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That Old Razzle-Dazzle

0 Comments · Thursday, February 14, 2002
Like a circus barker, Cincinnati City Councilman Jim Tarbell stepped to the microphone and kicked off the show. He's the first chair of Mayor Charlie Luken's City Arts & Culture Committee, and he wa  

Loving to Hate Our Morning Arts Messenger

0 Comments · Thursday, January 31, 2002
On some subconscious level, Bill Seitz must love The Cincinnati Enquirer. He talks about it passionately, criticizing its arts coverage with the fire of a Baptist preacher. Just mention The Enquire  

A New Face for SCPA

0 Comments · Thursday, January 24, 2002
Since adopting the orphaned Woodward High School building in 1973, the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) has been at home in Over-the-Rhine. As the school anticipates a new facility des  

'Nati Tastes 'Vagina'

0 Comments · Thursday, January 10, 2002
The woman to my right laughed loudest at the tirade against thong underwear. On my left, my wife's most boisterous laughs came during the demonstration of various "erotic" moans. The women on the ai  

Rueff's Overdue Spotlight

0 Comments · Thursday, January 3, 2002
The first time I met Tommy Rueff, he was running an arts education class from a drab plaza storefront along Beechmont Avenue. The last time I saw Rueff he was still working hard from the same storef  

Arts Resolution for 2002: Give Youth a Chance

0 Comments · Thursday, December 27, 2001
Every day, I'm personally reminded of the April riots. I pass vacant buildings and broken windows in my neighborhood, Walnut Hills. On my walks from CityBeat's downtown offices to an Over-the-Rh  

Arts Lessons from April's Riots

0 Comments · Thursday, December 20, 2001
In early April, a violent crowd of protesters, angry about Timothy Thomas' fatal shooting by Cincinnati Police, took their frustrations to the streets of Over-the-Rhine. By April 16, the Cincinnati   

Bill Davis Strikes Back at 'These People'

0 Comments · Thursday, December 13, 2001
Photographer Bill Davis' first statement hangs next to an overturned canvas on the sixth floor of University Hall at the University of Cincinnati. His words read solemnly: "I objectively regret   

Cathy Springfield's Cry for Help

0 Comments · Thursday, December 6, 2001
Cathy Springfield turns visibly excited when she talks about the characteristics of a good arts advocate. Her voice raises a few decibels. She gestures wildly with her hands. Talking with Springfie  

Jim Tarbell, Arts Czar

0 Comments · Thursday, November 29, 2001
Councilman Jim Tarbell is a performance artist when it comes to the spoken word. Looking onto Over-the-Rhine from a 21st-floor office in the Kroger Building, he waves his hands past a large window a  

An Arts Epiphany at Unit 2

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 21, 2001
Inside a Camp Washington building, artist Steve Zieverink, 26, and musician Lou Larson, 35, are standing in a large room that usually houses artist studios. The mess and clutter have been removed.  

My Night at Emily's

0 Comments · Thursday, November 8, 2001
Under a full moon, an eerie blue light shines behind a glass door with the letters SSNOVA. It's Halloween night, and I'm standing before an abandoned three-story building that's been brought to life  

Charlie and Courtis Declare Themselves 'Pro-Art'

0 Comments · Thursday, November 1, 2001
I hear the same complaint every election. Friends tell me there have been no pro-arts political candidates since Mayor Roxanne Qualls left Cincinnati City Hall. They grouse that arts issues and su  

Witch Season in Cincinnati

0 Comments · Thursday, October 18, 2001
The witch-hunt led by Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen hit its targets on Oct. 16. On a blustery fall afternoon, jurors in the trial of assistant coroner Dr. Jonathan Tobias, 31, and photograph  

Beauty's Loss at University of Cincinnati

0 Comments · Thursday, October 11, 2001
Conversation becomes something beautiful when photographer Bill Davis is uttering the words. Davis chooses his sentences carefully. The phrases fall from his lips like delicate whispers. When Davi