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Poetic Justice

Meet Pauletta Hansel, Cincinnati’s first poet laureate

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2016
On the ides of April, despite a forgivingly warm day, it seemed that the entirety of Cincinnati’s poetry scene cloistered itself in the Mercantile Library to witness the inauguration of poet laureate Pauletta Hansel.  

Cappies Provide Recognition and Appreciation

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Their annual gala will be the evening of May 27 at the Aronoff Center. This is a great program for high school kids involved in the arts — I thought it was worth writing more about the program and its annual culminating event.  

Carl Solway Exhibit Draws Generations Together

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Though she’s the youngest of three artists showing at Carl Solway Gallery, Elsa Hansen possesses the wisdom of an old soul. Like the Solway Gallery, Hansen is talkin’ ’bout her generation while bridging generational gaps.  

‘Future Science’: The Stupidest Version of Smart

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Ask the comedians behind Future Science what their sketch comedy show is like, and they will each answer along the lines of “structured chaos.”   

Seeing and Being Seen

Radically Visible at Thunder-Sky, Inc. empowers and celebrates transgender people

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Radically Visible at Thunder-Sky (closing June 11) features the work of four interdisciplinary artists and is a testimony to the lives and voices of people who do not or cannot conform to traditional societal identities. 
  

Exhibit Reveals Carl Solway’s Impact on CAM

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2016
In some ways, it feels unnecessary for the Cincinnati Art Museum to have a show honoring the gallerist Carl Solway’s connection to its Contemporary collection — the current Not in New York, which does just that, is up through Oct. 30.   

Mr. Piff Is a Funny Bloke Dressed as a Dragon

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Piff the Magic Dragon is not only a brilliant illusionist, he’s also hilariously funny. Always interested in both comedy and magic, he worked a day job in IT for many years.
  

Process Makes Perfect

Matt Kish’s pursuit of Moby-Dick leads to CAC show

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Self-taught artist Matt Kish had just turned 40 in 2009 and was considering giving up after years of receiving little recognition for his work. Breaking through seemed as elusive as catching a great white whale.
  

Catch a Show Starring Someone You Know

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2016
There’s plenty about our professional theater scene here in Cincinnati to keep me busy writing, but I like to switch gears occasionally and talk about work that’s being done by “amateurs.”  

Political and Personal Metaphors of Textiles

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2016
In Unraveled: Textiles Reconsidered, nine artists deconstruct and reanimate clothing, blankets, rugs and other fabrics into emblems of political and personal expression.  

Connecting Art, Communications and Politics

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Since 2014, Reverb Art + Design has predominantly offered graphic design and communications services, but its co-owners and life partners have also been taking action to go beyond the basic definition of those lines of work.  

Violet (Review)

ETC's latest offering is polished and passionately performed in every aspect

0 Comments · Monday, May 9, 2016
ETC’s 30th anniversary season has offered winning productions from start to finish, but Violet is a remarkably satisfying capstone.  

Bad Dates (Review)

Theresa Rebeck comedy is as charming as ever at the Playhouse

0 Comments · Monday, May 9, 2016
Bad Dates, was a box-office hit in 2005 (the Cincinnati-born playwright’s script was produced at numerous American regional theaters for several seasons), and the Playhouse clearly has high expectations for its revival.    

The Rituals of Reenactment

Novelist Chris Bachelder’s The Throwback Special centers on a specific conceit

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Chris Bachelder’s latest novel, The Throwback Special, centers its narrative on a very specific idea: 22 guys who gather every year to reenact the play in which Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann’s leg was shattered during a Monday Night Football game in November 1985.    

How to Look at Glass, Not Just Through It

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2016
To most of us, glass is just a conduit — a way to look outside from inside or to see if a drinking utensil is half-full or half-empty. But to Brooklyn-based artists Anna Riley and Sam Ihrig, everyday functional glass is far more than a utilitarian object.