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.
If sometime early next year there is an
outbreak of people madly, passionately licking the support poles inside
Cincinnati buses, you’ll know Contemporary Arts Center’s upcoming Buildering: Misbehaving the City has had its desired effect.
Jymi Bolden seems propelled by momentum. A
deliberate speaker with a warm smile, Bolden’s Art Beyond Boundaries
(ABB) gallery has been exhibiting at its current location on Main Street
for more than six years.
I’ve written about theater in Cincinnati for more than 25 years — including reviews and features for CityBeat
since it began in 1994. I recently dug through my files on theaters
that came and went during the 1990s. In this column (and one on July 3),
I’ll provide an overview of that era and offer some thoughts about
what’s missing in 2013.
One intriguing opera in a new venue plus
three warhorses equals Cincinnati Opera’s summer season. Factor in casts
featuring many of opera’s most exciting and acclaimed young singers,
along with young directors and acclaimed conductors, and the formula may
come up a winner.
On June 20 at 7 p.m., Spring Grove
Cemetery will offer a Twilight Tour of what I believe is one of the
finest and most prescient war memorials in this region — its Civil War
section, where 1,027 soldiers are buried in a manner so subtly
unobtrusive to the surroundings that it’s easy to overlook.
Pilobolus Dance Theatre has never been a
typical dance company. From its origins at Dartmouth College in 1971,
its nonconformity and evolution are in its DNA and have enabled the
company to flourish where it will — much like the sun-loving fungus
after which it’s named.