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The Hot 100 (Days of Summer)

 
Jymi Bolden


Visit the Butterfly Show at Krohn Conservatory June 11



The temperature's rising. It's not just the mercury we're talking here, but the live music and event scene — things in summer 2000 look to be as hot as they've ever been, from dinosaurs to dramatics, Sting to Santana, Kids Fest to Riverfest.

To help you plan each and every day, we've picked a Hot Ticket for every date of the Summer of Double Oh. We've also nominated a Hot Spot for each day, which are typically free or near free (hence, no ticket).

Rather than taking up the space to repeat the address and phone number for Riverbend and the other venues, we've included vital data for each in the accompanying list of "Major Summer Venues & Attractions".

Thursday, June 1
Hot Ticket: Coney Island amusement park begins yet another summer, but with a new (well, not so much new as a comeback of sorts) attraction, the Dodgem bumper car ride.

Hot Spot: Before the summer gets too hot, plan a trip up to the Carew Tower Observation Deck. Downtown's tallest skyscraper includes a panoramic viewing perch, so take along a pair of binoculars and see if you can spot workers erecting the fiberglas pigs that are part of the Big Pig Gig.

Friday, June 2
Hot Ticket: Just about your last chance to catch the Playhouse in the Park's Spunk, three tales by Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston. It closes Sunday night.

Hot Spot: Summerbration dominates the action this weekend in Blue Ash, with free shows by Sister Sledge, Air Supply and Rick Springfield.

Want to take a drive? What's billed as Southwest Ohio's largest food festival, Troy's Strawberry Festival, attracts 200,000 people annually.

Saturday, June 3
Hot Ticket: The art's always the thing at Summerfair, the cultural extravaganza that imports hundreds of fine artists, artisans and craftmakers from around the country to Coney Island each year. Art works on sale at this weekend's 33rd annual edition range from ceramics and jewelry to photography and painting. Beyond art, there are food booths as well as strolling entertainers. Kenny G appears next door at Riverbend Music Center, so if you choose to stroll the art booths in the evening, you'll be treated to mellow music in the air.

Hot Spot: The WGRR Oldiesfest stars Dion, Davy Jones of The Monkees, Gary Puckett of Union Gap, Lou Christie, The Chiffons, Gene Hughes and the Casinos. It all happens at the Butler County Fairgrounds in Hamilton. (Call WGRR for free ticket pickup locations or pay $5 at the door.)

Sunday, June 4
Hot Ticket: "Dinosaurs! A Prehistoric Journey" takes kids on an interactive Dinamation odyssey, as 13 dinosaurs visit Paramount's Kings Island's Nickelodeon SplatCity, all housed inside a giant 7,000-square-foot tent.

Hot Spot: This weekend features one of the nation's largest free festivals for children, Bigg's Kids Fest, at Sawyer Point on the riverfront.

Monday, June 5
Hot Ticket: The Reds host one of the American League's big surprises so far in 2000, the Chicago White Sox. See the Big Hurt, Frank Thomas, try to reach the red seats. Taunt the southsiders with shouts of, "Yeah, our new stadium design sucks, but at least it's better than Comiskey Field!"

Hot Spot: The Public Library Used Book Sale begins on Fountain Square and continues through Friday.

Tuesday, June 6
Hot Ticket: Carol Burnett speaks at the Aronoff Center for the Arts Downtown.

Hot Spot: Ready to Rumba? Restaurateur Jeff Ruby's newest endeavor is this retro nightclub in Covington, with a bamboo dance floor, zebra-striped barstools and lots of leopard skin. The bar is topped off with a sheet of ice, so when you set your drink down, it cools off.

Wednesday, June 7
Hot Ticket: Want to meet one truly nasty S.O.B.? Son of Beast, Paramount's Kings Island's newest rollercoaster, should be at the top of your list for summer fun. At 218 feet, the ride sets four world records: Tallest wooden roller coaster on the planet, the world's only looping wooden coaster, tallest wooden coaster drop (214 feet) and fastest wooden coaster (78 mph). Add the world record for number of barf bags handed out on a single ride, and S.O.B. easily sails into the Guinness books.

Hot Spot: WGUC's Fountain Square Concert Series presents the Westwood Woodwind Quintet. LaRosa's Party in the Park at Yeatman's Cove features Fool Proof.

Thursday, June 8
Hot Ticket: Riverbend Music Center hosts Country legends Charlie Daniels and Hank Williams Jr.

Hot Spot: The Newport Italian Festival begins at the Newport Shopping Center. Jazz on the Square features the Sound Body Jazz Orchestra.

Friday, June 9
Hot Ticket: The Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival concludes its season this weekend with Coriolanus. The Bard's rarely performed action-adventure stars actor Giles Davies in the title role and well-known professional Dale Hodges as his witchy mom. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra opens its Riverbend season with a salute to the restored Genius of Water, featuring, what else, Handel's "Water Music."

Hot Spot: Cincinnati doesn't have a national park, but here's the next best thing. Tomorrow is the last chance to see, for free, Ansel Adams: A Legacy, an exhibit of 116 photographs of national parks, vistas and documentary images at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The retrospective represents the culmination of a lifetime of photography, focusing on dramatic prints Adams made largely at the end of his career after he'd spent 40 years actively photographing and perfecting his darkroom technique.

Saturday, June 10
Hot Ticket: The CSO revels in the works of the Bard at "Shakespeare Saturday" at Riverbend.

Hot Spot: Cincinnati's largest exhibition of public art, the Big Pig Gig, officially kicks off with the Kahn's World's Largest PigNic on Fountain Square. It runs all day, with a dancing pig jug band, activities for children and the dancing finale at 6 p.m., a big pig jig.

Sunday, June 11
Hot Ticket: Concours d'Elegance, a rare car show, motors into Ault Park in Mount Lookout.

Hot Spot: The annual Butterfly Show at the Krohn Conservatory features 1,200 North American and tropical butterflies fluttering against the backdrop of 19th-century English gardens.

Monday, June 12
Hot Ticket: Don't forget to gawk at Cincinnati Museum Center's Prized Possessions. Curators unearthed some 700 objects from hidden boxes and forgotten crates in a year-long dig — including Abraham Lincoln's handwritten draft of his Amnesty Proclamation of 1863; a 12-foot-long preserved prehistoric fish; a huge mastodon skull; letters written by Charles Darwin, Louisa May Alcott and George Washington; plus military memorabilia, collectible comics, antique model trains, turn-of-the-century baseball cards and souvenirs. Particularly creepy is the "Curiosities" section, which focuses on the history of death and includes objects made out of human body parts, Fiji war clubs, poison darts and even an old lunatic cage from one of the sanitariums in the city.

Hot Spot: Spend the afternoon at the Serpentine Wall, watching the river rats race around on their Ski-doos on the mighty Ohio. Then watch them disinfect after falling in several times.

Tuesday, June 13
Hot Ticket: The brand-new "Vanishing Giants" elephant and giraffe exhibit livens up a visit to the Cincinnati Zoo this summer. The state-of-the-art facility features a new elephant performance area with shaded seating for 420 visitors. The 3.5-acre complex also includes a 38,000-gallon pool for the big guys, lots of roaming space, a 9,000-square-foot giraffe habitat and lots of viewing opportunities across hidden moats. While you're at the zoo, be sure to check out another brand-new animal exhibit, the "Wonders From Down Under" Australian habitat featuring koalas, kookaburras and walking sticks.

Hot Spot: Ever see those signs for the Queen City Tour? Pick up a copy of the official guide at a local bookstore and give yourself an intimate view of the ins and outs of our city's neighborhoods and sites.

Wednesday, June 14
Hot Ticket: ETC's Off-Center/On-Stage Series presents Whisperings and Skirmishes, two one-act plays by local actresses who take pen in hand with pretty good results, too.

Hot Spot: WGUC's Fountain Square Concert Series presents Piccolo Orchestra Italiano.

Thursday, June 15
Hot Ticket: "Cincinnati's Cruising Classic Cars" are displayed at the Cincinnati History Museum, Queensgate.

Hot Spot: Summer Dance at Ault Park Pavilion in Mount Lookout features The Modulators. Jazz on the Square features the Cohesion Jazz Ensemble.

Friday, June 16
Hot Ticket: The Cincinnati Pops features the unique pairing of Mayor Charlie Luken and singer Toni Tennille (call 'em the Captain and Tennille) at Riverbend Music Center, performing Copland's "Lincoln Portrait." Meanwhile, Engelbert Humperdinck plays the Grand Victoria Casino.

Hot Spot: Taste of the Tower summer celebration kicks off in Mount Washington.

Saturday, June 17
Hot Ticket: The NASCAR Slim Jims All-Pro roars into the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta to help open the new track. Bad Company, Molly Hatchet and the Georgia Satellites play Annie's.

Hot Spot: Go hog wild at the Findlay Market Pork Chop Festival in Over-the-Rhine. There's also the Cincinnati Juneteenth Celebration at Eden Park and the Summer Art Show at MainStrasse Village in Covington.

Sunday, June 18
Hot Ticket: The CityFolk Festival, just up the road in Dayton, features a weekend with some of the nation's hottest Folk, Bluegrass and Celtic acts. Expect music, dance, art, crafts and food. Headliners include Grammy winner Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band, fiddling sensation Natalie MacMaster, Tessera, John Timm's Celtic Foot Force and more.

Hot Spot: Way Beyond 101: Contemporary Baskets weaves its way into the Fitton Center for the Arts in Hamilton.

Monday, June 19
Hot Ticket: It's the end of the innocence — Riverbend Music Center features Don Henley. Tickets are $56 to (gulp) $82.

Hot Spot: Take a walk around Mirror Lake in Eden Park. You're not supposed to go wading, but everyone does. Bring along your dog and a Frisbee for a complete afternoon's entertainment.

Tuesday, June 20
Hot Ticket: Check out the new Great Migration: The Evolution of African American Art exhibition at the Taft Museum, Downtown.

Hot Spot: Whether today's a hot one or not, a great getaway can be your local public library branch. Pick up some travel books and plan where to go when the weather gets cold.

Wednesday, June 21
Hot Ticket: The Showboat Majestic stages How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (through July 9). ETC's Off-Center/On-Stage Series presents Green Gables. And if you want to drive a bit further, to Kettering's Fraze Pavilion, the season is jam-packed with summer food fests, including Spass Nacht (June 21) with brats, brews and sauerkraut; Caribbean Night (June 25) with tropical food and drink; Swamp Romp (July 15) with all the jambalaya and etoufée you can chomp down; and Venetian Night (Aug. 6) with pastas and vino galore.

Hot Spot: LaRosa's Party in the Park at Yeatman's Cove features Big in Iowa. WGUC's Fountain Square Concert Series presents the Celebration Brass Quintet.

Thursday, June 22
Hot Ticket: David Sanborn and Jim Brickman play Kettering's Fraze Pavilion. Moxy Fruvous plays Bogart's. The Cincinnati Opera Summer Festival presents Salome at Music Hall.

Hot Spot: Drive to Waynesville for some antiquing. Even if you don't buy anything, it might give you some idea of the value of that couch Aunt Martha donated for your first apartment. Jazz on the Square features the Pete Wagner Orchestra.

Friday, June 23
Hot Ticket: The NKU Summer Dinner Theatre series stages And the World Goes 'Round. The Beach Boys play Kettering's Fraze Pavilion.

Hot Spot: If Paramount's Kings Island seems particularly crazy or open at all odd hours this weekend, it's because American Coaster Enthusiasts are holding their national convention here. Don't be surprised to see Son of Beast running from 6 a.m. to past midnight, if the experience of past conventions holds true.

Saturday, June 24
Hot Ticket: The lines should have died down by now for Shaft, Samuel L. Jackson's hot remake of the 1970s detective film. Shut yo mouth, just talking 'bout Shaft.

Hot Spot: The Panegyri Greek Festival brings lots of gyros and baklava to Holy Trinity St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Finneytown.

Sunday, June 25
Hot Ticket: Children's Voices of the World Ten-National International Festival kicks off at the Aronoff Center, Downtown (through July 1)

Hot Spot: A Cincinnati Feis Irish dance competition jigs into the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.

Monday, June 26
Hot Ticket: The Dave Matthews Band plays Riverbend Music Center on June 26 and 27. Tickets are understandably scarce, but fear not. This is Cincinnati, where ticket-scalping is absolutely legal and no concert can ever truly be "sold out."

Hot Spot: Head for Sawyer Point and locate the walkway along the river. Read the signs in the sidewalk and trace the geological evolution of our area, all the way back to the protozoa and the primordial ooze.

Tuesday, June 27
Hot Ticket: This is the last week to see "Zoo Babies" at the Cincinnati Zoo, including a baby black rhino and baby Western Lowland gorilla.

Hot Spot: Are you up to par? If your golf game is breaking the bank, check out the Frisbee golf course at Woodland Mound Park.

Wednesday, June 28
Hot Ticket: International Street Festival at Paramount's Kings Island features a day of exotic music, food, dance and costumed revelers representing France, Japan, Israel, Taiwan and other countries.

Hot Spot: WGUC's Fountain Square Concert Series presents "Violins at Your Table."

Thursday, June 29
Hot Ticket: The Cincinnati Opera presents La Cenerentola (Cinderella). The Brian Setzer Orchestra plays Kettering's Fraze Pavilion.

Hot Spot: The Cincinnati Art Museum is free all summer long. While there, you can drop a buck or two into a box to vote for your favorite "art pig" (the Big Pig Gig goes fine arts with eight of 'em in various museum galleries). Jazz on the Square features Charged Particles.

Friday, June 30
Hot Ticket: "Children of the Millennium" features the Cincinnati Pops with Erich Kunzel conducting the Cincinnati 2000 International Children's Choir at Riverbend Music Center.

Hot Spot: The Pendleton Art Center in Over-the-Rhine shows off the work of more than 100 regional artists, including painters, sculptors, photographers and fabric artists. The monthly Final Friday event is the ultimate in one-stop shopping.

Saturday, July 1
Hot Ticket: Chicago at Paramount's Kings Island.

Hot Spot: All American Birthday Party on Bicentennial Commons features fireworks, musical entertainment and a Frisbee dog show.

Sunday, July 2
Hot Ticket: Everyone in the water! George Clooney leads a sinking ship — literally, not figuratively — in The Perfect Storm. Don't forget your slicker.

Hot Spot: It's home, sweet home as you scrub the deck and hose down the patio to get ready for the big picnic you're having on the Fourth.

Monday, July 3
Hot Ticket: Sure, you could take a cruise on an Ohio River riverboat. But that costs some bucks. Instead, check out Winton Woods in Springfield Township, where Winton Lake's Harbour Pavilion features the Winton Queen tour boat, offering wildlife cruises along the shoreline of the restored lake. There's a nominal charge for the boat ride: $2 adult, $1 child.

Hot Spot: Here's a chance to see Lesley Dill, Stephan Balkenhol and Nari Ward at the Contemporary Arts Center, Downtown (on display through Aug. 20). The CAC is free to all on Mondays.

Tuesday, July 4
Hot Ticket: Actor Danny Glover joins Rosemary Clooney, Doc Severinsen, Nick Clooney and Tom Wopat for the production of the Cincinnati Pops' Fourth of July from the Heartland at Riverbend Music Center. PBS will telecast the event live on a national feed. John Hiatt & the Goners play Bogart's.

Hot Spot: Independence Day celebration at Ault Park. Or take a trip to Stricker's Grove, a private amusement park in New Burlington that caters to company picnics most of the time but opens to the public on the Fourth of July and the second Sunday in August. There are 17 old-time rides, including two rollercoasters. Grab an ice cream cone, stroll down the midway with your date and remember the good old days before the Rodent theme parks ate America.

Wednesday, July 5
Hot Ticket: Steely Dan plays Riverbend Music Center. Also, the Playhouse in the Park inaugurates its first-ever summer season with Always ... Patsy Cline (through July 16).

Hot Spot: LaRosa's Party in the Park at Yeatman's Cove features Denial.

Thursday, July 6
Hot Ticket: The multi-day Christian music festival Spirit Song 2000 kicks off with Third Day and the Newsboys at Paramount's Kings Island. Hot Summer Nights at the College-Conservatory of Music presents A Chorus Line.

Hot Spot: Too steamy outside? Consider a visit to an oft-overlooked (and free) museum, the William Howard Taft National Historic Site. Run by the National Park Service, the Mount Auburn museum preserves President Taft's birthplace. Six generations of the Taft powerhouse political dynasty (which include Ohio's current governor, Bob Taft) are catalogued here.

Friday, July 7
Hot Ticket: Spirit Song 2000 continues with FFH, Jennifer Knapp, Delirious, Supertones, Dawson MacAllister and Jars of Clay at Paramount's Kings Island. Hot Summer Nights at the College-Conservatory of Music presents All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.

Hot Spot: The St. Rita School for the Deaf Summer Festival kicks off in Evendale, with more than 100 booths and games.

Saturday, July 8
Hot Ticket: The region's newest attraction, the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., opens for business as a concert venue with Metallica. On the other side of the world (both musically and geographically), Spirit Song 2000 concludes with Stereo Deluxx, the Deluxtone Rockets, Insyderz, Crystal Lewis, Avalon and Steven Curtis Chapman at Paramount's Kings Island.

Hot Spot: The Queen City Blues Fest showcases national, regional and local Blues acts at Sawyer Point.

Sunday, July 9
Hot Ticket: The hottest­selling Reds weekend home games of the summer are this weekend vs. the Cleveland Indians. And Pink Floyd's Roger Waters plays Riverbend Music Center.

Hot Spot: 2nd Sunday Antique Show at MainStrasse Village in Covington fills Sixth Street with 50 antique dealers and their wares.

Monday, July 10
Hot Ticket: The Cincinnati Zoo features its new "Lords of the Arctic" exhibit, where you can view polar bears from both above and below water.

Hot Spot: Check out the exhibit, Sleeping Beauties: Tapestries by Maud Rydin March, at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Eden Park.

Tuesday, July 11
Hot Ticket: Riverbend Music Center hosts the legendary Bob Dylan.

Hot Spot: Take a walk on the mild side. California Woods Nature Preserve along Kellogg Avenue in California is an often ignored city park that's one of the most peaceful. The totally pristine hiking trails accommodate different levels of ability, including the one-mile California Junction Trail, Trillium Valley Trail and Prairie Meadow Trail. A great place to spot flowers, birds and butterflies.

Wednesday, July 12
Hot Ticket: George Thorogood and the Destroyers play Annie's. Riverbend Music Center has Yes and Kansas.

Hot Spot: Gold Star Chilifest kicks off with a party on Fountain Square.

Thursday, July 13
Hot Ticket: The Cincinnati Opera presents Pelleas et Melisande.

Hot Spot: Head downtown and see how many pigs you can count, at Fountain Square and points beyond.

Friday, July 14
Hot Ticket: Teen hit 'NSync performs at Cinergy Field. Let the screaming commence.

Hot Spot: It's Christmas in July at MainStrasse Village in Covington.

Saturday, July 15
Hot Ticket: A superstar Country concert features Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride and Leann Rimes on the same stage at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville. Closer to home, the Cincinnati Pops concludes its Riverbend season with "20th Century Broadway Hits!"

Hot Spot: Gold Star Chilifest at Sawyer Point Yeatman's Cove gets a facelift this year and a new music sponsor, the MIX.

Sunday, July 16
Hot Ticket: Sting drives his new Jaguar (and tour) to Riverbend Music Center.

Hot Spot: Check out Noah's Ark Farm and Petting Zoo in Alexandria. The farm and petting zoo has 30 different variety of animals. Kids can bottle feed animals during the summer and pet a variety of them. Pony rides, too.

Monday, July 17
Hot Ticket: Take a daytrip to the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus. COSI has relocated to a $125-million complex that includes seven "learning worlds" (Adventure, Ocean, Life, Gadgets, Progress, Space and others) which feature anything from a street scene circa 1962 with live actors to an Indiana Jones-style adventure in the Valley of the Unknown. Theaters include the Extreme Screen Theater, Dome Theater, Motion Simulator and Simulation Zone. 877-257-2674.

Hot Spot: The Warren County Fair kicks off at the fairgrounds in Lebanon.

Tuesday, July 18
Hot Ticket: The Royal Academy in the Age of Queen Victoria, Cincinnati Art Museum, Eden Park (through Sept. 24).

Hot Spot: Check out one of the city's best unknown (and free) art museums. The Manuel D. and Rhonda Mayerson Foundation Art Gallery exhibits contemporary art from all over the world. The private collection, open to the public, is located on the 36th floor of 312 Walnut St., Downtown.

Wednesday, July 19
Hot Ticket: There's Widespread Panic at Riverbend Music Center.

Hot Spot: LaRosa's Party in the Park at Yeatman's Cove features the Zionites.

Thursday, July 20
Hot Ticket: Wang Chung, Flock of Seagulls, Missing Persons and Gene Loves Jezebel play Riverbend Music Center. Everybody wang chung tonight!

Hot Spot: Walk the labyrinth at Grailville Retreat Center in Loveland. No, it's not a maze. It's a circular path used for reflection and meditation.

Friday, July 21
Hot Ticket: Jesus López-Cobos conducts the CSO at Riverbend in Lehar's Overture to the Merry Widow, Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica."

Hot Spot: Having one of those hair days? The Contemporary Arts Center has the answer for you with Big Hair Bare Bones. Stylists Taylor Jameson and Edgar Gonzales present outlandish hair creations on "automaton-like mannequins." It's a Contemporary Friday.

Saturday, July 22
Hot Ticket: The Playhouse in the Park concludes its first-ever summer season with The Flying Karamazov Brothers (through July 30).

Hot Spot: The United States Air and Trade Show kicks off at Dayton International Airport.

Sunday, July 23
Hot Ticket: Jesus López-Cobos conducts the CSO at Riverbend in Offenbach's Overture to La Belle, Chopin's Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brilliante, variations on "La ci darem la mano" from Mozart's Don Giovanni and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.

Hot Spot: Done with fun? Want to explore your spiritual side? Visit one of the area's most unique religious sites: The Monte Casino chapel is the smallest chapel in the world, fitting two worshippers snugly (it was used by monks who worked the vineyards where Thomas More College stand today). Or stop by the Garden of Hope in Covington, the only replica of the tomb of Jesus in the United States, which includes trees and plants documented in the Bible.

Monday, July 24
Hot Ticket: Have a purr-fectly wonderful time at the Queen City Cat Club Cat Show, inside the Albert B. Sabin Convention Center, Downtown.

Hot Spot: Take a drive to The Sonic Drive-in in Landen, where Elvis is belting out "Blue Suede Shoes" on the intercom, classic cars line up in the parking spots, carhops scurry to take orders. Corn dogs, Sonic burgers, cherry limeades, twist cones and onion rings adorn the menu. You'll feel like you've died and gone to '50s heaven.

Tuesday, July 25
Hot Ticket: Riverbend Music Center features The Allman Brothers Band.

Hot Spot: For a wacky trip, drive up to Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, which has been described as the Chuck E. Cheese's of grocery stores — and that's not far off the mark. This exotic gourmet produce complex features singing gorillas and giraffes among the tropical fruits and cheeses and deli items from around the globe. To give you an idea of the theme park atmosphere, the owners have re-installed the old monorail from Paramount's Kings Island's jungleland around the store.

Wednesday, July 26
Hot Ticket: This week and next are your last chance to see Showboat Majestic's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (through Aug. 6).

Hot Spot: Put some chill back into your summer with a visit to Graeter's on Hyde Park Square. Generations of families have flocked to this ice cream parlor to sample the signature Black Raspberry Chip or (in July and August only) the tremendous Peach. There are other Graeter's outlets in the city, of course, but this outlet is the favorite on a hot summer night — take your dips out to the park that's the center of Hyde Park Square and gaze at the stars.

Thursday, July 27
Hot Ticket: The NKU Summer Dinner Theater stages Cole, The Music of Cole Porter.

Hot Spot: What a bunch of dummies. The International Ventriloquist Convention convenes at Vent Haven Museum, Fort Mitchell. Also, check out CityBeat's annual Music Directory for details on your favorite local bands.

Friday, July 28
Hot Ticket: The Coors Light Jazz Festival at Cinergy Field features D'Angelo and the reunion of Midnight Star. Kincaid Regional Summer Theatre presents Some Enchanted Evening, the Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein. Or get down tonight with KC & the Sunshine Band at Kettering's Fraze Pavilion.

Hot Spot: Buzz over to Blue Ash Airport, where several World War II vintage military planes, known as The War Birds, reside. Tours of the planes are free.

Saturday, July 29
Hot Ticket: The Coors Jazz Festival continues with Frankie Beverly, Patti LaBelle, the Temptations and the Ohio Players Reunion. Jesus López-Cobos conducts the CSO at Riverbend in J. Strauss Jr.'s Overture to Gypsy Baron, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.

Hot Spot: The Ujima Cinci-bration Festival takes over Fountain Square and environs, Downtown.

Sunday, July 30
Hot Ticket: What dominates the weekend in Cincinnati? Why, the Jazz festival, of Coors, of Coors. Tonight the fest continues with Gerald Levert, Chaka Khan and Boney James.

Hot Spot: Fireworks conclude the free community festival Greater Anderson Days at Beech Acres Park in Anderson Township.

Monday, July 31
Hot Ticket: Cool off with the new Omnimax show Dolphins at the Museum Center at Union Terminal.

Hot Spot: Another way to cool off is at the Root Beer Stand in Sharonville, where the root beer is made on site, using well water, and served in a frosty mug. The eats are pretty good, too, especially the foot-long hot dogs.

Tuesday, Aug. 1
Hot Ticket: Take a ride on the Turtle Creek Valley Railway, which departs from the Lebanon train station and offers an hour-long train ride through the beautiful rolling countryside.

Hot Spot: Pack up the family and drive to the Sharon Centre, the Hamilton County park district's newest addition at Sharon Woods Park in Sharonville. The state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility features interactive education exhibits focusing on the geology and natural history of Sharon Woods Gorge and the surrounding area. Displays include wildlife, fossils, the Buckeye Pool where visitors come eye to eye with wildlife and even a life-sized walk-through sycamore tree.

Wednesday, Aug. 2
Hot Ticket: The Hamilton County Fair kicks off at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, I-75 at Paddock Road, in Carthage.

Hot Spot: LaRosa's Party in the Park at Yeatman's Cove features Eve.

Thursday, Aug. 3
Hot Ticket: Riverbend Music Center features Red Hot Chili Peppers and Stone Temple Pilots.

Hot Spot: On selected Thursdays throughout the summer, the historic Cincinnati Observatory Center in Mount Lookout is hosting public viewings. They're free, so give 'em a call.

Friday, Aug. 4
Hot Ticket: Jethro Tull at Kettering's Fraze Pavilion.

Hot Spot: Starting to get a bit hot? Try Putz's in Westwood. In a city full of places such as The Cone, Dari Crest and Tummy Treats, Putz's stands above. Any place with its own street named after it has to be an institution. The white shack is a West side favorite, offering soft-serves, metts and more.

Saturday, Aug. 5
Hot Ticket: The Masters Tennis Series begins at the Sports Center in Mason.

Hot Spot: At Covington's Devou Park, the Northern Kentucky Symphony debuts its new music group, Band on the Run, with area premieres fusing traditional instrumentation and form with pop culture.

Sunday, Aug. 6
Hot Ticket: Riverbend Music Center features a solid double bill of Counting Crows and Live.

Hot Spot: Kettering's Fraze Pavilion hosts Venetian Night with a salute to Italian food and spirits.

Monday, Aug. 7
Hot Ticket: Take a day trip to the opening of the Ohio State Fair in Columbus.

Hot Spot: Get connected with farms and nature at Sunrock Farm in Ludlow, the Cincinnati Nature Center in Glen Este or Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale, a 100-acre working historical farm in the heart of the city.

Tuesday, Aug. 8
Hot Ticket: Riverbend Music Center features Ozzy Osbourne.

Hot Spot: If your fires are burning, you might learn how to put them out at the Cincinnati Fire Museum, Downtown.

Wednesday, Aug. 9
Hot Ticket: The Showboat Majestic stages Same Time, Next Year (through Aug. 27).

Hot Spot: Stop by the public library and pick up a video of your all-time favorite flick. Crank up the air-conditioning at home and pop some popcorn. Is heaven any better?

Thursday, Aug. 10
Hot Ticket: Take a day trip to the opening of the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis.

Hot Spot: As the sun goes down, head out to Blue Ash and park just off Cooper Road, across from the post office. Walk around the Veterans Memorial and read about each of the wars our nation has fought and see the historic flags flying. It'll make you proud.

Friday, Aug. 11
Hot Ticket: Call the Cincinnati Zoo and find out which days are half-price ticket days for Hamilton County residents.

Hot Spot: Tune in your favorite public radio station — any one will do: WAIF at 88.1, WNKU at 89.7, WGUC at 90.9 or WVXU at 91.7, all on FM — and enjoy some fine music without the screaming announcers and loud commercials.

Saturday, Aug. 12
Hot Ticket: Carlos Santana will cart all his Grammys to the stage tonight at Riverbend Music Center.

Hot Spot: Cruise the aisles at your favorite grocery store from 10 to noon. No need for lunch after all the free samples, and you'll probably see people you haven't crossed paths with in a while.

Sunday, Aug. 13
Hot Ticket: Take a break from the heat outside with a trip to the often overlooked Corbett Children's Theater inside the Children's Museum. Theatrical presentations include Dr. Genieus and His Science Surprises, Turtle Troupe Trio, Paul Taylor Dance Company and other programs on a rotating basis.

Hot Spot: The Mary Emery Carillon Tower in Mariemont offers free concerts every Sunday afternoon during the summer.

Monday, Aug. 14
Hot Ticket: Whew! A perfect day for a trip to one of the city's many waterparks: The Beach in Mason offers water slides, wave pools, inner-tube rides and splash rides. Coney Island in Anderson Township has its Sunlite Pool, of course. Plus there's always Surf Cincinnati in Forest Park and Paramount's Kings Island, which has Waterworks.

Hot Spot: Want a free waterpark? Consider Miami Whitewater Forest. This 3,000-acre park, the largest in Hamilton County, boasts Pirate's Cove, a family "sprayground" with a cascading waterfall and water cannons.

Tuesday, Aug. 15
Hot Ticket: Take a day trip to the newly reopened Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta. The expanded facility includes numerous Apollo and Gemini mission artifacts: space suits, launch pad memorabilia and even actual capsules. 800-860-0142.

Hot Spot: Turn on the AC and take a nap. It's the middle of frigging August!

Wednesday, Aug. 16
Hot Ticket: A rainy day? Then head to the region's largest indoor amusement park, Time Out on the Court on the lower level of Forest Fair Mall. The complex boasts laser tag, an 18-hole miniature golf course, six childrens rides, bumper cars and a play area for smaller children including a ball pit and slides.

Hot Spot: LaRosa's Party in the Park at Yeatman's Cove features Face.

Thursday, Aug. 17
Hot Ticket: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones play Annie's.

Hot Spot: The World's Largest Outdoor Sale begins today, stretching from MainStrasse Village in Covington all the way along U.S. Highway 127 to Gadsden, Ala. The 450-mile corridor features anything from yard sales to roadside deals.

Friday, Aug. 18
Hot Ticket: The Playhouse in the Park presents Abracadabra, a weekend of spellbinding magic and illusion that serves as the organization's main fund-raiser.

Hot Spot: The Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion gathers at Sawyer Point on the riverfront, Downtown.

Saturday, Aug. 19
Hot Ticket: Tonight's the night the brand new Paul Brown Stadium is supposed to open with the Bengals taking on the Chicago Bears in an exhibition game. Will it happen? We can't say for sure, but we imagine Hamilton County officials will pull out all the stops to make sure the game is played in the new facility.

Hot Spot: The All About Kids Expo invades the Sabin Convention Center, Downtown. There are kids' activities, health fairs, puppet shows and music appreciation presentations. OK, it's not free, but it's dirt cheap.

Sunday, Aug. 20
Hot Ticket: Pearl Jam and Sonic Youth play Riverbend Music Center.

Hot Spot: Bored, bored, bored? Check out CityBeat's Best of Cincinnati issue on the Web (

 
Jymi Bolden


Visit the Butterfly Show at Krohn Conservatory June 11



The temperature's rising. It's not just the mercury we're talking here, but the live music and event scene — things in summer 2000 look to be as hot as they've ever been, from dinosaurs to dramatics, Sting to Santana, Kids Fest to Riverfest.

To help you plan each and every day, we've picked a Hot Ticket for every date of the Summer of Double Oh. We've also nominated a Hot Spot for each day, which are typically free or near free (hence, no ticket).

Rather than taking up the space to repeat the address and phone number for Riverbend and the other venues, we've included vital data for each in the accompanying list of "Major Summer Venues & Attractions".

Thursday, June 1
Hot Ticket: Coney Island amusement park begins yet another summer, but with a new (well, not so much new as a comeback of sorts) attraction, the Dodgem bumper car ride.

Hot Spot: Before the summer gets too hot, plan a trip up to the Carew Tower Observation Deck. Downtown's tallest skyscraper includes a panoramic viewing perch, so take along a pair of binoculars and see if you can spot workers erecting the fiberglas pigs that are part of the Big Pig Gig.

Friday, June 2
Hot Ticket: Just about your last chance to catch the Playhouse in the Park's Spunk, three tales by Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston. It closes Sunday night.

Hot Spot: Summerbration dominates the action this weekend in Blue Ash, with free shows by Sister Sledge, Air Supply and Rick Springfield.

Want to take a drive? What's billed as Southwest Ohio's largest food festival, Troy's Strawberry Festival, attracts 200,000 people annually.

Saturday, June 3
Hot Ticket: The art's always the thing at Summerfair, the cultural extravaganza that imports hundreds of fine artists, artisans and craftmakers from around the country to Coney Island each year. Art works on sale at this weekend's 33rd annual edition range from ceramics and jewelry to photography and painting. Beyond art, there are food booths as well as strolling entertainers. Kenny G appears next door at Riverbend Music Center, so if you choose to stroll the art booths in the evening, you'll be treated to mellow music in the air.

Hot Spot: The WGRR Oldiesfest stars Dion, Davy Jones of The Monkees, Gary Puckett of Union Gap, Lou Christie, The Chiffons, Gene Hughes and the Casinos. It all happens at the Butler County Fairgrounds in Hamilton. (Call WGRR for free ticket pickup locations or pay $5 at the door.)

Sunday, June 4
Hot Ticket: "Dinosaurs! A Prehistoric Journey" takes kids on an interactive Dinamation odyssey, as 13 dinosaurs visit Paramount's Kings Island's Nickelodeon SplatCity, all housed inside a giant 7,000-square-foot tent.

Hot Spot: This weekend features one of the nation's largest free festivals for children, Bigg's Kids Fest, at Sawyer Point on the riverfront.

Monday, June 5
Hot Ticket: The Reds host one of the American League's big surprises so far in 2000, the Chicago White Sox. See the Big Hurt, Frank Thomas, try to reach the red seats. Taunt the southsiders with shouts of, "Yeah, our new stadium design sucks, but at least it's better than Comiskey Field!"

Hot Spot: The Public Library Used Book Sale begins on Fountain Square and continues through Friday.

Tuesday, June 6
Hot Ticket: Carol Burnett speaks at the Aronoff Center for the Arts Downtown.

Hot Spot: Ready to Rumba? Restaurateur Jeff Ruby's newest endeavor is this retro nightclub in Covington, with a bamboo dance floor, zebra-striped barstools and lots of leopard skin. The bar is topped off with a sheet of ice, so when you set your drink down, it cools off.

Wednesday, June 7
Hot Ticket: Want to meet one truly nasty S.O.B.? Son of Beast, Paramount's Kings Island's newest rollercoaster, should be at the top of your list for summer fun. At 218 feet, the ride sets four world records: Tallest wooden roller coaster on the planet, the world's only looping wooden coaster, tallest wooden coaster drop (214 feet) and fastest wooden coaster (78 mph). Add the world record for number of barf bags handed out on a single ride, and S.O.B. easily sails into the Guinness books.

Hot Spot: WGUC's Fountain Square Concert Series presents the Westwood Woodwind Quintet. LaRosa's Party in the Park at Yeatman's Cove features Fool Proof.

Thursday, June 8
Hot Ticket: Riverbend Music Center hosts Country legends Charlie Daniels and Hank Williams Jr.

Hot Spot: The Newport Italian Festival begins at the Newport Shopping Center. Jazz on the Square features the Sound Body Jazz Orchestra.

Friday, June 9
Hot Ticket: The Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival concludes its season this weekend with Coriolanus. The Bard's rarely performed action-adventure stars actor Giles Davies in the title role and well-known professional Dale Hodges as his witchy mom. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra opens its Riverbend season with a salute to the restored Genius of Water, featuring, what else, Handel's "Water Music."

Hot Spot: Cincinnati doesn't have a national park, but here's the next best thing. Tomorrow is the last chance to see, for free, Ansel Adams: A Legacy, an exhibit of 116 photographs of national parks, vistas and documentary images at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The retrospective represents the culmination of a lifetime of photography, focusing on dramatic prints Adams made largely at the end of his career after he'd spent 40 years actively photographing and perfecting his darkroom technique.

Saturday, June 10
Hot Ticket: The CSO revels in the works of the Bard at "Shakespeare Saturday" at Riverbend.

Hot Spot: Cincinnati's largest exhibition of public art, the Big Pig Gig, officially kicks off with the Kahn's World's Largest PigNic on Fountain Square. It runs all day, with a dancing pig jug band, activities for children and the dancing finale at 6 p.m., a big pig jig.

Sunday, June 11
Hot Ticket: Concours d'Elegance, a rare car show, motors into Ault Park in Mount Lookout.

Hot Spot: The annual Butterfly Show at the Krohn Conservatory features 1,200 North American and tropical butterflies fluttering against the backdrop of 19th-century English gardens.

Monday, June 12
Hot Ticket: Don't forget to gawk at Cincinnati Museum Center's Prized Possessions. Curators unearthed some 700 objects from hidden boxes and forgotten crates in a year-long dig — including Abraham Lincoln's handwritten draft of his Amnesty Proclamation of 1863; a 12-foot-long preserved prehistoric fish; a huge mastodon skull; letters written by Charles Darwin, Louisa May Alcott and George Washington; plus military memorabilia, collectible comics, antique model trains, turn-of-the-century baseball cards and souvenirs. Particularly creepy is the "Curiosities" section, which focuses on the history of death and includes objects made out of human body parts, Fiji war clubs, poison darts and even an old lunatic cage from one of the sanitariums in the city.

Hot Spot: Spend the afternoon at the Serpentine Wall, watching the river rats race around on their Ski-doos on the mighty Ohio. Then watch them disinfect after falling in several times.

Tuesday, June 13
Hot Ticket: The brand-new "Vanishing Giants" elephant and giraffe exhibit livens up a visit to the Cincinnati Zoo this summer. The state-of-the-art facility features a new elephant performance area with shaded seating for 420 visitors. The 3.5-acre complex also includes a 38,000-gallon pool for the big guys, lots of roaming space, a 9,000-square-foot giraffe habitat and lots of viewing opportunities across hidden moats. While you're at the zoo, be sure to check out another brand-new animal exhibit, the "Wonders From Down Under" Australian habitat featuring koalas, kookaburras and walking sticks.

Hot Spot: Ever see those signs for the Queen City Tour? Pick up a copy of the official guide at a local bookstore and give yourself an intimate view of the ins and outs of our city's neighborhoods and sites.

Wednesday, June 14
Hot Ticket: ETC's Off-Center/On-Stage Series presents Whisperings and Skirmishes, two one-act plays by local actresses who take pen in hand with pretty good results, too.

Hot Spot: WGUC's Fountain Square Concert Series presents Piccolo Orchestra Italiano.

Thursday, June 15
Hot Ticket: "Cincinnati's Cruising Classic Cars" are displayed at the Cincinnati History Museum, Queensgate.

Hot Spot: Summer Dance at Ault Park Pavilion in Mount Lookout features The Modulators. Jazz on the Square features the Cohesion Jazz Ensemble.

Friday, June 16
Hot Ticket: The Cincinnati Pops features the unique pairing of Mayor Charlie Luken and singer Toni Tennille (call 'em the Captain and Tennille) at Riverbend Music Center, performing Copland's "Lincoln Portrait." Meanwhile, Engelbert Humperdinck plays the Grand Victoria Casino.

Hot Spot: Taste of the Tower summer celebration kicks off in Mount Washington.

Saturday, June 17
Hot Ticket: The NASCAR Slim Jims All-Pro roars into the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta to help open the new track. Bad Company, Molly Hatchet and the Georgia Satellites play Annie's.

Hot Spot: Go hog wild at the Findlay Market Pork Chop Festival in Over-the-Rhine. There's also the Cincinnati Juneteenth Celebration at Eden Park and the Summer Art Show at MainStrasse Village in Covington.

Sunday, June 18
Hot Ticket: The CityFolk Festival, just up the road in Dayton, features a weekend with some of the nation's hottest Folk, Bluegrass and Celtic acts. Expect music, dance, art, crafts and food. Headliners include Grammy winner Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band, fiddling sensation Natalie MacMaster, Tessera, John Timm's Celtic Foot Force and more.

Hot Spot: Way Beyond 101: Contemporary Baskets weaves its way into the Fitton Center for the Arts in Hamilton.

Monday, June 19
Hot Ticket: It's the end of the innocence — Riverbend Music Center features Don Henley. Tickets are $56 to (gulp) $82.

Hot Spot: Take a walk around Mirror Lake in Eden Park. You're not supposed to go wading, but everyone does. Bring along your dog and a Frisbee for a complete afternoon's entertainment.

Tuesday, June 20
Hot Ticket: Check out the new Great Migration: The Evolution of African American Art exhibition at the Taft Museum, Downtown.

Hot Spot: Whether today's a hot one or not, a great getaway can be your local public library branch. Pick up some travel books and plan where to go when the weather gets cold.

Wednesday, June 21
Hot Ticket: The Showboat Majestic stages How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (through July 9). ETC's Off-Center/On-Stage Series presents Green Gables. And if you want to drive a bit further, to Kettering's Fraze Pavilion, the season is jam-packed with summer food fests, including Spass Nacht (June 21) with brats, brews and sauerkraut; Caribbean Night (June 25) with tropical food and drink; Swamp Romp (July 15) with all the jambalaya and etoufée you can chomp down; and Venetian Night (Aug. 6) with pastas and vino galore.

Hot Spot: LaRosa's Party in the Park at Yeatman's Cove features Big in Iowa. WGUC's Fountain Square Concert Series presents the Celebration Brass Quintet.

Thursday, June 22
Hot Ticket: David Sanborn and Jim Brickman play Kettering's Fraze Pavilion. Moxy Fruvous plays Bogart's. The Cincinnati Opera Summer Festival presents Salome at Music Hall.

Hot Spot: Drive to Waynesville for some antiquing. Even if you don't buy anything, it might give you some idea of the value of that couch Aunt Martha donated for your first apartment. Jazz on the Square features the Pete Wagner Orchestra.

Friday, June 23
Hot Ticket: The NKU Summer Dinner Theatre series stages And the World Goes 'Round. The Beach Boys play Kettering's Fraze Pavilion.

Hot Spot: If Paramount's Kings Island seems particularly crazy or open at all odd hours this weekend, it's because American Coaster Enthusiasts are holding their national convention here. Don't be surprised to see Son of Beast running from 6 a.m. to past midnight, if the experience of past conventions holds true.

Saturday, June 24
Hot Ticket: The lines should have died down by now for Shaft, Samuel L. Jackson's hot remake of the 1970s detective film. Shut yo mouth, just talking 'bout Shaft.

Hot Spot: The Panegyri Greek Festival brings lots of gyros and baklava to Holy Trinity St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Finneytown.

Sunday, June 25
Hot Ticket: Children's Voices of the World Ten-National International Festival kicks off at the Aronoff Center, Downtown (through July 1)

Hot Spot: A Cincinnati Feis Irish dance competition jigs into the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.

Monday, June 26
Hot Ticket: The Dave Matthews Band plays Riverbend Music Center on June 26 and 27. Tickets are understandably scarce, but fear not. This is Cincinnati, where ticket-scalping is absolutely legal and no concert can ever truly be "sold out."

Hot Spot: Head for Sawyer Point and locate the walkway along the river. Read the signs in the sidewalk and trace the geological evolution of our area, all the way back to the protozoa and the primordial ooze.

Tuesday, June 27
Hot Ticket: This is the last week to see "Zoo Babies" at the Cincinnati Zoo, including a baby black rhino and baby Western Lowland gorilla.

Hot Spot: Are you up to par? If your golf game is breaking the bank, check out the Frisbee golf course at Woodland Mound Park.

Wednesday, June 28
Hot Ticket: International Street Festival at Paramount's Kings Island features a day of exotic music, food, dance and costumed revelers representing France, Japan, Israel, Taiwan and other countries.

Hot Spot: WGUC's Fountain Square Concert Series presents "Violins at Your Table."

Thursday, June 29
Hot Ticket: The Cincinnati Opera presents La Cenerentola (Cinderella). The Brian Setzer Orchestra plays Kettering's Fraze Pavilion.

Hot Spot: The Cincinnati Art Museum is free all summer long. While there, you can drop a buck or two into a box to vote for your favorite "art pig" (the Big Pig Gig goes fine arts with eight of 'em in various museum galleries). Jazz on the Square features Charged Particles.

Friday, June 30
Hot Ticket: "Children of the Millennium" features the Cincinnati Pops with Erich Kunzel conducting the Cincinnati 2000 International Children's Choir at Riverbend Music Center.

Hot Spot: The Pendleton Art Center in Over-the-Rhine shows off the work of more than 100 regional artists, including painters, sculptors, photographers and fabric artists. The monthly Final Friday event is the ultimate in one-stop shopping.

Saturday, July 1
Hot Ticket: Chicago at Paramount's Kings Island.

Hot Spot: All American Birthday Party on Bicentennial Commons features fireworks, musical entertainment and a Frisbee dog show.

Sunday, July 2
Hot Ticket: Everyone in the water! George Clooney leads a sinking ship — literally, not figuratively — in The Perfect Storm. Don't forget your slicker.

Hot Spot: It's home, sweet home as you scrub the deck and hose down the patio to get ready for the big picnic you're having on the Fourth.

Monday, July 3
Hot Ticket: Sure, you could take a cruise on an Ohio River riverboat. But that costs some bucks. Instead, check out Winton Woods in Springfield Township, where Winton Lake's Harbour Pavilion features the Winton Queen tour boat, offering wildlife cruises along the shoreline of the restored lake. There's a nominal charge for the boat ride: $2 adult, $1 child.

Hot Spot: Here's a chance to see Lesley Dill, Stephan Balkenhol and Nari Ward at the Contemporary Arts Center, Downtown (on display through Aug. 20). The CAC is free to all on Mondays.

Tuesday, July 4
Hot Ticket: Actor Danny Glover joins Rosemary Clooney, Doc Severinsen, Nick Clooney and Tom Wopat for the production of the Cincinnati Pops' Fourth of July from the Heartland at Riverbend Music Center. PBS will telecast the event live on a national feed. John Hiatt & the Goners play Bogart's.

Hot Spot: Independence Day celebration at Ault Park. Or take a trip to Stricker's Grove, a private amusement park in New Burlington that caters to company picnics most of the time but opens to the public on the Fourth of July and the second Sunday in August. There are 17 old-time rides, including two rollercoasters. Grab an ice cream cone, stroll down the midway with your date and remember the good old days before the Rodent theme parks ate America.

Wednesday, July 5
Hot Ticket: Steely Dan plays Riverbend Music Center. Also, the Playhouse in the Park inaugurates its first-ever summer season with Always ... Patsy Cline (through July 16).

Hot Spot: LaRosa's Party in the Park at Yeatman's Cove features Denial.

Thursday, July 6
Hot Ticket: The multi-day Christian music festival Spirit Song 2000 kicks off with Third Day and the Newsboys at Paramount's Kings Island. Hot Summer Nights at the College-Conservatory of Music presents A Chorus Line.

Hot Spot: Too steamy outside? Consider a visit to an oft-overlooked (and free) museum, the William Howard Taft National Historic Site. Run by the National Park Service, the Mount Auburn museum preserves President Taft's birthplace. Six generations of the Taft powerhouse political dynasty (which include Ohio's current governor, Bob Taft) are catalogued here.

Friday, July 7
Hot Ticket: Spirit Song 200

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