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.
The past decade’s zeitgeist in
Over-the-Rhine, especially on Main Street, has produced a slew of new
and engaging businesses aimed at fostering a renewed interest in local
goods and services catering to a burgeoning influx of young, creative
and energetic people.
When Dean Ambrose saunters down the stands of U.S. Bank Arena on Tuesday evening for a taping of WWE SmackDown
— WWE’s weekly program that airs Fridays on Syfy — he will do so under
profoundly different circumstances from a decade back.
Bill Maher knows his niche. The king of
political comedy, Maher stops by Cincinnati for a stand-up show Sunday
just as his HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, returns from
summer hiatus Friday. Busy with touring and hosting an Emmy-nominated
weekly talk show, he won’t be making another documentary like 2008’s Religulous anytime soon.
Comic book conventions have exploded in
recent years (e.g., the monolithic San Diego Comic-Con) but they’ve also
lost touch with what a comic convention should be, forfeiting the
artistry of graphic novels to instead concentrate on a tumescent number
of celebrity guests.
By April 2012, Joe Muto could no longer stand working at Fox News. As a producer of The O’Reilly Factor,
and in several previous positions with Fox, Muto had hidden his liberal
views while telling himself he wasn’t really contributing to the
channel’s conservative bias.
In 1999, amidst sharing studio space
with local artists, Diane Debevec began taking writing classes at the then
eight-year-old foundation, Women Writing for (a) Change.
Today, as the director of the now-nonprofit organization, she and the
staff are hard at work encouraging women of all ages to find and
celebrate their individual voices.
When we think about current
resurgence of metropolitan Cincinnati — including the successful renovations of Fountain Square and Washington Park — it
seems that the best approach to building a better town might not be
constructing an altogether new wheel, but rather reinventing it.