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by Nick Swartsell 06.20.2014 33 days ago
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Courts: Ohio Agency Owes Area Businesses Big

Recent decision says Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation charged unfair rates

What do the Cincinnati Ballet, Jungle Jim’s and the YWCA have in common? Last month, an Ohio court upheld a ruling that the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has been overcharging these and thousands of other businesses and organizations in the state. Meanwhile, the BWC cut rates for other employers who were part of preferred groups, Ohio’s 8th District Appellate Court said.Now an advocacy organization is pushing for the BWC to pay back the difference. While the ins and outs of the rates are complicated, the underlying concept is fairly straightforward: Worker’s compensation functions as a kind of insurance for employers. If an employee gets hurt on the job, worker’s comp will pay for lost wages and medical costs so long as the business is current on its monthly workers comp payment. A lawsuit brought by some employers receiving higher rates charged that those rates were unfair, even forcing some employers into bankruptcy. The courts have agreed. The appellate court’s decision upholds an earlier ruling against the BWC by the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.The courts ruled the BWC, along with lobbyists of some favored businesses, rigged workers compensation rates so that some companies picked to be designated “group rate employers” received what the court called “excessive, undeserved premium discounts” on their workers compensation insurance plans. Where did the money for those discounts come from? According to the court, from businesses who were not part of the special group rate. Those businesses paid almost $860 million extra on their workers compensation plans.  BWC hasn’t started paying back the money, and head Steven Buehner told a Cleveland news outlet last week that the agency will appeal the ruling to the Ohio Supreme Court. It has until June 30 to do so.Buehner says the agency’s rates simply reflect the nature of providing insurance — that low-risk customers receive lower rates than higher-risk clients. Buehner said there isn’t some big pot of money somewhere that the BWC is sitting on and that it hasn’t cheated anyone out of any funds. If the court’s ruling holds, the BWC will owe more than 100 Cincinnati-area employers $100,000 or more, including a number of nonprofits and arts organizations. All told, the BWC could owe area businesses more than $100 million. Progress Ohio, an advocacy group, has asked Gov. John Kasich to act and make sure the BWC pays the money back.According to Progress Ohio, which is advocating for the employers in question, the BWC could owe the Cincinnati Ballet more than $300,000, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park nearly $150,000 and the Cincinnati YMCA $140,000. BAE, a British-owned security and armaments business with a plant in Fairfield, is the area employer owed the largest amount of money; according to the advocacy organization, the BWC charged BAE more than $1.4 million extra in premiums. The Cincinnati YWCA is also owed payback — about $14,000. The organization told WCPO earlier this week it will be "thrilled" to get that money back so it can use it to help women and children in need.
 
 

At The Edge Of The Stage

Cincinnati Ballet closes its 50th anniversary season with local music heroes Over the Rhine

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Over the Rhine, the bluesy, jazzy, folksy band headed by blonde chanteuse Karin Bergquist and real-life partner Linford Detweiler, named after Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood where they once lived, this weekend will perform live with Cincinnati Ballet dancers in the closing series of the company’s 50th anniversary season.   

From The Ground Up

World premiere of 'King Arthur's Camelot' is the centerpiece of Cincinnati Ballet's 50th anniversary season

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Honor, valor, love, betrayal — these are the thematic elements of Cincinnati Ballet artistic director and CEO Victoria Morgan’s full-length world premiere, King Arthur’s Camelot, opening this weekend with five performances at the Aronoff Center.   
by Jac Kern 12.20.2013
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Your Weekend To Do List: 12/20-12/22

Beelistic Tattoo on Short Vine presents its second annual Holiday Art Show Friday. The exhibit features works by local and national tattoo artists on sale for $25 or less. In addition to browsing artwork, guests can enjoy free craft cocktails and book future tattoo appointments. Bring a donation of toys, clothing, books or $5 to benefit the Children’s Home of Cincinnati. The festive fun continues along Short Vine with more art on display at Gallery 77, Popp=d Art and Bogart’s, drink specials at Dive Bar, shopping at Vursa Limited, music at Mio’s Pizzeria and more. Beelistic’s party kicks off at 5 p.m. and continues until midnight (or until the art sells out). Rabbit Hash’s annual Christmas Parade takes place Saturday at 4 p.m. Cajun Jazz group Lagniappe will inject a little Southern flair at the holiday party that follows. Swing by the General Store, drink a little something to warm you up and frolic with the famous Rabbit Hash dogs! Former Cincinnati Ballet members Joseph Gatti and Adiarys Almeida return to the city and company for holiday classic The Nutcracker. This family-friendly production opens Friday, runs all weekend and continues through Dec. 29. Read our interview with the couple here. Nothing says happy holidays like a booze cruise! Enjoy some of Greater Cincinnati’s finest — from beer to views — on the Christian Moerlein Brew Ho Ho Ho Dinner Cruise Saturday. Attendees will board the boat at 6 p.m. and set sail from BB Riverboats 7-9:30 p.m. The night includes a four-beer tasting, buffet, music from a live DJ and a souvenir Moerlein pint glass. Adult tickets are $55, $26 for sightseeing only. Book the cruise here. Enjoy a Christmas Carol-inspired brunch this Sunday at Orchids at Palm Court’s Dickens Brunch. English favorites like roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, mince meat pie and figgy pudding accompany brunch classics, including an omelet and waffle bar. Sunday is the last chance to try the Dickens Brunch, which runs 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Find more information here. For more art openings, parties and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks, full calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door for weekend theater offerings.
 
 

Joseph Gatti and Adiarys Almeida Return for 'The Nutcracker'

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Ever heard of freelance dancing? Independent ballet dancers Joseph Gatti and Adiarys Almeida — formerly of the Cincinnati Ballet — stepped out as free agents this past July, following five years of contracts with some illustrious international companies.  
by Jac Kern 11.15.2013
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Your Weekend To Do List: 11/15-11/17

According to the plethora of holiday shopping commercials (which started airing before freaking Halloween), we’re apparently expected to have already begun buying gifts for the upcoming season. If you want to get a head start on shopping without supporting big box stores, check out The City Flea Small Mall at 21c Museum Hotel this Sunday. The popular urban flea market goes indoors from noon-6 p.m., bringing favorite independent businesses under one roof — and a really cool roof at that. Shop Casablanca Vintage, Indigenous, Mustard Seed Boutique, Powerhouse Factories, It’s Only Fair and other great local and regional businesses, without the stress of driving around town. Find a full list of vendors here.The Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market features a more traditional, Christmas-y experience at Duke Energy Convention Center. From Friday through Sunday, the market will open with more than 100 holiday displays from local and national retailers with a focus on gifts, ornaments, specialty food and décor. Along with the market is a Specialty Food and Treats Show featuring delicious demos and workshops form local chefs, restaurants and businesses. Santa even makes a daily appearance! Go here for more details. Memorial Hall kicks off its first Signature Series of performances, art, food and drink Friday night with An Evening of the Classics. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and open bar followed by the world premiere of Entwined: An Artistic Sensory Experience at 8 p.m. Violinist Tatiana Berman performs with Irina Botan on piano accompanied by digital animation. There will also be performances by Cincinnati Ballet Second Company and School for Creative and Performing Arts musicians, art from Solway Galleries, and food tastings from Jean-Robert de Cavel, Jimmy Gibson and Jeff Thomas. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. Join in one of the classiest bike events of the year with the Cincinnati Tweed Ride. This Saturday, ladies and gents dressed in their most dapper attire will meet at the National Steamboat Monument at Mehring Way and Broadway at 4 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for Best Male Attire, Best Female Attire, Best Mustache and Best Hat. All chaps and lasses are welcome to grab dinner and drinks and Moerlein Lager House after the ride. The Cincinnati Museum Center continues its Passport to the World Series with Latin American Culture Fest Saturday and Sunday. Families will learn about Día de los Muertos, Carnival, the geography of Latin America and the various cultures and traditions of its countries. Features include a marketplace, art display, lectures, performances and lots of exhibits. Go here for ticket information and details.For more art openings, parties and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks, full calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door for weekend theater offerings.
 
 

'Swan Lake' Collaboration Brings Fully Staged Classic to Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
It’s perhaps the most iconic dance segment in the world-famous 19th-century ballet Swan Lake. It begins in Act II, when enchanted swan maidens, costumed in pristine white tutus, enter a moonlit lakeside scene one by one in what’s often been called the greatest possible accomplishment for a corps de ballet.   

Cincinnati Ballet Rings in 50

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 21, 2013
During the past 15 years, from its home base at the Cincinnati Ballet Center in Over-the-Rhine, the company has achieved its own cultural and economic revival, mirroring downtown’s — and especially OTR’s — renaissance, with tremendous growth and critical success under the guidance of Artistic Director and CEO Victoria Morgan.   

Frampton and the Ballet: Dancing, Singing, Playing on the Edge

1 Comment · Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Few things good ever come easily, or without stepping outside one’s comfort zone. But persistence paid off in Cincinnati Ballet’s pursuit of Peter Frampton, the Grammy-winning guitar hero with a career spanning decades.  
by Jac Kern 04.19.2013
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Your Weekend To Do List: 4/19-4/21

“Mandy Patinkin, holla.” That was Claire Danes’ shout-out to her Homeland co-star when she won an Emmy in 2012 for her role on the show. Fans across Cincinnati will be able to holla at him too (not really, that’s rude) as he performs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Friday-Sunday. Sure, many know him as Saul Berenson on Homeland or the iconic Inigo Montoya from Princess Bride, but he’s a man of the theater, too, and this weekend he joins the CSO onstage for the first time since 1991. Read our interview with Mandy Patinkin here. Krohn Conservatory’s annual International Butterfly Show opens Saturday, highlighting the butterflies of Morocco. The conservatory will fill with 16,000 colorful butterflies, floral displays and a hummingbird garden through June 30. Krohn is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day; Admission is $4-$7. Earth Day is technically April 22, but Cincinnati celebrates this Saturday at Sawyer Point. Enjoy live music, a fashion show of recycled materials and other family activities while learning how to get involved with green organizations and outdoor activities. The free event runs noon-5 p.m. Check out this week’s Green Issue for more information on native plant hikes, sustainable farms and outdoor classes, markets and events. The Cincinnati Ballet promises one of the hottest parties of the year as they present Club B Saturday. The Cincinnati Masonic Center downtown will transform into a hoppin’ nightclub complete with cocktails, light bites and — of course — lots of dancing. There will also be a raffle with tons of great prizes. Tickets are a bit steep — $150 all-inclusive 7 p.m. admission; $50 tickets get you in after 10 p.m. — but the money goes to support this important local arts organization. Plus, how often can you say you’ve danced with a ballerina? Saturday is Record Store Day and Greater Cincinnati is lucky to have four local stalwarts to choose from. Support our local music shops by picking up a new record as you enjoy live, in-store performances. Go here for details on how Everybody’s Records, Shake It Records, Mole’s Record Exchange and Phil’s Music & Memories are celebrating. For more stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do page or full calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door for weekend theater offerings.
 
 

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