Northern Kentucky University’s 17th
biennial Year End Series (Y.E.S.) Festival began last week and continues
through April 26. According to NKU professor Sandra Forman, who
oversees the project every two years, no other university in America
undertakes a festival on this scale.
Cincinnati has had its share of
alternative spaces and indie nonprofit galleries — sometimes co-ops or
collectives — where contemporary artists show their work and try out new
ideas in curating, exhibiting and community engagement.
Rachel DeVore Fogarty, Gwyneth Walker,
Sarah Hopkins and Elizabeth Alexander are acclaimed composers whose
music you may have never heard. MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir,
provides an opportunity to do so Saturday with two concerts titled Here and Aware.
I spent last weekend in Kentucky at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville watching a half-dozen brand new works. The festival is an invigorating whirl of creativity, conviviality and engaging performances.
When you hear the name Steve Martin, you surely think of a
funny guy — "wild and crazy," in fact — both as an actor and a
comedian. But he's also a playwright, and you have the opportunity to
see one of his most amusing works at the Carnegie where The Underpants is onstage through April 26.
MYCincinnati, a free youth orchestra program in Price Hill, begins as
Eddy Kwon, assistant program director, leads the Ambassador Ensemble, a
string sextet of young musicians, in their practice.
When I was a high school senior and the teacher who staged the school plays — her name was Mary Price — picked Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew,
there was a lot of moaning and groaning. Why do we have to perform in
some dusty old play from centuries earlier?
Matt Distel’s smartly curated exhibition, Now Here: Theoretical Landscapes, is a broad
sampling of more than 20 regional artists who mine personal and
universal landscapes to present hypothetical meditations on locations of
space and time.
Veteran newspaper reporter Jim DeBrosse’s Hidden City,
set in, around and below the streets of Cincinnati, is a tour de force
mystery thriller that also addresses many of the city’s social and