Cortnie Owens has come pretty far from her
rural East Side upbringing. After choosing to remain closeted about her
sexuality during her high school years, Owens escaped the countryside
to pursue a lifestyle decidedly more urban.
Pride week is here, and it’s teeming with
opportunities to celebrate diversity in the Tristate. New events held
each day beginning June 26 lead up to Cincinnati Pride’s 40th
anniversary parade and festival on June 29, which features an extensive
list of entertainment and activities too copious to count.
Even though we as adults don’t
necessarily get an extended summer vacation, the memory of childhoods
spent basking in a solar hug from June to August — wiping dripping
Popsicles from our hands and jumping through sprinklers — stays with us.
And our Summer Guide celebrates and recognizes all those wistful
traditions with a grown-up twist.
The Disney touch is working its magic in
an unusual location far from the company’s California and Florida theme
parks. Two men with Walt Disney Co. training and a love of retro culture
are helping revive a 60-plus-year-old drive-in movie theater on the
fringes of the old industrial city of Hamilton, Ohio.
Aside from baseball and lounging in pools,
grilling just might be America’s favorite summer pastime. From burgers
and brats to pizza and pineapple, there’s nothing we won’t try to cook
on grates over hot coals or burning gas, relishing in those seared grill
marks like a badge of honor.
secret is, don’t ask them what they want or how they want it. Just cook
it and give it to them. But make them wait for it — plan to have it
ready about 45 minutes to an hour later than expected and they will
enjoy it much more.
Summer at the movies can play out like a
coin toss. Heads means a furnace-blast of heat from the blockbusters
that dominate the multiplexes. With tails, you get the sensual embrace
of the cool, hidden treasures stashed away in the art houses. Here’s a
sample of the potential blockbuster and indie winners.