I have this recurring dream in which I go
out for a walk or drive in Cincinnati and every place I go and
everything I use to get there, from my feet to a car or bus, has been
decorated or designed by ArtWorks.
By April 2012, Joe Muto could no longer stand working at Fox News. As a producer of The O’Reilly Factor,
and in several previous positions with Fox, Muto had hidden his liberal
views while telling himself he wasn’t really contributing to the
channel’s conservative bias.
A year ago, Know Theatre announced a
strategic plan to shift away from being a traditional company offering
annual seasons. Instead, Know announces programming on a rolling basis.
That led to a lighter-than-expected stretch in 2012 and 2013, which
nonetheless featured several excellent productions.
In 1999, amidst sharing studio space
with local artists, Diane Debevec began taking writing classes at the then
eight-year-old foundation, Women Writing for (a) Change.
Today, as the director of the now-nonprofit organization, she and the
staff are hard at work encouraging women of all ages to find and
celebrate their individual voices.
Tom Arnold totally understands if you
were once in the camp that presumed that if you were involved with
someone talented, you couldn’t possibly be talented yourself.
“A lot of people thought that,” Arnold
says of his days working with friend, later spouse and later ex,
Roseanne Barr. “First of all, I don’t care."
When we think about current
resurgence of metropolitan Cincinnati — including the successful renovations of Fountain Square and Washington Park — it
seems that the best approach to building a better town might not be
constructing an altogether new wheel, but rather reinventing it.
Public art in cities is becoming a mass-participation event, as the recent LumenoCity event at — make than on — Music
Hall shows. Add that to ArtWorks’ wall murals and some of the “street
art” projects presented by Contemporary Arts Center — Shepard Fairey’s
citywide poster project and whatever JR has planned for his upcoming
The Lloyd Library and Museum may not be
on your accustomed arts radar but its extraordinary current exhibition
could put it there. Wounded Home reflects the ghastly
physical toll war has on its participants as well as its psychological
toll on them and their families.
The Broadway revival of Chicago, the satirical show about
murder, celebrity and corruption, is the longest-running American musical in
Broadway history; the 2002 film of Chicago
won the Academy Award. All the more reason to make a call immediately
to the box office at The Carnegie in Covington to get a ticket for an
eye-popping local production.
The Western & Southern Open, which has
taken place in one form or another in the Greater Cincinnati area since
1899, begins Saturday. For the arithmetically challenged, that’s 114
years, which makes it the oldest tennis tournament in the United States
still in its original city.
In its two years in existence, the Contemporary Arts Center’s performance season — curated by Drew Klein — has grown in importance, if not become equal in interest to the museum’s exhibition season. Now, Klein has announced the third season.
Fifteen years after finishing Girl Scouts, Cincinnati natives Brittany Yantos and Brittany Yoder are still earning merit badges. It’s all part of their American-made,
eco-friendly clothing line, Merit Clothiers, available for purchase by
fall 2013 on etsy.com.
Over-the-Rhine and Washington Park are gearing up for LumenoCity, a musical and visual collaboration
that is the first of its kind in the world, featuring the Cincinnati
Symphony Orchestra and Music Hall itself.
Lauren Gunderson’s Toil and Trouble is a very new play inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
The title page of her script calls it a “Scottish-ish” comedy. Know
Theatre of Cincinnati is giving the script just its second production.
There’s something special about ideas
committed to paper. While our thumbs rest from texting, our fingertips
appreciate the tactile sensation of a physical page. As we create and
study images, our brains connect moments from our past, forming a trail.