by Mike Breen
Washington Park and SCPA host events throughout the two-day fest presented by Learning Through Art, Inc.
The Crown Jewels of Jazz Festival returns Friday and Saturday with an adjusted format. While last year’s fest was spread out across the Over-the-Rhine area, this year’s Crown Jewels is more streamlined, with free events concentrated in OTR’s Washington Park.The fest kicks off Friday night with an 8 p.m. concert featuring unique and widely acclaimed Jazz singer Gregory Porter, as well as Cincinnati native Mandy Gaines (whose been busy performing throughout Europe and Asia). Saturday at Washington Park, the fest kicks up again with Phil DeGreg, Baba Charles Miller and Kathy Wade (whose Learning Through Art, Inc. presents the Crown Jewels fest) performing and telling the story of Jazz (and other music) in a program called “Journeys: A Black Anthology of Music” at 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., “Piano Picnic in the Park” will showcase area pianists; DeGreg, Jim Connerly, Billy Larkin, Charles Ramsey III, Cheryl Renee, Steve Schmidt and Erwin Stuckey will each perform their two favorite Jazz numbers during the hour and a half performance. Then it’s time to dance! The fest closes out at 8 p.m. with “Dancing Under the Stars” at the park’s bandstand, featuring music from the 18-piece Sound Body Jazz Orchestra and dancers/teachers from the Dare to Dance Ballroom Dance and Fitness Studio.Given that it is presented by Learning Through Art, Inc., it is fitting that the Crown Jewels of Jazz fest will also include an educational program Saturday morning for high school musicians at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, just across the street from Washington Park’s 12th Street entrance. The CJ2 Jazz Camp, which will feature clinics, classes and more with many of Cincinnati’s top Jazz musicians and educators (including DeGreg, Stuckey, Jim Anderson, Marc Fields, Ted Karas, Mike Wade, Art Gore, Brent Gallaher and many others), begins at 8:30 a.m. There is a $35 fee per student.For complete info on the Jazz Camp and all of the Crown Jewels of Jazz events, visit learningthroughart.com. And click here to read CityBeat's interview with Wade about the fest and her org's other work.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
For the past eight-plus years, I have
been facilitating an evolving after-school program that began quite
innocently with me subbing in for my CityBeat colleague Kathy Y.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Northside’s Thunder-Sky, Inc. wrestles
with the term “outsider” art. Though it’s a marketable label, it can
heap sometimes-false assumptions upon artists. They’re presumed to be
uneducated, untrained, isolated, developmentally disabled and/or
indifferent to profit. Thunder-Sky, Inc. co-founders Keith Banner and
Bill Ross prefer “unconventional” to describe the works.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 16, 2013
David Kisor and Tom
Lottman, a composer and researcher,
respectively, work in harmony perpetually crafting a chorus of
“strength-based” education for Growing Sound, a division of Children,
Inc. that produces
children’s songs and music videos to encourage pro-social learning in
the early years of childhood.
by Rick Pender
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Nineteen all-volunteer community theaters honored
Last weekend a dozen Cincinnati-area community theaters
competed in the annual Regional OCTA Fest, each presenting 30-minute
excerpts of shows that had been produced sometime during the 2011-2012
season. Performances were presented on Thursday, Friday and Saturday;
the final day was capped by the annual Orchid Awards recognition program
on Saturday evening, where more than 60 productions received awards.
The excerpt competition, with performances evaluated by
three adjudicators from elsewhere in Ohio, results in three productions
being selected to go to the statewide event on Labor Day weekend.
Selected this year were Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, presented by the Drama Workshop; the musical Avenue Q, presented by Showbiz Players; and the musical Rent,
presented by Footlighters, Inc. An alternate is selected, too, in the
event that some complication prevents one of the chosen productions from
traveling to the state competition. The 2012 alternate is An Inspector Calls, presented by The Village Players.
Nineteen Cincinnati community theaters — all-volunteer
groups that produce shows throughout the region — were honored with
Orchid Awards at Saturday’s banquet, with recognition for individuals as
well as elements of productions. Footlighters, which presents its shows
at the Stained Glass Theater in Newport, had the show with the most
awards: Rent picked up 26, including one for “overall performance
quality.” Coming in second with 20 awards was Greater Hamilton
Community Theater’s production of the musical Little Women. Footlighters, always a strong contender, also took third place (16 awards) with a production of the musical The Light in the Piazza. Rounding out the top 10 award-winning productions were Cole (15 awards; Mariemont Players); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (13, Greater Hamilton Community Theater); Titanic (12, Cincinnati Music Theatre); Over the River and Through the Woods (12, Mariemont Players); Same Time Next Year (12, Mariemont Players); Becky’s New Car (12, Middletown Lyric Theatre); and The Crucible (12, The Drama Workshop).
A final note: Mariemont Players, which produces six shows
annually (most groups present three or four, at most) had the strongest
overall showing, picking up a total of 68 Orchid recognitions.
Artist Stevie Grueter unearths buried memories
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Artist Stevie Grueter digs rocks out of the ground with a railroad spike. She's barely 5 feet tall and lugs them home like she's cradling a baby. That's where her art begins — on the uneven surfaces of rocks. Her life began in the rubble of an earthquake. It struck the Greek island of Crete, killing her parents.
Cincinnati’s Outsider Art scene is garnering international attention
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2011
In a very alternative and “outsider” way, Raymond Thunder-Sky seems to becoming the next Cincinnati artist — after Charley Harper — to be discovered internationally. Considered an Outsider Artist, he probably had autism and was beset with numerous physical ailments when social worker Bill Ross discovered his drawings in 1999.