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Is Cincinnati Ready for CAC's Shock and Awe?

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2003
The phrase "shock and awe" isn't just a military term referring to the battle for Baghdad in a distant part of the world. It's also the reaction from those who pass by the tough, new geometric home   

All Tomorrow's Parties: Hoping for a Better Future for Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2003
The great "what's next" is the topic of choice whenever I get together with a group of friends. We make up dream shows that should appear at the new Contemporary Arts Center (an exhibition by Matthe  

Beware the Shadow Men: Thoughts on the "Paradise" Reading at the Playhouse

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 5, 2003
A bitter winter storm was blowing outside the night the cabal gathered in front of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's Marx Theater stage. Can you imagine a better setting for backroom intrigue?   

Unseen War Protest: A Quiet Art Exhibition Makes a Loud Statement

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 26, 2003
The visual arts exhibition in Cincinnati that's essential viewing right now is one visitors have to seek out. Artist Saad Ghosn stands alongside 40 of his pen-and-ink drawings in the stark gallery   

Tale of Two Ringmasters: Jim Tarbell Leads the Arts Circus

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Right here in River City, two ringmasters competed for the public's attention. One used circus animals and flaming hoops to wow his crowd. The other relied on video screens, slide projectors and thi  

An Artful Protest to War

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2003
What would you say if I began this column by stating my feelings about the impending war between the United States and Iraq? I have every right to do so. Arts Beat is an opinion column, and I'd sim  

Hello Again

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2003
For the past nine Januarys, I've left Cincinnati for 10 days to cover the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, the annual showcase for independent movies that's become the country's leading fi  

Terrill and Schwartz: Galleries-a-Go-Go

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2003
What's with the disappearing act, Cincinnati? With so many new things to admire, our lasting character fades slowly but surely. Consider the whitewashing of the rocker hall of fame mural that used   

Enquirer to Local Artists: We'll Do Better (Maybe)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2003
Early January is the time for New Year's resolutions to do things better. What other explanation is there for a Jan. 5 blurb, "The Media's Message," in The Cincinnati Enquirer? The item was part of  

A Blast of an Idea

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2003
It's a brisk Saturday afternoon in late December, and the view from the roof of the Cincinnati Metal Blast Building in Over-the-Rhine is spectacular. Findlay Market's food shops are just a few block  

Arts Beat: People of the Year

Thomas Condon and Amanda Mayes made statements

0 Comments · Thursday, December 26, 2002
Choosing the person who mattered the most this year in the Cincinnati arts is a no-brainer for me. Artist Thomas Condon represents all that's good and trying about life in Cincinnati. The good is   

Art Isn't a Crime

0 Comments · Thursday, December 5, 2002
This is what National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) Arts Advocacy Director Svetlana Mintcheva has to say about artist Thomas Condon, who begins his appeal Thursday after being sent to prison   

Jasson Minadakis' Hard-Knock Message

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 27, 2002
I could have said good-bye the other day when I caught outgoing Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival (CSF) Producing Artistic Director Jasson Minadakis at a Seventh Street coffee bar, but I decided agai  

Gary Gaffney's Citywide Debut

0 Comments · Thursday, November 21, 2002
Gary Gaffney is a veteran Cincinnati artist, but his artwork speaks directly to the new millennium. He makes use of everyday objects inventively. Religious icons, nature drawings and popular images   

Birth of a CSO Salesman

0 Comments · Thursday, November 7, 2002
Do you know this man? Paavo Järvi is 38, and he's continuing his second year as the music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO). He's European, young and handsome, but that's not