Arts & Culture

Bull Mountain

Brian Panowich (G.P. Putnam's Sons)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Never lacking in ambition, first-time author Brian Panowich enters the ring with a no-holds-barred, age-old tale of the ties that bind family and the resentments and stubbornness that tear families apart.  

Theater of Follies

A new project in the Mohawk District aims to resurrect the Imperial Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2015
On a sweltering July morning, a cabal of volunteers ransack the interior of the Imperial Theatre Mohawk, a 102-year-old theater that’s been empty for decades, with the exception of an occasional church service and its stint as a store selling mattresses and furniture.   

Watching Lumenocity From an OTR Porch

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2015
In 2013 and 2014 I saw Lumenocity up close. Last year I scored free tickets at the last minute. I wasn’t so lucky in 2015, so my wife and I invited friends and neighbors to a “watch party” at our OTR home, just a block east of Washington Park.   

Ohio’s Strange Monument Honoring Robert E. Lee

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 11, 2015
War-related memorials and monuments are one of the most common forms of public art, and it will probably stay that way as long as there are wars to remember. But just because we have these everywhere, we shouldn’t take their existence for granted.

Refreshing a Classic

CCO’s Summermusik: a hot finale and a cool beginning

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
As Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra concluded its 40th anniversary season last June, the organization faced significant challenges. In addition to seeking a new music director, the CCO confronted losses in attendance, funding and visibility.

Lessons Learned: Theater Educator Dee Anne Bryll

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
If you read playbills carefully, you’ve probably seen Dee Anne Bryll’s name. She’s worked at most every theater in town — from the Playhouse to the Covedale Center, from Northern Kentucky University to University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, plus countless engagements with local schools.  

The Past Is the Present at Taft Museum’s Curtis Show

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
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.   

Slow Burn

Andrew Welsh-Huggins (Ohio University Press)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
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.  

Keep on Fighting

Dorothy H. Christenson (Ohio University Press)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
This slim volume tells a remarkable story in such undecorated prose, the reader sometimes must go back to read again before grasping the meaning of what’s just happened.   

Packing in Music and Lives at Know Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Critic's Pick: Hundred Days, the first production of Know Theatre’s 18th season, defies categorization. Since Know is a theater company, of course, it’s a play.   

Life Is Just a (Dancing) Dream for Cincinnati Couple

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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.

A Call for New Installation Art in Old OTR Buildings

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Over-the-Rhine is alive with creative ideas to broaden and deepen the revived neighborhood’s — and the city’s — cultural offerings.  

Evolution of an Artist

Large-scale public art projects push painter Jonathan Queen to continue evolving

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Cincinnati-based artist Jonathan Queen does not shy away from long-term commitments.   

History Made Hysterical

0 Comments · Monday, July 27, 2015
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.  

Know Is Ready to Rock with ‘Hundred Days’

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2015
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.