People’s Liberty is a collaboration
between the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation and the Johnson Foundation. For
2016, the program’s second year, 34 people applied for a Globe Grant. A
three-person jury ranked the top seven proposals, and People’s Liberty
staff interviewed the finalists to make sure they met qualifications.
A first-of-its-kind community infoshop
for books, zines and events opened two years ago in Northside. It’s now
reopening at a new location in Brighton Saturday and expanding its
breadth of public services.
This Saturday, the St. Bernard
branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is
honoring a historically underrepresented group in comic book culture:
black writers, illustrators and readers. It’s part of an event called
Queen City Black Comix Day, which was organized by Aiesha Little of the
Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance (MBSFA).
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.
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.
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.
Huddled in the Sword Room of MOTR Pub, the
voices of the poets reading at the monthly Word of Mouth Cincinnati
event remain at the volume usually reserved for intimate conversations
in domestic settings, barely carrying sound across the small
cellar-esque basement of the Over-the-Rhine bar.