The Cincinnati Fringe had its finale on Saturday evening in
a chaotic round of thanks and kudos at Know Theatre. If you’ve never attended
but want to know what it’s like, I’d compare the party to a tumultuous Saturday
morning at Findlay Market.
changing. Nowhere is this fact more apparent than in our once-sleepy
downtown. From The Banks to Over-the-Rhine, from Fountain Square to
Washington Park, the urban core is alive with activity.
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.