and historically entrenched economic segregation in predominantly black
neighborhoods continues to seal off many Cincinnatians, creating
desperation and setting up extra barriers for residents of those
Four-year-old Blake Farrell’s favorite
activity at Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship is riding
backward on her horse, either while sitting up or lying down. Blake is one of 125 individuals who
participate in programs provided by CTRH, a 30-year-old organization
that provides horse-related therapies and activities to children and
adults with disabilities.
Lincoln Park Drive in the West End was
rechristened Ezzard Charles Drive nearly 40 years ago, yet when one asks
a typical Cincinnatian whether they are familiar with the man after
which the street is named, a quizzical look almost certainly comes
across their face before answering, “Uh, not really.”
One of the major coups for Bogart’s was
the 1984 appearance of Prince, who had booked his new band for a short
run of rehearsal gigs prior to the his extensive tour to promote the
just-released Purple Rain film and soundtrack.
During my 15 years in three storefronts
on Short Vine, Bogart’s was a terrific business ally and the local
crossroads of “my people,” a perfect capacity house of worship where
music nuts rubbed shoulders and dropped jaws, collecting a lifetime of
“I saw them when…” moments.
Bogart’s has experienced a life as real, as colorful, as downcast in
despair and as jubilant in triumph as any living, breathing human being.
Bogart’s is a tangible entity, with a personality as integral to the
shows it has hosted as any of the thousands of luminaries that have
graced its stage over the past four decades.
Twenty years ago, I wrote a cover story
about Cincinnati Opera’s 75th season and the pending hire of a new
artistic director following a multi-year series of self-studies and
community forums. Two decades and two artistic directors
later, the company has stayed on track, achieving many of its goals and,
in notable instances, exceeding them.
Although Tim Perrino and Rodger Pille are
schemers, failure is not on their radar. But creating a hit is
definitely what they have in mind as they prepare to launch the Warsaw
Federal Incline Theater — in fact, it seems they’ve had a lucky charm in
their hip pockets for the past three years.