You can feel like you’re viewing the
history of photography — as well as American history — from one of those
disorienting, spinning Rotor amusement-park rides as you walk through
Taft Museum of Art’s Enduring Spirit: Edward Curtis and the North American Indians.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins has got their number
— the number that relates to classic hard-boiled mystery novels with
flawed heroes; complicated goings-on that come clear only in the final
pages; love affairs a long way from first love but more interesting than
that well-traveled route; and an ending that brings you up short by way
of revealing things, logical but surprising, that neither you nor the
central character guessed.
Aside from those who become marketable
marquee stars, it’s not all that common for dancers to find a
sustainable living in their art form. Or long-term romance. Or family.
It’s a hard-knock life, being a dancer.
If you need
an evening of laughter, you want to be in a seat at Cincinnati Shakespeare
Company for The Complete History of
America (abridged). In fact, if you want to go, you apparently need to get
your tickets right away.
Fasten your seat belt — here comes the
2015-2016 theater season. Know Theatre gets bragging rights for being
first out of the local theater gate with Hundred Days, a Rock
& Roll show it played a significant part in developing.
“Don’t know much about history,” Sam
Cooke sang. The good news is that you don’t have to know much about art
history to tune into a wonderful world at Thunder-Sky, Inc.’s History Channel: New Art from Old Art.
It seems today that all you see are
sex-crazed talking teddy bears in movies and lewd cartoons on TV. But
where are those good, old-fashioned crooners on which we used to rely?
Luckily, there’s Seth MacFarlane.
Huddled in the Sword Room of MOTR Pub, the
voices of the poets reading at the monthly Word of Mouth Cincinnati
event remain at the volume usually reserved for intimate conversations
in domestic settings, barely carrying sound across the small
cellar-esque basement of the Over-the-Rhine bar.
Two veterans of Cincinnati’s co-op
gallery scene, now students at the University of Illinois at Chicago,
will present their strange and fascinating new project, Thing-stead
artist-books, Saturday night at Camp Washington’s Wave Pool gallery.
We all know the basics of how
the Declaration of Independence turned out, especially this time of year when
we celebrate that historic document on the Fourth of July. But do we really
know much about the men who fussed and debated in Philadelphia in 1776 to craft
the words that set in motion the course of American history?