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High Art at Hughes High

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 14, 2011
It was about a year ago this time I was climbing the steps of Notre Dame Cathedral to look beyond the famous stone gargoyles and see Paris. I recently climbed the winding stairwell of the usually closed-off, 145-foot-tall square tower at Clifton Heights’ Hughes High School to view Cincinnati from the exposed landing at the top. Not quite the same thing, but impressive.  

Rocket Men

The unlikely rebirth of Ohio Punk pioneers Rocket From the Tombs

1 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The remarkable resurgence of Rocket From the Tombs is a historic band reunion, one that comes with classic old material plus a brand-new album. It also brings to town two legends of Punk/Post Punk who now play in Rocket — Pere Ubu’s David Thomas and Dead Boys’ Cheetah Chrome.  

Music: Rocket From the Tombs

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 6, 2011
What’s the most important Rock & Roll ever to come out of Ohio?A tough question, but a consensus is emerging that it was the Punk/Post Punk created by northeast Ohio bands in the late 1970s/earl  

Museum Seeks a Comeback

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Beginning Sunday with a 4-6 p.m. reception, the Skirball Museum (3101 Clifton Ave., Clifton, www.huc.edu/museums/) is opening a new exhibition: Jewish-related fine-crafts objects, such as driedels, mezuzahs and shofars, made of Venetian glass by Michael Gore, an Illinois artist.   

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Acorn Media, 1979, Not Rated

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
In an interview included among this new three-disc set’s bonus material, novelist John le Carre calls Alec Guinness’ portrayal in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy of retired British spy George Smiley as “mystical.” And that’s the perfect word for it in this masterful BBC television mini-series from 1979, based on le Carre’s novel and adapted by director John Irvin. It’s making its DVD debut timed to the release of a new, theatrical version starring Gary Oldman and Colin Firth.    

Art: Who Are Three Men Who Have Never Been in My Kitchen?

0 Comments · Monday, November 21, 2011
Until the end of December, Aisle Gallery in the West End is presenting Who Are Three Men Who Have Never Been in My Kitchen?, featuring work by Ryan Fabel, Jake Cruzen and John Early. The title is a re  

Crafty Visions

CAC tries to make video art fun for museumgoers

1 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
My dream is to see some new museums — maybe even one right here in Cincinnati — devoted just to video art. I’ve mentioned this before to arts professionals, including curators, and have heard the reasons against: video art is an integral part of the contemporary-art world and shouldn’t be separated.   

CAC Hires Performance Curator

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
There are two big reasons to be excited about Vermont-born, singer-songwriter Sam Amidon’s show at 9 p.m. tomorrow night in downtown’s Contemporary Arts Center (CAC). First is Amidon himself, whose records combine beautifully rendered, hauntingly sung, traditionalist-minded Folk songs with unusual arrangements.  

Art: Is This Thing On?

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
My dream is to see some new museums — maybe even one right here in Cincinnati — devoted just to video art.  I’ve mentioned this before to arts professionals, including curators, and have  

Art: Sam Amidon

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Sam Amidon, a Vermont-born and London-based musician, offers a performance that’s so theatrical in its construction that it has its own title — Home Alone Inside My Head. That means that in additi