Elliott pursued a variety of
ventures — international human rights law, economics writing, community
non-profits, deli service — before returning to songwriting, his first
and best love.
Elliott formed These United States and embarked on a sonic mission to
craft complex and engaging story-songs set to a soundtrack that somehow
touches on a dozen different contemporary musical styles.
Consistently exciting and breathtakingly brilliant
Portland Cello Project mixes original compositions with powerful
baroque Classical rearrangements of slamming Hip Hop tracks. PCP’s new
album, the just released Homage,
features cover art that leans in the direction of Rousseau while
pumping out Mozart-y versions of Lil Wayne’s “She Will,” Kanye West and
Jay-Z’s “That’s My Bitch” and Outkast’s smash hit “Hey Ya,” which one
might suspect will have you shaking it like a Gainsborough oil portrait.
A recent trip to Wisconsin reaffirmed for me the exciting correctness of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s efforts to build collections in Folk/Outsider Art and Contemporary Crafts. This year, the museum has displayed work from two new collections — Chicago collector Robert Lewis’ Outsider Art and Cincinnati collectors of Contemporary Craft Nancy and David Wolf.
Considering the state of the economy, it might seem daring for a new commercial gallery dedicated to contemporary art to open its doors. But the brand new PAC Gallery in East Walnut Hills, set for a grand opening 5-8 p.m. Saturday, is not only opening but is also devoting its first show to contemporary art from India.
Small Streams-2, the newest offering from Cincinnati Choreographers’ Collective this weekend at Contemporary Dance Theater’s College Hill Dance Hall, features the diverse work of eight highly regarded choreographers in two full-length evening performances.
Noticing how individual works play off each other can give a new slant to looking at an exhibition, allowing you to think like a curator. Contemporary Printmaking at Manifest Gallery offers such a rewarding opportunity.
One aspect of contemporary dance I appreciate is that, for the most part, you can never really be certain of what you're going to see. This notion also becomes a reason why too many people avoid it: They don't know what to expect; perhaps they fear they won't get it.