Matt Joy has a deep respect for the
stories that objects tell us about history and the people who owned
them. Since the days when he was a young boy growing up on a fully
functional farm in Sabina, Ohio, feeding the animals, mowing grass and
doing other tasks involved in daily operation, he’s been interested in
things that tell uniquely American stories.
It’s award season in the theater world,
locally and elsewhere, when past work is pored over to find outstanding
productions and performances, accolades are bestowed, “thank you”
speeches are made and egos are boosted or blasted.
Walking the Steps of Cincinnati: A Guide to the Queen City’s Scenic and Historic Secrets isa
wholly delightful book that first appeared in 1998 and returns in a
revised edition as the weather invites taking full advantage of its
Dorothy Weil’s new novel, Love and Terror, takes
place in a past so recent that we’ve all been there — the middle of the
21st century’s first decade — and is set in a place we know just as
“I wasn’t the funniest person in the room
or anything like that,” says comedian Fortune Feimster of her childhood
in Belmont, N.C. “I would tell jokes that I heard to friends and I’d
watch Saturday Night Live a lot and mimic the sketches in school the following Monday, so comedy was a part of my life.”
By the time you read this, Patrick Cost —
Direct Support Professional (DSP) for Living Arrangements for the
Developmentally Disabled (LADD) — and his friend and charge, artist Mike
Weber, will be in Japan.
As Contemporary Dance Theater celebrates
the close of its 41st anniversary season with the Area Choreographers
Festival this weekend at the Aronoff, it also bids farewell to founder,
artistic and executive director Jefferson James.
Restrictions can be a powerful impetus
for creativity — parents whose bedtime rules are questioned would agree.
Artists never lose their sense of questioning, but resort to fresh
approaches when boundaries are imposed.
The Cincinnati Fringe had its finale on Saturday evening in
a chaotic round of thanks and kudos at Know Theatre. If you’ve never attended
but want to know what it’s like, I’d compare the party to a tumultuous Saturday
morning at Findlay Market.