CityBeat - Cover Story http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-133-1-cover_story.html <![CDATA[Keeping it Fresh - Looking back on three decades of new works and talent at Ensemble Theatre]]>

This year marks Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s 30th anniversary. It was launched in 1986 to support local professional artists, driven by strong faith in the transformative power of the arts to create sustainable communities.

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<![CDATA[That Which Divides Us - Pervasive economic segregation in predominantly black neighborhoods continues to oppress many Cincinnatians]]>

A pervasive and historically entrenched economic segregation in predominantly black neighborhoods continues to seal off many Cincinnatians, creating desperation and setting up extra barriers for residents of those communities. 

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<![CDATA[Riding High - A Milford nonprofit serves riders with disabilities and injured veterans through horse-related activities]]>

Four-year-old Blake Farrell’s favorite activity at Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship is riding backward on her horse, either while sitting up or lying down. Blake is one of 125 individuals who participate in programs provided by CTRH, a 30-year-old organization that provides horse-related therapies and activities to children and adults with disabilities.

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<![CDATA[The Cincinnati Cobra - Looking back on the life and impact of local boxing legend Ezzard Charles]]>

Lincoln Park Drive in the West End was rechristened Ezzard Charles Drive nearly 40 years ago, yet when one asks a typical Cincinnatian whether they are familiar with the man after which the street is named, a quizzical look almost certainly comes across their face before answering, “Uh, not really.”

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As part of its Cincinnati Legends series, ArtWorks on Oct. 3 will unveil a mural of legendary Cincinnati boxer Ezzard Charles on a three-story building at West Liberty and Republic streets.

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<![CDATA[Summer of Sanders - Bern-storming the Midwest with Vermont’s favorite son]]>

Four weeks ago, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) became impossible to ignore.

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<![CDATA[Party Like It's 1984 - That time Prince played a secret show at Bogart's …]]>

One of the major coups for Bogart’s was the 1984 appearance of Prince, who had booked his new band for a short run of rehearsal gigs prior to the his extensive tour to promote the just-released Purple Rain film and soundtrack.

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<![CDATA[A View from the Record Shop - John James reflects on being one of Bogart's neighbors for 15 years]]>

During my 15 years in three storefronts on Short Vine, Bogart’s was a terrific business ally and the local crossroads of “my people,” a perfect capacity house of worship where music nuts rubbed shoulders and dropped jaws, collecting a lifetime of “I saw them when…” moments.

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<![CDATA[A Personal Pantheon of Bogart's Highlights - CityBeat writer and former Bogart's employee Brian Baker remembers his favorite Bogart's moments]]> Longtime CityBeat writer (and former Bogart's staffer) Brian Baker remembers some of his favorite moments from 40 years of seeing shows at Bogart's.
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<![CDATA[Behind the Heavy Metal Wheel of Sex - A piece of Bogart's lore (somewhat) explained]]> How a juvenile backstage gag ended up becoming a part of the legend of Bogart's.
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<![CDATA[We'll Always Have Short Vine... - Bogart’s, the Midwest’s premier showcase music club, celebrates 40 years by moving into the future and reconnecting with its storied past]]>

Bogart’s has experienced a life as real, as colorful, as downcast in despair and as jubilant in triumph as any living, breathing human being. Bogart’s is a tangible entity, with a personality as integral to the shows it has hosted as any of the thousands of luminaries that have graced its stage over the past four decades.

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<![CDATA[Better Together? - The idea of using cooperatively owned groceries to solve neighborhood problems is picking up steam in Cincinnati. But will they work?]]>

Just two blocks from the bustling strip of Hamilton Avenue that runs through Northside’s business district, an empty white building, once a Save-A-Lot discount market, stands boarded up and dark. 
 

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<![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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