Risk takers
Here are nine people who took risks in arts and entertainment in 2003. These people set the pace. They brought new energy to the cultural scene. It paid off for the community in a big way, and now we look to them to push the envelope even further in 2004.

Comics: 15,000 readers help guide changes
After all the surveying, e-mailing, calling, mailing and faxing, our comics page changes debut today.
Here's a look at the five new strips joining our pages

Small, but sparkling, victories highlighted last year
Another year has passed and, at first glance, the progress made by Americans with disabilities is far from inspiring. And yet, it is clear that 2003 sparkles with samples of joy and forward movement for people with disabilities.

The Best in Arts in 2003
Our critics pick their top 10 outstanding performances, events and developments for the year.
Janelle Gelfand: Classical music
Margaret McGurk: Film
Jackie Demaline: Theater
Kathy Valin: Dance
Larry Nager: Pop music
Marilyn Bauer: Visual art

Special section: Legacy of the Popes
Saturday, Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes opens at Cincinnati Museum Center with 350 works from the Holy See.

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A guide to help make your day.
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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."

Thirteen weeks of good theater begin now
Here are Jackie Demaline's theater recommendations for winter, week by week.

'Getting to Know You' tributes old-time troupe
For three decades John Kenley, straw hat impresario, and his Kenley Players were synonymous with summer theater in Ohio, putting on 10-week tours across the state (and into Michigan).

'Straw hat' summer shows lose another stage - Miami U
Add Miami University to the growing list of large institutions that are dropping summer theater series.

New hand-written, illustrated Bible creates enthusiasm
The Rev. Eric Hollas never thought the product of a simple lunch conversation could grab so much international attention.

Where did Saruman go?
LOS ANGELES - In The Fellowship of the Ring, Christopher Lee appeared as the traitorous elder wizard Saruman, whose snowy white beard and robe hid his black-hearted intentions for Middle-earth.

Holiday cocktail party: Lighthouse Youth Services
About 350 guests spiffed up in black tie and ball gowns for the $150-a-ticket eighth annual Great American Artists Exhibition and Sale gala last weekend at the Cincinnati Club. Sixty artists - 45 of them were there - showed 200 works for sale while guests enjoyed cocktails, buffet and an early bird chance to buy art.

Martin: Helpings
How do I know when it's time to throw out dried spices and herbs?

Get a grip on oddly named additives
Unless you know food science, even a cursory look at labels on those boxes and cans in your pantry can be downright dumbfounding. Most packaged ingredient lists are unrecognizable and worse, unpronounceable. The majority of these multisyllabic chemicals are, believe it or not, closely related to natural substances.

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Suffering children, desperate parents
Thousands of parents with severely ill children face decisions most of us cannot imagine, as cash-strapped states are slashing Medicaid and cutting off families who desperately need help. This series examines those extreme choices and the families who are making them.

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.