by Jac Kern
23 hours ago
Posted In: Events
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officially begin for another month and Memorial Day, the unofficial seasonal
kick-off, is next weekend. But looking at this weekend's
— the first round of church festivals, the opening of The Beach Waterpark,
food fests abound — and it’s clear: Summer is upon us.
and artist Patti Smith is in town for the opening of her anticipated
Contemporary Art Center exhibit and concert. Patti Smith: The Coral Sea, a tribute to Robert Mapplethore,
officially opens Saturday but the opening celebration at the CAC is 6-11 p.m.
Friday. On Saturday, Smith performs a sold-out concert at Memorial Hall. Check
out our interview with Smith here.
There’s a bevy of
festivals across the Tristate this weekend — most notably, the Asian Food Fest,
CincItalia and Maifest. Asian Food Fest returns to The Banks 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday
and 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Your favorite area Chinese, Indian, Korean and Thai
restaurants and other Asian eateries will be serving up samples ranging from
$2-$6. Guests can enjoy performances from local Asian-American groups and
entertainers throughout the fest.
Get a taste of
Italy by way of Cheviot at CincItalia (6-midnight Friday, 3 p.m.-midnight Saturday
and 1-9 p.m. Sunday at Harvest Home Park). Once you’ve gotten your fill of
pizza, pasta, gelato and tiramisu, check out the live music, auto show, Italian
market and cooking demos.
Why not round out
the weekend with a German celebration, too? The 34th Annual
MainStrasse Village Maifest is also
this weekend: 5-11:30 p.m. Friday, noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m.
Sunday. Maifest is the traditional German celebration of spring and the
hundreds of thousands of expected visitors can expect plenty of food, wine,
beer, street performances and kids activities. Think Oktoberfest, but in the
something a little edgier and a lot sexier? Don’t miss Exhibitionism 3 at
Weston Art Gallery (inside the Aronoff Center) Saturday. The late-night dance
party features DJs, a lingerie fashion show, body painting, drinks and light
bites. General admission tickets are $35 and get you in the door at 9:30 p.m.;
$100 VIP tickets include early 8 p.m. admission for an Epicurious Exhibitionism
pre-party dinner and drink tickets. Buy them here.
Waterpark opens Saturday under new management after being closed for the 2012 season.
Expect a total makeover of the park, new attractions and familiar favorites
like the lazy river and wave pool. The opening celebration runs
Saturday-Sunday; daily hours begin May 25.
Nearby, at Kings
Williams, Christopher Knight and Susan Olsen — better known as Greg, Peter and
Cindy Brady — will be performing, signing autographs and taking photos with
fans Sunday. Why, you ask? To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Brady Bunch episode that was filmed at
KI in 1973.
And this is just a few options — for
more stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
Door for weekend theater offerings.
0 Comments · Thursday, May 2, 2013
MONDAY APRIL 29: Cincinnati police were kept busy today
searching for a large monkey on the loose near Union Terminal. Witnesses
on the scene said the primate ran through a tunnel near Dalton Avenue.
June 28-30 • Kings Island
0 Comments · Monday, June 25, 2012
Spirit Song Festival is once again taking over Kings
Island. The three-day features two dozen of Christian music’s most
famous artists. The lineup includes the likes of Switchfoot, TobyMac,
Owl City, Third Day and NEEDTOBREATHE, as well as Cincinnati’s very own
Mosteller. With such a mixed and well-known lineup, Spirit Song is might well draw its largest audience yet.
by Danny Cross
Posted In: Business
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Waterpark failed to submit refunds after abruptly closing in March
Back in April and early
March, many Cincinnatians were all :-P as they looked ahead to
another summer of fun in the sun at Mason’s longtime waterpark, The
Beach. But their faces were more like :-( on March 9, when The Beach
abruptly announced that it would not reopen for the 2012 season, and
many went >:-O when the waterpark notified them that no refunds
would be made for 2012 season passes. Today the waterpark’s
operators are all :‘( because they just got sued by the Ohio
At the time of the
announcement that the park would not be opening, The Beach had already sold
8,800 season passes. But rather than offering full refunds to the
thousands of consumers who had purchased waterpark passes, the Beach
offered a collection of day passes and various discounts to other local attractions,
such as Kings Island and the Cincinnati Zoo, that it said was valued at "close to $200." Season passes to The Beach had most recently been sold for $89.99.
In response, 427 people
filed complaints with the Ohio Attorney General’s office, resulting
in the May 25 filing of a lawsuit against The Beach by Attorney
General Mike DeWine. The lawsuit charges the business with failure to
deliver, a violation of Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act.
when a long-standing Ohio business closes," DeWine said in a
press release. "But The Beach Waterpark took money from
thousands of consumers and never delivered promised services. That's
The Beach in recent
years has seen increased competition from such nearby attractions as
Kings Island’s Soak City waterpark and the Great Wolf Lodge, which
opened an indoor waterpark in Mason in 2006.
In response to The Beach’s closing, Kings Island offered discounted
rates for upgrades to its season passes and a complimentary visit to
its amusement park and waterpark for Beach pass holders.
Dan Tierney, spokesman
for DeWine, says companies that go out of business often refund money
or provide a different product or service in place of that which was
previously purchased, but it must be of equal or greater value and
meet the consumer’s satisfaction.
“That has not
occurred in this case,” Tierney says.
The lawsuit alleges
that The Beach’s ownership partners have committed unfair or
deceptive acts and practices in violation of the Failure to Deliver
Rule and Consumer Sales Practices Act. Each violation of the Consumer
Sales and Practices Act is punishable by a $25,000 fine. The lawsuit
asks for reimbursements for all consumers, legal and court costs, an
injunction and civil penalties.
“There’s a possible
penalty on the punitive side of $25,000,” Tierney says. “That
being said, the goal of this, because there is no bankruptcy
protection, is to help affected consumers get refunds.”
According to Tierney,
if The Beach had filed bankruptcy protection, the company would be
protected and each individual consumer would need to file failure to
“During a bankruptcy
consumers can become creditors for not being delivered products,”
Tierney says. “In absence of that they would have to each
individually file failure to deliver lawsuits, but the attorney
general is doing it on behalf of Ohio consumers.”
The lawsuit was filed
in the Hamilton County Court of Common Please against the park’s
owners and operators: The Beach at Mason Limited Partnership and
Dayton-based Water Parks, Inc., and Cabana Equities, Inc.According to the
lawsuit, the Beach’s operators decided to close the waterpark on
March 7, two days before announcing the canceled season and lack of
The attorney general’s
office is encouraging other consumers who purchased passes to The
Beach Waterpark to file a complaint a www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 8, 2012
A recent Enquirer story leaves out the fact that the Mormon church
outlawed polygamy all the way back in 1890, prohibited black people from
priesthood until 1978 and reportedly only overturned it once senior
church members found out that the New Orleans Jazz would be moving to
Salt Lake City.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The AP reported today that new evidence suggests that dinosaurs were in fact very colorful creatures, which is another hypothesis shared by researchers and little kids. Scientists expect that after minimal further study they'll be able to officially replace the old dinosaur colors, which were just made up by fifth graders anyway.