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So You Want To Be A Cyclommuter?

Bike advocates offer tips on making the most of your commute

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The light bulb that is Cincinnati’s cycling culture is shining brighter than ever as more people switch out steering wheels for handlebars for their morning and evening treks to and from work. The reasons are multitude: to keep in shape, save a hunk on gas, use green transportation or just to slip some fresh air into the long days at the office.  

Hit the Trails

Urban trails offer a safe haven from automobile traffic, but more are needed

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 2, 2012
A couple of years ago I was heading up William Howard Taft Road to Gilbert Avenue and was nearing the intersection in the left turn lane when a contractor’s van started tailgating me. The driver whaled on his horn for me to move. Now, seriously, this guy had a gas pedal and could go much faster than me.   

Full Steam Ahead

Locals put Cincinnati on the map of steampunk empire

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2012
“I’m known to many as Aloysius Fox, and I am actually British,” says the enigmatic founder of The League of Cincinnati Steampunks. Though role-playing is a significant part of the literary genre-turned-cultural movement, Aloysius assures that his charming European swagger is, in fact, authentic (he notes that he moved to the States from Britain in the mid-1990s).   

Where My Ladies At

MC/producer J-Phunq & the women of Cincinnati's Hip Hop scene

6 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2012
During the last few years, as I’ve been getting out and networking with women at shows, I’ve discovered why Cincinnati’s Hip Hop community as a whole continues to be isolated. It’s a complicated mix of sub-communities that only intersects because of certain key people, and, not surprisingly, the connectors are women.
  

Losing Fight

Why new state legislation removing a breed-discriminatory clause doesn't matter to Cincinnati pit bull owners

17 Comments · Wednesday, April 4, 2012
I wander through all three dog kennels at the Sharonville SPCA. Perry, Zyr, Rocky, Lance, Goldie, Sage, Sugar, Boomer, Buddy, Macho. Pit bull, pit bull mix, pit bull, pit bull, pit bull, pit bull mix. The list goes on. The shelter, only miles from the Hamilton County border, is ridden with pits because it’s just outside the Cincinnati city limits, where it’s still illegal to own a dog designated as a pit bull or pit bull mix.   

Cincy Messes with Texas

A record number of bands from Greater Cincinnati complete successful invasion of Austin’s South By Southwest

8 Comments · Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Among the masses at this year’s South By Southwest, the yearly Austin festival, (the music portion of which ran March 13-18) were several of Cincinnati’s hometown favorites, marking the largest turnout yet for Cincinnati-based bands at SXSW.   

The Great Eight Debate

City, Duke Energy spar over streetcar construction technicality

3 Comments · Tuesday, March 6, 2012
If you listen to many native Cincinnatians, they will tell you their hometown is different from other cities. Special. Unique even. What works everywhere else doesn’t always work in the Queen City, and vice-versa. Whether the provincial attitude is due to a sense of pride or a neurotic inferiority complex, its accuracy ultimately is a matter of personal opinion.  

Miracle or Mirage?

ACT scores and a mysteriously ended cheating probe raise questions about Taft High School’s climb to the top

8 Comments · Tuesday, February 21, 2012
In a Cincinnati neighborhood plagued by high rates of blight, poverty and crime, the new $18.4 million Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School in the West End couldn’t offer a more contrasting narrative. While city police book killers and other suspected felons right next door, Taft students are enriching their minds in nine computer labs and exploring the world through wall-to-wall Wi-Fi.   

Mardi Gras By the Bite

Local eateries offer traditional foods to celebrate the start of Lent

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Fat Tuesday, the day before Christians settle down to 40 lean days of Lent, is part of almost every culture, whether it’s called Carnevale, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. But before you pick up that Hurricane glass and get your beads on, you’d best pick up a fork and get something substantial in your tummy.  

Close Encounters of a New Kind

Missed connections personal ads inspire Sophie Blackall’s quirky paintings

1 Comment · Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Missed connections — anonymous personal ads posted on websites like Craigslist — are something of a generational phenomenon. Sure, people have always shared brief moments with one another, later wishing they had said hello, given a compliment, asked for a phone number.   

Space Invaders!

In fall 1973, UFO hysteria gripped the Queen City

4 Comments · Tuesday, January 31, 2012
In mid- to late-October of 1973, just days before tens of thousands of costumed kids were to hit the streets of Cincinnati and surrounding communities for Halloween night, southwest Ohio was under invasion — an invasion that seemingly came from the heavens, and police and government officials across the region were on edge.    

Self Reflection Eternal

With help from some of the world’s great thinkers, local Hip Hop artist i-El finds himself

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 24, 2012
In the beginning, there was Tanya Morgan. And Tanya Morgan was good. Comprised of gifted Cincinnati rappers Ilyas Nashid and Donald “Donwill” Freeman, along with equally talented Brooklyn, N.Y., MC/producer Devon “Von Pea” Callender, Tanya Morgan was hailed as one of Hip Hop’s brightest young groups.  

Terminal Error

How county-provided data doomed the stadium tax economic impact study

2 Comments · Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Sixteen years ago, proponents of the half-cent sales tax hike to fund construction of new stadiums for the Reds and Bengals got a boost from an economic impact study that foretold a prosperous future. Knowing now what lay ahead, with the cash-strapped county mired in debt and cutting services to residents, voters probably would balk at supporting the initiative today.     

A Mouthful of Roaches, a Fistful of Fame

Sword swallowing, fire eating and giant cockroaches are all in a day’s work for sideshow entertainer Travis Fessler

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
You either respect or revile a man who takes a shot at the Guinness Book of Records by holding 11 Madagascar hissing cockroaches in his mouth. I’ve opted for respect with a dash of bemusement. Travis Fessler is one weird guy. He swallows swords, eats fire and allows 300-pound men to stomp on his chest while he lies on a bed of nails. His Oct. 11 record-breaking stunt wasn’t easy: The roaches had to be at least 2 1/2 inches long, had to stay in his mouth for 10 seconds and had to be alive when they crawled out. Previously the most anyone’s been able to mouth were nine of the exotic bugs.  

The Chambers of Horror

1601 S. University Blvd., Middletown

1 Comment · Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The Chambers continues to earn its reputation as a haven for hardcore, confrontational haunting. Costuming is minimal, the event uses lots of masks and rooms are decorated with the bare basics, but the ghouls and demons delight in pursuing hauntgoers and herding them into one trap after another.