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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.