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Cincinnati Silver Exhibit Is a Strong Achievement

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940 is a sterling example of how an art exhibition can be about local history while still assuring the displayed objects are worthy of our long, concentrated gaze.  

Keeping Up with Jackie Kashian

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
“It’s going well,” says comedian Jackie Kashian of her career. “Everyone seems to be pointed in a Jackie Kashian direction, which I am pleased about.” Earlier this year, the Milwaukee native released a DVD and CD titled This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux, to rave reviews.   

Attend the Tale of Sweeney Todd

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 5, 2014
It was 35 years ago when I first heard about a new Broadway musical, the story of a Victorian serial murderer whose victims were ground up for meat pies. My first reaction to Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was disbelief.  

Kehinde Wiley Revisits Race and the Renaissance

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The narrowing eyes glance sideways across the room and seem to ask, “What are you looking at?” At the same time, they draw you into the small Sinton Gallery at the Taft Museum of Art. Inside, other young black males meet your gaze from every direction.
  

Art Shook Up

Elvis has entered the art gallery with new Paul Laffoley exhibit

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The strange ways we remember Elvis Presley are best summed up by the lyrics of the late Warren Zevon’s “Jesus Mentioned,” in which he imagines traveling to Memphis to see the dead King: “He went walking on the water … with his pills.”   

New Novel Chronicles City’s Weirdest Museum

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
As part of her duties for Taft Museum of Art in 2007, Tamera Lenz Muente — now an assistant curator — was doing research for an exhibit on the work of acclaimed 19th century sculptor Hiram Powers.  

Find Your Way to a Local Park for a Dose of Shakespeare

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Macbeth, Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare in the Park, onstage

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Sixty years ago visionary producer Joseph Papp dreamed up the idea of Shakespeare in the Park. It’s become an institution in Central Park in New York City and, since 1954, dozens of other locales have repeated the concept across the United States and beyond.
  

Street Artist Elliott James Is Cincinnati’s Yeti

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
A yeti is rumored to be a large human-bear creature that creeps around the bottom of mountain slopes gobbling up slow skiers. Is it reality or a myth? No one knows, and, frankly, its authenticity is overshadowed by its purpose to humanity. The hunt for a yeti unites us and brings friend and foe together through a pursuit of mystery and intrigue.   

Theater Matters

Educational Theatre Association plans to launch programs in underserved schools nationwide

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Later this week more than 100 high school drama teachers will converge in Cincinnati. That might sound like a lot of theater geeks in one place at the historic Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza downtown, but according to the people organizing this get-together, the very future of our nation might be at stake. OK, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement.   

Free Theater at Know — You’re Welcome!

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
You read that headline correctly. The outside-the-box thinkers at Know Theatre, the offbeat company that presents the Fringe Festival every June and other mind-expanding performances year-round, has a new idea. Led by new artistic director Andrew Hungerford, this initiative is called “The Welcome Experiment.”
  

Michael Wilson, Picture Taker From These Parts

Iris BookCafé, Michael Wilson, For Musicmakers from These Parts, visual art

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
“I don’t know the people, but I like the way they look,” says longtime Cincinnati Post photojournalist Melvin Grier.  Grier is at Iris BookCafé, surveying black-and-white photos of local musicians. Some are national names, others up-and-comers. All were shot by fellow photographer Michael Wilson, who should be a national name but isn’t.  

Puppets Provide Inspiration for Local Creative

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Wearing a Mister Rogers T-shirt with the words “never forget” emblazoned across it, Terrence Burke studies a newspaper while drinking an iced coffee at Northside’s Sidewinder Coffee. The clothing choice is pretty indicative of Burke. In 2010, Burke founded the zany puppet troupe Wump Mucket Puppets, creating and performing with his original cast of characters, colorful in both personality and hue.  

An Open Red Door

One area creative builds a pop-up gallery for all

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Electronic mood music and energetic art voices quaked out of the Crown Building during June’s Final Friday, providing a sharp contrast to the quiet rain blowing across Over-the-Rhine.   

Wondering About ‘Buildering’ and Its Real-World Relevance

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
I’ve had a difficult time trying to write about Buildering: Misbehaving the City, the first show at Contemporary Arts Center that its curator, Steven Matijcio, has put together since arriving here last year from North Carolina. And now it is nearing its end — it closes Aug. 18.  

New Company Brings “Short, Sweet, Cheap” Theater to OTR

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
In 2014 it requires equal amounts of energy, will and naïvety to single-handedly start a theater. But that’s what 22-year-old John Leo Muething is up to with Cincinnati’s newest company, Stone on a Walk. He seems to have all those elements readily at hand, as well as a supportive network of friends and family.