Madonna's book was a natural fit
Ask him to describe his work and he will say conventional realism with an edge. Ask Madonna to describe his work and she might say visionary. In fact Madonna was so impressed with Loren Long's "vision" she hired the West Chester Township artist to illustrate her new children's book.
Other top area illustrators
'Apples' takes conventional approach

Isley's CD deserves chatter, if not a shout
In this much-anticipated CD, due in stores Tuesday, Cincinnati R&B icon Ronald Isley, 62, joins 2003's biggest craze: classic pop standards.

Spaniard makes history with magical tastings
With seemingly genuine concern, the waiter asks if there is anything we can't or won't eat.

Janelle in Japan: Touring with the CSO
Enquirer classical music writer Janelle Gelfand is traveling with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as it tours Japan. Follow her adventures in her Web log.

Get to it!
A guide to help make your day.
Best Bets: What's on TV tonight
Tree farmers: Get on the Chrismas list
Get real advice from a regular guy
Answers to your burning questions about relationships, getting ahead, life's little mysteries and the world in general - introducing "Dear Doug."

Dress A Turkey contest
For the 15th year, it's time to think about dressing a turkey. Not for the table, for the Enquirer Dress A Turkey contest. Download your cyber turkey online.
Family vacation leads to 'Sound of Music' tour
Last August, the Jackson family of Loveland decided to spend a week vacationing in New York, which is how 12-year-old Christina came to be touring this year as Brigitta Von Trapp in Troika Entertainment's non-Equity production of The Sound of Music.
Performance Gallery brings in 'Crowd'
Next weekend, Performance Gallery hosts Columbus alternative theater company BlueForms in A Lonely Crowd: The Isolations Cycle.
Workshop to place 'Cropcirclers' script under scrutiny
Cropcirclers: A Modern Fable for Us All by Alan Jozwiak will be the first play script to benefit from the new developmental workshop series by Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative.
CCM's 'Marat/Sade' lacking expected edge
Marat/Sade, a political stage classic from the 1960s, is the first joint production by the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music's drama and musical theater departments. It turns out to be a chance for the musical theater students to show off their acting chops as they take all but two of the principal roles.
Ricky Nye likes to boogie all night
Ricky Nye knows how to throw an all-night piano party.
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Harvest a meal of wild game at Heritage
Campbell's Scoop: Where to find a meal of wild game.
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Holiday Craft Shows & Bazaars
Our guide to holiday craft shows and bazaars in Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont, Brown, Adams, Kenton, Campbell, Boone and Dearborn counties, from schools, churches, neighborhoods and charitable organizations throughout the Tristate.
Craft shows in the spotlight

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
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

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.