Arts & Culture

Spectacle and Storytelling: 'Pippin' at the Aronoff

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Critic's Pick: Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz is drawn to storytelling. His first show, Godspell, took parables from the New Testament and enlivened them with happy, emotional melodies.   

Twenty Years of the Aronoff

Once controversial, the multifaceted performing arts center is now downtown’s go-to venue

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
As the Aronoff Center for the Arts marks its 20th anniversary on Oct. 21, it’s generally known as the place to be for major performances by Broadway touring shows, lectures, comedians, musical acts and more. But back in the early 1990s, it was a controversial project.  

Fathers, Sons and Theatrical Honesty

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Some plays become classics because they last across time — Shakespeare’s plays are still produced after 400 years. That’s what’s usually onstage at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, but they also dig into more recent “classics,” qualified by elemental stories that burn fiercely.  

Acclaimed Author Anthony Marra Discusses New Collection of Interlocking Short Stories

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Anthony Marra’s masterful 2013 debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, rightly garnered high praise from across the literary landscape for its graceful prose and its affecting ability to find humanity amid harrowing circumstances.   

Cincinnati Art Museum Springs into Fall

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Usually, when one says a work of art is “alive,” it’s a figure of speech — the expression typically acknowledges a natural connection between artist and observer. But next weekend, the Cincinnati Art Museum will be giving a new meaning to the phrase “living art.”

Know and CCM Drama's Demented Take on Spanish History

0 Comments · Monday, October 12, 2015
Know Theatre continues its second season under the artistic direction of Andrew Hungerford with more experimental and adventurous fare, producing new works and connecting with new collaborative partners.  

A Cincinnati Story

The enduring legacy of Margaret Garner and Beloved

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Bruce Willis’ Marauders is just the latest in a string of Hollywood productions to film in the Queen City. Plenty of movies have been filmed here in the past (Rain Man, anyone?), but it’s never been with this frequency, even for movies that take place here.

Robert Mapplethorpe’s Art, Life Focus of Upcoming Symposium

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
FotoFocus and the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) are tackling the proverbial “elephant in the room” whenever one talks about Cincinnati’s support of photography — or of the arts in general.

The Power of Sex

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Between 1982 and 2015, Americans’ attitudes about sex evolved. For evidence, check out two plays in production locally: Laura Eason’s contemporary Sex with Strangers at the Cincinnati Playhouse on its Shelterhouse stage and William Mastrosimone’s 1980s drama Extremities at Incline Theater.

Lauren Groff Talks Marriage, Writing and Life on Tour

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies focuses on two charismatic characters, Lancelot (Lotto) and Mathilde, as they navigate the peaks and valleys of their seemingly idyllic matrimony.  

Land Art

James Crump, former CAM curator, makes a film about the movement

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
For those wondering what James Crump — the former Cincinnati Art Museum chief curator and photography curator — has been doing since he resigned in 2013, the answer is being presented this week in both Los Angeles and New York.

Struggling with Understanding: CCM’s ‘Pentecost’

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Theater programs at our universities in Greater Cincinnati often produce shows that not only offer educational opportunities for students, but also expose us to works we have lost track of or missed. David Edgar’s Pentecost is such a work, and it accomplishes what Richard Hess likes to do — challenge audiences.   

CSO Partners with James Darrah for Multi-Year, Multi-Media Series

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra rules when it comes to mashing up live music with images. But this week, the orchestra takes on a more formidable challenge: performing Arnold Schoenberg’s symphonic tone poem Pelléas und Mélisande with visual accompaniment of projections and video created by innovative young director, production designer and visual artist James Darrah.  

ArtsWave Launches New Cincy Arts Guide Calendar

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
There are a lot of ways to stay on top of what’s happening in the arts in Greater Cincinnati — like reading arts and culture coverage in CityBeat every week. But finding a comprehensive calendar that covers the full array of the arts has been an elusive dream. Not  

Thunder-Sky Rescues Art From Goodwill Box

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
A curious exercise in “found art” is occurring now through Oct. 15 at Northside’s Thunder-Sky, Inc. It’s called The Goodwill Biennial 2015 and, while it has insights and pleasures, the results aren’t consistently as hoped for.