Black History Month is the perfect time to learn about two African American Cincinnati natives, Frank Foster and George Russell, who are among the most important influences on the critically important contemporary, progressive stream of American Jazz. On Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Reading Garden of the downtown main library, Reference Librarian Dan Aren will talk about the careers of those two important musicians.
This Friday at 7 p.m., CS13 in Over-the-Rhine will combine impassioned art discussion with running in its first Critical Run event. Participants will argue about art's relationship to economic capital based on material in the publication Art Work from Chicago collective Temporary Services.
Jay Bolotin is one of Cincinnati's most important and intriguing artists. He's busy at work on the second part of his trilogy The Jackleg Testament. Leaves From a Cast Paper Novel at the Carl Solway Gallery consists of the initial source imagery for part two — 33 drawings from an illustrated manuscript, the manuscript itself and an edition of cast-paper pieces. Through April 10.
The performance collaborative known as Tenthaus, featuring Cincinnati art students Abby Cornelius and Wyatt Niehaus, will stage an event this Saturday at 8 p.m. at the U.turn Art Space. Their projects combine music and theatrical shadowplay, employing a camping tent as a barrier between the activity and the audience.
Starting Tuesday, and continuing for four Tuesdays thereafter, Cincinnati Art Museum will hold “Yoga With the Masters” classes from 6-7:15 p.m. in its Modernist galleries, allowing practitioners to stretch and meditate in the after-hours presence of art's 20th Century Modernist greats, who themselves knew a thing or two about how to inventively stretch bodies and change perceptions.
Through the end of this month, Chelsey Hughes will be showing her strange etchings and screenprints of medical anomalies, human oddities and other comparable subject matter at NVision. Hughes is a student at the Art Academy of Cincinnati focusing on illustration and printmaking.
The Taft's regular galleries — once rooms in a mansion — have been decorated with German feather trees bearing imaginative antique ornaments. And the home's old dining room has been set for the season with appropriate china and silverware. The Antique Christmas display is up through Jan. 10.
The story behind Works Progress Administration, the all-star contemporary Folk/ Bluegrass/ AltCountry-tinged band currently on tour, is an unusual one. Although the group playing the Southgate House is a five-piece — based around three singers/frontmen in guitarists Sean Watkins and Glen Phillips and fiddler/guitarist Luke Bulla, plus bassist Sebastian Steinberg and drummer Jerry Roe — its roots are in something very different. They play the Southgate House.
Beverly Erschell celebrates the publication of a book about her painting career, The Art of Beverly Erschell by Sue Ann Painter (Cincinnati Book Publishers), with a signing/wine-and-cheese reception in her hometown of Fort Thomas, KY, at Bowman’s Framing, on Friday from 5-7 p.m.