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Death Penalty Isn't a Winner

Andrew Welsh-Huggins investigates why Ohio is one of the busiest death penalty states

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Offhand, what would you say Ohio has in common with the state of Texas? A propensity to execute its prisoners, that's what. In his recently released book 'No Winners Here Tonight,' Columbus-based Associated Press reporter Andrew Welsh-Huggins says that in 1958 four states accounted for half the 48 U.S. executions (Ohio, Texas, California, Georgia), and by 2000 Ohio was second only to Texas in the number of people put to death each year.   

Creative Economics

State of the arts: Tightening belts and adapting in order to continue thriving

1 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Staff positions have taken the biggest hit as Cincinnati's arts and cultural institutions hunker down to survive the recession. Some organizations have adapted through deliberate attrition, while other belt-tightening measures have included shorter hours and curtailed programming. "It's a painful time," says Raphaela Platow, director of the Contemporary Arts Center. The bright side (surprisingly, there is one) is that attendance is up for many organizations.  

Lit: Richard Hague

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Poet Richard Hague says one of the poems he will read on Final Friday at Ink Tank is a “mock epic about sex (almost), drugs (well, cheap wine), Rock & Roll (definitely) and high school (O, Lordy), titled “Buddy Holly’s Glasses.” Besides Holly’s glasses, Hague’s poems consider “Resisting the SAT,” “Riot” and the handling of Hurricane Katrina victims, all from his book Public Hearings, just off the press. He will dip into each of the book’s four sections (“On the Street,” “In School,” “In Country” and “States of the Arts”) for the reading. 7 p.m.  

Natural Innocence

Lisa Britton shows nature through the eyes of a child

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Photographer Lisa Britton has been recording every day of her almost-5-year-old daughter Angela's short life. She often concentrates on Angela's exploration of the natural world and has chosen works with that theme for 'Seeing Nature,' her exhibition of color photographs on display at Parkside Cafe in Walnut Hills.  

Art: Seeing Nature at the Parkside Cafe

1 Comments · Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Photographer Lisa Britton has been recording every day of her almost-five-year-old daughter Angela’s short life. She often concentrates on Angela’s exploration of the natural world and has chosen works with that theme for Seeing Nature, her exhibition of color photographs on display at Parkside Café in Walnut Hills. The exhibit is on view daily through Sept. 11.  

Art: The Verona Reconstruction Team

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Selections from artist Constance McClure’s long-term project The Verona Reconstruction Team, a record of people living and working in her Walnut Hills neighborhood, will be on view briefly in a special showing from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Verona Historic Residences. McClure, who lives in the Verona, a historic apartment building undergoing extensive renovation as part of condo conversion, has used a variety of media to record the workers in brick and stone, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and others during the two years the project has been underway.  

Events: Riverspan Sculpture Exhibition

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 17, 2009
This weekend the Purple People Bridge will be alive with sculpture as well as people when the second annual RiverSpan Sculpture Exhibition and Sale fills its length. Work from some 80 artists from around the country will be on display, available for purchase. The special Sneak Peek takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday with $5 admission. On both Saturday (10 a.m.-8 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), general admission is $15.  

Art: Magnitude Seven at Manifest Gallery

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 9, 2009
“Think small” is the mantra at Manifest Gallery for its annual Magnitude Seven show, tucked tidily into the little gallery. No work exceeds 7 inches in any direction, but there’s no limit on skill or inspiration. This year’s call for entries brought responses from all over the world; 27 artists from 14 states and three different countries, including Croatia, made the cut. 2-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday through June 26.  

Review: April Fools

0 Comments · Friday, June 5, 2009
The Four Fools were a hit here last year, winning Producers' Pick, and are back with a whole new show that looks sharper and funnier than their previous production. If you like a good time with four not so naughty but really, really funny fellows, see 'April Fools.'  

Art: Iris Bookcafe

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 2, 2009
In a very neat segue, it’s possible right now to see two exhibitions of Cincinnati photographer Michael Wilson’s work, reflecting different areas of interest, almost within walking distance of each other. Iris BookCafe is showing prints of photographs from Wilson’s 1984 book Heads Bowed Eyes Closed, No One Looking Around through Aug. 7, overlapping until June 7 with the Wilson’s Weston Art Gallery exhibition, The Day of Small Things, a mid-career retrospective. Iris Bookcafe is open daily and the Weston is open Tuesday-Sunday.