In some ways, The Who concert tragedy of Dec. 3, 1979 – in which 11 died and many were injured during a crush of fans trying to get into Riverfront Coliseum (now U.S. Bank Arena) for a “festival seating” show — seems like ancient history. But in other ways it’s just like yesterday. The 30th anniversary is Thursday. A Vigil Walk starts at 6:30 p.m. at U.S. Bank Arena followed by a service at Christ Church Cathedral.
Chuck Prophet — the Petty-with-an-edge Americana singer/songwriter/guitarist — has a new CD out, Let Freedom Ring!, which features his imagistic, sometimes-gripping and sometimes-humorous impressions of hard living in a recession-gripped America. The songs are given a stripped-down Rock-quartet sound, a result of recording in a Mexico City studio with 1950s-era equipment. He plays the Southgate House.
C.F. Payne, an in-demand editorial illustrator and Cincinnati native, has more than 20 portraits on display at Cincinnati Art Museum now through Jan. 10 in the show Famous Faces, Average Joes. These include President Obama as FDR, Hillary Clinton, John Belushi and Bud Selig. Payne's work has appeared in Time, Sports Illustrated, Esquire and Mad — an impressive group of publications.
Julie Lonneman, a member of printmaking co-op Tiger Lilly Press, has responded to her environs with a new series of two-color relief prints depicting the surroundings, An Artist's Eye on Knowlton Street, which says as much about the mysteries and allure of Northside as that recent New York Times article. Through Dec. 6.
Ever since he released his first Michael Stipe-produced album Little in 1990, Vic Chesnutt has carved out one of the most unusual careers in the singer/songwriter pantheon. Through 15 albums — including the brand-new At the Cut — and constant touring, he has made a name for his meandering, gorgeous melodies and his fearless exploration of dark and mysterious, often-autobiographical subject matter. He plays the Southgate House.
8 p.m. Tuesday, modernist string quartet Osso will be paired with a special screening of singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens’ new 40-minute film The BQE, which uses a score performed by Osso as part of his cinematic/musical exploration of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
Chewing Color, the new exhibition of the subversive, questioning, unnervingly intimate and maddeningly beautiful fashion photography of Marilyn Minter, is now on display at the Contemporary Arts Center. Through May 2 at the CAC.
The Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati will present “The Architect and the Client: The Domestic Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright,” a symposium discussing Wright houses in Ohio and Indiana, 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the downtown Main Library, 800 Vine St. Several curators of Wright houses will be present, including Linda Eales of the John E. Christian House in West Lafayette, Ind.; Marta Wojcik of the Westcott House in Springfield, Ohio; Janet Groeber, owner of the Boulter House in Cincinnati; and Antonella Bigi of the Boswell House in Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati Art Museum will celebrate the opening of its groundbreaking Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp exhibition with a ROAR party this Friday from 9 p.m. to midnight. It will feature live music from Lion's Rampant, a performance from DJ Empirical, surprise appearances, Chinese films, food and a cash bar. Price is $20 pre-purchase; $30 at the door.
As part of fall's Lightborne Photography Resident Artist Series, Hank Willis Thomas will be giving a free lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cincinnati Art Museum's Fath Auditorium, and will have his photographs on display Friday through Nov. 15 at Art Academy of Cincinnati's Convergys Gallery. A contemporary photographer whose subject matter is race, advertising and popular culture, especially the branding and commodification of African-American males in society, Thomas has been featured in some 75 exhibitions.