CityBeat - Summer Guide http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-258-1-summer_guide.html <![CDATA[Grilling with Jimmy - Chef and steak expert Jimmy Gibson on cooking, kitchens and charcoal]]>

 At age 56, chef Jimmy Gibson of Jimmy G’s is at an age where most chefs have hung up their tongs and high-tailed it out of the kitchen for a cushier life as either restaurateur or the occasional expeditor. But not Gibson. 

 

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<![CDATA[Vegetarians Need Grills, Too - ]]>

Hot dogs are the American flag of summer meats. The tube-shaped, sheath-packed meat-sticks plump away on charcoal grills and in baseball stadiums everywhere from Memorial Day to Labor Day, serving up freedom with a side of ketchup.

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<![CDATA[Birthday for The Beast - King’s Island’s famous wooden roller coaster celebrates 35 years]]>

Just ask any roller coaster rider who’s logged their fair share of hours at Kings Island, and they’ll have a memorable tale or two of The Beast to share — and after 35 years and 48,882,975 rides, it’s easy to see why. 

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<![CDATA[Big Screen Summer Classics - Lexington’s historic Kentucky Theatre keeps classic movies alive]]>

Larry Thomas, a longtime local film buff and lover of great old movie theaters, speaks for many Cincinnatians when he says, “I try at least once a week to consciously think to curse the names of all those who had a hand in murdering the Albee. What a waste!”

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<![CDATA[Home Run Neighborhood Bars - Summertime pregaming destinations to hit up before a Reds game ]]>

We love baseball in Cincinnati. The Reds paved the way as the first Major League Baseball team in 1869 and our Opening Day celebration is pretty much the biggest holiday next to Christmas.

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<![CDATA[Beat Our Fests - Greater Cincinnati is once again a hub for summer music fests]]>

The festival scene has long been a fabric of summer in Greater Cincinnati, with church and neighborhood festivals going down every weekend across the region. But during the past decade, almost as many music festivals have popped into the area as well.

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<![CDATA[Summer Guide 2014 - ]]>

Get out the grill and put on your swimsuit — summer is here! Celebrate the heat with our annual Summer Guide. Learn how to grill steak with Jimmy Gibson, celebrate 35 years of The Beast roller coaster, check out all the cool area summer music festivals, learn how many ingredients are in a veggie dog — and how many church festivals there are — plus more.


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<![CDATA[Eight Great Outdoor Summer Music Events - ]]> Good vibrations abound, there are alfresco musical soirees of every flavor, from Bob Dylan to LL Cool J.
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<![CDATA[Summer Guide 2013 - ]]>

Even though we as adults don’t necessarily get an extended summer vacation, the memory of childhoods spent basking in a solar hug from June to August — wiping dripping Popsicles from our hands and jumping through sprinklers — stays with us. And our Summer Guide celebrates and recognizes all those wistful traditions with a grown-up twist. 

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<![CDATA[At the Drive-In - Hamilton's Holiday Auto Theatre is resuscitated with a modern makeover ]]>

The Disney touch is working its magic in an unusual location far from the company’s California and Florida theme parks. Two men with Walt Disney Co. training and a love of retro culture are helping revive a 60-plus-year-old drive-in movie theater on the fringes of the old industrial city of Hamilton, Ohio. 

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<![CDATA[The Expert Guide to Grilling - Tips and techniques for a successful summer cookout ]]>

Aside from baseball and lounging in pools, grilling just might be America’s favorite summer pastime. From burgers and brats to pizza and pineapple, there’s nothing we won’t try to cook on grates over hot coals or burning gas, relishing in those seared grill marks like a badge of honor.

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<![CDATA[Grilling with Dad - In honor of Father's Day, CityBeat staffers get lesssons about the art of grilling from their pops ]]> The real secret is, don’t ask them what they want or how they want it. Just cook it and give it to them. But make them wait for it — plan to have it ready about 45 minutes to an hour later than expected and they will enjoy it much more.]]> <![CDATA[Melting Away - Chilled summer treats from across the Tristate ]]>

 Looking for the best places to indulge this summer? Try out any of these local frozen treat shops for a hearty dip into the many innovative chilled foods Cincinnati has to offer.

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<![CDATA[10 Hot and Cool Summer Movies - ]]>

 Summer at the movies can play out like a coin toss. Heads means a furnace-blast of heat from the blockbusters that dominate the multiplexes. With tails, you get the sensual embrace of the cool, hidden treasures stashed away in the art houses. Here’s a sample of the potential blockbuster and indie winners. 

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<![CDATA[31 Farmers Markets - ]]> Farmers markets with fresh produce and local goodness abound for every day of the week, each market with its own distinct neighborhood flavor.
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<![CDATA[Seven Visual Arts Institutions with Summer Exhibits and Events - ]]> Find thought-provoking (and air-conditioned) exhibitions at some Cincinnati's finest art galleries all summer long.
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<![CDATA[Five Summer Theater Performances Not to Miss - ]]> Our local theater world's version of summer blockbusters.
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<![CDATA[Mostly Free Summer Festivals Calendar - ]]> Too many ways to count to dance, drink, party, eat, shop and float your way through this Cincinnati summer.
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<![CDATA[Seven (of Many) Cincinnati Public Pools - ]]>

 From shallow water pools built during the Great Depression to modern water parks, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission offers up convenient swimming locations in almost every neighborhood for the public to cool down, relax and dive in.

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<![CDATA[Four Summer Sports to Watch or Do - ]]> Because summer is the time of the year to be active, or to watch other people be.
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