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.
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...
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
It’s no coincidence that Chatfield College is expanding into the heart of Over-the-Rhine. It’s more like destiny. Since its 1845 founding in Brown County
as an Ursuline convent and school, Chatfield College (renamed as such
and opened to the public in 1971) has repurposed land to educate those
who lack access.