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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.   

UC Replants Crystal Garden

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 7, 2011
While University of Cincinnati’s relocation and reinstallation of Dennis Oppenheim’s “Crystal Garden” wasn’t meant as a memorial to the internationally renown sculptor, it ends up being that. The decision to make the work a much more prominent piece of UC’s itself-internationally-renowned campus landscape was arrived at in November 2010, before Oppenheim’s January death from liver cancer at age 72. The New York-based sculptor had even signed off on the move at the end of December.   

From Far-Flung Realms to Greatest Hits

Local visual arts venues prepare for another intriguing season

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The fall season’s museum show that has attracted the most advance interest — because of its ambitiousness and its timeliness — is the Contemporary Art Center’s Realms of Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan, which opens Sept. 23 and continues until an as-yet-not-finalized January date.  

Art Museums Are Becoming Fashionable

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I have seen the future of art museums and it is fashion/costume design. That’s a paraphrase of a famous review Jon Landau wrote upon seeing an early Bruce Springsteen concert, but I felt as if I’d just discovered the art-museum-world equivalent — at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s recent Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit.  

Art: CF3 Cookout/Swap

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Cincinnati Form Follows Function (CF3) is an organization for fans of Modernist, mid-20th-century architecture and design, like the Terrace Plaza Hotel or Frank Lloyd Wright's Cincinnati homes. Once a year, CF3 members welcome newcomers and other interested parties to an outdoor cookout/swap meet at Bellevue Hill Park at the end of Ohio Avenue in Clifton Heights.  

Breaking Ground for Groundbreakers

Legendary guitarist Steve Cropper honors influence of King Records’ 5 Royales

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The list of Cincinnati’s King Records acts whose influence on future musicians — often some of the greats of Rock & Roll — has proved greater than their own enduring fame is still growing longer. The latest addition is Lowman “Pete” Pauling and The “5” Royales. The Rhythm & Blues vocal group recorded for King from 1954-1959 and was unusual in that Pauling, besides singing bass, played a stinging, bluesy lead electric guitar.  

Madeira Celebrates British Punk Rock

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Who knew that Madeira is a hotbed of British Punk Rock scholarship? Those familiar with the quiet, upscale northeast Cincinnati community might think its musical interests fall more toward Streisand and Manilow than The Damned and The Sex Pistols. But there in the Madeira Branch library, in a wall case in the long entryway corridor, is the display “The A-Z of UK Punk Rock and Post Punk.”  

A Woman Resurrected

CAM screens film about artist Artemisia Gentileschi

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 3, 2011
History has its share of artists whose reputations have declined with time, and one of the most notable examples is Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian who worked in the early Baroque era of the 17th century and was influenced by one of the Great Masters of painting — Caravaggio.  

Revisiting Cincinnati's Bootlegging King

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Thanks to documentarian Ken Burns ('The Civil War,' 'Baseball' and the upcoming 'Prohibition'), the Delhi Historical Society's Farmhouse Museum has a potentially popular exhibit coming up. And it has nothing to do with farming or with the fact that Delhi once was known as The Floral Paradise of Ohio because it had 55 greenhouses. Instead, it's about illegal booze and murder — the life story of George Remus.  

Phil Ochs: There But For Forture (Review)

First Run Features, 2011, Not Rated

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Phil Ochs was Bob Dylan’s chief rival as a Folk-based protest singer in the 1960s — Christopher Hitchens, interviewed in this documentary, maintains Ochs was better, more politically pointed and with a more sarcastic and thought-provoking lyrical bite. But while Dylan went electric and became a Rock & Roll star, Ochs struggled with the transition to Pop, although his first ambitious attempt — a heavily orchestrated album called Pleasures of the Harbor — had astonishing variety and great beauty.