CityBeat - Cool Issue http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-226-1-cool_issue.html <![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.  ]]> <![CDATA[Cool Stuff Happening This Fall - ]]> Events, art and music to jam-pack your fall with coolness.
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<![CDATA[WKRP's Musical Legacy - ]]>

 WKRP in Cincinnati debuted 35 years ago when I was a child just developing what turned out to be a lifetime obsession with music.

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<![CDATA[Cool Issue 2012 - 41 ways to see and experience the best stuff in Cincinnati this fall ]]> CityBeat readers, there’s a zero percent chance that everything in this guide will pique your interest, because “cool” means something different to everyone. Take the time to find what does.]]> <![CDATA[Let's Get Musi-Cool - Nine little things to look for from nine big local music happenings ]]> After one of the best summers for music in Cincinnati in a long time, autumn is going to have to offer up a lot of cool musical happenings to avoid season envy. Luckily for those of us who live and love Greater Cincinnati, it appears the momentum of the summer is definitely going to carry over. ]]> <![CDATA[Pleasure without Pretense - Eight ways to try something new without feeling phony ]]>

“Pretentious” is a dirty word — we call it an effort to be perceived favorably by our peers by practicing unnatural behavior. Does the fear of seeming hoity-toity mean we should avoid all the finer things in life? Fall in Cincinnati is full of happenings that could be called cavalier, but there’s nothing wrong with test-driving the highfalutin life — just because you can.

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<![CDATA[Apple Time - 12 local apple-y adaptations ]]>

Summer’s the soggy time of year. It’s steamy, but when fall rolls around, you’ve got a chance at staying starched. Fall’s the crisp season; fall’s an apple.

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<![CDATA[Hey, Have You Seen This? - Four little-known Cincinnati treasures ]]>

One of the great things about fall is that the cooler temperatures allow humans to walk around outside without getting sweat mustaches. It’s perfect weather for wandering the city to investigate Cincinnati’s sometimes-hidden treasures. Let’s start with historic and move our way to weird.

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<![CDATA[The Looking Glass - Eight interpretations of autumn art ]]>

Because art is a subjective interpretation, you can find inspiration wherever you may look this season — but we’ve broken it down into some fun and affordable suggestions. Take a ride, behold the scenery and enjoy the last of the fall weather before things get too cool for the winter.

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<![CDATA[Looney Tunes - John Kasich: Congressman, Fox News host, governor … aspiring music critic?]]>

In 1999, a young Ohio State alum named John Kasich was featured in a newspaper article about his potential run for President of the United States. Nothing out of the ordinary there. But what was a bit strange, in hindsight, was the way the paper (the San Francisco Chronicle, no less) described this young buck looking to become the most powerful man on the planet.

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