Arts & Culture

CAC’s Performance Series Deserves a Loyal Following

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
The fourth full season of the Contemporary Arts Center’s groundbreaking Black Box Performance Series opens Thursday night at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, with classical pianist Vicky Chow pairing with 1-bit electronics composer Tristan Perich on his original work Surface Image.

Kurt Braunohler: The Absurdist

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Comedian Kurt Braunohler has a penchant for the ridiculous. “I think I was always a fan of the absurd,” he says. “I always liked the out-of-place or the non-sequitur. I always think that’s the funniest thing.” However, Braunohler originally had no desire to be an entertainer; instead, he majored in philosophy and English in college.

Kings, Toys and Rube Goldberg

People’s Liberty announces 2016 Globe Grant winners

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
People’s Liberty is a collaboration between the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation and the Johnson Foundation. For 2016, the program’s second year, 34 people applied for a Globe Grant. A three-person jury ranked the top seven proposals, and People’s Liberty staff interviewed the finalists to make sure they met qualifications.

Power Down — and Prepare for Bliss

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
For the past two Septembers I’ve written columns about theater etiquette. In 2013, my headline was “Behave Yourself,” and last year I updated it to “Behave Yourself 2.0.” Please don’t think me old-fashioned, but it’s time for another reminder — I’m not the only one concerned about this.  

Activist Hub Reopens, Expands in Brighton

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
A first-of-its-kind community infoshop for books, zines and events opened two years ago in Northside. It’s now reopening at a new location in Brighton Saturday and expanding its breadth of public services.  

Kim Harrison: Making Memories and Connections

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
It’s a sultry, late-August afternoon and the acclaimed, wildly popular New York Times-bestselling author Kim Harrison is explaining why she decided to cross over into a new literary genre by writing the highly anticipated sci-fi thriller The Drafter, the first of The Peri Reed Chronicles trilogy.

‘You Can’t Be What You Can’t See’

Local organization seeks to empower young artists and readers with Black Comix Day

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
This Saturday, the St. Bernard branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is honoring a historically underrepresented group in comic book culture: black writers, illustrators and readers. It’s part of an event called Queen City Black Comix Day, which was organized by Aiesha Little of the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance (MBSFA).

Kennedy Heights Arts Center Expands

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The Kennedy Heights Arts Center, one of the best and most ambitious in the region, takes a great leap forward this weekend when it opens its new 10,500-square-foot annex in a portion of an old Kroger grocery store.

Artists Anonymous

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
In art, as in life, context is key. An image that would otherwise be treated with contempt — or worse, blithe indifference — can be illuminated with only a few facts. Likewise, stripped of its context, a piece of art can become something else entirely as the viewer imagines a contextual framework for the art.   

Incline's '9 to 5' Doesn't Add Up

0 Comments · Thursday, August 20, 2015
Cincinnati Landmark Productions (CLP) has hit a home run with the debut of the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater this summer. As Artistic Director Tim Perrino announces from the stage most evenings, the three-show season will record 45 straight sold-out performances.  

The Carnegie Is Off to a Fresh Start with 'Company'

0 Comments · Thursday, August 20, 2015
It’s an ambitious artistic director who opens her first full theater season with a show by Stephen Sondheim. But Maggie Perrino has show biz in her blood — her father, Tim Perrino, is the force behind Cincinnati Landmark Productions — so she doesn’t do things halfway.   

Art for Everybody

Chase Public serves up short-order poetry and community collaboration

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Five years ago, graphic facilitator Mike Fleisch and a couple of his friends were on a road trip. Headed to Chicago for a Pixies concert, as they traveled north their on-the-road brainstorming resulted in something that would notably transform the Cincinnati arts scene: Chase Public, a nonprofit collaborative space for art and assembly.

Counting on Women Playwrights

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
“The Count,” a recent study of hundreds of theater productions nationwide between 2012 and 2015 at nonprofit theaters such as the Playhouse in the Park and others in Cincinnati, revealed that roughly one-fifth were written by women. That’s an improvement over a decade ago, but it’s a long way from parity.   

Continuum Bazaar in OTR Celebrates Independent Artists and Designers

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Eclectic clothing, pineapple hangers and ceramic boob vases — these are just a few of the items that can be found at Continuum in Over-the-Rhine, an eclectic bazaar supporting an array of independent and emerging designers, artists and makers.

Into the Valley

Ruth Galm (Soho Press)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
There is an underlying fluidity, impermanence and shaky confidence at the core of Ruth Galm’s hyper-vigilant and engrossing debut novel, Into the Valley, that is both unsettling and, ultimately, victorious.