CityBeat - Special http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-188-1-special.html <![CDATA[Welcome Back, Summer - CityBeat's 2012 Hot Issue summer guide]]>

Every year spring turns to summer and CityBeat produces a summer guide previewing the season’s various entertainment and cultural offerings, but it’s not every summer that there’s so much to do in this town.

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<![CDATA[Summer Sticks in the Mud - Adventure races thrill, challenge weekend warriors]]>

For many folks, first-person video games offer all the thrills they need. But others crave the tactile realness of an actual obstacle course with knotted ropes to climb, mud pits to crawl through and walls to be surmounted. The typical ingredients of adventure races include a military-style course, a river of mud and whatever torture tests a perverse mind can conjure. Throw in a small legion of weekend warriors and you’ve got yourself a fresh baked adventure — or a hot mess, depending on your point of view.

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<![CDATA[Hot 100 Days - Things to do every day this summer]]>

We heard you were looking for suggestions for things to do every day through Labor Day. No problem!

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<![CDATA[It's Very Fringy in Here … Hello? Hello? - CityBeat's hub for Cincinnati Fringe Festival coverage, including reviews of first performances]]>

The Cincinnati Fringe Festival is in full effect, and CityBeat's intrepid team of reviewers is on the scene. Check back early and often for reviews of all 32 performances, nearly all of which will have their first performance reviewed. You'll be completely in the know for this weekend's Fringy festivities.

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<![CDATA[Right Kid, Right Camp - Advice for finding the best summer camp for your child]]>

What memories do you have from summer camp — maybe swimming in the lake, hiking in the woods or paddling a canoe? Think again. How about memories of playing chess, redecorating rooms, honing skills in sports, music or art or even swinging from a trapeze?

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<![CDATA[A People's History of St. Patrick's Day - Facts and myths about the great Saint Patrick, plus event listings]]>

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most celebrated, if not intoxicating, holidays in the United States. It’s steeped in both Irish and American history and commonly considered to be the first greening of spring. And while March 17 may be best known for its draughts and revelry, its history may surprise you.

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<![CDATA[The Year in Film and Music - ]]>

In this Year in Film and Music special edition, you'll hear from local writers and musicians about their year. We'll take a look at ambitious movies with inconclusive endings. You'll learn about the loss of two seminal local music venues, and much more.

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<![CDATA[Brave New World - Short-term study abroad programs offer long-term benefits]]> Most people are familiar with the typical study abroad setup: living with a host family and taking classes at a university with local students for a full semester. Area universities offer a plethora of options for students interested in broadening their horizons through such study abroad programs. In addition, short-term immersion programs over spring, winter or summer breaks have become increasingly popular.]]> <![CDATA[Textbook Buyer’s Guide - Planning and research are key to lowering textbook costs]]> College is expensive. There’s no doubt about it. College is also incredibly finite. One can lose the opportunity to attend easily. One of the biggest culprits of failure is, well, literal academic failure. Thus one must be armed with all the right tools to succeed.]]> <![CDATA[The Value of the Degree - Today's competitive job market is forcing students to consider the future of their fields]]> No one has to tell a college student that the job market is scarce. Now, more than ever, it seems like students are struggling with choosing the “right” degree — one that interests them but will also provide job security and a steady income for a lifetime. Even after making that tough decision, some students still wonder even as graduation approaches: Will the degree be worth the sweat, blood and money that went into it?]]> <![CDATA[Ever-Changing Scene - Creative endeavors continue to complement Cincinnati's staple gay bars]]> <![CDATA[Seelbach 4 All - Bucking status quo comes naturally for gay candidate]]> Seelbach, 31, is making his first run for Cincinnati City Council this fall after having worked on several political campaigns for candidates and issues. A Democrat, he is an openly gay man who lives in Over-the-Rhine with his partner, Craig. Although another gay person, conservative John Schlagetter, ran twice unsuccessfully for City Council in 2001 and 2003 as a Charterite, Schlagetter never trumpeted his orientation. By comparison, Seelbach thinks it’s important that he be honest and forthcoming about his personal life when seeking public support.]]> <![CDATA[Reality Check - Stop AIDS moves forward despite local and state budget cuts]]> To raise awareness of the 30-year anniversary of the CDC's first-recorded AIDS case, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this year that June 27 will be National HIV/AIDS Testing Day. Unfortunately, some local AIDS organizations will miss out on the opportunity to raise awareness, as the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) earlier this year cut funding to Cincinnati’s oldest HIV/AIDS nonprofit organization, Stop AIDS. The agency provided case management, education and testing in the region for more than 28 years.]]> <![CDATA[LGBTQ Resources - ]]> <![CDATA[Equinox Parade & Festival 2011 - ]]> <![CDATA[Go Grab a Scoop - Cincinnati's local ice cream makers offer plenty of creative, delicious options]]> Nothing beats the heat better than ice cream. Therefore, in the interest of science, a few of us recently gathered at the CityBeat World Headquarters for a totally non-scientific taste testing of our favorite local ice creams and gelatos. Yes, it truly was a sacrifice, but one we were willing to make for our readers.]]> <![CDATA[Too Hot for Cincy? - Why hip Indie bands are choosing nearby cities over Cincinnati for summer tours]]> During an interview in advance of May’s MusicNOW festival, Bryce Dessner — its organizer and guitarist for The National — told me something very provocative about Cincinnati as a concert market for Indie Rock bands. And it might offer insight into why “vanguard” Indie acts — those whose experimentalism or artfulness, whose risky newness, resonates with enough fans to make a cultural impact — seem to skip Cincinnati once they reach mid-level (or higher) popularity.]]> <![CDATA[Heating Up Screens, Big and Small - Godfather of Summer Steven Spielberg brings the heat yet again]]> Cincinnati native (a sometimes forgotten fact) Steven Spielberg is the Godfather of Summer, much like James Brown was the Godfather of Soul. And like Brown, he has proven to be the hardest working man in the movies. We are used to his herculean efforts behind the camera, but this summer Spielberg is setting up the tent poles throughout the season, both in the multiplexes and on television. He’s the Man.]]> <![CDATA[Opera-tunity Knocks - Cincinnati Opera's 2011 season is another surefire summer bet]]> How does an opera company follow up a 90th anniversary season? For starters, it returns to the usual four-work schedule, which this year includes a company premiere. The season features two chestnuts, a work not performed since 1984 and an opera written in 2006.]]> <![CDATA[Restoring Hope - Hartman Rock Garden celebrates a historical piece of folk art and a struggling Midwestern city]]> Springfield, a smaller city some 75 miles slightly northeast of Cincinnati, has lost plenty during the post-industrial era. So it’s important when it can reclaim, restore and celebrate something that once made it so special — an outdoor folk-art environment known as Hartman Rock Garden, created during the Great Depression. And the way it did so is a good lesson for much larger cities struggling with urban-preservation issues.]]>