The Kennedy Heights Arts Center, one of
the best and most ambitious in the region, takes a great leap forward
this weekend when it opens its new 10,500-square-foot annex in a portion
of an old Kroger grocery store.
In art, as in life, context is key. An
image that would otherwise be treated with contempt — or worse, blithe
indifference — can be illuminated with only a few facts. Likewise,
stripped of its context, a piece of art can become something else
entirely as the viewer imagines a contextual framework for the art.
Landmark Productions (CLP) has hit a home run with the debut of the Warsaw
Federal Incline Theater this summer. As Artistic Director Tim Perrino announces
from the stage most evenings, the three-show season will record 45 straight
ambitious artistic director who opens her first full theater season with a show
by Stephen Sondheim. But Maggie Perrino has show biz in her blood — her father,
Tim Perrino, is the force behind Cincinnati Landmark Productions — so she
doesn’t do things halfway.
Five years ago, graphic facilitator Mike
Fleisch and a couple of his friends were on a road trip. Headed to
Chicago for a Pixies concert, as they traveled north their on-the-road
brainstorming resulted in something that would notably transform the
Cincinnati arts scene: Chase Public, a nonprofit collaborative space for
art and assembly.
“The Count,” a recent study of hundreds
of theater productions nationwide between 2012 and 2015 at nonprofit
theaters such as the Playhouse in the Park and others in Cincinnati,
revealed that roughly one-fifth were written by women. That’s an
improvement over a decade ago, but it’s a long way from parity.
Eclectic clothing, pineapple hangers and
ceramic boob vases — these are just a few of the items that can be found
at Continuum in Over-the-Rhine, an eclectic bazaar supporting an array
of independent and emerging designers, artists and makers.
There is an underlying fluidity,
impermanence and shaky confidence at the core of Ruth Galm’s
hyper-vigilant and engrossing debut novel, Into the Valley, that is both unsettling and, ultimately, victorious.
Never lacking in ambition, first-time
author Brian Panowich enters the ring with a no-holds-barred, age-old
tale of the ties that bind family and the resentments and stubbornness
that tear families apart.
On a sweltering July morning, a cabal of
volunteers ransack the interior of the Imperial Theatre Mohawk, a
102-year-old theater that’s been empty for decades, with the exception
of an occasional church service and its stint as a store selling
mattresses and furniture.
In 2013 and 2014 I saw Lumenocity up
close. Last year I scored free tickets at
the last minute. I wasn’t so lucky in 2015, so my wife and I invited
friends and neighbors to a “watch party” at our OTR home, just a block
east of Washington Park.
War-related memorials and monuments are one of the most
common forms of public art, and it will probably stay that way as long
as there are wars to remember. But just because we have these
everywhere, we shouldn’t take their existence for granted.
As Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra concluded
its 40th anniversary season last June, the organization faced
significant challenges. In addition to seeking a new music director, the
CCO confronted losses in attendance, funding and visibility.
If you read playbills carefully, you’ve
probably seen Dee Anne Bryll’s name. She’s worked at most every theater
in town — from the Playhouse to the Covedale Center, from Northern
Kentucky University to University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory
of Music, plus countless engagements with local schools.
You can feel like you’re viewing the
history of photography — as well as American history — from one of those
disorienting, spinning Rotor amusement-park rides as you walk through
Taft Museum of Art’s Enduring Spirit: Edward Curtis and the North American Indians.