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Thea Tjepkema Is Music Hall’s Guardian Angel

When Thea Tjepkema talks (and researches, writes, lectures, and leads tours) about Cincinnati’s temple of arts and culture, everyone listens.

Behind Closed Doors at The Literary Club, One of the City’s Oldest and Most...

For more than 170 years, The Literary Club's members have gathered on Monday nights. It's a quintessential Cincinnati story of reading, fellowship, and male bonding.

Remaking Purcell Marian High School

Principal Andy Farfsing embraces the challenges of remaking his alma mater in the face of changing Catholic education trends and COVID-19 uncertainty.

The Crosley Brand Will Be With Us for Years to Come

The Crosley brand is still used to sell electronics, appliances, and home goods, recalling the glory days of Powel and Lewis Crosley’s manufacturing powerhouse.

The Evolution of Cincinnati’s Elephant Man

Cecil Jackson Jr. has been bonding with and taking care of the Cincinnati Zoo’s elephants practically his entire life. He’s determined to prepare the animals, and the zoo itself, for a better future.

#CM50: Growing Up

As our city shrunk over five decades, it has also blossomed into a major metropolis and matured in its approach to civic challenges.

Goldsmith Cardel Curates The Good Life

For 30 Years, Tim Goldsmith, owner of Goldsmith Cardell in Hyde Park, has exhibited an eye for the finer things.

Patricia Beggs Turns Up the Drama at the Opera

Going from banking to opera isn’t the traditional path to success, but for this dedicated CEO, it worked. As the Cincinnati Opera moves to its temporary home in the Aronoff Center, we turn the spotlight on the Valkyrie behind the scenes.

Transform Cincinnati Connects Causes with Cash

Transform Cincinnati aims to pair the city's most pressing issues with those with the means to solve them.

Foundations: Taking The Stage

In the tug of war over the Emery Theatre, there are no winners.