Bill Maher knows his niche. The king of
political comedy, Maher stops by Cincinnati for a stand-up show Sunday
just as his HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, returns from
summer hiatus Friday. Busy with touring and hosting an Emmy-nominated
weekly talk show, he won’t be making another documentary like 2008’s Religulous anytime soon.
A recent trip to Los Angeles museums left
me exhilarated at the scale and imagination with which major
contemporary artists are using non-traditional materials. But the return here, followed by thinking
about past and upcoming shows and activities, had me wondering if our
younger artists have enough opportunities to ever make a similar impact
with their work.
When Dean Ambrose saunters down the stands of U.S. Bank Arena on Tuesday evening for a taping of WWE SmackDown
— WWE’s weekly program that airs Fridays on Syfy — he will do so under
profoundly different circumstances from a decade back.
Michael Evan Haney, an associate artist at the Cincinnati
ably directs Neil Bartlett adaptation of Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens’ classic orphan tale. While it features several songs, it’s definitely not the jaunty 1960 musical Oliver!
Comic book conventions have exploded in
recent years (e.g., the monolithic San Diego Comic-Con) but they’ve also
lost touch with what a comic convention should be, forfeiting the
artistry of graphic novels to instead concentrate on a tumescent number
of celebrity guests.
As the season kicks off, it’s the perfect
moment for a few reminders about theater behavior. Attending a play
does not require dressing up or even being concerned about when to
applaud (that’s more complicated for symphony-goers). But it’s not the
same thing as watching TV at home. After all, you’re out in public, in
close proximity to other people who have paid to see live performers.
As home to Vessels: All the Eyes Can Hold, Kennedy Heights Arts Center is a vessel itself, brimming with nearly 100 works representing 57 artists. Co-curator Lynn Conaway saw to it that
this wouldn’t be a show of only stoneware pots, which is an easy place
to go when the theme is “vessels,” so she asked artists to think outside
Written with hip, smart and exquisitely brilliant prose, Marisha Pessl’s latest novel, Night Film,
is like a roller coaster ride through the haunted house at the wildest
amusement park ever built. It’s a spine-tingling journey covering
enormous territory as it delves into the deep recesses of the human
Daniel Woodrell is clearly among the best
living American writers when it comes to evoking the sights, sounds and
even the smell of the blood-soaked terrain on which most of his novels
take place. Described by some as the master of “country noir,” Woodrell
is incredibly gifted at describing small towns of the Missouri Ozarks
while also delivering pitch-perfect dialogue straight out of those
Earlier this year, dozens of volunteers
roamed Cincinnati, haunting record stores, clubs and coffee shops. The
group was seeking stories about King Records, the legendary record label
that made its home here in the Queen City.
I have this recurring dream in which I go
out for a walk or drive in Cincinnati and every place I go and
everything I use to get there, from my feet to a car or bus, has been
decorated or designed by ArtWorks.
By April 2012, Joe Muto could no longer stand working at Fox News. As a producer of The O’Reilly Factor,
and in several previous positions with Fox, Muto had hidden his liberal
views while telling himself he wasn’t really contributing to the
channel’s conservative bias.