CityBeat - Cover Story http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-133-1-cover_story.html <![CDATA[Pitch Perfect - ArtWorks Big Pitch finalists highlight local independent businesses]]>

Earlier this spring, area arts organization ArtWorks invited local established artists, designers, makers and overall creative entrepreneurs to participate in its second-annual Big Pitch competition. 

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<![CDATA[Summer Opera Preview - Cincinnati Opera at 95: stepping forward, looking back]]>

Twenty years ago, I wrote a cover story about Cincinnati Opera’s 75th season and the pending hire of a new artistic director following a multi-year series of self-studies and community forums. Two decades and two artistic directors later, the company has stayed on track, achieving many of its goals and, in notable instances, exceeding them. 

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<![CDATA[Rising in the West - Cincinnati Landmark’s Incline Theater is a leap of faith]]>

Although Tim Perrino and Rodger Pille are schemers, failure is not on their radar. But creating a hit is definitely what they have in mind as they prepare to launch the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater — in fact, it seems they’ve had a lucky charm in their hip pockets for the past three years.

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<![CDATA[Lower Price Hill in Focus - Amy Scott’s documentary captures the communal character of Oyler]]>

The Community Learning Center concept is galvanizing the national consciousness and has catapulted Cincinnati to the forefront of the conversation.

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<![CDATA[2015 Cincinnati Fringe: Shouts from the Vanguard of American Theater - Events kick off Tuesday and the weirdness continues through June 6]]>

As the Cincinnati Fringe Festival comes upon its 13th year — starting May 26 and running through June 6 — we thought it would be informative to hear from seven people who work behind the scenes to produce this annual two weeks of theater, creativity and fun.

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<![CDATA[Robin Hood in Reverse - How universities force working-class students to pay thousands of dollars in hidden fees to athletic departments awash in red ink]]>

An investigation of the eight largest public universities in Ohio in the Football Bowl Subdivision found that with one exception, college administrators and trustees impose hidden fees and invisible taxes on thousands of students who pay tens of millions of dollars in subsidies to keep money-losing athletic departments afloat. 

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<![CDATA[A Different College Ranking - Grading the top football powers by academic spending]]>

Examining the 2013 inflated-adjusted academic spending — including faculty salaries, departmental research and student services — for each full-time undergraduate student at the 22 public universities that finished in the top 25 of the AP’s final 2014-15 college football poll.  

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<![CDATA[Seeking Refuge - Refugees fleeing violence in other parts of the world work to build community in a troubled and isolated corner of Cincinnati]]>

Refugees come to Cincinnati hoping to build a better life. What they find in Millvale is similar to the violence and poverty they left behind.

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<![CDATA[Naked & (Un)afraid - Who is this Harvey guy and why are people taking off their clothes for him?]]> There’s something to be said about a person who has gotten hundreds of strangers to pose nude in public for photos and yet doesn’t come off as creepy. ]]> <![CDATA[Springing Ahead - The eclectic Constella Festival aims to change how people think about Classical music events]]>

The Constella Festival rolls out its fourth season this week, marking not only a shift in timing, but also lessons learned from its previous three years, according to Artistic Director Tatiana Berman.

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<![CDATA[Planning Ahead - UrbanCincy founder Randy Simes on Cincinnati's center city momentum and what we should do to keep it going]]>

UrbanCincy has grown alongside Cincinnati's interest in all things urban, both fueling and benefiting from the region’s increasing fascination with these issues.

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<![CDATA[10 New Project and Policy Concepts From UrbanCincy - ]]>

Urban Cincy founder Randy Simes offers 10 forward-thinking concepts to aid the region today and in the future.

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<![CDATA[Defying the Odds - Cincinnati overcame the midseason loss of Mick Cronin to earn a fifth consecutive NCAA tournament bid. Now Purdue and Kentucky stand in the way of the Sweet 16.]]>

There was no telling which way the University of Cincinnati basketball program would lean after Mick Cronin announced a leave of absence from the team he has coached for the past nine years to deal with an unruptured brain aneurysm.

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<![CDATA[Peak Performance - Fresh off a deep Big East Tournament run, Xavier seniors look to cement their legacies in the Big Dance]]>

On Sunday evening, after the NCAA Selection Committee revealed the first three tournament regions with no sign of Xavier’s name, the Musketeers started to sweat.

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<![CDATA[Regional Teams in the NCAA Tournament - ]]>

NOTE: The first round of the NCAA Tournament is called the second round because of play-in games Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s weird but that's just how things are now.

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<![CDATA[Second In Line - Cincinnati’s well-known executive chefs are rightly touted for their culinary visions. But it’s the men and women just underneath them who enact their concepts every day. ]]>

It’s long overdue that we see the faces and learn the names of some of the exceedingly talented people working in the kitchens of some of Cincinnati’s best local restaurants and hear, in their words, some of the best and worst things about their jobs.

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<![CDATA[Puppet Masters - Local puppeteers continue a centuries-old storytelling tradition]]>

Puppetry has been part of Cincinnati’s local pop culture dating back to the 1960s, when Larry Smith paved the way with a kids show on WXIX featuring puppets named Hattie the Witch and Snarfie the Dog.

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<![CDATA[Feeling the Flow - The man behind WAIF's Trash Flow Radio is a law professor with a long history of championing freeform radio]]>

Ken Katkin has built several careers out of his love for adventurous music and freeform radio.

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<![CDATA[The Art of Ink - Cincinnati tattooists demonstrate the many facets of an evolving industry]]>

The industry is not only booming, local tattooists say, but also perhaps currently witnessing an aesthetic renaissance.  

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<![CDATA[Midwest Movie Town - Cincinnati’s film industry is growing behind state tax incentives and a unique blend of resources]]>

When Clooney came to town in 2011 to star in and direct the political thriller The Ides of March, the chatter and headlines told the story of a city poised to become a dazzling Midwest movie town.

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