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The enduring legacy of Margaret Garner and Beloved

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Bruce Willis’ Marauders is just the latest in a string of Hollywood productions to film in the Queen City. Plenty of movies have been filmed here in the past (Rain Man, anyone?), but it’s never been with this frequency, even for movies that take place here.

Robert Mapplethorpe’s Art, Life Focus of Upcoming Symposium

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
FotoFocus and the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) are tackling the proverbial “elephant in the room” whenever one talks about Cincinnati’s support of photography — or of the arts in general.

The Power of Sex

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Between 1982 and 2015, Americans’ attitudes about sex evolved. For evidence, check out two plays in production locally: Laura Eason’s contemporary Sex with Strangers at the Cincinnati Playhouse on its Shelterhouse stage and William Mastrosimone’s 1980s drama Extremities at Incline Theater.

Lauren Groff Talks Marriage, Writing and Life on Tour

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies focuses on two charismatic characters, Lancelot (Lotto) and Mathilde, as they navigate the peaks and valleys of their seemingly idyllic matrimony.  

Land Art

James Crump, former CAM curator, makes a film about the movement

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
For those wondering what James Crump — the former Cincinnati Art Museum chief curator and photography curator — has been doing since he resigned in 2013, the answer is being presented this week in both Los Angeles and New York.

Struggling with Understanding: CCM’s ‘Pentecost’

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Theater programs at our universities in Greater Cincinnati often produce shows that not only offer educational opportunities for students, but also expose us to works we have lost track of or missed. David Edgar’s Pentecost is such a work, and it accomplishes what Richard Hess likes to do — challenge audiences.   

CSO Partners with James Darrah for Multi-Year, Multi-Media Series

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra rules when it comes to mashing up live music with images. But this week, the orchestra takes on a more formidable challenge: performing Arnold Schoenberg’s symphonic tone poem Pelléas und Mélisande with visual accompaniment of projections and video created by innovative young director, production designer and visual artist James Darrah.  

ArtsWave Launches New Cincy Arts Guide Calendar

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
There are a lot of ways to stay on top of what’s happening in the arts in Greater Cincinnati — like reading arts and culture coverage in CityBeat every week. But finding a comprehensive calendar that covers the full array of the arts has been an elusive dream. Not  

Thunder-Sky Rescues Art From Goodwill Box

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
A curious exercise in “found art” is occurring now through Oct. 15 at Northside’s Thunder-Sky, Inc. It’s called The Goodwill Biennial 2015 and, while it has insights and pleasures, the results aren’t consistently as hoped for.  

Seeing Clearly

Myopia is devoted to the visual art of Devo’s prolific Mark Mothersbaugh

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
“Cincinnati, in some ways, was the start of me being an artist,” says Mark Mothersbaugh, relaxing as best he can, given his constantly enthused, exuberant state, in a meeting room at downtown’s Contemporary Arts Center. “So there’s something about coming back here that is this completion of a cycle.”  

Frameri Puts Down Roots

Cincinnati’s startup darlings talk business, specs and why they chose the Queen City

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Sam Pellerito is deep in conversation with the building manager of Frameri’s new office and showroom. The sandwich board that usually sits in front of the building got stolen the day before and, besides, they need something bigger anyway.    

‘Cyrano’ Fell From the Moon

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Edmond Rostand’s play, like its hero, seems to have fallen unexpectedly from the moon. Cyrano de Bergerac was a surprising instant hit in Paris late in 1897. Its premiere received an hour-long standing ovation, and it was subsequently performed for 200 consecutive nights.   

Eric Adams’ Comic Series Spawns New Directions for Online Publishing

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Author, illustrator and publisher Eric Adams seems to march to the beat of his own drum — much like his comic book series’ protagonist, Fahrenheit. Adams had little to no experience with self-publishing prior to the initial release of his wildly successful seven-issue comic series, Lackluster World, in 2004.  

Perfectly Poundstone

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
For a generation of younger fans, Paula Poundstone is most widely known as a panelist on the hit NPR radio program Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!. For comedy fans of a certain age, she’s a brilliant stand-up that’s been making audiences laugh since the 1980s. A killer joke writer, Poundstone can just as easily find the funny by chatting with an audience.  

'Luna Gale' at ETC: No Heroes, No Villains

0 Comments · Friday, September 11, 2015
Critic's Pick  In her director’s notes for Ensemble Theatre’s season-opening production of Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale, D. Lynn Meyers writes, “There are no villains here and no heroes, just people who make decisions as best they can.”