Meet Pauletta Hansel, Cincinnati’s first poet laureate
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2016
On the ides of April, despite a
forgivingly warm day, it seemed that the entirety of Cincinnati’s poetry
scene cloistered itself in the Mercantile Library to witness the
inauguration of poet laureate Pauletta Hansel.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 20, 2016
When Ruth Abram speaks Friday at the Mercantile Library about how she founded New York’s successful Lower East Side Tenement Museum, many in attendance will be wondering if they can do here what she did there.
Chris Messick, Mercantile Library Marketing Manager
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Founded in 1835, the Mercantile Library (414 Walnut St., 11th Floor, mercantilelibrary.com)
is one of downtown’s hidden treasures.
Catacoustic Consort, concert:nova and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company collaborate on a Bard-inspired performance
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 12, 2013
William Shakespeare’s drama and poetry
resonate far beyond the theater. Music plays a vital role in his plays
and his works continue to inspire compositions in all genres of music,
from song to symphony to sampling.
by Jac Kern
Celebrate: Today's oddball holidays include International Jugglers Day and National Columnists Day. Apparently a "juggler" can refer to an actual entertainer who can juggle several objects at once or a person who "juggles" multiple tasks or responsibilities (isn't that all of us?). Be sure to also show support for your favorite local columnists today. All chocolates, flowers and exotic dancers can be directed to 811 Race St., Downtown.Cincy World Cinema continues to present unique film opportunities for the Tri-State by screening The Hunter at Covington's Carnegie Center tonight and Thursday. Directed by Daniel Netthein, The Hunter is based on Julia Leigh's critically acclaimed novel of the same name. Willem Dafoe stars as a Martin, a mercenary sent to Tasmania to hunt the last of a rare tiger breed. Martin is sent from Europe by an ambiguous biotech organization in an effort to extract mysteriously valuable genetic material from the nearly-extinct tiger. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. both days. Tickets at $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Read our review here.University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music's production of Arcadia opens tonight with a preview at 8 p.m. The 1993 Tom Stoppard comedy takes place in an English country house in 1809 and 1993, weaving two story lines into one witty, cohesive piece. Both stories delves into past and present pursuits of knowledge and passion. The show runs through Sunday in CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets for tonight's preview are just $11.The Mercantile Library turns 177 today, and to celebrate the institution, Civil War historian Peter Cozzens will present a lecture on Cincinnati Generals Hayes and Lytle and their involvement in the Civil War. Hayes was a member of the Mercantile Library and is one of three members to go on to become president. Signed copies of some of Cozzen's 16 books will be available for purchase. The 7 p.m. lecture is $15 for members, $20 non-members. Reserve your spot by calling 513-621-0717. Happy Birthday, Merc! You don't look a day over 150.Check out our music blog and To Do page for more arts, theater, events and concerts.
Prolific author discusses living 'At Home'
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 9, 2010
How did salt and pepper become our default, go-to spices? Why are there four tines on a fork? How did stairs become so ubiquitous? These are just a few of the curiosities explored in Bill Bryson's latest book, 'At Home: A Short History of Private Life.' He discusses his latest literary endeavor with CityBeat in anticipation of his visit here Saturday for the Mercantile Library's annual Niehoff Lecture.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 7, 2010
The Mercantile Library is turning 175 years old, and Albert Pyle, director for 16 years, has kept her in pristine shape. This downtown gem is a place where members can relax, eat, write and wander the stacks of books housed on the original library shelves. Pyle works Downtown, lives Downtown and eats Downtown. Where exactly does this man-about-town love to dine?
'The Wire' and 'Treme' writer/producer gets below the surface of his subjects
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 2, 2010
David Simon's 'The Wire' garnered nearly unprecedented critical praise — by the end of its five-season run on HBO, some were calling it the best show to ever grace television — but drew a fraction of the audience of the cable outlet's other series 'Sex and the City' and 'The Sopranos.' Yet HBO stood behind Simon (and continues to stand behind him, offering his 'Treme' miniseries), a television iconoclast who'd rather walk away than betray the authenticity of his subject matter. Simon answers a few CityBeat questions before his June 7 talk at the Mercantile Library.
Local lit scene stays lit up into the fall
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The state of Cincinnati's literary scene is as strong and diverse as ever. Things will only heat up as the weather turns chillier, with big-name authors at Joseph-Beth, the Mercantile Library's annual Neihoff Lecture and Books by the Banks.
Packer seeks to understand the world through his writing
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The subtitle of the Mercantile Library's lecture series is "Writing to Change the World." Few people embody that sentiment better than George Packer. Currently a staff writer for The New Yorker, he's been doing exactly that in various books, essays and articles over the last two decades.