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The Mysteries of Rothko’s Red

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
When I first started learning about contemporary art, Pop ruled. There was a wicked humor in Pop that was subversively accessible — taking the imagery of recognizable objects, often consumer products, and liberating them from their “official” meaning. It seemed both radical and fun in an ironic, distancing way.   

Personal Stylist

Bettye LaVette’s soulful interpretation skills help her find whole new audience

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Bettye LaVette’s late-career success story is one of the music business’ most remarkable. The powerful 65-year-old R&B singer/stylist first recorded in 1962 — “My Man — He’s a Lovin’ Man” for Atlantic Records, home in that era of such other classic Soul vocalists as Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, The Drifters, Percy Sledge and Aretha Franklin.    

Leo Rubinfien at the CAM

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 18, 2011
At 7 p.m. tonight at the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Fath Auditorium, there will be a free Lightborne lecture by photographer Leo Rubinfien, whose Wounded Cities series — based on his having witnessed the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attack from a nearby apartment — looks at how people around the world have been psychologically affected by terrorist attacks.  

Leo Rubinfien at the AAC

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Photographer Leo Rubinfien's Wounded Cities series — based on his having witnessed the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attack from a nearby apartment — looks at how people around the world have been psychologically affected by terrorist attacks.  

Music Makes A City

Owsley Brown Presents, 2010, Not Rated

1 Comments · Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The Louisville Orchestra is in a sad state these days. While it attempts to reorganize after bankruptcy, its musicians are on strike and its fall season canceled. So while waiting and hoping for it all to sort out, it’s a good time to watch this new documentary on the orchestra’s remarkable history.    

Richard Hamilton: Pop Art Pioneer

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
At Carl Solway Gallery in the West End, on a wall by a stairway leading up to his office, is a small but heartfelt tribute to the British Pop Art pioneer Richard Hamilton, who died last month at age 89. On the wall is one of Hamilton’s prints: “Kent State,” based on a photographic image he snapped from his television set during news coverage of the 1970 killing by Ohio National Guard troops of four university students on their campus.  

Still Trippin’

Original Merry Prankster Ken Babbs stops at Miami University

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
What a long strange trip from Miami University and back it’s been for 1958 graduate Ken Babbs. He returns to Miami, where he graduated in 1958, at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday for two Sixties Extravaganza free public events at the school’s Leonard Theatre in Peabody Hall. On Monday, there’s a screening of the new documentary featuring him — director Alex Gibney’s Magic Trip.  

Bootleggers, Booze and Hypocrisy

Ken Burns' latest documentary features local gangster George Remus

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Ken Burns believes his new three-part, 5½-hour Prohibition series, to be shown on public-television station WCET at 8 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, contains many revelations about the disastrous era when America banned booze.  

A Houston Art Pilgrimage

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 20, 2011
As a devotee of the kind of enigmatically mysterious, ambitious conceptual art installations — sometimes minimalist, sometimes abstracted or color-field — that can be called “spiritual,” I’ve made pilgrimages to some pretty unusual places. The rationale behind such art often is that remoteness adds to the intensity of the experience.
  

A Key, Instrumental Force

Booker T. Jones comes to MPMF.11 armed with new songs and MG’s classics

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 20, 2011
It’s hard to imagine a more fantastical introduction to the world of music than Memphis teenager Booker T. Jones experienced in the early 1960s. Jones — a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member as well as recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Grammy — is one of the headliners for this year’s MidPoint Music Festival. He and his touring band will be doing swingin’ ’60s Booker T. & the MG’s classics as well as selections from Jones’ new album, The Road From Memphis.