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Ordinary Girl

Jessica Dimon juggles a boyfriend, family, day job — and one of the area’s hottest drag shows

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 5, 2010
It’s clear that onstage is where Jessica Dimon feels most comfortable. On a recent Friday night, she struts through Northside’s Club Nonta, lip-synching to a Ke$ha/P!nk/ Katy Perry mix, pausing to snatch dollars from admirers lining the periphery of her performance area. She rocks a tight, black bedazzled jumpsuit that skims one shoulder, and big blonde and caramel-colored barrel curls spill out of the top of her head.  

Love the One You're With

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Ugh! Dating. Am I right?! It’s like sometimes you meet people and you think they’re really hot or funny and then you go out on a date (outside of the bar or Internet) and all of a sudden they’re really boring gropers who love to talk about how fast they could run in high school. So, because this is our Valentine’s Day issue, we’ve collected a few dating war stories to remind those of you in relationships how much dating sucks and those who are still single that we feel your pain. Enjoy.   

Desperately Seeking Soulmate?

Couples counselor Rhonda Audia offers a relationship reality check

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Relationship counselor Rhonda Audia, MSW, LISW, is the “Guru for Two.” After 22 years developing an expertise in helping couples and their relationships, this self-proclaimed guru — from the Hindu definition as one who has the power to disperse darkness — has some thoughts on love, happiness and the existence of Mr. Right.  

Wedding Guide 2009

0 Comments · Friday, January 29, 2010
Cincinnati's guide to making that special day unique and wonderful.  

Addressing the Situation

Personalize your wedding with a few simple steps

0 Comments · Monday, January 25, 2010
Having a beautiful and meaningful wedding while saving money and the Earth might seem far out of reach at times, but it can be accomplished.  

Love Boats, Enchanted Forests and More

Alternative venues contribute to unique weddings and receptions

0 Comments · Monday, January 25, 2010
Weddings and receptions can occur anywhere. They don’t have to be in a church or a rented hall. They could be outdoors or at your favorite bar or an art museum. They could even be on a boat.  

Wedding 101

Bridal events help you sort your options

0 Comments · Monday, January 25, 2010
The number of variables that go along with planning a wedding can feel overwhelming. But bridal exhibitions and conventions make it easier to sort out the lists of what you want, what you can afford and what’s available.  

Nice Day for a Green Wedding

Managing your costs, reducing your carbon footprint

0 Comments · Monday, January 25, 2010
Most little girls at least have a blueprint of their wedding plans before they’re even in grade school. It starts simple enough: a bouquet of dandelions, a gown from the dress-up box and mud pies for dessert. However, their expectations most likely have changed. Check out these eco-friendly and moneysaving tips from the Tristate’s top professional wedding planners.  

More than a Piece of Paper

Commitment ceremonies have great meaning, state-sanctioned or not

1 Comment · Monday, January 25, 2010
Two brides sporting slick tuxedo vests or a drag show at the reception? Spouses Lisa and Adrienne Ray wouldn’t have had it any other way. The duo, who moved away last year, returned to Cincinnati to have a commitment ceremony celebrating their recently legalized marriage with friends and family.  

The Winners Are ...

10 locals win prizes for pledging to 'shop local' this holiday season

0 Comments · Thursday, December 24, 2009
CityBeat's holiday season promotion has wrapped up, and we thank the hundreds of Cincinnatians who took the pledge to support Greater Cincinnati's economy by supporting locally owned independent businesses. Everyone who pledged to spend at least $100 of their holiday gift purchases to "shop local" were entered into a drawing for a prize package from participating businesses; here are the winners.   

NYE 2010: Worst Case Survival Guide

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 23, 2009
There are certain skills that must be mastered in order to fully maximize your New Year's Eve experience. Party hopping, sobering up, staying up late, barfing discreetly and finding that special someone when the ball drops need to be practiced and master before Dec. 31. You don't have much time.  

2009: The Year in Review

CityBeat writers and editors make sense of the year's happenings

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 23, 2009
This time of year is known for lots of traditions, from holiday office parties to Christmas trees and menorahs to last-minute dashes to the mall. A favorite tradition among the media is the Year in Review.  

Cool/Uncool

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Fall might be the best time of the year in Cincinnati, but everything about the season isn’t cool. In fact, some things totally suck (sorry, pumpkin flavoring!). Here to debate the merits of 10 fall staples are CityBeat’s stupidest idiots smartest and coolest staffers.  

State of the Movement

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Considering the last 40 years of the gay rights movement is complicated. American society has come a long way, as evidenced by the numerous states that recognize gay marriage, the increasing protections gays have secured through legislation and the increasing success of reality TV shows about designers. (Thanks for the exposure, capitalism!)  

A Plan for Giving

Save money and reduce hassle by following this five-step plan for holiday gifts

0 Comments · Saturday, December 13, 2008
Just because the economy is poor doesn't mean your holidays can't be rich in gifts. Here are five ways to make your own holiday gift-giving outlook brighter.