Two local advocates are in
the process of securing private funding to operate a syringe exchange
program called the Cincinnati Exchange Project. But even though the program is approved, it still faces one major stumbling block — Ohio’s laws
regarding drug paraphernalia possession.
Two months into the 2012 baseball season,
the Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher was flying high. In the Reds’ front office, though,
worries about Chapman persisted. Not about his choice or location of
pitches. About other stuff, like his compliance with traffic laws and
his choice of companionship. Some insiders fear that the 24-year-old
Cuban’s personal life is approaching, well, the velocity of his
Sometimes the greatest discoveries in life arise from a Google search.That’s
exactly what led Todd Duesing to stumble upon the 2012 World Choir Games — a
fortuitous click of his mouse that, unbeknownst to him, would help pave
the way for an unparalleled boost in morale in the Cincinnati urban
More than 4,000 volunteers have stepped up to take on a
job no one asked them to do: welcome the expected 90,000 national and
international choirs, families and visitors to Cincinnati for the World
Cincinnati is known for making many
things: chili, soap, aircraft engines. Lately, though, the Queen City is
being recognized for producing comedy, as several current headlining
comedians started their stand-up careers here and more are making their
way into the national spotlight.
Ohio's rush to embrace fracking has raised questions about the
sustainability and safety of the process during a time when legislators are
moving full-speed ahead with legislation that will regulate the
industry for the next 20 years — if it lasts that long.
The four images on the cover of the 2012 Cincinnati Fringe Festival program (included in CityBeat’s
May 16 issue) featured various people smushing their faces against a
window. Cross-eyed, surprised, disgruntled, quizzical, amused — it’s a
diverse set of reactions, all appropriate responses to shows that Know
Theatre will present May 29-June 9.
Leah Strasser and Tyler Smetts have lived in Cincinnati. In fact, they’re first cousins. She’s an actor; he’s a writer. They’ve been talking about creating a
year-round theater company that draws on homegrown talent, and the 2012
Cincinnati Fringe seemed like the perfect moment to take the next step
by undertaking a production.
The visions are as fresh as the day they
entered my impressionable head. As a child weaned at the entertaining
teat of 1980s blockbusters like Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Ghostbusters and Back to the Future, I have a soft spot in my movie-snob heart for a good summer popcorn movie.
Are you ready for some trivia?! In the summer of 2008, CityBeat
ran the first “Great Cincinnati Music Trivia Challenge,” featuring
questions about local musicians and Cincinnati musical events from
several eras and multiple genres.
Cincinnati's annual celebration of the two-wheeled lifestyle returns in May. We've got the official Bike Month calendar, provided by Queen City Bike and the Cincinnati Department of Transportation. Events run all month long, and "Bike to Work Week," May 14-18, will offer free coffee and treats for those who want to try cycling to or from work for the first time.
The light bulb that is Cincinnati’s
cycling culture is shining brighter than ever as more people switch out
steering wheels for handlebars for their morning and evening treks to
and from work. The reasons are multitude: to keep in shape, save a hunk
on gas, use green transportation or just to slip some fresh air into the
long days at the office.
of years ago I was heading up William Howard Taft Road to Gilbert
Avenue and was nearing the intersection in the left turn lane when a
contractor’s van started tailgating me. The driver whaled on his horn
for me to move. Now, seriously, this guy had a gas pedal and could go
much faster than me.
“I’m known to many as Aloysius Fox, and I am
actually British,” says the enigmatic founder of The League of
Cincinnati Steampunks. Though role-playing is a significant part of the
literary genre-turned-cultural movement, Aloysius assures that his
charming European swagger is, in fact, authentic (he notes that he moved
to the States from Britain in the mid-1990s).
During the last few years, as I’ve
been getting out and networking with women at shows, I’ve discovered why
Cincinnati’s Hip Hop community as a whole continues to be isolated.
It’s a complicated mix of sub-communities that only intersects because
of certain key people, and, not surprisingly, the connectors are women.