on May 15 and runs until May 28; "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" will be screened on May 22 at the festival. Its anticipated international release date is November.

Read more about the Cannes Film Festival.

Sit back, relax and take a vacation right in your own backyard

A staycation is the perfect way to take a break from it all without leaving the familiarity of a city you already know. Plus, you have the freedom to explore things you might not have the chance to during your busy, everyday life.

Travel site Reward Expert recently published a list on its top 10 best cities for staycations, and Cincinnati made the list.

Reward Expert compared 100 of the largest cities in the U.S. and evaluated them based on 29 data points, which were broken into three categories: recreation, food and entertainment and rest and relaxation.

We already know that Cincinnati has a well-established dining scene (i.e. Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine) and a burgeoning arts scene. But did you know that the Queen City has the most nature parks per capita and the second most public pools per capita?

See the other top 10 cities for staycations here.

People's Liberty grantees featured on national podcast

This week's episode of the popular Plural of You podcast featured two local People's Liberty grantees and authors of The Neighborhood Playbook.

The podcast described Joe Nikol and Kevin Wright as two Cincinnati-based planners who "wrote a field manual...to guide developers and residents alike toward a common development model, which they divided into five steps or 'plays.'”

"What I’ve learned from Kevin and Joe is that community development doesn’t have to be this enormous, out-of-reach process that we sometimes imagine it to be," says the podcast host. "There are certainly caveats, and we have to be willing to let go of our own ideas and compromise sometimes to see them grow. At least we have the steps now to get out and start something new."

Click here for the full-length Plural of You episode.


Hotel Covington named one of the best new hotels in the South

Hotel Covington opened just last fall, but it's already gaining national attention — it was recently named one of the best hotels in the American South by CNN.

In the early 1900s, John Roberts Coppin built Coppin's Department Store (1910-1977) in downtown Covington. City Hall used the building from 1990-2014, when it moved out to make way for Aparium Hotel Group and The Salyers Group to develop their 114-room hotel concept.

The building underwent a $22 million renovation, and also houses a restaurant, Coppin's, that serves up classic American comfort food. The restaurant recently opened a walk-up window for late-night customers.

Check out the other eight hotels that made CNN's list.

Five new must-see attractions coming to Cincy this summer

There are a number of new things coming to Cincinnati this summer, and the Indianapolis Star, via the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network, has rounded up five of those attractions


Travel Maritimes picks the best places to eat, shop and stay in Greater Cincinnati

Travel Maritimes encourages its readers to visit maritime cities, and although Cincinnati isn't on the ocean, it lies along the Ohio River, which eventually flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

The article highlights several reasons to visit, including:
  • The city's brewing history (learned via American Legacy Tours)
  • The eateries and independent shops along Vine Street
  • Hi-Bred vintage clothing store in E. Walnut Hills
  • Downtown's Sotto
  • A stay just across the river at the newly renovated Hotel Covington
Where are your favorite places to eat, shop and stay in Greater Cincinnati?

Cladwell helps consumers buy less and work with what they already own

Cladwell, a locally designed clothing app, aims to help its users create a capsule wardrobe out of timeless pieces, rather than investing in fast-fashion. The app doesn't encourage users to go out and buy something new, but to make new outfits of pieces they already own.

To read more about other startups that are helping consumers buy less and utilize their closets in new ways, click here.


Eater teamed up with Polly Campbell to find the city's best new restaurants

Eater recently hooked up with Cincinnati Enquirer food writer Polly Campbell to get a snapshot of the hottest new restaurants and bars in town.

Her picks are: This is the first time Eater has explored Cincinnati's food and dining scene. 

To read more about Polly's Eater picks, click here.


Art installations like the forthcoming BLINK are popping up all over the world

In an attempt to attract patrons, art museums and festivals are taking the art outside. Temporary photographs and art installations are being projected on the outside of buildings, a trend that Cincinnati is no stranger to.

Lumenocity, a summer light festival, was projected on the Washington Park side of Music Hall, accompanied by music from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. This is the first year Lumenocity isn't happening, but BLINK is taking its place.

In October, large-scale media and interactive art will animate buildings throughout 20 city blocks. Brave Berlin, a local design studio, is overseeing the creation of animated installations for the facades of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Contemporary Arts Center.

To read more about this new trend in art, click here.

Eleven Cincy bars named among the best in Ohio

Eleven Greater Cincinnati breweries, bars and family-friendly hotspots made Cleveland.com's list of the best bars in the state.

Cleveland.com staff looked at the best Yelp reviews to come up with its list of the 50 best watering holes in Ohio. Here are the Cincinnati places that made the list: To see the full list, click here.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center receives award for best exhibition

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center recently received a number of awards from the Ohio Museums Association, including one for best exhibit for the 2016 ENSLAVED: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery.

The museum also received the Gold Award (the top prize) for the visual communication competition for The Rosa Parks Experience campaign, and Jesse Kramer, the museum's creative director, received the 2016 Emerging Professional Award.

ENSLAVED: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery featured images by world-renowned photographer Lisa Kristine that documented the lives of slaves and the freedom they never dreamed possible. The Rosa Parks Experience is the museum’s virtual reality experience that commemorates Rosa Parks’ historic demonstration.

Founded in 1976, the OMA is the leading advocate for connecting and empowering the state's museums and museum professionals through professional development, networking events and advocacy. Each year, OMA’s annual awards program honors outstanding individual and institutional achievements and visual communications.

To find out more about the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and its exhibits, click here.


Foodies agree: Taste of Cincinnati is a must-see this spring

Taste of Cincinnati joins the ranks of state food festivals as one of the top 10 best food festivals to visit this spring, as voted by Jetsetter.

In its 40th year, Taste is held Memorial Day weekend, and is completely free to attend. Unless you're eating or drinking, and you will definitely want to eat your way through over 100 dishes from local food trucks and restaurants. Local restaurant talent is showcased at a number of events throughout the weekend, and 60 bands will be playing on Taste's five stages around downtown.

Planning a trip soon and love food? Check out the other nine festivals that made the list.

Beer, spirits and entrepreneurship breathing life back into OTR

Over-the-Rhine was founded over 150 years ago by German immigrants who loved their beer. Today, beer, spirits and an entrepreneurial spirit are redeveloping the neighborhood, one building at a time.

People like Molly Wellmann and Julia Petiprin, Stuart King and Ryan Rizzo are bringing their own flare to Japp's and Sundry and Vice, respectively. They're taking Cincinnati back to its pre-Prohibition roots and re-introducing residents to what built the city: beer and booze.

Along the way, these entrepreneurs are taking dilapidated buildings and renovating them into bars, breweries, restaurants and eclectic shops that are scattered throughout OTR.

There's a lot to still be done in the neighborhood, but check out how far it's come.

Travel + Leisure plans perfect three-day weekend in Cincinnati

Travel + Leisure lays out three days of must-sees, must-dos and must-eats for tourists in Cincinnati, including exploring spots in downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Northern Kentucky.

During the day, take in art at the Contemporary Arts Center or take a Cincinnati Brewery Tour to see the underground lager tunnels. Hop on the streetcar or rent a Cincy Red Bike to get around and see the sights. Food highlights include dinner at Mita's and Sotto; breakfast at Maplewood Kitchen and Bar; drinks at Taft's Ale House or the 21c rooftop bar; and donuts at Holtman's.

To see the full three-day travel plan, click here.

Newport Aquarium in running for nation's 10 best

The Newport Aquarium has received a number of national accolades in recent years, and was recently nominated as one of USA Today’s “Top 10 Best Aquariums” in the country.

On March 27, a panel of zoo and family travel experts will weigh in to decide where to bestow the honor, and Newport Aquarium is asking visitors and local residents to vote here to help our local aquarium garner a top spot.

Since voting opened, Newport Aquarium has excelled in rankings and currently stands at no. 4 in the nation.

Voters can submit choices once per day until the deadline. Winners will be announced on March 31.

Cast your vote and learn more about aquariums nationwide here.

Cincinnati 4th best midsize city for college basketball fans

It’s time for Cincinnati basketball lovers to don their gear and start getting excited for one of sports’ best-loved traditions.

With March Madness drawing nigh, the personal finance website WalletHub releases its “Best & Worst Cities for College Basketball Fans.” Cincinnati ranked 19th overall and fourth among midsize cities.

Check out these March Madness fun facts to get into the spirit of the season:

  • $7.3M: Annual salary of Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski (He's paid 6X more than Duke's president.), making him the highest paid college basketball coach.    
  • 17X: Difference between the average NBA rookie's salary ($1.99M) and the average value of a college basketball player's tuition, room and board ($120K).    
  • $8.9B: Estimated amount wagered illegally on the 2016 NCAA basketball tournament.    
  • 3.5 million: Extra barrels of American beer are produced each March.    
  • $66M: Tournament's impact on Dayton's economy since 2001.

Click here for WalletHub’s full report.

American Sign Museum's CoSign project expanding to Iowa City

CoSign provided new signs to local businesses in Northside and Covington, and now it's launching nationally. Its first stop: Iowa City.

The program pairs business owners with local artists and professional sign manufacturers to design, create and install new signs for the business' storefronts. CoSign helps create a sense of place, and adds vibrancy to neighborhood business districts.

CoSign launched in Northside in 2012, and crossed the river to Covington in 2014. Iowa City's new signs will be installed and unveiled in August during MidWestOne Bank's "Rock the Chalk" event. 

To read more about why the American Sign Museum chose Iowa City, click here.

Cincinnati one of the top cities in the country for conventions

Each year, Cincinnati plays host to a multitude of conventions: Cavalcade of Customs, Cincinnati Comic Expo, Cincinnati Food and Wine Festival, Cincy Beerfest, FounderCon (2016), HorrorHound Weekend, MLB All-star Weekend (2015) and more. These events are what put Cincinnati at the top of MeetingSource.com's list of cities in the United States to hold a convention in.

One hundred and seventy-six cities that are popular for holding large conventions were ranked across five site selection factors: Affordability, Ease of Access, Safety, Walkability and Promotional Appeal.

Cincinnati joins Austin, Charlotte and Salt Lake City as the best locations to host a medium-sized convention. Fargo, Portland, Silicon Valley and Tacoma, Wash., are great for small conventions, and Las Vegas, Miami, Phoenix and San Francisco topped the large convention category.

For more information regarding MeetingSource's findings, click here.

Astronaut Shane Kimbrough tweets aerial image of Cincinnati

On Saturday, astronaut Shane Kimbrough tweeted an aerial image of Cincinnati from the International Space Station.

You can see more aerial views he's captured on his Twitter page. 

Cincinnati Zoo's preemie hippo Fiona takes first steps

According to Cincinnati Zoo spokesperson Michelle Curley, Baby “Fiona” is eating well and maintaining good activity levels.
On Jan. 24, Fiona was born six weeks prematurely to Bibi, her 17-year-old mother. Fiona is the first Nile hippo born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 75 years.
Staffers are assisting Fiona with feeding, but say they will continue to help her gain strength and eventually nurse on her own. On Sunday, she took her very first steps, which is something baby hippos should be able to do shortly after birth.
Read the full story, watch the video and link to the Zoo’s website for updates here.

21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati tops the list of Ohio's best hotels

U.S. News & World Report ranked the state's top hotels, based on awards, expert recommendations and user ratings. Downtown's 21c Museum Hotel topped the list.

Open since 2012, 21c is home to a free, 24-hour contemporary art gallery and Metropole restaurant (named in honor of the Metropole Hotel that used to be located at the site) and a rooftop bar. The Cincinnati hotel is just one of seven 21c hotels in the country — others are located in Bentonville, Ark., Durham, NC, Lexington, Louisville, Oklahoma City and Nashville.

The 21c came in at no. 1 on USN's list of Best Ohio Hotels, with three other Cincinnati hotels — the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, The Cincinnatian and The Westin — making the top 10.

See the list of Ohio's top 15 best hotels here.


Landor's recent rebranding of City of Covington receives national attention

Japanese publication, +81, released its third-ever branding edition in December. It focused on the appealing visual design of logos, signs, packaging, shopping bags, print media, websites, smaller galleries, shops, hotels, restaurants, cafes, web media and other local businesses.

It even showcased the city-wide rebranding of the City of Covington, which was done by local design firm Landor.

See the Q&A with Landor's creative director, Joe Napier, which is shared here. See the roundup of +81's branding favorites here.

Emilio Estevez to film ensemble political dramedy in Cincinnati

Cincinnati will once again play host to a major motion picture — this time it's a socially conscious ensemble dramedy called the public, directed by local favorite Emilio Estevez.
The plot is based on an Occupy-style sit-in that escalates to a standoff between police and Cincinnati Public Library officials during a life-threatening cold snap.
The film is currently in pre-production, with initial photography slated to begin earlier this month.

Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Gabrielle Union, Jena Malone and musician Che “Rhymefest” Smith have signed on to co-star.

Read more about the movie here.


Brewery Heritage Trail named one of the best things coming in 2017

Thrillist rounded up the 15 coolest projects coming to U.S. cities in 2017, including the Brewing Heritage Trail in Over-the-Rhine, which recently received $300,000 in state and local funds. The trail will highlight the neighborhood's long and storied brewing history by taking people into the bellies of old breweries.

To take a tour, you will download an app that will take you on a 2.3-mile trek through OTR, Pendleton and downtown. Beer barons and brewery workers will narrate the tour and provide historical anecdotes along the way.

To see the other 14 projects, click here.

Cincinnati and Covington both make Travel + Leisure's list of best places to travel

Travel + Leisure recently named its top 50 travel destinations in the world, and Cincinnati and Covington both made the list because of the investment made by developers and the community to reinvigorate the region.

Cincinnati's must-see destinations include Over-the-Rhine and Union Terminal, and reasons to visit in the near future include Music Hall and Ziegler Park, both after renovations are completed, of course.

Locations in Covington include the newly opened Hotel Covington, which is in a former department store.

See the full list of destinations here.

Cincinnati Library wins national innovator award

The Urban Libraries Council named the the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County one of the top innovators of 2016 for a new collections program. 

Readers select their favorite authors on the library website and every time an item becomes available by an author a hold is automatically placed in the reader's preferred format so readers never miss a release by a favorite author. So far 1752 people have subscribed to Hot Tickets and 12,780 to Hot Authors.

The Urban Libraries Council Innovations Initiative recognizes library members' innovations in 10 categories that demonstrate the value and impact of public library service in the 21st century. Cincinnati won the category of innovations in the curation and/or creation of print and digital content; approaches for measuring use of collections.

The 2016 Urban Libraries Council Innovations Initiative showcases programs that provide lifelong learning opportunities, meet the unique needs of diverse audiences, leverage technology to connect people with each other and vital resources, and address community issues. The website houses more than 1,200 leading practices that reflect library missions, strategies, achievements, and community contributions. Read more at the Urban Libraries Council.

Renaissance Covington named Great American Main Street Award semi-finalist

Last year, Renaissance Covington was named as "One to Watch" by Main Street America, and now it's a semi-finalist for a Great American Main Street Award.

Since its inception in 2003, Renaissance Covington has created 790 new jobs, and about 150 new businesses have opened in the downtown Covington. While maintaining a strong commitment to the Main Street Approach, the organization has implemented creative and fun solutions to downtown revitalization challenges, including pop-up shops, a temporary “parklet” initiative and annual arts festival.

See the other semi-finalists for the Great American Main Street Awards here.

The Overlook Lodge named one of the best bars in the country

The Overlook Lodge was recently name one of the 50 best bars in the country by Playboy. Voting is now closed, but the Top 10 winners will be announced in the magazine's November issue. 

The bar is themed after the hotel in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, with axes and stag antlers adorning the walls. And the cocktail menu features drinks like Writer's Block, which is bourbon and apple-berry sweet tea, and the Summer Caretaker —  rum, lemon, habanero, peach bitters and prickly pear soda. There's even a snack menu, featuring different homemade trail mixes.

Read the full story here.

Walk through Findlay Market reveals 40 vendors & restaurants

Findlay Market is getting lots of attention this summer as new developments crop up around it and the streetcar opening looms near. USA Today recently named it one of the top U.S. food markets.

USA Today now has compiled a virtual "tour" of Findlay Market, complete with photos of vendors, merchants and restaurants. If you can't make it to the market, this tour is for you.

Take the full virtual tour here.

Cincinnati named one of top cities for beer

Real estate blog Redfin and the Beer Institute recently named Cincinnati as one of the top 15 beer cities in the country. It was ranked #14 on the list, just above San Francisco. Pittsburgh was ranked #1, followed by Buffalo, N.Y.; Milwaukee; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Philadelphia.

Cities were ranked based on five criteria: the number of breweries in the state per every 100,000 adults age 21-plus; the number of active breweries in each state; state beer taxes; the median home sale price; and the city's Walk Score — also known as "Don't drink and drive."

Read the full story here.

Findlay Market named among nation's top historic food markets

Findlay Market was recently named one of the top food markets in the country by USA Today. Opened in 1855, Findlay Market is the oldest continuously operating market in the United States.

The market has a plethora of indoor vendors as well as farmers market stands set up outside on the weekends. Model Group is currently developing retail space and apartments around the market, with new businesses expected to open in these spaces.

You can find out more about Findlay Market, and others like it, here.

Artichoke OTR rated one of the 10 great U.S. cookware shops

The Food Network website is featuring Artichoke among the 10 great cookware shops in the U.S. in a listicle titled "Where Cooks Shop." The Over-the-Rhine store opened a few months ago just north of Findlay Market on Elm Street.

Andrea Strong highlights "finds for your kitchen at these cook-approved spots around the country," which include independently-owned shops in Brooklyn, Chicago and Philadelphia in addition to Artichoke.

Read the full Food Network list here.

How Cincinnati salvaged the nation's most dangerous neighborhood

Politico Magazine presents an exhaustive, well-researched overview of how the City of Cincinnati and 3CDC "salvaged" Over-the-Rhine, tracing the neighborhood's political battles since the 1930s and putting today's renaissance into historical context.

"It's a transformation that's happened in a blink of an eye, turning a neighborhood that in 2009 topped Compton in Los Angeles for the 'most dangerous' title into something that looks and feels like Greenwich Village," writes Politico Contributing Editor Colin Woodward. "And it didn't happen by accident. Virtually everything that’s occurred in Over-the-Rhine — from the placement of the trees in the park to the curation of ground floor businesses — has been meticulously planned and engineered by a single, corporate-funded and decidedly non-governmental entity."
That would be 3CDC, and Woodward retraces how then-Mayor Charlie Luken and then-Procter & Gamble CEO A.G. Lafley cooked up the idea for such an organization in the wake of the 2001 civil unrest. He also does a good job explaining how 3CDC went about accumulating OTR buildings, how it's developing Vine Street block by block and why so many neighborhood residents feel left out of the comeback.

It's a well-written story with excellent photography and meticulous detail on German immigrants, the "OTR naming" story, population shifts, Buddy Gray, Jim Tarbell, The Brandery, the Brewery District and much more.

Read the full Politico story here.

Food tours are a delicious way to explore Cincinnati

A new Travel Diary post on the family travel website Taking the Kids explores Over-the-Rhine via a day with Cincinnati Food Tours.

"I recently visited Cincinnati and instantly liked its welcoming vibe," Allison Tibaldi writes. "It is proud of its traditions, but not bound by them. Locals are passionately supportive of their beloved Cincinnati Reds and Bengals, but a thriving contemporary art scene is equally embraced. Nowhere is this yin and yang of tradition and innovation more apparent than in the culinary arena. While this city gets its share of recognition for down-home Cincinnati-style chili, cutting-edge chefs are flocking here like bees to honey."

Tibaldi visited Findlay Market, "a vibrant living landmark and essential community institution," and then joined Cincinnati Food Tours to check out Salazar's, Taft's Ale House and Holtman's Donuts.

Read the full Taking the Kids post here.

Avondale program shows how the arts contribute to creating more equitable places

Local arts leader Margy Waller has published a report about her painting project in Avondale on Americans for the Arts' ArtsBlog. It's her fifth blog post in 2016 related to her involvement with the organization's New Community Visions Initiative, a two-year effort to explore the role of community-based arts enabling organizations, funders, cultural institutions and artists in shaping the future of local arts in the U.S.

Waller's new blog post asks how the arts can contribute to creating more equitable places and offers her Avondale experience as an example of success.

"Leaders at two of the area hospitals seem to recognize the damage done to the neighborhood (by large institutions replacing homes with office buildings and parking lots) and are looking for ways to connect with residents, bridging and bonding with the community, creating a stronger place for all," she writes. "These leaders called for a partner to create an experience, having in mind something like the ArtWalks — community inspired and co-created crosswalk murals — we’ve created in other neighborhoods."

The resulting painting project at Gabriel's Place, Waller says, "might seem a small thing. But, no. Co-creating the art is a major happiness element, enhancing quality of life and connecting the neighborhood residents to people working at the encroaching institutions. Recognizing the damage done, the racist and privileged actions over decades, is large."

Read Margy Waller's full blog post here.

Playhouse featured in New York Times story about marketing provocative shows

The New York Times is taking the temperature of regional theaters across the U.S. to see how they're marketing Sex With Strangers, a popular play about a relationship between a female novelist and a younger male blogger.

“Since it had its premiere in 2011 at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, Sex With Strangers has become one of the most produced plays in the country,” Erik Piepenburg writes, “helped by strong reviews ... a small cast and a provocative title.”

Piepenburg explains that theaters have taken usually one of two routes to promote it: with either a G-rated illustration or an R-leaning photograph, usually of the two actors. He surveys six regional theaters, including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, to see which direction their marketing took and what response they got. The Playhouse opened its current Shelterhouse season with the show Sept. 26-Oct. 25.

Read the full New York Times story here.

Covington the most underrated place in Kentucky, says Thrillist ranking

Food/drink/travel website Thrillist has published another one of its "best/worst things in all 50 states list," this time identifying the most underrated place in each state. The city of Covington gets the honor for Kentucky: "This one-time downtrodden river town has become a hipster enclave," Thrillist declares.

The list's introduction says Thrillist asked the experts to help compile its list, "from our knowledgeable local writers and editors, to the state tourism boards and visitors bureaus, to our high school friends who never moved away."

Covington is noted for its "stunning views of America’s 10th-best skyline (Cincinnati!);" for "two of America’s best bourbon bars," Wiseguy and the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar; for numerous historic districts; for the Cathedral Basilica, "a one-third replica of the cathedral at Notre Dame;" and for the Roebling Suspension Bridge, "the inspiration for that, you know, lesser-known bridge in Brooklyn."

Ohio's most underrated place is Cedar Point, and Indiana's is the Indianapolis Zoo.

Read the full Thrillist list here.

Preservation Magazine sees how Covington's Shotgun Row fosters a sense of community

Preservation Magazine's Spring issue includes a glowing feature story on how Covington is bringing back its West Side neighborhood, centered around rehabs of old shotgun homes on Orchard Street.

Soapbox profiled several "neighborhood heroes" in 2015 who helped lead that revitalization effort, particularly around reducing crime. We also covered the Shotgun Row concept as it geared up in 2014 and homes were put on the market in 2015 as work/living spaces for artists.

Preservation Magazine — published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation — interviews Sarah Allan, program director for the nonprofit Center for Great Neighborhoods, about its ongoing efforts to acquire, rehabilitate and sell derelict or seriously dilapidated historic buildings on Covington's West Side, "a working-class enclave across the Ohio River from Cincinnati."

"The Center has completed more than 30 projects in Covington in recent years, but Shotgun Row, for which it received a state historic preservation award, might be its crown jewel," the story says.

"These houses were so far gone, people questioned why we would even want to save them," Allan tells the magazine. "But with this project we were leveraging so much more than just a single building. We basically took the worst block and helped transform it. People look at Shotgun Row now and don’t even see the (individual) houses. It's like its own beautiful entity. It was definitely the most transformative project we've ever done."

Read the full Preservation Magazine story here.

Fodor's Travel explains why Cincinnati is now "a destination for those in the know"

Cincinnati is "stepping up its game and becoming a destination for those in the know," writes David Duran at Fodor's Travel in a post titled "Long Weekend in Cincinnati."

"Neighborhoods are diversifying, bringing more and more locals to the actual city center, which is in turn bringing more restaurants, shops and culture to areas that might have been lacking but were just waiting for a little TLC," Duran continues. "Cincinnati might surprise you, so a weekend away could be all it takes to convince you of how great the city truly is."

His itinerary included Friday night drinks at 21c Museum Hotel and dinner at Sotto; Saturday in Over-the-Rhine, including a walking tour and beer sampling at Rhinegeist, Taft's Ale House and Christian Moerlein; and Sunday at Findlay Market and Washington Park.

Read the full Fodor's Travel story here.


Contemporary Arts Center was one of Zaha Hadid's most striking designs, says New York Times

The New York Times offers a tribute to architect Zaha Hadid, who died March 31 at age 65, by highlighting her seven most striking designs, including the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts downtown.

The former Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp, one of Hadid’s great champions, famously wrote of the new CAC facility in 2003: "Might as well blurt it out: The Rosenthal Center is the most important American building to be completed since the end of the Cold War."

Read the full New York Times story here.

Artfully rebuilding in Covington

The national website of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has a section called "Our Stories" to share examples of successful community-building efforts from its 30-plus offices across the U.S. The local story featured last week was "Rebuilding, Artfully, in Kentucky" and covered the amazing work LISC Cincinnati has done in Covington in partnership with the Center for Great Neighborhoods.

"More and more, community developers are using arts and culture, so integral to the character and identity of a flourishing place, to catalyze neighborhood renewal," national writer Alina Tugend says in her introduction. "In Covington, Ky., this kind of creative placemaking has helped brighten and invigorate communities that have struggled with blight, crime and abandonment, particularly the city’s Westside area. Today, Covington has more welcoming public spaces, affordable homes and new businesses than since its 20th-century heyday as the iron fence capital of the world."

Read the full story on the LISC national website here.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center gets attention in Virgin Atlantic blog

Local arts aficionado Margy Waller continues to spread the gospel of Cincinnati's renaissance worldwide, thanks to her latest feature story on Virgin Atlantic's "Our Places" blog. She focuses here on the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which she says "attracts visitors from all over the world with its celebration of freedom in a stunning space and the sharing of the important stories of the Underground Railroad, right from the banks of the river that was the critical crossing point."

Waller describes Cincinnati as "the place to come for history and architecture of the 19th century," the most important inland city at one point in the U.S. that attracted "the big names of the era came to town to try out their great ideas." John Roebling was one such big name, whose innovative bridge — a model for his better-known Brooklyn Bridge —  leads right to the museum's front door.

The story isn't stuck entirely in the past, though, reminding readers of current nearby attractions like the Reds at Great American Ball Park and Moerlein Lager House and new city-on-the-move amenities like Red Bike and the Cincinnati Streetcar.

Why is Virgin Atlantic sharing news and information about Cincinnati, a city the British airline doesn't fly to? "Connecting you to numerous destinations across the United States and Canada," the website says, "our partnership with Delta makes booking a trip to Cincinnati simple."

Read the full Our Places blog post here.

Cincinnatians featured by Forbes among top "change agents" under age 30

Forbes has released its annual "30 Under 30" list of the 600 brightest young entrepreneurs, breakout talents and change agents in 20 different sectors, from art & style to venture capital to healthcare. A lot of famous faces are included: basketball star Steph Curry, Star Wars actor John Boyega and model Ashley Graham are featured prominently at the top of the home page.

A handful of Cincinnatians made the list, according to Erin Caproni at Cincinnati Business Courier, who studied all 600 names so we don't have to. Two of Mortar's co-founders, Derrick Braziel and William Thomas II, were featured in the Social Entrepreneurs section, while the four Cincinnati natives in Walk the Moon were featured in the Music section.

Last year's "30 Under 30" list included Konrad Billetz, CEO of the Frameri eyeware startup.

Read the full Forbes list here.

Cincinnati's historic neighborhoods are well worth visiting

Sometimes, says a travel article in the Lexington Herald-Leader, we’re just in the mood for a nice getaway — one that doesn’t take too much advance planning and doesn’t put a substantial dent in the bank balance. Writer Patti Nickell suggests that Cincinnati — just a little more than an hour’s drive from Lexington, Ky. — offers great value for a reasonable price.

Nickell runs down a full list of name-brand attractions in Greater Cincinnati (Kings Island, Bengals games, Cincinnati Symphony, Museum Center at Union Terminal, etc.) but says the best surprises to be found here are in the historic neighborhoods. She spends a day each in her two favorites, Mt. Adams and Covington's MainStrasse.

Read the full Lexington Herald-Leader story here.

Fountain Square Christkindlmarkt among top 10 German-style Christmas markets in U.S.

USA Today recently published a roundup of popular Christmas markets in Germany, accompanied by a slideshow of the 10 best German-style holiday markets in the U.S., including the Cincideutsch market on Fountain Square.

"The Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt brings European holiday traditions to Cincinnati, an Ohio River city with a deep German heritage and a huge Oktoberfest," the slideshow says in describing the downtown weekend market.

The fourth annual Christkindlmarkt is run by Cincideutsch, a group of German-speaking residents in Cincinnati who enjoy celebrating their German heritage. The market vendors offer a variety of traditional holiday sweets and European baked goods, Glühwein (hot spiced wine) and other hot beverages, Christian Moerlein beer and handcrafted gifts and seasonal decorations. It's open 4-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 20.

See the full USA Today top 10 list here.

Good times in Cincinnati, A (art) to Z (Zula)

Andrew Davis, managing editor of Chicago's Windy City Times, a newspaper and website serving the LGBTQ community, visited Cincinnati recently as part of its TRAVEL series and came away impressed.

"When I told several people I'd be headed to Cincinnati, Ohio, and neighboring northern Kentucky," Davis wrote in the opening to his report, "I pretty much received a collective shrug as well as comments like, 'You'll probably run out of things to do within a day.' Well, I'm here to tell people near and far that Cincinnati and Kentucky have a LOT to offer — primarily with (courtesy of revitalization) some pretty unique spots that make the area memorable."

Davis' whirlwind visit included Over-the-Rhine, Covington's MainStrasse district ("reminded me of Evanston"), Clifton and Northside ("full of treasures of all types").

Read the full story from Windy City Times here.

Jens Lekman making music more personal and intimate from Cincinnati

Jens Lekman is one of Sweden's best-known musicians and a darling of the indie pop world, writes Stephen Heyman in The New York Times. He has three full-length albums to his name, including 2007's Night Falls Over Kortedala, which made it onto several critics' lists of the last decade's best records.

Heyman runs a Q&A in the Times's International Arts section to explore Lekman's recent push into more intimate and immediate ways of music-making and explains how he was in Cincinnati this fall working on a project called "Ghostwriting" in which he interviewed people about their lives and turned their stories into songs he later released for free on his website.

Lekman performed a few weeks ago at the Woodward Theater in a collaboration with MYCincinnati Youth Orchestra.

Read the full New York Times Q&A here.

Cincinnati among top 20 U.S. cities for freelance graphic designers

The Graphic Design USA website is citing Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers to say there are 259,500 graphic designers in the U.S., with 24 percent self-employed. It then looks at a study by Zen99, a tax company for self-employed workers, to compare which cities provide "the biggest bang for the buck" for self-employed or freelance graphic designers.

Cincinnati is ranked #18 in the study, which explores where graphic designers earn the most, which cities have the highest percentage of self-employed designers and how affordable are living costs, especially health insurance.

The top five cities are Los Angeles; Oakland, Calif.; San Francisco; Portland, Ore.; and Miami.

Read the full Graphic Design USA post here.

ArtWorks murals tell Cincinnati's story "one wall at a time"

The Cleveland Plain Dealer takes a tour of ArtWorks' mural program and comes away impressed.

"To learn the history of Cincinnati, take a walk. Then look around," Susan Glaser writes. "The city's story surrounds you, in full color, on the exteriors of buildings scattered throughout downtown and in dozens of nearby neighborhoods."

Glaser and a Plain Dealer photographer check out some of the Cincinnati's newest and best-known murals, including Ezzard Charles and Henry Holtgrewe, the world's strongest man, in Over-the-Rhine; the fruit stand beside Kroger's headquarters; and the retouched Cincinnatus homage at Vine Street and Central Parkway.

"Every day, thousands of residents and visitors pass by the murals," Galser writes, "and, perhaps, wonder: What is that? How did it get there?"

Read the full Cleveland Plain Dealer story here.

Cincinnati recommended for "weekend getaway" from Chicago

Inside Hook bills itself as "the essential city guide email for adventurous and established men — guys who have limited time, but discerning taste and a thirst for experiences." It focuses on Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and that's where Cincinnati comes in.

In its 4hr. Rule section, the Chicago site offers a guide to Cincinnati as one of "the best destinations that are far away, yet still close to home. ... Stipulated: the perfect travel time for a three-day weekend getaway is four hours."

Inside Hook calls Cincinnati "one of the surprising destinations on the mid-sized-American-city travel circuit ... a city built on Midwestern spirit (and immigrant German muscle) with a slight dose of Southern charm."

Guide highlights include 21c Museum Hotel, Salazar, Eden Park, Rhinegeist, Article Menswear and Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar.

Read the full Inside Hook post here.

UC professors discover possible "gateway to civilizations" in Greece

A grave discovered this spring by Jack Davis and Sharon Stocker, a husband-and-wife team in the University of Cincinnati's Department of Classics, is yielding artifacts that The New York Times says "could be a gateway" to explain the earliest development of Ancient Greek culture.

"Probably not since the 1950s have we found such a rich tomb," James C. Wright, director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, told The Times. "You can count on one hand the number of tombs as wealthy as this one," echoed Thomas M. Brogan, director of the Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete.

The article says Davis and Stocker have been excavating near the Greek coastal city of Pylos for 25 years and were surprised to find such an impressive site basically right under their noses.

"It is indeed mind boggling that we were first," Davis wrote in an email to The Times. "I'm still shaking my head in disbelief. So many walked over it so many times, including our own team."

Read the full New York Times story here.

25 years later: Cincinnati and Mapplethorpe

Cincinnati writer/artist Grace Dobush has a well-researched and well-written story in today's Washington Post about this weekend's activity at the Contemporary Arts Center celebrating the 25th anniversary of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe's infamous Perfect Moment exhibition at the CAC. Events and the symposium continue through tomorrow; see the full schedule here.

Dobush does a nice job reminding readers of the local tumult in 1990, centering around the prosecution of the CAC and its director, Dennis Barrie, and their subsequent acquittal by a Hamilton County jury. She also discusses Cincinnati's slow recovery from the culture wars that created an atmosphere where art could be prosecuted as obscenity.

"When Chris Seelbach became Cincinnati’s first openly gay City Council member in 2011 ... Cincinnati’s score on the Human Rights Council’s Municipal Equality Index, which evaluates cities on support for LGBT populations, was 68," Dobush writes. "As of 2014, it was a perfect 100. And Cincinnati son Jim Obergefell was at the center of the landmark Supreme Court decision this year to legalize gay marriage."

Interviews include Seelbach, CAC Director Raphaela Platow, Source Cincinnati's Julie Calvert, former Mercantile Library Director Albert Pyle and Vice Mayor David Mann. Great job, Grace!

Read the full Washington Post story here.

When art fought the law in Cincinnati and art won

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Contemporary Arts Center's Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition, The Perfect Moment, that resulted in obscenity charges against the CAC and its director, Dennis Barrie, and ultimately their exoneration by a Hamilton County jury. Smithsonian Magazine does a good job recapping the 1990 events and trying to explain how Cincinnati — the arts community and the city in general — has evolved since then.

Writer Alex Palmer interviews Barrie and his lead defense attorney, Lou Sirkin, to provide memories of the 1990 events as well as current CAC Director Raphaela Platow and Curator Steven Matijcio for "what does it mean today" context.
"The case has left a positive legacy for the CAC, and for Barrie, who went on to help defend offensive song lyrics at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum," Palmer writes. "'People see the CAC as a champion of the arts,' says Matijcio. 'We're still always trying to be challenging and topical, to draw on work that's relevant and of the moment.'"

The CAC commemorates the 25th anniversary with a series of programs and exhibitions, starting with a "Mapplethorpe + 25" symposium Oct. 23-24.

Read the full Smithsonian Magazine story here.

Forbes Travel Guide: "4 reasons Cincinnati is on our radar"

Forbes Travel Guide is bragging on Cincinnati in a blog roll that also features guides to "6 resorts for yoga lovers," "20 trips for the adventure of a lifetime" and "3 hotels that loan out jewels and designer bags."

Titled "4 reasons why Cincinnati is on our radar," the unbylined post starts out, "Winston Churchill said, 'Cincinnati is the most beautiful of the inland cities of the union.' We think he was on to something. Nestled amidst a hilly landscape reminiscent of San Francisco lies a revitalized city that’s buzzing with life and is begging to be explored."

The four reasons we're getting noticed? Up-and-coming food scene, beer and bourbon heritage, an explosion of hipness and easy access to luxurious hotels and high-end experiences.

Read the full Forbes Travel Guide story here.

Wired likes local project's use of video games to fight urban decay

Wired magazine took notice of local designer Giacomo Ciminello's use of video game play to help re-invigorate blighted spaces through his People’s Liberty grant project, Spaced Invaders. Soapbox was on hand Aug. 27 for the project's first public display in Walnut Hills.

"I like the idea of just 'spaced invaders' because that is literally what we are doing," Ciminello tells Wired. "We aren't destroying property, we aren't making permanent marks. We are having fun, and opening up people's eyes to possibility. Why is this parking lot here? Empty? … What does this neighborhood or community need and can it be in this space? That's the kind of dialogue we are hoping for."

Read the full Wired story here.

How Hamilton produced "drill rap" star Slim Jesus

Apparently Hamilton is home to an up-and-coming rap star who goes by the name Slim Jesus. The Atlantic's CityLab attempts to find out why a white rapper from small-town Ohio has a video with more than 1.5 million YouTube views (image from the video is above) and close to 16,500 "thumbs-up" as well as more than 7,000 "thumbs-down."

"His song 'Drill Time' has launched him into overnight celebrity status, in no small part to his gunshow spectacle, but also because of the power of social media," Brentin Mock writes. "There are plenty of blogs, listicles, and Reddit threads attempting to explain who Slim Jesus is. However, his hometown of Hamilton — the city where (President George W.) Bush dropped bombs on education and Iraq in the same speech (in 2002) — perhaps most deserves examination to understand how Slim Jesus came to be."

Among "the conditions that created Slim Jesus," Mock focuses on Ohio's vanishing manufacturing sector, which hit Hamilton especially hard, and the state's steady pro-firearms legislative march.

"While gun violence is often associated with black teens, it's not surprising to find such a huge arsenal of guns in the hands of the white, teenaged rapper," he writes. "He's a reflection of his city — which is 84 percent white and 22.9 percent poor — and a reflection of the values of the predominantly white National Rifle Association. Along with Slim Jesus, Ohio also produced Machine Gun Kelly, from Cleveland, a Rust Belt city that has recovered a bit better than Hamilton but is still in an economic rut."

Read the full CityLab story here.

Cincinnati Public Library improves to fifth busiest in U.S.

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County checked out more than 18 million items in 2014, making it the fifth busiest public library system in the U.S., according to a new Public Library Data Service statistical report. In last year’s report (2013 usage data), the Library was the sixth busiest library in the U.S.

The 2015 report is based on survey responses collected from more than 1,800 public libraries in the U.S. and Canada for fiscal year 2014. It's published each year by the Public Library Association, the largest division of the American Library Association.

Read the full Cincinnati Business Courier story here.

NYT Magazine chronicles Cincinnati Reds' long connection to Cuba

The New York Times Magazine has a photo story about the Cincinnati Reds' long connection to Cuban baseball, starting with a 1908 tour of Cuba and the debut of Cuban players on the Reds in 1911. The slide show includes information about Tony Perez, whose statue at Great American Ball Park will be unveiled this weekend, and ends with the team's three current Cubans: Raisel Iglesias, Aroldis Chapman and Brayan Pena.

"The Reds were one of the first National League teams to play in Cuba," the photo story says. "During a 1908 exhibition tour of the island, the Reds were sometimes outmatched by the local talent, and the rest of the baseball world took notice. Over the last century of baseball, the team has had consistent luck developing some of the major league's biggest Cuban stars."

See the New York Times slide show here.

Cincinnati's marketing efforts a "best practices" model for collaboration

Andrew Levine writes about "marketing places" for Forbes, and his most recent article discussed how successful cities find ways for their two main marketing organizations — the convention and visitors bureau and the economic development agency —  to work together to increase investment in the city.

Levine suggests five ways the two marketing organizations should collaborate and uses Cincinnati as one of his "best practices" examples.

"Cincinnati is a good example of collaboration," he writes. "In May 2014, the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau, REDI Cincinnati and half a dozen major arts organizations in the region led a ten-day mission to New York City (titled 'Cincy in NYC'). Amid performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Joyce Theatre, the group connected with meeting planners, site selection consultants, corporate executives, travel/business media and past Cincinnati residents. It was a tour de force for the community."

Read the full Forbes article here.

Lonnie Wheeler's new baseball book focuses on the game's little things

A new baseball book by Cincinnati author Lonnie Wheeler is always something to appreciate. As is a real book review in a newspaper.

Wheeler, former sportswriter for both The Cincinnati Post and The Enquirer, has published Intangiball, subtitled "The Subtle Things That Win Baseball Games." The book was reviewed in The Washington Post last week.

"Baseball writer Lonnie Wheeler isn’t opposed to sabermetrics, the application of sophisticated (and often recondite) statistics to professional baseball," reviewer Dennis Drabelle explains. "But he does object to a habit that stat-hounds sometimes fall into: disregarding the old-fashioned baseball virtues."

Having co-authored books with baseball greats Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, Reggie Jackson and Mike Piazza, Wheeler certainly knows and loves the game's subtle virtues — only he thinks they don't have to be labeled old-fashioned in today's numbers-driven climate.

Read the full Washington Post review here.

All signs point to Cincinnati

American Sign Museum was featured in a travel story in yesterday's Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer, the second time this year the funky Camp Washington museum has received national media coverage.

"For a guy who has spent his life around signs, Tod Swormstedt sure has a difficult name to fit on one," the article says in introducing the local icon. "He's the founder of the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, a celebration of the art of signage, from painted wooden panels to wildly lighted neon extravaganzas."

Writers Larissa and Michael Milne get in the requisite mention of Cincinnati chili at the end, pointing readers/visitors to nearby Camp Washington Chili.

Read the full Philadelphia Inquirer story here.

How Cincinnati nailed the All Star Game

After a solid year of planning and publicity, the 2015 All Star Game has come and gone. What were the main impressions Cincinnati left on the MLB players and officials, the visitors and the media? Will there be any long-term benefits? And what did we residents ultimately get out of the experience?

It'll take months if not years to sort out the benefits, but two things are clear the day after the game: Cincinnati did a masterful job of planning and hosting the All Star Game, and we really lucked out with the weather. Every major outdoor event went off as planned, and even a last-minute replacement headliner for the free concert at Paul Brown Stadium turned lemons into lemonade.

Local organizers were surely dying a thousand deaths during Monday's and Tuesday's storms, but the Cincinnati presented during national TV segments was sunny, balmy and happy.

Here's a roundup of day-after media coverage:

8 ways Cincinnati rocked the All Star Game (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Fans, visitors impressed with Cincinnati's show (WVXU-FM)

All Star players impressed with Cincinnati and events (Local 12)

Cincinnati's All Star festivities a home run for visitors, locals (Business Courier)

9 lessons Cincinnati learned from the All Star Game (WCPO.com)

Alisha Perkins: I was fully prepared to not like Cincinnati, but I kind of fell in love with this place (Huffington Post)

Pete Rose drama plays out on baseball's biggest stage (New York Times)

MLB.com highlights Cincinnati's attractions for All Star Game visitors

Now come the national media stories highlighting Cincinnati's restaurants, bars, arts & culture, museums and general urban renaissance to provide All Star Game visitors with a well-rounded picture of what to expect during their time here. Leading off is Major League Baseball itself, going for a home run overview of Cincinnati attractions along with Skyline, Graeter's and Montgomery Inn ribs.

"Seemingly in a renaissance for progress and development, it feels like the perfect summer for Cincinnati to be hosting the All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile," the MLB.com article opens. "A lot has changed since 1988, when the city last hosted the Midsummer Classic. Cincinnati was known then (and now) for being a baseball town with its own unique style of chili. Today, it has a chance to be recognized for much more."

Read the full MLB.com article here.

Union Terminal the most beautiful place in Ohio

Food/drink/travel website Thrillist has published a list of the most beautiful places in all 50 states, and their choice for Ohio is Union Terminal, home of the Cincinnati Museum Center. It's one of only two buildings highlighted across the U.S., with most of the beauty spots being parks, lakes, mountains, beaches and other natural wonders.

Calling Union Terminal "the greatest cultural advance Cincinnati has given the world since the Ickey Shuffle," Thrillist likes the combination of multiple museums featuring "large-scale models of the city and replicas of ancient caves that you can actually walk through" and "Gilded Age architecture that denotes an old-school rail station."

Read the full Thrillist story and list here.

WSJ highlights Cincinnati Art Museum show in Japanese art roundup

The Wall Street Journal's Arts section reviews historic Japanese art now on display in three museums across the U.S.: Cincinnati Art Museum, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, Calif.

"Whether a black-and-gold lacquer box or the vibrant print of a cresting wave, a samurai’s helmet or a flowing silk kimono, Japanese works are a familiar sight in museums across the U.S. today," writes WSJ art critic Lee Lawrence. "Three shows currently on view provide insights into how this came to be."

Cincinnati Art Museum's "Masterpieces of Japanese Art" exhibition is on display through Aug. 30 in Eden Park.

Read the full Wall Street Journal article here.

Beer and baseball traditions make Cincinnati a "fun Midwest destination"

The New York Daily News has a new travel piece focusing on Cincinnati's beer brewing and baseball traditions, mixed with first-person impressions of riverfront development on both sides of the Ohio, downtown hotel and restaurant options and the renaissance in Over-the-Rhine.

"To a degree Cincinnati can't help but channel its past," J.P. Hoornstra writes. "The centralized downtown neighborhood known as Over-the-Rhine claims to be the largest urban historic district in the country, densely packed with 19th-century brick buildings built in the Italianate style. The neighborhood shows its age but is also increasingly livable, walkable and shop-able.

"Shopping in historic buildings is fun, but not always the substance of a vacation. What sets Cincinnati apart is how it's rallied around its baseball, beer and old buildings, creating a unique urban Midwest destination."

Read the full New York Daily News story here.

Fodor's ranks Cincinnati Zoo in top 10 U.S. zoos

Fodor's, one of the best-known names in travel guides, has published its list of the 10 best U.S. zoos and included Cincinnati Zoo.

"These ten zoos deliver local wildlife experiences where endangered species are nurtured, ferocious predators are kept within feet of the public, and a renaissance of education in conservation and science is incorporated throughout, promising fun for the whole family," the list's introduction says.

Cincinnati Zoo is praised for its animal demonstrations and talks; choice opportunities to feed giraffes and watch elephants bathe and cheetahs run; and for being the nation's second oldest zoo.

"(Cincinnati) zoo has a long history of animal conservation and animal awareness initiatives, including Project Saving Species, a fund that channels money throughout the world to projects dedicated to animal welfare," the story says.

Check out the full list here.

3CDC, CDF awarded $87 million in federal tax credits

Cincinnati's two premier nonprofit economic development organizations, 3CDC and Cincinnati Development Fund (CDF), have received federal New Market Tax Credits totaling more than $87 million, the Business Courier reported June 15. The announcement comes a year after neither received them, a big disappointment that temporarily slowed their respective investment plans.

3CDC, through its Cincinnati New Markets Fund, was awarded $45 million and CDF $42.35 million.

"The tax credits help plug gaps in financing for difficult projects located in areas from which private developers shy away," the Business Courier article says.

Upcoming 3CDC projects that might utilize the tax credits include housing and retail on Race Street and additional food/drink options in Over-the-Rhine as well as Memorial Hall, Music Hall and Ziegler Park renovations. Cincinnati Development Fund likely will invest in additional homeownership projects and could free up additional funds for its new facilities and equipment loan program for nonprofits.

Read the full Business Courier story here.

Memorial Day weekend event recommendations

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer, featuring Taste of Cincinnati returning for the 37th year and lots of neighborhood parades, picnics and ceremonies honoring military veterans. Here's a roundup of local media coverage and recommendations:

Read the official 2015 Taste of Cincinnati event guide here.

The Enquirer's preview of Taste of Cincinnati, including Polly Campbell's recommended dishes, is here.

WCPO.com's preview of Taste of Cincinnati is here.

WVXU-FM has an interview with Taste of Cincinnati Communications Director Rich Walburg and others here.

See CityBeat's "to do" staff picks for weekend activities here.

Rasputin Todd's Enquirer recommendations for weekend things to do are here.

Locally filmed 'Carol' gets rave reviews at Cannes

Todd Haynes' 1950s-era drama Carol, filmed in Cincinnati last year, debuted this past weekend at the Cannes Film Festival in France to outstanding reviews, writes Steve Rosen on today's CityBeat staff blog. He says Cannes critics "called it an instant Oscar contender and the most important high-profile gay drama to come out of American cinema since 2005's Brokeback Mountain."

Carol stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in a story (based on the 1952 novel The Price of Salt) about a socialite who falls in love with a young department-store clerk.

Rosen links to published reviews from Variety ("the most important publication chronicling the entertainment business") and indieWire ("the most influential website for the independent-film industry").

Read the full post here.

Cincinnati Symphony's stability, growth in stark contrast to many other U.S. orchestras

The New York Times took notice of last week's announcements from Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra about its successful fundraising campaign and a new musician contract that will allow it to hire 14 more full-time players over the next four years. Classical music writer Michael Cooper says that the CSO's expansion of the ensemble to 90 members is in stark contrast to many other orchestras around the country, from Philadelphia to Atlanta, that are shedding positions to save money.

"The orchestra world is all too familiar with vicious cycles of mounting deficits, dwindling audiences, difficulty raising money and cuts," Cooper writes. "But at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, things are moving happily in the opposite direction: think crescendo, not diminuendo."

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati one of 10 cities recommended for relocations

The Huffington Post is reporting on new Lincoln Property recommendations for the "Top 10 Cities for Relocation" that considers a city's nightlife, culture, food, weather and rent costs. Cincinnati makes the list, which is arranged in random order and includes Austin, Tex.; Boulder, Colo.; and Philadelphia.

Cincinnati's infographic highlights Oktoberfest, cornhole, the Reds, our signature chili and our location "opposite the mouth of the Licking River."

Read the full article here.

Rare Declaration of Independence copy to be displayed at Museum Center for first time

A rare print of the Declaration of Independence has been in the Cincinnati History Museum's collection for 140 years but will be being displayed in public for the first time at the Cincinnati Museum Center, The New York Times explains in its Arts section.

Known as the Holt Broadside, the document is a version of the Declaration of Independence printed by John Holt in White Plains, N.Y. on July 9, 1776 after New York's provincial congress voted to authorize the declaration. Only three other copies are known to exist.

"The Cincinnati copy originally belonged to Richard Fosdick, a native of New London, Conn., who moved in 1810 to Cincinnati, where he founded the city's first pork-packing business," Times writer William Grimes says. "It is not known how he came by the document or how it made its way to the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio, a predecessor of the Cincinnati History Museum. It languished, cataloged but ignored, until 2010."

The Cincinnati Museum Center issued a press release today about the Holt Broadside, announcing it would be displayed for the first time as part of its exhibition Treasures of Our Military Past, opening May 15. The communication sheds light on where the Holt Broadside has been all this time, perhaps taking exception to the Times' characterization of it "languishing" and being "ignored."

"How the Holt broadside ended up in the Cincinnati History Library and Archives at Cincinnati Museum Center is fairly well documented," the Museum Center says. "On the back of the document is the signature of Richard Fosdick, a native of New London, Connecticut, who brought the document, along with his family, across the mountains and down the Ohio River to settle in Cincinnati in 1810. ... Following his death in 1837, his estate, including the broadside, was divided among his living children. One of his children or grandchildren likely donated the Holt broadside to the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio, the predecessor of the Cincinnati History Library and Archives. ... A handwritten '18801' in red ink indicates that the document has been in the Society's holdings since the 1870s."

Check out the document for yourself starting on May 15.

Read the full New York Times story here.

Cincinnati's street art highlighted in Paste travel story

Writer Karen Gardiner notes that people in-the-know about street art head for Brooklyn, Berlin and Bristol to see work by the best-known artists, but, as she writes in Paste, "there are more and more destinations where you can see work by both artists local to the area and the bigger names." She then lists her 11 favorite "Lesser-Known Cities for Street Art" in a photo gallery — starting off with Cincinnati.

"Much of the street art you will see in Cincinnati are large-scale murals by the local ArtWorks organization," Gardiner writes, although she says several internationally known artists have also "made their mark." She photographed the above work on the outside of the former Mainstay and Societe clubs on Fifth Street to run with her story.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati is #10 best city for college graduates to find work, housing and fun

Cincinnati makes another list of the best U.S. cities, this time from Rent.com.

"Spring is in the air, and for many college seniors this also means it’s graduation season," says the intro to a new study at Rent.com. "Aside from coordinating their cap and gown, college graduates are also faced with many major life decisions, like where they will land a job and what city they want to live in."

By Rent.com's measures, Cincinnati is the 10th best U.S. city for college grads to start out their careers and lives. The top three are Washington, D.C.; Minneapolis-St. Paul; and Denver.

Read the full article here.

Constella Festival is "challenging the misconceptions of classical music"

Cincinnati's annual Constella Festival of Music & Fine Arts is called "the festival that's challenging the misconceptions of classical music" in a preview article published in Huffington Post's Arts & Culture section.

In December Soapbox wrote about founder Tatiana Berman's efforts to expand Constella's reach by employing more digital promotions that "target audiences nationally to come to Cincinnati." This Huffington Post piece will certainly help with her goal.

"Unlike the standard classical music circuit — characterized by what Berman's team describes as the 100 concert a year demanding schedule — Constella seeks to, in essence, maintain the intimacy of classical music, but encourage the experimentation and chance-taking," the article says.

The Constella Festival runs April 8-19 at Memorial Hall, Woodward Theatre, Cincinnati Art Museum, SCPA and several other venues. Get festival details and buy tickets here.

Read the full Huffington Post article here.

MusicNOW featured in New York Times preview of 2015 music festivals

MusicNOW will celebrate its 10th year in March, when The National's Bryce Dessner expands his annual avant garde music festival to three Over-the-Rhine venues: Memorial Hall, Music Hall and the new Woodward Theater. Despite living in New York City, where he formed The National with brother Aaron and three other Cincinnatians, Dessner has kept his festival rooted in his hometown.

New York Times music writer Jon Pareles takes note of MusicNOW's endurance and unique point of view in his feature story on 2015's upcoming festival gauntlet, "Anticipating Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Firefly and More." After previewing the big festivals named in the headline, he says, "A promising development in festival-making, somewhere between the sprawl and the niche, is the growing number often described as 'curated.' ... The curators are often musicians, who tend to delve far beyond their own chosen genres. Musicians listen carefully and widely, and their choices often reveal unexpected foundations and extrapolations of their own aesthetics."

The article has just three photos, including one of MusicNOW from Cincinnatian Keith Klenowski (pictured above).

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati Opera gets national nod in opera guide for beginners

HuffPost Arts & Culture has published what it calls "Your Definitive Guide to Going to the Opera," with tips about which operas to see depending on your tastes in movies, what to wear and what to do at intermission.

"Because opera is not a mainstream form of entertainment, it is often regarded as a pretentious one, something untouchable," the article begins. "However, if you give it a fighting chance, you'll find that opera can be enjoyed by classical musicians and complete newcomers alike — old to young."

The section concludes with a photo slideshow of America's top 14 opera companies, including Cincinnati Opera. Strangely, the photo they use to illustrate Cincinnati Opera is of a solo pianist in an empty Music Hall — the exact opposite of the local company's lavish productions, amazing sets and live orchestra.

Read the full story here.

Louis Langree says "Bonjour, Cincinnati!"

Vanity Fair's February issue includes a quick interview with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Music Director Louis Langree, focusing on his role with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in New York City's Lincoln Center. They do ask him how he's getting used to being in the hinterlands of Cincinnati, far from his French homeland.

"Yes, I’m French," Langree says, noting Cincinnati's collective German heritage, "but I come from Alsace, which is French with some German DNA."

Read the interview here.

Camp Washington Chili dubbed a national "classic"

The Eater website is currently promoting "Classics Week," featuring stories on dozens of iconic dishes and recipes from around the U.S. — including "How Camp Washington's Chili-Topped Spaghetti Became Cincinnati Legend."

Eater Associate Editor Hillary Dixler provides a brief introduction to Cincinnati's spaghetti/chili/cheese signature dish for (likely aghast) readers, including its origin story centered on Greek immigrants. She then has co-owner Maria Papakirk take us on a step-by-step tour of how to correctly build a five-way, with lots of photos.

Eater describes itself as "the source for people who care about dining and drinking in the nation's most important food cities." It's one of a number of online publications owned by Vox Media, which also operates SB Nation, The Verge and Vox.com.

Read the glowing report here.

Bach and Boombox declassifies the classics

Cincinnati-based Bach and Boombox declassifies the classics, mixing the Beastie Boys with Beethoven. Read more.

CCM alumni create thrills and chills in 'Gone Girl' movie

While "Gone Girl" movie audiences were gasping for the last few weekends, two University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music alumni were grinning. Dawn Swiderski (BFA Theatre Design & Production, 1989) was the film’s art director, and actor Cooper Thornton (MFA Dramatic Performance, 1992) played the role of Dr. Benson. Read more.

Check out Cincinnati's new cool

Long known for its industrial past, Cincinnati is getting new life from craft breweries, bold new restaurants and a major neighborhood transformed. Read more.

Know a Theatre: Know Theatre of Cincinnati

Taking a page from The Colbert Report's sporadic Better Know a District Congressional interview feature (but minus the satiric intent), American Theatre has inaugurated a new series to introduce the national theatre audience to a different theatre every other week, starting with Cincinnati's Know Theatre. Read more.

Local violin maker wins silver at international violin competition

Damon Gray, a local violin maker, won a Silver Medal for tone at the Violin Society of America’s International competition in September. Read more.

CraftBeer.com hosts 'Art & Craft: A Tale of Beer and Brushes'

CraftBeer.com hosts the exclusive online premiere of "Art & Craft: A Tale of Beer and Brushes," a video created by LEAPFrame to document Keith Neltner's and Artworks' Brewery District mural. Check out the video.

PAR Projects is building a home for arts education and programming in Cincinnati's Northside

PAR Projects is building a home for arts education and programming in Cincinnati's Northside. Read more.

Style across America: Touching down in Cincinnati

This spring, the editors of Esquire set off on a cross-country journey to discover the best of what the United States has to offer. From style to food and drink and other distinctly American oddities, they scoured this land by car from New York to L.A. Here's a sampling of what they encountered on their journey from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati. 

An architecture-lover's road trip

Some of the best modernist and contemporary buildings in the world are clustered in the Midwest along a route from Cleveland to Chicago, including a stop in Cincinnati. Read more.

It's back! Cincinnati's City Flea returns

There are plenty of reasons why Cincinnati is one of the coolest cities in the country: We've got awesome live music, an incredible foodie scene and pretty fantastic parks. And come this Saturday, the city will once again hold its very own monthly pop-up City Flea. Read more about this year's City Flea from Cincinnati's own Roadtrippers.

Hip Green Scene releases Cincinnati city guide

Hip Green Scene just released its latest city guide: Cincinnati. The Queen City joins the list of other midwestern and southern cities, including Louisville, Asheville and Charleston. Check out the guide.

Cincy ranked second best city to be a writer

Cincinnati ranked No. 2 on MyLife's list of the 10 best cities to be a writer. Find out why.

Architectural Digest features historic $2.7M Covington home for sale

Architectural Digest is featuring Covington's 1815 Federal-style Carneal House, which is updated and on the market for $2.7 million. Read more about this historic residence.

When life throws you Cincinnati, redefine chili

Composer Jennifer Jolley, who earned both her D.M.A. and M.M. at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music discusses her unlikely route from Los Angeles to Cincinnati via Vermont, and why she's glad she landed in the Queen City. Read more.

Ten things you might not know about Cincinnati's Music Hall

Completed in 1878, Cincinnati’s Music Hall is home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. It has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark since 1975. Here are 10 facts you many not know about Music Hall.

In Cincinnati, opening day is always a cause for celebration

In Cincinnati, Opening Day is always a cause for celebration. Read more.

Great American Ball Park makes two Top 10 lists for best craft beer ball parks nationwide

The baseball season is just starting but Great American Ball Park is already getting cheers from craft beer fans nationwide. The ballpark was recently named to two Top 10 lists of the best baseball stadiums for craft beer. Read more.

Nation's longest-running culinary arts festival, Taste of Cincinnati, expands this year

Organizers with Taste of Cincinnati, the nation's longest-running culinary arts festival, today announced that this year's festival will feature more food options than ever before in its 35-year history. Read more.

Two Hollywood starlets to take over Cincy restaurant

Recent Oscar winner Kate Blanchette and Rooney Mara, who are in town shooting the movie "Carol," will take over Maury's Tiny Cove in Cheviot April 1 to film a romantic date. The Rat Pack-style steakhouse has been a westside institution since 1949. Read more.

Las Vegas leaders take page from 'Keep Cincinnati Beautiful'

Some local artists are receiving national attention. Most recently, leaders in Sin City are taking a page from Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. Read more.

Cincinnati gets top billing in National Geographic

Whether you're looking to get up to speed on the revitalization of downtown or just want to ratchet your hometown pride up a notch, this feature of the month from National Geographic on all things Cincinnati will give you your fix. Read more.

Four days in Cincinnati: A photo essay

"When I won an assignment to direct a commercial [in Cincinnati] in the middle of January this year, all I heard from friends and family were scoffs and pity. … And, to leave the sunny embrace of Los Angeles and fall into the death grip of a polar vortex, did seem like potential bummer. But, it was the opposite." Read more.

21c Museum Hotel wins Global Award for Excellence

The 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Cincinnati won a ULI Global Award for Excellence from Urban Land magazine. Read more.

Three UC CCM alumni on Broadway in 'Annie' revival

Until Jan. 5, 2014, Broadway audiences have a chance to catch three UC alumnae in a Tony-nominated musical—the revival of “Annie.” The biggest name of the pair is Faith Prince, CCM ’79, HonDoc ’09, who co-stars as Miss Hannigan, the alcoholic matron at the orphange. Read more.

Covington arts center chosen to design ornaments for National Christmas tree display

Chad Turner, Judy Sanders and Rosemary Topie at The Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center have been chosen to design and create the ornaments for Kentucky’s tree for the 2013 National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park in Washington. Read more.

Macy's parade musical to debut in Cincinnati with Pops Orchestra

A musical developed by the Macy’s parade team will get its concert hall premiere next month when the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra performs “Macy’s Presents ‘Yes, Virginia’ in Concert.” The concert, to be performed at Music Hall on December 14, is being developed and presented by Macy’s, which is headquartered in Cincinnati. Read more.

New wallpaper and fabric designs feature work of Charley Harper

Todd Oldham has collaborated with Designtex, the eco-minded fabric and wallpaper company, to produce a collection of Charley Harper designs, which includes six wallpaper patterns and four PVC-free coated fabrics. Read more.

Cincinnati's 21C named top hotel in U.S.

Cincinnati's 21C Museum Hotel was voted No. 1 hotel in the country in Condé Nast's Traveler's Reader's Choice Awards this week. Its sister hotels in Louisville and Bentonville also finished in the top 10. Read more.

Nine world-famous street artists you never would have guessed are in Cincinnati

Cincinnati is chock full of amazing local artists, but the city is not exactly known for being the street art capital of the world. However, with the help of places like The Contemporary Arts Center, BLDG, YES Gallery and AGAR, the city is surprisingly well represented by world famous street artists from across the globe. Read more.

Curtis Sittenfeld's 'Sisterland' to be adapted for TV

One of this summer's hottest novels may be headed to the small screen. ABC has picked up the pilot of an adaptation of "Sisterland" by Curtis Sittenfeld, a book about the tumultuous relationship between identical twins with psychic abilities.

Curtis Sittenfeld is a Cincinnati native and the sister of P.G. Sittenfeld, a current member of Cincinnati's City Council. Read more.

Cincinnati named one of top 10 great places to celebrate Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, sponsored by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, was ranked one of the 10 best Oktoberfest parties in the world by USA Today Travel. Read more.

The London Police: Street artists paint mural at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

World-renowned street artists The London Police spent two days creating a 16-foot mural at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Read more here.

Cincinnati Zoo exhibit offers interactive opportunities

Cincinnati Zoo's jungle trails now give visitors the chance to swing like apes.

Read the full story here.

50 Best New Restaurant Nominees 2013

Bon Appetit's nominees for Best New Restaurant include Cincinnati's Metropole.

See the full list here.

15 Gorgeous Photos of the old Cincinnati Library

As with all search engine friendly-headlines, this one from BuzzFeed says it all: 15 Gorgeous Photos of the old Cincinnati Library.

See the images and cutlines here.

Cincinnati ranks as 'smart city'

Movato.com's list of 'America's Smartest Cities' ranks Cincinnati as number 9.

See the full story here.

Jackson Brewery project live on Indiegogo

Calling all backers with enthusiasm for music, theater and/or beer for this historic renovation project in Over-the-Rhine. 

Read about the project, first highlighted here on Soapboxmedia, here.

UC makes Travel + Leisure "top beautiful college" list

A decades-long renewal topping $1 billion is paying dividends for Cincy, which has cultivated a strikingly modern look—and proven that “it doesn’t need ivy-covered brick walls” to be beautiful, as UC Magazine put it.

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Northside's CoSign initiative could become a national model after landing new grant

A Northside community development experiment could go national now that the American Sign Museum has landed a $200,000 grant from ArtPlace America.

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CoSign snags $200K ArtPlace America grant

With a new $200,000 award, The American Sign Museum will expand its innovative CoSign initiative that pairs artists, small businesses and sign fabricators.

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Cincinnati: The Queen City's crown shines again

With dueling nicknames of The Queen City for its beauty and Porkopolis for its hog-packing history, Cincinnati cannot be pigeonholed.

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Patti Smith's Cincinnati Art Exhibit Will Be a Robert Mapplethorpe Tribute

The Patti Smith exhibit that will open at downtown Cincinnati's Contemporary Art Center on May 17 will be a tribute to her close friend, the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Read the full story here.

Gorillification: How to be a surrogate primate mom

A team of dedicated workers in Cincinnati are trying to give a very sad story a happy ending. Gladys, a two-month-old baby gorilla, was abandoned by her mother, and her keepers have been caring for her until a foster mother gorilla can take over.

See the full story here.

15 U.S. Cities Emerging Downtowns

Downtown Cincinnati has been transforming its downtown hub since the 1990s, with an estimated $1.3 billion invested in projects currently in construction or planning stages, according to Downtown Cincinnati Inc. 

Read the rest of the story here.

Toronto's 'Grey Cincinnati' and Montreal's Black Fashion Week look to expand racial boundaries

Ryerson fashion professor Henry Navarro's "Grey Cincinnati" show challenges fashion stereotypes.

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Fourteen large-scale abstract paintings by Jim Dine on view at Pace Gallery in New York

In his new body of work, Cincinnatian Jim Dine eliminates the iconic figurative objects of his previous paintings to focus on the act of painting itself. The radical shift developed in the studio over two years.

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Local libraries part of national trend, via NYTimes

As librarians across the nation struggle with the task of redefining their roles and responsibilities in a digital age, many public libraries are seeing an opportunity to fill the void created by the loss of traditional bookstores. 

Cincinnati libraries are seizing the day.

Read more here.

Broadway's Just a Suburb of Cincinnati

Katie Holmes stars in “Dead Accounts,” a family comedy now in previews at the Music Box Theater, about morality and middle-class Ohio Catholics written by one of their own, Theresa Rebeck, who grew up outside Cincinnati.

Read the full story here.

New European Curator, new Conservator at Cincinnati Art Museum

The Cincinnati Art Museum announced Serena Urry as Chief Conservator. Urry served as Senior Conservator of Paintings at the Barnes Foundation, preparing its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection for the move to downtown Philadelphia.

Read the full story here.

Away games: On the road with the Steelers, in Cincinnati

Nestled on the banks of the Ohio River, with all the amenities of a major metropolis wrapped in an envelope of small-town charm, Cincinnati is a fun -- and walkable -- place to spend a fall weekend. 

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New Girl visits Cincinnati

Travel writer Elaine Labalme has some tips on sights to see in Cincinnati.

Listen here.

FotoFocus featured in New York Times

FotoFocus, Cincinnati's month-long celebration of photography, gets a shout-out in The New York Times fall arts preview.

Read the excerpt here.

Cincinnati goes exposed

Scion's 8th Exposed event took place below the streets of Cincinnati in a half-mile long underground tunnel.

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Cincinnati Zoo cheetah breaks world speed record

Sarah, the Cincinnati Zoo's 11-year-old cheetah, set a new world speed record! She first earned the title of world’s fastest of all land mammals in 2009 when she covered 100 meters in 6.13 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 6.19 seconds set by a male South African cheetah named Nyana in 2001. 
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A UC grad's journey after college

A UC grad recounts the story of her days after college and her time spent learning about her art and herself.

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Cincinnati-style chili rules a region

If you haven't been to Cincinnati, it is impossible to imagine how beloved chili is here. The city has its own unique and distinctive chili style reflected mainly in several regional chains like Empress, which claims to have started it all in 1922.

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Charlie Sheen donates $50,000 to Reds Community Fund

Actor Charlie Sheen, a lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan, has pledged to donate $50,000 to the team’s Community Fund, matching the amount broadcaster Marty Brennaman raised for charity in return for having his head shaved on the field.

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Reds: Hottest team in baseball

It's July 30, and the Reds are tied for the best record in baseball. How does this happen? Joey Votto's been out two weeks and might miss two more. Opening Day third baseman Scott Rolen's been terrible and/or injured. The starting rotation has Johnny Cueto and a bunch of mid-to-back-rotation types. Ryan Madson, the pricey offseason closer signing, never threw a single pitch in Cincinnati.

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Chef Jose Salazar interviewed by Honest Cooking

From Cincinnati's own Ilene Ross: Recently we were visiting one of our favorite chefs, Jose Salazar, at The Palace at The Cincinnatian Hotel to shoot him (with a camera of course) for our story on herbs. We were about to wrap, when Chef Salazar received a phone call and asked us if we could hang out for a bit; his morel purveyor was on his way in with a stellar haul.

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The park at the forefront of Cincinnati's revitalization

Last week, Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory and a bevy of festive accomplices re-opened beautiful, 150-year-old Washington Park, in the heart of the city’s revitalizing Over the Rhine district. It had been closed for 20 months’ worth of renovations and, judging by the spectacular photos, it has been worth the wait. Wow.

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Bacon Schnecken: The world's perfect food

What arrived this morning that gave me such gyrating heart palpatations? Queen City Cookie's Bacon Schnecken: the world’s perfect food. I discovered this treat in June at the Fancy Food Show in Washington DC. Since that fortuitious day, I have been dreaming of the moment we (we=me+schnecken) would be reunited.

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The Olympics of choral music come to Cincinnati

Officially called the World Choir Games, this Herculean singing competition features hundreds of choirs from around the world. This year is the first time it will be held in the U.S. — in Cincinnati. 

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Revitalizing Neighborhoods: Over-the-Rhine

Like Over-the-Rhine, several urban neighborhoods in the vicinity of downtown Jacksonville have struggled through decades of economic distress and decline. However, what's slowly taking place in Over-the-Rhine indicates that when a city invests in itself and quality-of-life, privately financed market rate development tends to follow.

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Neons Unplugged named one of best outdoor bars

This Over-the-Rhine neighborhood establishment makes a day out of drinking a beer. It’s a playground for those looking not only to unplug, but to unwind. Via Travel & Leisure.

See the full list here.

Singing the praises of Cincinnati

From July 4-14, the World Choir Games, also known as "The Olympics of Choir Music," will take place in Ohio's Queen City (derived from its 19th century status as "Queen of the West"). Some 367 choirs from nearly 50 countries will compete in categories that include jazz, pop, folk, barbershop, gospel and show choirs, as popularized by the hit TV show "Glee."

Read the full story here.

The Art of Sound: Four Centuries of Musical Instruments" on view at the Cincinnati Art Museum

As the world sets its eyes and ears on Cincinnati, Ohio for the World Choir Games, the Cincinnati Art Museum gives you another reason to celebrate world music. The Art of Sound: Four Centuries of Musical Instruments showcases musical instruments from across the globe selected from the Cincinnati Art Museum’s collection. 

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Cincinnati leaders get ready for World Choir Games

City officials are trying to make sure Cincinnati will be welcoming, informative and safe as they prepare to host the World Choir Games next month in an event expected to draw tens of thousands of people from around the globe to southwest Ohio.

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Graeter's makes list of top ice creams in the US

U.S. News & World Report ranks Cincinnati's own Graeter's Ice Cream as the sixth best ice cream in the country. In addtion to praising the sweet stuff's French Pot swirling process, the national publication cites black raspberry chip as favorite flavor.

Spoiler alert: Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, of Columbus, Ohio, ranked number one overall. Find Jeni's locally at both Melt and Picnic and Pantry in Northside.

See the full list here.

Cincinnati comes back to its shoreline

A shout-out from The New York Times!

The shoreline of this Ohio River city, which in the 19th century hummed with 30 steamboat visits a day but faded in the 20th as pollution and industrial disinvestment pushed people and businesses inland, is emerging again as a hub of civic and economic vitality.

Read the full story here.

Five reasons to put the Queen City on your travel list

The selling points may not be beaches or sky-high geysers, but Cincy does have the mojo. Here are 5 reasons why you should add Cincinnati to your US travel list, including the American Sign Museum.

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Cincinnati Museum salutes leading African American talent

Cincinnati Art Museum features an exhibit of one of the first black American artists to gain an international reputation, Henry Ossawa Tanner.

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Cincinnati makes list of top riverfront towns

Cincinnati has taken an especially hands-on approach to reclaiming its waterfront, clearing a path through old highways and industrial parks. This fall, it's slated to open the first phase of a $120 million, 45-acre riverfront park at its center.

See the full list here.

Cincinnati fights its way back into hearts of hip, trendy

Cincinnati has always done an impressive job of mixing past and present -- its most popular attractions are updated versions of places that have drawn visitors for years, including the Museum Center in historic Union Terminal and Fountain Square, which on warm summer nights is crammed with people.

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Opera News interviews Cincinnati Opera's Porgy and Bess star Measha Brueggergosman

Measha Brueggergosman's disarming candor is just one indication of why the Canadian soprano, who this month makes her return to the opera stage as Bess in Cincinnati Opera's Porgy and Bess, has become a certifiable mainstream celebrity on her native soil as well as perhaps the most engaging, amiable ambassador the spheres of classical voice and opera have seen since Beverly Sills. Brueggergosman's instrument? A gleaming, vernal lyric soprano with an appealing duskiness around its edges and an adaptable vibrato

Read the full story here.

Salon highlights Cincinnati's Community Entertainment Districts

Salon.com writes: A great example of urban entertainment is Cincinnati, where, rather than busting in with relocation plans and a branding scheme, the city has designated five neighborhoods Community Entertainment Districts where aspiring restaurateurs can simply get a liquor license directly from the state for about $1,500, rather than on the open market where they cost up to $30,000.

Read the full story here.

Real estate news: A mushroom sprouts in Cincinnati

Located amid Colonials, Cape Cods and ranch homes in Cincinnati is a home that may have you asking yourself, "What is that?"
"That" is the "Mushroom House" — a home built over a 10-year span by architect Terry Brown. In Hyde Park, across from a restaurant and surrounded by more "traditional" looking homes, Brown's creation stands out as a one-of-a-kind art installation.

Now it's up for sale.

Read the full story here.

UC tops architecture list with four buildings

College campuses play a large role in the quality of life of students, and Top Colleges Online believes a quality campus plays a significant part in creating a quality learning environment and successful educational experience. Many college campuses are pleasant, but some go a step further and are themselves intellectually stimulating by being interesting architecturally. UC tops the list with four different building making the list.

Read the full story here.

SpringBoard featured in Art Place America

SpringBoard is a program from ArtWorks of Cincinnati made possible in part by an ArtPlace grant of $150,000. The goal is to provide artisans and creative entrepreneurs with business development training and a collaborative work space in the city’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, which will be home to a proposed streetcar line.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati Art Museum: Lively works seem to dance with joy

The work of Nick Cave is a compelling blend of sculpture, fashion, dance and sound. His vision is decidedly contemporary but rooted in traditions stretching back to Africa.
The artist, who serves as chairman of the Fashion Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has an exhibit of lively, intriguing works on view in the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Read the full story here.

CAC makes '50 Coolest Museums' list

The Contemporary Arts Center downtown got a nod on Complex's list of the 50 coolest museums.

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Michael Keating: His neighbor's keeper and chronicler

When Michael Keating moved to Lakeside Park, Ky., in 1981, life was just opening up for him. He had been a staff photographer at The Cincinnati Enquirer for two years and his wife, Sarah, was pregnant with their first child. He went on to work for the Enquirer until earlier this year. 

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati startups get help from top college grads

Venture for America chose Cincinnati as one of its initial launch cities, and Time Magazine features Define My Style, a Cincinnati startup, that is recruiting through the initiative.

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Field trip to Cincinnati

Last week we had a random chance to visit Cincinnati.  To say that we were impressed would be an understatement. 

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"Faux Real" exhibition displays prolific forger's work on April Fools' Day

It's not easy to be a famous artist, but it also sure isn't easy to paint like one. That is why we are so pleased to hear about the "Faux Real" exhibition at University of Cincinnati, featuring the work of prolific forger Mark Landis.

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Watch Ohio Knife give away 100 guitars at SXSW

While in Austin, Texas for SXSW, Ohio Knife worked with Landor to create a spectacle in the streets. While performing a song, 100 guitars where given away from the back of a flatbed truck. 

Watch the video here.

The Many Reasons To Love Wussy

Wherein the venerable rock critic Robert Christgau praises Cincinnati's Wussy as "the best band in America since they released the first of their five superb albums in 2005. . . "

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Chalk one up for Cincinnati Magazine

The March 2012 issue of Cincinnati magazine is hot. This innovative cover from the little C market can show those big city A market magazines how it’s done.

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Newport Aquarium tops list of best aquariums

Newport Aquarium tops this list of best aquariums in the country.

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Two local chefs get 'Best New Chef' nominations

Two local chefs grab nominations for Food & Wine's best new chef. Jose Salazar at The Palace and Daniel Wright of Senate make the prestigious list.

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Dear Hollywood: Don't forget Cincinnati Magazine's Zanesville massacre story

On the excellent chance that someone in Hollywood feels either GQ's or Esquire's magazine story belongs on the big screen, I humbly suggest one more set of rights to snap up: Those to Jonah Ogles' Cincinnati Magazine piece on the Zanesville animal massacre.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati: beer, bourbon, ballet, Monet

I sometimes forget what a rich cultural resource we Lexingtonians have in Cincinnati, just 80 miles north of us. I am reminded of it every time I head there for a premier event, such as the recent performance by Shen Yun, the New York-based company famous for its classical Chinese ethnic and folk dancing.

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Mile High Club booming in Cincinnati

At $425 a pop, what may be the nation's only Mile High Club has been quietly operating for more than 20 years at Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport. Business hit warp speed after Valentine's Day stories featuring Flamingo Air in local and national media.

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The best beer gardens in America, including Mecklenburg Gardens

The beer garden is the new coffee shop. So gather your friends for craft brews and a casual vibe at these hot spots, from Mecklenburg in Cincinnati to Standard Biergarten in New York.

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How to Customize Your iPhone, Inside and Out

The iPhone is a beautiful device on its own, but with hundreds of millions of iPhones sold it's not particularly unique. Cincinnati-made JackBacks made LifeHacker's list of ways to customize your iPhone.

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Hollywood returns to Ohio in upcoming movie shoots

Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley will star in the latest movie set to film in Ohio, which has been courting Hollywood with state tax incentives. The Ohio Department of Development said Tuesday that credits totaling more than $1.5 million have been approved for two more movies.

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Theater for Twits

In an unsavory confluence of social media and the arts, we now have what are known as the tweet seats — sections of otherwise dignified theaters where communicating via Twitter during shows is actually encouraged. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has tweet seats from which patrons can carry on what organizers call “digital conversations” during concerts.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati makes top 10 list for US travel destinations

Lonely Planet placed Cincinnati as number three on their list of Top 10 US travel destinations for 2012.

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Major mixed-use project approved in Cincinnati's core.

As Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood continues to evolve, residents are experiencing a kind of tension unfamiliar in its recent history: conflicting opinions over the appropriate design of new buildings.

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A Gathering of Student Work: My studio at the University of Cincinnati

This fall, I co-taught such a studio (with Eli Meiners) at the University of Cincinnati. The project was a real one: the conversion of a former Kroger supermarket building into an open storage facility for the Cincinnati Art Museum, a Montessori school, and studios and display space for artists. The rules of the studio were a bit different: you could do anything you wanted, as long as it was begged, borrowed or stolen; your design did not have to be efficient or buildable, but gathered together from existing materials or from other buildings.

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CSO reserve seats for tweeters

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) began using tweet seats in September. Chris Pinelo, CSO vice president for communication, said it was successful based on heavy hashtag traffic.

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DAAP professor makes DI's list of 25 most admired educators of 2012

Each year, DesignIntelligence honors excellence in education and education administration by naming 25 exemplary professionals in these fields. The 2012 class of education role models was selected by DesignIntelligence staff with extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads, and students, one of the chosen teachs at UC's DAAP.

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CCM's season-opener features Tony-nominee

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) launches its 2011-12 Mainstage Series with a powerful tale of a bygone era. This fascinating intertwining of drama and music runs from Oct. 26 through Oct. 30 in Patricia Corbett Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus.

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Special museums keep 'Tubes Lit' in yesterday's TV gear

Cincinnati is something of a U.S. broadcast Mecca, with a great deal of pioneering taking place in the region. Located just north of the city in the former home of the VOA's Bethany shortwave transmitting plant is a relatively new entry in broadcast equipment collections

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Fotofocus announces 2012 month-long celebration of photography in Cincinnati

FotoFocus, a nonprofit arts organization, announces the October 2012 launch of its first biennial month-long regional celebration of historical and contemporary photography and lens-based art. On Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, 7 to 10 p.m., in collaboration with 3CDC’s Fountain Square Rocktober Series, FotoFocus will preview highlights of the October 2012 upcoming event with video works and still images from featured exhibitions.

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Art Museum hires Danis for renovation

The Cincinnati Art Museum awarded the contract for the renovation of its former Art Academy building to Dayton-based Danis Building Construction Company

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The sex book that hit the spot

Our Bodies, Ourselves was the kind of book that libraries banned and women stashed under their beds like pornography—a fixture of college dorm rooms that shocked conservatives with its candid discussion. UC's Wendy Kline even wrote a book about its influence.

Read the full story here.

Review: Booker T. delivers at MidPoint

The MPMF is dominated, numbers-wise, by up-and-coming bands and musicians in their 20s, it was a nice change to see the spotlight fall upon a 66-year-old.

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Consortium views arts as engines of recovery

In a broad effort, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Rocco Landesman, has helped to enlist an unusual consortium of foundations, corporations and federal agencies that will use cultural enterprises to anchor and enliven 34 projects around the country, one of which is ArtWorks in Cincinnati.

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Old Mug Shots Fuel Art, and a Debate on Privacy

People have long romanticized the 1950s — Marilyn Monroe’s windswept dress, Sun rockabilly 45s, beatnik coffeehouse gatherings, Madison Avenue martini lunches.

But old, forgotten mug shots? What is appealing about that?

Two young women in Cincinnati are testing the fringes of Fabulous Fifties nostalgia by selling reproductions of 1955 police mug shots. And their company, Larken Design, has found such a good response here that it is expanding.

Read the whole story here.

Midpoint Music Festival Schedule

Hello, second favorite music festival! Taking a backseat (pun intended) to only SXSW, Midpoint Music Festival, or MPMF, is my top pick of fests. MPMF takes place in downtown Cincy from September 22-24, and my favorite thing about it is what I like dearly about SXSW, anything can be a venue. Art museum? Sure! Let’s throw up a stage and have music! My only wish: Comedy and day parties.

But to what you came here for, the schedule. The lineup is outstanding, and we give you our personal guarantee that you’ll have a great time. We’ll throw down some previews and suggestions in the coming weeks, but make sure you go ahead and plan accordingly from this schedule. Enjoy.

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A Q&A with 'The Glee Project' alum and new NKU student

The Glee Project said goodbye to McKynleigh Abraham, the 19-year-old from Paduca, Ky, who plans to start classes at Northern Kentucky University this fall. After struggling through the "Danceability" challenge, McKynleigh was sent home despite a blockbuster performance of Carrie Underwood's "Last Name."

Read a Q and A with the young vocal hopeful here.

Griffith's latest novel collects more accolades

If any book deserves the right to indulge in a little self-consciousness, it's Trophy, which takes us through the flash before the eyes of a dying man. University of Cincinnati professor and novelist Michael Griffith indulges to a delightful and dizzying degree (even the notion of flashing "before" one's eyes, as opposed to the more anatomically correct behind one's eyes, is scrutinized).

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Then and Now: The evolution of summer

Coney Island, the sixth-oldest amusement park in the U.S., celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Compare pictures from the 1920s and 1960s to now, and see how differently (or not so differently) people used to enjoy themselves and relax in the heat of the summer. 

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Jean-Robert de Cavel: A love affair with food, life and serving others

Motivated Magazine's recent issue features Cincinnati Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel on its cover. The Canadian magazine interviewed de Cavel about the motivation and inspiration in his professional life.

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Dhani Jones writes book about travel, life, football

Dhani Jones proves to be a man not just focused on football. He recently published a book about his life called "The Sporstman: Unexpected Lessons from an Around-the-World Sports Odyssey."

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What's old is new again at the Blue Manatee

Blue Manatee, a local and independently owned bookstore in Cincinnati, created The Blue Manatee Boxes which inspire children and parents to be more creative. The idea is to encourage people to return to the basics and transform what's old to new again.

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Artfully Disheveled: Fashion is Business

Cincinnatians, Chris and Trey Berre, and Michael Palmer founded Artfully Disheveled, a growing brand that meshes the classic gentleman look with an edgy twist inspired by their Midwest roots.

Read the full story here.

Future Blooms wins Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Award

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful's Future Blooms Program won the Ohio Non-profit Excellence Award for the Southern Region. KCB has beautified nearly 300 buildings in Cincinnati neighborhoods, resulting in a reduction in crime, blight, and street litter.

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Laughing Cincinnati Zoo penguin a hit on YouTube

A video of Cookie, the "Laughing Penguin" from the Cincinnati Zoo is a hit on YouTube with over one million viewers. The video shows Cookie hopping and laughing after being tickled by an animal handler.

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P&G, Wal-Mart expand family friendly film content

Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart have expanded their partnership to produce more family-friendly films geared towards all ages. The two corporations have already made four films for "Family Movie Night," which have shown or will plan to be shown on major television networks such as NBC and Fox.

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Favorite Cincy Find: Brush Factory

A Cincinnati couple turned a 120-year old factory in Brighton into a creative workshop for their brand known as Brush Factory. Rosie Kovacs utilizes the first floor for designing and sewing clothing items while Hayes Shanesy refurbishes motorcycles and creates wood objects and furniture for their retail shop in Oakley. 

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Behind the green jacket's Cincinnati connection

Augusta National's green jacket has been made exclusively in Cincinnati since 1967 by Hamilton Tailoring Co. The most coveted article of clothing in sports costs $250 to make with the owner's name stitched on a label inside. 

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The Ultimate Sports Cities!

TUSC.com, a sports fan website, ranked Cincinnati number 19 among top cities that hosted popular TUSC events. Sports fans had the ability to share experiences of the sporting venues and events, ranking Cincinnati as a host for 14 of the top sporting events in the world.

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Fans connect with Cincinnati Reds heroes via kiosks

Cincinnati Reds fans can look forward to a more interactive experience with their favorite players this baseball season. Three kiosks will allow them to conduct "virtual" interviews with their favorite players starting on opening day, March 31, at Great American Ballpark.

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Biz to Watch: Artfully Disheveled

Cincinnati natives Trey Berre, Chris Berre, and Michael Palmer discuss the inspiration and next steps for their fashion line of ties, bow ties, and pocket squares, called Artfully Disheveled. The line takes inspiration for its patterns from their Midwest roots and was featured in swag bags at this year's Grammy's.

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Artswave designs fresh iPhone app: iSpyArt

A fresh new application for iPhone is available designed by Cincinnati's ArtsWave. This free application called iSpyArt combines social networking, iPhone photography, and art application under one source. Users can upload photos showcasing everyday life to the ArtsWave website, where other visitors can view these photos.

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Cincinnati Palace's Jose Salazar best new chef

Jose Salazar, chef at The Palace, ranked as one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs of the Great Lakes. A graduate of the New York Restaurant School, Salazar is known for reinterpreting humble ingredients in brilliant ways. His must-try dish is his French onion soup with cipollini onions stuffed with caramelized Vidalias and topped with Gruyère crisps.

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Over The Rhine: A Whole Life In A Song

Real life couple and Over the Rhine bandmates, Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, discuss their songwriting duties and latest album. They're from southern Ohio, and they took their name from the Cincinnati neighborhood where they used to live. The band has existed for 20 years now, and while the lineup has changed many times, Detweiler and Bergquist have always been at its core.

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'Jim Dine: sculpture' looks at pop artist's career

A 75-year old Cincinnati native, Jim Dine, will feature sculptures that he has created over the past five decades at a new exhibition in Grand Rapids. Dine created sculptures with metal and different materials then painted the sculptures to represent his love for painting and graphic art. Featured at the exhibition will be themed sculptures including tool imagery, the Venus figure, hearts, and Pinocchio.

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Greenhornes go acoustic with new album on Rolling Stone

Cincinnati, Ohio-based garage rockers the Greenhornes recently dropped by the Rolling Stone offices to play an impromptu acoustic set from their brand new album.

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A toast to history: 500 years of wine-drinking cups mark social shifts in ancient Greece

How commonly used items - like wine drinking cups - change through time can tell us a lot about those times, according to research presented by Kathleen Lynch, UC associate professor of classics, at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America.

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The surprisingly traditional Groupon marriage proposal

The world got its first Groupon marriage proposal, or "Grouposal," as the popular deal-making site is calling it. A Cincinnati man by the name of Greg offered to marry his girlfriend, Dana, for the low price of $1. This is just the latest in a string of high-tech marriage proposals. People have proposed via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Foursquare, Google Street View and iPhone apps.

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Cincinnati among most charitable cities in America

Cincinnati landed the number seven spot on Bundle's most charitable cities in America. The survey collected data for the month of December, which is the most giving month of the year. Bundle used numbers for online donations per 1,000 people, the average online donation amount per 1,000 people, the number of nonprofit associations by city, and the average spending on charity from July 2009 to June 2010.

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Canadian to be new conductor of Cincinnati Pops

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra has gained a new conductor - former music director of Canada Windsor Symphony Orchestra, John Morris Russell.  Russell, a Cleveland native, is no stranger to Cincinnati - he was an associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 2006 and will officially take over the first of September.

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Dhani Jones among best dressed athletes

Cincinnati Bengal's linebacker and Mt. Adams' resident, Dhani Jones, has been ranked among many well-known athletes on Forbes' list of "Best-Dressed Athletes." Jones is founder and designer of Bow Tie for a Cause, which raises funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and also partners with sports apparel and lifestyle company, No Mas.

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Playhouse receives $90,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park received its largest grant - $90,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will support the final development and production of Behind the Eye and will fund educational activities. Playhouse in the Park is one of two theaters in the country to receive this award.

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Cincinnati Zoo unveils cougar cubs

The Cincinnati Zoo welcomed two new baby cougars to its nursery. Considered the largest of the small cats, the cougars plan to reach a weight of 140 to 200 pounds. They will also join the zoo's Cat Ambassador Program to prepare for a Night Hunters exhibit planned for May.

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High Street's "shopping with cocktails" gets noticed

MSN's News on Main asked small businesses across the nation about their tactics for attracting customers for the upcoming Black Friday. Featured lifestyle design store, High Street, hosts an annual White Russian Party. Last year, nearly 1000 customers came to the event, celebrating and shopping with cocktails.

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Macy's makes extensive plans for holiday season

Macy's prepares across the nation for a series of special events and displays for children and adults for the upcoming holidays. Despite the low purchasing rate due to the economy, Macy's has high hopes for the season by creating a magical setting to inspire the joy of the holidays. One of the events includes the "Nutcracker Market Fashion Show," celebrating the Houston Ballet and giving the proceeds to the Houston Ballet Foundation's academy and scholarship program.

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"Incurable to Incredible" shares tale of young mother

Tami Boehmer, a Cincinnati author and metastatic breast cancer survivor wrote ''From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds." This book features stories about cancer survivors, including one about a woman in Indianapolis who found out she had ovarian cancer while pregnant with her son. Boehmer learned through these powerful stores that cancer "was the beginning of a new way of life filled with appreciation, hope, and discovering [her] potential."

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Cincinnati vs. St. Louis: Which Riverfront Would You Choose?

Urban STL compares the riverfronts of St. Louis and Cincinnati. Although St. Louis has the presence of the famous Saarinen's Arch, Urban STL praises Cincinnati for its more active, inviting, and interesting Central Riverfront Park, it's two stadiums, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Moerlein Lager House.
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Paranormal and holistic health on display at Victory of Light Expo

Local psychic reader and spiritual consultant, Victor Paratawa, hosts one of the country's largest metaphysical conventions for the general public this month in Sharonville. The 20th anniversary of the Victory of Light Expo offers experts from across the country on topics in the intuitive arts. Psychic readings, healings, and merchandise for body, mind, and spirit will be offered by over 200 exhibitors.

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Dalai Lama receives freedom award in Cincinnati

The Dalai Lama received a $25,000 freedom award in Cincinnati and gave back the money to the National Underground Freedom Center to support the downtown museum.Tthe Dalai Lama stated that he was touched after viewing the exhibit on slavery and human exploitation and wanted to give back to the community.

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CCM grad's music featured in new iPod Touch ad

A new iPod Touch Ad from Apple features music by Chris Olsen, a CCM Jazz Studies graduate, and his band Chappo. The two-member band produces an indie space rock sound using unique instruments and objects.

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Northside's Shake It among top 25 record stores in the US

Rolling Stone ranked the top 25 record stores in the USA from the west to east coast. Shake It Records in Northside made the list with its impressive musical selection on CD and vinyl and extras including books, DVD's and magazines.

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Hip Northside makes Cincinnati perk

Northside has flourished into a new hot-community with unique attractions, restaurants, and shops for all ages. Music plays a prominent role in the Northside culture with independent record store, Shake It, and many locations that offer live music day and night. Restaurants also offer a variety from affordable meals to vegan and green choice options.

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Greenhornes, Girls close out All Tomorrow's Parties

Cincinnati based garage-blues band, the Greenhornes, headlined the famous All Tomorrow's Parties music festival in New York. The band, who split time and members with the Jack White and Brendan Benson led Raconteurs, played a national show for the first time since they went on hiatus in 2005. The Greenhornes discuss their performance and upcoming album, Four Stars.

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Issue Media Group Ranks No. 1672 on the 2010 Inc. 5000

Issue Media Group (parent company of Soapboxmedia.com), ranked number 1673 on the annual Inc. 5000 that ranks the nation's fastest growing private companies. The list looks at percentage revenue growth, including Issue Media Group's three-year sales growth of 170 percent.

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Dinosaur fossils discovered in China set to make US debut at Cincinnati museum

The Cincinnati Museum Center has the privilege of holding the U.S. debut of recently found dinosaur fossils in China. The rib and three vertebrae fossils belong to a long-necked titanosaur and were used to identify a new species in China's Henan Province Region. The Dinosaur Unearthed exhibit starts traveling in October.

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Attendance keeps rising in Cincinnati

With the Cyclones winning two Kelly Cups in the past three seasons, and the team providing excellent value to its fans, attendance is continuing to rise in Cincinnati.  For the third straight year, the Cyclones led the ECHL in percentage of attendance increased, with an increase of 29.2%, or 783 fans a game. This past season the Cyclones drew a total of 190,663 fans, including the postseason. The previous high in Cincinnati was 145,121 fans.

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Cincinnati area is home to thrills, fun of all kinds

A writer at News-Herald in Northern Ohio praised Cincinnati as a great escape from home with many attractions such as King's Island and the Cincinnati Zoo. King's Island offers a variety of rides, including the largest wooden coaster in the nation, and a fifteen-acre water park with price included in the admissions. The Cincinnati Zoo houses a variety of species with a cleanly atmosphere and many activities to enjoy. 

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DC dining inspired by Cincinnati chili dog

A new restaurant opening on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. will be featuring hot dogs inspired by various American cities. Cincinnati's chilidog will be amongst other well-known hot dog specialties.

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Cincinnati radio host Bill Cunningham to get syndicated TV talk show in Chicago

Cincinnati radio host Bill Cunningham plans to replace Oprah Winfrey's show with a new national program starting next fall. Produced with a studio audience in Chicago, Tribune Co. aired four test shows at various times. Viewership numbers were successful, with Cincinnati at the top of the list.

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Exploring Cincinnati yields bargains, fine food and art

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explored Cincinnati's bargains, fine food, and arts. The city offers a variety from freshly brewed wheat beer at Rivertown Brewing HefeWeizen to furniture bargains in West Chester, OH. The article hits Cincinnati hot spots including Findlay Market, the Cincinnati Art Museum, Mount Adams, and Rookwood Pottery Co.

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Top cities for new college grads

Bloomberg Businessweek published Top Cities for New College Grads, ranking cities with strong job opportunities, average pay, and affordable living costs. Cincinnati ranked number 23 due to the presence of industries such as manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, and insurance. Cincinnati also attracts sports lovers with the country's first professional baseball team, the Reds, and the Bengals.

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In Cincinnati, Rookwood Pottery again producing fine pieces

Founded in Cincinnati as a pottery club for women in 1880 by heiress Maria Longworth Nichols, Rookwood Pottery won international acclaim as America's best art pottery. At its peak, the company employed 400 people. Rookwood designs are evident throughout America, including a fireplace in the White House, the tilework in Grand Central Station and its famous Oyster Bar in Manhattan; and the Seelbach Hotel's Rathskellar in Louisville, Ky. Chris Rose bought the rights Rookwood's art pottery in 2005 and relocated it to Over-the-Rhine.

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Cincinnati artist C.F. Payne captures Gold Star Chili's image in paint

Gold Star Chili commissioned Cincinnati native, life-long lover of Cincinnati-style chili, and nationally known artist, C.F. Payne to visually tell the story of Gold Star/Cincinnati-style chili. Best known for his illustrations of famous personalities and cover illustrations for Time, Sports Illustrated, and Reader’s Digest, Payne returned to his hometown to illustrate every day, hardworking individuals in a Gold Star Chili restaurant. This illustration will be reproduced and installed as a wall mural in many Gold Star restaurants throughout Greater Cincinnati.

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CAC architect Hadid named to Time's list of people who most affect our world

Time named 100 people who most affect our world in their annual Time 100. Zaha Hadid, the designer of the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art (CAC), ranked under Time's list of "Thinkers," who create work with a sense of passion and a universal touch. The Contemporary Arts Center was Hadid's first completed project in the United States.

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Cincinnati musuem sets attendance record

The temporary exhibit "Without Sanctuary: Lynching photography in America" at the National Underground Freedom Center reached the attendance record of 15,000 people since its opening day in January. Unsure of how the exhibit would be received with its controversial photographs, this number set a record of attendance for temporary exhibits at the museum.

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The Neighborhoods of Cincinnati

Last month, Urbanophile's founder, Aaron Renn, visited Cincinnati to participate in a panel on the casino at Broadway Commons.  While here Renn took a look around Cincinnati (on a guided tour with Soapbox's Randy Simes) and shared some of his observations and insights in a follow-up Soapblog.  His latest photoessay on Cincinnati's neighborhoods takes a long look at the city's great resources and development challenges.

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Let there be lights: Reds mark anniversary

A lifelong fan of the Reds for 87 years, Ralph Thacker attended the 75th anniversary Red's game at the Great American Ball Park while remembering his first Red's game at Crosley Field in 1935. Thacker was one of more than 20,000 fans who filed into Cincinnati's Crosley Field to watch the Reds beat the Phillies, 2-1, in the first night game in Major League Baseball history on May 24, 1935.

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A whirlwind weekend in Cincinnati

A former resident of Cincinnati embraces the growth and diversity of her native city. For the short weekend visit, the "old hometowner" explored the beautiful and different lively spots along the river, the abundance of art offered around the city, the taste of real Cincinnati in Northside, and the variety of local chili parlors and bakery's. The expanded and lively city still continues to surprise former natives and first-time visitors with its sophistication, charm, intelligence and attitude the city possesses. 

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Gold Star Chili campaigns for Chilitown USA

Gold Star Chili works hard to call attention to any restaurant that sells Cincinnati-style chili and to promote the Queen City's staple. Even though residents still battle about their particular preference of chili-restaurants, the city still comes together as a whole celebrating its local "culinary crown jewel."

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Cincinnati Zoo renovates one of the world's oldest zoo's for kids

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden recently renovated and reopened the Joseph H. Spaulding Children's Zoo - one of the world's oldest. The renovated area includes a new play area with special features, a larger petting yard with the Zoo's friendliest animals, and an updated nursery viewing area.

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Cincinnati natives in The National plan for big year with new release

The New York Times published an extensive article about a Cincinnati native band gone big in New York City on the eve of their latest release. Lead singer Matt Berninger praises Cincinnati for giving him a narrative edge saying Cincinnati represents the common American experience with social, racial, and political tensions. Guitarist Bryce Dessner returns to Cincinnati annually to curate the MusicNow festival he started in 2006.

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Meandering along the Ohio River

Columbus Dispatch reporter Steve Stephens writes about a recent trip he took to Cincinnati with his family.  He decided to take a boat trip along the Ohio River instead - taking in the sights and sounds along the way.

Stephens' visit took him to the Newport Acquarium, Hofbrauhaus, Main Strasse, Devou Park and several other local attractions.  The visit was an escape from reality for Stephens, and allowed him to take in part of Cincinnati in a way many have not.

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Meandering along the Ohio River

Columbus Dispatch reporter Steve Stephens writes about a recent trip he took to Cincinnati with his family.  He decided to take a boat trip along the Ohio River instead - taking in the sights and sounds along the way.

Stephens' visit took him to the Newport Acquarium, Hofbrauhaus, Main Strasse, Devou Park and several other local attractions.  The visit was an escape from reality for Stephens, and allowed him to take in part of Cincinnati in a way many have not.

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Civil Rights Game big for Cincinnati

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker is excited about the return of MLB's Civil Rights Game to Cincinnati for the second consecutive year, and sees the weekend of events as a positive thing for a city with a rich Civil Rights history.

MLB Commissioner walked away from last year's Civil Rights Game impressed with Cincinnati's ability to host marque events and decided to send the game back to Cincinnati in 2010, and vowed to get an All-Star Game back to the Queen City.

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Blind violinist injured in Haiti quake fighting the odds, once again

University of Cincinnati alum Romel Joseph has had a life of music that has not come easily.  As a boy growing up in Haiti he lost his eyesight, but went on to master the violin and get accepted into UC's world famous College Conservatory of Music.

Romel was in Port-au-Prince when the devastating earthquake struck Haiti earlier this year.  He eventually emerged from the rubble of the New Victorian School with injuries he thought might leave him unable to play music ever again, or even live.

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Munich's mayor visits Cincinnati

The mayor of Munich, Germany visited Cincinnati this past week to help mark the 20th anniversary of Munich and Cincinnati's sister city relationship.  The visit also included a preview of the Berlin Wall Exhibit being designed in Cincinnati.

Mayor Christian Ude met with several Cincinnati officials and saw several presentations about projects currently underway in Cincinnati.  Ude then continued his North American trip by traveling to Vancouver for the Winter Olympics where he took the opportunity to tout his own city as a potential Olympic host city.

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Museum Center wins national recognition

Cincinnati's Museum Center has been awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for their social, educational, environmental, and economic contributions to the community.

The award also carries a $10,000 prize for the Museum Center and its collection of museums and cultural attractions located within Cincinnati's historic Union Terminal.

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Cincinnati's vitality, creativity on the upswing

The growing vitality of Cincinnati's neighborhoods and the variety of creative and cultural events are helping make the Queen City even better, and were two of the main reasons Margy Waller decided to relocate to Cincinnati from Washington D.C. last year.

Now the Vice President of the Arts & Culture Partnership at the Fine Arts Fund, Waller describes the exciting changes happening throughout the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood and how the renaissance there is being fueled by the arts community.

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Meet the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is the nation's fifth oldest orchestra and was founded in 1895.  Since 1895, the orchestra has included some of the most renowned directors and musicians of their time and is considered one of the best orchestras in the world.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performed at New York City's famed Carnegie Hall on Monday, February 15 as they were led by acclaimed conductor Paavo Jarvi who became the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's conductor in 2001.

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Fine Arts Fund studies the 'Arts Ripple Effect'

Cincinnati's Fine Arts Fund has completed an innovative study called the 'Arts Ripple Effect'.   Employing a "framing science" when utilizing information gathered from conversations with hundreds of non-arts connected people, the study uncovered that the notion of arts making us better people or improving our social standing had virtually no standing with members of the general public. 

Among other things, the study also discovered that most people view the arts as a particular entertainment niche, something to be studied, a source for beauty, or a means of personal expression.

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MusicNOW Festival celebrates fifth year, announces lineup

Five years ago Bryce Dessner created the MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati to highlight the work of contemporary musicians and artists that do not necessarily fit into categories and are not afraid of taking risks.

The festival is held at Cincinnati's historic Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine and has hosted a who's-who of eclectic artists over the years including Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, The Books, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and Kronos Quartet. 

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WNKU dropping NPR for all-music format

Public radio station WNKU-FM will quit broadcasting National Public Radio programs to instead air a locally produced all-music format at the start of February due to changing audience interests.

Two shows in particular that will be cut are NPR's "All News Morning Edition" and "Fresh Air" program that airs in the evening during rush hour commutes.  The new all-music format will feature a mix of indie rock, alternative rock, alternative country, world music and blues.

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'X' Marks the Spot - Cincinnati

Cincinnati is a food town.  Dating back to its 'porkopolis' meatpacking days to the famous Cincinnati-style chili that has birthed chili parlors all over this region of the country.

But Cincinnati's contemporary food scene goes beyond those chili parlors that dot the landscape.  Being at the crossroads of the Midwest, South, and East regions of the United States Cincinnati is bombarded with a variety of flavors and influences that make the city a heaven for foodies.

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Three Cincinnati Restaurants Make Trails' Most Romantic List

Daveed's at 934, Primavista, and Scotti's Italian Restaurant made Trails' list of America's Most Romantic restaurants.  The three Cincinnati restaurants represent three different romantic feels in three different areas of the city.

Scotti's has been providing top-notch Italian cuisine in downtown Cincinnati since 1911, while Daveed's recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of serving contemporary American cuisine.  Primavista, which sits on the city's west side boasts tremendous Italian food and spectacular city views.

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Cincinnati in top 10 most literate cities

According to a study, Cincinnati ranks as the 9th most literate city in the United States - one spot better than last year's ranking.  Cincinnati ranked as the most literate city in Ohio and third best in the Midwest.

Cincinnati scored particularly well for its respected public library system and for the availability of bookstores.  Access to Internet resources is the category in which Cincinnati ranked lowest.  The city has consistently ranked in or just outside of the top 10 most literate cities for several years now.

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$85 Million Fund for Cincinnati Music

Cincinnati's musical institutions just got a bit healthier after a massive $85 million fund was created by Louise Dieterle Nippert to support classical music in the city.

The new fund will provide $3 million a year to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, $500,000 to the Cincinnati Opera, $200,000 to the Cincinnati, and the rest of the fund being split up amongst a variety of smaller musical institutions.

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Lachey Helping Save the Music in Cincinnati Public Schools

Cincinnati Public Schools received $150,000 from VH1's Save the Music Foundation with help from Nick Lachey who is a CPS alum and foundation ambassador.

The money will help restore instrumental music programming in Cincinnati's largest public school district.  To celebrate, a string ensemble composed of CPS students performed at the announcement with instruments they received in October.

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Gallerie Zaum hosts marathon reading of Moby Dick

Over the weekend, Gallerie Zaum hosted the region's first-ever marathon reading of Moby Dick.  The classic American novel was to be read in 20 minute segments over the course of two days in Newport.

In addition to the marathon reading of Moby Dick, a complimentary Moby Dick inspired art exhibit titled "Chasing the Whale in Northern Kentucky Local Artists Respond to Moby-Dick" was also held.  The combination marked the first time a Moby Dick marathon reading has ever been conducted in the presence of a similar art exhibition.

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CPS kids to play at White House

Twelve students from the Cincinnati Public School District have been invited to play at the White House this week as part of an ongoing White House Music Series organized by First Lady Michele Obama.

Eleven students from the School of Creative and Performing Arts, and one student from Walnut Hills High School will travel to Washington D.C. and partake in lessons with master musicians and then perform at the White House.

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Cincinnati's Freedom Center may have new path

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center may become an "independent establishment" within the federal government if museum officials have their way.  The move would increase funding and exhibit prospects.

The discussions started when museum officials learned of legislation being pushed forward to create a national emancipation museum - something U.S. Representative Steve Driehaus believes already exists with the Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

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MTV crews filming in Cincinnati, Nky

MTV film crews have descended upon the Cincinnati region once again as they film a group of Milford teenagers who claim to fight crime as masked superheroes.  The film crews are shooting for a reality series pilot.

A second MTV film crew was also in town shooting the second season of the popular "Taking the Stage" reality show that follows the lives of several students at Cincinnati's famous School of Creative and Performing Arts.  There was also a third film crew in town finishing a "16 and Pregnant" episode at Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills, KY.

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Ohio's Best Team: Not the Buckeyes

The University of Cincinnati Bearcats have quickly launched their way into the National Championship picture after coming off of a Big East Championship run last year that put the team into their first Orange Bowl game and this year's impressive start that finds them ranked in the top ten.  Now Ohioans have the tough choice of choosing between the perrenially ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and upstart Bearcats.

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Cincinnati Museum Center receives top honor

The Museum Center at Union Terminal has been named as one of ten recipients of the prestigious 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service award for outstanding contributions to the community.

The award is the nation's highest honor for museums and libraries.  The Museum Center will receive a national medal and $10,000 at a ceremony in Washington D.C. for its outstanding contributions to the community in either social, educational, environmental or economic standards used for judging.

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Freedom Center sharpens focus

As the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center celebrates its fifth anniversary, its working to trim its focus during rough economic times.

Since its opening on the Cincinnati riverfront in 2004, the museum has reduced its budget and staff to adjust to lower than expected attendance.  A cut in ticket prices this year and several traveling exhibits are credited with boosting attendance.

The Freedom Center continues to draw rave reviews from educators and students visiting the museum.  Officials also expect a boost in attendance to occur following the completion of the $1 billion riverfront development surrounding the museum known as The Banks.

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Kings Island scraps Halloween display of dead celebrities

In response to negative feedback, Kings Island amusement park has decided to dismantle its planned Halloween Haunt display featuring skeletons of prominent dead celebrities.

The display was to include skeletons dressed to appear like former Tennessee Titan QB Steve McNair, Heath Ledger, Sonny Bono and Michael Jackson.  Officials at the amusement park state that their intentions were not meant to be distasteful, but the public reaction indicated that many people thought differently.

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Supporters rally to save Cincinnati libraries

Supporters brought out the big names to a recent rally meant to save the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.  Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, US Congressman Steve Driehaus and wildlife expert Thane Maynard were all in attendance.

The Cincinnati library system is facing a $16 million deficit for 2010, and if an upcoming levy fails as many as 20 branches might be closed.  Issue 7 will ask voters of Hamilton County to decide on a proposed tax increase to support the library system and prevent the branch closures.

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'Color Purple' brings Cincinnati native home

Cincinnati native Darius Crenshaw will be touring through Cincinnati with "The Color Purple" as it makes its second visit here.  The SCPA grad credits his former teachers for getting him to Broadway.

The Grammy-nominated musical features gospel, jazz, pop and blues and is based on Alice Walker's novel about a woman who finds emotional peace after a trial-filled life in rural Georgia in the early 1900s.

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UC to host international research conference on Berlin Wall

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, its anniversary will be bolstered by two major events in Cincinnati: an international research conference and the unveiling of a permanent display of a section of the wall in Cincinnati.

The University of Cincinnati has been designated by the German Embassy as one of a select handful of collegiate partners in the "Freedom Without Walls" celebration.  The highlight of the UC events will be a research conference entitled, "November 9, 1989 - The Fall of the Berlin Wall, Twenty Years After," which will include presentations from scholars from all over the world.

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Cincinnati Cheetah breaks speed record

An eight-year-old cheetah named Sarah from the Cincinnati Zoo broke the speed record for land animals by covering 100 meters in 6.13 seconds.  The previous record was held by a South African cheetah which covered the distance in 6.19 seconds in 2001.

The cheetah ran on a specially designed course at the Cincinnati Zoo's Regional Cheetah Breeding Facility and was chasing a lure.  The record was set on Sarah's second attempt, although the South African record was also broken on her first.

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Erich Kunzel, 74, Dies; 'Prince of Pops' Directed Cincinnati Pops To Fame

Known as the 'Prince of Pops' Erich Kunzel launched Cincinnati's pop orchestra into the mainstream.  Over nearly two decades of work Kunzel sold more than 10 million recordings and provided the soundtracks to the Memorial Day and Fourth of July concerts held on the Capital lawn in Washington D.C.

At the age of 74, Kunzel passed away this past week and left behind a career where he recorded dozens of albums with the Cincinnati Pops, received the National Medal of Arts and earned a slew of other honors.

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Hundreds of thousands enjoy Riverfest 2009

Riverfest 2009 proved to be as big of a draw as any year drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky riverfront to view the famous Labor Day fireworks display.

The Riverfest festivities start earlier than the much anticipated 9pm fireworks show with live music, food, drink and other events put on by local radio and television stations.

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Goooooood German Food

Journal Gazette staff writer Jaclyn Youhana visits Cincinnati for a wedding and discovers her love for German food found throughout much of the heavily German Cincinnati region.

In town for a wedding, the Illinois native visited the world-famous Hofbrauhaus in Newport and sampled its beer and food.  Both of which left her wanting more and wondering where she might find such fare near Fort Wayne.

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Salt Lake Acting Company recruits leader from Cincinnati

The Salt Lake Acting Company has decided to tap Cincinnati Know Theatre artistic director Jason Bruffy as their new leader.  Bruffy will take over a organization with more than double the budget that Know Theatre has, and an acting company with a 40-year history in Salt Lake City.

"He was so right," says Nancy Borgenicht, SLAC interim executive producer, about the decision made by the SLAC board, staff and selection committee.  Admired for being a "theatrical entrepreneur," Bruffy was also chosen in part for his efforts in developing Cincinnati's Fringe Festival.

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That Cincinnati chili - what is it?

The Houston Chronicle examines that curious food of choice that originates from southwestern portions of Ohio and has forever branded Cincinnati as an odd chili town. That oddity has apparently piqued the interest of Chronicle readers.

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Semi-Final rounds of Funniest Person in Cincinnati being held this Wednesday

The Funniest Person in Cincinnati contest is coming to a close and will have the semi-final round of competition this Wednesday at Go Bananas Comedy Club.

The majority of this year's amateur division was from outside of the Cincinnati area, thus making a Cincinnati winner in that category a long shot.  The semi-pro division has all Cincinnatians left in the semi-final.

The doors will open this Wednesday night at 7pm with the first comedian taking the stage at 8pm.  Votes from the audience to factor into the final results.

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Cincinnati one of America's Best Cities

Cincinnati came in at the number 9 spot on Outside Magazine's list of the top 10 cities in America based on things like cost of living, unemployment, nightlife, commute time, and access to green spaces.

Outside started their list with the 100 most populated cities and then took the top 28 candidates with the highest overall averages and put them through an additional round of critiques that included comparisons of the percentage of the population with college degrees, income level in relation to home prices, and weather.

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36 Hours in Cincinnati

New York Times writer Kassie Bracken visits Cincinnati and discusses the many things to see and do over the course of 36 hours in the Queen City.

"With the quiet momentum of a work in progress, Cincinnati is finding an artsy swagger, infused with a casual combination of Midwest and Southern charm," says Bracken who goes on to discuss Cincinnati's revitalized downtown and the transcending historic Over-the-Rhine.

Bracken visits a slew of places throughout the city and hits neighborhoods like Northside, Covington and Newport in addition to Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.

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Cincinnati 'portable' circus offers festival fun

The Amazing Portable Circus started 12 years ago with one guy doing some juggling acts.  Since then the company has more than tripled in size and can put on 200 different kinds of acts at nearly 2,000 events annually.  The company has no permanent home although performers are able to practice their acts in the Covedale neighborhood of Cincinnati.

Owner Dave Willacker says that he likes what the company does, but never intended to do this for a career.  Willacker left his teaching job at Roger Bacon High School last year so that he could devote himself full-time to the circus business

Costs start around $75 an hour for their services with some performers making $30,000 a year working only 10 hours a week.

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Cincinnati with friends

Chicago Tribune reporter Phil Marty takes a trip to Cincinnati and reports back on its architecture, history, activities and the cities especially friendly people.

As Marty visited Findlay Market he remarked that, "it's the place to socialize, and popular with activists, judging by the genial, graying woman selling the Socialist Worker and the trio of guys buttonholing passersby to talk about the Green Party."

In addition to the many things to see and do, Marty remarks on the people who may get their unique Midwestern friendliness from being part southern at the same time.

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Bright Lights, Wide Eyes: Nostalgic Collections That Speak Volumes

The American Sign Museum and the Vent Haven Museum are two of the more peculiar museums you will come across.  In Cincinnati these two unique establishments are just another part of the museum collection.

The American Sign Museum boasts a large collection of signs that celebrate the nostalgia of the American sign heritage.  Some are lit, others are not, but there are over 200 such signs inside the museum in Cincinnati's Camp Washington neighborhood.

The Vent Haven Museum was started by Cincinnati businessman William Shakespeare Berger in  1910 and looks at the trade of ventriloquism with dummies, photographs and more.

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A quarantine for WEG horses will be in a Cincinnati parking lot

An estimated 600 horses will come to the Kentucky Horse Park for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and they will all need somewhere to stay.

Part of that lodging solution will come in the form of a parking lot at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport where a complex of covered stables will be built to help house the horses before they compete at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

The games will take place from September 25 to October 10 and will attract visitors from all over the world, and the quarantine will allow for the proper prevention of the spread of any potential diseases.

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Wussy: Strong Work, And Not Without Pain

The Cincinnati-based quartet, Wussy, recently released their third album which is called Wussy.  The work has drawn the praise of National Public Radio's (NPR) Ken Tucker who reviews the album.

Tucker describes the album as reflecting the pun that the someone else that the music is entertain is in fact us.  He goes on to discuss the narrative of the album and breaks down the feeling of the music.

Tucker says that Wussy "conveys the delicacy and fragility of the emotions they want to describe," and goes on to say that the band strives to avoid easy poetry instead going for something more conversational.

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A short vacation idea close to Knoxville: Cincinnati

Knoxville News Sentinel contributor Tanya Bricking Leach discusses the opportunities to experience architecture, culture and more in a quick trip to Cincinnati.

Leach discusses the architecture tour she took that highlighted the architecture and history of Cincinnati and one of its oldest neighborhoods.

She also discusses the value in its close proximity to Knoxville and the affordable value that a trip to the Queen City offers.

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World Choir Games to be held in Cincinnati

The World Choir Games will bring the annual event to the United States for the first time in 2012 when it brings its 20,000 singers from 400 choirs in 90 different countries to Cincinnati.

The event is expected to bring in $14 million for area hotels, restaurants and stores, and for two weeks in 2012 Cincinnati will be the epicenter of world culture.

There will be hundreds of free performances in addition to the competitions and events will be held all around the region.

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Revitalizing Over-the-Rhine: Neighborhood Assets

Cincinnati's historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood is in the midst of a major transformation.  The neighborhood that saw serious decline over the past several decades is finally starting to rebound.  With this revitalization comes new challenges and opportunities.

In part two of his discussion, Kaid Benfield looks at the neighborhood and its current assets that can be built on.  Assets like Findlay Market, Music Hall and Washington Park top the list.

Kaid Benfield is the director of the Smart Growth Program with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington D.C.

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Cincinnati Fine Arts Fund distributes $10.2 million

The Fine Arts Fund raised $11 million this year which fell just short of its $12 million goal.  $10.2 million of that money was distributed this past week to 18 Cincinnati-area arts organizations.

The fund supports local organizations like the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Opera and many more including about 70 smaller nonprofit arts organizations and programs.

The Fine Arts Fund was founded in 1927 and ha raised more than $200 million for its member organizations over the years.

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BB Riverboats' Belle of Cincinnati to go on Summer Cruise Tour

From July 14 through July 25, the Belle of Cincinnati will take passengers on a special Summer Cruise Tour that will make stops at five river cities.

The BB Riverboat cruise will offer lunch, dinner and sightseeing cruises throughout the tour as well, and will make a special half-day trip during the cruise.

Several days will be spent in Charleston, WV with stops also being made in Gallipolis, OH; Huntington, WV; Ironton, OH; and Maysville, KY.

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Cincinnati Zoo attendance skyrockets

The Cincinnati Zoo has seen explosive attendance growth in 2009 when compared to the previous year.  So far in the first five months, of the year, the Zoo has seen a 40% increase in attendance which totals up to more than 370,000 visitors so far.

Those numbers include the second-best April and May attendance in zoo history.  May 23 also marked the highest attendance of any May day in history with nearly 13,000 people visiting the zoo.

The Zoo recently opened a new main entrance off of Vine Street and credit this for some of the increase in attendance.  They also said that an aggressive marketing campaign and a variety of national rankings putting the Cincinnati Zoo as one of the best zoos for families in the country.

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Restoration work to begin at Cincinnati's Union Terminal

A $9 million first phase will kick off a larger $120 million restoration effort at Cincinnati's historic art deco Union Terminal that opened in 1933 as a railroad station.

The first phase will be begin soon and include the remodeling of several dining and banquet rooms that will be made available to the public for rental.

Also included in the work is the cleaning and restoration of ceiling murals, wood veneer and light fixtures, and installing new windows and wiring.

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Cincinnati band resists lure of major labels

Even as Cincinnati rock band Wussy gets national attention and praise, they are choosing to stay local and avoid the major labels offering them deals.

The band has decided to stay with local record label Shake It Records which is housed inside an eclectic record store in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati.  Northside is also where the two songwriters call home and work part-time jobs to help make ends meet.

"I didn't mind being on a major label," Cleaver said.  "But I never really thought much about making money.  I'm...attached to where I'm from."

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Cincinnati USA Loves YP's

While many people may still think of Cincinnati as an old industrial town built on pork processing, the city is quickly becoming a hip, cosmopolitan area that is drawing in young professionals from all over.

The city has a large collection of companies that are always hungry for young talent.  This combined with the area's love for the arts, festivals and political leaders that are putting YP's at the front of the discussion is what is transforming this city into a YP success story.

The area is in a significant rebranding process and has embraced the creative class.  The city and region are also leading in green innovative technologies.

There are strong benchmarks for YP growth and retention for the future and Cincinnati seems to get it with their love for YP's.

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Lincoln gold-on-silver pitcher for auction in Cincinnati

A rare Tiffany pitcher that dates to Abraham Lincoln's first inauguration in 1861 is to be auctioned next month in Cincinnati and could fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The pitcher is thought to be a gift to Lincoln and has been owned by a Cincinnati family that declines to be identified.

The item has been on loan to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. for four decades.

The "monumental piece of silver" bears the Great Seal of the United States and is engraved with the inscription, "To the President of the United States Abraham Lincoln from his Washington Friends March 4, 1861."

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Sen. Cates goes to bat for 2013 All-Star Game in Cincinnati

A state senator, from the northern Cincinnati suburb West Chester, has introduced a resolution to the Ohio Senate that urges MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to select the Reds to host the 2013 All-Star Game.

Senator Gary Cates' resolution had bipartisan support with Sen. Eric Kearney, D-Cincinnati, and Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati as cosponsors.

"As the first professional baseball team in 1869, the Reds have played an important role in the evolution and growth of Major League Baseball," says Cates who also says that Cincinnati has some of the most devoted fans in the game.

The Reds last hosted the game in 1988 at Riverfront Stadium.  The Reds now play at the new Great American Ballpark located on Joe Nuxhall Way in downtown Cincinnati.

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Burger Beer Back And It's Cheap!

The beer that was Reds baseball is returning to shelves soon at a price that's right for the current economic times.

Generations of Cincinnatians and Reds baseball fans grew up with Burger Beer and 'Burgerville' out in the Sun/Moon deck at Crosley Field.

On May 29th the historic beer will be relaunched at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum by its new owner and the Reds.

Burger Beer lovers will be able to purchase Burger Classic and Burger Light throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana for $5.99 a twelve pack in cans.  Burger was one of the first beers in the country to be sold in cans.

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Downtown Cincinnati Inc. reports continued progress

Based on a recent opinion survey, Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI) is noting that perceptions of downtown are improving and that more people are visiting downtown, coming more frequently, staying longer and spending more money.

Respondents also saw downtown s "fun, genuine and unique," and more people are considering downtown for dining, shopping and entertainment than they did a year ago.

In the 2008 annual report that also came out DCI reports that sales of the Downtown Cincinnati Gift Card are up 20 percent, pedestrian traffic remained steady, Class A vacancy rates decreased, 20 new businesses opened and some $926 million in projects are underway and expected to be completed in the next two years.

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Bengals ready for 'Hard Knocks'

The Cincinnati Bengals will be the featured team on the fifth year of the popular HBO series, "Hard Knocks: Training Camp."  There will be five, one-hour episodes that will be shot by a 50-person NFL Films crew that will have an all access pass in covering the team. At each of the practices, six players or coaches will be miked.

Cincinnati follows Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City and then Dallas again in the HBO series that covers teams through their training camp trials and tribulations.  "It's a blank sheet of paper at the beginning and then the stories evolve as the shows evolve," says HBO sports president Ross Greenburg.

The show will debut on Wednesday, August 12th at 10pm and air weekly.

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UC dancers on top of the world

Coming off of their fourth national championship in six years for hip-hop dance, the University of Cincinnati Dance Team was selected to represent the United States in the first-ever International Cheer Union’s World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida.

The UC Dance Team was there with teams from more than 40 countries competing in dance and cheer events.  The result was impressive as the team swept all three categories and took home gold medals in jazz dance, hip-hop and freestyle dance.

The team is made up of 17 students that come from all over the country to be a part of the University of Cincinnati’s now internationally acclaimed dance team.  The team also boasts an overall grade point average of 3.4.

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Museum Center has $87M economic impact

The Cincinnati Museum Center has an annual economic impact of $87 million, according to a study by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center for Education and Research.

The study evaluated the impact of visitor spending, capital expenditures, and employment by the Museum Center's attractions, including the Omnimax theater, Duke Energy Children's Museum, and the Museum of Natural History and Science.

The study also found that $37 million of that annual economic impact is "new money" drawn from out-of-town visitors and national touring museum exhibits.

The Museum Center commissioned the study, which it hopes will bolster fundraising for its $120 million renovation project, which the study estimates would have an economic impact of $278 million and would create 1,239 construction jobs, while indirectly supporting another 1,285 jobs.

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'CBS Sunday Morning' to film at CCM

CBS Sunday Morning is in town next week to shoot interviews and footage of piano lessons, recitals and “Pianopalooza,” a piano concert at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. CCM recently invested in 165 Steinway pianos as part of a record-breaking, $4 million deal to make CCM an All-Steinway School.

The deal marks the single largest sale in the history of Steinway & Sons.

“CBS Sunday Morning” number one Sunday morning news program, with a viewing audience of 5.03 million.  

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College of Mount St. Joseph offering new interactive media major

To better prepare students for a digital future, the College of Mount St. Joseph will offer a new major in Interactive Media Design & Computing for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Combining art, computing and communication, the cirriculum will offer hands-on experience with industry-standard software for designing and editing both audio and visual media.

Using skills gained in the program, students will be prepared for careers in web design and development, multimedia information editing and management, educational multimedia, game design, and e-commerce.

"It is my hope that this program will bridge the gap between the designer and the programmer by developing a single highly-skilled individual who has skills in both areas," says Dennis Gibson, M.S., professor of computer science and program director.

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YP population growing

Between 2005 and 2007, the number of young adults in the 15-county metropolitan area grew 4 percent, after dropping 13 percent over the previous 15 years.

And although it's hard to say just how many of these 16,648 additional young men and women are "professionals", it has become clear that efforts to attract and engage this demographic have been stepped up since a 2002 visit by author Richard Florida gave the region poor marks.

Charlotte Otto, global external relations officer at Procter & Gamble, tells the Enquirer that continuing to improve urban housing, entertainment options, and social connections will be the key to helping the region attract and retain the very best talent.

The recently completed Agenda 360 regional plan has set a goal of attracting another 150,000 adults ages 20-34 by 2020, which would require a 36 percent increase in the number of young adults in just 10 more years.

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Xavier seeking stimulus funds for Xavier Square, Hoff Quad

Xavier University has submitted proposals for $80 million in funding from the federal economic stimulus package to help fund several campus projects.

University officials believe that $32 million for the stalled Xavier Square project could finance public infrastructure and make the site more attractive to private developers.

Stimulus funds in the amount of $26.5 million would be dedicated to the second phase of the Hoff Academic Quad, the renovation of Alter Hall, Schott Hall, and the McDonald Library.

In addition to the two larger projects, $23.5 million is being sought for the new King Records facility, the new Central Utility Plant, and the renovation of Norwood's Allison Street School.

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Cincinnati Museum Center among nation's most visited

The Cincinnati Museum Center was the 17th-most visited museum in the United States in 2008, according to ForbesTraveler.com.

In 2008, the museum drew more than 1.3 million visitors and was the only Ohio location to make the list.

Douglass McDonald, president and CEO of the Cincinnati Museum Center, tells the publication that the institution "continues to see strong attendance figures, even in difficult economic times", adding that "Bodies...The Exhibition" brought in 315,000 visitors, the highest attended exhibit in the city's history.

In gathering attendance figures, ForbesTraveler.com tracked on-site visits only.

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Symphony to tour Japan in October

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has announced that it will perform seven concerts in four Japanese cities this October, including two concerts in the esteemed Suntory Hall and a nationally-televised appearance at NHK Hall.

"Only the world's best orchestras are invited to Suntory Hall in Tokyo," says CSO president Trey Devey.  "This is an honor for the CSO and we are fortunate to have dedicated underwriting so that we can pursue this important artistic initiative and represent our community to one of the world’s largest cultural centers."

According to the CSO, the tour repertoire will showcase the orchestra's recorded works and pay homage to its United States home, including pieces by composers such as Copland, Barber, Bernstein and Gershwin, as well as Dvorák’s New World Symphony, written about America.

This is the fourth international tour for the CSO since 2001, and its first trip to Japan since 2003.

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Creating a tiny tour through Kentucky

Paul Busse, an Alexandria landscape architect whose company, Applied Imagination, has earned international acclaim for its detailed scenes featuring the nation's most recognized landmarks.

Now Busse is bringing his talent to the Kentucky Children's Garden at The Arboretum in Lexington, which will feature a display of such Kentucky landmarks as the state Capitol building, Churchill Downs, and Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home.

Busse's buildings are constructed with foam, and every square inch of the display is covered with botanical materials.

His company also builds the giant bridges that people walk under, and sets up the trains that run from ground level to up over the viewers.

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Cincinnati in running for 2012 World Choir Games

Leaders of the 2012 World Choir Games were in Cincinnati last week for a final site visit, and have told Hamilton County commissioners that the city is their first choice.

The Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau says that the event would bring to the city 20,000 choir members from 96 countries and could generate 50,000 hotel room nights.

An event this size would be five times larger than last year's National NAACP Convention.

Performances would be held at several venues throughout Downtown and Over-the-Rhine, with the new School for Creative and Performing Arts as the focus.

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UC professors produce first known introductory text on LGBT Studies

Finding a lack of textbooks that could adequately introduce the topic of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) studies to their students, a pair of University of Cincinnati professors decided to create one.

Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies professors Deborah Meem and Michelle Gibson worked with former UC colleague Jonathan Alexander to produce "Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies", considered by the authors to be the first real introductory LGBT textbook published in the field.

The book, which covers such topics as gay and lesbian history, queer theory, intersectionality, and concepts of moral panic, was field tested by Meem's students and by students in a similar course at Northern Kentucky University.

While designed as a textbook, the authors hope it will attract a broader readership of people who want to learn more about the topic.

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Cincinnati earns its 'Queen City' nickname

Yes, Cincinnati has a sometimes shaky reputation.  But let's forget about that for a second.  (Or forever.)

Laura DeMarco, a writer for the Newhouse News Service whose story was picked up by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, sees in Cincinnati a cultural revival, a city that boasts "world-class museums, a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, and a rich look at the state's history".

For sights, DeMarco recommends Fountain Square, the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the "forward-thinking" architecture at the University of Cincinnati.

The writer also recommends catching a show at the Southgate House, taking a trip off the beaten path to the Comet in Northside to dine on a giant burrito, or experiencing the fine dining, fantastic views, and charming streets of Mount Adams.

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Dinosaurs Unearthed features world's first set of full-sized, feather-covered dinosaurs

Dinosaurs Unearthed, on view through September 7 at the Cincinnati Museum Center, highlights some of the most thought-provoking paleontological discoveries of the past decade.

In recent years, paleontologists have uncovered fossilized evidence that suggests that many famous dinosaur species may have been covered in feathers for camouflage, travel, or warmth.

These feathered dinosaurs, along with many other species, are displayed in animatronic form -- some up to 55 feet long and 22 feet high.

Accompanying the exhibit is Dinosaurs Alive, an OMNIMAX film that takes visitors on a journey to dinosaur life from the early Triassic period all the way through the late Cretaceous (approximately 250 million to 70 million years ago) and explores the early roots of paleontology in the Gobi Desert.

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Betsky has big plans for Cincinnati Art Museum

Cincinnati Art Museum director Aaron Betsky has big plans for a local institution that hasn't expanded since 1962.

Campus expansion plans, being designed by Rotterdam-based Neutelings Riedijk Architects, include adding 35,000 to 50,000 more square feet of space, expanding the gallery space by 30 percent, and creating a spectacular new entrance off of Eden Park Drive.

Betsky would also like to move the museum's offices to the former Art Academy space, leaving more room inside the museum for the celebration of art.

"The Cincinnati Art Museum should help us understand where we came from and where we are going," he tells Cincy Magazine.  "I would want it to be the first place in Cincinnati that anyone would want to spend an afternoon, especially for young creatives to come see the world."

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Starchitecture is dead; Bring on sustainability

The age of the architectural icon is over, says Blair Kamin on Chicago architecture blog The Skyline.  So what will replace it?

The answer is likely to be useful, sustainable buildings that support our needs, if the Obama administration's ideas for economic growth are any indication.

The down economy seemingly has brought an end to the recent "icon age" that began with Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and has led to a boom in signature buildings by architects such as Rem Koolhaus, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Santiago Calatrava.

Now architects looking for work are looking to the public sector, and will have to design buildings that are not standalone icons, but are part of the fabric of everyday life.

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Cincinnati Art Museum only U.S. venue for Surrealist and Dada exhibition

The Cincinnati Art Museum will be the only U.S. venue for an internationally acclaimed exhibition of Surrealist and Dada art, including the works of Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, and Max Ernst.

Surrealism and Beyond explores five major themes through 250 works in a full range of artistic media, providing a comprehensive survey of the movement from its Dadaist roots through contemporary interpretations.

The exhibition was culled from the 1,200-work collection of the Israel Museum, internationally recognized as a leading repository for research and display of important modernist movements.

The special exhibition will be on view from February 15 through May 17, and admission is free.

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Cincinnati rallies to rock its R&B cradle

King Records was founded as a "hillbilly" label by Syd Nathan in 1943, and ended up playing a vital role in the creation of modern rock and roll and rhythm and blues music.

Not only did Nathan bring country, blues, and R&B styles together under the same roof, but his facility also pressed the records, designed the album cover art, and packed and shipped the final product.

"While no single city has naming rights as the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, the elements that made rock 'n' roll — the blend of country, blues and the big beat — were being created at King Records," Larry Nager, former pop music editor for several Cincinnati dailies and the author of the book "Memphis Beat", tells the New York Times.

Now Cincinnati is looking to rediscover a nearly lost landmark with a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame historical marker near the former headquarters on Brewster Avenue in Evanston, and plans to establish a King Records Center nearby on Montgomery Road.

According to Nager, King Records "remains Cincinnati's single most important cultural contribution to the world".

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Downtown library busiest in country

For the fourth straight year, the Main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has been ranked as the busiest library building in the nation by the Public Library Association.

The branch circulated more than 4 million items, receiving nearly 10 percent of that total from user holds for materials such as books, CDs, and DVDs.

With recent improvements such as the technology center and teen spot, circulation is on pace to reach 4.7 million this year.

The Public Library Association compared nearly 1,000 public libraries from the United States using 2007 circulation statistics.

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Board hopes event spurs interest in Emery Theatre

After a decade of dormancy, the board of the Emery Center Corp. hopes that the November 23 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards spurs interest in raising the $3 million needed to make the historic theater functional.

Built in 1911 by Samuel Hannaford and Sons and owned by the University of Cincinnati, the Emery Center board has been busy preparing renovation cost estimates, performing valuation studies, demolishing and removing debris, and generally freshening up the space.

With parking available in the nearby Gateway garage and the thriving surrounding arts scene, many see a need for a 1,600-seat theater like the Emery.

It's still unclear if the city will have money in the budget to support the project, or if a proposed theater at Fifth and Race will materialize.

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UC team virtually rebuilds lost architecture of the Shakers

An ongoing University of Cincinnati public education project is virtually rebuilding the lost structures of the Shakers, with a focus on the White Water Shaker Village near Harrison.

Jose Kozan, adjunct professor of architecture and research associate in UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, is working in conjunction with members of the Center for the Electronic Reconstruction of Historical and Archaeological Sites to recreate the buildings and interiors that have been lost since the site was vacated in 1916.

Using Google's 3D Warehouse and Google Earth, the team has created 3D virtual models of nearly a dozen buildings, taking great care to present the interiors as they would have looked when the village was established in 1824.

According to UC News, Kozan's goal is to expand these virtual reconstructions to include other Shaker communities throughout the United States, to spread the architectural lessons to be learned, and to encourage tourism via preservation.

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Lindner Athletics Center wins AIA Chicago award

The Richard E. Lindner Center and George & Helen Smith Athletics Museum on the University of Cincinnati main campus has won special recognition from the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Focusing on interiors and, more specifically, the trophy case, one juror called the multi-story, translucent wall of trophies "brilliant".

AIA Chicago jurors also liked the "good environmental graphics and industrial design" employed by the architects in showcasing the university's athletic and academic success.

Earning special recognition were Perkins+Will/Eva Maddox Branded Environments, Bernard Tschumi Architects, Glaserworks, Intaglio, Turner Construction Company, Harmon Inc., and Xibitz.

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Cincinnati's library system earns top 10 ranking

For the third year in a row, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCHC) has ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Cincinnati placed 10th among 79 library systems in the "Over 500,000 population" category in Hennen's American Public Library Ratings.

The ratings are based on statistics such as circulation, customer visits per hour, and number of volumes owned per capita.

While PLCHC executive director Kim Fender is pleased with the ranking, she tells WLWT.com that "our Library is much more than the number of items on the shelves".

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Cincinnati auditions for world's largest choir competition

The City of Cincinnati is still in the running for the world's largest international choir competition, and spent this weekend making its case.

Team Cincinnati, winners of NBC's Clash of the Choirs, performed at the Aronoff Center on Saturday for a site selection committee from the World Choir Games, who became aware of Cincinnati through the television show.

The competition has never been held in the United States, and the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is pitching a Downtown and Over-the-Rhine "campus" of venues as its strongest selling point.

The CAA estimates that the games, which would be held in 2012, would bring a $13 million economic impact, 44,000 hotel room nights and 20,000 participants.

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Cincinnati's Fine Arts Fund provides a model to arts communities

Cincinnati continues to be the standard bearer when it comes to arts funding, according to the latest survey by Americans for the Arts.

With a 2006 campaign totals of $11.36 million, the Cincinnati Fine Arts Fund beat out much larger metros such as Atlanta and Seattle.

The Dayton Daily News attributed Cincinnati's success to tradition - it was founded in 1927 and has been campaigning annually since 1949 - and heavy corporate support.

And the Fine Arts Fund won't tolerate budget deficits, meaning that arts organizations that don't operate in a fiscally responsible manner get less and less funding.

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Register today for Creative Cities Summit 2.0

The Creative Cities 2.0 Summit (CCS2), taking place October 13-15, 2008, in Detroit will provide a next-generation look at how communities are integrating innovation, social entrepreneurship, arts & culture and business to make vibrant economies. 

Highlights include a special Big Creative Three session on Tuesday, October 14 featuring Richard Florida, John Howkins and Charles Landry, the originators of the concepts of the "creative class", the "creative economy" and the "creative city" respectively.

A pre-conference "Unconference" with the theme of "Detroit 2.0" will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, October 12 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.  There is a nominal $10 registration fee for the day.  An unconference, which has its origins in the technology community, is a facilitated, participant-driven, face-to-face conference around a theme or purpose.

The summit brings together change agents including architects, designers, urban planners, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, students, educators and community leaders to share their experiences, their projects, their successes and failures as together we re-imagine cities.

The conference fee is $300.

For more information or to register for both the Unconference and CCS2, go online to http://www.creativecitiessummit.com.

Miami Fort found to be Native American water works

The Shawnee artifact known as Miami Fort is not a fort at all, but an ancient water works, according to University of Cincinnati researchers.

Twenty-eight students from UC's Ohio Valley Archaeology Field School project have spent weeks working at the Shawnee Lookout park site, which at nearly six kilometers in length is twice as large as any other Native American earthworks in Ohio and one of the largest in the nation.

What they found were a series of gates and dams, and raceways to carry water from areas containing artesian springs.

The massive engineering feat means that the re-interpretation of the Shawnee and other indigenous cultures may be in order, according to UC assistant professor of anthropology and field school leader Ken Tankersley.

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Sensational Cincinnati: Queen City undergoing cultural revival

Cleveland Plain Dealer travel writer Laura DeMarco says that Cincinnati is undergoing a cultural revival, offering world-class museums, vibrant nightlife and dining, and a rich look at Ohio history.

Noting the hundreds of people on Fountain Square on Friday afternoon, DeMarco suggests taking a short walk to the Contemporary Arts Center, the "forward thinking" University of Cincinnati campus, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

For nightlife, she suggests numerous attractions in Newport, "gritty" Northside, and the upscale Mount Adams, rich with views.

Oh, and she liked goetta.  In fact, she seemed to like just about everything.

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Xavier launches puppet partnership

Xavier University's Department of Performing Arts has announced a new partnership with Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre.

Madcap has established a residence program at the university and will offer classes in puppet theater and theater for young audiences to Xavier students.

Though Madcap is best known for its family productions, they have also performed with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, the Cincinnati Ballet and the Cincinnati Opera.

According to the Catholic Telegraph, students in the department will gain another method of learning that can be applied to their individual courses of study.

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Cincinnati Pops trip to Olympics 'extremely successful'

Despite bouts of inclement weather, Cincinnati Pops conductor Erich Kunzel calls their trip to Beijing "extremely successful".

A concert at Beijing's National Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday was so well received that the orchestra was asked to return.

Although he isn't sure whether the Pops can return to open a festival next summer, Kunzel describes the experience as a landmark event.

Sunday's stormy weather forced the cancellation of a scheduled concert on the Olympic Green, but the orchestra was treated to a tour of the green by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games.

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Playhouse in the Park collaboration opens in NYC

A Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park collaboration with New York's Irish Repertory Theatre on a stage version of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days opened Sunday in New York City.

Evan Michael Haney, associate artistic director of Playhouse in the Park, is directing the fast-moving adaptation in which five performers play 39 international characters.

According to Playbill, this is the first time that Playhouse in the Park has partnered with the Irish Rep.

The show runs through September 7.

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NKU students in Lithuania for work-study program with CinciMedia

Northern Kentucky University and CinciMedia have launched a new virtual effects work-study program at the company's headquarters in Vilnius, Lithuania. According to a media release, the program is designed to extend the study and application of computer-generated images typically seen in major motion picture, commercials, fine art and engineering projects. Students in NKU's Media Informatics program will have the added benefit of working alongside some of the industry's top talent to produce a series of cutting-edge animation projects.

CinciMedia CEO Karl Treier will help the company develop talent from the Greater Cincinnati region while growing its business.

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Ohio to partner with Macy's to promote multicultural travel

The Ohio Tourism Division is partnering with the Macy's Music Festival, the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network and the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau to promote "Livin' for the Weekend", its new multicultural marketing campaign. The festival will be promoted through radio advertisements, Internet sites, and events guides that will be inserted into minority newspapers throughout Ohio and surrounding states. The marketing campaign, created by Singleton & Partners, is targeted to potential African-American and Hispanic visitors.

"Our partnership with Macy's Music Festival and the Cincinnati Regional Tourism Network is a great opportunity for us to reach minority leisure travelers who are motivated to travel for events," assistant state tourism director and former Cincinnati City Councilmember Alicia Reece says in a media release.

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CAM to present first exhibition on Chinese design

Beginning in October, the Cincinnati Art Museum will present China Design Now, the first exhibition in the U.S. to explore the recent explosion of new design in China. The exhibition will feature the work of emerging and established Chinese fashion designers, graphic artists and architects, and will explore how these designers are mixing global influences with their own in a time of rapid cultural and economic change.

According to Artdaily.org, China Design Now is structured in three sections, leading visitors on a journey through the cities of Shenzhen's graphic design scene, Shanghai's fashion and lifestyle, and Beijing's architecture and urban planning.

Over 250 objects will be on display at the exhibition, which will run through January 2009.

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Worldfest scheduled for this week

The University of Cincinnati's 10-day Worldfest celebration continues this week with speakers, activities, films and food from around the globe.

For the first time, this year's event has a theme - going green.

According to the News Record, events will include:

  • "Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace" by Vandana Shiva, keynote speaker for Worldfest
  • "Art in the Human Garden", an exhibit that looks at the relationship between humans and their environment
  • A speech by Connie Bruins of Ten Thousand Villages on the importance of fair-trade commodities
  • A presentation by Breanna Harris and Chris Clements of Imago encouraging students to become active with environmental issues

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CAC shines like bold, post-modern beacon

The Contemporary Arts Center's building is as much a reason to visit as the art it houses, according to the Indianapolis Star.

In the newspaper's Sunday travel column, Matt Gonzales admires the cantilevered facade and the "urban carpet" that architect Zaha Hadid included in the building's lobby.

Three temporary exhibitions are nearing the end of their runs: "Space is the Place", featuring paintings, sculpture, and photographs relating to space exploration; "LeWitt x 2", a tribute to conceptual artist Sol LeWitt; and "Daniel Libeskind", an exploration of four of the architect's recent projects.

Gonzales also recommends visiting the Cincinnati Museum Center's "Freedom's Sisters" interactive exhibit.

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Cincinnati performing arts offer no wrong choices

With over 20 high-profile sources, Cincinnati is home to some of the world's most diverse variety of performing arts.

From the Tony Award winning Playhouse in the Park to the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, Juble reports that it's impossible to make the wrong choice.

If you want to begin your road to a more cultured life, there is no better starting point than Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Rembrandt self-portrait makes first U.S. appearance in Cincinnati exhibit

Three self-portraits by Rembrandt van Rijn are part of an exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum, including one making its first U.S. appearance.

On loan from the Louvre Museum in Paris, "Self-Portrait at the Easel", completed in 1660, is believed to be first painting in which the Dutch master presents himself as a working artist.

In 1671, King Louis XIV acquired the painting, making it the first Rembrandt to enter a French public collection.

Rembrandt is believed to have painted nearly 40 self-portraits and to have etched 32 more.

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Kennedy Heights residents help rebuild neighborhood

A community-wide effort to improve the Montgomery Road corridor near Kennedy Avenue is paying off.

According to WCPO.com, the area is on its way to becoming a vibrant arts district.

Volunteers remodeled the interior and exterior of a 133-year-old vacant funeral home, saving it from being redeveloped as storage units and creating the Kennedy Heights Community Arts Center.

Nearby, Ballet Tech Cincinnati has moved in to the former Mr. Kelly's nightclub.

Community leaders say that they plan to use the arts to spur economic development.

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