ArtWorks, the region's masters of public art, employed 12 high school and college students (called "apprentices" because they're paid) to work with local design and advertising firms to create 30 large pieces of art around the theme of "Green." The artwork has been transferred to canvas and is being displayed at Mount Airy Forest as The Outdoor Museum. 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
The race for Cincinnati Mayor and City Council inches forward as the calendar turns to April, though we're far from shifting into full campaign mode. Still, signs of life are peeking up as surely as the crabgrass in my front yard — yet no one has emerged yet to challenge Mayor Mark Mallory.
Join the best crowd in town Wednesday night at Longworth's as CityBeat celebrates the 13th annual Best of Cincinnati issue, which hits the streets today. Festivities ramp up at 7 p.m. with a live performance by CEA nominees Daughters and Sons, and drink specials will be offered by event sponsors Heineken and Vitamin Water. Lloyd Man About Town will be on hand to register you for a chance to win tickets to the 2009 Bonnaroo Festival.
Outraged at the continuing financial meltdown and flailing government fixes, the American public has once again formed a circular firing squad and started shooting. We can't help ourselves. In our heavily partisan political climate, we're conditioned to fight our neighbors, whom we refer to as "rivals" and "enemies."
News about death keeps piling up. Anyone perusing the daily newspaper or the 11 p.m. TV newscasts lately knows about the 13-year-old SCPA student killed while jogging and the 11-day-old baby squeezed to death by his young parents in Batavia. My eye happened on a small item in The Enquirer about a 16-year-old in Over-the- Rhine arrested on suspicion of committing two murders 10 days apart.
They say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. You should be so lucky. Being of Irish descent myself, I suppose pretending you’re Irish one day a year is better than nothing at all. But it’s not the same as the real thing, now is it? Ha, there’s nothing like a little ethnic smack talk to get the party going.
Al Franken was correct back in 1996 when he said Rush Limbaugh was a big fat idiot. A lot has changed in 13 years; Franken, for instance, is one court ruling away from becoming the junior U.S. Senator from Minnesota. Limbaugh, however, has remained consistently big, fat and idiotic. Maybe even more so.
Here's a challenge: Check out CityBeat's Swizzle Guide this week (a rundown of more than 200 great local spots) and think about how many of your life's moments are associated with a bar. Me? My wedding reception was in a bar, spilling out onto the decks on a beautiful September afternoon. And I just got back from New Orleans and spent some quality time at Pat O'Brien's, a place I associate with wonderful Mardi Gras trips throughout the years.
Over the past month my wife and I have spent a lot of time analyzing our household budget. We've started collecting every receipt and allotting certain amounts for groceries, restaurants and entertainment. We've always lived frugally, but we've never counted pennies the way we are now.
So I was sorting through a folder of paperwork last weekend in order to get an early jump on my tax return. Taxes, what a joke. Barack Obama ran his campaign on the themes of 'hope' and 'change,' and he was pretty convincing. Hope? Change? Nah, sounds like too much work. I prefer to just sit around, bitch, moan and be cynical. After all, a cynic is never disappointed.