TEMPO STORIES FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2004
Opera hitting high notes
So you think opera is just for the "mature" connoisseur who wears a tuxedo and knows Italian?
• Fantasy & Tragedy
Opera plots have always been far-fetched - opera is, after all, a fantasy world. Be prepared to get carried away: You'll find sex, violence, comedy, love, loss, betrayal, justice and injustice.
• Cincinnati Opera's Festival season
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• Summer renews Opera's tradition
It started in 1920, as an added attraction at the Cincinnati Zoo. Cincinnatians could see grand opera amid the flora and fauna, in a carnival atmosphere that included ice skating shows, dancing, beer and brats.

Summer festival guide
Eat well, make friends and celebrate traditions at churches, riverfronts and parks all season long.

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ENTERTAINMENT
Charles' music was 'America'
With nothing more than his voice, a piano and a whole lot of soul, Ray Charles crossed boundaries of class, race, disability and genre during his six-decade career.
Oxford 'Idol' emerges as soap star
Matthew Metzger, the 23-year-old Oxford resident who was an American Idol semifinalist this season, is making the move from reality TV to unreality TV.
Electronic music, video add to 'King' premiere
Summer isn't bringing a slow-down to the hip performing schedule in the black box at Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art.
Fall calendar raises profile
Know Theatre Tribe is turning up the volume. Jason Bruffy, who's already promised a return of Cincinnati Fringe Festival in 2005 and the soon-to-debut Cincinnati Experimental Arts, is on board as artistic associate and the Know team has big plans that start with an autumn calendar stuffed with events - but they're not calling it a season.
Theater vet nails Tonys
If you were paying attention to last week's Tony Award predictions, the big winner was Clear Channel theatrical veep Brad Broecker, for years the Louisville-based head of Broadway in Cincinnati before handing it off to daughter Leslie Broecker as he took on a national role.
Numbers jump at music festival
When the Meijer Country Stampede debuted last year, organizers wagered that they could rope in country music fans with a bill featuring big-name acts. That turned out to be a safe bet - about 100,000 people turned out in 2003.
Film contest dictates delivery in 48 hours
The 48 Hour Film Project returns to Greater Cincinnati Aug. 6-8, when some two dozen teams will compete to write, shoot and edit the best short film in two days.

PEOPLE
Mixed Media
Looks as if Channel 19 is in the market for a weekend meteorologist. Weather woman Maria LaRosa - she sometimes fills in weekday mornings for Paul Horton as well - is off to the No. 4 market in the country and her hometown.

FOOD
Cucumbers cool hot summer foods
In the heat, there is one cool customer we can always count on - cucumbers.

Helpings
What's the best way to store fresh strawberries?
Picnics for the lazy gourmet
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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.

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Women of the Year
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