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Lectures: Creative Visionaries

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Diane Ragsdale, of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will discuss “Sharing Our Art in a Changing Community” at 4:30 p.m. May 6 for this year's Joan Cochran (Rieveschl) Lecture: Creative Visionaries, presented by University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music and the Fine Arts Fund. It occurs at the UC’s Main Street Cinema. Her talk will focus on how the arts can “survive culture change” by building a strong community. After her lecture, there will be a panel discussion with Evans Mirageas, Cincinnati Opera's artistic director, and Pete Blackshaw, executive vice president of Nielsen Online. Free.  

Lectures: Cowboy Copas

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 21, 2009
As the revival of interest in Cincinnati's late King Records continues to grow, attention is turning from its justly celebrated Blues and R&B releases toward its early Country, Bluegrass and Country Boogie releases — “hillbilly music,” as it was known. One of its biggest stars in this field was Cowboy Copas. On Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Cincinnati Main Library there will be a panel discussion on “Cowboy Copas & the Golden Age of Country Music” featuring John Simon, a professor at Rio Grande University and Shawnee State University who has just published a biography on the singer. Also taking part are Cathy Hughes, Copas’ daughter, and Judy Perkins, a popular WLW radio and television star in the 1940s and 1950s.  

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.