0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
As the Sitwell’s Coffee House crowd
buzzes around him, Jon Kovach calmly ticks off his lengthy list of
commitments for the approaching summer.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Events
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The 2013 Cincinnati Fringe Festival wraps up
this weekend with final performances Friday and Saturday. If you still haven’t checked out any of the
freaky, funny, unique performances in this 10th annual fest, go here
to check out show reviews and find a full schedule and festival guide.
Cincinnati Rollergirls host their last home
game of the season at the Cincinnati Gardens Saturday. The 'girls face Kitchener,
Ontario’s Tri-City Roller Girls in a double-header that kicks off at 7 p.m. And
it’s Fan Appreciation Night, so expect plenty of free CRG goodies throughout
the night! Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door ($15/$17 for courtside
seats). Happy Hour (dolla dolla beers, y’all) starts at 6 p.m. Find tickets and
more info here.
Last weekend, teams of filmmakers throughout
Cincinnati (and across 125 other participating cities throughout the world)
participated in the 48 Hour Film Project, requiring them to write, shoot and edit a movie in just two days. On Friday,
they received a movie genre, character, prop and a line of dialogue to include
in the short film and the rest was up to them — the finished product had to be
completed by Sunday. This Sunday, the
public can check out the eclectic mix of results at the Thompson House.
Screenings take place at 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and admission is
$10 for a single screening group, $30 for the whole day.
Short Vine in Corryville is on its way to
becoming the next happenin’ spot in the local arts scene. Don’t believe me?
Check out the opening of 71 Gallery (2609 Vine St.) 5-10 p.m. Friday. Local
artist Tony Dotson has created the space for outsider artists like himself as
well as graphic designers. The gallery’s debut artist is Eye Candy Design
Berberich, who also works on Short Vine. Berberich also helped develop Artbeat
on Short Vine, a monthly event that also kicks off Friday. Check out our
feature on Dotson and Berberich here.
Movies return to Washington park Saturdays this Summer but don’t let the event
name fool you — anyone can enjoy these free, open-air films. The movies run
9-11 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 17 (no movies Aug. 3-10). This week’s
selection is the 1954 mystery classic, Rear
Window. Go here
for a full lineup of summer events at Washington Park.For more stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks
full calendar and Rick
for weekend theater offerings.
0 Comments · Tuesday, June 4, 2013
There are just a few days left for the
2013 Cincinnati Fringe, our annual celebration of weirdness and
creativity, produced by Know Theatre. It’s over on Saturday evening (the
final party is at 10:30 p.m. at the Jackson Street theater’s
Underground Bar), but there’s still time to catch several productions.
by Jac Kern
Photography’s bad boy, Tyler Shields, returns
to Cincinnati for another exhibit at Miller Gallery, kicked off with an opening
reception in Over-the-Rhine Friday. Known for his controversial celebrity
photos, Shields last exhibited at Miller Gallery in October as part of
FotoFocus. Now he’s back showing off his latest collection of photos, Suspense, featuring images of people
falling, floating and flipping across striking backgrounds. Friday’s opening is
a pop-up gallery party at the Hanke Building (1130 Main St., OTR). VIP $50
tickets grant 8 p.m. admission, free valet parking, an open bar and photo op
with Shields. General admission from 9 p.m.-midnight is $10 and includes three
drink tickets. It’s
sure to be a super party and a great chance to brush shoulders with the “who’s
who” of the art community. Proceeds benefit Flashes of Hope, a national nonprofit with the
mission to photograph every child with cancer until every child is cured. Buy tickets here or bring cash at the door.
Across the river in Newport, Powerhouse
Factories celebrates music festival season with a Summer
Shindig Friday. Enjoy live music from The Pinstripes, a great view from
Powerhouse’s patio, great deals on the factory’s excellent assortment music
posters (BOGO half-off) and frosty beers from MadTree Brewery. The free party
runs 6 p.m.-midnight.
The Fringe Festival continues this weekend
(through June 8), with plenty of original, unusual and just plan weird theater performances throughout the city. Go here
for performance reviews, a complete
festival schedule and the official festival guide. And getcho Fringe on!
The 46th annual Summerfair takes
over Coney Island Friday-Sunday. This festival, one of the oldest continuous
art fairs in the country, features more than 300 fine artists, crafters, youth
arts organizations and performers exhibiting and selling photographs, pottery,
textiles, jewelry and much more.
a Shark or a Jet? A Greaser or a Soc? A Mod or a Rocker? Do you rock a scooter
or a motorcycle? Either way, folks from “both sides of the tracks” will come
together this weekend for the Queen City Mods & Rockers Rally, a
weekend-long event to promote unity between both types of motor enthusiasts.
Events include family-friendly rides, a pin-up girl contest, a bike rally,
happy hour, a group breakfast and more. A $30 pass gets you admission to all
the three-day events. Go here
for more info.
For more art, shows, festivals, concerts and
events to check out this weekend, peep our To Do picks
by Rick Pender
Posted In: Theater
at 09:01 AM | Permalink
There's plenty of good theater available around town in the next few days, including the just-opened production of Hank Williams: Lost Highway at the Cincinnati Playhouse, as well as Romeo and Juliet and Titus Andronicus, which finish their runs at Cincinnati Shakespeare this weekend. But for this week's edition of Stage Door, I'm recommending three productions that might not be on your radar.One of the big hits of the 2012 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Grim and Fischer, is back for performances on Friday and Saturday. It was only offered three times back in June, and a lot of people missed the unusual "full-face mask" show about death (aka Grim, as in "Grim Reaper") matching wits with elderly Mrs. Fischer, who's not ready to take her leave of this world. Everyone who saw the wordless piece raved about it, so Know Theatre (they guys who present the Fringe) have brought back the two performers from Wonderheads Theatre in Portland, Ore., to give us three more chances, Friday and Saturday evening at 8 p.m. plus a 3 p.m. Saturday matinee. I'm not missing their 50-minute performance this time around. Tickets ($12): 513-300-5669.Community theater often brings back classics that audiences love, and Footlighters (you can find them at Newport's Stained Glass Theatre, right across the street from the York Street Cafe) is doing just that with Thornton Wilder's 1938 Pulitzer Prize winner, Our Town. But don't think you've been there and done that, since this production takes several familiar conventions and freshens them. The "Stage Manager," usually a folksy older guy, is played by a woman, and many of the references to New England life in the early 1900s are minimized, which makes the show feel a lot more universal and relevant to life today. Through Nov. 18. Tickets ($20): 859-652-3849. And my third recommendation is from another community theater, one that really knows its way around musicals: Cincinnati Music Theatre is staging Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company, a Tony winner from 1970 — and again in 2007 when the Cincinnati Playhouse's revival of the story of Bobby and his married friends moved to Broadway and was named the year's best musical revival. It has a brilliant and energetic score, great comic scenes and songs you're likely to know, including "Another Hundred People," "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive." CMT presents its shows at the Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater. Through Nov. 17. Tickets ($22): 513-621-2787.
by Jac Kern
Books By The Banks may be a month away (Oct. 20 at Duke Energy
Convention Center), but local bibliophiles can get in on the fun early with
tonight’s Books By The Banks Poster Debut. The festival, now in its sixth year,
brings more than 100 local, regional and national authors to Cincinnati for
workshops, lectures, meet-and-greets and more for children and adult readers
alike. Each year an artist is commissioned to create a poster to
represent BBTB. Tonight at Joseph-Beth Cincinnati,
Covington artist Marlene Steele will unveil her design. Steele will discuss her poster and join past BBTB artists in a Q&A. 2012’s poster will be on sale
for $15; past years’ posters are $10.
Channel your inner
Marie Antoinette while supporting Transitions Global during tonight’s
ELLiPSiS…The Masquerade. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best mystery disguise
while enjoying music, art, cocktails, eats and a fashion show. Tickets
$35, $100 for VIP early admission, champagne, hors d'oeuvres and prime catwalk seating. Proceeds benefit
Transitions Global, a non-profit organization that helps rehabilitate rescued
sex traffic workers and reintegrates them back into society as strong,
independent women. Learn more about this important charity here. Tonight’s masquerade at The Bell Event Center
opens to the public at 7 p.m.
Actor and comedian Kevin Pollack performs at the Levee Funny Bone
tonight through Saturday in support of us upcoming book, How I Slept My Way to the
Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs. Pollack, who got his big movie break in the
Ron Howard/George Lucas adventure, Willow,
is best known for roles in A Few Good Men
and The Usual Suspects as well
as his spot-on impressions. Tonight’s show begins at 8 p.m. He does a mean
you missed this summer’s Fringe Festival or couldn’t make it to every show
(it’s a difficult task!), Know Theater is presenting four encore Fringe performances
through Saturday. Tonight’s Fall Fringe offerings include OCCUPY This: Tales of an Accidental Activist and Kevin J. Thornton: UNFRINGED. Solo
performance OCCUPY This (7 p.m.) tells
the story of a man who went to Occupy protests just to carry humorous signs but
ended up believing in the cause. Thornton’s unscripted show (8:30 p.m.) blends
comedic storytelling with original music to create a uniquely engaging performance
every time. Find tickets and more information here.
Freaky fixture in local arts scene brings creativity, community
2 Comments · Monday, June 11, 2012
The most successful
Cincinnati Fringe Festival since the annual event’s launch in 2004
wrapped up on June 9, boasting a nearly 9 percent increase in overall
attendance compared to 2011, from 7,177 to 7,728. More than 230 artists
performed, and the number of sold-out performances, 24, set a new
by Jac Kern
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Did you know today is World Environment Day? In 1972, the
United Nations designated June 5 as a day to spread global awareness of
ecological issues and encourage political response. This year’s theme is Green
Economy: Does It Include You? If you partake in some especially green
activities this week, such as organizing a recycling drive, planting trees or
working to stop plastic bag use, you can register your efforts here for a chance to win a fuel-efficient Kia!
As if you didn’t know already, thousands will flock to
Riverbend tonight for Radiohead’s first Cincinnati concert. Caribou, who headlined
2010’s MidPoint Music Festival opens the show. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; the
concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Oddly, tickets are still available. Hey, Thom Yorke ain't no Jimmy Buffett.
For the handful of readers who aren’t attending, La Poste
kicks off its Summer Wine Series tonight. The four-event package features three
educational wine classes (tonight, July 7 and Aug. 10) and a final five-course
grand tasting Sept. 11. Each event begins at 6:30 p.m. Tonight is Wine Tasting
101: Learn from sommeliers about how to taste, discover and interpret different
wines. Professionals will describe sight, nose, palate and structural
variations and you sip your way through each varietal and enjoy hors d’oeuvre.
La Poste promises a comfortable setting for newbies to ask questions. Buy
series tickets here
or just admission for tonight’s course here.The Fringe Festival continues tonight. Check out a fully lineup with reviews here.Tonight is MOTR Pub's weekly Writer's Night. Fists of Love's Donna J hosts the open mic where all poets, musicians, singers and spoken-word artists are welcome to share original work. One artist will walk away with 40 bucks! Sign ups begin at 8:30 p.m.