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Music: Jeff Daniels

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 24, 2010
An elephant will be in the room Thursday when Jeff Daniels, the singer, songwriter and guitarist, performs at the Southgate House. That elephant is the simultaneous presence of Jeff Daniels, the acclaimed actor in such movies as 'Terms of Endearment,' 'The Squid and the Whale,' 'The Purple Rose of Cairo' and 'Dumb & Dumber.' Daniels, the musician, doesn’t try to pretend that his "other" career doesn’t exist.  

Art: Mark Patsfall at Weston Gallery

0 Comments · Monday, August 9, 2010
Mark Patsfall, director of Clay Street Press and one of Cincinnati's most imaginative and accomplished artists in his own right, gets a chance to display just how intriguing his work can be with his contributions to The House in My Head, the multi-artist exhibition at downtown's Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts at 650 Walnut St. While he contributes three arresting graphic works, including a remarkably witty vision of modernist architecture merged with Jackson Pollock-style painting, his two larger, more sculptural mixed-media works are especially outstanding and real delights.  

Music: Yo La Tengo

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 27, 2010
My interview with Ira Kaplan of the defining indie-rock trio Yo La Tengo begins with me stammering about the momentous cultural significance — the astute and poetic American symbolism — of the band's name. The Hoboken-based group named itself after what New York Mets outfielder Richie Ashburn would yell to Spanish-speaking teammate (and former Red) Elio Chacon to call him away from fly balls. It means "I've got it" and was meant to avoid collisions between the two. YLT play the Southgate House with Wussy Saturday.   

Art: Truth/Beauty

0 Comments · Monday, July 26, 2010
Because one thinks of downtown's Taft Museum of Art as a traditional place, a historic home containing art collected by the last family to live there -- Charles and Anna Taft, who bequeathed the home and its art to the city in 1927 -- one forgets how relevant to today's art trends its changing exhibitions can be. The current one, which regrettably ends too soon on Aug. 8, is a case-in-point. 'TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945,' culled from the collection of Rochester's George Eastman House, uses work by some of photography's biggest names of its first century.  

Events: CF3 Cookout, Swap Meet and Film Screening

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Although Cincinnati Form Follows Function (an organization for enthusiasts of Modern design and architecture called CF3 for short) has only been in existence since 2004, it's already come up with a potentially famous photograph of the city, a panorama taken from Bellevue Hill Park in Clifton Heights. CF3 celebrates Saturday with a cookout, Modernism-related swap meet and rare screening of historic footage from the construction of a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Modernist home in Amberley.   

Music: Peter Case

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Peter Case got his start with the mid-1970s Punk/New Wave band The Nerves (originators of the Blondie classic "Hangin' on the Telephone") and the Power Pop group The Plimsouls, and he's just released his 11th album of original material, 'Wig!'. The new songs conjure mid-1960s Dylan possessed by the spirit of those bluesy 1950s recordings by Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Howlin' Wolf.  

Art: Carl Solway Gallery Collection

0 Comments · Monday, July 19, 2010
Time is running out tosee the most important art exhibit in town, in terms of the names represented. Carl Solway Gallery'sWorks from the Gallery Collection features 65 Modern and Contemporary Artists whose prints, paintings and sculpture belongtothevenerable West End gallery and are for sale. Itendssoon --someundetermined dateinAugust.It includes more famous names than one To Do item can hold -- justa few are John Cage, Jean Dubuffet, Sol LeWitt, JoanMiro, ClaesOldenburg, Pat SteirandAndy Warhol.  

Events: Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The documentary Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight, which screens 7:30 p.m. Monday at downtown’s Contemporary Arts Center, meanders like a good after-dinner conversation. Which is appropriate, because, in Glaser, it has not just a brilliant designer as a subject but a witty, kindly, philosophical, erudite interview subject whose every utterance is so insightful you want to jot it down.  

Music: Sting and The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Symphonic Pops concerts long ago discovered Rock. The legendary Arthur Fiedler and his Boston Pops Orchestra, for instance, scored a hit single with their timely version of The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in 1964. But now Rock and Pop musicians and orchestras are trying some interesting new experiments to try to keep fresh, and maybe reinvent, an approach that too often has become formulaic. One upcoming local example occurs Tuesday when Sting brings his own symphonic roadshow to Riverbend.  

Winter's Bone (Review)

Sundance winner a tense, well-crafted naturalistic thriller

0 Comments · Thursday, July 8, 2010
Based on Daniel Woodrell's novel, 'Winter's Bone' tells of 17-year-old backwoods Ozarks girl named Ree (Jennifer Lawrence) who needs to get her missing meth-cooking father to a court date or her family will lose their log-cabin-style home because he jumped bail. The film incorporates an insightfully sociological sense of place yet doesn't get bogged down by it. Grade: B-plus.