CityBeat - Cover Story http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-133-1-cover_story.html <![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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<![CDATA[Stephen Foster Reconsidered - The Pops join forces with Rosanne Cash, Over the Rhine and other artists to celebrate “American Originals”]]>

This weekend the Cincinnati Pops pays tribute to the music of Stephen Foster and other songs rooted in the American experience with “American Originals,” performed by veteran and emerging Roots musicians.

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<![CDATA[Best New Bands 2015 - A look at some of Greater Cincinnati’s top musical acts to watch in the coming year]]>

That new artists are the lifeblood of any city’s music scene is a fairly obvious statement.

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<![CDATA[Prim, Not Proper - Prim’s impossibly scheduled members have become one of the scene’s hottest new entities]]>

If there was a Cincinnati Entertainment Awards category for pathologically busy musicians who start new projects to occupy the time normally reserved for sleep or breathing, Prim would take home the bling. 

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<![CDATA[Tiger Burning Bright - Oakland, Calif., transplant Liz Wolf continues to grow her compelling Dream Tiger project ]]>

Liz Wolf’s musical rabbit hole isn’t for the faint of heart, coming on like Portishead with a slightly better disposition but no less emotional baggage.

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<![CDATA[Rising Creek - One year in, Elk Creek continues to find nuances in its sound]]>

The origins of the five-piece band Elk Creek, nominated for two 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (New Artist of the Year and Folk/Americana), trace back to Trenton, Ohio.

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<![CDATA[Surfing the Honeyspiders' Web - Honeyspiders’ patience has paid off with CEA nominations and the prospect of a big year on their own terms]]>

The Cincinnati Entertainment Award nominations are announced and it’s hardly a surprise to see Honeyspiders in the New Artist of the Year and Rock categories.

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<![CDATA[Noah's Arc - From gigging with local bands to writing sessions in Nashville, Tenn., singer/songwriter Noah Smith is an artist on the rise]]>

While Noah Smith has been playing music in and around Cincinnati for more than a decade, it is only recently that his talent as a singer and songwriter has gotten the attention it deserves.

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<![CDATA[Leggy Pop - Punk/Pop trio Leggy might just be the next big local-to-national thing]]>

Leggy is hoping to hit the studio to record a full-length later in the year and will continue balancing the full-time job/touring regimen that occupied 2014.

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<![CDATA[More Great Artists to Watch in 2015 - JetLab, Harbour, Near Earth Objects and Kate Wakefield join CEA New Artist nominees at Best New Bands showcase]]> HarbourThe small town of Lebanon, Ohio, in Warren County just north of Cincinnati, is known for its quaintness and historical landmarks (like the 212-year-old Golden Lamb Inn). But someday soon ]]> <![CDATA[The Giant GED Gap - Nearly 500,000 fewer Americans passed the GED in 2014 after a major overhaul to the test. Why? And who's left behind?]]>

The test changes — which implemented the controversial Common Core standards and required the exam be taken online instead of on paper — have made passing the GED test more difficult than anyone can remember.

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