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Rethinking Suburbia

Sustainable Hamilton County conference examines how to retrofit, improve sprawl

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Deciding to build sustainable, Earth-friendly communities is more of a practical solution than an ethical goal. America is becoming fatter and older, and the sprawl is too burdensome for our sagging flesh. That biting revelation was made by M. Scott Ball, an architect who addressed the region's city and suburban planners at the Oct. 22 Sustainable Hamilton County conference.  

Onstage: CSO Presents Beethoven's Emperor

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The name of this famous concerto refers not to Napoleon (Beethoven hated him) but was branded this way by English-speaking publishers to add a regal air to the music. Heroic and tragic, Beethoven's fifth and final piano concerto is conducted by Thomas Dausgaard with Barry Douglas on piano. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday at Music Hall.  

Events: USS Nightmare Captain's Ball and Unrated Tour

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 26, 2010
This haunted riverboat, already a heart-stopping night terror, ramps the excitement down to new depths with the Unrated Captain’s Tour. Intrepid explorers will climb inside the devil's raft with all the lights cut and only a small, weak flashlight as their guide. Survivors of the tour can gather afterwards at the Captain's Ball, a dockside party on the B&B Riverboats River Queen. There will be dancing, a DJ and a cash bar.  

Be Fear or Be Afraid

Behind the scenes at two top local haunted houses

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Bud Stross, one of the three owners of The Dent Schoolhouse, plays many roles at his haunt: Killjoy, VIP the Crazed Hillbilly, Jasper the Clown and the title villain, Charlie the Janitor. Charlie lurks in the basement; he’s the one who murdered all the students and faculty. He’s the reason The Dent Schoolhouse is haunted.  

Halloween Happenings for Kids

Running the gamut from silly to spooky

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Halloween can be a mixed bag (pun intended) for parents and kids. It’s the one time of the year we not only allow but suggest that our kids knock on random doors and take candy from strangers. At the same time, we’re asking them to be afraid of goblins, monsters and ghosts but not so scared that they won’t sleep on Halloween night.  

Dark Pumpkin Haunted Trail

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The Dark Pumpkin begins in the Director’s Studio, an aging shack in which a sinister French-accented filmmaker advises that you're his newest star. He’s making a horror movie, of course, and a table covered with bloody drills, hooks, chains and knives hints at what's in store when the cameras start rolling.  

Lewisburg Haunted Cave

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 20, 2010
It’s a real, decommissioned mine with a real, rickety bridge that crosses a real underground lake. There are even guys in wetsuits hiding in the lake, grabbing you when the lights go out. It’ll scare you even though you know it’s coming. The Cave is huge and includes many blackout sequences, laser and strobe trickery and a ton of surprises.  

Mayhem Mansion

1 Comments · Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The winding drive through the dark woods only intensifies the mood for this haunted venue that is supposed to really be haunted. The scare starts via a video with the house’s history of carnage by owner Robert Haverford who, legend says, slew a houseful of guests. After entering through the upstairs window, you wind your way though a series of dark tunnels and rooms.  

Greening the Media

Local journalists discuss environmental coverage

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Like any field, environmentalism has its own jargon that's easily understood by advocates but can be incomprehensible to the average person. That dichotomy can be a major challenge for newspapers, television programs, radio stations and Web sites that want to broaden the public's knowledge about green issues. The topic was discussed among five panelists (including myself) who took part in a media roundtable Oct. 16 on coverage of the environmental movement and related issues.   

Attractions: Mount Healthy Haunted Hall

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 19, 2010
A blackout maze, original characters and props make the Mount Healthy Haunted Hall a terrifically fun, old-school haunted house. There are no animatronics or high-tech tricks. Instead, the Hall is filled with an enthusiastic troop of volunteer spooks who chase, cajole and surprise the screams out of their guests. $10 per person with a $2 discount for a canned good donation.