Every year spring turns to summer and CityBeat
produces a summer guide previewing the season’s various entertainment
and cultural offerings, but it’s not every summer that there’s so much
to do in this town.
For many folks, first-person video games
offer all the thrills they need. But others crave the tactile realness
of an actual obstacle course with knotted ropes to climb, mud pits to
crawl through and walls to be surmounted. The typical ingredients of
adventure races include a military-style course, a river of mud and
whatever torture tests a perverse mind can conjure. Throw in a small
legion of weekend warriors and you’ve got yourself a fresh baked
adventure — or a hot mess, depending on your point of view.
The Cincinnati Fringe Festival is in
full effect, and CityBeat's intrepid team of reviewers is on the
scene. Check back early and often for reviews of all 32 performances,
nearly all of which will have their first performance reviewed.
You'll be completely in the know for this weekend's Fringy
It all started with a simple grant
proposal by ecovillager Suellyn Shupe at Enright Ridge Urban Eco-Village
in Price Hill to the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT), a national
organization dedicated to improving the environment in cities and
Our big Green List of local recycling, green media, community, building supplies, energy, sustainable food, green spaces and transit, environmentally conscience communities and more. If you're looking to improve the world around you, this is a great place to start.
Cincinnatians just love to joke about
that old, clichéd quip often attributed to Mark Twain: “When the end of
the world comes, I want to be in Cincinnati because it’s always 20 years
behind the times.” The colloquialism is used to exemplify anything
considered remotely backward, from legislation to fashion to potholes.
Signs of life, though, are sprouting up around the city like a canary
dandelion through a crack in the cement.
Installing solar panels is one way a
household can help the environment while saving money in the long term.
In Cincinnati, one company offering the service is Solar Earth, a
start-up founded by Julie Jones and Jennifer Wolford that installs solar
panels on both businesses and homes.
What memories do you have from summer camp
— maybe swimming in the lake, hiking in the woods or paddling a canoe?
Think again. How about memories of playing chess, redecorating rooms,
honing skills in sports, music or art or even swinging from a trapeze?
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most celebrated, if not
intoxicating, holidays in the United States. It’s steeped in both Irish
and American history and commonly considered to be the first greening of
spring. And while March 17 may be best known for its draughts and
revelry, its history may surprise you.
It seems like in the past, Cincinnati had a reputation for
being the kind of place you could move away from for a decade knowing
that when you returned, the gas station, grocery store and drinking
establishments would be there waiting for you, exactly as you left them.
You don’t have to have a penis to drink
alcohol, and you don’t have to have a penis to be a dick, either. Polite
society functions on ground rules passed down throughout history, and
in regards to respecting the bar, etiquette is indifferent toward
There’s nothing wrong with hitting up
your standby local drinkery, but it’s not always appealing to run into
every old high school jock, boss or college nemesis when you’re just out
hoping for a good time. Luckily, there’s a solution outside of drinking
home alone. Hotel bars are oft-unappreciated gems
with staffs engrossed with hospitality.
Some of the more happening spots
around town — some have outrageously creative drink menus, others have
some of the freshest and most mouth-watering food around and others
still encourage you to dance your ass off.