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Ever-Changing Scene

Creative endeavors continue to complement Cincinnati's staple gay bars

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2011
In Cincinnati, the oscillation of gay culture keeps the community on its toes for several reasons. Cincinnati is not a large city. It only lends to reason that as a result of a smaller population, the gay community itself is also small and more sensitive to anomalies in the social fabric. When gay bars and gay businesses close, it’s a big deal. And there have been some big deals this year.  

The Great Gay Migration

Why are so many young gay professionals leaving Cincinnati?

2 Comments · Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The story is as old as time: Plucky young adults, stymied by small-town culture and fueled by grandiose dreams, flee for the bright lights of the big city. It might sound like a story book or a 'Sex and the City' script, but it happens all the time. In fact, it's happening right now in Cincinnati.  

A Minority Within a Minority

Gay African Americans face discrimination from all sides

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Cincinnati is a city that's often struggled with tolerance, though things have been improving over the past decade. Still, it can be a struggle to be both black and gay — a minority within a minority — in a socially conservative city. "I know people look down upon it," says Isaiah Powell, a criminal justice student at UC. "You're supposed to be a man and support your family."  

Happily Secluded

David Dewitt might be the best local musician you'll never hear live

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Everything sounds better with headphones. The singular listening experience can be as robust and powerful as the best, sold-out, jam-packed live show ever seen. With headphones, the listener is in charge of the tiny world that exists between a song’s melody and the brain’s erogenous zone.  

Taking It All Off

Nudist resorts and club sprout up everywhere, including rural Ohio

6 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Southern Ohio has a little-known secret: It's crawling with confirmed and potential nudists. Nudism is all the rage in the pastoral, bucolic settings in and around Cincinnati and other major cities. Nudist resorts — bastions of naturalism and freed inhibitions — dot the lush Ohio wilderness around the state.  

Flobots Are in It Together

Alt-Hip Hop crew promotes survival, unity, action and change

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The members of Flobots hope to evoke change in society and seriously give a damn in an obvious, non-ironic way. Yes, they want to sell records. But they also want to "be the change" that gets Americans off their asses in order to think more critically.  

Beyond Belief

Atheist community thrives in Cincinnati’s backyard

6 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2009
It's a fresh, warm Friday morning in early August and I'm deep in "God's Country" near Petersburg, Ky. Today, however, "God's Country" has a few strange bedfellows: a congregation of atheists, all gathering at the Creation Museum, the best-known and most controversial monument to Creationist beliefs in the Midwest and perhaps the world. The large turnout at the Creation Museum isn't unusual: Greater Cincinnati has a burgeoning and thriving atheist community and is responsible for large contributions to both the national and global atheist/secular humanist movements.  

Saturday Pick: Micachu & the Shapes

Innovative Mica Levi and mates make Pop 'crunchy,' 'plastic-y'

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Mica Levi (better know as the British-born dance-hall favorite Micachu) isn't experimental, captivating, moving nor otherwise. She's awesome. The 22-year-old musician, songwriter and producer has, in little time, amassed a hit record ('Jewellery') and a commissioned orchestral piece with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She's also a burgeoning international Pop icon.  

Saturday Pick: Annie & the Beekeepers

A 'holistic' approach to Bluegrass and Country music via Cape Cod

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The down-home, Appalachian-inspired trio from Boston's Berklee College of Music represent the best attributes of Bluegrass-fusion and Americana: strings, delightfully lilting vocals and the ability to make Country music not sound especially Country. Annie Lynch, the guitar-wielding songstress and frontwoman, grew up on Cape Cod and feasted primarily on Folk artists like Paul Simon and Bob Dylan.  

Saturday Pick: The Rosewood Thieves

New York quintet infuses Classic Rock with vitality

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Works of "Classic Rock" often inspire legions of young bandlings that hang on their idols' every note. Take The Rosewood Thieves, for example. The New York quintet — folksy, funky and richly educated in Rock classics — manages to wield a rare sonic power to channel the essence of what made music from the '60s and '70s resonate without any semblance of kitsch or irony.