Google “What is love?” and Wikipedia will present you with at least nine different songs — including the one from A Night at the Roxbury, which is probably stuck in your head right now, sorry — and an album by the same title. Try to define it on merriam-webster.com and you’ll find it has roots in Old English, Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Germanic and cognates in Old High German and can mean anything from “strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties” to “affection and tenderness felt by lovers.” And Urban Dictionary suggests that love is “nature’s way of tricking people into reproducing.”
So this Valentine’s Day we’re not going to try to define love. But CityBeat’s 2014 Love List will introduce you, in a strictly platonic way, to nine “hot” locals in various service, creative and philanthropic industries who have turned their passions into successful careers.
- Allison Hines, owner of Butcher Betties
- Alex Solin, lead guitarist for Archer's Paradox
- Christina Getachew, owner of Substance boutique
- Kelly and Kari Britton, owners of CURE Cincinnati
- Drew Klein, performance curator at the Contemporary Arts Center
- Jacki Jing, morning news anchor on FOX19
- Robert Inhuman, volunteer at Soapbox Books & Zines
- Blaine Krauss, musical theatre student at CCM
- Dan Eves, forward for the Cincinnati Cyclones
These are portraits of these lovable locals, focusing on why they love what they do, why they love Cincinnati and why they love their lives in general — restating the fact that there are many ways to define love and spread love in this world.
As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Where there is love, there is life.”
Get to the Love List here.