Arts & Culture


0 Comments · Friday, June 5, 2015
Schlockmeister Max Bialystock (Mike Sherman) and accountant Leo Bloom (Spenser Smith) have the same aspiration. As Bloom sings in an opening number of The Producers, “I wanna be a producer.”  

Great Choices From the 2015 Cincy Fringe

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Just four more days for the 2015 Cincy Fringe. CityBeat’s review team has been covering each show’s opening, giving Critic’s Picks to “must-see” productions. Here are a half-dozen edited clips, in case you need tips for shows to consider. Find more picks and full reviews of the 40-plus productions at citybeat.com.  

Why the Public Library Once Collected Snails

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The idea for this column started, innocently enough, with a short article in the current issue of LibraryLinks, the newsletter of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.  

Comedy Underground

MOTR Pub’s monthly comedy showcase attracts experienced comics and serious fans

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2015
With the number of places in which to hone their craft in short supply, it has befallen many comedians to organize their own independent shows. It’s a concept that developed somewhat oddly in comedy club-heavy towns like the aforementioned, and it’s now in Cincinnati.  

Social Improvement by Design

Studio C’s design thinking workshops reinvigorate the social sector

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2015
On May 18, in a room equipped with only whiteboards, tables and chairs, branding and innovation consultant Cindy Tripp explains the process she implemented at Procter & Gamble for seven year  

Cincinnati Fringe: Community, Camaraderie and Passion

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The 13th annual Cincinnati Fringe is under way. Shows start Wednesday and continue through June 6. CityBeat writers will attend the opening performance of every production and provide next-day reviews  

Modern Makers

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The Camp Washington-based furniture maker/interior design team of Hayes Shanesy and Rosie Kovacs, known collectively as Brush Factory, recently finished a year-long, three-floor build out for People’s Liberty, a new philanthropic lab from the Haile/U.S. Bank and Johnson foundations, across from Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine.

Crow Fair

Thomas McGuane (Knopf)

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The slyly ironic, superbly crafted and often hysterical 17 short stories that comprise Crow Fair prove Thomas McGuane is America’s preeminent chronicler of “Big Sky” country and the “new American West.”

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War On Drugs

Johann Hari (Bloomsbury)

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2015
In this groundbreaking and controversial manifesto, we join Johann Hari on his three-year investigation — a kind of “trail of tears” that traverses nine countries, covers 30,000 miles and tracks the lives of countless individuals whose lives have been caught up in the maelstrom of the so-called “Drug War.”  

Nourishing Community

Stone Soup Collective provides healthy food, exercise and education to those in need

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Liz Wu is an instigator of goodness. Her nonprofit organization, Stone Soup Collective, works to bring the community together through outreach initiatives, including clothing and food drives, musical enrichment sessions and lifestyle and wellness education.  

Camp Washington's Art Is Growing From Its Soil

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
When you think of ways to view Cincinnati’s Camp Washington neighborhood, you probably wouldn’t consider looking at it using the lens of soil as a starting point.  

Learning How to Act: Onstage and in Life

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation is a deceptively simple play — on the surface, it’s a comedy about five people enrolled in a community center class about learning how to act.  

Architectural Allure

Peter Waite's new paintings explore the city's strange and famous places

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
In his Cincinnati Series of 29 paintings depicting depopulated city sites, Peter Waite — a Connecticut-based artist — neither celebrates nor dismisses what he sees  

Games of Life and Learning: 'Circle Mirror Transformation'

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Wendy Goldberg knows her way around new plays. After two decades of staging them, mostly in Chicago, she moved to Connecticut to lead the O’Neill Theatre Center...  

Oh, the Places You'll Go with Dr. Seuss

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
You’re a sneaky one, Dr. Seuss. With entertaining drawings, simple words and rhythmic rhymes, you taught us how to read.