CityBeat - Culture http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-255-1-culture.html <![CDATA[Home Free - Safe House explores a little known dimension of freedom at the Cincinnati Playhouse]]>

I thought I knew quite a bit about American history before I read Keith Josef Adkins’ new play, Safe House, about to have its world premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

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<![CDATA[Creatives in Clifton - Performing arts flourish in unique Gaslight District venues]]>

On a recent Wednesday in September, the crowd in the foyer of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) ate, drank and talked quietly as the New Horizons Orchestra performed “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and the sun set through stained glass windows.

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<![CDATA[Joyful Filth - The iconic John Waters brings his monologue — and more — to FotoFocus]]>

It’s at first a bit perplexing why the FotoFocus Biennial booked John Waters to perform his This Filthy World comedic monologue at Memorial Hall on Saturday night.

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<![CDATA[Joy Ride - Red Bike premieres as an alternative form of public transportation]]>

Red Bike is a new city-funded bicycle rental program spanning uptown, Over-the-Rhine and downtown.

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<![CDATA[A Noble Cause - Chris Sutton’s denim company manufactures high-quality jeans and the American dream]]>

Finding the right pair of jeans may be one of life’s greatest challenges, especially finding a pair that fits well and is made of high-quality and ethically sourced materials. 

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<![CDATA[State of the Art - Jimmy Baker and Terence Hammonds on their inclusion in Crystal Bridges’ upcoming survey of American art]]>

Two Cincinnati-based artists — Assistant Professor of Painting at the Art Academy of Cincinnati Jimmy Baker and Rookwood Pottery artist Terence Hammonds — are included in the upcoming Crystal Bridges national survey of contemporary American artists, State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.

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Duke Energy Convention Center is an enticing destination for film and comic book enthusiasts this weekend as Cincinnati Comic Expo and Cincinnati Film Festival have collaborated, making Downtown a veritable nerd playground.

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<![CDATA[Carnegie Wins - Covington’s reorganized, refocused and rebranded interdisciplinary arts center is better than ever]]> Just a few years ago, The Carnegie was desperate for an executive director like Katie Brass to help reorganize and advocate; she and everyone else who loved The Carnegie had to learn to better tell its story.
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<![CDATA[Seeing Double - I was Ewan McGregor’s stand-in, or how I spent my summer vacation]]> As Ewan McGregor’s stand-in, I was not an actor in Miles Ahead — Don Cheadle’s locally filmed Miles Davis film — but more of a celebrity-shaped prop used only when the camera was not rolling. ]]> <![CDATA[Local Musician Instills Art Through Love and Literacy - ]]> Kathy Wade, the founder and CEO of Cincinnati-based arts education organization Learning Though Art, is a well-versed, albeit quiet, conversationalist when it comes to her brainchild, which will put up its second Crown Jewels of Jazz Festival this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Cincy Summer Streets Opens Roads to Community - ]]> Woodburn Avenue and East McMillan Street were closed to car traffic for a mile stretch as they played host to Cincy Summer Streets last month. The next installment of the street festival arrives in Northside on Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[Street Artist Elliott James Is Cincinnati’s Yeti - ]]>

A yeti is rumored to be a large human-bear creature that creeps around the bottom of mountain slopes gobbling up slow skiers. Is it reality or a myth? No one knows, and, frankly, its authenticity is overshadowed by its purpose to humanity. The hunt for a yeti unites us and brings friend and foe together through a pursuit of mystery and intrigue.

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<![CDATA[Theater Matters - Educational Theatre Association plans to launch programs in underserved schools nationwide]]>

Later this week more than 100 high school drama teachers will converge in Cincinnati. That might sound like a lot of theater geeks in one place at the historic Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza downtown, but according to the people organizing this get-together, the very future of our nation might be at stake. OK, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement.

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<![CDATA[An Open Red Door - One area creative builds a pop-up gallery for all]]>

Electronic mood music and energetic art voices quaked out of the Crown Building during June’s Final Friday, providing a sharp contrast to the quiet rain blowing across Over-the-Rhine.

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<![CDATA[Up in the Air - What will become of longtime sports and entertainment venue Cincinnati Gardens?]]>

With its plain, light-brown brick and simple square design, Cincinnati Gardens is an unassuming building, out of the way from the hustle of downtown and the riverfront. Driving by on Seymour Avenue (or Langdon Farm Road), you wouldn't think twice about the 65 years of history held within the building’s walls. To most, it’s just an outdated concert venue.

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<![CDATA[All the Right Questions - Upstart theater group finds inspiration in the creative process itself]]>

Over three January days in his unheated Dayton apartment, 2013 Ohio University theater graduate Anthony Kochensparger forced himself to his desk (in all the layers he could manage) to write Milkwhite — a one-act play about a ballerina who goes to college, becomes involved with a girl and then cheats on her girlfriend with her dance instructor.

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<![CDATA[Another Man's Treasure - Local collector Matt Joy hunts for American-made goods and the stories they tell]]>

Matt Joy has a deep respect for the stories that objects tell us about history and the people who owned them. Since the days when he was a young boy growing up on a fully functional farm in Sabina, Ohio, feeding the animals, mowing grass and doing other tasks involved in daily operation, he’s been interested in things that tell uniquely American stories.

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<![CDATA[Style Sisters - With their local salon and film production work, the Lauren sisters are making Cincinnatians look good]]>

Makeup artist sisters Andrea and Ashley Lauren are a multifaceted brand: salon owners, production mavens and organic lifestyle champions. 

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<![CDATA[Internet-Famous Cat Person Pens Local Play - ]]> A large chunk of the Internet knows Ben Dudley as that guy who got “booped” on the forehead by a meowing cat’s paw. His 11-second viral video featuring himself and Pouncy the pussycat, titled “Interspecies Bonding,” has gotten more than 1.2 million views, landing him a fat 200 euro payday courtesy of his decision to license the video for advertisements. ]]> <![CDATA[Cincy's Beautiful Game - The Cincinnati Saints soccer club continues to develop its program and fan base]]> Cincinnati has a rich and proud history when it comes to sports. With the Reds and Bengals being the most recognized teams in the immediate area, it’s hard for others to make a name for themselves.]]>