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The Song That Never Ends

Locals to celebrate enduring, seminal Rock song recorded in Cincinnati 60 years ago

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The most important and familiar Guitar Rock song ever made — “Train Kept A’ Rollin,’ ” in which mimicking the rhythmic sound of that train has inspired electric guitarists in bands like The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Aerosmith — started life as a King-released Jump Blues tune by Tiny Bradshaw and His Orchestra.  

Art: Master Pieces

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The fifth annual Master Pieces show is underway at Manifest in East Walnut Hills now through Aug. 5. Some 16 artists who received their graduate degrees this or last year were selected to show 25 works. They represent 11 colleges and universities — five from within 200 mile of here, including one student from Bowling Green State University and four from Indiana University.  

Saving a Rookwood Fireplace

3 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The 2007 reopening of West Baden Springs Hotel in southern Indiana ranks as one of America’s finest architectural renovations in recent memory. With its magnificent dome standing 130 feet high above a grand atrium, spanning 208 feet across that atrium’s floor and above five circular floors of hotel rooms that look into the space, it (almost) is like a built-environment equivalent of looking at the Grand Canyon.  

Blessed to Impress

Veteran Americana icon Lucinda Williams continues to develop her impeccable songcraft

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
While it would be an overstatement to say Americana was invented solely to describe Lucinda Williams’ groundbreaking mixture of literate singer/songwriter Folk and bluesy, energized Country Rock, delivered with a twangy and soulful enunciation, she had a lot to do with its creation.  

Art: BookWorks 12

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Although the Internet is challenging the existence of many forms of print communication, there is one area where books have — and probably always will have — an upper hand. They are superior to e-books as a form of tactile, multi-dimensional art. Cincinnati's Main Library, at 800 Vine St., Downtown, currently has two exhibits celebrating books as art.  

Music: Lucinda Williams

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Sometimes in pop music, they have to invent a new category — a new genre — in order to describe a singular artist’s musical approach. While it would be an overstatement to say Americana was invented solely to describe Lucinda Williams’ groundbreaking mixture of literate singer/songwriter Folk and bluesy, energized Country Rock, delivered with a twangy and soulful enunciation, she had a lot to do with its creation.  

The World Is Watching

Cincinnati’s Outsider Art scene is garnering international attention

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2011
In a very alternative and “outsider” way, Raymond Thunder-Sky seems to becoming the next Cincinnati artist — after Charley Harper — to be discovered internationally. Considered an Outsider Artist, he probably had autism and was beset with numerous physical ailments when social worker Bill Ross discovered his drawings in 1999.  

Art: Hard Knocks: Art Without Art School

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2011
In a very alternative and “outsider” way, Raymond Thunder-Sky seems to becoming the next Cincinnati artist — after Charley Harper — to be discovered internationally. Harper, the Art Academy-trained Modernist long popular locally for his streamlined and colorful wildlife imagery, was championed late in life by the designer Todd Oldham. Harper died at about the same time the book appeared, but his work has grown ubiquitous since.  

Art: Circus Posters

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Now that those obligatory fireworks displays are out of the way, you can spend the rest of your July doing something really exciting — catching the final month of Cincinnati Art Museum's The Amazing American Circus Poster exhibit, featuring 80 colorful, sometimes-thrilling and sometimes-bizarre posters from its collection of posters by Cincinnati-based Strobridge Lithographing Company.  

Holocaust Museum Discusses New Project

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington has many active supporters in the Cincinnati area, including the local Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. As a result, the museum’s director of curatorial affairs, Scott Miller, came last week to Amberley’s Adath Israel Congregation to discuss a sensitive ongoing oral history project. Implicit in the visit was a call for donations, despite the ongoing recession, because time is of the essence.