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Year of the Snake

Reptiles+Rainbows design duo walks the line of cute and creepy

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
“Sometimes it’s hard to explain what we do because it’s still evolving,” says Philip Valois, designer and co-founder of Reptiles+Rainbows, a multidisciplinary design studio he began in early 2013 with designer, art director and life partner, Carla Morales.  
  

Community Theaters: We've Gotta Crow

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
I don’t have the bandwidth nor does CityBeat have enough space to write often about community theaters — groups of volunteers who produce and perform in shows, often for audiences in a specific neighborhood — but that’s not because they don’t do a good job.  

Comedian Kathleen Madigan Works Hard, Plays Nice

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Kathleen Madigan first gained national exposure in 2004 on NBC’s second season of Last Comic Standing but was already a headlining comic making the move out of clubs and into theaters.  

To Rise Again At A Decent Hour

Joshua Ferris (Little, Brown and Company)

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
While it may indeed be an urban folk tale that dentists have a higher rate of suicide than other professions, there’s no doubt that, like pimpin’, dentistry ain’t easy.  

The Corpse Exhibition

Hassan Blasim (Translated by Jonathan Wright) (Penguin Books)

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Since our botched invasion and futile occupation of Iraq, there have been several excellent accounts of this costly, deadly debacle —unfortunately all written from the perspective of American and other Western-based writers.  

The North Pool (Review)

A most satisfying drama at the Playhouse

0 Comments · Monday, May 12, 2014
The North Pool leads you down a circuitous path. More than once you’ll think you know what’s behind this conversation and where it’s headed.   

Size Matters (Review)

Ensemble production is thoughtful, funny and engaging

0 Comments · Monday, May 12, 2014
This simply staged, entertaining piece of theater will make you like a guy you might have otherwise dismissed.  

Harvesting Local Art

Arts organizers follow community-supported models to create and dispense locally produced art

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Forward-looking organizers have turned to thinking inside the box for a new way to promote visual artists. Some of the artists, meanwhile, are thinking outside the box to produce 50 small works each.
  

Alice Aycock’s ‘Super Twister’ Brings Chaos to UC Med School

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
For Alice Aycock, whose public sculpture can be found in cities and parks worldwide, “Super Twister” — her new aluminum-and-steel piece at the CARE/Crawley Building on the UC Medical Center campus — represents ideas about chaos she has spent a lifetime pursuing.
  

Historic Oratorio Takes the Stage Locally and in New York

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
On May 7, 1937 — exactly 77 years ago this week — the Cincinnati May Festival presented the American premiere of The Ordering of Moses, an oratorio by Robert Nathaniel Dett, an African American composer, conductor and professor.   

The Two Noble Kinsmen (Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s presentation of the rarely produced The Two Noble Kinsmen is a noble feat, as it put CSC in the company of only six modern theater companies who have also “completed the canon” by performing all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays.    

A "Canon" Shot

Cincy Shakes set to join rare company by completing Shakespeare’s 38-play canon

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 30, 2014
When scholars refer to William Shakespeare’s canon — his “complete works” — they typically count 38 plays, written between 1590 and 1612. Only six modern theater companies have staged them all, and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is set to join the ranks this week.
  

Queen City Reading

A cornucopia of Cinci-centric books hits the market

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 29, 2014
It’s not so unusual when local authors write books about this region — there’s a burgeoning market for it, actually, in Cincinnati and elsewhere.
  

Thunder-Sky 'Rejoices' over Late Cincinnati Icon

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 29, 2014
A diminutive white-bearded man, Avtar Gill stood out in any crowd despite his humble stature. Always wearing his oversized, hand-drawn, (typically) all caps messages which he affixed to a baseball cap with usually no more than a few strategically placed rubber bands, he documented everyday history in mundane yet sometimes profound ways.
  

Locals Join the Push for Men's Roller Derby

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 29, 2014
As the Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls clatter around Colerain’s The Skatin’ Place track, Mark “Tink” Weber sits relaxed with his arms spread across the back of a bench seat.