by Danny Cross
While anti-urban Cincinnatians gripe over the
twice-approved $95 million streetcar project — some going so far as to
attach anti-funding amendments to federal bills that will never be
included in the final legislation — authorities on the other side of the
river are demonstrating just how little $20 million on transportation
funding can provide. The state will widen KY 237 in Boone County using
elevated ramps to allow for left-hand turns, adding a freeway-style
element to the residential/corridor area. The two-year project will be
paid for using Federal Surface Transportation Program funds.
Starting this fall all students in Newport
Independent Schools will get free breakfast and lunch because the
district is participating in the Community Eligibility Option in
President Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
CBS News says Chief Justice John
Roberts initially sided with the other four conservative justices but
wasn’t prepared to strike down the entire health care law. Roberts wrote the court’s
majority opinion, which upheld most of the legislation.
Here’s three ways the ruling hurt Mitt Romney, according to the Boston Globe.
The Mark Wahlberg/teddy bear film, Ted, brought in $54.1 million over the weekend. CityBeat's film dude said it was good, too.
Scientists say they are on the verge of finding a “God particle” that could explain the creation of the universe. For particle physicists, finding the Higgs boson is a key
to confirming the standard model of physics that explains what gives
mass to matter and, by extension, how the universe was formed. …
Rosen compared the results scientists are preparing to
announce Wednesday to finding the fossilized imprint of a dinosaur: “You
see the footprints and the shadow of the object, but you don’t actually
Spain won the 2012 European Championship soccer tournament on Sunday with a
4-0 victory over Italy. The Spanish team is being considered one of the
greatest ever, as it has won three straight major tournaments, including
the 2010 World Cup and 2008 Euro.
Seth MacFarlane takes bromance to joyously raunchy new highs
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Seth MacFarlane's new movie Ted, a live action
hybrid, finds him channeling just one character, an animated teddy bear
brought to life by the wish of a young boy named John Bennett (Mark
Wahlberg stands in as the adult body double) who longs for a best
friend, a buddy to hang onto during the thunderous storms of life or
toke up and watch Flash Gordon with during all of those
by Jac Kern
Happy National Pretzel Day! In honor of this momentous occasion, Servatii offers free pretzel sticks to every guest today. We suggest going all-out with one of their tasty, giant pretzel sandwiches, too. Find a location to stop by here.Another TED event takes place locally today, this time on Xavier's campus. TEDxXavierUniversity brings leaders in innovation from across the city and country to speak on the theme "Touching the hearts and minds of others through innovation, service, and leadership." Speakers include emcee Michelle Beckham-Corbin (President and Chief Digital Marketing Strategist of C3: Creating Connections Consulting, LLC), Todd Henry (founder and CEO of Accidental Creative), Rashmi Assudani PhD. (Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at XU's Williams College of Business) and other CEOs, directors of non-profits and cutting edge entrepreneurs. The free event runs 1-5 p.m. today at the Cintas Center Schiff Banquet Hall. Guests should have already reserved their spot in advance.The Contemporary Arts Center continues to bring unique musical performances to the museum. Tonight, local quartet Makr performs Georg Friedrich Haas' "In iij. Noct." at 8 p.m. The music collective features current and former students of The University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music Eddy Kwon, Brodie Johnson, Joshua Ulrich and Suzanna Barnes. Doors open at 7:30 tonight and tickets are $14.Comedian John Heffron makes a tour stop at Funny Bone on the Levee starting tonight. Heffron was the winner of Last Comic Standing's second season and has performed on tons of late night shows and Comedy Central specials and at comedy festivals. A relatively "clean" comic, Heffron avoids politics and controversy in his acts, focusing on the naturally funny aspects of everyday life. Tonight's performance begins at 8 p.m. Find details here.Check out our music blog for tonight's live show lineup and our To Do page for more events, art shows and performances.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Holidays
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The Heights Music Festival, TEDxCincinnatiChange, Rumspringa and more pre-Easter fun
we’re sure many of you crammed enough fun into Opening Day to last the rest of
April, there’s still plenty going on this weekend to keep the party going.
Heights Music Festival (formerly Clifton
Heights Music Festival, launched in 2009) kicks off tonight with more than 70
bands (and some comedy sets) at five venues within walking distance around
Clifton Heights. Rohs Street Café, Baba Budan’s, Mac’s, Christy’s and Roxx
Electrocafe all host performances beginning at 7 p.m. tonight and starting at 3
p.m. tomorrow afternoon through the night. Tickets are $8 for just tonight, $5
for tomorrow’s daytime shows or $12 for the whole weekend. Go here for lineup
details and more information.
iconic Cincinnati-based artist Charley Harper passed away almost five years
ago, his artwork is as recognizable now than ever. His modernist depictions of
nature and wildlife still cover the walls of fans young and old. Mary Ran
Gallery is currently holding an exhibit and sale of Harper’s vintage signed and
numbered prints. Stop by the Hyde Park gallery, peep some of his colorful works
and walk away with one of your own. Find details here.
is the first of many TED events to hit the Tri-state this spring. Saturday’s
theme is "Big
Picture, Small Details," set to examine issues with global and local
impact and zeroing in on small details to make big ideas work. This a satellite
event of a national TEDxChange, which marks a partnership between TED
(Technology, Entertainments and Design) and the Melinda Gates Foundation. The
Cincinnati event will kick off with a live streaming of a TEDxChange talk from
Berlin. Speakers and performers include filmmakers Andrea Sisson and Peter Ohs,
True Body Project founder Stacy Sims, taste of Beligum's Jean-Francois Flechet and
many more. The event is currently sold out, but go here
to find other upcoming TED events.
is a rite of passage when Amish adolescents can leave their community and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere prior to
deciding to be baptized or to leave the Amish church. In popular culture, those
participating in Rumspringa are often portrayed as hardcore partiers, swapping
their values and traditional garb for booze and sex (but in actuality, it’s not so
drastic – most choose to continue being Amish). Saturday, Mayday presents
its annual Rumspringa Beer and Sausage Fest. Rock out like it’s your only chance to do so and enjoy Amish-inspired delights
like beerwurst, bangers, homemade mustards and more beer than you can shake a buckled
shoe at. Remember to call a designated carriage driver! The fun starts at 4
A.D.O.P.T. is an organization that helps match prospective home/business owners
renovate deteriorating historic buildings in Over-the-Rhine. Saturday, Neon’s
Unplugged hosts a benefit for the organization, inviting you to Partly Like it’s
1869! Learn about the
organization and how to get involved while celebrating the eclectic
neighborhood. Costumes are encourage, so sport your favorite hoop skirt or
suspenders and capture your look in a photo booth. A $5 donation gets you in;
enjoy old timey drink specials from 8 p.m.-1 a.m.Check our full To Do page for more arts and events, follow our music blog for this weekend's shows and find theater recommendations here. And Happy Zombie Jesus Day!
by Hannah McCartney
Posted In: Events
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Several events, same brand — what's the difference?
There's hardly such thing as too much TED, but its presence in Cincinnati is getting a little confusing. There are a number of different TEDx events popping up this spring, each with a different theme and set of speakers. Each of the three impending events are to follow the same format as the original TEDTalks, but the TEDx Cincinnati events are independently organized and executed, although each procures a license to do so from TED. (The "x" constitutes an independently organized TED event — find others all over the world here.)For audience members looking to juice up their noggins, this is a good thing. More events means more opportunity for thought-provoking discussion and debate, and more chances to examine critical issues affecting Cincinnati populations and otherwise. With TED's presence looming around Cincinnati this spring, there's no excuse to not visit at least one TEDx talk. Open your mind, feed your soul, tickle your conscience. Be aware, though, that each event requires either an RSVP or a request for tickets, so it's best to start thinking about it early. Various TEDx events around Cincinnati are as follows. What peaks your interest? TEDxCincinnatiChange - Saturday, April 7, St. Michael’s Art SanctuaryTheme: "Big Picture, Small Details," set to examine issues with global and local impact and zeroing in on small details to make big ideas work. This a satellite event of a national TEDxChange, which marks a partnership between TED and the Melinda Gates Foundation. The Cincinnati event will kick off with a live streaming of a TEDxChange talk from Berlin. Click here for a current list of speakers or to nominate a worthy candidate. Speakers are still being selected and finalized. Find the application for a TEDxCincinnatiChange ticket here.
If you're selected (there's somewhat of an application process), you'll
be invited to purchase a ticket on a sliding scale from $20-$100, based
on what you can afford. * This branch, TEDxCincinnati, is also set to host a TEDxYouth and TEDxWomen discussion in December. Other TEDxCincinnati talks are still in the works. TEDxXavierUniversity - Thursday, April 26, 1-5 p.m., Cintas Center's Schiff Banquet Hall. Free. Theme: "Touching the hearts and minds of others through innovation, service, and leadership," which will bring together leaders stimulating change in leadership and service for the greater good. Click here for a current list of speakers. RSVPs are being accepted on a waitlist basis. Apply for a seat here. TEDxCincy - Thursday, May 10, SCPATheme: "Plugged and Unplugged: The Crossroads of Technology and Artisanship."Details on this event, including a list of speakers, is expected to be released next week. Check TedxCincy's Facebook page for updates. RSVP information, theme details and price is TBA.
by Hannah McCartney
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I often find myself fantasizing about a fictional career in which I make an ample living staying home in my pajamas, drinking wine and watching TED talks all day long. It’d be nice, wouldn’t it? Cerebrally, it would — there’s nothing like resorting to a TED talk when you want to get your creative juices flowing, be inspired or just in awe about how brilliant we, as people, can be. I can’t exactly plop down the $7,500 ticket to go see a live TED talk in Long Beach, Calif. — not many can. Luckily, news is brewing of Cincinnati’s own TED talks, TEDxCincy, evidently to surface this May. The first TEDxCincy event took place in Oct. 2010 at the Aronoff Center. Speakers have included Bengals linebacker and entrepreneur Dhani Jones, pediatric surgeon Dr. Victor Garcia and author and cultural anthropologist Grant McCracken, among other intellectuals from Cincinnati and otherwise. If you’ve never seen a TED talk, clue in. TED is a nonprofit that’s dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” TED organizes annual conferences across the world, bringing together forward-thinkers and doers from different disciplines. A series of intellectuals put together short, stirring, meticulously prepared speeches covering a particular issue in front of a live audience; videos are later uploaded online for everyone to see. TEDx talks are independently organized events bringing people together to form TED-like experiences on a more intimate, community level. Cincinnati’s TEDx is a project led by LPK design agency and supported by Proctor & Gamble, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce and Agenda 360. The original concept of TED talks was to stimulate interest in issues from the disciplines of technology, entertainment and design, but topics have since expanded, covering everything from endangered shark habitats to gun usage to dictatorship.Details on Cincinnati’s TED talks are still in the works. Periodically check www.tedxcincy.com for updates; details are expected to be released soon. Keep your eyes peeled...a TED talk could very well change your life. Taste a TED talk:
And a TEDxCincy talk: