The Western & Southern Open, which has
taken place in one form or another in the Greater Cincinnati area since
1899, begins Saturday. For the arithmetically challenged, that’s 114
years, which makes it the oldest tennis tournament in the United States
still in its original city.
Schrader has had a long and often tumultuous career in movies. The 67-year-old
Michigan native began his obsession with cinema as a critic in the early 1970s,
one of the most creatively fertile periods in American movie history.
Kris Kristofferson has led a rich and
colorful life. And, at 76, he’s still going. Kristofferson’s latest album, Feeling Mortal,
is as soul-baring as anything he’s ever recorded, his craggy voice,
modest guitar strums and emotionally naked words as penetrating as
they’ve ever been.
It’s no secret that Chicago is a great place for music. Pretty much any touring band of note — and no doubt many a musical outfit that need not be noted — is sure to include a Chicago stop, and the city’s local scene remains rich and diverse, aided by a host of nurturing venues and an eager, uncommonly discerning base of listeners. That it’s only a five-hour drive from Cincinna...
Grizzly Bear is the kind of band that
sneaks up on you. Its atmospheric, richly textured songs take time to
process, its hooks less overt than your typical Indie Rock outfit’s. The
band’s four multitalented members are just as understated in
personality and presentation, all of which makes Grizzly Bear’s steady
upward trajectory somewhat surprising.