1 Comment · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Downtown, Over-the-Rhine and other city
neighborhoods are being colorfully transformed by the mural program
shepherded by ArtWorks. But a forgotten Downtown mural called “Allegro” —
a ghost of murals past — deserves recognition as not just one of
Cincinnati’s finest, but also as an enduring piece of public art,
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I have this recurring dream in which I go
out for a walk or drive in Cincinnati and every place I go and
everything I use to get there, from my feet to a car or bus, has been
decorated or designed by ArtWorks.
by Mike Breen
Deadline for MidPoint Music Festival’s ‘Box Truck Carnival’ proposals extended to July 31
Besides all of the great music, one of the most fun elements of the MidPoint Music Festival (coming Sept. 26-28 to various venues in Over-the-Rhine and Downtown) is the MidPoint Midway, with its carnival-like atmosphere, music offerings, food and other vendors bustling along the fest’s 12th Street vein. The “Box Truck Carnival” is one of the cornerstones of the Midway, showcasing the creative minds of Cincinnatians in the form of “box trucks” that are remade into … anything the re-designers can dream up. The organizers at ArtWorks call them “experimental ‘carnival’ booths.” Last year’s box trucks included a photo booth (from Queen City Project), a “shadow-dance” club (from Golden Brown Enterprises), an improvisational comedy club (from OTR Improv), an interactive magnetic sculpture (from the Loose Parts Project) and a “Free Advice” booth (from Calcagno Cullen). ArtWorks and Springboard Cincinnati recently put the call out for proposals for the third annual Box Truck Carnival. Here are some of the details from ArtWorks:Artists and creatives are invited to create unique interactive installations within the confines of a 16' or 24' long truck. Past submissions have included performance art, a photo booth, putt-putt course, dance party, and more.Participants will be awarded a $500 stipend for materials and supplies, provided the truck is returned to the rental company with no damage or alterations after the festival. ArtWorks will cover the cost of one week truck rental, insurance, and mileage not to exceed 100 miles. Generators will be provided.A panel will got through all submissions and pick 8-10 concepts they’d like to see come to fruition. If you’re proposal is accepted, you will be notified by Aug. 9.The MidPoint Midway is free and open to the public. This year, the hours are 5 p.m.-midnight on Sept. 26 and 27, and noon-midnight on Sept. 28. (On Sept. 28, MPMF is planning some family-friendly fun — dubbed “KidPoint” — from noon-4 p.m. along the Midway. More info on that coming soon.)See what you can come up with over the next few days. Deadline for submissions is this WEDNESDAY (JULY 31), 5 p.m. Click here for the submission form. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. (This post was updated to reflect ArtWorks' recently extended deadline)
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Events
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Everyone loves a
good surprise party. What’s better than an unexpected night of fun with
friends? How about supporting an importance local arts organization in the
process? Friday’s Secret ArtWorks event offers an exciting twist on fundraisers as each attendee will walk away with a piece of original artwork. The catch: guests will not know who created their work until it's
been purchased. More than 800 small-scale pieces have been donated by more than
300 locally-, nationally- and internationally-renown artists. Guests were
invited to preview the offerings online, but the secret artists will not be
revealed until tonight. Ticket sales are now over, but tonight’s attendees will
enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a mysterious night of art at The Center
downtown, all to benefit ArtWorks.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concludes its community concert series “One City, One Symphony” this weekend with the well-loved classic, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Music Director Designate Louis Langrée conducts the performance; these will be
his final shows with the CSO before starting his role as music director for the
2013-2014 season. Joining the CSO, Langrée and the May Festival Chorus for the
concerts Saturday and Sunday at Music Hall. Go here for tickets.
If you thought this cold
weather meant you had to retire your gold lamé hot pants, dry
your tears and pull those bad boys out, because OTR Skate is back! Channel your inner roller disco
king/queen and roll over to the OTR Rec Center Friday from 8-11 p.m. Five bucks
gets you admission and skate rental, complimentary pizza from Cincy By The
Slice, free gaming from Wii to air hockey, raffle prizes and music from DJ Positronic, The Yugos and Indigo Wild.
Saturday is all
about the little guy as local businesses around the Tri-state take part in
Cincinnati Unchained. Get a head start on your holiday shopping (or, if you’re
like me, take advantage of sales for your own damn self) and visit independent businesses in an
effort to keep your money in the local economy — where it goes much further
than when you drop your cash at a big box chain store. Participating Cincinnati
Unchained shops offer discounts and free goodies to thank shoppers for supporting
local businesses — find a full list here.
Another way to get
in on the conscientious gifting trend is giving handmade presents this holiday. Did
the Holly Hobbie gene skip over you? No worries. The Crafty Supermarket Holiday
Show takes over the Clifton Cultural Arts Center
Saturday. This isn’t your grandma’s church basement craft show — expect
handmade books, cool local artwork, quirky jewelry, textiles, posters, clothing
and many more hand-crafted gifts everyone can appreciate. Plenty of vendors will be on-hand to fuel your shopping in
addition to a DJ, craft demos and — as usual — awesome swag bags for the first
100 shoppers. The party runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.
performs at Funny Bone on the Levee
Friday-Sunday. Workaholics fans know
him best as TelAmeriCorp's Montez Walker, a competitive salesman who has a very healthy sexual
relationship with his wife. Here’s a sample of one of Griffin’s finest Montez
Check out our
calendar for more art openings, theater shows, concerts
and other events happening this weekend and beyond.
MidPoint celebrates the arts with carnival and film fest components
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2012
As the MidPoint Music Festival continues
to grow, festival organizers are finding new ways to give audiences
opportunities to interact with independent creatives in various fields.
This year, not only will ArtWorks’ Box Truck Carnival be returning, but
for the first time ever MPMF will also include a film festival.
by Mike Breen
Just nine days until the 11th annual MidPoint Music Festival
MPMF news and musings: ArtWorks/Springboard Cincinnati is once again handling one of the cooler aspects of the "MidPoint Midway" (the fairgrounds-like area connecting Main to Vine streets, with food vendors, a music stage, poster expo and lots more). Last year's MidPoint Music Festival saw the introduction of the "Box Truck Carnival," where numerous local artists and organizations turned nondescript moving trucks into their own little worlds (last year, there was a theater, a skate park and a Putt Putt course). This year, Springboard is profiling the trucks on its website leading up to the big event next week. So far, they've introduced the Art for All People truck, "Art and Music Box," where you'll be able to add your own creative paint job, and the truck by OTRimprov, which will feature improv games and "on-the-spot workshops" for aspiring UCB comedians (or just the curious). Click here to check out these and other "fun in a box" experiments. • The other big news of the day is that one of the bigger headlining acts, Sleigh Bells, has been forced to cancel its appearance at Washington Park during the festival. The band was slated to headline the park stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. The full lineup for Saturday is up in the air, but will be retooled with additional acts. Expect an announcement soon. If Sleigh Bells was the only act you wanted to see at the festival and you'd like a refund, here's the official details: "Customers who have purchased the Washington Park Saturday Ticket may choose to either keep their tickets, or may receive a refund by contacting email@example.com by the end of the day Sept. 21st. If you elect the refund, only the cost of the ticket is refunded, not the shipping or service fees. No refunds will be issued for All Music Access Passes."Sleigh Bells guitarist Derek Edward Miller tweeted that he fractured his arm while skateboarding in Florida recently, causing the cancellation of MPMF and a few other dates. And now, with the countdown down to just 9 days (single digits!), here are our daily MidPoint Music Festival 2012 picks …BIG SHOTThe Walkmen (New York, NY)Indie RockA dozen years since members of Jonathan Fire*Eater and the Recoys coalsced into the formidable Walkmen? It hardly seems possible. But then, neither does the band's almost supernatural string of confusingly brilliant albums, all crafted by the same line-up that began at the dawn of the new millennium; the sparse, atmospheric jangle of Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone, the intense and visceral Bows + Arrows (featuring their signature "The Rat"), the quiet beauty of A Hundred Miles Off, their weirdly wonderful cover of Harry Nilsson's Pussy Cats, the powerful You & Me, the fabulous Lisbon, and their latest, Heaven, widely acknowledged as their best album to date, a phenomenal accomplishment for a band in their 13th year. Long may they walk.You'll Dig It If You Dig: The Strokes if they'd been guided by Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan if he'd been backed by The Strokes. (Brian Baker)The Walkmen perform Saturday, Sept. 29, on the Grammer's/Dewey's Pizza Stage at 9:15 p.m. Here is the band's music video for "The Love You Love." SLEEPER PICKHoly Ghost Tent Revival (Greensboro, NC)Folk RockWhen a band lists the Rolling Stones and Glenn Miller as primary influences, there’s a good chance their musical pegs don’t fit the standard genre holes. So it is with Holy Ghost Tent Revival, a North Carolina sextet that redefines eclectic, veering from Ragtime and Hot Jazz to an electric brand of Swing and the kind of funky, rootsy Country Rock that would have made Levon Helm grin and stomp. You don’t often see the Charleston breaking out in the middle of the mosh pit, but anything is possible at a Holy Ghost Tent Revival gig. Be prepared.Dig: Squirrel Nut Zippers explore their secret love of the Band, Blood Sweat & Tears and Burt Bacharach. (BB)Holy Ghost Tent Revival performs Saturday, Sept. 29, at Japp's at 11:30 p.m. Here's a preview of the band's just-released album Sweat Like the Old Days. Sweat Like The Old Days by Holy Ghost Tent RevivalLOCAL LOCK PICKYou, You're Awesome (Cincinnati, OH)Indie/Electronica/DanceThe duo You, You’re Awesome has been the Cincinnati Indie music scene’s go-to Dance music favorites for the past few years, blending live drums with quirky, playful soundscapes that call back to earlier electronic music pioneers. As EDM and other forms of Electronica have grown in popularity, a lot of artists seem to have a hard time figuring out how to distinguish themselves. But You, You’re Awesome doesn’t have that problem, emerging with a versatile sound that isn’t based on any one trend. The group released several EPs before last year’s debut full-length, but YYA is most fun to experience in a live setting. You can dance if you want to — everyone else will be. Dig: Daft Punk reborn as Saturday morning cartoon characters. (Mike Breen)You, You're Awesome are slated to play at 5 p.m. on the Washington Park stage on Friday, Sept. 28. Here's the track and visuals for YYA's "Yippee Ki Yay Mister Falcon." Click below for a playlist featuring numerous YYA clips. Click here for full MPMF details via the official MidPoint site.
Powerhouse Poster Arcade offers concert ephemera while Midway 4EG Stage presents second-play performances
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Run and organized by the folks at local Powerhouse
Factories graphic design studio, MPMF’s Poster Expo 2012 was a necessary outlet for all of the rock poster
artists involved in the music festival’s promotion machine.
by Jac Kern
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In September 2011,
ArtWorks was awarded funds from ArtPlace, an
organization of foundations, federal agencies and banks that invests in art and
culture programs across the country. ArtWorks put these funds toward SpringBoard, their business planning and development program for artists,
artisans and creative entrepreneurs. ArtWorks celebrates SpringBoard artist-entrepreneurs,
a new space and local creativity tonight with an open house 6-8 p.m. Check out
the new digs at 20 East Central Pkwy.
Across the river,
the Friends of Baker Hunt celebrate the Covington Art and
Cultural Center’s 90th anniversary at their annual gathering
tonight. Members of this auxiliary organization and anyone who has special
memories about the center or wants to get involved is welcome to attend a 6
p.m. meeting followed by a potluck dinner with music by the Cincinnati Chamber
String Quartet. Bring a dish to share and be sure to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call
859-431-0020. The Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center offers classes in
language, yoga, dance, photography and more for kids and adults.
Ready to get in Pride mode?
After you check out our Pride Issue (complete with a LGBTQ year in review
timeline, stories and official Pride 2012 guide), mosey downtown to Shooters’s
Young Buck night beginning at 10 p.m. Thursdays mean nothing but dance music at
this no-frills watering hole, so saddle up for a fun night. David DeWitt will
have a special Technicolor projection Pride photo booth — strike a pose!
It may be hot outside, but
Live After Five at The Banks has icy beverages and
cool music to keep you lifted after work tonight. Freedom Way downtown turns
into a free street festival every-other Thursday from 5-8 p.m. Tonight, the
Pinstripes perform. Nearby, Son del Caribe takes over Fountain Square for
Thursday’s free Salsa night from 7-10 p.m. Professional dancers are on-hand
each week to help you with your moves. Afterwards, grab dinner or keep drinking
at one of many surrounding bars and restaurants to keep the party going.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Cincinnati Duke Energy customers could face increased
utility costs to help Duke relocate utility lines for the new streetcar,
if state regulators decide to permit Duke to recover expenses
associated with the mass transit project. CINCINNATI -1
ArtWorks’ second Big Pig Gig public art project takes flight
0 Comments · Tuesday, May 1, 2012
When I was growing up, the fact that
Cincinnati was known as “Porkopolis” was not exactly a selling point for
me. I vividly remember Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point opening in
1988 to much hullabaloo thanks to the flying pig sculptures near the
entrance and being absolutely mortified with embarrassment that my
hometown would choose to embrace its reputation as a haven for swine.