Slave pen focal point of Freedom Center
From a Northern Kentucky field to the Freedom Center, the 1830s log house tells its story to generations. This is the Enquirer's exclusive look at a piece of history.

Fringe Festival offers cutting-edge lineup
The first Cincinnati Fringe Festival, playing May 12-23, has set its 30-act lineup of theater, music, dance, installation art and work not so easy to categorize in three small, nonestablishment venues within walking distance of Fountain Square.
Local fest director immersed in work
Fringe festival performers

Grammy isn't such a leap
Zak Morgan won't name names. He's too nice a guy to denigrate the competition. But the Cincinnati-bred musician is definitely the anti-Barney, a children's performer who refuses to talk down to his audience.

TV era passes with Von Hoene
To his stunned friends, Dick Von Hoene's death Wednesday night represents the passing of an era.

Play matchmaker
Here's your chance to play Cupid. Forget the arrows; this is as easy as clicking a computer mouse. The Enquirer, Channel 9, and Cincinnati.Com need your help to set up two eligible Tristate singles for a special Valentine's Day blind date.

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'Romeo & Juliet' ballet demands acting, emotion
In classical ballets, tragic love looms large. And ever since Sergei Prokofiev's heartrending music for Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet was scored in 1935, choreographers have been drawn to its doomed lovers like bees to a poisoned hive.
'Reverend Mom' makes 'Nunsense'
Kristin Clippard is a veteran of the Florida Shakespeare Festival, and locally you may have spotted her on stage with Ovation or Stage First. She writes and directs plays and teaches for CCM's Preparatory Department at University of Cincinnati.
'Dead Lines' brings short works alive
Trust an alternative theater to deliver an "alternative" Valentine. Dead Lines is a collection of original works inspired by "grateful dead folktales" (yes, that's where the band name came from). It opens Thursday, continuing through Valentine's Day weekend and until Feb. 22 under the banner of Performance Gallery at the Columbia Performance Center (3900 Eastern Ave.)
Theater league, council to meet
The League of Cincinnati Theatres will host a meet 'n' greet with Cincinnati City Council's arts committee - chairman Jim Tarbell, John Cranley and Christopher Smitherman - and invite artists, administrators and fans to join them from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the courtyard at Arnold's Bar & Grill (210 E. Eighth St., downtown) to let arts advocacy voices be heard. Cash bar.
Students present delicious taste of musical cabaret in 'Footlights'
If you've been looking for someone to harmonize with on Victorian era favorites like "She's Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage ...," along with Broadway-style hits like "New York, New York," add Cincinnati Enquirer's Footlights to your schedule.
Leadership awards: Inclusion Network
The Inclusion Network, a nonprofit organization that promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life, had its ninth annual Leadership Awards at the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center, downtown. More than 1,000 guests attended the event, honoring those in the community who believe in inclusion and engage in inclusive practices.
Fashion on the Rocks: Hearing Speech & Deaf Center
Fashion on the Rocks@Clau was the first young professionals' event and auction of the Hearing Speech & Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati.
Benefit: Roger P. Slagle Memorial Fund
Oldenburg Brewery in Fort Mitchell was site of a benefit for the Roger P. Slagle Memorial Fund.

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Black history flavors her cookbooks
It was about a decade ago that Carolyn Quick Tillery married two of her passions - history and food - to create a "pick up and go" career for herself. She's a law school graduate retired from the Air Force, and husband J.R. is an Air Force colonel who is regularly reassigned around the world.
Helpings Q&A
What's the difference between dark chocolate and white chocolate?
Sex and the City poll
As Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte clean out their closets, we want to know how they have affected your life.

Include your camp in our guide
Fill out the online form to submit your camps for The Cincinnati Enquirer/Cincinnati.Com 2004 Summer Camp Guide.

Tell us about your DIY disasters
The new show, Broken House Chronicles on the Discovery Channel Thursdays, tracks two roommates through their sometimes-funny, always-frustrating home-repair disasters. What about you?

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."

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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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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.

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

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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