Located in historic Over-the-Rhine is the
type of highly curated men’s clothing store previously unheard of in
Cincinnati — one that would normally find its niche in a high-end
fashion hotspot like New York City.
Thanks to the Contemporary Arts Center
(CAC), Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the University of Cincinnati’s
College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), concert:nova and MusicNow, New
Music progressivism is alive and well — and building a devoted following
— in Cincinnati.
The halcyon days of walking into a pizza
place, mall or convenience store to play a round of “Pac-Man,” “Donkey
Kong” or “Frogger” on video game arcade cabinets supposedly ended
decades ago, but all is not lost — arcades are making a big comeback
nationwide, and Cincinnati’s in the midst of the boom.
Cincinnati’s Bi-Okoto (pronounced
“Bee-O-Ko-Toe”) Cultural Institute, a nonprofit performing arts
organization that illuminates Africa’s rich traditional heritage,
recently won the African Professionals Network (APNET) award for African
culture, community and entertainment.
Wearing horn-rimmed glasses, bright red
lipstick and vintage shoes, with her short blonde hair in tight curls,
Sailor Gruzleski appears to be plucked from the 1940s. Gruzleski passes
this vintage charm along to other local women as founder and owner of
Cincinnati’s only full-service pinup photo studio, Retrocentric...
Cincinnatians love seeing this city on-screen — in Rain Man, The Ides of March, Traffic, Bar Rescue,
etc. — and there’s no greater film that encapsulates the spirit of the
Queen City (plus the awesomeness of early ’90s Rollerblading and
turtlenecks) more than the seminal sporty romantic comedy Airborne.
Chris Matthews is a political junkie of unyielding enthusiasm. His nightly talk show, Hardball,
has been an MSNBC staple for more than a decade, a showcase for its
irascible host’s boundless passion for politics and the importance of
good governance in the lives of everyday Americans.
It’s no coincidence that Chatfield College is expanding into the heart of Over-the-Rhine. It’s more like destiny. Since its 1845 founding in Brown County
as an Ursuline convent and school, Chatfield College (renamed as such
and opened to the public in 1971) has repurposed land to educate those
who lack access.
The perpetually hip neighborhood of
Northside may be known for its dining and bars, but tucked away on
Knowlton Street is the newly established heart of the progressive
community — SoapBox Books and Zines, a nonprofit, non-hierarchical,
volunteer-run community space with a serious mission.
The shopping experience is as unique as
the products on the shelves. Customers make their way up the warehouse
stairs and are greeted by Baltzersen and her team, who liberally
distribute gloves and masks to combat the layers of dust customers
encounter while searching for the perfect size and shape frame.
Customers are also treated to light refreshments, including a choice of
wine to “help you shop,” according to one assistant