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The Topp Twins (Review)

Enganing documentary looks at unique New Zealand singing duo

0 Comments · Friday, June 24, 2011
This warm, engaging, entertaining and award-winning documentary concerns a New Zealand singing duo — Jools and Linda Topp — with a singularly unusual background. They are middle-aged twin sisters, lesbians and in their act mix rootsy, heartfelt Folk/Country material with the creation of comic characters. Grade: B-plus.  

Picture This

FotoFocus announces its ambitious plans for 2012

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2011
FotoFocus, the citywide celebration of photographic and lens-based art planned for October 2012, is now well enough along that its organizers have shared detailed plans. In their first major press release, they also have announced their intention of making this ambitious photography event biennial.  

Still Monkeying Around

The Monkees celebrate 45th anniversary with tour

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Saturday's Aronoff Center show is a chance to look back and appreciate the cultural relevancy — even avant-gardism — of The Monkees in their heyday. Micky Dolenz reflects on the band's 1968 movie 'Head,' which came out after the TV series had ended and was so psychedelically surreal and narratively irreverent that it freaked out those who saw its initial theatrical release.   

Greening Construction, Changing Minds

Cincinnati becoming focus for eco-friendly development

2 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Cincinnati’s role as a national center for green progressivism gets spotlighted this week when the Greening the Heartland conference brings some 1,000 attendees and 100 exhibitors to downtown’s Duke Energy Conference Center. The theme of the three-day conference, which starts June 22 and is sanctioned by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Midwest region, is “Breaking New Ground.” And it’s a fitting one for what’s happening here.  

Cincinnati Art Museum Chooses Its Greatest Hits

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Even though the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Schmidlapp Gallery holds important Egyptian, Roman and Greek antiquities, it seems more a conduit than a destination. The display cases are no match for the determination of visitors to get where they’re going. As a result, the whole area itself has seemed antiquated. But a big change is coming.  

Too Hot for Cincy?

Why hip Indie bands are choosing nearby cities over Cincinnati for summer tours

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
During an interview in advance of May’s MusicNOW festival, Bryce Dessner — its organizer and guitarist for The National — told me something very provocative about Cincinnati as a concert market for Indie Rock bands. And it might offer insight into why “vanguard” Indie acts — those whose experimentalism or artfulness, whose risky newness, resonates with enough fans to make a cultural impact — seem to skip Cincinnati once they reach mid-level (or higher) popularity.  

Restoring Hope

Hartman Rock Garden celebrates a historical piece of folk art and a struggling Midwestern city

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Springfield, a smaller city some 75 miles slightly northeast of Cincinnati, has lost plenty during the post-industrial era. So it’s important when it can reclaim, restore and celebrate something that once made it so special — an outdoor folk-art environment known as Hartman Rock Garden, created during the Great Depression. And the way it did so is a good lesson for much larger cities struggling with urban-preservation issues.  

Art: Point of Ascension

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Lunar, the technology-savvy, super-hip new nightclub at 435 Elm St., Downtown, is hosting an art show called Point of Ascension from 8-10 p.m. this Saturday. It will feature 16 pieces from three artists — Evan Hildebrandt and the team of Collin Rowland and Daniel Augur — commissioned to create work that natural enhances to club's futuristic interior.  

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.