Sunday, August 10, 2003

Checking in with the 25 forces shaping our culture



By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

In January, the Enquirer entertainment staff identified 25 cultural forces that could have a major impact on our region.

It turns out our crystal ball worked as well as a picture window - then again, putting the state of the economy at No. 1 wasn't exactly rocket science. And, OK, nobody's perfect, Bats Incredible! (No. 22) is no home run for public art.

Many of the forces are still in play: the Reds aren't yet through the first season at Great American Ball Park. Some are yet to come into play: Tall Stacks is a couple of months away. So is the MidPoint Music Festival.

But so much has happened during the first half of 2003 that an update is needed.

This time, we're grouping our cultural forces under themes. You'll find their placement on our January list in parentheses ( January list and stories ).

E-mail jdemaline@enquirer.com




25 FORCES SHAPING OUR CULTURE
Checking in with the 25 forces shaping our culture
Museum opens with a bang
Economy still putting the squeeze on
Arts heart of plan to give city shot in the arm
City gets some good press, for a change
Downtown isn't the only show - Newport and Dayton make strides
Move is on to get people interested and involved

"BATS INCREDIBLE!" ARTS PROJECT
'HaliBat' artist tells a true fish story
BatBrigade picks top Incredible! sculptures
Bats Home Page

CINCINNATI OPERA
Despite economy, opera enjoyed successful year
Opera-goers voice opinions about Muni, selections, performers
'Harry Potter' illustrator also designed opera artwork

CINCINNATI SYMPHONY
Symphony eats into endowment
Rock shows in tune with CSO strategy
Orchestras feel slump all over U.S.

CONCERT REVIEWS
Hip-hop meets Woodstock at Scribble Jam
Reggae thrivers in the Midwest
Connick can't hide his love for the mike

MORE ARTS COVERAGE
'Abracadabra!' director works his own magic
DanceSport lures 1,200 onto Westin's ballroom floor
Sam Phillips larger than important life he lived
Writer cherishes Christie editions
'Gay Hollywood' discovers many issues common to all

TASTE
American media hooked on Kentucky's king of caviar

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