The recent $46 million
restoration/reinvention of Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park is already
reaping artistic dividends — it’s responsible for a new musical tribute
to the transformative powers of landscape architecture.
For the spring FotoFocus lecture, the Cincinnati Art Museum is bringing in Michael Kenna, an English-born, Seattle-based photographer whose reputation revolves around serenely calm, black-and-white landscapes, which often require long exposures to get the soft, dream-like imagery he seeks.
The show occurring at Southgate House Revival Wednesday night is more than just a Roots Rock/Americana marriage made in heaven. It’s downright Rock & Roll nirvana. The Bottle Rockets, a great American band
finally getting its due, opens the show and then serves as backup for
Marshall Crenshaw, singer/songwriter and melodic rocker par excellence.
Downtown, Over-the-Rhine and other city
neighborhoods are being colorfully transformed by the mural program
shepherded by ArtWorks. But a forgotten Downtown mural called “Allegro” —
a ghost of murals past — deserves recognition as not just one of
Cincinnati’s finest, but also as an enduring piece of public art,
Julianna Barwick, whose music consists of
ethereal and largely wordless vocals looped and otherwise layered to
achieve a haunting choral effect as she plays keyboards, has booked some
unusual venues for the tour that brings her to Cincinnati this week.