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Halloween: Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall

1 Comments · Monday, October 19, 2009
The Mount Healthy Haunted Hall is a terrifically orchestrated, old-school haunted house that packs a hell of punch for the money. Guests are ushered through a series of nasty rooms that include a plummeting elevator and a turntable that practically knocks you off your feet. If you survive the house, there’s still a zombie horde and a chainsaw murderer you must pass. And that’s all before you get to an unlit maze. Fridays-Sundays. Through Oct. 31.  

Getting in Touch With the Dead

Ghost hunting for fun and profit

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2009
For most people, Music Hall conjures images of the Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Opera. It’s one of the city’s most refined and classy destinations. But Teri Casper sees it differently. “That is the site of an old mental institution, an orphan asylum and also a potters field where they buried the indigent and the people from the insane asylum,” Casper says.  

Halloween: Ghosts of the Queen City Tour

1 Comments · Monday, October 12, 2009
Cincinnati Tours offers guided bus tours of the city’s dead-but-not-yet-departed citizens. Participants are led to some of the area’s most haunted locales including Music Hall and Eden Park. The tour moves beyond the legends and historical reports, introducing guests to the art of ghost hunting. Night vision cameras, electromagnetic field meters and more are used to detect spirits and capture evidence. 8 p.m. Thursday; 6:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday.  

Halloween: Hamilton County Fair Halloween Bash

0 Comments · Monday, October 5, 2009
Darkness descends on the Hamilton County Fairgrounds with the second annual Halloween Bash. It’s a monster-sized value with dinner, drinks, beer, music and spooky spectacles, all included with admission. Adults get their fill of fear competing for prizes in a costume contest, bidding at a silent auction and dancing to live music. Little ghouls get ghastly face painting, spooky games and activities. Visitors can also venture into the Hair-Raising Haunted Trail if they dare. 6-11 p.m. Saturday.  

Taking a Stand Against Discrimination

Statewide gay rights legislation gains traction in Ohio

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2009
If someone is refused an apartment, a job or credit because he or she is gay, you might think that Cincinnati's Human Rights Ordinance offers some legal recourse. Not really, says local attorney Scott Knox. For gays and lesbians living throughout most of Ohio, there's no legal shield at all. A pending state bill, the Equal Housing and Employment Act, could change that.   

Events: Ohio River Way Paddlefest

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The eighth annual Paddlefest celebrates the natural splendor of the mighty Ohio with two days of ecology education, river-themed entertainment (lots of Bluegrass) and the nation's largest group paddling event. Friday features an outdoor expo for children from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with boat rides, water sport education, games and food at Coney Island. Saturday's races begin at Coney at 8:30 a.m. and end with a festival at Sawyer Point until 2:30 p.m.  

Events: Newport Gangster Walking Tour

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The gangster’s paradise of old Newport sleeps beneath the family-friendly veneer we’ve come to know in recent years. The brothels, speakeasies, wise guys (and girls) and bootleggers are fleshed out in an eight-block walking tour. Expect to learn how Newport almost trumped Las Vegas (nearly becoming the nation’s gambling capital), about the local man who was the inspiration for The Great Gatsby and hear stories of the people who ran the city as well as those who ran the gangsters out. Thursday-Sunday.  

The Good Thief (Review)

Hannah Tinti (Random House)

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Adolescent Ren has little at the start of the Good Thief: a stump in place of his hand, a first name but no last, a question mark in place of his past and an uncertain future. Orphaned as an infant, Ren's only family are the other lost boys at Saint Anthony's monastery.  

Halloween: Bite Me Ball

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Only the classiest local ghouls will be haunting the Bite Me Ball, the Contemporary Arts Center’s vampire-inspired costume party. The ball follows the Cincinnati Ballet’s performance of Dracula at the Aronoff Center. Expect eerie, sexy ambiance with music by DJ Pillo and fantasy installations by Mexican artist Carlos Amorales. Prizes will be given for best costumes and there will be dancing, drinks and finger foods throughout the evening. To top it off, attendees will have the chance to learn some moves from Michael Jackson’s creepy classic “Thriller” video — with Cincinnati Ballet dancers, no less. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $20 for CAC members and ballet ticket-holders; $25 general admission.  

Junction Nightmare and Jack-O-Lantern Junction

7379 Squire Ct., West Chester

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 21, 2008
EnterTrainment Junction is a model railroad entertainment complex, but its haunted house has nothing to do with trains. Instead, visitors find themselves thrown back in time to Jack the Ripper’s London, creeping through city streets that are deserted except for Jack and his victims.