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Cincinnati Reds 2013 Season Preview

The Reds are primed to be awesome again this year

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Last season, the Reds finished with baseball’s second-best record and won the Central Division for the second time in three years. It was a pretty fun year for Reds fans, who saw the team win 97 games — the most since the 1976 Big Red Machine.
  

Top 10 Bearcats Hoops Happenings of the Season

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 20, 2013
 Before we set our sights on the future of the program — one that looks bright despite the uncertainty surrounded the university’s conference affiliation — we’ll look back at the top 10 moments of the ’Cats’ 2012-13 season. Despite the frustrating second half, there were many awesome dunks and cool things that happened.  

Gone but Not Forgotten

Xavier won't play in the postseason this year, but the Musketeers will be back soon

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 20, 2013
When you consider everything that went wrong this season — and everything that, already, is going right for next year — you’ll see that Xavier’s next great team may be closer than you think.  

One-Horse Town

Deconstructing the food, games, booze and decor behind the Horseshoe, Cincinnati's first and only urban casino

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 13, 2013
 We’ve already covered the social, political and economic angles of the development of the Horseshoe in previous CityBeat issues, but for this issue, with no real agenda, we decided to just wander a few blocks over to the Horseshoe after work to check out the behemoth and see what all the fuss was about.  

You Can't Win if You Don't Play

Reflections on a successful poker session and some free stuff

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 13, 2013
I didn’t mean to start the night off in such an anti-social fashion, but the poker room manager surprisingly had a seat open at a no-limit table when I walked up and, as is often the case in public poker settings, the competition looked pretty weak.  

The Art of Glambling

Tips for a most fabulous casino experience

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Glamble (glam-bl) v. – the act of dressing in formal, eye-catching attire at a casino, with the intent to meet interesting people and obtain excellent service without spending a lot of money; a combination of the words “glamour” and “gamble.”  

Wasting Away Again in Margaritaville

Jimmy Buffett's themed eatery in the Horseshoe Casino meets banal expectations of a high-cost, low quality chain restaurant model

3 Comments · Wednesday, March 13, 2013
 Needless to say, we at CityBeat have had a jocular, contentious relationship with Buffett — the man, the myth and the entire unwindulaxing Margaritaville™ industry (but not tequila) — ever since, so the opportunity to check out his restaurant at the Horseshoe Casino was too salacious to pass up.
  

From Dice to Dinner

Dining options inside and outside the casino

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Outside the balmy perimeter of Margaritaville, conveniently nestled within the confines of the Horseshoe Casino’s walls, sits steakhouse Jack Binion’s, Café Italia and all-you-can-eat Spread Buffet. And each of these kitchens (plus the banquet and event center catering) are overseen by Horseshoe Casino Executive Chef Pete Ghione.  
  

Legally Banned

The secret complaints and controversial characters behind the firing of Loveland High School's drama instructor

3 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The road to Sonja Hansen’s home is lined with houses that all look the same. Three left-hand turns off Loveland-Miamiville Road through sidewalk-free suburbia sits the Hansens’ five-bedroom brick house, home of the most infamous lady in Loveland this side of sex-toy merchant Patty Brisben.    

Oh, Yes We Got Trouble (with a capital T)

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
 Theater is a great, creative outlet for kids. Sonja Hansen’s efforts in Loveland inspired dozens of them and engaged their families in a wholesome, enjoyable extracurricular activity. Such undertakings are also learning experiences. Sadly, this lesson in repression over trivial matters sends a terrible message to students.   

The Sweetest Thing

Artist Pam Kravetz and crew put the icing on the cake at 'The Art of Food'

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 27, 2013
For The Art of Food, Kravetz is the “marshmallow, glue and sugar-coated sweetness” at the center of “Let Them Eat Cake (on the Cakewalk),” a fashion show of 11 delectable looks from 15 artists working with several layers of DAAP students, beauty experts, bakers and others.  

Smoke and Mirrors

Gov. John Kasich says his new budget offers a fairer tax system and more money for schools, but it’s really just more of the same

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
In the big public push for his 2014-2015 budget proposal, Republican Gov. John Kasich has often sounded progressive. But deeper analyses of Kasich’s budget found that the governor was likely off with some of his claims.   

State of the Art

Cincinnati-based authors Marjorie Celona and Leah Stewart drop new novels

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
 Marjorie Celona’s Y and Leah Stewart’s The History of Us are more than just novels by writers who happen to be female; they’re sensitive, psychologically complex works that deal the nature of identity in ways both singular and incisive.   

Wired for Words

Leah Stewart’s love of the written word goes way back

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
 It’s a frigid weekday afternoon in early February, less than three weeks after the publication of Leah Stewart’s fourth novel, The History of Us, a Cincinnati-set coming-of-age tale marked by psychological insight, a sneakily addictive narrative thrust and a deft use of dialogue.
  

Total Immersion

First-time novelist Marjorie Celona delves deeply into her characters

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Published to wide acclaim in early January, the affecting Y is a novel of myriad pleasures, the most obvious being Celona’s sensitive, psychologically complex conception of Shannon, a character who refuses to leave one’s consciousness.