There are a lot of ways to stay on top of
what’s happening in the arts in Greater Cincinnati — like reading arts
and culture coverage in CityBeat every week. But finding a
comprehensive calendar that covers the full array of the arts has been
an elusive dream. Not
“Cincinnati, in some ways, was the start of
me being an artist,” says Mark Mothersbaugh, relaxing as best he can,
given his constantly enthused, exuberant state, in a meeting room at
downtown’s Contemporary Arts Center. “So there’s something about coming
back here that is this completion of a cycle.”
A curious exercise in “found art” is occurring now through Oct. 15 at Northside’s Thunder-Sky, Inc. It’s called The Goodwill Biennial 2015 and, while it has insights and pleasures, the results aren’t consistently as hoped for.
Five years ago, graphic facilitator Mike
Fleisch and a couple of his friends were on a road trip. Headed to
Chicago for a Pixies concert, as they traveled north their on-the-road
brainstorming resulted in something that would notably transform the
Cincinnati arts scene: Chase Public, a nonprofit collaborative space for
art and assembly.
The theme for CityBeat’s Fall Arts Preview is “Arts & Craft.” But
maybe it should be “Art vs. Craft,” because not only are the two
different, but there is tension — hostility, even — between the two,
especially with the emergence of Modern and Contemporary art in the late
19th and early 20th century.
In 2013 and 2014 I saw Lumenocity up
close. Last year I scored free tickets at
the last minute. I wasn’t so lucky in 2015, so my wife and I invited
friends and neighbors to a “watch party” at our OTR home, just a block
east of Washington Park.
On a sweltering July morning, a cabal of
volunteers ransack the interior of the Imperial Theatre Mohawk, a
102-year-old theater that’s been empty for decades, with the exception
of an occasional church service and its stint as a store selling
mattresses and furniture.