The musical glue in Hairspray
Based on John Waters' cult classic movie of the same title, Hairspray doesn't veer far from the traditional Broadway musical in spirit. This year's biggest Broadway hit opens for a two-week run at the Aronoff Center on Tuesday..
Also opening this week
Cincinnati producer busy on Broadway
Do you wanna dance? Here's how
Meet the 'Hairspray' team

Variety resounds in area 'Messiahs'
Handel's Messiah is a holiday tradition that never grows old.
'Messiah' recordings span a wide spectrum

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Answers to your burning questions about relationships, getting ahead, life's little mysteries and the world in general - introducing "Dear Doug."
Playwright offers his 'Booth'
Double Obie Award-winner W. David Hancock is wrapping up his fall playwriting residency at University of Cincinnati (under the banner of the Helen Weinberger Center for the Study of Drama and Playwriting) with a free staged reading of his unproduced Booth at 8 p.m. Thursday in College-Conservatory of Music's Master Classroom, 3250 Mary Emery Hall.
Tensing twists 'Rapunzel' tale
Local playwright/actress/director Mary Tensing is doing double duty for Rapunzel, which premieres next week with performances Friday through Sunday at the Taft Theatre.
CCM's Hess directs 'Frankie & Johnny'
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music drama department chief Richard Hess is moonlighting at Dayton's Human Race these nights as the director of Terrence McNally's romantic comedy Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune. It opens Thursday and continues through Dec. 21. Call (937) 228-3630 or toll-free (888) 228-3630.
Theaters team up to help at holidays
If you're planning to attend theater during December, remember not to come empty-handed. It's the season for giving, after all.
CBS claims sweeping success
CBS claimed its best performance during the November sweeps since 1980, even after canceling The Reagans and a Michael Jackson special.
Pink doesn't have to try hard to find trouble
Greater Cincinnati's Benefits and Bashes
Nearly 500 supporters arrived at the Music Hall ball room donning evening dress and exquisite masks as the Cincinnati Opera Guild presented its Masked Opera Ball.
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The 'Doctor' prescribes convenience
Ann Byrn didn't have to rely on her years as a journalist to figure out she was on to a good thing.
Leftover thoughts: Just how long can you serve those Thanksgiving leftovers?
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Volunteers take a bow
When arts organizations talk about their volunteers, the phrases that come up again and again are "countless hours," "energy and commitment" and "couldn't exist without."
Online extra: More honored volunteers

Orchestra builds on its reputation
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's tour of Japan, which ended last Sunday, was exhausting and exhilarating for the orchestra.
Only virus managed to play sour note on tour of Japan
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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
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