BANDI Wear Creates an Alternative to Granny's Fanny Pack

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
From necessity comes invention, and from the need to store everyday essentials in a convenient and stylish way came BANDI Wear.   

The Mercer (Review)

The Mercer OTR deliciously fills a niche in the Over-the-Rhine dining scene

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The Mercer OTR fills the niche for those diners with delicious flavor and gracious service.  

Cultural Traditions Inspire Story of Community

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2014
 Zvi Gotheiner's modern dance company appears this weekend for the second time in Cincinnati as part of ZviDance/Dabke, presented by Contemporary Dance Theater.   

Carmon DeLeone’s ‘Peter Pan’ Score Soars

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Celebrating his 46th anniversary as music director for the Cincinnati Ballet, Carmon DeLeone has a lot to be proud of.   

MamLuft&Co. Dance Brings Mixed Repertory to Aronoff

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Coming off a successful fall touring season with performances in Chicago and Roanoke, Va., the eight modern dancers of MamLuft&Co. Dance take the Aronoff stage this weekend for the company’s first mixed repertory concert.  

The Art of Beer

Murals showcase past and present Cincinnati brews

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 7, 2015
While live music has always mixed well with alcohol, visual bar art in Cincinnati is starting to stretch beyond portraits of dogs playing poker and glowing beer signs.    

Permanent Pop Up

Over-the-Rhine’s Simple Space is a short-term haven for long-term ideas

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2015
What does Over-the-Rhine mean to you? Is it a stoplight point on your way to work, just a weekend dining destination, or is it a place you can call home?   

Carnegie Candy Land

Chefs and artists reflect the popular children’s board game at The Carnegie for 'The Art of Food'

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2015
There is absolutely nothing run-of-the-mill about The Art of Food exhibit opening Friday. The popular event is expected to attract as many as 700 guests. And it’s safe to say that this year’s over-the-top extravaganza with a Candy Land theme might be the zaniest ever.  

Buried Treasure

“Forgotten” Japanese art collection returns to the Cincinnati Art Museum

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2015
When an art museum has a collection of more than 65,000 objects, it isn’t surprising that many of them wind up hidden in storage. Sometimes complete collections are stowed there, rarely if ever seen or studied.   
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Stage Door: Women in Distress on Local Stages This Weekend

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati continues its hot streak of well-cast and engaging scripts with Sharr White's The Other Place, the story of a brilliant but abrasive woman who is losing her grip. Regina Pugh is excellent in this moving and sometimes funny production, ably supported by Michael G. Bath as her perplexed husband, and with two performers usually seen at Cincinnati Shakespeare, Kelly Mengelkoch and Billy Chace, in an array of supporting roles. This is a drama that keeps you guessing as to what's the truth behind the story that's unfolding. When it all comes together, the revelation is devastating. Definitely worth seeing. Box office: 513-421-3555.Another powerful piece of theater is onstage at Know Theatre, where another Cincy Shakes regular is featured in the one-woman adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. The script feels a tad long, but it's such a pleasure to watch Corinne Mohlenhoff as Offred — and a half-dozen other distinct characters — that all you can do is marvel at her skill in presenting them, not to mention in memorizing more than two hours of text. This frightening dystopian tale of America's possible future staged by Brian Phillips (Cincy Shakes artistic director and Mohlenhoff's husband) on a very effective set designed designed by Andrew Hungerford (Know's artistic director) is definitely worth seeing. Box office: 513-300-5669.Other productions worth seeing on local stages: A collection of Johnny Cash tunes in Ring of Fire at the Cincinnati Playhouse (CityBeat interview here), the humorous Greater Tuna at Covedale (CityBeat review here) and a compelling staging of Samuel Beckett's breathtaking piece of absurdity, Waiting for Godot, at Cincy Shakes (CityBeat review here). Get ready for more fun at Know Theatre with the kick-off of the second season of Serials!, this one subtitled "Thunderdome." Starting Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. (and continuing at two-week intervals through the end of March) will be five 15-minute pieces intended to be episodically developed. But this time, two will be voted off each week by the audience, to be replaced by two new works the next time around. Sounds like fun, and if this repeats the success of last summer's inaugural event, it's a chance to see local actors and writers at work. Box office: 513-300-5669.Rick Pender's STAGE DOOR blog appears here every Friday. Find more theater reviews and feature stories here.