MidPoint delivers
MidPoint Music Festival delivered on all promises. The local and regional talent showcase filled Main Street clubs with live original music and plenty of people to hear it - about 30,000 over three nights. The festival, in its second year, ran smoothly and on schedule, for the most part.

CCO opener imperfect but enjoyable
The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra opened its season with a powerful performance of Beethoven's Third Sunday afternoon at Corbett Auditorium at the University of Cincinnati. While some moments in the Berg and Beethoven program were unsettled, it ended on a strong note.

Comics fans: Take our survey
The Enquirer wants to change its comic strip lineup in the print edition, but first we want you to tell us what you like and don't like.

Best of Bats Incredible!
Sometimes, you must break things to make things. That's why the husband and wife team of artists Tamara Harkavy and Matt Kotlarczyk spent days on the phone asking family and friends to take a hammer to red dishes they might have lying around.
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A guide to help make your day.

TV best bets
Season premiere, Third Watch (10 p.m., Channels 5, 22). The fifth season picks up from the May finale with Fred Yokas (Chris Bauer) seeking revenge from the police officer who seriously wounded his wife, Faith (Molly Price), in a chaotic shoot-out during a drug arrest. In the paramedic squad, a badly burned firefighter (John Michael Bolger) begs Monte "Doc" Parker (Michael Beach) to end his life.

Hookah wows with Cash, Palmer tribute
Columbus' Ekoostik Hookah ranks among the leading practitioners of post-Grateful Dead jam. But the band's Saturday-night show at Bogart's was strengthened by the influence of the recently departed as much as the Dead themselves.

Michaels' rock show goofy fun
As the MidPoint Music Festival celebrated Day Two with a full slate of performances in downtown clubs Friday night, a different sort of music showcase forged ahead upriver at Annie's, one that could have been called the Pointless Music Festival.

Grammer trying to revive 'Frasier'
NEW YORK - There's a lightness to Frasier's step these days.

The Rock runs down lead with $18.5M debut
LOS ANGELES - The Rock smacked down the competition with his action comedy "The Rundown, which debuted as the weekend's top movie by earning $18.5 million.

Help us pick books for community reading project
Fall has just started but we're already gearing up for next spring's On The Same Page community-wide reading project - and we want to hear from you.

Schiaparelli still shocks after 80 years
PHILADELPHIA - More than seven decades after her groundbreaking garments first graced the pages of fashion magazines and the bodies of the rich and famous, the shock waves of Elsa Schiaparelli's revolutionary designs continue to reverberate on runways round the world.

Springsteen CD to aid charities
Without picking up his guitar, Bruce Springsteen sounded a chord for charity.

Mother and daughter saddle up for workouts
Does horsing around run in the family? It does for Paula Drake, 52, of Anderson Township, and her daughter Lindsey Richardson, 26, of Mount Lookout. Drake's been saddle-savvy since she can remember and brought Richardson on board as soon as she could handle the ride. That way, they still see other twice a week for lessons and get their exercise to boot.
Fit bits: Ways to stay active and healthy

Weight training balances workout
Question: I work out five days a week, mix up stair machines, stationary bike and walking on a treadmill for three days and lift weights focusing on arms and shoulders the other two days. Since I get good exercise on my legs, do I need to do any leg weights on my lifting days?

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of last Sunday's Tempo stories)
History goes to the movies
History buffs have plenty to look forward to at the movies this year, as a cornucopia of period pieces arrives beginning Friday to compete for the attention of grown-up ticket buyers and Oscar voters alike.
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Americans love their Westerns

Maisonette joins move to fixed-price menu
Last week, Maisonette, downtown, began handing diners a new kind of menu. Instead of a separate price for every item, diners select from a prix-fixe (fixed price) menu in which there is one price for three courses, with choices available within each course.

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Make plans for Tall Stacks 2003
The Tall Stacks Music, Arts & Heritage Festival, which pays tribute to steamboating's glory days, returns Oct. 15-17.

Holiday crafts fairs & bazaars
It's almost time for holiday fairs and bazaars. The Enquirer will run a free listing of non-profit events Oct. 4 in Tempo. If you would like your event listed, fill out our e-mail form.

Jewel of art, architecture repolished
The Taft Museum of Art is at the height of a $19 million makeover which will double the size of the museum, clean up centuries of grime and fix a few decorating disasters.
How the house changed

Fall festival guide
It's time to celebrate apples, pumpkins, all things German and much, much more. Here's out list through November.

Roller coaster craze never-ending cycle
Nowhere in the country is the roller coaster craze bigger than in 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
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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

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
Join this year's community reading project.