CityBeat - Cool Issue http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-226-1-cool_issue.html <![CDATA[Geeky Fall TV - The nerd takeover continues]]>

Geeky shows, new and returning, for you to tune into this fall.

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<![CDATA[Samwise in Cincinnati - Sean Astin makes a stop at the Convention Center for this weekend’s star-packed Cincinnati Comic Expo]]>

Astin is one of many celebrity actors who will be making an appearance at the Cincinnati Comic Expo this weekend, where fans can meet him, have memorabilia autographed and get their picture taken with the actor.

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<![CDATA[Cosplay 101 - Cincinnati’s Sebastian Hexx breaks down the basics for cosplay beginners]]>

Sebastian Hexx is a one-man Justice League. He’s Freddy Krueger, a superhero, a villain, an anime character, an Ohio Ghostbuster, a professional wrestler, a costumer/prop builder at local haunted attractions and more — because he’s a cosplayer, or a “costume player,” someone who dresses up like their favorite character from the fictional world.

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<![CDATA[Gaming for Good - Spaced Invaders transforms abandoned spaces into interactive video games ]]>

Giacomo Ciminello is wearing a look of nervous excitement on his face — along with a T-shirt that bears the pixelated Space Invaders alien, now accepted as a retro emblem of nerdy coolness.

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<![CDATA[Nerds in Northside - Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition serves up vintage arcade games, alcohol and gourmet hot dogs ]]>

Northside’s got itself a new arcade-bar. Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition is home to an expertly curated selection of retro video games, beers, cocktails and gourmet hot dogs.

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<![CDATA[Arcade Etiquette - ]]>

So you’re at a arcade-bar for the first time and you’re overwhelmed by the hordes of drunken youth, flashy lights and Space Invaders sound effects.

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<![CDATA[The Uber Kawaii Cat Museum - The Maneki Neko Museum in Walnut Hills displays hundreds of unique Japanese cat figurines]]>

There are some people who love cats, and then there are those who really love cats, to the point of opening a niche museum full of them. Micha Robertson opened the Maneki Neko Museum inside Walnut Hills’ Essex Studios three years ago, but she started collecting the Japanese “beckoning” or “lucky” cats a decade ago.

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<![CDATA[Calendar of Cool - ]]>

Check out the coolest fall calendar Cincinnati has ever seen.

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<![CDATA[The Cool Issue: Revenge of the Nerds - <i>Lord of the Ring</i>'s Sean Astin, life-sized video games and more]]>

There was a point in time when being called a “nerd” was an insult. It meant you were a loser, an eternal virgin hiding in the basement glued to your computer or comic books, dressed up like Sailor Moon or Han Solo. Today — not so much. 

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<![CDATA[The Cool Issue 2014 - ]]>

John Hughes’ Breakfast Club Brat Pack had it all: a brain, a jock, an artist, a princess and a bad boy. And since we can’t ask fictional characters what motivates them to put pants on to leave the house once it drops below 60 degrees, we found our own Cincinnati Brat Pack.

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<![CDATA["The Brain" - Chris Messick, Mercantile Library Marketing Manager]]>

Founded in 1835, the Mercantile Library (414 Walnut St., 11th Floor, mercantilelibrary.com) is one of downtown’s hidden treasures.

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<![CDATA[“The Artist” - Pam Kravetz, Artist/Art Educator]]>

Pam Kravetz (pamkravetzart.com) is a multi-hyphenate fiber artist, arts educator, founder of the knitting/crochet street art gang Cincinnati BombShells (under the pseudonym Pinky Shears) and a performer.

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<![CDATA["The Bad Boy” - Floyd Johnson, Founder of Ohio Against the World]]>

Floyd “Floyd from Ohio” Johnson is the founder of Ohio Against the World, a lifestyle brand featuring everything from hats and T-shirts to lighters, flags, and soon, skateboards sporting the ubiquitous bold and capitalized slogan, “Ohio Against the World."

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<![CDATA["The Princess" - Tracey Lynn Conrad, Founder of Young Philanthropist Society of Cincinnati]]>

Tracey Lynn Conrad established the volunteer Young Philanthropist Society of Cincinnati (ypscincinnati.org) to raise awareness for nonprofit organizations in Cincinnati while developing a commitment to philanthropy among the next generation of community leaders.

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<![CDATA["The Jock" - C. Trent Rosecrans, Enquirer Reds Beat Writer ]]>

CityBeat readers might remember C. Trent Rosecrans’ weekly sports column in this publication during 2012, before he came up on his current gig at The Enquirer covering the Reds.

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<![CDATA[101 Cool Things to do This Fall - Before you bundle up to hibernate this winter, here are 101 reasons to get out of the house to eat, drink and be merry (and/or scared).]]>
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<![CDATA[The Art of Being a Cool Librarian - Music Librarian Steven Kemple strives to keep the library relevant through experimental programming]]>

 There’s a serious reason behind everything Kemple is doing with music programming at the Main Library, even if it sometimes means wearing the gorilla suit he got as a wedding present three years ago. He’s championing libraries as a source for experimentalism — a place to “blow minds,” in his words — and is part of a national movement to do sO. 

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<![CDATA[Cool Issue 2013 - ]]>

 Ok. So, obviously using the word “cool” to describe something is, in fact, decidedly “uncool,” but that’s not going to stop us from labeling the following people, places and things as cool Cincinnati shit of which you should definitely take note.

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<![CDATA[Vaunted Visage - Garey Faulkner parlays a one-time bet into success as a beard model]]>

The Amelia native and onetime pro BMX biker has parlayed his massive (and still growing) beard into something he never thought possible: a living.  

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<![CDATA[Livin’ on the Air in Cincinnati - On its 35th anniversary, WKRP in Cincinnati’s fictional program director and real-life local radio counterpart discuss the legendary sitcom]]> Thirty-five years ago, writer/producer Hugh Wilson transformed his chance bar meeting with an Atlanta radio station’s ad rep into one of television’s quirkiest and most cultishly beloved situational comedies.  ]]>