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An Avalanche of Hilarity

0 Comments · Friday, July 26, 2013
Almost a century ago, British novelist John Buchan wrote a potboiler about espionage and double-dealing. Twenty years later in 1935, film director Alfred Hitchcock turned The 39 Steps into a much-admired cinematic thriller.  

Maps, Magazines, Money

Handsome book explores printing trade in 19th-century Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The Engraving Trade in Early Cincinnati: With a Brief Account of the Beginning of the Lithograph Trade is a beautiful book, as it should be, given its subject matter. In the early years of the 19th century, images in publications were the way people saw the world beyond their own experience.  

Seeing Opera (and the World) Through Jay Bolotin's Eyes

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The complexity, mysterious beauty, level of accomplishment and downright strangeness of Jay Bolotin’s art is continually amazing.
  

Back to the Future of Ceramics

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Ceramics artists Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis, who teach at the University of Cincinnati and frequently create installations as a duo known as Future Retrieval, are well versed in the traditions upon which their art relies. But in their effort to push the limits of their studio practice, they’ve found ways to incorporate technological innovations and play upon thematic conventions to make their work fresh and relevant.  

Toy Story

Local entrepreneurs create a website for the wistful toy collector

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Growing up, who didn’t own Barbies, G.I. Joes and Star Wars action figures? Now those toys are a hot commodity, especially for collectors like Gary Darna, who’s built an entire social networking-like site called CompleteSet around the idea of “He who dies with the most toys wins.”  

Finding a Niche in Local Theater — and Seeking More

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
In recent columns I surveyed Cincinnati theater companies that came and went during the past 20 years. Some stumbled because their founders had more passion than management expertise; others simply lacked the focus to keep audiences coming back. The truth is it’s hard to identify a niche and settle into it  

Interwoven on Main

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
JonPaul Smith’s work operates on various levels. It is at once visually appealing — almost like a “Magic Eye” pattern with the horizontally repeating grid, sometimes giving the illusion of depth of field, depending on the artist’s arrangement. 
  

Psychic Sisters

Cincinnati native Curtis Sittenfeld returns with a new novel about twin sisters with supernatural powers

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Sisterland, the freshly minted fourth novel by Cincinnati native Curtis Sittenfeld, centers on twin sisters Kate and Violet, who have the unique psychic ability to see future events, among other less vital factoids.  

Lights, Camera, Action: FotoFocus14 Announces Plans

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
It was always the stated intention of FotoFocus Director Mary Ellen Goeke — and thus presumed fact — that the photography celebration would be a biennial event. Thus, it would be back in October 2014.
  

Philip Glass' 'Galileo Galilei' Is More Than a Musical Challenge

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Composer Philip Glass’ 18th opera, Galileo Galilei, telescopes the conflict between genius and dogma in 10 scenes, moving backward in time as Old Galileo looks back on his life. By opera standards, it’s brief: 90 minutes without an intermission.  

Iris BookCafe Shows Extraordinary Photographs of Mongolia

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Elaine Ling's compelling photographs of five summer visits to Mongolia, now on the walls of Iris BookCafe, are admirable both as works of art and sociologically.  

The City As Subject

Cole Carothers and Courttney Cooper share their perspectives at Cincinnati Art Museum

2 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Cincinnati Everyday shows us our city as seen by two very different living artists, both of whom find the place endlessly interesting. Cole Carothers and Courttney Cooper are each instinctive artists. That is to say, each makes art because it’s his natural response to what he sees, but how they see is as individual as they are themselves.
  

Another Round of Cincinnati Theaters — Come and Gone

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Drawing on my efforts to cover theater in Cincinnati for a quarter-century (including writing for CityBeat since 1994), two weeks ago I wrote about theaters that came and went during the 1990s. This week, I’m looking at companies that started during the 2000s.
  

Truckshop Brings Mobile Fashion to the Midwest

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Cincinnati is no stranger to mobile vendors, but Ashley Volbrecht’s Truckshop, a newly opened mobile fashion boutique, is the first of its kind in the Midwest. The shop, originally a bread delivery truck, has been transformed into a retail shopper’s paradise, complete with dresses, tops and jewelry at reasonable prices.
  

Be More Awesome

New foundation awards grants for creatively breaking boundaries, inspiring others

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
In Cincinnati, it pays to be awesome. Just ask Colleen O’Connell, the city’s first The Awesome Foundation grant recipient.