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Cover Story: Jack Louiso Is Theater's Pied Piper

CEA Hall of Fame inductee thrills kids and adults with live theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Jack Louiso knows kids. Maybe that's because he's kind of a big kid himself. He's taught kids to sing, dance and act at the School for Creative and Performing Arts for two decades and has served as artistic director for the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati since 1992. Those are the obvious reasons why the League of Cincinnati Theatres has named him the 2007 recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award and why he'll be recognized Monday at the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards when he's inducted into the CEA Hall of Fame.   

Jennifer and Tim Perrino and Denny Reed (2009)

It's 'all in the family' for trio who transformed landmarks into successful entertainment venues

0 Comments · Friday, October 30, 2009
For creating and sustaining Cincinnati Young People's Theatre Festival for nearly 30 years, for keeping the Showboat Majestic afloat (literally and artistically) and for turning a deteriorating West Side movie theater into a popular performing arts venue, the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, Jennifer and Tim Perrino and Denny Reed were honored by the League of Cincinnati Theatres with the 2009 "Continuing Achievement Award." They were inducted into the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Hall of Fame at the Below Zero Lounge event on Aug. 30.  

Hand in Hand

New CEA Hall of Famers Bill Hartnett and Ellie Shepherd make beautiful theater together

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Bill Hartnett likes to tell stories. Ellie Shepherd, his partner (in life and frequently onstage) listens to him patiently. Sometimes she prompts him or fills in a detail. They almost always end up in hearty laughter.  

BRINK New Music Showcase

Oct. 31 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Thursday, October 29, 2009
Perhaps the only show you can attend Saturday and not be encouraged to wear a costume, the annual BRINK New Music Showcase returns to the Southgate House Halloween night with three floors' worth of local band freshness. An attempt to spotlight the next crop of local music wavemakers, the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards-sponsored event has hosted scores of eventual big-shots in past years. This year features acts nominated for the 2009 CEA "New Artist of the Year."  

Baby Alpaca (Profile)

Using nature and collaboration to craft musical escapism

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2009
If you've never seen Chris Kittrell (aka "baby alpaca"), he's like this 7-foot-tall autoharp-wielding Ginsbergesque satyr who's on a personal mission to provide others with an auditory escape from the everyday as well as an outlet for creative collaboration and/or a skinny-dipping partner, all under the umbrella of his cuddly moniker.   

BRINK Is Back and Other Good News

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2009
BRINK is back! Perhaps the only show you can attend Saturday and not be encouraged to wear a costume, the annual BRINK New Music Showcase returns to the Southgate House Halloween night with three floors' worth of local band freshness. An attempt to spotlight the next crop of local music wavemakers, the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards-sponsored event has hosted scores of eventual big shots in past years.  

CEAs by the Numbers: 104 Nominees, 19 Categories, 13th Year

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Hard to believe it's time to announce the nominees for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Music. As with previous years, you determine the winners of 16 public categories by voting online at citybeat.com. Voting continues through early November. Winners of the "big three" categories (Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and New Artist of the Year) are chosen by our panel of local music experts. Awards will be handed out Nov. 22 at the Madison Theater.  

So Many Choices: The CEA Balancing Act

0 Comments · Monday, August 31, 2009
One hundred people and productions were nominated for the 2009 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards in theater, which were bestowed Aug. 30 at Below Zero Lounge before a big, happy, socializing crowd. Let's say that again: 100 nominations. No single company dominated the 13th annual CEAs, as 11 different organizations received awards for work on 15 separate productions. In the big categories voted by critics, the Cincinnati Playhouse's production of the powerful 'Blackbird,' directed by Michael Evan Haney (pictured), was the year's outstanding drama. New Stage Collective's final production, the bittersweet Sondheim musical 'A Little Night Music,' was named outstanding musical.  

All in the Family

CEA Hall of Famers have transformed landmarks into successful entertainment venues

0 Comments · Monday, August 24, 2009
For creating and sustaining Cincinnati Young People's Theatre Festival for nearly 30 years, for keeping the Showboat Majestic afloat (literally and artistically) and for turning a deteriorating West Side movie theater into a popular performing arts venue, the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, Tim and Jennifer Perrino and Denny Reed are being honored by the League of Cincinnati Theatres with the 2009 "Continuing Achievement Award." On Sunday evening at Below Zero Lounge in Over-the-Rhine, they'll be inducted into the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Hall of Fame.  

Lots of Winners in Local Theater World

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (CEAs) for theater, set to be handed out Aug. 30, led me to wonder if our theater scene compares favorably with other cities. Would this year's 100 CEA nominees compete with performers and productions elsewhere? Those are subjective judgments, to be sure, but simply counting productions of important plays we match up reasonably well.   

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