The strong, stunning Shellac polish used at numerous Cincinnati nail salons can stand up to afternoons spent tailgating for the Bengals, unpredictable Midwest winters, and everything else the Queen City throws at it. CND's Shellac polish—a veritable suit of armor for nails—can last 14 days without a chip or smudge. The formula is a hybrid of regular and gel nail polish, combining the thick, durable layers of gel with ordinary lacquer’s easy, brush-on application. Between each of Shellac’s four coats, a special, low-watt UV lamp cures the polish, drying it in seconds. Available in more than 80 shades ranging from Cream Puff to Overtly Onyx, Shellac polish is no longer new technology, but only trained technicians in a certified salon are eligible to apply it. Below are a few salons and spas in Cincinnati offering Shellac nail services.Wright NailsFeatured stylist: Kendra Wright Fun fact: Wright relies on her more than 15 years of experience to beautify nails with Shellac manicures and natural-nailcare treatments. Address: 3848 Paxton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45209Healthy Nails By JasnaFeatured stylist: Jasna Dzafer Fun fact: Dzafer’s meticulous nature exhibits itself in the intricate designs she applies, including polka dots, animal prints, and even patterns with cursive script. Address: 3612 Marburg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208SOTO, Salon On The OhioFeatured stylist: Katy Fun fact: At 8,000 square feet, SOTO, Salon On The Ohio is one of the largest hair salons in Cincinnati and offers nail services designed for kids and men. Address: 900 Adams Crossing, Cincinnati, OH 45202Read More
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In Cincinnati, concerts are synonymous with the Cincinnati Opera—at least according to history. Founded in 1920, it’s the second-oldest opera company in the United States, meaning a trip to the historic Cincinnati Music Hall is one of the most time-tested things to do in Cincinnati. A true appreciation of opera, however, might require a basic knowledge of the voices that create such a timeless aural experience. Opera singers' voices are often described using the German Fach system of vocal ranges, which classifies a voice according to its range, weight, and color. This system is complex and contains a range of 25 voices, but we’ve broken it down to the seven main voice types to listen for next time you attend Carmen or Turandot at the Cincinnati Opera: On the Women’s SideNaturally, women’s voices inhabit the top of the spectrum, starting with the highest range, soprano, whose bright, youthful tone lends itself to the roles of protagonists or heroines. A touch lower than soprano, mezzo-soprano usually correlates to motherly roles or female villains. The lowest of the female voice types, contralto, is relatively rare. (For reference, Annie Lennox is considered a nonclassical contralto.) This term is often falsely conflated with alto, which is only used to describe vocal harmonies, not solo voices.On the Men’s SideCountertenor singers usually sing in the range of a contralto or mezzo-soprano—though many achieve this through the use of falsetto or “head voice” rather than relying on their natural range. The highest of the male voices, tenors usually take the role of the opera’s protagonist, hero, or helium addict. Most male singers, however, are baritones, and as such composers write the deep, dark voice into a variety of roles, from the prankster in comedic operas to the villain in more dramatic shows. Bass singers hit the lowest notes on the scale, often lending their full, rich tones to the roles of wise, evil, or foolish old men.Vacillating Between VoicesThough most opera singers classify themselves as one voice type or another, singers often fall between two types or switch ranges throughout their career. In the same vein, some singers’ talent transcends any one definition. Case in point: Aretha Franklin stepped in for Luciano Pavarotti at a moment’s notice at the 1998 Grammy Awards, performing a soulful, soaring rendition of “Nessun dorma” in the tenor's exact range.Read More
Cincinnati is one of the Midwest’s hubs for arts and culture. Whether your idea of a fun vacation involves discussing Renoir’s brushwork or knocking beers back at a ballpark, the city’s got you covered. Here are four iconic Cincinnati activities that out-of-towners shouldn’t miss:Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenThe rundown: It’s the country’s second-oldest zoo, and with more than 500 types of animals and 3,000 types of plants, it’s one of the biggest. Neighborhood: Avondale Highlight: Feed a giraffe or watch cheetahs sprint up to 70 miles per hour during one of the dozens of daily Animal Encounters. Fun fact: The zoo’s original collection had a talking crow.Cincinnati Museum CenterThe rundown: You get three museums in one (the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, and Duke Energy Children’s Museum), plus an OMNIMAX theater and the Cincinnati History Library and Archives. Neighborhood: Downtown Highlight: The Dinosaur Hall features a T. rex skull and a 20-foot-long allosaurus skeleton. Fun fact: The museum complex is housed in the art-deco Union Terminal train station, which was built in 1933 and houses 94 miles of track.Cincinnati Art MuseumThe rundown: The collection has more than 65,000 pieces, ranging from American and Egyptian sculptures to paintings by Titian and Picasso. Neighborhood: Mount Adams Highlight: See the galleries in a different light during monthly themed Art After Dark events, which offer drinks and live entertainment. Fun fact: Staffers and local artists lead adults, teens, and kids in hands-on art workshops.Great American Ball ParkThe rundown: It’s the home of MLB’s Cincinnati Reds and their Hall of Fame & Museum. Neighborhood: Downtown Highlight: Guided stadium tours let you sit in the dugout and see the press box up close. Fun fact: The park is set right on the Ohio River, so many seats have views of the water and Kentucky.Read More