Musical infusion stokes Tall Stacks
Tall Stacks wasn't dead in the water after its fourth voyage in 1999, but it was losing steam. The country's largest riverboat festival managed to break even, but everyone involved agreed a change of course was necessary.
Tall Stacks, great acts
Riverboat fest adds more local musicians

America thinks lists are tops
Everyone makes lists: grocery lists, to do lists, questions to ask the pediatrician. Chances are your crumpled-up lists don't count off the most outrageous vacation spots in the world, or include names like J.Lo, Jennifer Aniston and Tobey Maguire.
At major magazines, lists are No. 1

Cartoonists go eye-to-eye
Here's a riddle: What do you get when you put two world-class editorial cartoonists in a room with 62 examples of their work?

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A guide to help make your day.
Lonnie Mack makes Blues Fest shine
The Queen City Blues Fest had its mojo working again Saturday, as the thunderstorms that had been predicted all weekend never appeared.
Sound-alike singers carry Journey-REO-Styx retro show
Dennis DeYoung and Steve Perry can empathize with each other's situations.
Dionne Warwick fills Music Hall with timeless hits
There were enough grown folks in the house to appreciate the timelessness of entertainment veteran Dionne Warwick as the headliner for this yearís edition of Crown Jewels of Jazz.
NKU cast turns 'Dracula' into laughs
Dracula: The Untold Story is a world premiere for Northern Kentucky University's summer dinner theater series, a spoof by Mary Lynn Dobson of the iconic vampire tale. It may be short on special effects, but it's chock-full of easy-on-the-brain summertime comedy.
Bright Sheng's 'Madame Mao' powerful, courageous and bold
SANTA FE, N.M. - When Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng heard in 1991 that Madame Mao had hanged herself in prison, he knew it was the stuff of opera.
Sheng hopes 'Madame' can play in China
SANTA FE, N.M. - Composer Bright Sheng never saw the subject of his new opera, Madame Mao, although he grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution when chaos and terror reigned.
Demaline: The Arts
E. Faye Butler's next big gig will be opening in the 25th anniversary revival of Ain't Misbehavin' at Paper Mill Playhouse opening late this month. She wouldn't mind if the show travels from the New Jersey 'burbs of New York to Broadway.
Weekend 'game' will have Tristate abuzz with filmmakers
Don't be surprised if you stumble across a camera crew when you are out and about the Tristate next weekend.
Tell us about fall festivals

Ballet director seeks fearless, humble dancers
Ballet galas are events to showcase some of the world's greatest dancers in classical ballet's grandest pas de deux.
3 families secure adopted daughters
Three area families were featured in a story told of international adoptions complicated by the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak.
Matches were childhood flame for Kentucky man
Who: Wallace "Wally" Mains, 50, a radiation therapist at St. Luke Hospital East.
Kendrick: Alive and well
My brother seriously injured his back ten years ago and, because an essential function of his job was heavy lifting and bending, he was no longer able to work. Like millions of other Americans with disabilities, cash benefits available through the Social Security Administration came to his rescue.
He's peach of the 'burbs
Bob Scott grows peaches in the most likely and unlikely of places.
Serve it this week: Hummus
Hummus is a Middle Eastern appetizer dip that seems more exotic and complex than it really is.
Go over top with this year's tomato crop
Once you've found the perfect tomato, summer eating becomes a wonderful thing.
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Roller coaster craze never-ending cycle
The Fourth of July weekend is the busiest time of the year for roller coasters. And nowhere in the country is busier than the Tristate, with 72 coasters within a four-hour drive. Columnist Jim Knippenberg reports on his tour of 46 coasters at six amusement parks in six days.
ONLINE EXTRA: Rate and review the 46 coasters, and see what others think
Tour diary: 46 coasters, 3 states, 6 days
Map & information about the coaster parks

Readers share memories of flight
In honor of the 100th anniversary of flight, we asked readers to share their own memories of flying. Hundreds of folks did. Here are some of our favorites.
ONLINE EXTRA: More responses not included in print edition

Summer festival guide
It's summer - time for sunburns, humidity and a slew of festivals in the Tristate. Use this guide as a roadmap to fun for your summer weekends.

Summer Camp Guide
Find the summer experience that's perfect for your child with our annual guide to hundreds of camps in the Tristate area.

Fit City: Get up off the couch
Tristaters are overweight and out of shape, a survey shows. To change Fat City to Fit City, the Enquirer is beginning a year-long project to get you going on your own fitness program.

Technology news
Our weekly guide to computers, the Web and the latest gadgets.

Music lovers toast Cammy winners
A sold-out crowd of more than 1,110 local music lovers packed Jillian's for the seventh annual Enquirer Pop Music Awards (the Cammys). See who won.

Women of the Year
The Enquirer honors 10 Tristaters for their service to their community. The newspaper has recognized women of distinction annually since 1968.

On the Same Page
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Early look at Tall Stacks 2003
Two newcomers will join the world's largest gathering of historic riverboats, when Cincinnati's Tall Stacks Music, Arts & Heritage Festival recreates the steamboat era in October.