0 Comments · Monday, December 23, 2013
How was 2013 as a year for plays and
musicals in Cincinnati? From where I stand — or sit, since I’m most
often in a seat at one of our local theaters — it stacked up pretty
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 18, 2013
New exhibitions director Matt Distel’s
first big show at The Carnegie gallery in Covington, Ky., which opened
last week, is important in its own right as well as for what it says
about Distel’s curatorial desires for the institution.
by Rick Pender
106 days ago
Posted In: Theater
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The theater season
takes a bit of a pause around Thanksgiving, since many companies are readying
holiday productions. But there are plenty of choices available this weekend.
I'm not the only
one who enjoyed the laugh-fest that is The Complete History of Comedy
(abridged) at the Cincinnati Playhouse. I've heard numerous people who
saw it say they were recommending it to others. In two hours the Reduced
Shakespeare Company puts forth more humor than you can shake a stick at. (But
be careful shaking sticks. You might get a pie in the face.) No matter your
tastes in comedy — witty, loud or rude and crude — you'll find it in this
production. How about Abe Lincoln as a deadpan rapper? This could be a good
outing this weekend or a lot of fun for out-of-town guests who descend on you
next week. Tickets: 513-421-3888.
Tonight is an
opening at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, the very frothy comedy Twelfth
Night. (It's subtitle is "or What You Will," indicating that
it's a lot of foolishness, which is an apt description.) In fact, Twelfth Night
is a beautiful piece with clever situations, amusing characters, a bit of
intrigue and a lot of mistaken identities. And several of the most laughable
characters Shakespeare ever created, from the bombastic Malvolio to his
persecutor Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek, plus the best of all
Shakespeare's fools, Feste. It's a safe bet that this is a production that even
those who fear Shakespeare will truly enjoy. Tickets: 513-381-2273 x 1.
If you're more
into storefront theater, you might check out the current production by
Untethered Theater at Clifton Performance Theatre on Ludlow, just east of the
business district. It's a tiny space (only 50 seats), but that makes it all the
more interesting. The current production is Wendy Macleod's The House of
Yes, a very dark comedy about a weirdly dysfunctional family. The story
focuses happens while there's a Thanksgiving hurricane outside, so it's timely,
too. Performances Friday and Saturday (through Dec. 7). Go here
This is the last
weekend for Boeing Boeing, a crazy farce about a guy juggling
three fiancees who happen to be flight attendants. It's at the Carnegie,
featuring performers from the drama program at UC's College-Conservatory of
Music. Tickets: 859-957-1940.
0 Comments · Monday, August 12, 2013
The Broadway revival of Chicago, the satirical show about
murder, celebrity and corruption, is the longest-running American musical in
Broadway history; the 2002 film of Chicago
won the Academy Award. All the more reason to make a call immediately
to the box office at The Carnegie in Covington to get a ticket for an
eye-popping local production.
by Rick Pender
Posted In: Theater
at 08:20 AM | Permalink
Production to complete the Carnegie's 2013-2014 theater series lineup
say whether the hills will be alive, but The Carnegie in Covington
certainly will be in January when it presents a "lightly staged"
production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music in partnership with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Presented Jan. 17-26, 2014,
under the direction of Brian Robertson and KSO conductor J. R. Cassidy,
the production continues a popular series that has appealed to
audiences at the Carnegie's Otto M. Budig Theatre.The story
of a free-spirited nanny who brings joy and love back to the family of
the Von Trapp family will be presented with an emphasis on words and
music in this "lightly staged" production. That means a minimum of
costumes, scenic design and props. The small orchestra will be onstage,
and the performers fully enact scenes and sing the score from memory as
they would in a full production.
production completes the Carnegie's 2013-2014 theater series lineup,
taking advantage of the renovated 465-seat Budig Theatre. Single tickets
for The Sound of Music are priced at $28 for adults, $19 for students.
The full series — which also includes the musical Chicago (Aug. 10-25); the comedy Boeing Boeing (Nov. 8-24), in a collaboration with CCM Drama; and the comedy Harvey (April 11-27, 2014) — can be purchased as a subscription for $63 to $69. For details, call 859-957-1940 or go to thecarnegie.com.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 1, 2013
One national arts trend which Cincinnati
lags behind is the rediscovery of silent movies — especially the public
screening of them to live musical accompaniment.
At the helm of the local visual arts scene, Matt Distel explores new positions at Cincinnati Art Museum and The Carnegie
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Matt Distel, an almost constant presence
in the Cincinnati art scene for the last couple of decades, suddenly
seems to be everywhere at once. But no, he’ll not be working three jobs
by Steven Rosen
Posted In: Visual Art
at 09:08 AM | Permalink
In this week's Big Picture column, there is an item that Matt Distel — long active on the local contemporary art scene and current executive director of Northside's Visionaries + Voices center for artists with disabilities — had been named adjunct curator of contemporary art at Cincinnati Art Museum. Today comes the announcement he will leave V+V to be exhibitions director at The Carnegie in Covington, effective in June. He replaces Bill Seitz, who announced his retirement last month. His adjunct position at the art museum will continue. “Matt is the perfect person to build upon the successes we’ve had in the galleries and we are honored to have him join our team,” said Katie Brass, Carnegie executive director, in a press release. “His personality, his connection to local artists, and background all make him the ideal candidate to run the Carnegie Galleries and to grow programming.” In that same release, Distel said, “To be part of the legacy the Carnegie has for supporting local and regional artists, it’s very exciting. The Carnegie is one of the premier arts organizations in the region and Bill [Seitz] has established a great framework for me to continue to build an exhibition program that plays a compelling role in the arts community.”
by Jac Kern
The annual event, which turns 21 this year, celebrates Over-the-Rhine,
Cincinnati’s brewing history and the coming of Spring. And goats. But mostly,
beer! Bockfest weekend kicks off Friday with the parade, stepping off at 6 p.m. at Cincinnati’s
oldest bar, Arnold’s, and continuing north on Main Street to Bockfest Hall (1619
Moore St., Over-the-Rhine) for a ceremonial beer blessing.
Bockfest Hall will
fill with beer, food and live music all weekend long, offering brewery tours,
the Sausage Queen finals and traditional German performances throughout the
fest. Find a full event lineup here.
As usual, several bars
around Downtown and Over-the-Rhine also participate in the festivities with
plenty of local Bock beer.
annual showcase of edible artwork opens Friday. The Art of Food brings chefs and artists together for the seventh
year to prove you can wear your cake and eat it, too — that’s the saying,
right? Tonight’s opening features around 30 artists, more than 20 chefs and a
“Let Them Eat Cake (on the Cakewalk)” fashion show of beautiful and tasty
ensembles. Online tickets have sold out, but those in attendance are really in
for a treat (lots and lots of treats, actually). Read our cover story
for a look into the making of The Art of
Last year brought
us Night Owl Market, a
much-needed destination for late-night grub, shopping and music at the Central
parking lot at 107 Main Street. At Cincy NOM, local vendors and food trucks set
up shop near tons of popular bars until 3 a.m.! The Night Owl Market opens for
2013 in conjunction with Bockfest Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. When
your belly’s full of bock, swing by for some tasty noms from Café de Wheels,
C’est Cheese, Kaimelsky’s, SugarSnap! and more.
Saturday brings another
Macy’s Arts Sampler, a great opportunity to check out what all the local arts
organizations are up to. March’s sampler is focused in Washington Park and the
surrounding area in Over-the-Rhine (though there are a handful of participating
venues across the city). Free events include a Hip Hop dance class at Elementz,
a showcase of stage fight choreography at SCPA, performances from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati
Ballet, May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Opera
and much more. Find a full lineup of events here.
For more stuff to
do this weekend, check out our To Do page, full calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door for weekend theater offerings.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Art of Food is in its seventh
year at The Carnegie in Covington, but it wasn’t until last year that I
finally hit the opening night. It really made me regret that I’d missed
the first five. What an amazing event! So I’m writing this now, while
tickets are still available.