by Jac Kern
Posted In: Events
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officially begin for another month and Memorial Day, the unofficial seasonal
kick-off, is next weekend. But looking at this weekend's
— the first round of church festivals, the opening of The Beach Waterpark,
food fests abound — and it’s clear: Summer is upon us.
and artist Patti Smith is in town for the opening of her anticipated
Contemporary Art Center exhibit and concert. Patti Smith: The Coral Sea, a tribute to Robert Mapplethore,
officially opens Saturday but the opening celebration at the CAC is 6-11 p.m.
Friday. On Saturday, Smith performs a sold-out concert at Memorial Hall. Check
out our interview with Smith here.
There’s a bevy of
festivals across the Tristate this weekend — most notably, the Asian Food Fest,
CincItalia and Maifest. Asian Food Fest returns to The Banks 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday
and 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Your favorite area Chinese, Indian, Korean and Thai
restaurants and other Asian eateries will be serving up samples ranging from
$2-$6. Guests can enjoy performances from local Asian-American groups and
entertainers throughout the fest.
Get a taste of
Italy by way of Cheviot at CincItalia (6-midnight Friday, 3 p.m.-midnight Saturday
and 1-9 p.m. Sunday at Harvest Home Park). Once you’ve gotten your fill of
pizza, pasta, gelato and tiramisu, check out the live music, auto show, Italian
market and cooking demos.
Why not round out
the weekend with a German celebration, too? The 34th Annual
MainStrasse Village Maifest is also
this weekend: 5-11:30 p.m. Friday, noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m.
Sunday. Maifest is the traditional German celebration of spring and the
hundreds of thousands of expected visitors can expect plenty of food, wine,
beer, street performances and kids activities. Think Oktoberfest, but in the
something a little edgier and a lot sexier? Don’t miss Exhibitionism 3 at
Weston Art Gallery (inside the Aronoff Center) Saturday. The late-night dance
party features DJs, a lingerie fashion show, body painting, drinks and light
bites. General admission tickets are $35 and get you in the door at 9:30 p.m.;
$100 VIP tickets include early 8 p.m. admission for an Epicurious Exhibitionism
pre-party dinner and drink tickets. Buy them here.
Waterpark opens Saturday under new management after being closed for the 2012 season.
Expect a total makeover of the park, new attractions and familiar favorites
like the lazy river and wave pool. The opening celebration runs
Saturday-Sunday; daily hours begin May 25.
Nearby, at Kings
Williams, Christopher Knight and Susan Olsen — better known as Greg, Peter and
Cindy Brady — will be performing, signing autographs and taking photos with
fans Sunday. Why, you ask? To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Brady Bunch episode that was filmed at
KI in 1973.
And this is just a few options — for
more stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
Door for weekend theater offerings.
The quintessential Patti Smith discusses Mapplethorpe, her time in Cincinnati and an upcoming Contemporary Arts Center exhibition and concert
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Both Smith and Mapplethorpe found their
place, of course, and became famous — she as a quintessential
alternative-rocker and he as one of the country’s top fine-art photographers.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
In advance of last year’s FotoFocus
festival, probably the largest photography-related event in Cincinnati’s
history, I asked James Crump — the festival’s co-chair and then chief
curator/curator-at-large at Cincinnati Art Museum — if there wasn’t an
unspoken spirit hovering over the proceedings: Robert Mapplethorpe.
by Steven Rosen
Posted In: Visual Art
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Although the Patti Smith exhibit that will open at downtown’s Contemporary Art Center on May 17 has been announced for some time, the details are only now becoming known. It will be a tribute to her close friend, the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. He is a subject whose resonance is great for both Smith — whose 2010 National Book Award-winning memoir, Just Kids, recounted their friendship as young people in New York’s art world and is being made into a film — and the CAC, which famously faced (and beat) obscenity charges in 1990 for showing the Mapplethorpe retrospective The Perfect Moment.In a phone call from London — where she is studying for a Master’s degree in global art — Adjunct Curator Justine Ludwig (the exhibit’s curator) revealed some details of the planned show. It will be called The Coral Sea, after poetry Smith wrote about Mapplethorpe that she later recorded with guitarist Kevin Shields. (She will be performing The Coral Sea on May 18 at Memorial Hall. Go here for ticket information.)“It’s very much a rumination on the life and death of Robert Mapplethorpe,” Ludwig said of the exhibit. “So there are a lot of objects in the exhibition that very much relate to his life. We’ve received things like Robert’s slippers that have his initials on them, and photographs of Robert from throughout his life. So it really focuses on the relationship between these two artists. “It comprises of installations, photography and writing,” she said. “We’ll be showing part of the original manuscript of The Coral Sea that Patti wrote about Robert. We’re going to see a connection between the two artists throughout the exhibition. She has this very beautiful handwriting that is an art form within itself.“There are medals, necklaces that Robert wore,” Ludwig continued. “There is an inkwell. There are small elements that will be presented in cases in the exhibition. It’s presented very much like an art installation. They’re not necessarily presented as historical objects but as elements that are part of Patti’s life.”There are also photographs Smith took of and about Mapplethorpe. “Patti never took photographs of Robert’s face, she took photographs of his hands,” Ludwig said. “We’ll have a few (of those), and then a few photographic works that are more in reference to Robert but not of him.“And we have an installation within the show called ‘Infirmary,’ which is all steel beds that are references to the beds Robert spent the end of his life in and that many people who died from AIDS passed away in. They are actual steel beds acquired by her.” (Mapplethorpe died from AIDS in 1989.)The “Infirmary” portion is an expanded, site-specific adaptation of an exhibit Smith presented at the 2008 Melbourne International Arts Fair. There is also a “Coral Sea Room” in the CAC show that will feature video and music.The show will have several photographs by Mapplethorpe with text by Smith – of the sea, a boat and a sculpture. (None was in The Perfect Moment.) “They’re very beautiful,” Ludwig said.
by Steven Rosen
Legendary musician/poet/artist schedules May 17 stop in Cincinnati
Contemporary Arts Center has officially announced that Patti Smith will perform The Coral Sea with daughter/pianist Jesse Smith on May 17, in connection with her CAC exhibit, also called The Coral Sea, that opens the next day and features work not previously seen in the U.S. At the concert, Smith will also play selected material from throughout her career. The CAC website says that "The Coral Sea performance work found its beginnings from Smith’s 1997 book of the same name, her requiem to her dear friend Robert Mapplethorpe (who took the cover photo of Smith’s debut album, Horses, among his many other accomplishments). With music arranged and performed live by Kevin Shields — of heralded British shoegaze band My Bloody Valentine — two separate performances were held at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in June 2005 and September 2006. In 2008 those performances were released as a live album." Mapplethorpe's own posthumous photography retrospective at CAC, 1990's The Perfect Moment, became a major controversy when cultural conservatives led by now-retired Sheriff Simon Leis tried to shut it down for obscenity. In a famous trial, a jury sided with the CAC. The concert venue and ticket information will be announced soon at www.contemporaryartscenter.org. I first wrote about Smith's art show coming to the CAC in CityBeat last year here.
1 Comment · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Word has started to get out that
Contemporary Arts Center’s 2012-2013 season will feature a major show by
Patti Smith. But it hasn’t yet been made clear — because the show isn’t
scheduled until next May — that this is meant to be far more than just a
local stop on a national museum tour.
by Mike Breen
Famous musical marriages and Ke$ha's hidden talents
Were it not for the Grim Reaper, two celebrated musical couples would be celebrating wedding anniversaries today. Country music superstars Johnny Cash and June Carter (soon-to-be Carter Cash) tied the knot on this date in 1968 in a Franklin, Ky., church. The bride wore light blue; the groom wore (duh!) black. Their relationship was the basis for the celebrated biopic Walk the Line, which showed the couple's rocky patches in all their glory, as well as their dedication to each other. The couple had just one child together, John Carter Cash (born in 1970). The couple managed to put their problems behind them and remained married until June's death in May of 2003. Cash passed away five months later. June co-wrote (with Merle Kilgore) one of Johnny's biggest songs, 1963's "Ring of Fire," which is said to have been inspired by her conflicted feelings for Johnny.Also on March 1, Punk poetess Patti Smith and former MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith were hitched at the Detroit Mariner's Church in 1980. They'd met in 1976 in front of Detroit's Lafayette Coney Island, a famous hot dog joint, introduced by her guitarist, Lenny Kaye, before Fred's Sonic Rendezvous Band was set to open for Patti's band. They were a couple two years later and after marrying, the pair pulled back from the public eye to raise their children, daughter Jesse (born in 1987) and son Jackson (in 1982), who went on to marry The White Stripes' drummer Meg White in 2009. In 1988, Smith released Dream of Life, a collaborative project with her husband and her first album since 1979's Wave. Smith died of a heart attack in 1994, leading Patti back to New York City and back to music. She toured with Dylan in 1995, then released Gone Again the following year, marking her total return to the music world (she's had four albums since). Here's "Dancing Barefoot" from 1979, a song Patti dedicated to her new beau, Fred Smith.Click on for Born This Day featuring … OMG, Justin Beiber is 18 today!