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Joseph Gatti and Adiarys Almeida Return for 'The Nutcracker'

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Ever heard of freelance dancing? Independent ballet dancers Joseph Gatti and Adiarys Almeida — formerly of the Cincinnati Ballet — stepped out as free agents this past July, following five years of contracts with some illustrious international companies.  

Holiday Humor for Hilarity Hunters

0 Comments · Monday, December 16, 2013
Ready to move beyond the predictable in your pursuit of holiday theater? Three shows offer varied choices. A Klingon Christmas Carol gets its local premiere by Hugo West Theatricals at the Art Academy of Cincinnati through Dec. 22.  

Retrocentric's Rebirth

Sailor Gruzleski's retro photo studio builds women's confidence, one pinup at a time

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Wearing horn-rimmed glasses, bright red lipstick and vintage shoes, with her short blonde hair in tight curls, Sailor Gruzleski appears to be plucked from the 1940s. Gruzleski passes this vintage charm along to other local women as founder and owner of Cincinnati’s only full-service pinup photo studio, Retrocentric...  

Attention, Holiday (Theater) Shoppers!

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Just a few more shopping days before Christmas. Theater is a great idea for last-minute gifts. Start a tradition that’s easy to repeat year after year. A trip to see a show is a wonderful gift, especially for kids. My earliest memory of theatergoing is my grandfather taking me to see the musical Brigadoon. I still remember it.
  

Innovation Is the Heart and Sole of Fashionable Exhibit

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
“It’s gotta be the shoes,” Nike’s 1980s Air Jordan ads marveled. And if you ask Cincinnati Art Museum curators Cynthia Amnéus and Amy Dehan which of today’s fashions stand the test of time, they too point to shoes — at least those in What’s New: Fashion & Contemporary Craft.
  

Bi-Okoto Brings African Heritage to Cincinnati and Across the World

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Cincinnati’s Bi-Okoto (pronounced “Bee-O-Ko-Toe”) Cultural Institute, a nonprofit performing arts organization that illuminates Africa’s rich traditional heritage, recently won the African Professionals Network (APNET) award for African culture, community and entertainment.   

Around The World in 80 Days (Review)

Entertaining, Charming and Heart-Warming

1 Comment · Monday, December 9, 2013
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati opened a revamped version of the delightfully spirited Around The World in 80 Days on Dec. 4 to a full house. The production is exactly what you would hope for from a family-friendly holiday show.  

The Nationalist

Chris Matthews' latest book looks back at his days as a political insider

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Chris Matthews is a political junkie of unyielding enthusiasm. His nightly talk show, Hardball, has been an MSNBC staple for more than a decade, a showcase for its irascible host’s boundless passion for politics and the importance of good governance in the lives of everyday Americans.  

Two New Additions Bring Great Beauty to the Art Museum

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Cincinnati Art Museum lately has been concentrating on what it calls “node” shows — small-to-medium-size exhibitions and gallery changes highlighting its collection or local angles. The bigger shows with a national/international focus will return in a year or so when the new Western & Southern Gallery for special exhibitions is complete.
  

Local Composer Gives Back Through Music for the Holidays

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Composer Rick Sowash has a simple idea: Anyone can buy any of his CDs for any amount they want to pay and he promises to give half to the St. George Food Pantry. The other half goes to cover the cost of producing the albums, which is considerable.
  

Offbeat Holiday Shows

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
It’s early December and time for you to decide which hip holiday show you want to take in. Of course, you just missed last weekend’s tour stop of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, a musical adaptation of the famous Dr. Seuss tale about the green meanie Christmas hater, a latter-day Ebenezer Scrooge.  

'Airborne' Turns 20

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Cincinnatians love seeing this city on-screen — in Rain Man, The Ides of March, Traffic, Bar Rescue, etc. — and there’s no greater film that encapsulates the spirit of the Queen City (plus the awesomeness of early ’90s Rollerblading and turtlenecks) more than the seminal sporty romantic comedy Airborne.  

Lasting Legacy

Remembering Mike Amann, Covington's public arts advocate

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Mike Amann wasn’t interested in overthinking things. The designer, gallery owner, contemporary art collector, husband and new father was more prone to spontaneous acts of creativity than pre-calculated plans. Whatever the project, he always dove right in and went for it. 
  

Thankful for 'Twelfth Night'

1 Comment · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
So it’s Thanksgiving week and I’m wandering down memory lane to offer an insight into why I’m thankful to be a theater critic. I grew up in a small town near Cleveland, acted (poorly) in some high school productions and was infected with an abiding love for theater. As a teenager I sought out productions at places like the Cleveland Playhouse and summer seasons at Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival.
  

Shrewdness of Apes Gives Emerging Artists a Home

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Hilary Nauman and Michael Boyd are taking DIY to the next level with Shrewdness of Apes, their new Covington, Ky., gallery-boutique. After participating in what she calls a “makers’ movement” of arts markets across the region, Nauman says she and Boyd were inspired to create a more permanent home for emerging artists and makers.