The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra concludes
its 40th season on June 1 amid symptoms of classic midlife crisis.
There’s no equivalent of a red Porsche, but there are serious concerns
about the organization’s viability and how it might reinvent itself in a
continually uncertain marketplace.
I’ve been a theater critic for almost
three decades. I’m an optimist: I routinely attend shows hoping to be
pleased or surprised. Doesn’t always happen, of course, but I keep going
back. Maybe that’s a little crazy, but I’ve kept at it for all these
years because our Cincinnati theater scene gets better and better, and I
want everyone to hear about it.
The folks behind the Cappies program that
recognizes high school theater productions and performances decided to
establish a new recognition for the 2014 awards, presented on Friday,
May 23, at the Aronoff Center.
A large chunk of the Internet knows Ben
Dudley as that guy who got “booped” on the forehead by a meowing cat’s
paw. His 11-second viral video featuring himself and Pouncy the
pussycat, titled “Interspecies Bonding,”
has gotten more than 1.2 million views, landing him a fat 200 euro
payday courtesy of his decision to license the video for advertisements.
The Whitney Biennial is a bellwether of
new trends in the contemporary art world. Or, at least, on what is most
important in the eyes of the curators charged with choosing a particular
year’s participating artists — and what’s important to those artists,
“Sometimes it’s hard to explain what we do
because it’s still evolving,” says Philip Valois, designer and
co-founder of Reptiles+Rainbows, a multidisciplinary design studio he
began in early 2013 with designer, art director and life partner, Carla
I don’t have the bandwidth nor does CityBeat
have enough space to write often about community theaters — groups of
volunteers who produce and perform in shows, often for audiences in a
specific neighborhood — but that’s not because they don’t do a good job.
Since our botched invasion and futile
occupation of Iraq, there have been several excellent accounts of this
costly, deadly debacle —unfortunately all written from the perspective
of American and other Western-based writers.