by Mike Breen
Deadline to sign-up for first ever music-based Cincinnati Heritage Program is May 7
The Cincinnati Heritage Programs put together by the Cincinnati Museum Center have been going on for over 30 years now, taking locals and visitors to some of the Queen City's most important and/or interesting landmarks. The programs have included historical presentations and bus and walking tours to the various sites. This year so far, the Cincinnati Heritage Programs have shown and told the stories of radio pioneer Powel Crosley, "Grand Old Theaters" and Cincy local TV legends. This Saturday, the Heritage programmers present "Subway Talk and Walk," a nighttime exploration of Cincinnati's incomplete subway tunnel project. On May 18, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., the Cincinnati Heritage Programs presents the first ever bus tour of various important (not just to the area, but to the world) musical landmarks. Dubbed "When the Queen City was King of Recording," the tour focuses primarily on a pair of historic recording studios that churned out records that would change the face of music. The bus will visit the original site of King Records, which released seminal albums from the worlds of Country and R&B, a gateway to the birth of Rock & Roll. The bus will visit the old King location at 1540 Brewster Ave. in Evanston, where city officials, the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation (CUMHF), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and others helped have an historical marker installed in 2008 to commemorate King's contributions.Here's James Brown's first single, recorded with his Famous Flames and released in 1956 through the King subsidiary, Federal Records:The tour will also visit the former site of the E.T. Herzog Recording Company, at 811 Race St., downtown. In 2009, the CUMHF and others also lobbied successfully for a marker to placed at the site, which now houses the organization's headquarters. The Foundation has turned the floor the studio once stood into a museum dedicated to the space's history, hosting receptions and recording sessions and showcasing a few artifacts (like the piano Hank Williams played when he was in town to record songs that made him a legend, including "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry") and lots of old photos of the studio in action. The Music Heritage Foundation is currently hosting the photo exhibit, "Annie's Baby Had a Baby," which was part of the big, citywide Fotofocus photography showcase. The tour ends with lunch and some live music at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, a block from the Herzog stop.The tour costs $60 (or $50 if you're a Museum Center member) and some spots are still open. But you'd better act fast. Deadline to register for the "When the Queen City was King of Recording" is tomorrow, May 7. Make a reservation by calling 513-287-7031. And click here for the Museum Center's rundown of great city tours and more. You can read a couple of stories from CityBeat about Herzog and King here and here (check our archives; we've written about them a lot).
by Jac Kern
It’s no secret
that Northside is the city’s premiere taco destination. The neighborhood welcomes its third taco
joint Friday with the grand opening of Barrio Tequileria. This latest addition
comes from the folks behind popular food truck Taco Azul and will specialize in
authentic Mexican/L.A.-style street food, tequila and mezcal. Doors open Friday
at 5 p.m. and they’ll be serving up tacos and drinks until 2 a.m. Check them
out on Facebook.
installment of Macy’s Art Sampler Weekend takes place Saturday. Enjoy free art
activities and performances all day in venues across Greater Cincinnati,
including: tours and music at the Contemporary Arts Center, Hip-Hop, spoken
word and crafts at the Taft Museum of Art, belly-dancing, toe-shoe performances
and Kung-Fu at the Cincinnati Ballet and an Amazing Arts Race from ArtsWave
Young Professionals. The sampler send with a Sock-Hop in Washington Park
featuring Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's Marvelous Wonderettes. Look up the full
schedule by event, venue or category here.
Theater celebrates 40 years of bringing modern dance to Cincinnati with the
FORTY40Gala Saturday. The evening includes music and dance performances,
retrospective displays and videos, a silent auction, complementary drinks and
hors d’oeuvres, all in the historic Emery Theatre. Go here
to read our interview with CDT’s founder, Artistic Director and CEO, Jefferson James.
Have you been
waiting for the opportunity to let you inner Maverick shine? Well, grab your
aviators, zip up that jumpsuit and fly on out to SkateTown USA’s Top Gun-themed “Roller SK80s” party
Saturday. Whether you’re a regular rollergirl or you haven’t skated since the
actual ‘80s, there will be enough fun to go around with music, a photobooth and
an all-you-can-drink bar (dangerous much?). Admission is just $10, which
includes skate rental and drinks, and proceeds benefit Disabled
American Veterans. The party runs 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. and word is there will
be a shuttle to a hotel after-party. Go here
for details, directions and tips on
finding some prime ‘80s garb.
Museum Center wraps up its Passport to the World series with this weekend’s
Asian Culture Fest. Visitors will travel across China, India, Japan, Korea,
Taiwan, Vietnam and Nepal via cultural displays, hands-on workshops, music and dance
performances, an authentic Asian marketplace and much more. The fest runs
Saturday-Sunday. Find a full event schedule here.For more stuff to
do this weekend, check out our
To Do page or full
calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door
for weekend theater offerings.
A Day in Pompeii is a jarring look at a 2,000-year-old catastrophe
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Pompeii is the disaster-grabber of all
time. How old were you when that terrible story first drew you in? I was
8, I think, and Pompeii still grips my imagination. For all of us who can’t shake this fascination, A Day in Pompeii,
now at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, is a must.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Let it not be said (as you might have heard or read) that the Cincinnati subway never hosted a paying customer. In fact, visits to the abandoned tunnels under Central Parkway intended for the never-completed system have become a nice, if underground, funding source for Cincinnati Museum Center’s education programs. Who said mass transit can’t pay dividends for Cincinnati?
Traveling exhibit examines the mysteries and artifacts of Cleopatra's Egypt
2 Comments · Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Cleopatra, considered ancient Egypt’s great last pharaoh before that civilization fell to Roman conquest in the first century B.C., had a reputation for knowing how to present herself stunningly to outsiders. Legend has it she once sailed upriver in a gilded barge with purple sails to introduce herself to Mark Antony, the powerful Roman leader who became her new lover.
0 Comments · Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The first part of this year is going to be a dynamic one for museum exhibits — so dynamic that you have to wonder if there will be enough patrons for all the high-profile shows. The biggest show (probably) is primarily a history exhibit, but one with incredibly good timing. Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt, which comes to Cincinnati Museum Center on Feb. 17.
Poignant exhibit reveals the beauty of his 19th-century portraits
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
J.P. Ball photograph exhibition tucked away in the Ruthven Gallery at the Cincinnati Museum Center isn't grabbing space on the huge banners in the center's rotunda. But the wonderful exhibition is very ambitious and warrants more attention. On display through Oct. 24.
Traveling historical/cultural exhibition at Museum Center has strong Queen City roots
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 23, 2010
A single iconic quote from scholar W.E.B. DuBois inspired Tavis Smiley to begin a monumental quest to present the most comprehensive examination of "the African American imprint" on American society. When DuBois asked, "Would America have been America without her Negro people?" the question wasn't quite so simple. Smiley's resulting exhibition is on view through Jan. 2.
Local filmmakers explore Cincinnati's underground urban legend
0 Comments · Tuesday, June 8, 2010
"Did you know that Cincinnati has an abandoned subway system?" That question kickstarts 'Cincinnati's Abandoned Subway,' a documentary film about the city's past and present problems with embracing quality mass transit. The film gets its world premiere June 9 at, appropriately, Union Terminal.
Omnimax documentary investigates the process of mummification
0 Comments · Friday, October 9, 2009
The larger-than-life Omnimax format attempts to translate the mummification process (and the human biological elements) into an awe-inspiring feature capable of matching the Cincinnati Museum Center's interactive exhibition 'Lost Egypt' with its replication of a field site and laboratory along with various mummies and smaller-scale video interviews. Grade: B-.