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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.  

Music: Sonic Orphans Screening

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Country Club Gallery in Oakley is sponsoring a Saturday night screening party for SONIC ORPHANS, film archivist Bill Daniel's collection of "lost music films" from 1965-1987 that contains abandoned, forgotten, found and now-presented-raw-without-editing footage containing the Beatles, Sonic Youth, Avengers, Johnny Cash, Butthole Surfers and others. Most are silent. Admission is $5 for the event, which starts at 7 p.m. and will include a discussion of "orphan films."  

Art: Architectural Foundation Road Trip

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati is still accepting reservations for its July 17th luxury-motor-coach guided tour of Columbus, Ind. -- considered one of the most architecturally progressive, Modernist cities in America and a tourist destination for architecture fans from all over. Reservations are required for the day-long trip, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., so save your spot early.  

Art: Silent Testimony at Architectural Foundation

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Besides being one of Cincinnati's most important arts patrons, Alice Weston is also a photographer. Her series 'Silent Testimony: Photographs by Alice Weston of Ohio's Native American Earthworks' is on display this month at the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati.  

Events: The Event

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The Contemporary Arts Center on Saturday will have an event so big it can only be called THE EVENT. A fundraiser for the museum, it celebrates Shepard Fairey's return to the CAC where his hugely popular 'Supply and Demand' retrospective. The real "event" portion occurs in the Backstage District alleyways behind the CAC for a street party with music, including DJ sets by Fairey himself. 10 p.m. Saturday for the public.  

Art: Sentimental Journey at Country Club

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Neither high-fashion nor surreptitious, Gary Lee Boas' photos have a raw, pop, in-your-face directness that — in this age of controlled security-cautious access to the famous — makes them seem from a far more distant past than the 1970s. Country Club gallery is opening 'Gary Lee Boas: Sentimental Journey' with a 7-9 p.m. Friday reception. It runs through July 3.  

Music: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

0 Comments · Monday, May 10, 2010
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings play the Southgate House Monday and also headline the Nelsonville Music Festival (at Hocking College in southeast Ohio) on Saturday night. The nine-piece band, complete with horn section, is touring in support of their fourth album, the new 'I Learned the Hard Way.' Show starts at 9 p.m.  

Iron Man 2 (Review)

Robert Downey Jr. is again charming and amusing, but Mickey Rourke's presence is mostly wasted

0 Comments · Thursday, May 6, 2010
Director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Theroux deserve credit for trying to infuse the sequel to 2008's 'Iron Man' with equal parts pleasure, wit, intelligence, silliness, self-awareness and steely action-movie grit. In other words, Favreau tries to make it a worthwhile vehicle for the acting ability of his star, Robert Downey Jr., succeeding enough to make this enjoyable by the standards of summer-movie comic-book adaptations/sequels. Grade: B-.  

Arts: Works from the Gallery Collection at Carl Solway Gallery

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Carl Solway Gallery's 'Works from the Gallery Collection' show, which features mostly limited-edition prints but has variety, is a treasure trove of contemporary (and modern) art's biggest names: Lynda Benglis, Willem De Kooning, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Joan Miro, Judy Pfaff, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol and many more. Through July 30.