CityBeat - Cover Story http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-133-1-cover_story.html <![CDATA[A Future in Focus - Cincinnati’s FotoFocus Biennial widens its scope as a top recurring photography event]]>

Just by adding the word “Biennial” to its official name for 2014, FotoFocus — which occurs this month in some 50 venues throughout Greater Cincinnati — is aiming to raise its importance and artistic significance. 

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<![CDATA[Stranger Than Fiction - Locally filmed reality show <i>Rowhouse Showdown</i> is a hot mess. But will it help Price Hill?]]> Design teams on the competition-style reality TV show Rowhouse Showdown swooped into Cincinnati's East Price Hill neighborhood for months to renovate dilapidated homes. But bringing a long-neglected historical neighborhood back to life is more complicated than it may seem on TV.
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<![CDATA[Ten of Cincinnati's best outdoor public fountains - ]]> If you tell someone Cincinnati’s identity is connected to water, they’ll probably assume you’re talking about the Ohio River. Yes, there is that. But it’s also about the role of outdoor public fountains in the city's history and recent resurgence.
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<![CDATA[Hilarious Homecoming - Local comedians-gone-national return for next week's expanded Cincy Brew Ha-Ha]]>

Cincinnati might be known historically for its brewing tradition, but in recent years the city has offered the world a different type of export: comedians. 

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<![CDATA[Homegrown Heroes - Cincinnati natives Ken Griffey, Jr., Dave Parker and Ron Oester highlight this year’s Reds Hall of Fame class ]]>

Dave Parker, Ron Oester and Ken Griffey, Jr. are Cincinnati natives who as kids watched some of the most important players in the franchise’s history. Eventually, they became those kind of players themselves.

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<![CDATA[Who’s Gonna Drive You Home? - Uber and Lyft make getting a ride easy, but the politics of ridesharing are complicated]]>

It’s hard to imagine now, but there once were things you couldn’t do with an app on a smartphone. Until recently, one of those things was catch a ride in Cincinnati.

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<![CDATA[America's Worst Politicians - ]]>

King George III was “a Tyrant... unfit to be the ruler of a free people,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence just over 238 years ago.

Tommy had it right.

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<![CDATA[Pick a Picnic - Six local parks and nearby places to fill your basket]]>

As the sultry, sticky summer days settle in with a vengeance, it might seem all too easy to meet your hunger and entertainment needs by hanging out on the couch in the air-conditioned comfort of your home and ordering pizza — nobody wants to be chained to a hot stove in this weather. 

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<![CDATA[Attack of the Killer B’s - Local entrepreneur Bill Donabedian follows up his Bunbury Music Festival with the new Buckle Up fest ]]>

If you saw Bill Donabedian’s weary face in the waning hours of the last day of the first Bunbury Music Festival in 2012, you might have correctly discerned that the promotional genius who conceived the event was a) bone-tired from the months of preparation and the constant on-site troubleshooting involved in the three-day Indie/Alt concert series presented along the Sawyer Point/Serpentine Wall stretch of Cincinnati’s riverfront, and b) going to do it all over again the following year.

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<![CDATA[Ten Don’t-Miss Bunbury Music Festival Acts - ]]>

This year’s Bunbury Music Festival lineup is a virtual stacked deck of amazing artists, from the top of the marquee all the way down to the fine-print talent at the bottom of the poster. This year’s topliners — Empire of the Sun, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Young the Giant, Flaming Lips — are guaranteed to draw huge crowds to the Main Stage, and the local-and-beyond lineup, including Foxy Shazam, Black Owls, Jane Decker, psychodots, Kim Taylor, Heartless Bastards, Austin Livingood and many more, are sure bets to attract hardcore fans and curious newbies, but there are plenty of undercard acts and little known nearly top-of-the-bill names that could prove to be serious highlights in Bunbury’s burgeoning scrapbook.

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<![CDATA[Ten Don’t-Miss Buckle Up Music Festival Acts - ]]>

It seems unnecessary to spotlight droolingly anticipated shows like Willie Nelson, Alabama, The Band Perry, Alison Krauss, Old Crow Medicine Show and Drive-By Truckers, so we’ll stick to some of the lower-tier artists that deserve your attention at the inaugural Buckle Up Festival.

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<![CDATA[Going, Going, Gonzo - Without a label for the first time in nearly a decade, Cincinnati’s Foxy Shazam drops its most ambitious album ]]>

Last fall, a Foxy Shazam interview was convened at bassist Daisy Caplan’s Northside home for the purpose of discussing the band’s tour-ending, two-show extravaganza in Cincinnati — a full production at Bogart’s in Corryville, and an intimate club date at Northside’s Mayday.

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<![CDATA[Double Down - Bunbury Festival to Hit Cincinnati This Weekend, Followed up by New Festival Buckle Up ]]>

Cincinnati, are you ready for two back-to-back weekends of three-day festivals, packed with national acts, local bands and up-and-comers? Get ready for the fest weekends with CityBeat's coverage of the two.

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<![CDATA[A Midsummer Festival of Cinematic Dreams - The best thus far and a faraway journey to find more summer fantasies]]>

Once upon a time, the summer movie season started on Memorial Day, a little more or a little less than a month away from the date heralding the official summer reckoning. 

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<![CDATA[Ballin’ in Brazil - A dispatch from the 2014 World Cup ]]>

After an informal survey of the fan base swarming in the São Paulo airport, one wonders how many Mexicans can possibly be left in Mexico. 

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<![CDATA[Cincinnati Fringe From A to Z - There's truly something for everyone, no matter how weird you are]]>

It’s almost here for the 11th consecutive year. That’s right, it’s just about time for the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, our annual dose of creativity and zaniness that might move you to laughter or tears.

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<![CDATA[Beautiful Objects, Amazing Environment - Contemporary Arts Center celebrates 75 years of pushing Cincinnati along the cutting edge]]>

Peggy Crawford didn’t know the group she helped found in 1939 — Cincinnati’s Modern Art Society — would become so long-lived or vital. It is now the Contemporary Arts Center, which on Friday is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

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<![CDATA[State of the Cycling Union - The slow train of bike-friendliness rolls on in Cincinnati]]>

Cincinnati’s quest to become a bike-friendly city has long been riddled with social and political realities progressive cities moved past decades ago. 

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<![CDATA[Bikes + Wine = Fête d’ Été - ]]>

What better way to celebrate summer’s nighness than a sun-dappled evening consisting of wine, light bites and a bike tour? 

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<![CDATA[Tour de Bean - Florence bike shop combines cycling and coffee with community spirit ]]>

Culturally, bikes and coffee go hand-in-hand — just ask the Europeans. Or Mark Ball, owner of Velocity Bike & Bean in Florence, Ky.


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