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Books by the Banks 2013

Sep 16, 2013
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It is time for the Seventh Annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati USA Book Festival on Saturday, October 12.

This free, family-friendly event features over 100 national and regional authors, panel discussions, book readings and a fun kid’s zone.

Here are some interviews with authors appearing at this year's Books by the Banks:

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Architects say they're about a month or two away from having a final design for the new dunnhumbyUSA building at the corner of Fifth and Race in downtown Cincinnati.  

Officials updated the city's Urban Design Review Board Tuesday about their preliminary work.  They said the challenge is to design a contemporary building that fits into the existing urban fabric of the city.  Architects say the outside of the building will be pre-cast concrete and lots of glass.  The concrete will have a dark color and will feature some texture.  

The Art Circle at the Essex Studios' current exhibit, entitled “Quench Your Thirst for Art,” is on display inside Venue 222, a downtown meeting space for corporate and social events located on 14th Street.

I was fortunate to get some insight into both the artwork and the facility itself from Debbie Dent, owner of Venue 222, and Connie Springer from the Art Circle.

What does it mean to be awesome?

The Awesome Foundation, started in Boston in 2009, set out to discover just that.  The Foundation provides one-time $1,000 grants, with no strings attached, to people who can create – in their words - "flashes of micro-brilliance."

5th Street Gallery

May 24, 2013

Jane Durrell welcomes in to our studio two of the local artists behind the 5th Street Gallery, a collaborative of a wide variety of artists in many different media. Ober-Rae Livingstone is an artist and manager of the Gallery, and former Enquirer reporter-turned-fulltime artist Sara Pearce, discuss the role of the gallery and its heart-of-the-city location at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel.

Tom + Chee, a grilled cheese and tomato soup shop that started in a tent on Fountain Square is taking the next big step.

Owners Cory Ward and Trew Quackenbush will pitch their brand of grilled cheese to the panel on ABC's "Shark Tank" on Friday, May 17.

Surrounded by friends and family, Ward and Quackenbush made the announcement at their Court St. location this morning.

Photos: Cinciditarod 2013

Mar 2, 2013
Sarah Ramsey

For the past three years Cincinnati has held a shopping cart race around downtown to raise money for the local Freestore Foodbank.

This year's Cinciditarod took place around downtown Cincinnati and over the bridge into Newport, KY.

Contestants form teams, put on costumes, and decorate carts to race. There are checkpoints where the contestants are asked to eat, drink, dance, and even pose with Mr. Redlegs.

Teams have two and half hours to complete all the checkpoints before making it back to Fountain Square, the finish line.

Team Hoist won this year.

James Davis is most often found performing on the corner of 9th and Main downtown, many times with his nephew.  When I met with him, he spoke openly about the challenges that face street musicians in Cincinnati and around the country.

James also sells StreetVibes, a locally-produced newspaper that advocates for the homeless.

When I ran into Daniel & DeShawn, they were surrounded by kids who were dancing and playing various musical instruments and just having a great time at Findlay Market

I spoke with them about interacting in the community through the medium of music, what they do when the weather gets colder and what other difficulties face street musicians in the city.

Bonita Price was a music major at The Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) and Central State University but took some time off to raise her family.  She is now a practicing street musician to hone her voice and to provide income since she was laid off from the Jim Beam distillery when it closed its Cincinnati plant in 2011.

I caught up with Bonita at Cincinnati’s Findlay Market - Ohio's oldest continuously-operated public market.

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Cincinnati will officially welcome the holiday season Friday evening with the Light Up the Square event. 

The holiday decorations and the tree on Fountain Square will be turned on for the first time.

Festivities will begin at 6PM, with live music from Eclipse and the Cincy Brass, and a special performance by SCPA’s musical theater group.

Revelers can also expect special appearances from the likes of Drew and Lea Lachey, as well as Santa Claus.

Fountain Square will also feature plenty of food, music, ice skating and a fireworks show.

We are now full in to the holidays, and downtown Cincinnati is lit up, the skating rink is open, and businesses and restaurants are ready for shoppers and diners. Tricia Suit, the director of marketing with Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. joins Mark Perzel with information on special holiday events happening in and around Fountain Square during this holiday season.


The Cincinnati Open Design Event (CODE) gets underway on October 17.  Designers of all types, developers, stylists, all gather together to discuss trends, technology and more in the areas of Style, Consumer and Entertainment. Mark Perzel welcomes Andrew Salzbrun to discuss the scope of this year’s CODE and the effort to outreach into the community during the four day by holding events throughout the downtown, Over the Rhine and Greater Cincinnati area.

Jay Hanselman

Construction could begin next year on a $25 million plan to renovate the YMCA facility at the corner of Central Parkway and Elm in downtown Cincinnati.     

Officials say it will do several things including transforming the Y's exercise facilities and keeping its regional headquarters in the building. 

Bobby Maly with the Model Group made a presentation Monday to a City Council Committee. 

He said his company will be working on the upper stories of the structure.

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