Last weekend I traveled to Louisville,
Ky., for the 37th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors
Theatre. I’ve attended regularly since 1998 and thoroughly enjoyed
these doses of new, ambitiously conceived and professionally presented
When someone falls in love with dance,
it’s often a lifetime experience. It’s been that way for Jefferson
James, founder, artistic director and CEO of Contemporary Dance Theater, today Cincinnati’s premiere presenter of a diversity of
Visionaries and Voices (V&V) has
experienced many changes in the decade since it was first incorporated
as a nonprofit organization...As the organization has evolved, so has its administrators’
approach to curating exhibitions.
The Northside Bridal Expo at bar/event
space Mayday has gathered a group of local and independent businesses
that understand the concept of different and put them all in one place
so your unconventional, individual wedding ideas — from catering and
floral to planning and makeup — can come to life.
The Book Club Play a comedy about five people with some personal
history who come together for monthly conversations about books, progresses — perhaps more accurately,
regresses — through a series of novels reflecting tastes, aspirations and
In addition to the imaginative stage work, War Horse
features stage-wide projections, evocative music and more than 30 actors who play numerous
roles and quickly assemble simple but suggestive props and bits of
Ask a non-Cincinnati native of a certain
age what they know of the Queen City, and inevitably Pete Rose and the
Big Red Machine will come up. Hey, probably better that than the
Mapplethorpe controversy, WKRP in Cincinnati or Jerry Springer’s various post-mayoral hijinks.
Here are the ingredients: a couple of
Broadway and off-Broadway hits, three world premieres, a lavish Jane
Austen show, a classic musical by Kander and Ebb, an innovative drama
with tap dancing and video, plus holiday festivities...
Handsomely composed, deeply moving,
timeless or inextricably of their time and place; Gordon Baer’s
photographs, now on view at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center in a
career-spanning exhibition, are all of the above.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
is a hilarious frolic through one of Shakespeare’s most beloved
creations. A quirky, energetic reimagining, this production features all
the familiar faces.
Kelsey Kalnow started as a collector,
grabbing up unique vintage items, stocking her closet and selling what
she didn’t want. Today, she’s an entrepreneur; the creative and driving
force behind global plus-size clothing line Unholy Hips.
In a broiling Texas summertime smack in
the middle of the Great Depression, Susannah Mullally, a song collector
from the Library of Congress, is just about to give up her day’s search
when she hears a rich, expressive voice coming from somewhere down a