History from his perspective
Caryl Phillips' 1993 novel Crossing the River - an exploration of the painful, lingering effects of slavery - has been chosen for Cincinnati's 2004 On the Same Page community-wide reading project.
Selection panel praises book's strong characters, focus on freedom

Symphony, Pops invited back to Carnegie Hall
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's place on "the world's stage" is assured next season, following uncertainties surrounding scheduling for the country's most prestigious hall.
Pointer Sisters, Lang, Liu headline Riverbend's 20th

Theater aims at love and war
These are the best of times and the worst of times, says Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival artistic director Brian Isaac Phillips. The kind of times that make for great theater - the big stories and issues that "you can't see on TV."

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Festival tackles tricky 'Rosencrantz'
Butterflies, Chinese philosophers and eternity are a fraction of the topics covered by playwright Tom Stoppard in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, on stage as a bookend to Hamlet at Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival.
Fine Arts Fund Spotlight: Playhouse in the Park
What does the Fine Arts Fund mean to one of the nation's top regional theaters? Last year, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park received $1.1 million, approximately one-ninth of its budget.
ABC won't bank on 'Millionaire,' even if ratings hit gold
LOS ANGELES - Michael Davies says he's losing sleep over the prospect of a gusher of $10 million payoffs on the revamped prime-time version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Top actors sign on for Festival season
A return of Equity contracts in 2004-05 already translates to good casting news for Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival.
Super group Complexions makes local debut next Sunday
New York's high-voltage Complexions, headed by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, makes its first appearance in Cincinnati at 8 p.m. next Sunday at the Aronoff Center. Get tickets ($20, $30 and $45) at 241-7469.
'Drood' cast has a clue about preparation
The Mystery of Edwin Drood, opening Thursday at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, is a musical within a musical. The concept is that the members of the 19th century Music Hall Royale present the story of Charles Dickens' unfinished mystery.
Rau Collection masterpieces to be displayed in Dayton
The Dayton Art Institute on Sept. 4 will open From Fra Angelico to Bonnard: Masterpieces from the Rau Collection, nearly 100 master paintings from one of the world's most distinguished collections. Spanning nearly six centuries, the show will include rarely seen works by El Greco, Gainsborough, Cezanne, Pissarro, Monet, Renoir, Degas and Cassatt.
800 more film screens get 'Passion'
LOS ANGELES - Mel Gibson is adding 800 theaters to the debut of his controversial Crucifixion drama, The Passion of the Christ, Wednesday.
Greater Cincinnati Benefits and Bashes
Catholic Social Services of Southwestern Ohio, celebrating 90 years of service to Greater Cincinnati, hosted 525 guests at a gala at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal.
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Demaline: Arts notes
You may recall me railing and wailing last year when Cincinnati didn't make American Style Magazine's list of top 25 arts destinations. Well, balloting has started for this year and Cincinnati hasn't even made the list of 63 cities nominated.
Let the beignets roll
Fried sweet dough takes on so many forms, and so many names.
Anything can be used as bread pudding filling
What are uses for stale bread? You can either feed it to pigeons or make bread pudding.
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Fill out the online form to submit your camps for The Cincinnati Enquirer/Cincinnati.Com 2004 Summer Camp Guide.

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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
Join this year's community reading project.