On Friday, the Art Academy of Cincinnati Alumni Association is sponsoring with JBar Studios an art exhibit/sale and party called 426 Raw Walls. More than 25 contemporary artists will display work and be present — hopefully to make some sales and donate a portion to the school's Undergraduate Scholarship Fund — amid an adventurous, celebratory urban-hipster environment in the West End at 426 Findlay St.
'Where Do We Go From Here? Selections from La Colección Jumex' is the kind of wonderful group show that the Zaha Hadid-designed Contemporary Arts Center was built to exhibit. It helps tremendously, of course, that the downtown museum's director/chief curator, Raphaela Platow, knows the strengths of her building so well and can supervise this exhibit's installation.
Besides being the best public-art project I've seen in Cincinnati since my return here three years ago, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto's 'Global Tree Project: Hanging Garden' at Mount Adams' old (and otherwise empty) Holy Cross Church is so contemplatively beautiful it should be permanent. But that would create a problem — one of the two trees suspended by wires in the middle of the former sanctuary is alive and needs care and watering. Events take place Saturday and Sunday in celebration of the tree project.
It's not been easy to see Tom Tom Club play live. The pioneering, avant-percussive Dance Rock band, formed in 1981 by Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz (her husband), has taken a back seat in recent years to family life. This year they're taking Tom Tom Club out for a few fall shows in advance of next year's big 30th anniversary plans. The group is doing just 10 dates on the East and West coasts, including a headlining gig Saturday night at the MidPoint Music Festival.
Cincinnati Art Museum's 2010-11 season gets underway Saturday with the debut of Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman, a small (16 paintings) but important attempt to use the English painter's 18th Century portraits of women as a means to study Georgian England's attitudes toward women in society. On display through Jan. 2.
Thom Shaw, the renowned and beloved Cincinnati African-American artist who passed away in July, had his first-ever solo show at Hyde Park's Miller Gallery in 1973. As a goodbye tribute to him, the gallery is hostng WEBEJAMMIN, a show of Jazz-inspired vibrant, geometric abstract paintings, through Sept. 22.
Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues have their legions of foot soldiers — men and women who played a role in the recording, writing, producing and/or performing of great old songs but, for whatever reason, never became known outside their tight-knit world. Yet, as the decades go by and the music retains its staying power, a surprising number attempt to step out of the shadows and create a career — however late it might seem — as a creative artist whose work matters.
As a student of musical history, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen knows that during the Great Depression musical revues were a popular form of live entertainment. "There were Earl Carroll’s 'Vanities' and the Ziegfeld Follies," he says. "From the audience point of view, it's fun because revues are fast-moving, a lot of singers are involved and there's a variety of music. And people just wanted to have a good time."
Shelby Lynne — the singer/songwriter whose rootsy and rockin' but melodic and confessional 2000 album 'I Am Shelby Lynne' has become a classic of the Americana/AltCountry genre — is a bit worried about her latest release, 'Tears, Lies and Alibis.' The songs have a poetically observational precision that she takes care not to bury with too much production or overly loud singing.
Miami University Art Museum has a new curator and a new show. The show, which has an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Thursday and is up through Dec. 10, is called 'Creatures Great & Small' and comprises three exhibitions: 'Animal Tales: Storybooks for Children;' 'Great Creatures' and 'Small Creatures.' All are about the role of animals in art. Storybooks features animals in such children's books as 'Winnie-the-Pooh' and 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.'