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CCM's Josh Jessen pushes boundaries, redefines genre

Inspired by Questlove, J Dilla, The Roots and Hi-Tek, CCM classical and jazz piano student Josh Jessen defies traditional musical genres. The 20-year-old's accelerating career has already carried him from local coffee houses to international concert halls.

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At Woodstone Creek, urban bourbon's the thing

Deep in the heart of Evanston, Woodstone Creek, a former factory-turned-winery, houses a meadery and port house. It is also the first licensed microdistillery in Ohio. For master distiller Don Outterson, though, it all comes back to bourbon.


Filmmaking in Cincinnati: A Wide Angle

Local filmmakers don't wait for George Clooney and Ryan Gosling to come to town to practice their craft. From skateboarding movies to one-woman-show YouTube channels to high-end commercial productions, Cincinnati's film scene offers space, and support, for aspiring artists to grow.


Hero-building sculptor branches out with 'Black Brigade'

What do Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and heroic black Civil War volunteers from Cincinnati have in common? They’ve all been brought to life via the sculpting talents of Cincinnati native John Hebenstreit, 39. 


Soapdish: 'Pop-up' creativity sates local appetites

The term “pop up” has become quite fashionable in the cultural lexicon as of late, applying to everything from retail to restaurants to picnics. Soapbox columnist Casey Coston takes a tour of Cincinnati's "pop-up" scene.


Second Sunday on Main

From chocolate chili popsicles to handmade shoes, from art galleries to sustainability-focused retailers, Main Street in Over-the-Rhine continues its latest renaissance. Soapbox photographer Scott Beseler offers a visual 411, with images captured during an idyllic Second Sunday on Main celebration. 


Share the road: A bike-friendly guide for non-bikers

Did you know that in the state of Ohio, bicycles are considered vehicles and are supposed be treated as such? Or that cyclists can be given tickets for riding on the sidewalk, and are urged, for safety reasons, to take up the entire lane while riding? As Cincinnati's bicycle infrastructure grows, it's more important than ever for everyone on the road to know how to share it safely. Soapbox cyclist-in-chief Evan Wallis shares some basic tips.


On a roll: Euro Cargo bikes mix art, sustainability

What happens when a European designer lands in Cincinnati to create a new breed of Cargo Bike? Farmers, and artists, take note.


GOOD ideas: Art on the move

Cincinnati's arts leaders posed a challenge for creative thinkers: how can the city's vibrant arts scene be maximized to attract and retain talent? Twenty-somethings doing something offer an exciting new approach during the GOOD Ideas for Cities event held downtown this fall. Take a listen and see how you can keep the conversation going. Video courtesy The Queen City Project.


Miracle on Woodburn

From vintage stores to high-end fashion shops and art galleries, a new day is dawning on Woodburn Avenue in Walnut Hills. Entrepreneurs who have long called the neighborhood home welcome the fresh energy and say it has already made an impact in one of Cincinnati's most iconic communities.


GOOD ideas: Get on the bus

Change the way you work with buses in our region—that's the GOOD idea proposed by Team Possible as part of the GOOD Ideas for Cities project, an initiative launched this spring. Video courtesy The Queen City Project.


Poster boy: Neltner builds cool creative niche

Keith Neltner loves music. And while he doesn't play an instrument, his art captures the essence of bands like the Alice in Chains, Shooter Jennings and, perhaps most famously, Hank Williams III, in everything from album covers to belt buckles. That's when he's not working as a brand-building ad-man in Newport.


My Soapbox: Floyd Johnson, OATW

If you've seen an Ohio Against the World t-shirt, you've seen the work of Cincinnati designer Floyd Johnson. And the DAAP-rejected college drop-out proudly embodies the phrase he appropriated. He tells all, including the scoop on his recent work with Nike and his college brush with Playboy, to Soapbox's Maria Seda-Reeder.


The New Revolutionaries: All Night Party mixes business, pleasure

From specialty pizzas to "HearPlugs," the musicians of The All Night Party know lots more than creative music promotion. With their help, local bands navigate the business of music in fresh, innovative ways.
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