Fireworks: exploding balls of color, light
and sound that humans have used for centuries to celebrate holidays,
festivals and whatever else they want, including birthdays, coronations
and a yearly reminder that WEBN is still relevant.
But their origins lie in something a bit more violent.
There will be a moment on July Fourth in
which you realize that it might be too hot to be day-drinking outside.
Then things will get hazier and you’ll eat too much before passing out
all sweaty during or shortly after some nearby fireworks spectacle.
At age 56, chef Jimmy Gibson of Jimmy G’s
is at an age where most chefs have hung up their tongs and high-tailed
it out of the kitchen for a cushier life as either restaurateur or the
occasional expeditor. But not Gibson.
Hot dogs are the American flag of summer
meats. The tube-shaped, sheath-packed meat-sticks plump away on charcoal
grills and in baseball stadiums everywhere from Memorial Day to Labor
Day, serving up freedom with a side of ketchup.
Just ask any roller coaster rider who’s
logged their fair share of hours at Kings Island, and they’ll have a
memorable tale or two of The Beast to share — and after 35 years and
48,882,975 rides, it’s easy to see why.
Larry Thomas, a longtime local film buff
and lover of great old movie theaters, speaks for many Cincinnatians
when he says, “I try at least once a week to consciously think to curse
the names of all those who had a hand in murdering the Albee. What a
The festival scene has long been a fabric
of summer in Greater Cincinnati, with church and neighborhood festivals
going down every weekend across the region. But during the past decade,
almost as many music festivals have popped into the area as well.
Get out the grill and put on your swimsuit — summer is here! Celebrate the heat with our annual Summer Guide. Learn how to grill steak with Jimmy Gibson, celebrate 35 years of The Beast roller coaster, check out all the cool area summer music festivals, learn how many ingredients are in a veggie dog — and how many church festivals there are — plus more.
Saying that the University of Cincinnati’s Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans* and Queer Center began in a closet sounds like the beginning to a bad joke. But the fact that the center, along with the university’s LGBTQ community, has flourished and grown exponentially since coming out of the closet isn’t just some ironic punch line.