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  • CityBeat - Love List
    film which as the most democratic art form simultaneously reaches and engages the mainstream as well In a small office located on the bustling Vine Street drag of Over the Rhine three guys can be found gathered around a wooden high top table causally making plans to change the city For chef Todd Hudson Mason was a natural choice for his first restaurant housed in a converted century old farmhouse on a halcyon drag of Main Street Growing up in Minneapolis violinist composer and teacher Eddy Kwon was surrounded by water and trees but also arts and music via the cityâ s diverse cultural centers and two orchestras Carolyn Evans lives her life by two mottos â I want to be the person my dog thinks I amâ and â Activism is the rent I pay for living on the planet â Sheâ s the perfect balance of zany sugary sweet and artistic genius her wigs are both a drag queenâ s dream and some of the most couture headpieces ever to come out of the Queen City B rian Sholis moved to Cincinnati from his editor post at the Aperture Foundation in New York just over a year ago for his very first museum job as the Cincinnati Art Museumâ s associate curator of photography Justin Jeffre jettisoned his flashy music career to become a local social justice crusader who fights for those whose voices arenâ t heard enough S heâ s passionate about connecting people to make an impact in the cities they call home T amara Winters is new to Know Theatre but not to Cincinnati She spent two years at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati ETC a decade ago as a member of the intern company after her 2004 graduation from Ohio University A fter growing up in

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  • Love List 2016: Lindsay Nehls 
    I moved here for UC in 2006 I fell in love and couldn t leave And after nearly a decade living in the Queen City she has settled right in Although she studied metalworking and photography at UC s College of Design Architecture Art and Planning since graduating in 2010 Nehls has returned to the drawing and painting practices she first honed as a kid These days her 2 D work leans toward illustrative portraits and colorful watercolors And the crowds at her wildly popular monthly Drink Draw event at the Contemporary Arts Center just keep getting bigger She has cultivated a reputation for designing posters album cover art and T shirts for local independent musicians like SHADOWRAPTR Grow Horns and ADM And she has continued pragmatic advocacy for artists by helping run the former Rock Paper Scissors arts and crafts supply store in Over the Rhine which also featured the work and music of many local artists Rock Paper Scissors shut its doors at the end of last year but the space itself at 1301 Main St is currently being rebranded as a donation based art supply nonprofit for unwanted gently used or unused materials called INDIGO a creative reuse center which is run by friend and co arts conspirator Alisha Budkie Perhaps her success has much to do with the passion that Nehls draws upon when creating her artwork Passion she says implies you re willing to work hard sacrifice and suffer for someone or something In this sense of the word I m the most passionate about painting and working for the moments when you can really connect or communicate with someone through visual art What aspects do you love about your job I have too many jobs and love too many things about them To pick something super specific I love creating events like our Drink Draw series at the Contemporary Arts Center which are inviting to all kinds of people not just those that think of themselves as artists Tweet SHARE PRINT COMMENT FONT SIZE RATE Related content Maria Lassnig Re Translating Art I An Art Career Bui The Stuff Nature A Cincinnati Trea Sights of the Season Related to Love List Lindsay Nehls Drink Draw Contemporary Arts Center Drink Draw encourages people to talk to strangers to be weird and to get in touch with their inner child artist Last month I looked around the crowded room and there were people of all ages sharing conversation and colored pencils with each other and some of them were even lying on the ground drawing on their stomachs like kids That was pretty magical What do you love about Cincinnati The energy and momentum the people the architecture the food the museums the public art the fact that you can live here for 10 years and still find a new person place or thing to love every day Oh and the parks We are so lucky to have so many huge parks like Eden Park and

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  • Love List 2016: Carolyn Evans
    a decade ago After graduating from Ohio State with an MBA Evans moved to Cincinnati as a business consultant but today refers to herself as a full time professional volunteer She created her first animal inspired nonprofit Happy Tails about 20 years ago combining her business acumen with her photography skills by profiling adoption success stories from local rescues and shelters highlighting the benefits of an adopt don t shop mentality She then moved on to photographing animals set for euthanasia at local shelters which helped her forge ties with the local animal welfare community I started realizing I could be more effective if I gave those animals a face and a voice she says She began hosting small adoption events here and there and joined the board of the United Coalition for Animals where as president she helped open their low cost spay and neuter clinic Tweet SHARE PRINT COMMENT FONT SIZE RATE Related content The Love List Ab The Love List Hi The Love List Li The Love List Ja The Love List Si The Love List Ch Related to Love List Carolyn Evans My Furry Valentine PhoDOGrapher Providing these operations at an affordable cost works toward UCAN s goal of reducing accidental or unwanted births which often lead to abandonment neglect abuse and an increase in shelter euthanasia rates Evans dreamed up My Furry Valentine as the next progression in her mission during a No Kill group meeting an organization that adheres to the tenants of Nathan Winograd a former SPCA director author of Redemption The Myth of Pet Overpopulation The No Kill Revolution in America and leader of the No Kill movement One of the tenants of No Kill is to have a big adoption event she says I knew I had the skill set to do it so I said This is my next calling I need to do this My Furry Valentine launched in 2012 and has seen more than 2 000 animals get adopted over four years with more than 700 adoptions last year alone This year s event held at the Sharonville Convention Center will feature more than 700 adoptable pets dogs cats birds reptiles and other small critters from more than 40 different rescue and shelter groups from around Greater Cincinnati Evans says the goal of My Furry Valentine is to help educate the public about adoption by teaching them how to adopt making adoption more accessible highlighting the differences between shelters and rescues and bringing those organizations together in one place to work together and show just how many different types of animals are available Evans says pet overpopulation isn t an impossible problem and there are attainable ways to end shelter euthanasia mega adoption events being one of them My Furry Valentine is really about bringing people together for a common mission she says I love when at the end of the event the dogs from the shelter that are ready to go back to an uncertain fate I

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  • Love List 2016: Eddy Kwon
    part to share these gifts with children in the Cincinnati area as the director of MyCincinnati youth orchestra an organization that gives the children of Price Hill access to free high quality Classical music education as a tool for personal development and community engagement After graduating from the University of Cincinnati s College Conservatory of Music with a degree in Jazz studies Kwon was driven to stay in Cincinnati because he loved the community I m lucky to know so many people that are driven by a vision of a more just society trying to build community in a responsible and compassionate way he says And it seems that he himself reflects MYCincinnati s mission of achieving personal transformation through musical excellence He guides music lessons rehearsals and performances drawing inspiration from all of MYCincinnati s young musicians Through their dedication to music they teach me how to be a more compassionate and resilient person he says Music opens up his heart and soul Kwon says and brings him closer to some truly amazing passionate young musicians What aspects do you love about your job I love that I feel like myself when I m at MYCincinnati Tweet SHARE PRINT COMMENT FONT SIZE RATE Related content The Happy Maladie No No Knots Prof Audio Visual Equi The Love List Ab The Love List Hi The Love List Li Related to Love List Eddy Kwon MYCincinnati CCM I love that my coworkers are my best friends and all artists I admire so much I love that I get to be part of such a cool community that is committed to social justice in Price Hill How do you define passion How is passion different from love I think passion is one directional At best it is energizing and can inspire others It s a feeling I think love like bell hooks says is a complex process that requires honesty openness and care There are many feelings within the process of love Right now I ve been thinking a lot about the safety of our young people Life is starting to feel much more fragile these days I feel passionately that the systems that tie a young person s chances at a healthy life of dreams and meaning to their race gender class and ability need to be destroyed What do you love about Cincinnati I love that for the most part there s not a whole lot of pretension People don t necessarily move to Cincinnati to say they live in Cincinnati At least not yet So the folks that live here are here because they re driven by something else Do you have a favorite place in Cincinnati Why do you love it MYCincinnati is my favorite place in Cincinnati The program runs out of an old firehouse in the heart of East Price Hill It s constantly filled with amazing people and it s becoming a wonderful space for community arts and activism My other favorite place is Maranata

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  • Love List 2016: Patty Brisben
    Romance has become the leading woman to woman direct seller of relationship enhancement products in the nation The whole theme of why the company exists is I wanted to provide a safe environment for women to be able to gather and to be able to ask questions in regard to sexuality Brisben says explaining that she wants women to be able to take their relationships to the next level Sometimes she adds that involves introducing products in the bedroom something she doesn t want couples to be afraid to try Pure Romance also aims to empower women by giving them the opportunity to own their own business The company operates through in home parties hosted by consultants its product line features everything from beauty products and lingerie to games and bedroom accessories Online resources are also available for men and women to learn more about sexual health relationships and business When Brisben founded Pure Romance in the basement of her Cincinnati home in 1993 the mother of four packed orders planned parties and recruited consultants herself Tweet SHARE PRINT COMMENT FONT SIZE RATE Related content Breaking Holiday The Love List Ab The Love List Hi The Love List Li The Love List Ja The Love List Si Related to Love List Patty Brisben Pure Romance Chris Cicchinelli Today the business has operations across the United States and in Australia New Zealand Puerto Rico and South Africa Her family was a constant source of inspiration Brisben says and her son Chris Cicchinelli is now the company s president and CEO They both love what they do and that passion nurtures their work helping Pure Romance continue to grow Passion and love go hand in hand Brisben says I feel so strongly about providing this environment for women If you re not waking up every single day excited about your day you re in the wrong job What aspects do you love about your job I love the fact that it s not Groundhog Day every day I am not a cubicle person I could never sit in a cube and do a job I am one of these people who loves the fact that every single day my job is different Whether I m addressing consultants whether I am developing new products whether we re doing a new launch whether we re doing a webinar every single day is different and that s what I love the most about what I do What do you love about Cincinnati I love that I ve been able to build a lot of great friendships here I have a wonderful base of friends that you could call in the middle of the night if you needed to I couldn t see myself really living anywhere else I love the fact that we re breathing fresh air into Cincinnati with all the new restaurants that are coming up in OTR and we re really working on our parks I just think that we re doing

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  • Love List 2016: D. Lynn Meyers
    actors for The Shawshank Redemption in 1994 In 1995 Ensemble Theatre turned to her at a dark moment when it seemed to be on the brink of closing Asked what lessons life has taught her Meyers says Never compromise Never settle Live each day as if it s the only one you get That s exactly what Meyers did spurring ETC s board to change its mind about shutting down Instead they offered her the position of artistic director She s been with ETC for two decades staging local premieres of great plays by some of America s best playwrights ETC is respected nationally and Meyers has provided work for numerous local professional actors and built a talented and fiercely loyal staff She s also held fast to the belief that Over the Rhine would rise again to the neighborhood she knew as a kid when her grandfather worked at Findlay Market Despite nearby crime and deterioration in OTR in the late 1990s Meyers believed that better days were ahead Now she and ETC are surrounded by thriving restaurants and shops Tweet SHARE PRINT COMMENT FONT SIZE RATE Related content The Seafarer Rev Durango Review Emma Review The Next Stage Simple Things Love Song Review Related to Love List D Lynn Meyers Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Playhouse On Feb 26 Ensemble Theatre celebrates its 30th anniversary season at the Music Hall Ballroom The legendary local band Over The Rhine will perform with some numbers by the Marvelous Wonderettes a quartet featured in four sold out ETC musicals And Meyers and her board will announce plans for an expansion of the facility a dream she has long nurtured What aspects do you love about your job My work is part of my life so I don t really see it as a job However I love giving people jobs My job allows me to work for a better community and world while giving talented people the chance to create share and grow their art It s a great life I ve never seen any work I have done as a job just a chance to do something worthwhile What are you most passionate about Making a difference for the world around me and for the people in my life I need to feel that I m contributing to a greater good That s the core of who I am We are the sum of everything we do in life While life ends our impact should go on That s how we invest in the future It s Friday night after a long week Where would you love to be My week doesn t end on Friday but I love Friday nights in OTR having ice cream at Graeter s and looking in storefronts feeling a part of a community at play having music fill the streets spilling out from here and there Joy replacing fear Yeah that s a great Friday night What do you love about Cincinnati It s filled with

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  • Love List 2016: William Thomas II, Derrick Braziel & Allen Woods
    community partners In a small office located on the bustling Vine Street drag of Over the Rhine three guys can be found gathered around a wooden high top table causally making plans to change the city The trio Allen Woods Derrick Braziel and William Thomas II make up the braintrust behind MORTAR Cincinnati and they make innovation look easy Their goal To give existing residents in Cincinnati s transitioning neighborhoods like OTR and Walnut Hills the opportunity to own a stake in the area s revitalization and make a living in the process MORTAR is an entrepreneur accelerator program created to give members of underserved and redeveloping communities access to the skills needed to succeed in building small businesses Basically they re reaching out to those not typically included in Cincinnati s start up community filling a much needed gap in access Their nine week mentorship course targets low income and non traditional entrepreneurs who are fighting to achieve their dreams in their very own neighborhood As long as you re breathing you still have time to chase your dream Woods says There are people who come to us who have been dreaming of doing something for their whole lives and ask us to make their dream come true What we do makes a difference and it s impacting someone s life Braziel says Tweet SHARE PRINT COMMENT FONT SIZE RATE Related content The Love List Ab The Love List Hi The Love List Li The Love List Ja The Love List Si The Love List Ch Related to Love List William Thomas II Derrick Braziel Allen Woods MORTAR We can say it made our world a better place to live work and be alive What aspects do you love about your job Derrick Braziel I love that when I wake up every day I can do the things that I love Allen Woods Being able to actually take action is the main thing I love about being at MORTAR It s about helping other people every day William Thomas II I think what s exciting is seeing this community getting created right now I think there s a support system for entrepreneurs specifically low income and minority businesses across the whole city Finish the sentence I love DB I initially wanted to say the Internet It has created an opportunity to connect with people we could never connect with and gives us the ability to access information AW I love people who aren t afraid to try There are so many scary things in the world that can convince you that it s too big or it s not obtainable but I love when people are like I m going to try it anyway And if I fail it is what it is What do you love about Cincinnati AW I m originally from a different city and in that city there were a lot of people who talked about what they were going to do But in Cincinnati

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