0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Jake Heggie is one busy composer — a
rarity in itself. That he’s a busy — and successful — opera composer is
even more noteworthy.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2014
It’s a minor miracle that Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman — the creative team behind Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Story, opening this week at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park — found each other.
Performing arts flourish in unique Gaslight District venues
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2014
On a recent
Wednesday in September, the crowd in the foyer of the Clifton Cultural
Arts Center (CCAC) ate, drank and talked quietly as the New Horizons
Orchestra performed “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and the sun set through
stained glass windows.
Cincinnati’s FotoFocus Biennial widens its scope as a top recurring photography event
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Just by adding the word “Biennial” to its official name for 2014, FotoFocus
— which occurs this month in some 50 venues throughout Greater
Cincinnati — is aiming to raise its importance and artistic
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I was hoping that during my first interview with Cameron Kitchin, Cincinnati Art Museum’s new director, he would floor me with his big, ambitious plans. You know, something exciting — something visionary, something contemporary.
Pam Kravetz, Artist/Art Educator
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Pam Kravetz (pamkravetzart.com) is
a multi-hyphenate fiber artist, arts educator, founder of the
knitting/crochet street art gang Cincinnati BombShells (under the
pseudonym Pinky Shears) and a performer.
by Benjamin Kitchen
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
has announced expanded access to their forthcoming LumenoCity series at
Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park after initial tickets sold out in 12
At last year’s inaugural LumenoCity,
a total of 35,000 spectators were dazzled over the course of two nights as
Music Hall was lit up with three-dimensional graphics, bringing OTR to life
with a visual and musical spectacle.
When tickets for a trio of
concerts on Aug. 1-3 became available to the general public in June, CSO
clocked more than 300,000 visits to its website, and the event capacity of 37,500
over three nights was reached in 12 minutes.
CSO has unveiled plans to make the
groundbreaking concert experience open to an even larger number of
Cincinnatians, streaming each concert live on the web at lumenocity2014.com and
broadcasting to nearly 900,000 households throughout the region.
“From day one, LumenoCity has been
guided by a spirit and character of equity, access and generosity,” said CSO
President Trey Devey. “Demand for the event far exceeds the capacity of the
Washington Park viewing area.”
“Now, we’re able to make this free
event available on television, radio, live simulcast sites and the worldwide
web. It is our goal to reach as many people as possible with LumenoCity and
highlight the extraordinary creative energy of our community.”
90.9 WGUC, Cincinnati’s classical
public radio station, will broadcast the performance live on Friday, Aug. 1,
which will open LumenoCity up to listeners who can eye Music Hall from hilltops
or rooftops. Public television station CET will air the event on Saturday, Aug.
In addition to live Internet
streams, the third and final performance will be simulcast at Fountain Square and Riverbend Music Center on Sunday, Aug. 3. Additionally, CSO will issue
5,000 free tickets for a dress rehearsal on Thursday, July 31.
CSO is also putting 3,300 newly
released tickets for the trio of shows up for grabs, which will be issued for
free via a drawing. Patrons may register at lumenocity2014.com, but those who
already have reserved tickets will not be eligible.
The 2014 LumenoCity concert
performances will begin at 8:30 p.m. each of the three evenings with John
Morris Russell conducting the Orchestra as the Cincinnati Pops. After a brief
intermission, Music Director Louis Langrée will lead the Cincinnati Symphony
The visual effects will accompany a
live 40-minute CSO program featuring works from Copland, John Adams,
Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Borodin.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Events
at 10:52 AM | Permalink
The Contemporary Arts
Center turns 75 this year and she’s looking as good as ever! Celebrate the
CAC’s long history of pushing Cincinnati along the cutting edge with an epic
birthday bash tonight. The festivities start at the CAC’s former location in
the Mercantile Center with dinner and silent and live auctions from 6-9 p.m. (email
email@example.com or call 513-345-8422 to get on the waiting
list). More food and drink, dancing and art awaits at the CAC with a Diamonds +
Debauchery after-party from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. CityBeat’s
own Jesse Fox will be taking fabulous photobooth pics and there will be an
appearance by California avant-garde performance artist boychild. After-party
tickets are $40 in advance, $75 per couple and $100 for a group of three
(online sales end at 4 p.m.)
or $50 at the door. Read this week's cover story
on the Contemporary Arts Center here.
Downtown nightlife staple Mt.
Adams Pavilion recently underwent a facelift, complete with interior
renovations of the dance floor area and penthouse, new cocktails and a menu created
by Chef Brian Duffy (of Bar Rescue fame).
Check out the updated digs tonight at Pavilion’s re-launch party from 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Head down to Washington
Park for an OTR-rific Saturday with the first City Flea of the season and the
eighth annual OTR 5K. City Flea, Cincy’s local curated urban flea market, embarks on its fourth season this
weekend, offering handcrafted goods, art, antiques, local grub and more fun
goodies from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The OTR 5K
also kicks off at 10 a.m., with festivities following in the park.
Northside is a hub for
creativity, so it’s fitting that the Cincinnati Arts Association is sponsoring
a self-guided tour of Hamilton Avenue artist studios from 2-5 p.m. this Sunday.
North By Northside
features studio tours, pop-up exhibitions and an overall celebration of art in
the eclectic neighborhood. Start at Hoffner Lodge (4120 Hamilton Ave.), where
tickets can be purchased beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, then make your way through
several artist studios and creative spaces. Head back to the lodge
from 5-7 p.m. for an after-party including food, drinks and music. Tickets are
$35; the event benefits non-profit gallery Weston Art Gallery.
For more art openings, parties, festivals and other
stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
for weekend theater offerings.
by Drew Klein
Posted In: Performance Art
at 02:47 PM | Permalink
CAC performance curator Drew Klein reports from arts biennial in NYC
Another Performa show, another mesmerizing
experience. But we'll get to that.
While my nights are reserved for
performances, the days allow me an opportunity to put some miles on my MTA
card, shuttling around the city to meet people in various outposts. Wednesday
morning saw me grab breakfast and coffee with artist Roberto Lange, a frequent
Cincinnati visitor under the guise of Helado Negro. Roberto has a long history
working with Cincinnati's own Paul Coors on various projects over a number of
years, and Helado Negro's packed performance at MOTR Pub closed this past
edition of Midpoint. A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design,
Roberto's creative output is not limited to the standard write/record/tour
process, and his vision for future projects across various mediums was exciting
to talk about.
Another meeting of note was a jump across
Fort Greene to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) to sit down with Joseph
Melillo, executive producer of BAM overseeing artistic direction over the
esteemed organization and its venues. Our chat nearly didn't happen as our CAC
email had been out of service for the past 24 hours (work traveler's worst
nightmare realized) and all emails to me were bouncing back. Thankfully
everything got up and running just before the one window of opportunity and we
were able to connect The operational realities of the performance programs at
BAM and the CAC may be very different, but the conversation on our shared
ideologies and the approach to the work we program was inspirational and left
me feeling energized for the performance I was heading to immediately
Quickly grabbing dinner to go (a cubano
sandwich, for those interested), I made my way to Chelsea and New York Live
Arts, a venue dedicated to movement-based artistry that was created in 2011 by
a merger of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theater
Workshop. Tonight's performance was the much-discussed Disabled Theater,
a collaboration between French choreographer Jérôme Bel and Zurich's Theater
HORA, a company of actors with learning disabilities. Debated and praised all
over Europe after its premiere at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany, the work
sees the actors' conditions and their (dis)abilities laid bare as they remain
onstage for the duration of the performance as they respond, often with humor,
to a series of tasks proposed by Bel.
A translator to the side of the stage
began by addressing the crowd. The actors only speak Swiss German fluently, so
she would be our guide. Each of the ten actors individually came out to stand
in front of the audience for one minute. Even with this task, you began to
learn about their conditions, their strengths and their fears. The actors
ranged in age from 20 to 43. Some suffered from more severe or noticeable
conditions than others. Asked to name their disability, some were fully aware
of their diagnosed reality while others were limited to describing themselves
as “slower than normal”.The main focus of the night was the dance routines, with the actors selecting
the music, choreographing and then performing their own pieces. One by one,
they would jump up when their name was called, taking the opportunity to show
their moves and completely invest in the moment. With each new dance different
questions would come to mind, as well as a new awareness of what expectations
or preconceptions I might generally have had of artists — and people — with
disabilities. Essentially, these actors were just being themselves, out in
front, onstage, mostly without concern for how the audience was feeling. There
were moments, however, in which we see that these actors have had experiences
whereby they feel different from the so-called “normal people”. In one
heartbreaking instance, a young, energetic girl with Down syndrome informed us
of her disability when prompted, said “I am sorry,” and rushed back to her
chair in tears, straight into the arms of a consoling friend.With Disabled Theater, Bel has made the notion of disability
commonplace. The idiosyncrasies, weaknesses and natural gestures of the
performers are displayed free of outside influence, allowing each audience
member to accept and appreciate the artists as they would any other. An honest,
highly impressive look at how we relate to a group typically viewed under a
different lens.Follow citybeat.com for more Performa 13 updates from Drew Klein. Read Part One here.