During our conversation (in French), it becomes clear that the CSO’s
marketing blast, “Louis + CSO + You,” sums up Langrée’s vision for the
orchestra and the community: He frequently uses partager, French for “to share.”
Shawn Patrick Tubb’s Master of
Architecture thesis at University of Cincinnati’s College of Design,
Architecture, Art and Planning was to develop a reuse for Downtown’s
Modernist landmark, the Terrace Plaza. Except for some arcade-level
shops, it had closed to the public as he was beginning his work in 2008.
If the Cincinnati Cyclones had a motto, it would be “Community First.” The
professional minor league hockey team has earned plenty of bragging
rights, from its two recent Kelly Cup championships to the fact that the
team has made the playoffs every season except three since its
inception in 1990.
Over-the-Rhine’s Memorial Hall, the
Tiffany-chandeliered, 1908 Beaux-Arts treasure teeming with handcrafted
details in marble, wood and plaster, is tucked at Grant and Elm streets,
next to Music Hall. The space is said to be haunted by the figure of a
Civil War-era soldier who materializes in one of the steep balconies.
When I mention the Cincinnati Playhouse
in the Park, you likely think of the theater that sits on the hilltop
above Mount Adams...But the folks who run the
Playhouse know that new audiences must be continuously cultivated, and
for that reason, they deliver performances through a program they call
“Off the Hill,” which tours shows for young audiences to community arts
centers across the Tristate.
On the first Wednesday of each month, a
group of special visitors gathers in one of three participating
Cincinnati museums for a tour designed expressly for them. The group
includes people whose memories are fragile in the extreme and their
guests, the family members or others who accompany them.
Tim Lucas’ long and singular career as a
movie critic has taken him down a number of interesting pathways,
probably none more curious than his role as an in-demand provider of
audio commentary tracks for DVD and Blu-ray releases. The lifelong Cincinnati resident is best known as the editor and co-publisher of Video Watchdog,
a meticulously rendered celebration of genre movies that calls itself
“the perfectionist’s guide to fantastic video.”
The philosophy picked up by Flashdance: The Musical’s
welder/wanna-be-dancer Alex (Jillian Mueller) from her mentor is that
trying and falling is better than not trying at all. Its touring production
is still trying, including its current stop at Cincinnati’s Aronoff
Center. And it does have its moments, mostly when the energetic cast is
Dan Smith has been hunting ghosts for 18
years. As the author of multiple Cincinnati-centric paranormal
investigation books including the new Ghosts of Bobby Mackey’s Music World,
a traveling parascience technology inventor and speaker and the
proprietor of the Haunted Cincinnati Tours ghost tour company, Smith
laughs when he says that his whole life is based around “paranormal
Grand Rapids, a city of less than 200,000
people in western Michigan, isn’t quite ready to be considered one of
the Midwest’s great art centers; Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit’s art
museums are not yet in danger of being eclipsed by Grand Rapids. But with its annual ArtPrize — a
festival-like art exhibition and competition that occurs in late
September and early October — it has come up with a citywide visual-arts
event like no other in the way it’s captured the public imagination.
It’s perhaps the most iconic dance segment in the world-famous 19th-century ballet Swan Lake.
It begins in Act II, when enchanted swan maidens, costumed in pristine
white tutus, enter a moonlit lakeside scene one by one in what’s often
been called the greatest possible accomplishment for a corps de ballet.