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CAC Moves to Add Performance Curator

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Many people don’t realize that — as Raphaela Platow, Contemporary Arts Center’s director and chief curator, says — her institution has an “s” in its name. It’s “Arts,” not “Art.” That means the center is about more than just visual art.  

White People: A Retrospective (Review)

Exhibit shows depth of Melvin Grier’s photojournalistic work

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Melvin Grier, a photojournalist for the late, lamented Post for some 30 years has produced a retrospective of his work, much of it in classic black-and-white but several in color, at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center. The show is called White People: A Retrospective, because — one presumes — as a black man, Grier didn’t take for granted the places to which his assignments gave him privileged access.  

Queen of the Sun (Review)

Documentary looks that at the importance of honeybees

0 Comments · Thursday, May 19, 2011
Taggart Siegel documentary investigates how we’ve now managed to screw up the life of honeybees — there’s a crisis of what’s known as “colony collapse disorder,” in which the worker bees are disappearing from hives — and how this has a threatening impact on the entire world. Grade: B.   

Curious Curation

New museum seasons show a new way of thinking

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Now that the Cincinnati Art Museum and Contemporary Arts Center both have announced their 2011-2012 seasons, the biggest immediate story exhibition-wise is the amount of international interest the CAC already is getting for its Realms of Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan. That show, put together by Justine Ludwig, runs September-January.  

The Big Uneasy (Review)

Harry Shearer looks at why the New Orleans levies failed

0 Comments · Friday, May 13, 2011
Harry Shearer, the 'This Is Spinal Tap' actor and humorist, has decided to get serious about the reasons New Orleans' levies failed during Hurricane Katrina in this muckraking documentary. It’s a worthy effort, filled with great insight into the making of the flood and the troubling revelations about the arrogant way the Corps does business and is protected by the U.S. Congress. Grade: B.  

A Sound Rotation

Songs we want to see on Elvis Costello’s Spectacular Spinning Songbook

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2011
When Elvis Costello and the Imposters take the Taft Theatre stage Monday night, they’ll be toting — and touting — the Spectacular Spinning Songbook, a carnival-size, Roulette Wheel-like prop listing the titles of 40 of the hundreds of songs Costello has recorded and performed in his 30-plus years in music. Hits, obscurities, covers — anything is game. Audience members take the stage one at a time, give a spin and the band plays whatever song the wheel randomly selects.  

Art: Kaleidoscope Show

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2011
A show this Saturday and Sunday at Embassy Suites RiverCenter (10 East Rivercenter Blvd., Covington) quite literally offers a kaleidoscopic view of contemporary art. Sponsored by Brewster Kaleidoscope Society, which is holding a convention here, the free show will feature more than 500 kaleidoscopes and is meant to argue that they constitute fine art.  

Events: Exhibitionism

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Exhibitionism, a major fundraiser for downtown's nonprofit Weston Art Gallery (as well as serving as an after-party for Cincinnati Fashion Week) occurs from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday at the gallery in the Aronoff Center. Described as an "underground party and a 'look but don't touch' lingerie fashion show," the event uses the gallery's two floors plus generally off-limits areas to offer late-night dancing and multi-platform performances.  

Music: Elvis Costello

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2011
When Elvis Costello and the Imposters take the Taft Theatre stage Monday night, they'll be toting — and touting — the Spectacular Spinning Songbook, a carnival-size, Roulette Wheel-like prop listing the titles of 40 of the hundreds of songs Costello has recorded and performed in his 30-plus years in music. Hits, obscurities, covers — anything is game. Audience members take the stage one at a time, give a spin and the band plays whatever song the wheel randomly selects.  

From ‘Wonder Woman’ to Warhol

Douglas Cramer’s route to the Cincinnati Art Award

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Douglas S. Cramer is considered one of the world’s great collectors of contemporary art and has donated to many major museums, including CAM, which will display his recent gifts along with the Warhol portraits in a show on view through Aug. 21. The show features photographs, graphite drawings and eight acrylic-and-silkscreen-ink-on-linen portraits of Cramer by Warhol, all from 1985.