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The quintessential Patti Smith discusses Mapplethorpe, her time in Cincinnati and an upcoming Contemporary Arts Center exhibition and concert

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Both Smith and Mapplethorpe found their place, of course, and became famous — she as a quintessential alternative-rocker and he as one of the country’s top fine-art photographers.   

Film: Steamboat Bill, Jr. with live organ accompaniment

0 Comments · Thursday, May 2, 2013
One national arts trend which Cincinnati lags behind is the rediscovery of silent movies — especially the public screening of them to live musical accompaniment.   “I would say there’s  

Silent Films with Live Music Make a Comeback

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 1, 2013
One national arts trend which Cincinnati lags behind is the rediscovery of silent movies — especially the public screening of them to live musical accompaniment.
  

Rauh House Restoration Spurs More Modernism Preservation

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 1, 2013
In 2009, after Cincinnati Magazine ran a story about a virtually unknown but magnificent early Modernist home in Woodlawn that was endangered, I drove over to see it. Or, rather, I tried.
  

'Falling' For Photos

Elena Dorfman exhibits her surreal photographs of quarries at Phyllis Weston Gallery

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The huge stone quarries that hide in the landscapes of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky are strange things, monsters of ruggedly carved-out negative space that — when abandoned and filled with water — attract illicit swimmers and divers.
  

Patti Smith's CAC Show: A Mapplethorpe Tribute

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
In advance of last year’s FotoFocus festival, probably the largest photography-related event in Cincinnati’s history, I asked James Crump — the festival’s co-chair and then chief curator/curator-at-large at Cincinnati Art Museum — if there wasn’t an unspoken spirit hovering over the proceedings: Robert Mapplethorpe.  

Music: Jon Dee Graham

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The story of Alejandro Escovedo’s rise from years of toiling in an Austin, Texas, Punk-tinged Roots Rock band, True Believers, to become (at age 62) one of Americana’s most recognized and exciting  

Jon Dee Graham

April 23 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Monday, April 15, 2013
Like former bandmate Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham has also developed another side, another strength, in the eight solo albums he’s been releasing since 1997’s Escape From Monster Island. He’s a forcefully evocative singer/songwriter whose deeply gruff, soulful voice is reminiscent of Tom Waits.   
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Patti Smith's CAC Show Will Be a Robert Mapplethorpe Tribute

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Although the Patti Smith exhibit that will open at downtown’s Contemporary Art Center on May 17 has been announced for some time, the details are only now becoming known. It will be a tribute to her close friend, the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
He is a subject whose resonance is great for both Smith — whose 2010 National Book Award-winning memoir, Just Kids, recounted the...  

New DVD Set Tells Cinema's History

1 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Film history, like art history, has tended to be fairly academic — you take a class, which uses textbooks and screens key movies in full, and dryly study the high points of cinema, from the silent era to the arrival of digital effects.