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Still Trippin’

Original Merry Prankster Ken Babbs stops at Miami University

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
What a long strange trip from Miami University and back it’s been for 1958 graduate Ken Babbs. He returns to Miami, where he graduated in 1958, at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday for two Sixties Extravaganza free public events at the school’s Leonard Theatre in Peabody Hall. On Monday, there’s a screening of the new documentary featuring him — director Alex Gibney’s Magic Trip.  

Bootleggers, Booze and Hypocrisy

Ken Burns' latest documentary features local gangster George Remus

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Ken Burns believes his new three-part, 5½-hour Prohibition series, to be shown on public-television station WCET at 8 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, contains many revelations about the disastrous era when America banned booze.  

A Houston Art Pilgrimage

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 20, 2011
As a devotee of the kind of enigmatically mysterious, ambitious conceptual art installations — sometimes minimalist, sometimes abstracted or color-field — that can be called “spiritual,” I’ve made pilgrimages to some pretty unusual places. The rationale behind such art often is that remoteness adds to the intensity of the experience.
  

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.”