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Music: Wiley and the Checkmates

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Wiley and the Checkmates from Oxford, Miss. are touring as an eight-piece with Wiley and a younger woman, Amber Knicole, handling the singing. They have scheduled two free shows at The Comet in Northside – this Thursday and again on May 15. For 66-year-old Herbert Wiley, this second time around may become much bigger than the first. In 1960, not long out of high school, he formed the first Checkmates, a six-piece band that became club favorites in Mississippi and Memphis and played throughout the South.  

Art: Antonio Adams at Country Club

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Antonio Adams, a Cincinnati self-taught artist whose flair for populating his colorful paintings with a fascinating narrative sensibility replete with vividly developed real and imaginary characters, has an impressive show of new work underway at Country Club through May 16. His paintings work as storytelling — part fantasy, part autobiography, part recognizable urban landscape.  

Lecture: What's Up in Green Architecture

0 Comments · Monday, March 2, 2009
“At the Top in Cincinnati: National Leadership in Sustainability,” an illustrated public program at the Mercantile Library at 6 p.m. Thursday, showcases three of Cincinnati's greenest new projects. The program focuses on Fernald Nature Preserve, Cincinnati Public Schools' AMIS campus and the new Red Cross Building.  

Music: The Kronos Quartet at MusicNOW

0 Comments · Monday, March 2, 2009
David Harrington, founder and leader of the world-famous -- and world-traveled -- Kronos Quartet, finds it hard to believe the group hasn’t played Cincinnati since 1987. Kronos will be the headliner for both nights of the MusicNOW festival, occurring next week (March 11 and 12) at Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine. The non-profit festival, the brainchild of Cincinnati native and classically-trained guitarist Bryce Dessner -- now a member of the popular Brooklyn-based Indie band The National and Chamber group The Clogs -- is in its fourth year.  

Art: We Still Use Film at the Base Gallery

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 24, 2009
This is a time when, because of digitalization and computer graphics, we're not always sure what constitutes a photographic print anymore. The old-fashioned notion that it is something shot with film and painstakingly developed in a darkroom from a negative is, well, old-fashioned. With that in mind, BASE Co-op Gallery honors that notion and tries to find some contemporary relevance in it in We Still Use Film. The show is on view Friday-Sunday through March 22.  

A Touch of Magic

'That Old Black Magic' features vintage footage of Jazz greats

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 17, 2009
For those interested in seeing and hearing what 1950s/early 1960s-era African-American Jazz musicians and black vocal stylists were like in their day, Cincinnati World Cinema is offering an illuminating program, screening 'That Old Black Magic' Feb. 22 and 24-25 at The Redmoor in Mount Lookout Square.  

Art: Donald Sultan at the Contemporary Arts Center

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Donald Sultan is considered a painter’s painter. Inspired by minimalism but still attracted to the narrative possibilities of figuration, Sultan developed a style that accommodated and carried forward both. He used then-unusual building and industrial materials — Linoleum, Masonite hardboard, tar, Spackle and plaster — instead of depending on oil paint and canvas. He then manipulated the surfaces — like woodcuts — to conjure ghostly images of urban Americana. Monday and Wednesday-Sunday through May 17 at the CAC.  

Art: Isn’t It Great To Be An Artist? at the Cincinnati Art Museum

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Isn’t It Great To Be An Artist? Insider/Outsider Art From the Robert A. Lewis Collection, features the outsider — also known as self-taught or visionary — folk artists like the Rev. Howard Finster (whose work has graced album covers by R.E.M. and Talking Heads), Mose Tolliver and Minnie Evans, who drew dream-like visions based on imagined communications with God. This represents a new area of collecting for Cincinnati. There will also be work by more “traditional” contemporary artists like Roy De Forest and Roger Brown. Tuesday-Sunday through April 26.  

Art: Openings at the Contemporary Arts Center

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The Contemporary Arts Center's two eagerly awaited new shows open Friday with a free 8-11 p.m. celebration, and they should attract regional and even national attention during their stay. Donald Sultan: The First Decade spotlights the early linoleum paintings. At the same time, Tara Donovan offers a survey of the "site-responsive" sculpture of a vibrantly inventive artist who uses such everyday items as plastic cups, toothpicks and buttons to build strikingly unusual installations.  

Lit: Steve Lopez

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Steve Lopez kicks off the On the Same Page community-wide reading program with his book 'The Soloist,' based on his relationship with a musically gifted homeless man that will soon be a movie starring Jamie Foxx. Lopez discusses his book Sunday at the Main Library downtown and at Joseph-Beth and Monday at UC's Great Hall at the Tangeman Center.