Saturday • Thompson House
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Since its 2004 formation, Red has had a
rather chameleonic presence.
Cincinnati’s biggest Fourth of July celebration is in the suburbs and Cheap Trick will be there
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 1, 2014
What’s more American than Classic Rock and
watching stuff get blown up with 100,000 of your closest friends? It
can only get more American when you name it after the stars and stripes.
by Rick Pender
Posted In: Theater
at 08:34 AM | Permalink
If you haven't found a couple of 2014 Cincinnati Fringe show
that you're dying to see this weekend, you need to go to CityBeat's
Fringe hub for some
recommendations — including reviews of early performances of all 30-plus shows. But if you're still coming up short, there are more choices
from area theaters.
If it's fun you're seeking, you might want to stop by the
Carnegie in Covington, where Showbiz Players is presenting Spamalot.
It opens tonight and runs through June 8. You probably know that this very
amusing musical (it won three 2005 Tony Awards, including best musical) is
"lovingly ripped off" from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. If
you can repeat lines from that 1975 cult hit, then this is surely the show for
you. Tickets ($21.50-$24.50): 859-957-1940
Although it's not part of the Fringe, Marc Bamuthi Joseph's red,
black & GREEN: a blues surely could be. The hybrid performance
work leads audiences through four seasons in four cities: summer in Chicago,
fall in Houston, winter in Harlem and spring in Oakland. Memories,
hallucinations, dreams and lamentations are set in shotgun houses and subway
cars, on park benches and in father-son conversations. I haven't seen it, but
people I know have raved about the power of the work, which ranges from
hilarious to poignantly sad. Joseph is a spoken-word poet, and his work is
meant to be a conversation starter about sustainability and community building.
It's being presented on Friday and Saturday evening by the Contemporary Arts
Center at the Aronoff's Jarson-Kaplan Theater. Tickets ($18 for CAC members,
$23 for everyone else): 513-621-2787
This is the final weekend for The North Pool
at the Cincinnati Playhouse. (CityBeat review here.) Rajiv Joseph's anxiety-filled drama is a sparring match
between a hard-nosed vice principal who thinks he knows something and a
student, the son of Middle Eastern immigrants, who has things he wants to keep
to himself — but it's not what the school official thinks. In fact, they both
have secrets that are slowly, painfully revealed. Great script, great actors.
This one is definitely worth catching. Tickets ($25 for students; $30-$75 for
by Mike Breen
Local indie rockers unveil "Honeybee" single from forthcoming EP just in time for Bunbury
Impressive Cincinnati AltRock trio Public is all set to performing at Cincinnati's huge Bunbury Music Festival this weekend, essentially opening the fest Friday at 2 p.m. with a performance on the Bud Light Stage. The band — nominated at the most recent Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for "Best New Artist" — released its four-track EP, Red, last summer and is now offering fans a brand-new recording, just in time to learn all the words and sing along at tomorrow's fest appearance.The new track is "Honeybee," a spacious, groove-driven Indie Pop gem which is slated for Public's forthcoming second EP. If you're download phobic, you can also grab
a physical copy of the single. Fifty are being pressed, featuring
hand-drawn artwork and a bonus acoustic B-side, "I Need You," and made
available at Bunbury.Both songs will be available for download on July 16. The stream and eventual download will be available at publictheband.com. Honeybee (Summer 2013 Single) by PUBLIC
by Mike Breen
Cincy trio makes its "Red" EP available for free download today only
Incredibly impressive young AltRock trio PUBLIC is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its first release, the four-track EP Red, today. In honor of the occasion, the band — one of the “Best New Artist” nominees at the most recent Cincinnati Entertainment Awards — is offering Red as a free download. Those interested in grabbing all four tracks without paying the usual $5 will have today only to nab it at publictheband.com. PUBLIC is currently readying a new single, “Honeybee,” which will drop in conjunction with the group’s appearance at the Bunbury Music Festival on the fest’s opening night, July 12. Give the EP a listen below then go grab your very own copy.<a href="http://publictheband.bandcamp.com/album/red">Red by PUBLIC</a>
1 Comment · Tuesday, March 13, 2012
With the Reds away in Arizona and another
story already planned on UC this week, I was left pondering what to do
to fill this space — and then I got one of the greatest gifts ever
handed to sportswriting — Charlie Coles.
by Rick Pender
Posted In: Theater
at 10:29 AM | Permalink
'The Whipping Man,' 'Spring Awakening,' 'Red' and 'Collapse' are all worthy weekend productions
Each week in Stage Door, Rick Pender offers theater tips for the weekend, often with a few pieces of theater news. The Whipping Man is drawing big audiences for Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. In fact, they’ve added several performances extending the closing date from Feb. 12 to Feb. 18. It’s the story of Simon, a dedicated former slave who remains in a ruined mansion in 1865 Richmond in the days just after the Civil War. Caleb, the wounded son of his former master, stumbles in (desperately needing some horrendous surgery) and then does John, another former slave, a young man raised side by side with Caleb. The slave-owning family was Jewish, and it’s almost time for Passover, which they must celebrate with limited means. It’s a powerful show about freedom and responsibility with a plot that will keep you guessing. As I noted recently in this week's Curtain Call column, director D. Lynn Meyers gets the most from her cast, especially Ken Early as Simon. This one is a must-see. Box office: 513-421-3555
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
When I first started learning about
contemporary art, Pop ruled. There was a wicked humor in Pop that was
subversively accessible — taking the imagery of recognizable objects,
often consumer products, and liberating them from their “official”
meaning. It seemed both radical and fun in an ironic, distancing way.
High-profile cast can't save this cliched snooze
0 Comments · Friday, October 15, 2010
Here's another pound of cautionary proof supporting the theorem that "story is about thoroughness, not shortcuts." Director Robert Shwentke's adaptation of a DC Comics action/comedy graphic novel is nothing but a series of creaky narrative half-steps. The result leaves no cohesive story in which an audience can invest. Grade: D-plus.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I almost died at Red River Gorge when I was 17. My friend, Michutzel Roberto Giglio, and I crashed through a guard rail on a rainy night. Our car plunged 65 feet to the bottom of a ravine, splitting the boulder on which it landed. On the way down, I yelled, “Lord Jesus, have mercy!”