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Legally Banned

The secret complaints and controversial characters behind the firing of Loveland High School's drama instructor

3 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The road to Sonja Hansen’s home is lined with houses that all look the same. Three left-hand turns off Loveland-Miamiville Road through sidewalk-free suburbia sits the Hansens’ five-bedroom brick house, home of the most infamous lady in Loveland this side of sex-toy merchant Patty Brisben.    

Oh, Yes We Got Trouble (with a capital T)

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
 Theater is a great, creative outlet for kids. Sonja Hansen’s efforts in Loveland inspired dozens of them and engaged their families in a wholesome, enjoyable extracurricular activity. Such undertakings are also learning experiences. Sadly, this lesson in repression over trivial matters sends a terrible message to students.   

The Sweetest Thing

Artist Pam Kravetz and crew put the icing on the cake at 'The Art of Food'

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 27, 2013
For The Art of Food, Kravetz is the “marshmallow, glue and sugar-coated sweetness” at the center of “Let Them Eat Cake (on the Cakewalk),” a fashion show of 11 delectable looks from 15 artists working with several layers of DAAP students, beauty experts, bakers and others.  

Smoke and Mirrors

Gov. John Kasich says his new budget offers a fairer tax system and more money for schools, but it’s really just more of the same

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
In the big public push for his 2014-2015 budget proposal, Republican Gov. John Kasich has often sounded progressive. But deeper analyses of Kasich’s budget found that the governor was likely off with some of his claims.   

State of the Art

Cincinnati-based authors Marjorie Celona and Leah Stewart drop new novels

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
 Marjorie Celona’s Y and Leah Stewart’s The History of Us are more than just novels by writers who happen to be female; they’re sensitive, psychologically complex works that deal the nature of identity in ways both singular and incisive.   

Wired for Words

Leah Stewart’s love of the written word goes way back

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
 It’s a frigid weekday afternoon in early February, less than three weeks after the publication of Leah Stewart’s fourth novel, The History of Us, a Cincinnati-set coming-of-age tale marked by psychological insight, a sneakily addictive narrative thrust and a deft use of dialogue.
  

Total Immersion

First-time novelist Marjorie Celona delves deeply into her characters

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Published to wide acclaim in early January, the affecting Y is a novel of myriad pleasures, the most obvious being Celona’s sensitive, psychologically complex conception of Shannon, a character who refuses to leave one’s consciousness.
  

The Love List 2013

1 Comment · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
This Valentine’s Day we’re not going to try to define love. But CityBeat’s 2013 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.   

The Love List: Jessie Hoffman

2 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
“From as early as I can remember I wanted to be a hairstylist,” says Jessie Hoffman, owner/stylist at Parlour salon. “I always had my hands on hair — cutting my dolls’ hair very early on and foiling and hacking at brave friends’ locks in high school.”  

The Love List: Abby Artemisia

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
 After spending several months cooped up inside, immobilized, recovering from a back injury sustained during a car accident, Abby Artemisia had a realization: “I realized how vital nature is to my life, how much I missed it and how precious every moment is. … I realized I’d never be happy working inside and had to do something that fulfilled me.”  

The Love List: Hideki Harada

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A twist of fate landed Hideki Harada behind the sushi table when he applied for a part-time job at a Japanese restaurant while in school at Ohio State University.
  

The Love List: Mike Gibboney & Jason Snell

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Eventually outgrowing his home-based business, Snell launched We Have Become Vikings, an OTR-based creative agency that does everything from motion graphics and illustration to branding, with one of his best buds, Mike Gibboney.
  

The Love List: Libby Hunter

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
 Libby Hunter was used to seeing interactions between different social, economic and age groups. But after witnessing a particularly upsetting altercation where local youths began throwing rocks at a disabled client who was moving into a renovated property, Hunter took action and flipped the script.    

The Love List: Jason Roeper

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
 As Rivertown Brewing Company CEO and brewmaster, Jason Roeper spends most of his time on the road in the company’s four main sales territories, but home is where his heart is.
  

The Love List: Sirui Liu

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
 Currently in rehearsal for Romeo & Juliet, which opens on Valentine’s Day, Cincinnati Ballet Company corps member Sirui Liu spends most of her days — from about 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. — dancing.