Cincinnati’s Bi-Okoto (pronounced
“Bee-O-Ko-Toe”) Cultural Institute, a nonprofit performing arts
organization that illuminates Africa’s rich traditional heritage,
recently won the African Professionals Network (APNET) award for African
culture, community and entertainment.
Chris Matthews is a political junkie of unyielding enthusiasm. His nightly talk show, Hardball,
has been an MSNBC staple for more than a decade, a showcase for its
irascible host’s boundless passion for politics and the importance of
good governance in the lives of everyday Americans.
Cincinnatians love seeing this city on-screen — in Rain Man, The Ides of March, Traffic, Bar Rescue,
etc. — and there’s no greater film that encapsulates the spirit of the
Queen City (plus the awesomeness of early ’90s Rollerblading and
turtlenecks) more than the seminal sporty romantic comedy Airborne.
It’s no coincidence that Chatfield College is expanding into the heart of Over-the-Rhine. It’s more like destiny. Since its 1845 founding in Brown County
as an Ursuline convent and school, Chatfield College (renamed as such
and opened to the public in 1971) has repurposed land to educate those
who lack access.
The perpetually hip neighborhood of
Northside may be known for its dining and bars, but tucked away on
Knowlton Street is the newly established heart of the progressive
community — SoapBox Books and Zines, a nonprofit, non-hierarchical,
volunteer-run community space with a serious mission.
The shopping experience is as unique as
the products on the shelves. Customers make their way up the warehouse
stairs and are greeted by Baltzersen and her team, who liberally
distribute gloves and masks to combat the layers of dust customers
encounter while searching for the perfect size and shape frame.
Customers are also treated to light refreshments, including a choice of
wine to “help you shop,” according to one assistant
If the Cincinnati Cyclones had a motto, it would be “Community First.” The
professional minor league hockey team has earned plenty of bragging
rights, from its two recent Kelly Cup championships to the fact that the
team has made the playoffs every season except three since its
inception in 1990.
Tim Lucas’ long and singular career as a
movie critic has taken him down a number of interesting pathways,
probably none more curious than his role as an in-demand provider of
audio commentary tracks for DVD and Blu-ray releases. The lifelong Cincinnati resident is best known as the editor and co-publisher of Video Watchdog,
a meticulously rendered celebration of genre movies that calls itself
“the perfectionist’s guide to fantastic video.”
Dan Smith has been hunting ghosts for 18
years. As the author of multiple Cincinnati-centric paranormal
investigation books including the new Ghosts of Bobby Mackey’s Music World,
a traveling parascience technology inventor and speaker and the
proprietor of the Haunted Cincinnati Tours ghost tour company, Smith
laughs when he says that his whole life is based around “paranormal
David Kisor and Tom
Lottman, a composer and researcher,
respectively, work in harmony perpetually crafting a chorus of
“strength-based” education for Growing Sound, a division of Children,
Inc. that produces
children’s songs and music videos to encourage pro-social learning in
the early years of childhood.
There’s a secret behind Amy Hildebrand’s photography — a secret that I was never able to guess when we first met. As she peered through her camera lens and
snapped images of my boyfriend and me with ease, she asked us to share
our memories. Eventually, she shared some of her own and her secret came
out. Hildebrand was born blind due to
The past decade’s zeitgeist in
Over-the-Rhine, especially on Main Street, has produced a slew of new
and engaging businesses aimed at fostering a renewed interest in local
goods and services catering to a burgeoning influx of young, creative
and energetic people.
Bill Maher knows his niche. The king of
political comedy, Maher stops by Cincinnati for a stand-up show Sunday
just as his HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, returns from
summer hiatus Friday. Busy with touring and hosting an Emmy-nominated
weekly talk show, he won’t be making another documentary like 2008’s Religulous anytime soon.
When Dean Ambrose saunters down the stands of U.S. Bank Arena on Tuesday evening for a taping of WWE SmackDown
— WWE’s weekly program that airs Fridays on Syfy — he will do so under
profoundly different circumstances from a decade back.
Comic book conventions have exploded in
recent years (e.g., the monolithic San Diego Comic-Con) but they’ve also
lost touch with what a comic convention should be, forfeiting the
artistry of graphic novels to instead concentrate on a tumescent number
of celebrity guests.