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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.  

The Song That Never Ends

Locals to celebrate enduring, seminal Rock song recorded in Cincinnati 60 years ago

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The most important and familiar Guitar Rock song ever made — “Train Kept A’ Rollin,’ ” in which mimicking the rhythmic sound of that train has inspired electric guitarists in bands like The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Aerosmith — started life as a King-released Jump Blues tune by Tiny Bradshaw and His Orchestra.  

Art: Master Pieces

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The fifth annual Master Pieces show is underway at Manifest in East Walnut Hills now through Aug. 5. Some 16 artists who received their graduate degrees this or last year were selected to show 25 works. They represent 11 colleges and universities — five from within 200 mile of here, including one student from Bowling Green State University and four from Indiana University.  

Saving a Rookwood Fireplace

3 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The 2007 reopening of West Baden Springs Hotel in southern Indiana ranks as one of America’s finest architectural renovations in recent memory. With its magnificent dome standing 130 feet high above a grand atrium, spanning 208 feet across that atrium’s floor and above five circular floors of hotel rooms that look into the space, it (almost) is like a built-environment equivalent of looking at the Grand Canyon.