People’s Liberty is a collaboration
between the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation and the Johnson Foundation. For
2016, the program’s second year, 34 people applied for a Globe Grant. A
three-person jury ranked the top seven proposals, and People’s Liberty
staff interviewed the finalists to make sure they met qualifications.
For the past two Septembers I’ve written
columns about theater etiquette. In 2013, my headline was “Behave
Yourself,” and last year I updated it to “Behave Yourself 2.0.” Please
don’t think me old-fashioned, but it’s time for another reminder — I’m
not the only one concerned about this.
A first-of-its-kind community infoshop
for books, zines and events opened two years ago in Northside. It’s now
reopening at a new location in Brighton Saturday and expanding its
breadth of public services.
It’s a sultry, late-August afternoon and the acclaimed, wildly popular New York Times-bestselling
author Kim Harrison is explaining why she decided to cross over into a
new literary genre by writing the highly anticipated sci-fi thriller The Drafter, the first of The Peri Reed Chronicles trilogy.
This Saturday, the St. Bernard
branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is
honoring a historically underrepresented group in comic book culture:
black writers, illustrators and readers. It’s part of an event called
Queen City Black Comix Day, which was organized by Aiesha Little of the
Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance (MBSFA).
The Kennedy Heights Arts Center, one of
the best and most ambitious in the region, takes a great leap forward
this weekend when it opens its new 10,500-square-foot annex in a portion
of an old Kroger grocery store.
In art, as in life, context is key. An
image that would otherwise be treated with contempt — or worse, blithe
indifference — can be illuminated with only a few facts. Likewise,
stripped of its context, a piece of art can become something else
entirely as the viewer imagines a contextual framework for the art.
Landmark Productions (CLP) has hit a home run with the debut of the Warsaw
Federal Incline Theater this summer. As Artistic Director Tim Perrino announces
from the stage most evenings, the three-show season will record 45 straight
ambitious artistic director who opens her first full theater season with a show
by Stephen Sondheim. But Maggie Perrino has show biz in her blood — her father,
Tim Perrino, is the force behind Cincinnati Landmark Productions — so she
doesn’t do things halfway.
Five years ago, graphic facilitator Mike
Fleisch and a couple of his friends were on a road trip. Headed to
Chicago for a Pixies concert, as they traveled north their on-the-road
brainstorming resulted in something that would notably transform the
Cincinnati arts scene: Chase Public, a nonprofit collaborative space for
art and assembly.
“The Count,” a recent study of hundreds
of theater productions nationwide between 2012 and 2015 at nonprofit
theaters such as the Playhouse in the Park and others in Cincinnati,
revealed that roughly one-fifth were written by women. That’s an
improvement over a decade ago, but it’s a long way from parity.
Eclectic clothing, pineapple hangers and
ceramic boob vases — these are just a few of the items that can be found
at Continuum in Over-the-Rhine, an eclectic bazaar supporting an array
of independent and emerging designers, artists and makers.
There is an underlying fluidity,
impermanence and shaky confidence at the core of Ruth Galm’s
hyper-vigilant and engrossing debut novel, Into the Valley, that is both unsettling and, ultimately, victorious.
Never lacking in ambition, first-time
author Brian Panowich enters the ring with a no-holds-barred, age-old
tale of the ties that bind family and the resentments and stubbornness
that tear families apart.
On a sweltering July morning, a cabal of
volunteers ransack the interior of the Imperial Theatre Mohawk, a
102-year-old theater that’s been empty for decades, with the exception
of an occasional church service and its stint as a store selling
mattresses and furniture.