Get on the bus! Reserve a spot by Wednesday, May 27 on the Emery Legacy Tour Bus, which leaves May 30 to survey the architectural legacy of the Emery family in Cincinnati. Sponsored by Betts House and the Mercantile Library, the bus leaves Betts House at 9 a.m. for a tour of all things Emery. Downtown landmarks include Emery Theatre, Carew Tower/Netherland Plaza Hotel complex and the Mercantile Library Building.Attendance is limited to 35.
Bigger is not necessarily better, and cooperation might ace competition among arts organizations in our changing culture, according to Diane E. Ragsdale of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, who spoke to an audience of art professionals and supporters at the University of Cincinnati May 6. She urged arts organizations to recognize that "we have a society in which the arts have become marginal" — big attendance numbers might not equal big impact.
What happens when talented teenagers are teamed with design professionals and asked to interpret “green” concepts in billboard-like format? Plenty happens, as can be seen in The Outdoor Museum, or TOM, in Eden Park now through May 31.
Manifest Gallery’s fifth annual Rites of Passage exhibition suggests that tomorrow’s artists are fascinated by people: their presence, their shadowy absence and even by their accouterments. For this lively and diverse gathering of soon-to-be or recent art-school graduates, the gallery presents 24 works by 14 artists from nine states, culled from over 700 works submitted from nearly 60 institutions. Tuesday-Saturday through May 15.
It’s a big weekend at InkTank as the literary mainstay explores the American Dream with a 7:30 p.m. Final Friday reading by Larry Smith of Cleveland-based Bottom Dog Press, along with local Bottom Dog poets, and two simultaneous writers’ workshops from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Friday admission is $5 (free to InkTank members); workshop entry is $10 or $30 including InkTank membership.
The Betts House offers A Glimpse from the Past, underlining the constancy of change. Chris Smith, Cincinnati Public Library history reference librarian, teamed with photographer Alex Bell to find exact vantage points in historic photos of Cincinnati locations and take modern day photos to record how those same scenes look today. The show runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday through March 31, with the monthly open weekend coming up 12:30-5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday. $2.
David Rosenthal, talking in the bare-bones middle room of his new Northside gallery, says, "I'm hoping to provide a place where photography can be done by lots of people and can reach into different areas in lots of different ways."