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.
How does an artist simultaneously perform
the sometimes-contradictory role of curator, sensitively arranging
their own artwork within the framework of an institution, while being
deliberately transparent about the slipperiness of holding both roles?
Noble Denim conquered the world with
their Cincinnati- and Tennessee-based line of handmade denim jeans, and
now founders Abby and Chris Sutton and their team are venturing into a
collection of organic cotton knit basics called Victor Athletics in
hopes to make more of an impact with U.S.-hewn apparel.
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.
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
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