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Tis the Season

Local organizations offer convenient ways to help those in need during the holidays

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Many Cincinnatians are  unemployed, looking for jobs that won’t return any time soon. Some are struggling to pay bills and put food on the table for their family, while others are living on the streets without a home to call their own. If you find yourself asking, “What can I do, after all. I am only one person?,” there are many convenient opportunities in the Greater Cincinnati area to help those in need during the holiday season.
  

Holidays In the Dark

Ten multiplex movies to relieve holiday-season stress

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The first of two December offerings (War Horse being the other) from The Most Successful Director That Has Ever Lived is a motion-capture-rendered animated adventure that follows a young journalist (Bell) immersed in a treasure hunt. The trailer looks like Indiana Jones minus the geriatric nonsense of that series’ last entry, which is obviously a good thing.  

Last Night a DJ Saved My Christmas

DJ Scrooge McRock takes the guesswork out of soundtracking your holiday family gathering

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
A DJ’s most important duty is to gauge the crowd and keep them happy by choosing the just-right song to play at that just-right moment. I was told by the DJ company that a truly great DJ doesn’t just spin records — if he or she is good enough, they can act almost like a Pied Piper. And, he assured me, the DJ I’d been assigned is one of their best — DJ Scrooge McRock.  

Watching (TV) In a Winter Wonderland

Ten favorite holiday episodes from the past decade

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Sure, it might sound boring and vaguely pathetic for one's favorite holiday memories to revolve around TV — how very “American” of me — but holidays just wouldn’t be the same without football on Thanksgiving, the Christmas Eve A Christmas Story marathon and all the classic stop-motion specials.   

2011 Holiday Issue

Slow down and enjoy the season

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
This year’s Holiday Issue took a step back in an attempt to enjoy the experiences that so often pass us by during this time of year. Should we have set up an elaborate photo shoot for our Holiday Issue covers? That sounded stressful and obligatory, so we just built a little house out of cookies and candy. It was only one story, but it was delicious. And we enjoyed each other’s company and had lots of candy left over.  

A Very Larry Christmas

Reflections on holidays passed

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I have long, skinny fingers except when I go Christmas shopping. Once I’m in a store listening to Christmas music and hearing all that holiday cheer, my fingers swell up. This has been happening since the 1980’s. My fingers are no longer fingers. They’re long, fat sausages that are tired of picking up stuff and trying to decide what to buy somebody.  

Local Love

Neighborhood business districts make holiday shopping fun and rewarding

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
With the official kickoff to the holiday season just days away, some are preparing to don their riot gear and hit the malls, while others plan to remain in their comfy pajamas and point and click their way through their shopping list. Either way, local merchants are encouraging Cincinnati residents to “shop local” by visiting Cincinnati venues either in person or virtually this holiday season.  

Holiday Event Listings

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Enjoy the holiday events, attractions, music, theater and arts offerings Cincinnati has to offer.
  

Looney Tunes

John Kasich: Congressman, Fox News host, governor … aspiring music critic?

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
In 1999, a young Ohio State alum named John Kasich was featured in a newspaper article about his potential run for President of the United States. Nothing out of the ordinary there. But what was a bit strange, in hindsight, was the way the paper (the San Francisco Chronicle, no less) described this young buck looking to become the most powerful man on the planet.
  

Advice for a Bob Evans Enthusiast

Dear Gov. Kasich, expand your horizons and taste what the Queen City has to offer

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I’m pretty sure that Gov. John Kasich has more important things to think about than his favorite restaurant. But it is clear that Kasich thinks that Bob Evans is pretty damned cool. During his campaign last year, it was reported that Kasich staffers had to set all Bob Evans locations into the GPS devices in campaign cars, although one staffer noted that it really wasn’t necessary since Kasich knew where they all were located anyway.    

Cool Things To Do This Fall

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
This year marks the second anniversary of Cincinnati’s Crafty Supermarket Holiday Show, a gathering of more than 50 local crafters, artists and designers making it easy to find those special gifts for all your holiday shopping.
  

Fall Ball

Debating the potential of the University of Cincinnati’s football and basketball seasons

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
College football season is already upon us, but what many sports fans often fail to realize is that college basketball is just around the corner. With 10 more weeks of University of Cincinnati football scheduled to overlap the school’s November basketball exhibition games, it’s safe to say that this fall is going to involve watching many, many athletic competitions.
  

Cincy Shakes It Up

Classic theater company has a cool approach to its work — onstage and off

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
There’s a lot to be celebrated about Cincinnati’s varied theater scene, but one of the coolest aspects might not be immediately obvious: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s stock in trade is shows that were written four centuries ago. So how is that cool? Well, let me count the ways. Let’s consider actors, plays and outreach.  

Too Cool Kasich vs. The Liberal Elites

How Republican strongarm tactics may benefit Dems this fall

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Smarmy, round-shouldered and sporting a haircut that makes his head look just a little asymmetrical, Ohio Gov. John Kasich cuts a striking pose in his weekly video addresses. Checking these out gets you close to the Governor’s mansion in that way that Facebook gets you close to your friends — that is to say, very and not at all.   

Cool Issue 2011:

2 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
We don’t need to spend a lot of time explaining to you, dear CityBeat reader, that John Kasich is not cool. You’re obviously a smart, cool and very attractive person if you’re reading our Cool Issue fall preview, while Kasich is a stuffy Republican who thinks it’s cool to sell bridges to private companies. “Look everybody! A toll booth! Cool!”