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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. 

Renaissance Covington named Great American Main Street Award semi-finalist

Renaissance Covington was recently named one of 10 semi-finalists for the 2017 Great American Main Street Awards.

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

Playboy recently named The Overlook Lodge one of the 50 best bars in the United States.

Walk through Findlay Market reveals 40 vendors & restaurants

Take a virtual tour of Findlay Market, where you can visit its vendors, merchants and restaurants from the comfort of your computer screen.

Cincinnati named one of top cities for beer

Real estate blog Redfin recently named Cincinnati as one of the top 15 beer cities in the country along with Denver, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Buffalo.

Findlay Market named among nation's top historic food markets

USA Today recently featured Findlay Market as one of the country's top historic food markets.

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

The Food Network website is featuring Over-the-Rhine's newly opened Artichoke among the top U.S. cookware stores in a listicle titled "Where Cooks Shop."

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, putting today's renaissance into proper historical context.

Food tours are a delicious way to explore Cincinnati

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

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

Margy Waller reports on a painting project in Avondale for Americans for the Arts' ArtsBlog, exploring how the arts can contribute to creating more equitable local communities.

Playhouse featured in New York Times story about marketing provocative shows

Playhouse in the Park is one of six regional theaters The New York Times interviews about marketing "Sex With Strangers," a provocative play about a relationship between a female novelist and younger male blogger.

Covington the most underrated place in Kentucky, says Thrillist ranking

Food/drink/travel website Thrillist has published a list identifying the most underrated place in each state, and the entire city of Covington gets the honor for Kentucky.

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

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

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."

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 last week, by highlighting her seven most striking designs, including the Contemporary Arts Center downtown.

Artfully rebuilding in Covington

LISC's national website has a feature story "Rebuilding, Artfully, in Kentucky" covering the transformative work its Cincinnati office has done in Covington in partnership with the Center for Great Neighborhoods.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center gets attention in Virgin Atlantic blog

Local writer Margy Waller spreads the gospel of Cincinnati's renaissance worldwide in her latest feature story on Virgin Atlantic's "Our Places" blog, this time focusing on the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

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

Two Mortar co-founders and the four Cincinnati natives in Walk the Moon are among Forbes' annual "30 Under 30" list of the brightest young entrepreneurs, breakout talents and change agents.

Cincinnati's historic neighborhoods are well worth visiting

A new travel article in the Lexington Herald-Leader suggests that Cincinnati, just a little more than an hour’s drive from Lexington, Ky., offers great value for a reasonable price, especially in our historic neighborhoods.

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

The annual Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt on Fountain Square is among 10 German-style holiday markets in the U.S. highlighted by USA Today.

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

Andrew Davis, managing editor of a Chicago LGBTQ newspaper and website, visited Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky recently to write a travel story and came away impressed.

Jens Lekman making music more personal and intimate from Cincinnati

Swedish musician Jens Lekman is interviewed by The New York Times about his recent push into more intimate and immediate ways of music-making, including his "Ghostwriting" project this fall in Cincinnati.

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

The Graphic Design USA website is citing Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers to compare which cities are best for self-employed or freelance graphic designers, and Cincinnati ranks #18.

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, saying Cincinnati's story "surrounds you, in full color, on the exteriors of buildings."

Cincinnati recommended for "weekend getaway" from Chicago

Inside Hook, a city guide for men in Chicago, recommends Cincinnati as one of "the best destinations that are far away, yet still close to home."

UC professors discover possible "gateway to civilizations" in Greece

A grave discovered by UC Classics professors Jack Davis and Sharon Stocker is yielding artifacts that The New York Times says could be "a gateway" to explain early Ancient Greek culture.

25 years later: Cincinnati and Mapplethorpe

Cincinnati writer/artist Grace Dobush has a well-written story in today's Washington Post about this weekend's 25th anniversary celebration of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe's infamous Perfect Moment exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center.

When art fought the law in Cincinnati and art won

On the 25th anniversary of the Contemporary Arts Center's Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition that resulted in obscenity charges against the CAC, Smithsonian Magazine tries to explain how Cincinnati has evolved.

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

Forbes Travel Guide is bragging on Cincinnati for our up-and-coming food scene, beer and bourbon heritage, an explosion of hipness and easy access to luxurious hotels and high-end experiences.

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.

How Hamilton produced "drill rap" star Slim Jesus

Hamilton is home to rap star Slim Jesus, whose controversial "Drill Time" video has over 1.5 million YouTube views. The Atlantic's CityLab says he's a product of Ohio's vanishing manufacturing sector and steady pro-firearms legislative march.

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.

NYT Magazine chronicles Cincinnati Reds' long connection to Cuba

The New York Times Magazine examines the Cincinnati Reds' long connection to Cuban baseball, including star Tony Perez, whose statue at Great American Ball Park will be unveiled this weekend.

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

Forbes suggests how successful cities get their main marketing organizations to work together to increase investment, using Cincinnati as a "best practices" example based on last year's "Cincy in NYC" event.

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

Former Enquirer sportswriter Lonnie Wheeler has published another baseball book, Intangiball, and it was reviewed in The Washington Post last week.

All signs point to Cincinnati

American Sign Museum is featured in a new travel story in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the second time this year the funky Camp Washington museum has received national media coverage.

How Cincinnati nailed the All Star Game

Now that 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? Here's a roundup of day-after assessments.

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

Leading off the All Star Game's national media coverage of Cincinnati attractions and quirks is Major League Baseball itself, offering an MLB.com overview of Cincinnati attractions along with Skyline, Graeter's and Montgomery Inn ribs.

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 and one of only two buildings highlighted across the U.S.

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 U.S. cities: Cincinnati Art Museum, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, Calif.

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, riverfront development, downtown hotel and restaurant options and Over-the-Rhine's renaissance.

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

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

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

Cincinnati's two premier nonprofit economic development organizations, 3CDC and Cincinnati Development Fund, have received federal New Market Tax Credits totaling more than $87 million, the Business Courier reported June 15.

Memorial Day weekend event recommendations

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

Locally filmed 'Carol' gets rave reviews at Cannes

The 1950s-era drama Carol, filmed in Cincinnati last year, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival this past weekend to outstanding reviews, writes Steve Rosen on the CityBeat staff blog.

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

The New York Times covers last week's announcements from Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra about its successful fundraising campaign and a new musician contract that will allow it to hire more full-time players, saying the CSO's success is in stark contrast to many other orchestras around the country.

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," which considers a city's nightlife, culture, food, weather and rent costs and includes Cincinnati.

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. The Museum Center fills in the details.

Cincinnati's street art highlighted in Paste travel story

Paste Magazine notes that people in-the-know about street art head for Brooklyn, Berlin and Bristol to see work by the best-known artists, but "there are more and more destinations where you can see work by both artists local to the area and the bigger names" — including Cincinnati.

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

A new Rent.com study finds 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.

Constella Festival is "challenging the misconceptions of classical music"

Cincinnati's annual Constella Festival of Music & Fine Arts (April 8-19) is called "the festival that's challenging the misconceptions of classical music" in a preview article published in Huffington Post's Arts & Culture section.

MusicNOW featured in New York Times preview of 2015 music festivals

MusicNOW, celebrating its 10th year in March in OTR, gets a nice shout-out in The New York Times' preview of 2015 music festivals around the U.S.

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, what to wear, etc. and photos of the top U.S. opera companies, including Cincinnati Opera.

Louis Langree says "Bonjour, Cincinnati!"

Vanity Fair's February issue includes a quick interview with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Music Director Louis Langree, who explains how how he's gotten comfortable in Cincinnati, far from his French homeland.

Camp Washington Chili dubbed a national "classic"

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

Bach and Boombox declassifies the classics

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

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

Two University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music alumni have roles in the hit film "Gone Girl." 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.

Check out Cincinnati's new cool

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

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.

Local violin maker wins silver at international violin competition

Damon Gray won a Silver Medal for tone at the Violin Society of America’s International competition in September

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Two Hollywood starlets to take over Cincy restaurant

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.

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.

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 article on all things Cincinnati will give you your fix.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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

Cincinnati's 21C Museum Hotel was voted No. 1 hotel in the country in Conde Nast's Traveler's Reader's Choice Awards this week.

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.

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

ABC has picked up the pilot of an adaptation of "Sisterland" by Curtis Sittenfeld. Curtis Sittenfeld is a Cincinnati native and the sister of P.G. Sittenfeld, a current member of Cincinnati's City Council.

Cincinnati named one of top 10 great places to celebrate Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati was ranked one of the 10 best Oktoberfest parties in the world by USA Today Travel.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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. 

Read more.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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 D.C. Since that fortuitious day, I have been dreaming of the moment we (we=me+schnecken) would be reunited.

Read the full story here.

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. 

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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. 

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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!

he 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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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, 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 the percentage revenue growth, including Issue Media Group three-year sales growth of 170 percent. This shows a huge success in the important component of the economy of independent-minded entrepreneurs.

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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 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 ofthe 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.

Xavier launches puppet partnership

Xavier University's Department of Performing Arts has announced a new partnership with Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre.

Cincinnati Pops trip to Olympics 'extremely successful'

Despite bouts of inclement weather, Cincinnati Pops conductor Erich Kunzel calls their trip to Beijing "extremely successful".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kennedy Heights residents help rebuild neighborhood

A community-wide effort to improve the Montgomery Road corridor near Kennedy Avenue is paying off, with a focus on the arts.
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