CityBeat - Culture http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-255-1-culture.html <![CDATA[‘You Can’t Be What You Can’t See’ - Local organization seeks to empower young artists and readers with Black Comix Day]]>

This Saturday, the St. Bernard branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is honoring a historically underrepresented group in comic book culture: black writers, illustrators and readers. It’s part of an event called Queen City Black Comix Day, which was organized by Aiesha Little of the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance (MBSFA).

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<![CDATA[Art for Everybody - Chase Public serves up short-order poetry and community collaboration]]>

Five years ago, graphic facilitator Mike Fleisch and a couple of his friends were on a road trip. Headed to Chicago for a Pixies concert, as they traveled north their on-the-road brainstorming resulted in something that would notably transform the Cincinnati arts scene: Chase Public, a nonprofit collaborative space for art and assembly.

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<![CDATA[Continuum Bazaar in OTR Celebrates Independent Artists and Designers - ]]>

Eclectic clothing, pineapple hangers and ceramic boob vases — these are just a few of the items that can be found at Continuum in Over-the-Rhine, an eclectic bazaar supporting an array of independent and emerging designers, artists and makers.

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<![CDATA[Theater of Follies - A new project in the Mohawk District aims to resurrect the Imperial Theatre]]>

On a sweltering July morning, a cabal of volunteers ransack the interior of the Imperial Theatre Mohawk, a 102-year-old theater that’s been empty for decades, with the exception of an occasional church service and its stint as a store selling mattresses and furniture.

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In 2013 and 2014 I saw Lumenocity up close. Last year I scored free tickets at the last minute. I wasn’t so lucky in 2015, so my wife and I invited friends and neighbors to a “watch party” at our OTR home, just a block east of Washington Park.

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<![CDATA[Evolution of an Artist - Large-scale public art projects push painter Jonathan Queen to continue evolving]]>

Cincinnati-based artist Jonathan Queen does not shy away from long-term commitments.

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<![CDATA[Present Voices - Word of Mouth Cincinnati aims to unite community through poetry’s mystery]]>

Huddled in the Sword Room of MOTR Pub, the voices of the poets reading at the monthly Word of Mouth Cincinnati event remain at the volume usually reserved for intimate conversations in domestic settings, barely carrying sound across the small cellar-esque basement of the Over-the-Rhine bar. 

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<![CDATA[Branderyhaus Is for Entrepreneurs - The Brandery startup accelerator offers housing to enrollees, simplifying Cincinnati living for outsiders]]>

In a move further distinguishing itself from other startup accelerators in North America, The Brandery is now offering slightly subsidized housing to its enrollees.

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The celebration of manhood that is Over-the-Rhine men’s lifestyle store Article has officially introduced its new sister to the neighborhood, bringing with her a distinct feminine edge.

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<![CDATA[Mini Cine - C. Jacqueline Wood’s temporary microcinema looks for permanent impact]]>

C. Jacqueline Wood is trying to address one of the glaring weaknesses in Cincinnati’s cultural offerings — the lack of non-profit venues whose ongoing programming takes film seriously as art.

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<![CDATA[Heart for the People - Art on Vine founder James Jenkins on his “first love”]]>

Summer seems fit to burst with art festivals, enough to fill every weekend. One such festival is Art on Vine, which returns to Fountain Square July 5.

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<![CDATA[Flower to the People - ]]>

In the mid-20th century, British florist, author and educator Constance Spry taught generations of homemakers how to decorate their homes in ways that were unconventional, yet highly accessible.

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<![CDATA[The Elementz of His Style - Youth-center alum returns to teach graffiti art after making a name for himself]]>

As an artist with practically an alphabet for a name, it’s fitting that Max Unterhaslberger hones in on one’s signature as a basis for art.

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<![CDATA[Sealed with a 'Kiss' - Matt Morris dances the line between artist and curator in CAC show]]>

How does an artist simultaneously perform the sometimes-contradictory role of curator, sensitively arranging their own artwork within the framework of an institution, while being deliberately transparent about the slipperiness of holding both roles? 

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<![CDATA[Noble Denim Founders Launch Socially Conscious Athletic Apparel Company - ]]>

Noble Denim conquered the world with their Cincinnati- and Tennessee-based line of handmade denim jeans, and now founders Abby and Chris Sutton and their team are venturing into a collection of organic cotton knit basics called Victor Athletics in hopes to make more of an impact with U.S.-hewn apparel.

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<![CDATA[Comedy Underground - MOTR Pub’s monthly comedy showcase attracts experienced comics and serious fans]]>

With the number of places in which to hone their craft in short supply, it has befallen many comedians to organize their own independent shows. It’s a concept that developed somewhat oddly in comedy club-heavy towns like the aforementioned, and it’s now in Cincinnati.

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<![CDATA[Social Improvement by Design - Studio C’s design thinking workshops reinvigorate the social sector]]> On May 18, in a room equipped with only whiteboards, tables and chairs, branding and innovation consultant Cindy Tripp explains the process she implemented at Procter & Gamble for seven year]]> <![CDATA[Modern Makers - ]]> The Camp Washington-based furniture maker/interior design team of Hayes Shanesy and Rosie Kovacs, known collectively as Brush Factory, recently finished a year-long, three-floor build out for People’s Liberty, a new philanthropic lab from the Haile/U.S. Bank and Johnson foundations, across from Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine.
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<![CDATA[Nourishing Community - Stone Soup Collective provides healthy food, exercise and education to those in need]]> Liz Wu is an instigator of goodness. Her nonprofit organization, Stone Soup Collective, works to bring the community together through outreach initiatives, including clothing and food drives, musical enrichment sessions and lifestyle and wellness education.]]> <![CDATA[BANDI Wear Creates an Alternative to Granny's Fanny Pack - ]]> From necessity comes invention, and from the need to store everyday essentials in a convenient and stylish way came BANDI Wear. ]]>