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Geeky Fall TV

The nerd takeover continues

0 Comments · Friday, September 18, 2015
Geeky shows, new and returning, for you to tune into this fall.

Samwise in Cincinnati

Sean Astin makes a stop at the Convention Center for this weekend’s star-packed Cincinnati Comic Expo

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Astin is one of many celebrity actors who will be making an appearance at the Cincinnati Comic Expo this weekend, where fans can meet him, have memorabilia autographed and get their picture taken with the actor.  

Cosplay 101

Cincinnati’s Sebastian Hexx breaks down the basics for cosplay beginners

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Sebastian Hexx is a one-man Justice League. He’s Freddy Krueger, a superhero, a villain, an anime character, an Ohio Ghostbuster, a professional wrestler, a costumer/prop builder at local haunted attractions and more — because he’s a cosplayer, or a “costume player,” someone who dresses up like their favorite character from the fictional world.  

Gaming for Good

Spaced Invaders transforms abandoned spaces into interactive video games

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Giacomo Ciminello is wearing a look of nervous excitement on his face — along with a T-shirt that bears the pixelated Space Invaders alien, now accepted as a retro emblem of nerdy coolness.

Nerds in Northside

Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition serves up vintage arcade games, alcohol and gourmet hot dogs

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Northside’s got itself a new arcade-bar. Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition is home to an expertly curated selection of retro video games, beers, cocktails and gourmet hot dogs.

Arcade Etiquette

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
So you’re at a arcade-bar for the first time and you’re overwhelmed by the hordes of drunken youth, flashy lights and Space Invaders sound effects.  

The Uber Kawaii Cat Museum

The Maneki Neko Museum in Walnut Hills displays hundreds of unique Japanese cat figurines

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
There are some people who love cats, and then there are those who really love cats, to the point of opening a niche museum full of them. Micha Robertson opened the Maneki Neko Museum inside Walnut Hills’ Essex Studios three years ago, but she started collecting the Japanese “beckoning” or “lucky” cats a decade ago.

Calendar of Cool

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Check out the coolest fall calendar Cincinnati has ever seen.

The Cool Issue: Revenge of the Nerds

Lord of the Ring's Sean Astin, life-sized video games and more

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
There was a point in time when being called a “nerd” was an insult. It meant you were a loser, an eternal virgin hiding in the basement glued to your computer or comic books, dressed up like Sailor Moon or Han Solo. Today — not so much.    

Visual Arts

Art vs. Craft in Today’s Museums and Galleries

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The theme for CityBeat’s Fall Arts Preview is “Arts & Craft. But maybe it should be “Art vs. Craft,” because not only are the two different, but there is tension — hostility, even — between the two, especially with the emergence of Modern and Contemporary art in the late 19th and early 20th century.


University Theater Programs Educate and Entertain

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
With the fall season, you have plenty of theater choices to consider. Beyond Cincinnati’s professional and semi-professional companies, area universities provide excellent theater fare worth attending.   


Everett Company: Heart-Wrenching Stories, Powerful Movement, Redemptive Imagery

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Providence, R.I.-based Everett Company (formerly Everett Dance Theatre) wants to know how America has transformed the “land of the free” into one of the most incarcerated countries in the world, and what that means for those trapped in the system.


FilmDayton Festival Lands New Date, Executive Director

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
It all began as an answer to a creative alert — a calling, if you will. Back in 2007, the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) drafted a Creative Class Taskforce to seek the advice of Dr. Richard Florida, one of the world’s leading urbanists, the author of the international bestseller The Rise of the Creative Class and the founder of the Creative Class Group, a global advisory services firm.  

Classical Music

Cincinnati Chamber Opera: Mastering the Art of Collaboration

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Since its first production in 2013, Cincinnati Chamber Opera has carved out its own unique identity among local fledgling opera companies. University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music alums Autumn West and Shawn Mlynek founded Cincinnati Chamber Opera to stage and perform works they wanted to do, especially rarely heard Baroque works by Haydn and Monteverdi.

Fall Arts Calendar

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Check out the visual arts, dance, film, classical music and theater Cincinnati has to offer this upcoming season.