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Palladian Villas Age Gracefully in Library Exhibit

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Architectural buffs, by and large, have only good words to say about the 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio. His influence can perhaps be seen in your own neighborhood, especially if you live in Indian Hill, Hyde Park or the choicer places on the West Side...  

Total Immersion

Acclaimed novelist Rachel Kushner discusses her approach to writing

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers is rightly being hailed as one the of the best novels in recent memory, a deeply immersive book marked by incisive cultural observations and a vividly descriptive prose style that is drawing comparisons to everyone from Flaubert to Don DeLillo.  

Revelation (Review)

Not Rapturous but Fun: Untethered Theatre's Revelation

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
On a cold Friday night, Untethered Theatre opened Samuel Brett Williams’ Revelation to a packed and receptive house in the Clifton Performance Theatre (CPT), a home they share with Clifton Players. It’s an amazement to see how both companies use this tiny space innovatively.
  

Clybourne Park (Review)

Then and Now: Clybourne Park at the Playhouse

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Bruce Norris’ award-winning Clybourne Park (Tony, Olivier and Pulitzer Prize) employs clever writing and vivid characters to aim squarely at issues such as racism and intolerance that we might think we have moved beyond.  

Pluto (Review)

Crossing Wires Between Reality and Fantasy: Pluto

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Know Theatre is presently staging Steve Yockey’s new play Pluto, the second of four “rolling world premieres.” The work is not easy to describe, to watch or to like. That’s not to say it’s not worth seeing — but it’s challenging.  

Upcoming Art Shows Have Great Promise

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
With a winter like this, there’s only one thing you can do — put aside all thoughts about the cold cruelty of brutal nature and look toward something better and more caring: human-made art.
  

Kapturing Life

Local startup in production on "Instagram for audio" device

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
There’s probably been quite a few times in your life when you wished you recorded a snippet of a conversation — maybe someone told a funny joke, or you just wanted to remember an idea.  

Playing Favorites

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Two weeks ago, I spoke to a group of high school kids about being a theater critic. One asked, “What’s your all-time favorite show?” I was stumped.   

The Ariel Quartet to Perform All 17 Beethoven String Quartets

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
In the world of chamber music, Beethoven’s 17 string quartets are the ultimate summit. Composed over a span of more than two-and-a-half decades, Beethoven created masterpieces of astonishing beauty and complexity that never fail to engage listeners.  

Art As Activism

Joi Sears hopes to empower artists to change their world

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Cincinnati needs people like Joi Sears. The twentysomething actor/activist moved back to her hometown, Cincinnati, about a year ago after spending nearly a decade in New York and months — if not years, collectively — traveling abroad.  

Pondering a Post-Betsky Cincinnati Art Museum

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Overall, I really enjoyed the Cincinnati Art Museum under Aaron Betsky, the director who announced his resignation Jan. 2 and will stay until a replacement is found. But there were a couple weaknesses that ought to be addressed by a successor, with the support of the trustees.
  

Local Baristas Join Forces to Aid Injured Coffee Comrade

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Rhett Harkins, general manager of Price Hill’s BLOC Coffee Company, plummeted 60 feet from a cliff while hiking Haystack Rock in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge on Dec. 14. The injuries he sustained included a broken ankle, femur, hand and shoulder, along with a shattered heel.  

Hamlet (Review)

Actor Brent Vimtrup makes Shakespeare classic feel fresh and new

0 Comments · Monday, January 13, 2014
When Shakespeare wrote Hamlet around 1600 he could not have imagined it would become one of the great dramas of all time. The tale of “carnal, bloody, unnatural acts” was for audiences at Londo  

Book of Mormon (Review)

No joke (well, maybe): This show will change your life

0 Comments · Thursday, January 9, 2014
Have faith. That’s the hilarious lesson of The Book of Mormon, crusading for laughter in its current missionary effort, er, touring stop, Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center.   

Foreign Objects

Hauschka brings prepared piano to the CAC for a Friday performance

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Thanks to the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), concert:nova and MusicNow, New Music progressivism is alive and well — and building a devoted following — in Cincinnati.